Hi Parents,

I have a son who is 15 years old taking AP Chem and looking for a tutor.
What is the best way to go about it?

Please advise.

Thank you.

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RE: AP CHEM Tutor ()

I would recommend that you check out Bay Area Tutoring Collective: https://bayareatutoring.weebly.com/  They are a group of UC Berkeley students, most of them women, who are all STEM majors. They provide reasonably priced high quality tutoring sessions. If one of them is sick or out of town, they will offer another one of their tutors to cover a session. I personally like the idea of a collective- this is not a tutoring company where tutors get 50% or less of the rate charged- the tutors receive 100% of the pay. My son has benefitted greatly from working with one of these tutors, I have recommended them to others who have also been very happy. 

RE: AP CHEM Tutor ()

I also have a 15 year old son who is taking AP chemistry at Berkeley High. Though my son at first didn’t want the help of a tutor, he finally decided he needed help.   Through friends’ recommendations, I learned about Classroom Matters.  For the last four months, my son has actually enjoyed working on his AP chemistry with his very experienced tutor.  When his one hour session is complete each week, he says things like, “She is really smart and can actually teach,” or, “she makes way more sense than my teacher,” or, “why can’t my teacher explain it like this?”  

As my son does not enjoy being a student, each week I’m amazed that I don’t have to push him to go to Classroom Matters.  He’s happy to go and he’s happy with the results.  Though he doesn’t get tutoring help with his math, he credits his two-grade jump to the help he’s received from his tutor.

As Classroom Matters is observing the shelter-in-place mandate, my son is continuing his sessions online with his tutor.