Organic chemistry does not have to RUIN your life. If you want to dominate this class and are willing to do your part, I will online coach you into a problem-solving, arrow-pushing SUPERSTAR!
You will benefit from my experience and love of organic chemistry tutoring.
My name is Eddie Schiffman and I love helping students crush organic chemistry. You can do this, we can do this together remotely using Zoom. I'm passionate about this subject matter and am grateful to be doing the thing I love, the thing that gives me purpose in life (been doing this full-time since 2004). I have helped literally hundreds of students go from zero to hero, and I can help you do the same.
Every semester and summer, I work with students who come in expecting this class to be the worst, but most discover organic chemistry can be fun, interesting, and they can do it with authority once they learn and understand how to apply a small handful of repeating pillar principles that govern almost every problem we have to solve. Students figure out it is possible to solve problems logically, almost effortlessly, with these principles and concepts; often to their surprise, students find the class becomes a manageable exercise in critical thinking.
BUT . . .
There's a high probability that emphasizing and teaching the pillar principles needed to solve problems with ease will not happen in your course. More likely than not, it takes someone like me to help you get this piece, and my ability to do this is why I've had so much success with students over the years and why I have been able to last as long as I have in this role.
With me in your corner, your organic chemistry experience will be easier.
You will still need to work with intention (I'm not a magic wand), but I will teach you how to work smarter, not harder and unproductively in this class. If you come aboard early enough (early = important), you will find the hardest part is the beginning; the class will actually become easier as you see how the material and concepts we learn in the front end of the course allows us to solve everything that follows.
The angry masses of students who are not seeing this are the ones complaining "it's all memorization" and a weed-out class as their grades (and possibly their futures) go down the drain.
If someone were to tell me six weeks ago that Summer Ochem at Harvard will be my best learning experience I would not have believed it given the amount of material to learn and the short amount of time to learn them in. But now this is my unequivocal best learning experience ever. Thank you for teaching me the ins and outs of Ochem and giving me this cherished human experience.
I feel so fortunate to have found you as a mentor/guide/tutor for this challenging course. The fact you work so hard means I’m actually working with someone whose service is OChem centric and nothing else. I couldn’t have asked for a better environment to learn OChem in, and most importantly, going through it with your support.
Thank you, Eddie. Your biggest fan.
Harvard University Summer Student
(Written in a card)
Just wanted to thank you for the past semester. Ever since our first meeting I felt I was in capable and knowledgeable hands, and your help and encouragement paid off A LOT. I realize without a lot of studying on my part I wouldn’t have been successful, but you supplied me with the tools I needed to make it happen – and for that I am very appreciative.
I look forward to working with you more this coming semester.
Harvard Extension Student
Let's lift each other up.
Organic chemistry does not have to suck big-time. We can have some fun doing this together, and we can lift each other up. My hope is to team with students who are not trying to marginalize me into a glorified app, but are instead looking to build a partnership with connection, depth, and mutual accountability. It is way more satisfying for both of us when our time together is more than you just checking off a prerequisite and me just paying my rent.
If we're going old school, I like to think of you being like Rocky and me being Apollo Creed in Rocky III when we train you to take on Clubber Lang. The way Rocky and Apollo were in that movie . . . I'd love for us to complete the course feeling like we did that together!
Allow me to turn you into OChem Tutor JUNIOR!
When you start busting exam curves and scoring dazzling grades, don't be surprised when your classmates start coming to you for help and you become OChem Tutor Junior! Believe me, I have coached many students to a level where they went on to become teaching fellows and teaching assistants the next year, students who initially came to me with the fear they were going to struggle.
Don't wait for a crisis, avoid the "Wrath of the Red Ink" on your exams! There's no doubt that the ideal situation is we get you started EARLY in the process (even before your class begins!), not wait for you to become a flaming dumpter fire.
I can turn you into an exam-shredding beast! And maybe - just maybe - you'll end up enjoying the organic chemistry experience!
"Don't reinvent the wheel. Your problem is not brand new. Someone encountered it previously. Find out who solved it best and start where they left off, not where they began. Learn from my experiences and apply my insights to whatever . . . venture you are involved in."
—William (Bill) Rosenberg from his book TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS