During the Fall semester of 2015, I was a teaching fellow (the Harvard version of a TA) for the Harvard Chem 17 organic chemistry course. I taught two sections a week (a total of 33 students were assigned to my sections, but students from other sections also attended) and ran Sunday office hours that were heavily attended (sometimes over 60 students were jamming the room!).
I have included pdfs of my “Q-scores” (overall mean score of 4.91/5) and my final student evaluations (yellow highlighting was added by me, everything else is unedited) to give you an idea of what transpired:
In the Spring semester of 2016, I was the head TF for the Harvard Chem 20 organic chemistry course. I have included pdfs of my “Q-scores” (overall mean score of 4.5/5) and my final student evaluations (yellow highlighting was added by me, everything else is unedited) to give you an idea of what transpired:
It’s nice to be recognized by students for the work I’ve done and how I have helped them, but this comment was especially meaningful to me:
“Eddie was . . . an overall EXCELLENT and STAND UP guy.”
This particular acknowledgment meant a lot to me because the harsh reality of life is most people are not like this. It’s one thing to be good at your craft, but in my opinion, it’s also important that you care about helping others from a genuine place.
I feel confident that any student who I have worked closely with and has done their part can speak about how I go above-and-beyond for them.
I’ve been involved in tutoring and teaching organic chemistry since 2003. I’ve seen a lot of things change over time in this arena, but the one thing that has stayed unchanged has been my motivation, passion, and authenticity for wanting to help students. When I think of the highest highs and the lowest lows of the journey, I feel good that through it all, I can say with 100% honesty that I’ve never lost sight of this being priority #1.