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John O.

Carlsbad, CA

$45/hr

Math/Science Tutoring - Planning for Success

Background check passed as of 10/30/14
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Math/Science Tutoring - Planning for Success

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Dear parents and students,

You can read my testimonials and read about my background - and soon you'll be convinced that I have the math and science knowledge, and teaching skills necessary to help you - then it comes down to cost, schedule and location.

I have a very flexible schedule because in addition to tutoring I have my own small business – both are run from a high quality office, attached to my home with separate private entrance.

If you drive to me and are a repeat client, I will also give you preferential scheduling and pricing. Bottom line, if you live in Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside or Encinitas, then you are very close to a very good tutor.

To cater to parents who I prefer be present while tutoring, I offer a comfortable environment with wireless internet access, so that a parent can relax and get caught up on e-mail, etc., while also listening to the lesson. The office is accessible so parents can come and go during the tutoring.

My background: I was the top math student in my high school and started college as a Math Major before switching to Mechanical Engineering. I completed all math through differential equations, as well as science and engineering courses like chemistry, physics and much more with mostly "A" grades. I also hold a M.S.in Engineering Management which included more math courses.

I've informally tutored all along. I took paying clients starting 7 years ago - a high school algebra II student. I have tutored for local math learning centers and tutoring clubs.

Since college, I've completed courses that have kept my math skills fresh. I studied to become a six sigma black belt at Motorola and took a week long "Design of Experiments" course. When I decided to start my own investment advisory firm with just 10 hours study, I took the three hour Series 65 exam and passed it easily in less than 2 hours. I passed 6 WyzAnt certification tests in about 90 minutes with no preparation. The next morning I did the same with 5 more of their tests, including chemistry.

I tutored my own "math reluctant" daughter through 4 years of high school math. She's a senior in high school as of March 2012. My favorite student, of course.

Every student thinks differently. I give students options of how to understand and solve a problem. Here are two ways to look at this problem, which approach works best for you?

I teach students to become better math students. I teach them how to check their own work for “silly mistakes” - critical for exams and ACT/SAT. If they develop the skill to check their work, it can result in one full grade difference. I teach them how to work most effectively with their teacher. I teach them how to use their books and other resources (including their tutor) most effectively, etc.

As opportunities arise I will take a few moments to teach "number sense" skills to the student that will help them in life and in all future math classes. I also teach how math links to related topics - sciences like chemistry and physics.

To the extent that a parent wants to get involved - I am willing to "teach" the parent to "be the math tutor" when I am not there, particularly for younger students. I help the student need a math tutor less. Between books, notes, teacher, parents, other students and finding explanations on-line - the student can do quite a bit on their own. This helps them be a better, more resourceful and independent college student.

I am sensitive to the cost of a tutor and will help you use my time most effectively to give you the biggest bang for your buck. I discourage my time being used to be present while doing homework. It's best if the student has made a good attempt at the homework first and brings their specific questions forward.

I do my best to make math and science fun and add a little dose of math humor. We're all working hard and a smile now and then helps keep us all moving forward.

Finally, some students may currently lack motivation. I can certainly understand their frustration. It's a horrible feeling to not understand math - and a great feeling when you conquer it. I will do everything possible to produce a good attitude in a student. There may be situations where a turnaround is not possible. I deplore giving up and will communicate and work closely with student and parent to produce results.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor"

- John, San Marcos, CA on 4/7/12
John replied on 7/13/2012

I can't tell you how proud I am of John's efforts. On his first test after we starting working together he got a 92 which was subsequently "curved up" to 96.5%!! Wow! It's exciting to see such dramatic improvement! He was carrying an overall strong B after a third exam and I think he was on his way to getting an A on the final and perhaps getting an A overall. Then the instructor suddenly cancelled the final. John was very happy to not take the final and get his B. Of course I wanted him to have the shot at an "A"!

"Very thorough tutor"

- Natasha, Carlsbad, CA on 12/20/14

"Knowledgeable, Thorough and Patient Tutor"

- Mary, Carlsbad, CA on 4/10/14

"Knows his math"

- James, Encinitas, CA on 4/10/14

"Very positive experience"

- Lisa, Carlsbad, CA on 1/20/14

"Very patient and thorough tutor"

- Melissa, Carlsbad, CA on 11/3/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Mimi, Carlsbad, CA on 10/31/13

"Great tutor!"

- Gail, Encinitas, CA on 6/23/13

"Excellent and well organized tutor"

- Emma, Encinitas, CA on 11/13/12
John replied on 11/15/2012

Emma's son is a bright young man that is eager to learn. He catches on very quickly and is "learning about learning" as much as he learning about geometry. He's a pleasure to work with.

"Quick results"

- Rebecca, Carlsbad, CA on 11/4/12
John replied on 11/9/2012

Let me be clear - this student produces results - my role is to position her to do well. So kudos to this student for her hard work and producing results.

"Excellent Tutor in AP Physics and Advanced Mathematics"

- Ken, Carlsbad, CA on 11/3/12
John replied on 11/9/2012

This physics student is a dedicated student. Responsible and keeps up with homework.

"Dedicated tutor "

- Renae, Carlsbad, CA on 7/13/12
John replied on 7/16/2012

Renae's daughter is now on to college - very bright in many subjects (athlete too) and tackled a significant number of AP classes. She will go on to great success.

"Great Tutor!"

- Gina, Encinitas, CA on 7/10/12
John replied on 7/13/2012

Gina is a committed student. She works hard at understanding and attempting problems. When we are together, she has specific questions on specific problems. Once we run out of those, we're picking the most difficult problems to work together. By the way, Gina doesn't exactly love math. But she knows she's gotta do what she's gotta do. This is a great attitude! She will go far in life with her attitude and willingness to work.

"Student's grade already improved!"

- Teresa, Carlsbad, CA on 3/20/12
John replied on 3/21/2012

Teresa's daughter is smart, motivated and "coachable". She is a tutor's best case scenario. I am doing a good job as her tutor - but just as or even more important is her response to the tutoring and it is OUTSTANDING! So kudos to this algebra student. I see many "A's" in her future. Though she has already had quizzes with improved grades - she has a test coming up and I can't wait to see the smile on her face and spring in her step after she scores highly on that test!

"Outstanding! My Son enjoyed his session."

- Nasser, San Marcos, CA on 3/10/12
Science:
Physics
Computer:
SPSS
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GMAT,
GRE,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT,
SPSS, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

The best preparation is to purchase a ACT Prep Guide and work through it. The more practice tests it contains the better.

The strategy is to work the practice tests - use each practice as a "cycle of learning" opportunity. The student works with the tutor on every incorrect answer.

I tutor the student on each incorrect answer: 1) fundamentals behind the problem, 2) how to quickly eliminate answers, 3) common tricks and mistakes, and 4) other ways this topic might be asked in a problem.

The student is instructed to prioritize the help they need based on difficulty to them .

I help students to understand how to solve each problem in the context of a mult. choice test. How to save time - and sometimes not have to fully calculate the problem. The combination of math understanding and "number sense" is powerful for these type of tests.

Algebra 1

Algebra is like breathing to me. It is fundamental to all math and science that follows. I enjoy helping students become "fluent" in algebra.

Algebra 2

At this level math teachers expect more and have less patience. I'll help you break it down into manageable understandable pieces.

ASVAB

The best preparation is to purchase an ASVAB Prep Guide and work through it. The more practice tests it contains the better.

The strategy is to work the practice tests - use each practice as a "cycle of learning" opportunity. The student works with the tutor on every incorrect answer.

I tutor the student on each incorrect answer: 1) fundamentals behind the problem, 2) how to quickly eliminate answers, 3) common tricks and mistakes, and 4) other ways this topic might be asked in a problem.

The student is instructed to prioritize the help they need based on difficulty to them .

I help students to understand how to solve each problem in the context of a mult. choice test. How to save time - and sometimes not have to fully calculate the problem. The combination of math understanding and "number sense" is powerful for these type of tests.

Calculus

I love calculus. Math is cumulative - it is no different than with calculus. The challenge is learning the new "Calculus way" of looking at functions (instantaneous changes/slopes, areas under curves, etc.), while still getting a heavy dose of Algebra II, Trig and Geometry. It would be a privilege to help you with this classic math class.

Differential Equations

As a math major in college I studied and received an A in differential equations even before I switched my major to mechanical engineering. Differential equations is widely used in many of my mechanical engineering courses - like heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and intro to nuclear engineering.

Elementary Math

Since math is cumulative, elementary math is crucial to future success. It's a FOUNDATION! I don't know if your "tutoring dollars" can be spent more wisely. It's important to help your child develop "number sense."

Geometry

After an intro to algebra, suddenly students are asked to think spatially and logically in terms of proofs. This can really throw students for a loop. I help them understand the basis of definitions and proofs. Once they understand the "why"; then the tips and techniques of problem-solving make sense and are internalized. I would enjoy helping your student ace their geometry tests!

GMAT

The best preparation is to purchase a GMAT Prep Guide and work through it. The more practice tests it contains the better.

The strategy is to work the practice tests - use each practice as a "cycle of learning" opportunity. The student works with the tutor on every incorrect answer.

I tutor the student on each incorrect answer: 1) fundamentals behind the problem, 2) how to quickly eliminate answers, 3) common tricks and mistakes, and 4) other ways this topic might be asked in a problem.

The student is instructed to prioritize the help they need based on difficulty to them .

I help students to understand how to solve each problem in the context of a mult. choice test. How to save time - and sometimes not have to fully calculate the problem. The combination of math understanding and "number sense" is powerful for these type of tests.

GRE

The best preparation is to purchase a GRE Prep Guide and work through it. The more practice tests it contains the better.

The strategy is to work the practice tests - use each practice as a "cycle of learning" opportunity. The student works with the tutor on every incorrect answer.

I tutor the student on each incorrect answer: 1) fundamentals behind the problem, 2) how to quickly eliminate answers, 3) common tricks and mistakes, and 4) other ways this topic might be asked in a problem.

The student is instructed to prioritize the help they need based on difficulty to them .

I help students to understand how to solve each problem in the context of a mult. choice test. How to save time - and sometimes not have to fully calculate the problem. The combination of math understanding and "number sense" is powerful for these type of tests.

Physics

Extensive experience tutoring physics/AP Physics. Huge library of worked problems - perfect to illustrate how to solve problems and extra practice for chapter exams and the AP Physics Test.

Prealgebra

Algebra is critical to all math/science that follows. Often students struggle with algebra because of "weak formation" in arithmetic when they arrive.

THEREFORE, prealgebra is so critical - very smart to get help at this time!

Precalculus

Love pre-calculus and helping students strengthen their skills before calculus. It would be an honor to assist.

Probability

Probability, like Geometry, is a unique area of math & more challenging than most realize. I can help you get by the most common stumbling blocks.

SAT Math

The best preparation is to purchase a SAT Prep Guide and work through it. The more practice tests it contains the better.

The strategy is to work the practice tests - use each practice as a "cycle of learning" opportunity. The student works with the tutor on every incorrect answer.

I tutor the student on each incorrect answer: 1) fundamentals behind the problem, 2) how to quickly eliminate answers, 3) common tricks and mistakes, and 4) other ways this topic might be asked in a problem.

The student is instructed to prioritize the help they need based on difficulty to them.

I help students to understand how to solve each problem in the context of a mult. choice test. How to save time - and sometimes not have to fully calculate the problem. The combination of math understanding and "number sense" is powerful for these type of tests.

Statistics

Statistics is one of the most important areas of math and used extensively for anyone going into a science or professional practice like marketing or psychology. Even engineers who study more math than any major other than math majors, must take statistics. I can help you increase your understanding and grades.

Study Skills

I counsel students (and parents) on test preparation, homework completion, time management/calendaring, working with the instructor, working with other students, working extra problems to achieve "fluency" and confidence - among many other related topics. I also did the same for my own daughter who is about to graduate high school. This included younger children struggling to focus on homework exhausted in the evening.

An additional resource is the internet where often solved problems can be found to help with current homework or extra practice problems with answers.

Trigonometry

I was such a "math nerd" that I took trig and pre-calculus algebra the summer between my junior and senior years in high school so that I could take calculus as a senior. I will enjoy making trig much easier for you.

John’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by John. View all of John’s resources

As I am tutoring students I am blown away by the over-use of mnemonics in math classes these days. It seems that mnemonics are the crutch for math teachers to avoid actually teaching an UNDERSTANDING of math - or "numbers sense". It seems that over the years that math teachers have lost their faith in students ability to learn math, or have lost their faith in their ability to teach... read more

The reality is that the student may be “in over their head” and no amount of effort will get a satisfactory result. Or maybe the student does not have the time to overly focus on one course over the others even for a short time to recover from a failing grade. This is a difficult and even emotional decision but should at least be momentarily considered. Is this class a necessity? Is there the ability... read more

It's important to plan ahead - "get ahead of the game" whether planning for SAT/ACT or planning for this coming Fall, 2012. Most parents and students wait till they get an "unexpected bad grade" - then REACT. A tutor can help things turnaround at that point - but what about your other classes - do you ignore those to catch up? This is not a good situation. Pressure packed... read more

U. of Nebraska
Mechanical Engineeri
Southern Methodist U
Master's

Education

U. of Nebraska (Mechanical Engineeri)

Southern Methodist U (Master's)

Excellent tutor — Excellent tutor, very patient, goes through homework step by step and helps you do homework problems. Does a lot of prep work for tutoring sessions, will answer homework questions over the phone or email PDF's with math problems worked out free of charge. With John's help I aced my last calculus midterm and continue to improve with my homework. ...

— John, San Marcos, CA on 4/7/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer discounts if you come to my office. I offer group discounts. I want to make it work for you.

Travel policy

John will travel within 10 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92009.


About John

Dear parents and students,

You can read my testimonials and read about my background - and soon you'll be convinced that I have the math and science knowledge, and teaching skills necessary to help you - then it comes down to cost, schedule and location.

I have a very flexible schedule because in addition to tutoring I have my own small business – both are run from a high quality office, attached to my home with separate private entrance.

If you drive to me and are a repeat client, I will also give you preferential scheduling and pricing. Bottom line, if you live in Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside or Encinitas, then you are very close to a very good tutor.

To cater to parents who I prefer be present while tutoring, I offer a comfortable environment with wireless internet access, so that a parent can relax and get caught up on e-mail, etc., while also listening to the lesson. The office is accessible so parents can come and go during the tutoring.

My background: I was the top math student in my high school and started college as a Math Major before switching to Mechanical Engineering. I completed all math through differential equations, as well as science and engineering courses like chemistry, physics and much more with mostly "A" grades. I also hold a M.S.in Engineering Management which included more math courses.

I've informally tutored all along. I took paying clients starting 7 years ago - a high school algebra II student. I have tutored for local math learning centers and tutoring clubs.

Since college, I've completed courses that have kept my math skills fresh. I studied to become a six sigma black belt at Motorola and took a week long "Design of Experiments" course. When I decided to start my own investment advisory firm with just 10 hours study, I took the three hour Series 65 exam and passed it easily in less than 2 hours. I passed 6 WyzAnt certification tests in about 90 minutes with no preparation. The next morning I did the same with 5 more of their tests, including chemistry.

I tutored my own "math reluctant" daughter through 4 years of high school math. She's a senior in high school as of March 2012. My favorite student, of course.

Every student thinks differently. I give students options of how to understand and solve a problem. Here are two ways to look at this problem, which approach works best for you?

I teach students to become better math students. I teach them how to check their own work for “silly mistakes” - critical for exams and ACT/SAT. If they develop the skill to check their work, it can result in one full grade difference. I teach them how to work most effectively with their teacher. I teach them how to use their books and other resources (including their tutor) most effectively, etc.

As opportunities arise I will take a few moments to teach "number sense" skills to the student that will help them in life and in all future math classes. I also teach how math links to related topics - sciences like chemistry and physics.

To the extent that a parent wants to get involved - I am willing to "teach" the parent to "be the math tutor" when I am not there, particularly for younger students. I help the student need a math tutor less. Between books, notes, teacher, parents, other students and finding explanations on-line - the student can do quite a bit on their own. This helps them be a better, more resourceful and independent college student.

I am sensitive to the cost of a tutor and will help you use my time most effectively to give you the biggest bang for your buck. I discourage my time being used to be present while doing homework. It's best if the student has made a good attempt at the homework first and brings their specific questions forward.

I do my best to make math and science fun and add a little dose of math humor. We're all working hard and a smile now and then helps keep us all moving forward.

Finally, some students may currently lack motivation. I can certainly understand their frustration. It's a horrible feeling to not understand math - and a great feeling when you conquer it. I will do everything possible to produce a good attitude in a student. There may be situations where a turnaround is not possible. I deplore giving up and will communicate and work closely with student and parent to produce results.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor"

- John, San Marcos, CA on 4/7/12
John replied on 7/13/2012

I can't tell you how proud I am of John's efforts. On his first test after we starting working together he got a 92 which was subsequently "curved up" to 96.5%!! Wow! It's exciting to see such dramatic improvement! He was carrying an overall strong B after a third exam and I think he was on his way to getting an A on the final and perhaps getting an A overall. Then the instructor suddenly cancelled the final. John was very happy to not take the final and get his B. Of course I wanted him to have the shot at an "A"!

"Very thorough tutor"

- Natasha, Carlsbad, CA on 12/20/14

"Knowledgeable, Thorough and Patient Tutor"

- Mary, Carlsbad, CA on 4/10/14

"Knows his math"

- James, Encinitas, CA on 4/10/14

"Very positive experience"

- Lisa, Carlsbad, CA on 1/20/14

"Very patient and thorough tutor"

- Melissa, Carlsbad, CA on 11/3/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Mimi, Carlsbad, CA on 10/31/13

"Great tutor!"

- Gail, Encinitas, CA on 6/23/13

"Excellent and well organized tutor"

- Emma, Encinitas, CA on 11/13/12
John replied on 11/15/2012

Emma's son is a bright young man that is eager to learn. He catches on very quickly and is "learning about learning" as much as he learning about geometry. He's a pleasure to work with.

"Quick results"

- Rebecca, Carlsbad, CA on 11/4/12
John replied on 11/9/2012

Let me be clear - this student produces results - my role is to position her to do well. So kudos to this student for her hard work and producing results.

"Excellent Tutor in AP Physics and Advanced Mathematics"

- Ken, Carlsbad, CA on 11/3/12
John replied on 11/9/2012

This physics student is a dedicated student. Responsible and keeps up with homework.

"Dedicated tutor "

- Renae, Carlsbad, CA on 7/13/12
John replied on 7/16/2012

Renae's daughter is now on to college - very bright in many subjects (athlete too) and tackled a significant number of AP classes. She will go on to great success.

"Great Tutor!"

- Gina, Encinitas, CA on 7/10/12
John replied on 7/13/2012

Gina is a committed student. She works hard at understanding and attempting problems. When we are together, she has specific questions on specific problems. Once we run out of those, we're picking the most difficult problems to work together. By the way, Gina doesn't exactly love math. But she knows she's gotta do what she's gotta do. This is a great attitude! She will go far in life with her attitude and willingness to work.

"Student's grade already improved!"

- Teresa, Carlsbad, CA on 3/20/12
John replied on 3/21/2012

Teresa's daughter is smart, motivated and "coachable". She is a tutor's best case scenario. I am doing a good job as her tutor - but just as or even more important is her response to the tutoring and it is OUTSTANDING! So kudos to this algebra student. I see many "A's" in her future. Though she has already had quizzes with improved grades - she has a test coming up and I can't wait to see the smile on her face and spring in her step after she scores highly on that test!

"Outstanding! My Son enjoyed his session."

- Nasser, San Marcos, CA on 3/10/12
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Education

U. of Nebraska
Mechanical Engineeri
Southern Methodist U
Master's

Education

U. of Nebraska (Mechanical Engineeri)

Southern Methodist U (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I offer discounts if you come to my office. I offer group discounts. I want to make it work for you.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Carlsbad, CA 92009

John’s Subjects

Science:
Physics
Computer:
SPSS
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GMAT,
GRE,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT,
SPSS, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


John’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by John. View all of John’s resources

As I am tutoring students I am blown away by the over-use of mnemonics in math classes these days. It seems that mnemonics are the crutch for math teachers to avoid actually teaching an UNDERSTANDING of math - or "numbers sense". It seems that over the years that math teachers have lost their faith in students ability to learn math, or have lost their faith in their ability to teach... read more

The reality is that the student may be “in over their head” and no amount of effort will get a satisfactory result. Or maybe the student does not have the time to overly focus on one course over the others even for a short time to recover from a failing grade. This is a difficult and even emotional decision but should at least be momentarily considered. Is this class a necessity? Is there the ability... read more

It's important to plan ahead - "get ahead of the game" whether planning for SAT/ACT or planning for this coming Fall, 2012. Most parents and students wait till they get an "unexpected bad grade" - then REACT. A tutor can help things turnaround at that point - but what about your other classes - do you ignore those to catch up? This is not a good situation. Pressure packed... read more


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