Denise Ockey Chemistry, Math, And English Tutor

Denise Ockey Chemistry, Math, And English Tutor

4.8 (4)
1 employee
28 years in business

About this tutor

I am a very dynamic tutor who relates very well with students. My tutoring sessions are tailored individually for every student. I students learn by using various techniques that get the students interested and actively involved in learning. I teach them good techniques that helps them become better students.

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Richmond, CA 94801
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4 Reviews


  • Robbie McCabe

    I did not use a tutor until right before my general chemistry final. My mother found her profile and talked me into being tutored. She helped me a lot. She explained parts of the semester that I was completely lost like acid/ base titrations. She broke down the material and went over and over it until I understood. I was very satisfied and happy with her tutoring. She dropped everything to help me at the last moment.

  • Maura

    My son said he understood how she explained his chemistry work during their sessions.

  • Sahara

    I love Denise. She will go over and over the material until I understand. I love working with Denise. She has really helped me with my organic chemistry.

  • Charlie

    I was very impressed with how she helped me with my calculus. She made the material seem a lot more straightforward.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to begin by getting to know each student. I ask questions not only about the subject they are needing help but I ask other questions about their overall academic practices. I like to know how they learn the best (visual, auditory, or by doing). I also inquire to see if they have any techniques for taking exams. All of these introductory questions help me develop a plan that will be the most successful for each student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a M.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. In Organic Chemistry. I started tutoring while getting my Masters degree. I tutored high school students in chemistry, physics, and math.

When I was getting my Ph.D., I taught undergraduate laboratory class, tutored students one-on-one, and wrote professional papers.

While working in industry, I tutored students on the side in various subjects. Recently, I have begun tutoring more frequently. I have very good experience with working with students of all ages.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when I was getting both my M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees. I really enjoyed teaching laboratories because it gave me a lot of personal interaction with my students. I was able to get to know them a lot better than a typical classroom situation. It was through these interactions that I get really comfortable teaching, and I was an extremely good teacher.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have tutored students of all ages. I have tutored middle school age children on up to adults. I have tutored all ages in a variety of subjects. I make the subject material more interesting and easily understood.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my favorite recent tutoring events is with a current organic chemistry student I am helping. English is not a first language for her. She was completely lost and needed a lot of help. She went from nearly failing the course to doing better than 65% of the class in a very short period of time. 

A lot of her success comes from her desire to do well and her willingness to follow my program. That feels very good.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

When looking for a good tutor, it is important to have a good working relationship with the tutor. Years of experience does not always mean that the tutor will be the right on.

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