I get to combine two of my largest passions; chemistry and teaching! I understand chemistry can be intiminating to some people. But I truly pride myself in the number of student's "ah-ha!" moments I have been able to witness! There's more than one way to explain chemistry, because so many of the concepts seem abstract to us. Once a student is able to find a new way to think of a topic and grasp an understanding in this subject, they build confidence in themselves! I love to help students in a subject that has gotten a bad reputation for itself.
I really enjoy being able to help students with their confidence. As tests grades and homework grades increase, student's confidence soars and its so heartwarming to see. It shows them that all their hard work and the time they put into it has paid off.
Kim was one of the best tutors I have had! Kim has helped me build confidence in my knowledge of chemistry and evolve as a student. She is patient, kind, and explains difficult concepts extremely well. I give her my highest recommendation!
She has a deep understanding of the material. She also could explain it and relate it in terms I could understand. She is very respectful and mindful of the level of material you are currently at. I also learned good study and memorization tips and habits from her. She’s also a friendly person to work with!
I was failing my college chemistry course before getting help from Kim. She was able to re-teach me everything the professor was in a language I could understand. She was patient, reliable, and so knowledgeable about all topics. I would highly recommend Kim!
If this is a student I will keep long term, I first like to get an idea where they are in their class; what topics have they covered. Based on those topics, what parts did they do well in and what parts did they find challenging? What parts of the course are a challenge: tests, homework, lab, etc? I always like going over old material that they got wrong, especially if its a course where there's a final. Review their thought process and also see what parts they are getting right. Chemistry is a subject that buids on itself; you need to understand the fundamentals to do well in the course and continue on with the later subjects.If there's upcoming tests and homework, I like to start going through the notes/lectures, not just the homework. However, some students just want to go through the homework, which I can understand.
I have 2 years of experience teaching at the college level as an undergraduate student. I was the only undergraduate student to be working as a teacher's assistant, that is ususally a job for the graduate students. I have taught countless review sessions in groups, one on one tutoring, 4 semesters of labs, and graded thousands of exams. I am currently a professional chemist in the cosmetic and person care indsutry. I taught a semester at the high school level as a student teacher to earn teaching credits. I have graded thousands of exams through my semesters of being a TA, hundreds of lab reports, and helped author and edit lab manuals at the college level. I have assisted in writing exams as well.
My lessons range from $25-50 an hour, depending on the level of the class, as well as what the students need. Hourly reviews are at the lower and middle range, where as AP Test prep, final exam test prep, lab report review, and providing addition questions and supplimental teaching are at the higher price range. I also provide discounts for a student who is asking to meet multiple times a week.
I have always loved teaching and was planning to go to college for chemistry education. I started teaching my baby dolls when I was old enough to use my mom's copy machine to make lessons for each ""student" in my "class". In college, I was student teaching at the high school level, while tutoring students and running courses as a teacher's assistant. I landed an intership that turned into a career I didn't know I wanted, but I continued to tutor outside of college to keep up with my desire to teach.
I have worked with all kinds of students! Students who want to be chemistry majors, students who just need to pass the class so they can graduate, students who struggle with math, students who just want to be nurses and can't stand chemistry! The ages range from sophomore in high school to 22 years old in college.
My advice would be to not be afraid to speak up if you don't understand something. It's okay to ask for it explained in another way! Not everyone's brains work the same way and it's the job of a teacher to work with that. Chemistry is amazing because it's the reason the world works the way it does; but that doesn't mean its all common knowledge.
Student's should really think through how much effort they are currently putting in and how much more effort they are willing to do. They should also know what's important to them. Hey, some students just want to pass, they just need the grade. As a teacher, of course I want my students to understand and grasp the concepts fully, but I can't expect every person to want to be a chemist!