Brooks's Chemistry Planet (brookschem.com)
Struggling in chemistry? Not sure what your teacher is saying in class? Does the work always seem difficult? Well you’ve come to the right spot, allow me to demystify chemistry for you! I have been teaching high school chemistry for seven years in NYC and I love every minute of it. Chemistry is my passion, and I love explaining it to anyone who wants to listen. The easiest science of them all is chemistry. With chemistry you are thinking backwards. You already know the bigger picture of things, chemistry helps you understand how we got that bigger picture. Chemistry explain the wonders of the world.
As previously mentioned I have been teaching high school chemistry in NYC for seven years with a professional teaching license. My bachelors and masters degrees are in chemistry. My masters has a focus on adolescent education. I absolutely love teaching chemistry. My favorite part of teaching chemistry is hearing my students exclaim how easy it is. I have been voted best teacher numerous times by current and past students!
Students appreciate my class and find it "easy" because I make my curriculum correlate to real life. I firmly believe adolescents have a solid foundation in science but they are unable to see the reality in it once they enter into high school, or higher level sciences. I work to get students to see their reality in chemistry. My curriculum often dips into neurochemisry and biochemistry because it enables students to learn about the effects of chemistry on a biological level.
My favorite part of teaching chemistry is hearing my students exclaim how easy it is. I have been voted best teacher numerous times by current and past students!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When working with a new student I spend a few minutes trying to get to know them. Getting to know a student helps me personalize the tutoring session. I find when I personalize the session the student retains more information because I am able to teach as if we're merely conversing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
My bachelors degree is in chemistry and biochemistry. My masters degree is in adolescent education with a focus on chemistry. I have been teaching under a professional certificate for the past seven years in NYC.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $50/hr for sessions with 1 student and $75/hr for sessions with 2-4 students. For sessions containing 5 or more students I charge $115/hr.
How did you get started teaching?
Seven years ago when I started my teaching career, I was passionate in my commitment to three things: removing the perceived stigma which students have of science, getting students back to their original inquisitive way of thinking and bringing out the science in all students’ realities. To this day, my entire career has been dedicated to each of these commitments.
What types of students have you worked with?
Throughout my years of teaching I have worked with all types of students. I have experience teaching: general education, advanced, english language learner and special education students.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Recently I walked past a group of my students debating about a topic started in class. I am fond of this event because it was refreshing to see my students talking about chemistry outside of class without teacher prompt.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
There's a lot of folks that know chemistry but not a lot of folks that can explain chemistry. When looking to hire a teacher make sure they are willing, and know how, to explain things in "lamer" terms.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Before talking to teachers about their needs students should think through what exactly their having issues with. Instead of saying, "I don't know how to do this," think through what the "this" is then talk to the teacher about their needs.