What you can expect from tutoring

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Grade Improvements

Almost all students improve at least one letter grades. Many improve more than one.

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Academic Confidence

When students start doing well in a class they’ve struggled in before, they start to develop confidence that they can do well in all classes.

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Enjoyment

As weird as it may sounds, students actually start to enjoy chemistry & find it interesting when they understand it. 

How does online tutoring work?

  1. Contact me at michael@conquerchemistry.com to set up a date and time
  2. I tutor through Zoom. If you don’t already have it, download Zoom
  3. I’ll send you a Paypal invoice which you can pay before tutoring with a Paypal account or credit card. I can also charge you on Venmo.
  4. After I receive the payment, I’ll send you a link that you’ll click on at the scheduled meeting time to connect via Zoom
  5. Before we meet, you’ll have to send me a pdf, files, or picture of the problems you want to go over to my email. You can use your phone to take the pictures.
  6. During our sessions, I will go over concepts / problems on an online collaborative whiteboard. You’ll be able to see what I write in real time. You can also write on the whiteboard.
  7. After our sessions, I will send you a file containing everything we went over.
  8. If there is any question I was unable to answer during the session, I’ll send you a full detailed explanation within 6 hours. 

 

 

Examples of notes you’ll get at the end of sessions.

Frequency Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • From my six years of experience, online tutoring is equally as effective as in person tutoring. I have a writing tablet that allows you to see everything I write as if I was right there by your side. With Skype, we’ll be able to hear and see each other. Essentially, it simulates an in person tutoring session very well. In fact, many of my student prefer online tutoring even if they have the option to meet in person because of the flexibility and convenience. 

  • There are a couple of options we can try so I can see what you write. 

    1. Use a collaborate whiteboard. I’ll pull up the problem onto the whiteboard and then both of us can write on the whiteboard. I’ll be able to see what you write and you’ll be able to see what I write in real time. 
    2. You can verbally “walk” me through what you’re doing. For example, if we’re doing a stoichometry problem, you can tell me you’re taking the mass and dividing by the molar mass to get to moles. With six years of tutoring experience, I can visualize your work from just hearing what you’re doing. 
    3. You can write on a piece of paper and show the paper to the webcam. This is preferred method by many of my students. It’s quick, easy, and effective. 
  • With in person tutoring, your options are constricted by your location. If you happen to live in an area with experienced chemistry tutors, then you’re in luck. But if you don’t, online tutoring allows you transcend the boundaries. You’ll have access to my chemistry tutoring expertise from anywhere with an internet connection. 

  • Unlike other tutors who teach every subject imaginable, I ONLY tutor chemistry. What this means for you is that I can explain concepts in multiple ways until you “get it”. With over 1200 hours of chemistry tutoring under my belt, you can be confident that I will be able to answer any questions you ask. I’ve helped students with problems ranging from those who were so far behind they didn’t know where to start to those who just couldn’t make the jump for a B to an A. And I can help you reach your goal. 

    Second, what separates me from other chemistry tutors is that I don’t focus solely on comprehension of the class material. Acing the class involves more than just understanding the material. Sure comprehension is important, but if you can’t apply the material, then your grade will suffer. If you can’t deconstruct a problem, and figure out which concept to use, your grade will plummet. If you can’t select the right answer among answers that all sound somewhat correct, your grade will drop. Etc. I help you improve on all these areas so that when the exam comes around, you’ll be ready to rock it. 

    Lastly, I won’t just teach you chemistry. I will also teach you a study system that maximizes your efficiency so you finish your homework faster. Using this system, you’ll be able study less while still get good grades. Personally I used this study system at UC Berkeley and it allowed me to get a 3.93 GPA while only studying for two hours a day. This system is extremely easy to implement and it will help you get higher grades in high school and in college. Most tutors don’t even teach you basic study skills.

  • Regardless of where chemistry is taught in the United States, chemistry is still chemistry. The subject is still the same and curriculum is very very similar. Once we set up tutoring, I can do research and learn the specific curriculum of your state. You can also send me a syllabus  and then I’ll know exactly what to cover. 

  • We can process payment through either PayPal or Venmo. You can create a free account and then either use your credit card or back account. Sending money with PayPal & Venmo is free, easy, fast, and secure. I’ll walk you through the process step by step. 

  • If you don’t feel comfortable using Venmo or PayPal, you can also send money through your bank account. Under special circumstances, I’ll be willing to accept checks but that would be a last resort. Checks take a while to get delivered and can be lost in the process. 

  • At this time, I am not offering bundled packages.

  • During the first meeting, I’ll ask you questions to understand your background, your academic situation, your learning style, and your concerns. Then I’ll have you do some problems and explain your thought process. Doing so will allow me to pinpoint your exact area of weakness. The structure of subsequent meetings varies depending on what your needs are.

  • The frequency of meeting depends on the student’s individual need. I meet some students twice a week to make sure they’re on top of their material. I also have students that I only meet with right before their exams to do a final review. After I meet with you the first time and understand your unique situation, I can better recommend a meeting frequency.

  • All you need is a Skype account (which is free to create) and a computer with a webcam. If you have any technical difficulties, I’ll guide you through the setup.

  • Pay for the first session is due before the meeting. Payment for subsequent sessions is due within three days after the end of the meeting or before the next meeting, whichever comes first. Failure to pay within the designated time frame will result in a $40 late charge. 

  • Sessions can be reschedule or cancelled free of charge if notice is received at least 6 hours before the planned session. If notice is received after that, 25% of the sessions cost will be billed. 

    No shows without notice will be billed at 50% of the session’s charge. 

  • Click on the contact tab to the top right on the menu. Then fill out the contact form with your information. I’ll get in touch with you shortly. 

There are other tutors out there. What makes me different?

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Specialized Chemistry Tutoring

Unlike other tutors who teach every subject imaginable, I ONLY tutor chemistry. What this means for you is that I can explain concepts in multiple ways until you “get it”. With over 1200 hours of chemistry tutoring under my belt, you can be confident that I will be able to answer any questions you ask. I’ve helped students with problems ranging from those who were so far behind they didn’t know where to start to those who just couldn’t make the jump for a B to an A. And I can help you reach your goal.

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Guidance Beyond Tutoring

I don’t focus solely on comprehension of the class material. Acing the class involves more than just understanding the material. Sure comprehension is important, but if you can’t apply the material, then your grade will suffer. If you can’t deconstruct a problem, and figure out which concept to use, your grade will plummet. If you can’t select the right answer among answers that all sound somewhat correct, your grade will drop. Etc. I help you improve on all these areas so that when the exam comes around, you’ll be ready to rock it. 

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Learn How to Study Smart

I won’t just teach you chemistry. I will also teach you a study system that maximizes your efficiency so you finish your homework faster. Using this system, you’ll be able study less while still get good grades. Personally I used this study system at UC Berkeley and it allowed me to get a 3.93 GPA while only studying for two hours a day. This system is extremely easy to implement and it will help you get higher grades in high school and in college. Most tutors don’t even teach you basic study skills.

Online Tutoring Testimonials

What past students say about tutoring with Michael

★★★★★

  • I used Michael as a chem 1A (general chem) tutor and couldn’t thank him enough. Michael was able to break down chemistry in an easy, understandable way which made the subject much less overwhelming. He is patient, understanding, and clear on his explanations. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning about utilizing Skype for a tutoring session, but it ended up being incredibly convenient. Michael uses an online system where I can see everything he’s writing as well as any documents or web searches he pulls up on his desktop. He was also very flexible on times so if I had a quick pre-exam question, it was easy to “meet” up and receive explanation for my question, even if it was just a quick 10 minutes. I took chemistry as a prerequisite for physician assistant programs so I needed to do well in the class. Before I began tutoring sessions with Michael I was extremely concerned about not excelling and by the end of the course, with Michael’s amazing assistance, I received an A! 

    Isabelle S.

  •  After getting a D on the first midterm and a 37% on the second, I really didn’t think I’d pass chemistry. But after getting Michaels help on the third midterm and the final, I not only passed the class but ended the class with a solid B! (And got an A on the final!). I was kind of hesitant at first with the tutoring being over Skype and not in person. But the Skype tutoring turned out to be excellent! Michael had a notepad that he shared on the screen for me to follow along as he showed me step by step how to solve the problems. The way he explained everything to me made so much sense (during lectures I was always so lost)! Something that stood out a lot to me about Michael was that he was familiar with my specific professor, professor head gorden. This helped a lot because Michael was always following along with what we were learning at each time and his tutoring was targeted towards the types of problems that professor head gorden would put on tests. The tutoring was very efficient. I would usually compile a long list of concepts that I didn’t understand prior to the tutoring session, and almost every time we were able to cross all the items off the list in just an hour! If you’re like I was and struggling to make it through Chem, I highly recommend Michael as a tutor. If I have a hard time in Ochem, I know I’ll be asking Michael for help again! 


    Ashley C.

  •  Michael is hands-down the best, most upbeat, positive, and helpful tutor I have ever had the pleasure of working with. When I first started working with Michael, I was nearing the end of my first semester of chemistry, was struggling with the concepts, and desperately needed to bring my exam scores up. From the beginning, he was super flexible with his scheduling and hours, and was very patient and understanding. He always took the time to break down problems and demonstrate different problem-solving strategies that were easy to understand. 
    It was very immediate to me that chemistry was like second-nature for Michael and that he truly understood the material. Not only did he explain concepts in detail to me, Michael also made sure to challenge me by asking questions about previous material we’ve covered as well as how I would arrive at the problem we were dealing with. He took the time to understand my approach to chemistry and coached me where I needed the most help. After only a few sessions with Michael, I saw my exam scores shoot up from low C’s to high B’s/low A’s. 
    At first I was unsure how tutoring through skype would be, but it was actually very convenient. Michael uses a system that allows you to see everything he is writing as well as any documents he pulls up. 
    Overall, I would recommend Michael in a heartbeat to anyone who needs help in chemistry. He is not your average tutor, but instead shows a genuine interest in helping his students succeed. 


    Lina I.

Pricing for Tutoring

You’re not just getting any tutor. You’re getting expert level academic guidance from the top 1% of chemistry tutors.

$125/hr

Weekdays before 12 PM PST

 

$150/hr

Weekdays 12-8 PM PST

Weekends before 8 PM PST

$180/hr

Weekdays after 8PM PST

Weekends after 8PM PST