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I am a former TA for organic chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder; if it's OChem you need help with, you can't do much better than me! At this point, I have helped many students increase their ACT scores by up to 5 (One from 25 to 30!) and their SAT scores by hundreds. If you're looking for a tutor to help your almost-adult optimize their university applications, I am the best available!

I am a 28 year old lover of language, science and mathematics pursuing a career in biochemistry. Until age 22, I was without focus in my life, having a dismal high school record and merely adequate grades--I applied to CU Boulder with a GPA of 2.5--in my undergraduate studies; however, change is always possible: I now have a GPA of 3.65. I have discovered an immense love for science and mathematics that I hope to share. This on top of my already long-standing passions of art and language. I'm an A student in Chemistry and Biology, I have been an amateur tutor and autodidact all my life and I have worked as a TA for the Organic Chemistry courses at CU Boulder, now I have an undergraduate degree in biochemistry in the same. I earned my high school diploma ahead of schedule, earning a 32 on the ACT exam and a 4/5 on the AP Language and Composition exam, and teaching high school students over the years has reminded me of what it was like in those days, making me an excellent choice for ACT/SAT study help. Furthermore, I have been diagnosed with ADD since age 11, and if this is something you and your child struggle with, I have ample experience as a student with ADD and a teacher of students with ADD.

I am a NO-NONSENSE tutor. I believe that almost everyone can become straight-A student with EFFICIENT effort. My focus is on: 1) improving fundamental understanding of material (e.g. forget "FOIL" and "cross-multiplication", these are shortcuts that mask what you're really doing!), 2) improving confidence (train yourself to understand what you understand, don't wallow in self doubt!), 3) helping students recognize the relationships between good health and good grades (DO NOT go into an exam tired!) and 4) the ABSOLUTE necessity of frequent practice (waiting in line? Practice mental arithmetic! Bored? Practice some vocabulary! It's easy and takes mere minutes!). Please note: this means that I am often blunt to the point of being brusque. I am your tutor, not your friend, and I am here to help you change your behavior to make you learn more effectively. I don't mince words or try to soften the blow: I will tell you what you are doing wrong and how you can get better. I try not to be rude, but I can be harsh. I have a gift for expressing complex ideas in ways that are easy to grasp, especially in regards to physics as it applies to chemistry, and I do so with the intent of providing a context to the subject matter that makes its importance immediately relevant and its consequences fascinating. If I can go from skipping school to full-fledged academia, so can you or your child (or both!).

David’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelor in Arts, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

Hobbies

drawing, painting, animating, 3D-modeling, music composition, reading, writing, piano, guitar, video games, history, mathematics, biochemistry, chemistry, science, mythology

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

AP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Statistics

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Art

Biochemistry

Biology

Calculus

Calculus 2

Calculus 3

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Physics

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Genetics

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

GRE Subject Test in Biology

GRE Subject Test in Chemistry

GRE Subject Tests

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

IB BIology

IB Chemistry

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

IB Visual Arts

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Multivariable Calculus

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Public Speaking

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Spelling Bee

Statistics

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Writing