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John O.

Math/Science Tutoring - Planning for Success

Carlsbad, CA (92009)

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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.

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John’s subjects

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.

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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 from 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.

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