I am happy to give one-on-one or group lessons. My teaching method involves explaining the theoretical aspects of the subject but also include interesting examples to highlight were the content has been applied in real life applications. This would be followed by working through calculations and/or examples. I would generally ask probing or leading questions to help students solve problems they get stuck on so that they can internalize and a get a deeper understanding of the subject. I would generally also provide additional problems for them to solve at home on their own.
I am a seasoned R&D Scientist and Senior Manager with 16 years industrial experience with a passion for sharing my knowledge and experience. I possess a PhD (Chemistry) and an MBA. I believe that chemistry is a living subject and try to show my students the practical application of the theory being taught as well as very importantly the interconnectedness of the various branches of chemistry.
7 years experience tutoring and instructed practical’s in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry to chemistry majors (1st – 3rd years) and pharmacy undergraduates (1st year).
Tutored high school chemistry (GRADES 7 -12) & IB.
Travel included as well as preparation of practice tests and homework
MBA University of Stellenbosch Business School 2015.
EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB accredited. Cum Laude
Universitè Laval, Canada, Summer Executive MBA Program.
PhD Rhodes University 2000
BSc(Hons.) Rhodes University 1995
Chemistry. 1st Class pass
BSc Rhodes University 1994 Chemistry and Biochemistry. Chemistry with 1st Class pass
Invited Lecturer 2013
School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu Natal
Teaching Assistant, tutor and practical demonstrator 1995 – 2000
Rhodes University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Tutored and instructed practical’s in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry to chemistry major (1st – 3rd years) undergraduates. Laboratory instruction included proper laboratory equipment use, laboratory safety and theoretical knowledge transfer. Responsible for grading of reports and assignments.
Heterogeneous Catalyst Deactivation.
Cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis .
Heterogeneous Catalyst Characterization.
Tutored chemistry to highs school and university students.
Michael has worked with my students for many years. He has a keen mind, great interest and knowledge of chemistry, and, importantly, a lot of patience. He also communicates well. He's a great teacher.
Michael and I worked together, I feel that his teaching style is the discussion method. With his couching you find your own way to a solution.
He tutored me in chemistry and I found his depth of knowledge as well as his calm approach invaluable in successfully passing the subject. I feel that Michael will be able to assist “students” in a wide ranging skill base to achieve excellence. Instilling an appreciation for chemistry and the confidence to progress further academically.
Michael is not only a highly intelligent individual, he is an amazing friend, husband and father, and has the ability to translate complex information into simpler units of understanding. He was one of the Top students in our MBA year and is reliable, honest, trustworthy and disciplined. In my opinion Michael will not only make an exceptional teacher or lecturer to students, but he has the enviable ability to excel at every challenge put to him. He is highly recommended and will add value to every person entrusted to his care. I endorse his strong ethics, integrity, Leadership and Values-driven mindset. Students will definitely thrive under his guidance!
Dr Michael was our advisor from Sasol in different industrial projects, and I as a coordinator of the meetings between UKZN (academia) and Sasol had the opportunity to communicate with him very often. He is a highly knowledgeable person, who is keen to teach and transfer the science to the younger generation. He is a patient teacher and makes sure his learners fully understand the discussed items. He is kind to his students and always uses smart strategies to have students engaged while loving their projects. I was very keen to arrange and attend new meetings with him for our research group since Michael's comments were able to turn them into a compressed verbal book for learning. He is an excellent scientist with the wealth of industrial experiences. So, having him as your tutor is a great move without a doubt.
Dr M.D. Farahani
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