Chemistry Tutoring

Chemistry Tutoring

5.0 (2)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this tutor

I find that the best way for me to test my knowledge is to try to explain concepts to other people, and that is what I have my students do. As we get deeper into the material, I  have them talk through what they are doing in each step to make sure that they don’t just know how to get the answer, but understand why that answer makes sense. 

I also strongly believe in building “memory palaces” which essentially means creating many different connections between the material and real life examples. This helps students move away from thinking of that the material as words in a text book, and helps them conceptualize what they are learning relative to the world around them. 

I have 1 year of tutoring experience 

Pre-med student at UC Berkeley

Earned over a 98% overall grade in college chemistry

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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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2 Reviews


  • Jason Lavaysse

    Mike is a great tutor, explains concepts understandably. Definitely takes his time. He comes highly recommended, and I second those sentiments. I got an A in chem 1 due, in no small part, to his explanations and diligent study.

  • Rachel Bunting

    Michael was amazing! His explanations were super helpful and he made sure I understood the concepts thoroughly. I actually enjoy doing the homework now and I feel so much better about this subject after Michael's help!


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

Get to know where they are in their current class by going over recent homeworks and their syllabus, then spend a few minutes talking about where they are struggling to get a feel for what I should emphasize

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

Two years of college level chemistry, passed with at least a 96% in each class to date

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$40/hour, and after the first session, prefer to do at least 2 hours per session but willing to be flexible

Will take $5/hour off each session if a student refers a classmate to me and that student books a session

How did you get started teaching?

I realized that the best way for me to learn material is by teaching others, so I started hosting study groups for my classmates while in college, and have continued it through my Post-Bacc studies

What types of students have you worked with?

Fellow classmates, people returning to school, current college students

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

Make sure you have a good connection with how they teach. Everyone learns in different ways so it may not always be a fit

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What's my ideal learning style and environment?

What materials can they give me to practice outside of class?

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