Avidmind Learning LLC

Avidmind Learning LLC

3.7 (3)
4 hires on Tutors.com
8 employees
9 years in business

About this tutor

I am a masters and PhD organic chemist. I have taught as faculty in NY and Colorado. It may sound like a highly specialized subject, but I couldn't have excelled at it if all my other science, humanities, and social science courses weren't learned to the best of my ability as well. 

I enjoy working with students and treat them as colleagues. I learned the importance of that while teaching as a PhD student. We are a team and I will show you how I've helped literally thousands of students accomplish their goals. 

I also have biochemistry, economics, and philosophy degrees in addition to all of the chemistry and physics. I can help you become independent because that's is my primary goal...not more sessions with me! That’s what unscrupulous tutors do.

I work with prople from age 8 to the PhD level  from all backgrounds and learning disabilities and the deaf and blind.

I can teach every subject in the curriculum for medical, nursing, and dental school including the MCAT, (the GRE, DAT, OAT, PCAT and Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam...the mandatory exams to become a practicing MD). 

I change people’s lives and career goals for the better, literally. I love connecting until that glimmer of understanding or “aha” appears on a student’s countenance.

It is the reason I became a college instructor. I have over 27 years experience and, as a tutor, have never had any student fail or fall below an A.

I have taught not only at university (Rochester, Princeton, CU, CO School of Mines) but also one-on-one and with groups for which rates that go down per additional person. (Max of three people at one time). (Ask me about it!) 

Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting you the necessary resources you must have to dominate, not just pass.  

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Englewood, CO 80111
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3 Reviews

3.7

  • Nate Huber

    In the 4x I scheduled with him, he never showed up on time once. He has a fair number of excuses as to why he is late or decides not to show up at all for our scheduled times. If you're looking for a tutor who cares about your time and wants to help you succeed, this is not your guy.

  • Lindsey Montgomery

    The patience, knowledgeability, and the tutor's extensive experience and understanding of everything going on. Instead of nonsense Powerpoint reading, the tutor is a hundred times better explaining simple things that the prof obfuscates like a sadist. I don't wast time learning useless fluff with no point like in my lecture unfortunately. I'm so glad I got help before it was too late. Thanks

  • Sarah D Miller

    Incredibly knowledgeable, helped build my confidence and shake my misconceptions of my own intelligence. I got way more out of it than a an A in chemistry, I learned how to study for the rest of my life.



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

I begin with a brief introduction to get comfortable. I ask open ended questions about past and current progress. I do not waste much time on this as sometimes the client isn’t sure. I go straight into a game plan and start explaining and doing it unless it’s a subject like public speaking or accountancy.

I ask about special needs, time availability, peruse the syllabus and course schedule, point breakdown, current standing, and required workload.

I arrange for appointments where deadlines grow closer; and, most importantly, I build confidence from the beginning. We are equals and teammates. 


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

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I am a dual bachelors (economics and chemistry) with a Master of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry. I have tutored students since I was a college freshman in every subject I took.

As a graduate student and lab coordinator, my role was to provide supervision and evaluate performance. I assigned letter grades and learned the ins and outs of efficient instruction and doing so in clear succinct language rephrasing questions and reinforcing repetition and humor. 

I taught at University in NY and here at the School of Mines in Golden. I have tutored privately since the age of 17. Because of my chemistry skill and reputation, most sign up for the whole semester in advance. It helps them and they pay less for it. That’s because when I take a student on, we teach to the end together no matter how much time it takes. I know what it’s like to be on a student budget and how these courses will change a student’s life.  


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

For example, As a PhD chemist I charge $160/hr for PhD students who need help in Organic Chemistry. $140 for Masters students and $120 for undergraduates. Of course the subject is notorious as the most difficult of chemistry subjects (any subject-type actually) with 50% national failure rates. 

My other subjects are similarly priced but begin lower. I don’t charge, for example, that high a rate for math or Econ or biology or others. But the structure is the same. 

Also I have group rates. The price is lower for 2 or 3 students though the attention given is the same at the same pace.  

Far commutes outside my area will require more for gas and travel time but I am easy to work with. It should be a win-win. 


How did you get started teaching?

I started by noticing the difficulties my fellow students were having, formed study groups and led them. I quickly was hired by the college to tutor everyone needing it. 

From there I taught recitation and lab assigning grades and developing my personal teaching method. After grad school, I taught at Princeton, CU, and Mines. 

I have always tutored. It is my passion. Even when working as a college instructor, I enjoy the connection and I know students’ success in these subjects is completely life-changing. It’s rewarding when people scream “I can’t believe I got an A!!!” at you. :)


What types of students have you worked with?

Traditional students, non traditional students, men, women, children, the hearing impaired and/or deaf, the blind, those with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, panic attacks, seizure disorders and more... from every imaginable background. 

Ive also worked with some of the brightest students there are. And helped them reach their targets as well. 

I treat everyone the same regardless of the progress on their journey. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

i ran into a former student of mine. He was an ER physician when I recognized him. He knew who I was immediately. He told everybody present I am the reason he made it as a doctor at all. “I couldn’t have gotten where I am without you. I wouldv’e failed for certain.”

it was nice to hear that and to see I do change peoples lives. That’s why I do it.  


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

Never ever pay money to an undergraduate tutor in chemistry and especially never ORGANIC chemistry. They know less than you do and charge what PhDs charge. 

Talk to at least 3 tutors, they’ll jump at the opportunity. Test them out, and if you do not mesh, don’t feel bad finding a replacement immediately. 


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

1. What is the greatest barrier to starting to study on a daily basis?

2. Why am I in this course and what do I want to take from it? 

3. Am I coachable, attentive, and willing to put in the time, hire a tutor, and most importantly practice between sessions?

4. Do I have any special needs or concerns at all, mental hang ups, handicaps, medical conditions I should present as early as possible to the school in question. 

5. Can I study a little every single day no matter what or even if it’s just one problem? If you can’t or refuse to, you should not be in college. It’s far too expensive if you don’t attain your career goals.  


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