I recently got a Master degree in Environmental Chemistry from the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). I have had an extensive background (6+ years) in teaching Chemistry as a teaching assistant (TA). I have taught General Chemistry I, II both as a lecture TA and a lab TA; Organic Chemistry, and I have tutored students one on one for these introductory classes also. In my experience, one on one tutoring provides an environment where students excel the most and truly can extract insights from the otherwise, quite dry materials. In the classes I have taught, the students range from high school students to undergraduates and graduate students with various backgrounds in science and Chemistry. One of my personal highest achievement was that I was a TA for the Survey Chemistry course at SUNY-ESF where the course was aimed towards students who never took Chemistry or science in high school and probably would not practice Chemistry in depth after this course, and more than 80% of the class passed with a grade higher than B, and some further developed an appreciation for Chemistry as a discipline.
I love teaching because it teaches me to see the growth in human ability and human intellect. I teach because it enables the cycle of teaching to continue. In teaching, I do not require students to know about the subject nor I expect them to be familiar with the subject at all. What I ask of students is that they always leave room for more: more absorption, more reflection, and more yearning. I ask that they enjoy the journey of learning and that understanding comes with time. For these reasons, I prefer to a role of a mentor who guides to a boss who dictates.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ohio Wesleyan University - Bachelor in Arts, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Master of Science, Environmental Chemistry
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