Julie O. - AP chemistry and SAT chemistry tutoring

Cal Tech Julie O. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$90 / hr
Mountain View, CA
(1238)
20 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
I enjoy helping students in general chemistry, biochemistry, AP chemistry, SAT II chemistry and any other school chemistry test preparation.

I hold a B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in biochemistry. Using molecular cloning, I have also conducted research in biochemistry and neuroscience laboratories at UC Riverside and San Diego State University. I have extensive teaching experience in college-level general chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience from three different universities, as well as e...
Reviews
Julie was a very thoughtful and methodical teacher and helped my son, with his preparations for the Chemistry AP exams. She was very focused on building a strong foundation and ensured that he understood the fundamentals. By doing this, she facilitated his understanding and growth with more advanced topics. Highly recommend!
- Eden K. from Vienna, VA
One month and a half before the AP Chemistry exam I realized that my school will never finish in time the material for the paper exam of May. Prof. Julie O. came to the rescue. She made a plan and told me how many sessions do I need for a review. Her teaching was articulate and efficient so we finished fast the remaining course material and we started to review. While reviewing, she balanced speed with depth covering the whole material. We did lots of FRQs in detail and with each session I felt more confident. She also gave me homework and she corrected it on her free time. We never got billed for it. Prof. Julie O only asked if I understood her detailed corrections and if I had a problem she went over it once more. Advancing at the right pace, I finished just in time to go and take a 5! I am speedy and I rush making mistakes. Prof. Julie O. also taught in parallel my sister who is always taking her time to explain, so she needs to rush. Somehow, Prof. Julie O. managed to teach both of us to achieve our dreams. As prize for our results, she provided us with more materials to prep for organic chemistry. Thank you so much!
- M D. from East Setauket, NY
We highly recommend Julie! She was an exceptional tutor in helping my daughter improve her SAT Chem score a 100 points to a 760 this past summer! Julie is very knowledgeable about chemistry and highly skilled at identifying students? weaknesses and correcting them through targeted practice and exercises. In addition, Julie is very patient and encouraging in building students? confidence. Her methodology is very effective and produces great results!
- Sung W. from Port Washington, NY
Julie taught my son AP chemistry. She?s kind, and motivated my son to go beyond his expectations. She explained concepts clearly and had my son do practice problems. She listened and helped clear doubts and misunderstandings. Thank you Julie so much!
- Rola T. from Sacramento, CA
When it comes to time management, Julie is aware of what she is doing. She focuses on both, my current topic and previous topics which boost my confidence level. Highly recommended! ??
- Rola T. from Sacramento, CA
Julia is a astonishing tutor. She helps to understand basics of Ap Chemistry units and motivates you to go beyond the limits of learning. I was struggling to grasp basics until Julia explained to me how to face problems and practice on every lesson.
- Alexandr B. from Brooklyn, NY
Julie taught SAT Chemistry to my daughter. Julie taught the material not just from a test-taking perspective but also improved my daughter's understanding of key concepts. Most importantly, she found and eliminated weaknesses in test taking strategy. Overall, my daughter is much more confident about the material and about taking the test.
- Yasho P. from Cary, NC
Really helpful and established a plan for us to get our chemistry grade up. Also very friendly and able to get things done productively!!!
- Yawei Y. from Santa Clara, CA
Julie was well prepared when she came. She also gave extra material for review. The whiteboard really helped in understanding. My daughter is more confident after the first lesson. Thanks Julie!
- Roma G. from Sunnyvale, CA
Julie is an amazing tutor! I worked with Julie for an entire year, through 2 semesters of general chemistry in college (Chem 1A and 1B). I previously took Honors Chemistry in high school a long time ago but when I signed up for Chem 1A in college, I was scared and felt extremely unprepared. Over the break before the semester started, Julie designed a 6-week ?crash course? in chemistry to help me re-learn fundamental concepts and introduce me to new topics. Before starting our lessons, she asked me which textbook we used and came up with a curriculum and custom-made worksheets that matched the textbook. For each lesson, she would send me a worksheet in advance to guide me through the material. If I solved problems outside of our lessons, I would send her a picture of my solution, and she would reply with my graded work within a few hours. In just 6 weeks, meeting twice a week, we were able to cover molar ratios, lewis structures and molecular geometry, stoichiometry, balancing reactions, thermodynamics, the gas laws, etc. I met with Julie 2x a week every week that semester and got an A in Chem 1A! Julie?s teaching techniques, like emphasizing important topics from the textbook, mnemonics and setups for problems (ICE table, BCA table, dimensional analysis), and demonstration of how to solve problems, were very useful when I actually took the class. They made me super prepared and also helped form my own study habits. I signed up for Chem 1B the following semester and had already built up my confidence, but I asked Julie to do another crash course with me during the break. This time we did a 2-month ?summer boot camp?, and were able to go more in-depth on Chem 1B topics, like aqueous solution stoichiometry, titrations and buffers, equilibrium, kinetics, and more thermodynamics. The concepts were more complex and required a holistic understanding of topics covered previously. Again, Julie was able to help me learn the material by presenting it in an approachable way. I ended up scoring a perfect 100% on every test in Chem 1B! As an added bonus, I knew how to solve the assigned problems well before the topics were covered in lecture, so I was able to practice relevant problems on my own multiple times before each test, even when I didn?t have a tutoring lesson scheduled that week. I?m so happy to have gotten A?s in both Chem 1A and Chem 1B thanks to Julie?s help. I truly feel that I?ve mastered the material and even feel confident enough to major in chemistry (even though I declared computer science lol). I would recommend Julie to anyone studying chemistry, she?s simply the best!
- D J. from Sunnyvale, CA
Julie has really helped focus on my chemistry studies during the final months of prep. I have had almost 80 lessons with Julie and can safely say that she is the best at what she does. Her material and deep understanding of the chemistry contents (this includes the AP Chemistry College Board tested contents) allows for efficient tutoring and a more personal schedule. Julie can develop a clear understanding of any topic due to her ability to connect with the student and her ability to explain the contents in an assortment of ways. Her various assignments provide a concrete explanation and challenging comprehensive study questions. I would like to point out that as a junior in high school these questions and complementary e-mail services really helped me make some time to study chemistry. Another great benefit is her complementary e-mail communication which provides excessive prep materials for every big idea of AP Chemistry. Julie works very hard to respond to her e-mails and make her classes as efficient as possible. I cannot possibly describe how much Julie has inspired me for my future studies and can assure anyone interested in contacting her that she will lead you to success. Thanks Julie!
- Siddarth H. from Beaumont, TX
Ms. O. is a fantastic tutor for AP Chemistry. You can tell she is an expert on the subject and always prepared for her sessions! She creates a plan to work with you, concentrating on your weaknesses to increase your speed and accuracy. She is very comfortable communicating with my parents to relate my progress or her concerns. I am so grateful, to have Ms. O. as a tutor. She has increased my confidence, and I do not doubt that with her help, I will achieve my desired result in the AP Chemistry Exam. Thank you, Ms. O., you are simply the best!
- Ross z. from Los Angeles, CA
So happy that we have Julie as the chem tutor for my daughter. She has so much knowledge about AP Chem. She is such a responsible tutor, following up with my daughter closely to make sure that she got the class notes and had well prepared before each lesson. Besides reviewing my daughter's work from school, she also assigned more challenging problems to make sure that my daughter fully understood how to solve the problems before quiz/exam. Great job!
- Weimin L. from Englewood, CO
Thanks Julie for assessing Trisha's knowledge. We felt Julie was very knowledgable and patient with Trisha and asked the right questions and responded to guide her. Despite initial technical issues she was persistent in completing the assessment.
- Rajesh M. from Fremont, CA
Julie is very understanding. She makes sure that you feel prepared about the course content and works extra hours to supply students with self-made practice exercises. Very organized and very efficient communication.
- Jenny N. from Seattle, WA
Just finished the first lesson with Julie. Excellent teacher, patient and detail oriented. My son enjoyed his learning time with Julie very much.
- Jeanne Z. from Palo Alto, CA
Great lesson. Im really getting better and learning the material. More importantly, thanks to Julie, I am understanding it as well. I believe that she is able to help any student. She is extremely intelligent and beyond quallified to teach and tutor chemistry. Great job!
- Eric C. from Rutherford, NJ
Thank Julie for tutoring my son for his SAT Chemistry exam. Julie is a very knowledgeable and experienced Tutor. Her lessons are well prepared and structured. She helped my son to improve in very short time.
- Wendy Q. from Louisville, KY
My daughter just received her AP Chemistry score (July 5) of 5. Julie was a key factor in helping my daughter get extremely focused in the last month of study., when we first made contact with her. Julie already had preparatory review and q/a materials available for any subject that my daughter felt a lack of confidence. Julie is very much a subject matter expert in college level chemistry. Julie was able to fit my daughter into twice a week review sessions and then within the last two weeks, recommended that she only needed once a week review. Julie was well worth the higher cost of tutoring.
- Christy M. from Orange, CA
Julie is very meticulous and passionate about teaching AP Chemistry. She covered 3 chapters of AP Chem in great detail. My son feels very confident about the 3 chapters for his AP test.
- Romita D. from Saratoga, CA
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