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Ph.D. in Chemistry with 15+ Years of Teaching Experience

I am a professor of chemistry and organic chemistry in Redlands, CA with 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience.

I teach general chemistry, organic chemistry, and spectroscopy, and I tutor introductory, AP, general, and organic chemistry part-time from my home. I completed two undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and I completed my graduate degrees (MS, Ph.D.) at Yale University in New Haven, CT. My specialty is organic chemistry.

As an undergraduate, I tutored general and organic chemistry for three years as an individual and group-based tutor. In 2005 (at the end of my junior year) I was named Tutor of the Year by the University of Redlands Tutoring Center. I continued to pursue my love of teaching in graduate school, teaching organic chemistry as a Teaching Fellow and tutor at Yale's Center for Science and Quantitative Reasoning. In the four years that I served as a tutor, I was nominated for the University's Graduate Teaching Prize three times.

Organic chemistry is notoriously a very difficult subject for young scientists as it is traditionally revered as heavy on memorization and excruciating in its complexity. It is also a very different style of chemistry compared to most others, in that it is much more qualitative than quantitative. As a tutor, I teach organizational techniques that simplify memorization tasks and emphasize thinking in the "big picture" to avoid getting bogged down in minutia. Students often come to discover that mastering just a handful of fundamental concepts can make learning large volumes of material fairly painless. In fact, the rules of chemistry are very simple. Once you master those rules, any problem, no matter how complicated, becomes trivial.

I am 34 years old and come from a family of educators. I am also patient with students and do my best to promote a relaxed, productive, and respectful working relationship. Additionally, I am willing to take on students who are struggling or those who are looking to get ahead in their studies.