Science Tutors

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2010 - 2015 Recommendations

Amy Hansen, Chemistry Tutor

Aug 2015

My daughter took AP Chemistry at Berkeley High last year. She was concerned about staying on top of the material in the class, so we decided to get her a tutor starting at the very beginning of the year. Amy Hansen (hansena49 [at] was recommended to us by another parent, so my daughter started meeting with her roughly once a week (at the library downtown). It turned out to be a great recommendation! My daughter liked Amy a lot, and found the whole process very helpful. By the end of the class, she said she really liked chemistry (which I think is only possible if you really understand the subject and the nuances -- this never happened for me in chemistry!), she got an A in the class, and she did extremely well on both the AP and the SAT Subject tests. I highly recommend Amy for Chemistry tutoring -- she's great! VERY happy parent

Seeking tutor for AP chemistry, Berkeley High

Oct 2014

Looking for a tutor for AP chemistry for my berkeley high sophomore. Would consider using a high school student who did well in the class and can explain the work. Hoping for a reasonable rate- finances limited.

I think others have posted this before. Steve Brand: stephenbrand44 [at] Former BHS chem teacher. Nice man. Comes to your house. Is happy to tutor more than one kid at a time (splits the cost and is good for the kids). Highest recommendation. Peggy

I am writing to recommend Amy Hansen as a tutor for AP Chemistry. Amy worked with my 10th grader last year, and was very helpful in explaining the material and using a process and Q format through which my 10th grader had to think through the concepts and solve the problems. My teen had a very hard time in the AP class and often got discouraged. The weekly sessions with Amy were essential to make it through - that was when my teen was able to digest more of the information and feel more confidence working through the homework packets. In addition to having a thorough understanding of the material, Amy was also very patient and had a caring nature throughout. Since she used to teach AP Chem at BHS, she is very familiar with curriculum and up to date on what the teachers are doing in each sessions. Lastly - when my teen had some last minute questions before a project, Amy was available on the phone to help. All said, we had a great experience with Amy. hansena49 [at] anon

For families looking for a caring and effective AP Chem tutor, we highly recommend Stephen Brand, former BHS AP Chem teacher. Our son was struggling his sophomore year taking both AP Chem and Math Analysis at the same time. He was getting Cs on his tests and couldn't figure out what to do differently. Stephen spent a few sessions with him, quickly identified the learning barriers, and our son started excelling. The light went on and stayed on! He finished with As in both classes. Stephen can be reached at stephenbrand44 [at] Relieved parent

Physics tutor

Aug 2014

Through a combination of effort and luck, we found Drummond Fielding, a Physics Graduate student at Berkeley to be my son's physics tutor. As an Engineering Ph.D. myself, I wanted someone with a spectacular understanding of Physics AND wanted someone who truly loves Physics, who is personable and who is a great communicator. Drummond came highly recommended by a fellow Berkeley physics grad student, Chat Hull, who has amazing reviews from the BPN community for his tutoring (he does not tutor anymore as he is busy with his research work). Chat was right; Drummond exceeded our expectations.

Drummond's love of physics showed in his enthusiasm and dedication, and helped my son achieve and understanding of physics well beyond what was necessary for the A he achieved in his advanced Physics class. In fact, he became so interested that he asked to continue the tutoring through the summer! Since my son is heading to college this fall, Drummond will be taking a new very lucky student. My husband (Cal Engineering Professor) was equally impressed. Drummond can be contacted at drummondfielding [at] a very grateful parent

Tutor for AP Physics B

July 2014

Daniel Mayeri is an outstanding tutor. My daughter went to him weekly during her entire senior year at Berkeley High to get help and review for AP Physics B. He presented the information well and, if she didn't understand the material, he would try another way to explain the it. He was very creative and persistent in ensuring she got it. My daughter was not struggling in the class, but she loved having a chance to review the material with Daniel. He help her get another angle on the information, understand it at a deeper level, and solidify it for her. In addition to being a talented tutor, he is also a very nice person. Contact Daniel at Erika J

Tutor for AP Biology Class

Oct 2013

My daughter is a good student, but really struggling with her AP Biology course at Berkeley High school. I'm thinking that she may benefit from a tutor. Does anyone have recommendations for a good tutor for this course? Any idea how much they would charge? I've searched previous postings, but there aren't many recommendations for this particular course. It would also be helpful to hear from other parents of students who have taken this course. Is there anything else you would recommend other than getting a tutor? Thanks in advance for your support and recommendations. BH mom

Ugh! That AP Biology class! We suffered through that a couple of years ago. It covers an overwhelming amount of information and requires students to really step up their studying skills. We used a tutor from Achieve Learning (on Grand in Oakland) paying $45/hour for a tutor who would come to our house. That tutor is no longer there but they might have someone else who can tutor this subject.

We have also liked the Bay Area Tutoring Center in Berkeley (not for AP Bio, for geometry and pre-calculus but I know they tutor AP Bio), for which we paid $55/hour but we had to go to Berkeley.

I pushed my daughter (to no avail) to join a study group or get a study buddy which was recommended by her teacher; I think it definitely helps to study this with others. We also got her a supplemental study guide and she watched videos on the Khan Academy site.

With all of this (plus some study help from me) she managed to improve her grade but it was definitely an uphill battle. Glad to have AP Bio in the rearview

Chemistry Tutor Recommended

May 2013

Chemistry Tutor Recommended. Amy Hansen is a very knowledge, personable, and professional tutor. She is retired from many years of teaching at Berkeley High School and knows the material extremely well. Amy has met with our daughter weekly throughout this school year and helped her tackle Honors Chemistry. She is always on time, explains the concepts from several different perspectives, and provides review questions. My daughter has really appreciated Amy's clarity and has enjoyed meeting with her. Amy can be reached at hansena49 [at] Jacquie W

Tutor for AP Chemistry

Dec 2012

My 10th grader needs help with AP Chem, can anyone pass along the name of an East Bay tutor? Anon.

We used Elizabeth Znameroski through East Bay Tutoring, you can reach her directly at: eaz [at] She is amazing! Maggie

My son, also a sophmore, recently started working with a tutor to help him with chemistry and has had several meetings already. I found the tutor through Aspire Education, My son is now so enthusiastic about what he is learning that he wants to tutor chemistry. A good tutor is a blessing!

Chemistry tutor review

May 2012

I want to recommend Steve Brand as a chemistry tutor. He provided great guidance to my son during the second semester of AP Chemistry at Berkeley High.

Not only did my son learn what he needed about how to approach the chemistry problems before him, but his confidence and pride in himself as a person who could tackle and master challenging work grew.

When he started with Mr. Brand, my son was feeling defeated, so much so that when new material was presented he basically stopped listening as he did not expect to understand.

Mr. Brand's support extended beyond the tutoring hour, supplying practice examples and instruction on how to strategically approach questions.

By the beginning of May, he was able to grapple with the AP practice tests as comfortably as he does when engaged in subjects in which he experiences himself as capable. When I asked how the exam went, he replied that he felt very well prepared. Parent of now confident AP student

Need a Physics AP tutor

Oct 2011

I need a recommendation for an AP Physics tutor to come to our house (or to the library) in Orinda. Also, what is the going rate? Thanks. Anon

Why don't you try Beatrice Rey-Herme in Orinda 925-253-6978. She is EXCELLENT--- she is now $70/hour but extremely competent and will get through to your teen. You can mention my name-- she has a pretty booked schedule. alice

Review: math and science tutor

Sept 2011

I am writing to give a sincere recommendation for Josh Shiode, a highly qualified tutor for high school level math and science. We first learned of Josh last week through Chat Hull, a tutor who we read about on BPN. We were desperately looking for a tutor who could help our 16-year old daughter with AP Calculus and Mechanical Physics. Chat was fully booked for the semester, but suggested that we contact Josh, one of his grad-student colleagues at Cal who has a high level of success in tutoring students in need of extra help and support in science and math. Josh responded promptly to my (multiple)emails, thoughtfully answered all of my questions, and helped us to come up with a plan to help our daughter on her way towards better grades. He is efficient, generous with his time, and from our experience, an incredibly nice person! He can be reached at jhshiode [at] Monika

Chemistry, Math Tutor(s) - BHS

Sep 2011

Hi, We are looking for a Chemistry and a Math tutor for our sophomore at Berkeley High - possibly the same person, doesn't have to be. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks so much. Concerned BHS Parents

Azul Lewis is a wonderful, kind, patient and effective tutor in maths and sciences. She worked with both of my teens in chemistry and advanced maths, including statistics, and was practically a member of our family for five years. She came every week, worked quietly at the kitchen table with our kids, gave them lots of confidence. Our son began math analysis with a ''D'' and ended up with ''B''s. Her email is azullewis [at] Good luck! kathe

My daughter had a wonderful experience at Classroom Matters in Berkeley. ( Meg, worked closely with my daughter and her teachers to make sure she understood the material, kept up on assignments, and was adequately prepared for tests. Without Meg and Classroom Matters, she would have had an enormous struggle to keep up in Chemistry and Geometry. I'd highly recommend them! Tanya

Check the post in the last edition of BPN. Misha went to BHS and knows the teachers and subject matter. I highly recommend him. Experienced math and science tutor available for 2011-2012 academic year. Alumnus of University of Pennsylvania engineering school. Over 7 years tutoring and childcare experience including program director at Camp Kee Tov. Tutoring subjects include all pre-high school math, physics, AP physics, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, AP calculus AB/BC, SAT, and SAT II. Call Misha Yerlick at (510) 295-3484 or email at myerlick [at] satisfied parent

Physics Tutor for high school student

Sept 2010

We're looking for a Physics tutor. Can you recommend someone who is a great Physics tutor and an effective communicator? The student is a junior at Miramonte High School in Orinda who is struggling with Physics. Many thanks!

Try calling the Physics department on campus. We hired a Physics graduate student for my daughter when she was at Berkeley High. He was young, patient, and very helpful. And not too expensive. Anon

Hi there! I highly recommend Matt at Classroom Matters. He is an amazing tutor who has helped dozens of students over the years. Here is his bio:

Matt Criden was born and raised on a kibbutz in Northern Israel, and spent his childhood making friends with exchange students from all over the world. After serving in the Israeli air force for three years, he moved to Berkeley to pursue his education. Matt has recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Astrophysics and a minor in Physics. His plan for the future involves attending medical school, doing research, and potentially teaching in an academic setting, while keeping Astrophysics as a life long hobby. Matt is a dedicated and engaging tutor with helpful and motivating techniques to help his students love Physics and all things math related. Matt believes that every student has the potential to excel at math and science when the subjects are presented in the ''right'' way--by focusing on the student's learning style. With experience, patience, and a positive attitude, Matt helps students gain the comprehension they need to get the grades they deserve.

Also, please note that Classroom Matters offers a sliding scale, if cost is an issue. Call us at 540-8646 for more information. Classroom Matters

Chemistry and Geometry tutor needed

Feb 2010

Our Berkeley High sophomore is in need of tutoring in chemistry and geometry. We'd like her to have the support she needs in these areas as soon as possible before the semester is much further along. We're looking for tutors for each subject (unless we luck out and find one individual who can tutor in both areas). We're in North Berkeley (but can travel as needed) and she's available after school and on the weekends. Recommendations greatly appreciated. Many thanks

Two years ago my daughter used Rosie Ueng for Chemistry and Dominica Phetteplace for algebra 2 and was pleased with her results. Rosie is on Ellsworth, easily gotten to from BHS, at 510-649-3039. Dominica is on Piedmont near Julia Morgan Center, at 510-666-1088 or dominica [at]

2005 - 2009 Recommendations

Tutor for both Physics and Calculus

Oct 2009

My son is taking Physics and Calculus this year and is having a really hard time keeping up. He is usually a very good student, but this year has just been very difficult for him. Does anyone have recent experience with a tutor who is very ''professional'' and can teach both subjects? Concerned parent

Lizette Greybe (not sure of the spelling!) teaches both Calculus and Physics. She started helping our son with Calculus this year, but is now also doing Physics with him. She is excellent! Her number is 510-338-0103.
Had the same experience

My son, a senior in high school, loves the Bay Area Tutoring Center on Shattuck and Rose. Currently he is being tutored in physics and AP Stats. In previous years he has gone for Honors English, chemistry, and pre-calculus. He speaks highly of all of the tutors, and has referred many of his classmates there. I am a teacher myself, and have been really happy with his experience there.
Happy with Bay Area Tutoring Center

We used Connexion Tutoring last year for my son. He only needed a tutor for calculus but they also had tutors for physics. I don't know if Patrick McKenna is still available but he was excellent, patient, great at explaining, helped raised my son's grade from a C to an A. I think he could also tutor physics. The entire Connexion Tutoring operation was really efficient and we received a session report each week via email, something we had never had from a tutor before. Their website is

Chat Hull, Astronomy Department, UC Berkeley chat.hull [at]
He's amazing! He's a former high school teacher, has great rapport with teens, makes good use of the hour, and is encouraging and clear in his explanations. We used him as a physics tutor (AP Physics at BHS for my daughter after she got behind 2nd Semester and stopped understanding what was taught) -- he brought her up to speed in no time! I'm sure he can also tutor calculus. He came to our house in North Berkeley but was willing to meet at a coffee shop or wherever was convenient for us.
Mom of BHS Grad who did well on AP Exam

Paul Gee did an excellent job tutoring my daughter in Calculus and Physics. He was very good at explaining the material and was very patient in his approach. He encouraged my daughter to ask lots of questions and motivated her to work hard on understanding the concepts. I found it particularly helpful that he previewed upcoming topics for my daughter so that she was able to follow the teacher's lectures more easily. My daughter would not have done as well without his help. You can reach Paul at 510-502-8465. Good luck!
Thankful Mom

My child had the opportunity to work with a great tutor, Karen Street, who helped him to catch up and pass his AP Physics class. We were already into the second semester when we discovered that he had fallen behind and was receiving failing grades. She worked with him weekly to help him catch up with late homework, exams and extra credit projects. She evaluated his situation and developed a plan that helped him progress as quickly as possible with flexibility and lots of encouragement built in. My son, in turn, became motivated to catch up, learn and pass his class. I highly recommend Karen, who is also a former Berkeley High physics teacher. Her email: karen_street [at]

Tutor for AP Chemistry

Oct 2009

I am looking for a grad student or someone similar who can tutor my junior-in-high school son in AP Chemistry. Prefer experienced tutor with references. Oakland or Piedmont area a plus. Thank you. High Schooler's Mom

My son is also a high school junior taking AP Chem. He speaks very highly of his tutor, who also helped him w/ AP Bio last year. I know that she tutors many Berkeley High kids. She works from her home, in south Berkeley (Ellsworth Street, across from LeConte School). Her name is Rosie, telephone number 649-3039. anon

I highly recommend Amy Hansen, a BHS AP Chemistry teacher, as a tutor. She is enthusiastic, dedicated and hands-on. My twin sons had her as a teacher last year and not only did she spark their interest, but she gave them a great foundation on which to build. In addition, both boys performed well on the AP exam and SAT subject test. Her love of the subject and teacher skills make her a perfect tutor. You can contact Amy at hansena49 [at] Nancy

Sep 13 2009

I highly recommend Steve Brand. Steve tutored both of my children in AP Chemistry over the last several years with excellent results. He is a former BHS teacher who knows the curriculum and he was able to quickly see where my kids needed additional help. More importantly, as an experienced teacher, he knew how to approach the material in a way that was understandable and even interesting. He clearly knows and loves the subject matter and brings real enthusiasm to his teaching. He is also well organized and kind. He can be reached at stephenbrand44 [at] Margaret

July 2008

Chemistry tutor: I highly recommend Steve Brand. He is a retired Berkeley high chemistry teacher, so he knows the program and teachers there. We hired him for 5 sessions at the end of the year. He was excellent at helping our son look at his returned labs and tests to see how the answers could have been more complete. In covering upcoming materials for tests he would say ''this is what the teacher will be looking for in your answer''. He was patient and positive. His contact information is stephenbrand44 [at], 415-456-4243. M

Nov 2007

Can anyone recommend a tutor for chemistry? My child is failing in her basic chem (not AP) class at BHS. Need someone ASAP at a reasonable rate if possible. Deborah

I would recommend Rosie Ueng at 649-3039 and Classroom Matters in Berkeley 540-8646. Karen

AP Physics tutor needed

Dec 2006

AP Physics tutor needed (now) that knows the Berkeley High course. BPN has only 1 listing so I need more referrals. Thank you

If you are looking for a great physics tutor, you should get in touch with Paul Osborne, ''Paul The Tutor''. He has a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Santa Barbara, a Master of Education from Harvard, and has been tutoring for years. I am a teacher, and I have seen him do some great work with students of every level. Try giving him a call at (510) 301-5302 or check out his website at which you can also use to send him an e-mail anon

August 2006

My daughter needed extensive help to understand her college physics course. She had an excellent tutor, Warner Freeman, who broke the material down to her in a simplified fashion step by step so that she was able to grasp the concepts and make them her own in a way she never understood them in class. The tutor is a former Berkeley science teacher. Reasonable rates, 524-0452 pauline

Oct 2006

My son is a junior at BHS and is struggling with chemistry. I am looking for a chem tutor who can help once a week. We live in Berkeley. Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated

My son is being tutored by Steve Brand, a wonderful and well-known chemistry teacher who taught for many years at Berkeley High. He is not just a homework help kind of tutor (though he could do that, too), but a true teacher, filled with knowledge and enthusiasm. He can teach all kinds of students, either ones who are struggling or the AP variety. His number is 415-456-4243. He's here in the East Bay tutoring several times a week.
happy with tutor

Fortunately ,I heard about Classroom Matters through another family when our daughter entered her Sophomore year at BHS. She was struggling to organize her time and prioritize subjects in advance of testing. I arranged to have her meet once a week for English, Biology and Spanish help and a review of what was due, when and how much more studying needed to happen. She incorporated the tutoring and study skills into her routine with impressive results and I was incredibly relieved to have her look forward to sharing her concerns regularly with her tutor and getting the help she needed. In her junior year she needed additional tutoring for Math Analysis, Chemistry and the SAT 2s. Her GPA soared as a result of her tutoring at Classroom Matters.
Signed: Karen

Sept 2006

we are seeking a tutor in Chemistry to assist my son on a consistent basis per week during the BHS academic year

If you are looking for a chemistry tutor, you ought to get in touch with Paul Osborne (Paul The Tutor). He does some really good work with a lot of students, and has a masters in education from Harvard. He has his website at and you can send him an email through the website. You can also reach him by phone at (510) 301- 5302. He is quite expensive, though I believe he has other tutors who work for him who are less expensive.

I was so impressed at this tutor's mastery of the subject of chemisty as well as her ability to relate to teenagers and to make the learning up-beat. She is a Cal graduate student and has worked for Ivy West. Her name is Lena and her number is 205-8675. She also tutors in math.

Aug 10 2006

I am highly recommending Andrew Gordon Kirsch, a current UCLA student, as an excellent Chemistry tutor. We hired him to help with summer Chem. He is practical and patient providing positive reinforcement all along the way. He is courteous and reliable. He motivates. My daughter passed the class with flying colors. He will be around until late Sept. before he leaves for school. You can reach Andrew at: AndrewTheTutor[at] 510-526-7371 Candi

July 2006

Paul Osborne, Paul The Tutor, is doing his School Readiness classes again this August. I have seen these classes do a wonderful job of getting students ready for math and science classes. Courses last one week, and he does a different course for each math level from pre- algebra to algebra 2 and for chemistry. He should have information about these classes on his website You can also reach him by email at paulthetutor[at] or by phone at 510.301.5302

AP Biology review session/tutor needed

April 2006

10th grader would like a couple of review sessions before the AP Biology test. Evenings or weekends.

If you are looking for a Biology Tutor, you should get in touch with Paul Osborne (Paul The Tutor). His undergraduate degree is in Biology, he has a masters in education from Harvard, and he has been tutoring for 15 years. You can learn more about him on his website at You can send him an email at paulthetutor[at] or give him a call at (510) 301-5302. Marta

Seeking Chemistry tutor for BHS student

March 2006

I am currently looking for a chemistry tutor for my 14 yr old son who is enrolled at BHS. He has fallen behind and we are looking for someone to help him catch-up and perhaps continue through out the balance of the school year. Denise

I highly recommend Paul D. Osborne. He can be reached at (510) 301-5302. His website is and his work email is paulthetutor[at] anon

Feb 2006

Can anyone recommend a good Chemistry tutor for a BHS freshman who's in over his head with Advanced Chemistry? anon

Both of my kids took AP Chemistry at Berkeley High, and both eventually needed the assistance of a private tutor to get through the class. My son had a wonderful tutor last year named Steve Brand -- I believe Mr. Brand taught AP and Advanced Chemistry at BHS for years before he retired. His phone number is 415-819-4243 (cell). My daughter had a tutor named Rosie whom she loved, but unfortunately this was two years ago and I no longer have her phone number. Jessica Seaton

I am a teacher, and I have seen Paul Osborne, Paul The Tutor, do excellent work as a chemistry tutor. He helps students understand chemistry hollistically as opposed to giving them formulas to memorize. The students I have referred to him all say they understand more thanks to his help, and their grades go up accordingly. You can see more about what he does at his website, which is His phone number is (510) 301-5302 Good Luck Concerned Teacher

Jan 06 2006

Warner Freeman, former King Middle School Science Dept. Chair, was a fantastic tutor for my daughter in science and chemistry. He was able to get her excited about learning and to answer her questions by explaining them within a conceptual framework so that she retained the material because it became meaningful to her life. He gave her a strong foundaton. He is particularly interested in helping students overcome their own insecurities about their ability to master science and other subjects. He relates to young people in a way that makes them excited about learning. Reasonable rates. His phone is 524-0452. pauline

2004 & Earlier

Feb. 2004


My daughter began AP Chemistry at El Cerrito High School this fall and it soon became apparent that she was not going to do well in this rigorous class without help. In my desperate search for a chemistry tutor, I found Steve Brand, in the Parents of Teen Newsletter. Steve Brand is a recently retired AP Chemistry teacher from Berkeley High School with 30 years of experience. He is an incredible tutor. With so much material to cover in ECHS's block schedule, it is almost too much to master for their weekly tests. Each week, Steve would meet with my daughter, he would answer all her questions and then point out the chapter's key concepts and help her understand how these concepts relate. Steve brought models to help explain some of the more difficult concepts. Even without models, Steve had the ability to make the subject concrete and accessible. Building confidence was an added benefit for which I am grateful. My daughter's success in AP Chemistry is largely due to Steve's help. Steve Brand can be reached at: stephenbrand44 [at] Irene

August 2003

Steve Brand is the most phenomenal teacher my son has ever experienced. Mr. Brand presents a difficult subject in an accessible and enjoyable (sometimes even hilarious) way. My son is not greatly interested in scientific matters, but talked frequently about topics presented in chemistry class during the year he took AP chem from Mr. Brand. He also got a 5 on the AP exam, something I'm sure wouldn't have happened without Mr. Brand's guidance and encouragement. I can't imagine a better chemistry tutor (or stand-up comedy coach, for that matter). I believe contact information is available from the archives. stephenbrand44 [at]
impressed BHS parent

My son got some tutoring for AP Chem from Paul Osborne last year - (510) 301-5302. We started too late in the year (April) for it to make a huge difference, but it did help some, and they got along well. My son was feeling really overwhelmed--once you get a bit hehind, it gets harder and harder to catch up. The tutoring helped him understand some of the concepts he'd missed, so he could move on. I wished we'd started sooner. Linda (11/99)

This past spring we used a tutor named Paul Osborne to help our son with Chemistry. Our son (a sophomore) liked him quite a bit, and said he explained things well. I know he tutors math in addition to science, and he seems to work with quite an age range--elementary through high school. We pulled him in late in the year, when chemistry suddenly got MUCH harder; in retrospect, I wished I had heeded the trouble-signs earlier, and gotten him some help in February, instead of April! He came to our home. You can reach him at (510) 301-5302.

Linda (7/99)