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About Hank L.

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I've taught a lot of chemistry. When in doubt, mole it out!
General chemistry is my forte... you know, the stuff you either learn in the class called "chemistry" in high school or maybe "general chemistry" in college. If you want to know why sodium pops, fizzles, and ignites as it skates across the surface of a beaker of water, then you're looking in the right place. BUT...If you're looking for an organic chemistry tutor, then I'm not your guy. Why? Because frankly, stereoisomers all look the same to me ;)

About Hank
Stop right there!
You finally found me: your one-stop shop for chemistry, physics, and generally-all-things-physical-science-related help!

Who I am: I am a veteran physics, chemistry, engineering, and tech-ed teacher at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. My Pennsylvania teaching certifications are in chemistry, physics, and technology education. I have been at the school since it opened its doors in 2009. Prior to teaching, I worked as a chemical engineer and a stock trader. I've performed on Broadway (yes THAT one in NYC), and I used to play the bassoon. I love to ski and play with my two children.

Why I am here: I mentioned that I was a chemical engineer by education... but now I'm a teacher?!?? Why would I forsake a much more profitable career for one in education? Because I love teaching :) In the years that I di
dn't teach, I always found some hobby that involved teaching people to do stuff, whether it was being a ski instructor at Seven Springs, teaching tennis lessons, tutoring family friends, or teaching a session on stock markets and trading at CMU. I'm a teacher now, which means that I have most of my summer off. That's where you come in.

Why you should hire me: A book can teach you a lot of stuff, and if you are one of those few individuals who absorbs everything they see or read and become instant masters (think Neo learning Jiu Jitsu in the Matrix), then you don't need me, and really, you don't need anyone here. But if you're like most people, then some of the concepts might be a bit tricky and often a few helpful analogies and rephrasing of material is necessary. That's where I excel. If you struggle with concepts, I work to find ways to get the information into your mind in a way that might be more meaningful to you.

For example, I was teaching students about Newton's Third Law (action and reaction). I asked them if they had ever been driving down a highway and hit a bug. They answered yes, and then I asked them why the bug splattered instead of the windshield. Categorically, they gave me the incorrect answer of "well, the bug hit the windshield with more force, didn't it?" I didn't answer them, but instead I showed them a video clip of a drag race between a Lamborghini Aventador and a Bugatti Veyron. Both cars went 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Pretty impressive. I turned off the video and asked them the question about the bug again, and they seemed confused, so I nudged them a bit more. "How long did it take that Veyron to go from 0-60?" A student shouted out, "about 2.6 seconds!" Then I asked him, "and how long did it take that hovering insect to get from 0 to 60, which is how fast your car was going when you hit him?" Suddenly, light bulbs started to flicker... "that was instant, like milliseconds!" I smiled as others started weighing in. "Yeah, that bug went 0-60 in under a second, so its ACCELERATION was greater!" So I finally answered, "correct, the force of the bug hitting the windshield is EXACTLY the same (but in the other direction) as the force of the windshield hitting the bug. Using Newton's Second Law equation, F=ma, if the forces are equal, but the mass of the car is MUCH MUCH bigger than the mass of the bug, it's easy to see what happens...[huge differences in acceleration]. And that is what ultimately destroys the bug. It's like a phrase I once heard from a skydiver--it's not the fall that hurts. It's the sudden stop at the end that can kill ya."

I hope that example gives you insight into the type of tutor that I am. I hope to hear from you!

PS... you might think that my online rates don't reflect the standard discount that many other tutors here give their students. That is true. While I don't shun technology, I also understand its limitations. Both of my specialties (chemistry and physics) involve a lot of equations and drawings... these are easily conveyed in short time when face to face. But when having to draw on a camera and/or type equations with lots of subscripts and superscripts, a lot of time is wasted. I don't discourage online help outright, but I don't recommend it as an initial session. That is why my prices display only a modest discount.
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Sanika T. March 11, 2017
· Chemistry · Online
Hank has easily been one of the best reasons why I was able to comprehend chemistry throughout the year. In a class where the teacher focuses on the student body rather than individual students. Hank taught me more than probably any of the students have learned throughout the year.
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Amir Megherhi September 1, 2016
· Physics · In studio
Mr. Lancet is my conceptual and AP Physics C teacher in high school at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He makes difficult concepts simple and relatable to everyday life so that his students can understand and practice high level concepts with ease. His unique teaching style makes every class fun, happy, and energetic. His positive attitude radiates into his students making the learning environment much better than the average class. Mr. Lancet does more than just get his students to pass a national exam, he manages to show them how to think creatively and analytically to give them skills they can use for the rest of their lives no matter what field they chose to enter. What he teaches does not just stick in his students' minds for the duration of his class but rather stays with them. He posses the rare skill to make his students interested in learning, allowing them to retain more of the information presented to them. Unlike traditional teachers, Mr. Lancet creates unique and fun experiments that test what knowledge his students have gathered in his courses and provide them with first hand accounts of the conceptual and theoretical topics covered in his classes. After I graduate from high school, if I am ever confused about any topic, related to the physical sciences or otherwise, Mr. Hank Lancet would be my first call. In no circumstance would I ever hesitate to hire Mr. Lancet should I require the aid.
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Jacalyn S. July 28, 2014
· Engineering · In studio
I had Mr. Hank as an engineering teacher at my high school. What you will quickly see is that he has a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be shared with others. He is able to teach nearly every aspect of engineering, whether that be technical instruction or explaining what goes into being a good engineering student.

It seems that his teaching style is leading students to their own conclusions by giving them hints and guidance along the way including physical examples and practice work. Mr. Hank also is an incredibly patient teacher/tutor. He will use as many approaches as necessary to make sure that you will understand a topic.

I would not hesitate to hire Mr. Hank as a tutor. If you need help in science or engineering, I guarantee that you will have a very rewarding experience with Hank.
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About Colin S.

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As a bioengineer, chemistry is a cornerstone for so much of what I do on a daily basis. Whether you need help on electron configurations, balancing oxidation states, ionic equilibrium or anything in between, I've got you covered. It's easy to understand chemistry when you are learning it from an enthusiastic teacher with a deep understanding of the concepts, and that is precisely what I strive to be.

About Colin
Hello there! My name is Colin and I am a senior biomedical engineering major and undergraduate researcher at UC Berkeley. Additionally, I have been tutoring math, science, and essay writing on college campuses and online since 2014. Math and science are a significant part of my daily life, which is fortunate for me as I am very passionate about both.

As a tutor, my goal is not to impress you with how much I know. Rather, my goal is to impress you by showing you how easily math and science concepts can come to you when you are presented the material the way *you* need to see and hear it. It's my guarantee to you that I will always strive to communicate the concepts effectively, listen to your questions with patience, and work with your unique way of learning to help you truly understand the material. This takes time, and it takes work
, but the rewards that come from it - high test scores, a strong GPA, and deep satisfaction of really mastering math and science concepts - are worth it many times over.

*Read a little further if you would like to know about my personal story on my journey to becoming a math and science tutor*

Admittedly, I didn't discover my passion for math and science until years after high school. In fact, I was seemingly terrible at both. This, I later found, was mainly due to poor communication and poor presentation of the concepts from my high school teachers. Almost eight years later, a genuine curiosity induced me to seek out YouTube videos on various math and science topics, and upon finding the right videos, where the material was presented effectively, it was actually fun and very satisfying to learn. In fact, I found that the concepts came rather easily to me. It was a night and day difference from my high school experience.

At this point, it was a glaring reality to me that people simply do not learn effectively when they aren't being presented the material in a very clear and interesting manner (for some strange reason, this is especially a problem with physics teachers/professors). For example, understanding *why* acceleration has units of meters per second squared makes those units much easier to memorize than simply knowing "it just does." Knowing *why* the x-coordinate of the vertex of a parabola is -b/2a, and why it's useful to even know how to find the vertex, makes it worlds easier to memorize than being told "it just is." Very few people in the world can learn effectively just by hearing dry, seemingly random information. On the contrary, people tend to learn and remember information they deem valuable. Since this discovery, it has been a goal of mine to help others learn and enjoy math and science the same way I do. I accomplish this by being a clear communicator, and teaching math and science concepts with excitement and demonstrating how this knowledge is valuable.

A drive to teach others is not the only good thing to come from my latent discovery of my passion for STEM. After teaching myself algebra through YouTube videos and various books, I enrolled in community college and placed in trigonometry. After completing my general education with a 4.0, I transferred to UC Berkeley into the biomedical engineering program and the rest, as they say, is history. Amazing things can happen when you are able to learn effectively!
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Jayden September 9, 2017
· Algebra · Online
He's an Algebra superstar! Patient and great tutor.
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Bradley August 31, 2017
· Calculus · In home
Colin has a great grasp of the material. He really helped me through such a tough subject!
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Leigh B. August 19, 2017
· Basic Math · Online
Coln was really wonderful to work with. He explained everything so well and in a relatable way to me I look forward to the next lesson
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About Temisha B.

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The mathematics of chemistry frequently sends a student running for academic support. I individualize my tutorials to meet the student's needs. Lesson can range from help with beginning concepts such as conversions, significant figures, or understanding the periodic table or more advanced concepts to help with using stoichiometry to find values after a lab. Foundational and General Chemistry I

About Temisha
Hello my name is Temisha. I have been a provider of supplemental instruction(tutoring) since 1991. My post secondary education is in Human Services, Psychology, and Education. My undergraduate work was done at St. Louis University and my graduate work at Southern Illinois University. I am an educator provisionally certified to teach mathematics Texas.
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Giovanna A. June 25, 2016
· Chemistry · In studio
Temisha is amazing. Science is my weakness, and she made it easier to follow through. She increased my confidence.
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About Tyler P.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I scored in the 100th percentile on the ACS National Organic Chemistry Exam, scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT, and have received A's in every science class I took in college as a cellular molecular biology major. I will be attending a Top 15 medical school in the fall.

Having dyslexia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing disorder taught me how to develop learning strategies that play to my strengths and avoid my weaknesses. This work enabled me to maintain a 4.6 GPA in high school and straight A's in college without learning disability accommodations. I am always extra excited to help others with learning disabilities succeed where others expect them to fail.

During our lessons we will go over your course material, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and discuss strategies for improving.

Additionally, if you are interested in medicine I am happy to discuss the research, volunteering, and many other things needed to gain acceptance into medical school. During the ...

About Tyler
I received my Bachelors of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology, graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA > 3.9) and Phi Kappa Phi (Top 10% of class). I scored in the 99th percentile of the MCAT, 100th percentile of the ACS National Organic Chemistry Exam, and 98th percentile in the science section of the ACT. This fall, I will be attending a Top 15 medical school.

I grew up with the learning disabilities dyslexia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing disorder. I believe the challenges of having learning disabilities has given me the experience to help others succeed and enjoy academics.

I began teaching by tutoring at-risk students in chemistry at my high school. I mentored students in problem solving and aimed to excite them towards the assignments.

I continued teaching as a teaching assistant for the upper division cell biology class
by instructing students in immunological laboratory techniques (including flow cytometry and ELISA).

My research on rheumatoid arthritis conducted at my college and Harvard Medical School has resulted in seven presentations, three at national medical conferences.

As a chess player I achieved a rating in the 98th percentile of scholastic players and have taught students from 8 to 27 years old.
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Devon V. August 16, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic Instructor and very positive experience. The lessons are catered to my personal style, and are always fun and informative. Tyler really knows his stuff. In 5 lessons, I went from consistently playing ~1050 on Chess.com to ~1350 and still climbing!
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David Z. May 4, 2017
· Chess · Online
Lessons were always interesting and informative, but most importantly they were all personally catered towards my personal play style, strengths, and weaknesses . Helped move my chess gameplay to new heights.
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Ronald P. March 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great mentor! Knowledgeable and can help you with fundamentals in a fun way!
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About Ivan T.

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I have taught a variety of subjects but primarily specialize in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, and math. I have helped many students significantly improve on their test scores in these subjects. I graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in neurobiology and afterwards I worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Altogether, I have 5.5 years’ experience working in cellular/molecular neuroscience labs so I bring a deep understanding of many biology and chemistry concepts with real world applications.

About Ivan
I have been tutoring for 2 years, both as a private tutor and a teacher’s assistant. I have taught a variety of subjects but primarily specialize in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, and math. With my help, many of my students have improved their test scores considerably in these subjects. I graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in neurobiology and afterwards I worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Altogether, I have 5.5 years’ experience working in cellular/molecular neuroscience labs so I bring a deep understanding of many biology and chemistry concepts with real world applications.

I accept students of all ages, having tutored for college level students as well as elementary school students. I approach teaching by assessing my student’s strengths and weaknesses, followed by addressing confusions to until
he/she is confident in the material.

I love science and math and hope to bring my enjoyment and confidence to you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. :)
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Elizabeth M. July 9, 2017
· MCAT · Online
He is like my MCAT personal trainer! Always has great advice on how to study, which resources to use, how to schedule my study sessions. Highly recommend!
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About Karen H.

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I've taken and received A/A- in: Gen Chem I/II, Organic Chemistry I/II, Biology I/II, and Biochemistry. I also took AP Biology and AP Chemistry in high school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Whether you're struggling with dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, or kinetics, let me help you understand and master the concepts you need to succeed!

About Karen
Hello guys! I graduated from Williams College in 2015 with a bachelors in Chemistry and Chinese. I've always loved Chemistry and have also been a teaching assistant for over 3 years helping students understand and master new concepts in class and in lab. I have a wide variety of interests, including science, math, and language, but my strongest areas are in Chemistry, math and Chinese.

I'm no stranger to standardized tests, and have taking the SATs, SAT IIs, and the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). I scored an 800, 800, and 770 in CR, Math, and Writing, respectively, and a 23 on the DAT, which is in the 98th percentile of all test takers.

I'd love to help you succeed in your classes, so don't hesitate to reach out. I'm available anytime during the week.
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Karen H.

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About Maribel H.

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Step by step explanation with examples. You lead by asking questions, and no there is no such thing as dumb questions.

About Maribel
Hi all, well a little history about my tutoring services. I have been tutorig since I was a junior in High School so why not keep it going? Also, I have experience being in the classroom and know how students feel when they are struggling. You will be in excellent hands as I've been told, "You make it so much easier than the teacher!" I love seeing a student's eureka moment! I am very patient, friendly and I never want to make you feel rushed. At the end of the lessson, I want you to feel you have master the concept and feel like you can teach it to somebody else. I believe that the true beauty of learning and teaching is passing on knowledge to help one another. I have a BS in Biology so I have been exposed to the same frustrations when learning subjects like math and science. Thank you for checking my profile and I hope I get the chan
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About Nayoon K.

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I majored in Biology at MIT, where I took several courses on general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. I had gotten a 5 on AP Chemistry, and I have received 790 on the SAT Chemistry. I also had gotten close to a perfect score on the MCAT Physical Sciences (which includes chemistry). During high school, I also participated in Science Olympiad, where I frequently participated in chemistry events.

Because of the extensive background in chemistry, I am able to break down complex concepts for the younger students and am able to also help college students.

I also always carry around AP Chemistry, SAT Chemistry, or college chemistry practice problems (depending on the students' levels) so that the students can work on the practice problems during the lessons. I also provide them with additional resources and practice problems as needed.

About Nayoon
“I would not have passed my test in such a short time without her. I hired her a week before my test. She was very professional and very smart, and she used different technique to help me remember.”
- Fabiola

“My daughter is so happy about her A in math. Thank you for everything you are teaching her!”
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I'm an MIT tutor specializing in math and test prep, and I have taught math (anywhere from prealgebra to calculus) for 5 years. I have gotten perfect scores on SAT Math, SAT Math 2, and ACT Math. I also have taken AP Calc BC, AP Chem, and AP Bio. I have been an active member of math team throughout secondary school, and my sister and I solve math problems for fun in our spare time. I am especially experienced with the gifted students.

I believe in deep learning. Deep learning helps students build strong foundation
s to succeed in future courses. To facilitate this type of learning, I show how the formulas are derived and drill the students on concepts until they fully master the materials. If you think we may be a good fit, please click the green button on the right!
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About Kaitlin O.

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I have 15 years of experience tutoring students in various subjects. Specifically, I have tutored students in chemistry for the past 10 years. I enjoy helping students understand difficult concepts and helping them learn how to critically think through questions. My goal is to make the entire process as fun as possible.

*Once I have met students face to face, I am willing to discuss a change in meeting location*

About Kaitlin
I have a deep love for needlework and crochet and for teaching. I have been involved in both for almost 20 years now. I enjoy watching people's eyes light up with understanding. I also find a lot of satisfaction seeing how my students skills change overtime. I commit to help all my students achieve their personal goals. I particularly enjoy working with students with special needs.
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Karen August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
Kaitlin was very patient with me and helped me to understand the basics of crocheting. Taking a class in person instead of online is definitely the way to go as crocheting is a very hands on and detail oriented task!
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Gayathiri August 13, 2017
· Crocheting · In studio
It was like crocheting with a friend. She was patient with my mistake and made the session interesting. Looking forward to my next session!
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