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I specialize in organic chemistry tutoring. Unlike many other tutors who tutor just about anything, I only tutor organic chemistry and related subjects such as biochemistry, advanced synthesis, graduate level organic chemistry, etc. I help students with organic chemistry by providing one-on-one and group organic chemistry tutoring.
I have an outstanding academic preparation in chemistry (two Master’s degrees in synthetic and organic chemistry and a Doctorate in chemistry education with emphasis on organic chemistry education), and I have published my research in the fields of inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, organic chemistry, organic mechanisms, and chemical education. I’m a highly trained and specialized professional educator and an active member of the American Chemical Society, American Educational Research Association, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Now when we are done with the mandatory “show-off” part, the short story is: if you want to maintain an excellent permanent academic record, master the organic chemistry material, and develop the essential problem-solving skills to succeed in organic chemistry, send me a message.
I understand that you sought out organic chemistry tutoring because you’re struggling with the subject. I also understand that learning organic chemistry takes time and considerable effort.
Regardless of how hard or frustrating it can be, I’m on your side, and I’m here to help you on this journey. I’m skilled at explaining concepts from different perspectives to accommodate your specific learning style. I pride myself on my rigorously individual approach to tutoring, tailoring my lessons to your individual needs, goals, and academic preparation.
Over the years I have helped hundreds of organic chemistry students from all over the country. My current list of schools includes 70+ universities ranging from Harvard, MIT, Duke, Princeton, Vanderbilt, UC-Berkeley, to small community colleges and liberal arts schools all over the US.
I specialize in organic chemistry tutoring and will be happy to help you with any level coursework you have!
Now, the long story…
I love chemistry. I’ve decided to become a chemist when I was six years old and I stayed true to it through my entire life. When I was first introduced to organic chemistry, it quickly became my true passion that later resulted in my first organic chemistry degree and a few publications.
Following a regular academic path, I learned the ins and outs of academia. I dealt with the administration, the collaborators, the researchers, the conferences, the lectures, labs, faculty meetings… you name it. Yet, the most rewarding aspect of it all for me was teaching and working with students. The biggest challenge I faced daily was to reach every student in the classroom. For some, my teaching was too fast and involved, for others it was too slow and didn’t challenge them enough. The “golden middle” really doesn’t work in a 400-student auditorium. So, I quit academia and became a full-time private organic chemistry tutor.
I love being a tutor as it allows me to help each individual student and not the theoretical “average” in the crowd. After spending over a decade working with students from the top-tier schools I became intimately familiar with the organic chemistry curriculum and the requirements at every level. I’m also very familiar with many instructors and their “quirks” thus I can anticipate their tricks and questions on the exam.
I can help you do your best on the exams and get the grades you want!
…ok, I suppose it wasn’t actually that long LOL
What Is My Teaching Style?
I’m a very straightforward no-nonsense teacher. My job is to help you succeed in the hardest class in a college curriculum and I’ll do whatever it takes to guide you towards this goal.
I’m very patient. I understand that you sought out organic chemistry tutoring because you’re struggling with the subject. I also understand that learning organic chemistry takes time and considerable effort. Regardless of how hard or frustrating it can be, I’m on your side and I’m here to help you in this journey.
Victor has helped me to not give up on organic chemistry. With such a difficult, tedious, conceptual subject, Victor is always patient and willing to explain a concept in more than one way.– Katie, Colorado University Boulder
I’m skilled at explaining concepts from different perspectives to accommodate your specific learning style. I pride myself on my rigorously individual approach to tutoring, tailoring my lessons to your individual needs, goals, and academic preparation. I routinely prepare customized testing and practice materials for my students targeting specific strengths and weaknesses.
I’ll help you develop a step-by-step plan to master organic chemistry and graduate faster!
I use a multifaceted approach in my teaching to help my students. I bring clarity in organic chemistry by helping you review, organize, and systematize your chemistry knowledge into a coherent whole. My goal is to help you master the concepts by teaching you how to break them down to fundamental principles and reconstruct them for yourself from ground-zero.
Victor taught me organic chemistry, he helped me get a good grasp of the subject and was very clear and helpful. He made it pertain to real life and made this fuzzy difficult subject clearer and not seem so scary! Highly recommend him– Robbie, Texas A&M
Ultimately, whatever your current level or aptitude is, your success is my primary objective.
- I’ll give you a safe and comfortable place to learn, make mistakes, learn from them, and grow academically to the next level.
- I’ll help you set long- and short-term goals and help you achieve the outcomes you want.
- I have a proven record of success of my teaching approach. Over the years of teaching organic chemistry to college students all over the world, I’ve developed a very flexible teaching style that I can easily adjust to each student’s needs.
Many of my students come to me with a C’s or even a D’s at the beginning of the semester or after the first test and leave with A’s and B’s!
I have been tutoring with Victor for my entire quarter of school (about 12 weeks) and have been taught so much. Victor always knows how to clarify any questions that I have and is very patient with me. Prior to having sessions with Victor I had a lot of anxiety and struggles, as I was taking Ochem 1 with no help; ultimately leaving me with a finishing grade of a 2.1. After learning my lesson and moving into Ochem 2 I found Victor and can now proudly say that I will complete the class with a 4.0! Thank you so much for all of your help and clarifying much of my struggles and anxieties with this class.– Meghan, University of Washington
I’ve helped hundreds of students achieve seemingly impossible: not just pass organic chemistry but master it! I’m proud of the work I do, and I would be happy to help you achieve similar results.
However, I don’t see college tutoring to be a remedial tool. To me, it is rather like having a personal academic coach who helps you to succeed!
How Do I Meet With My Students?
I work with my organic chemistry students online. I use a host of online teaching tools to facilitate the meeting and make it easy, productive, interactive, and enjoyable!
The online format allows you to save time on traveling, saves you the headache of traffic, and bring you the convenience of meeting from home (or any other place you feel most comfortable in). Many of my students work with me in between their classes while they are on campus or when they come back home from classes.
How would you like to meet with you tutor right from your home with a cup of home-made coco in your hand wearing you favorite plush slippers? Well, that’s what I offer you by meeting with you online!
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much do you charge?
Depends on the type of tutoring we do. My current rate is $150 per hour. However, I do not typically provide “on-demand” tutoring. When we meet on a regular basis, you’ll get a much lower per-hour rate, especially if you start you package early in the semester. Regular meetings also have a number of additional benefits like extra free meetings for exam reviews, personalized practice materials, etc.
- How do you meet with students?
I’m a 100% online organic chemistry tutor. I use zoom for my online meetings for video and audio conferencing support. I also use Microsoft OneNote and occasionally Microsoft Whiteboard for notes, feedback, and collaboration tools. I’m also flexible at adapting the technology that is more convenient for my students. I particularly love OneNote as it’s a free app available on avery platform: Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. However, I’ve also successfully used Notability and GoodNotes with my students who prefer to use the iPad-specific apps. I do minimal lecturing and emphasize practical skills in my meetings, so you must have a way for drawing online (iPad, Surface, drawing tablet, etc.) to be able to fully participate in the meetings and benefit from them.
- Can I do tutoring together with a friend or a classmate?
Absolutely! Unlike most other tutors, I don’t charge extra for additional students. If you want to bring a friend, you’re welcome to do so! Group meetings open an opportunity for the peer-to-peer discussion and brainstorming. However, the group meetings will have less individual attention you would be normally getting in an individual meeting.
- Do you tutor general chemistry or biochemistry?
I only take biochemistry students who took organic chemistry with me. I rarely take general chemistry student. If you’re planning on taking the entire general chemistry –> organic chemistry –> biochemistry, then I’ll be happy to help you through the entire sequence.
Any other questions? Send me a message!
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See What My Organic Chemistry Tutoring Students Say
Victor is an incredible Organic Chemistry tutor. He’s able to diagnose your current level in chemistry to create specific problem sets that help you learn as quickly as possible. Victor will turn your weakness intro strengths in no time! Victor’s many talents include the ability to explain concepts in multiple different ways until he finds an approach that work for you. He’s extremely patient and will help you until you achieve your goals.– Elena, John Hopkins University
Victor is an excellent tutor. He had answers to every question I had, even if it wasn’t on the topic we were reviewing. Thanks to the lessons I had with him, I scored 20 points above the mean on every test that he helped me prepare for. I would highly recommend him.– Jake, Colorado University-Denver
When I first read about Victor, I wasn’t sure he would be worth the price for organic chemistry help. But it turns out the old saying really is true: you get what you pay for. He is very knowledgeable, dedicated, helpful, and a true gem. His teaching does not end when the lesson is over. He careful assesses the areas where he feels you need the most help and preps for the next lesson so that he can target those areas and challenge you as needed. He is always available for questions outside the lesson. I couldn’t be happier. You absolutely cannot go wrong with Victor.– Nick, Ohio State University
I have been struggling with organic chemistry a lot and I have to retake the class in order to get into pharmacy school and in our very first lesson I felt that I could actually pass the class ! He’s an excellent teacher and explains things in simpler terms.– Anna, University of California
The answer to a cry for help!– Sam, University of Louisiana
I wish I could have found Victor sooner. He has helped me out so much in the few lessons that we have had. I’m feeling a lot better about organic and it’s all thanks to him.– Samantha, University of Southern Alabama
I’ve been getting tutored for my final exam for Ochem III and Victor has been a great help. I’m someone who has struggled with Ochem from the very beginning and he is very patient and clear when teaching me anything from concepts, reagents, mechanisms, to spectroscopy. He gives amazing pointers and has helped increase my confidence to tackle any ochem problem that I may face for my final! He is also very quick to respond by email and promptly answers questions! I would really recommend!– Karen, University of Washington
Best tutor I have ever had!
Victor is extremely knowledgeable about organic chemistry! He is helpful with all problems that I have not by giving me the answer directly but by walking me through how to solve it. He shows me many different ways of looking at a problem to better understand not just the problem being worked but also strategies to tackle similar problems. I would very highly recommend a lesson with him if you want to do well with organic chemistry!– Allen, University of Northern Carolina