Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
Joined on October, 2013
Sunday after 5PM
Up to 5 minutes away for no additional charge
EducationB.S. Nutritional Sciences, 1997, UC Berkeley
Teaching credential chemistry, 2004, UC Davis
M.S. Chemistry, 2009, UCLA
ExperienceI've been a middle school science teacher, high school chemistry teacher, community college chemistry instructor for nurses, and graduate student chemistry instructor for undergraduate labs and discussion classes.
At any level, chemistry is a subject that demands trying.
When approaching problem-solving, you need to put pencil to paper and try different approaches. It isn't about wondering which approach would be successful; it's more about trying several ways and seeing what you get.
When approaching an experiment, you need to get to hands-on as soon as possible. It isn't about worrying in advance about what to do with the results; it's more about getting some results safely, changing your experiment in response to those results, and repeating your experiment again and again.
When approaching difficult concepts, you need to sketch something out immediately. It isn't about just trying to understand the material as you might try to understand history or a short story; it's more about creating a representation outside of your brain in order to get the unfamiliar concept into your brain.
As a tutor, I appreciate students who appreciate such a hands-on approach. I bring safe chemistry lab materials into tutoring sessions whenever possible/practical/appropriate to ensure that my students do the hard work of trying in chemistry, because chemistry can be very different from their other subjects. It requires a new, brave kind of trying. As my mentor told me years ago, Chem Is Try.
HobbiesI spend my spare time reading, practicing computer programming, and playing with the family.
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