EducationMIT, Chemistry BS, Math Minor, GPA: 3.8
Cornell University, Chemistry PhD, GPA: 3.8
ExperienceUpdated March 2015
My teaching experience:
► Tutoring Math and Science subjects, GMAT, MCAT
► TA for college level Introduction to Chemistry I/II and Organic Chemistry I/II
I have tutored numerous students from NYC's private schools and universities over the past five years and have helped students increase their grades by at least one letter grade. I have also helped students prepare for standardized exams such the GMAT and MCAT and achieve high scores. In addition, I am an expert in chemistry; I am very familiar with NYU's and Columbia's chemistry curricula and know how the professors teach and test.
My students enjoy working with me because I think of creative ways to explain complex concepts, keep tutoring sessions fun and stress-free, and always go the extra mile to make sure all of their needs are met. Most of all, I push students to challenge their own standards of success and equip them with the confidence and skills that allow them to exceed their own expectations.
Updated March 2015
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Client Reviews (14)
During the Fall semester, I took Organic Chemistry at Columbia University and I had no idea what was going on. During our first session, Michelle gauged quickly and accurately my understanding level and created an overall study strategy that combined learning basic Orgo principles while keeping up with my class's much more advanced material. During our sessions, Michelle exhibited a thorough knowledge of all of the material, using tons of easily understood examples and analogies to illustrate the more abstract and difficult concepts. I went from failing my first exam (pre-tutoring) to receiving an A in the class. I literally would not have passed Orgo without Michelle’s tutelage, much less received an A. And I have Michelle as my tutor for Orgo II!
Michelle is a great organic chemistry tutor! She teaches exceptionally well and turned a terrifying subject into something I really enjoy now. She knows all the little tricks and will help you excel in your studies. Thanks for everything Michelle! I really appreciate all of your help and hard work! PS everyone: I’m a sophomore at Columbia University.
Michelle has been a wonderful help in helping my daughter face her challenges with Algebra. She exhibits a very patient demeanor while teaching, which contributed to my daughter gaining an understanding of what she learned. She is communicative with her students, thus ensuring that the level of understanding is intact before moving on to her next assignment. I really appreciated the patience and support she provides my daughter while tutoring.
We hired Michelle to prepare our son for the Chemistry SAT. Michelle taught numerous concepts, critical thinking, and the “how-tos" of analytical thinking; far exceeding the classroom teacher’s criterion. Furthermore, she designed individualized instructional plans that surpassed state standards, engaging my son in the learning process with great success, and tremendous confidence. How did my son do on the Chemistry SAT? He got an amazing 780! We are thrilled to have Michelle as a valuable resource for my son
I’m a Columbia U sophomore taking Orgo and I did not want to drop the class. After the first meeting with Michelle, I understand everything I didn't understand before, thanks to Michelle! The next exam, I scored an A+! Michelle conveys the subject matter in a way that is conducive for learning and mastery. She invest herself in her student. She is accommodating, reachable and professional. She teaches with her heart and genuinely wants the student to not give up and unknowingly, the student is empowered and reaches new heights. What she has done for me is priceless.
Michelle has been a God sent for my 10th grade daughter! She has been the only one who has successfully been able to connect with her. The wall has finally come down & we have seen dramatic results in her chemistry tests from C to A. Michelle spent time listening to what my daughter had difficulty with and explained well to clear her doubts in the subject. I would definitely recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, patient tutor!
Michelle is just a brilliant tutor who loves helping students. We screened and had sessions with several tutors before choosing Michelle. We are extremely happy with our choice. My son goes to one of NYC’s private high schools and it is very competitive. Michelle tutors him in 10th grade Honors Algebra. Now my son is focused and excited about the subject. His weekly sessions with Michelle are keeping him very motivated.
I give Michelle an A+ in tutoring! I am an NYU freshman and I am taking Gen Chem and Calculus. And I needed a tutor for both. Michelle tailored a personalized plan of study that took into consideration all areas that needed learning or reviewing. She was patient, professional, always well prepared with a lot of study materials. The result is that I understand what’s going in class and I went from a B- in my first exams to an A+ in the next one for both chemistry and math! Michelle is a great tutor and mentor!
I am a pre-med student at NYU and I took organic chemistry last semester. I studied for hours and could never fully grasp complex topics and not at the fast pace that was required. And my first exam grade was pretty bad. I wanted an expert to help me on organic chemistry and not just a general tutor who did not major in chemistry. Michelle is simply fantastic! Her knowledge of Chemistry is phenomenal and she is able to take those complex topics and break them down into simple concepts that I can understand and most importantly manipulate under test-taking conditions. For my second exam – I am proud to say I scored the second highest score in the class! Michelle is very patient with all my frustrations and she will explain topics and concepts in a variety of ways until I understand them. And then we do many problems so that I can see how to manipulate those concepts. As a Pre-Med major, I would like to tell those students who may have not done that well on their first Organic Chemistry or General Chemistry test, it’s not too late to recover your grade. Don’t waste your time with someone with a degree in engineering; get someone with PhD in Chemistry. Get Michelle! It really pays off to get the best! I got an A for the semester!
I'm taking Statistics over the summer and wow, did I need help! I saw Michelle got good ratings and I contacted her. From our first meeting, I could tell Michelle is worth every penny! She comes prepared and organized. She was able to quickly and efficiently explain my questions and she went through all the stuff that I was having difficulty in. I thought the meeting would take longer from my experience with prior tutors but because Michelle prepares before the tutoring session, we were able to do everything I wanted to cover in a much shorter period of time. And I feel so much more confident and comfortable in Statistics! I understand it now! I know Michelle is expensive, but seriously, it's so worth it! I'm going to have her as my regular Statistics tutor (she's better at explaining stuff than the prof) and if I have any difficulty in other math and science subjects, she's my go-to tutor!
Over the years, my children have worked with several tutors in different subjects. I must say that Michelle is head and shoulders above all of them. Michelle has been working with one of my children on her Algebra work. Michelle is very patient and supportive. And I have been very impressed with how she is able to identify the main issue and using different approaches help my daughter understand it and how to consistently get to the answers themselves. The results have been very impressive; my daughter has improved in her grades and has gained confidence in learning new material. I cannot recommend Michelle more highly. You can not get a better tutor.
Michelle was very helpful, organized, and knowledgeable. Rapport was established very easily with my son and Michelle was able to convey her tutoring techniques and goals quickly. My son is much more comfortable now in Chemistry. I cannot stress enough how confident I am that she will help my son achieve his goal of getting an A in Chemistry. The tutoring sessions were extremely beneficial and I highly recommend Michelle to anyone needing help with Chemistry.
My daughter struggles with Chemistry. Even after one session with Michelle, I can see that my daughter is much more confident on learning Chemistry. Michelle is able to explain complex concepts clearly and simply. I think she explains the materials much better than my daughter's actual teacher. We have decided to work with Michelle regularly. Wonderful tutor!
Michelle's fantastic! I've worked with Michelle a couple of times already on Chemistry. She really knowns her stuff AND she knows how to teach it. I really didn't get Chemistry until she explained the basic concepts. She knows how to make it relatable. We went through the concepts and then did a bunch of problems. And then we reviewed everything so that I could see I actually knew what I was doing. Chemistry doesn't seem so scary any more. Awesome tutor!!!
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