Let me introduce myself with a quick story... believe it or not, when I was in High School I considered Chemistry to be my worst subject. I couldn't stand going to class! Though I quite liked Biology and even won 'The Physics Student of the Year' award, chemical formulas and equations seemed like a foreign language to me (well, worse than a foreign language since I scored much higher in Spanish...).
What the heck happened!? Basically, as a lifelong outdoorsman I got really interested in Environmental Sciences. Through University courses like Environmental Geochemistry and Limnology, I began to realize that chemistry is actually used in the real world - imagine that! Anyway, the fact that chemistry actually mattered to stuff that I was interested in made all the difference in the world. As a result, I always strive to make lessons and concepts in chemistry applicable to real-world events and themes.
Furthermore, I understand that most students will go into a field that literally never requires a working knowledge of chemistry, so I empathize with you for learning it nonetheless. However, as with all subjects, the lessons and concepts from chemistry are meant to be applied to concepts other than the one in which they were taught. For that reason, I always challenge students to apply concepts beyond what they may need to know for a class. Yes, it may be a little bit more challenging in the moment, but the idea is that learning how to apply knowledge to different concepts is akin to teaching a man to fish as opposed to giving him a fish for one night. Ya' feel me?
So listen, I know there are a million tutor-finder sites out there that I could have used and that you can use, and I didn't go that route. There's reasons for it.
First off, I want you as a potential tutee to know me. This is me and who I am - I am not a total chemistry nerd that is geeking out on chemistry 24/7. I am interested in a range of topics from writing to environmental science to human health and productivity. This also means that I can talk to you like a normal dude, and I can explain concepts in a relatable and understandable manner. Now you know exactly what you are getting from your tutor!
Secondly, I want to use this blog to help all students out - not just students who want to tutor with me. I have a number of my former students in Flagstaff who I am still close with (shoutout to y'all), and I want all of you to be able to ask me questions that everyone in a class (or even across the country) might be struggling with at the same time. No, I won't be using it to answer specific homework questions, but I will instead be using blog posts to help to explain and break down broad concepts in a way that will allow you to answer any question that is thrown at you. So bring 'em on y'all.
I am looking forward to the school year and the chance to continue to teach!
Be well, have happy journeys, and keep being awesome
marshall moose moore