Lisa from El Monte, CA
He is easy to reach over the phone (call or text). He is able to answer all questions to a point where it is easy to understand (breaks down formulas and explains). He is very knowledgeable in many subjects, so no matter what it is he is able to help.
"Very knowledgeable but not adequately prepared to teach MCAT verbal"
JEFFREY from San Marino, CA
I found John very knowledgeable about many subjects about current events and real world experiences as a lawyer. However, he was unprepared to teach the verbal section of the MCAT. We read 2 passages together that I had read before, but had trouble comprehending. John did not provide me with an analysis or summary of the passages. I asked John about how to approach specific parts of the passage to improve comprehension but his feedback was not helpful. We answered quite a few questions incorrectly. His feedback for our mistakes left me unconvinced on why the correct answers were in fact correct. Comparing John to verbal instructors from my experience in 2 MCAT prep courses, he lacks a systematic and guided approach necessary to comprehending verbal passages and answering questions. He may be a great tutor for other standardized tests and possibly for the science sections of the MCAT, but not for the verbal section.
"Very professional and effective."
Patricia from Alhambra, CA
John has been tutoring my grandson for several months. He is professional and effective. He is not only a good tutor, but a good teacher as well. His style has helped build confidence and pride and we really appreciate it. He is a good match!
Sandy from Arcadia, CA
My daughter was so excited and kept talking about Biology after this lesson, DNA, RNA, Mutation, Deletion, she said it was like you have opened a door and she went to a room with a lot of interesting things inside, not just questions and answers, I have never seen her so bright and talkative, it is AMAZING, Thanks.
Mirna from Los Angeles, CA
John is extremely intelligent and helpful!! I went with him so he could help me with my thesis paper. He is very professional and reliable!! I did not finish all of my pages since I have a hard time meeting a deadline. I emailed him my last pages at 5:00 AM and he was so responsible that woke up early to help me. I am very grateful for all of his help!! Yesterday I received my thesis and I got an A. So happy I am finally done with my B.A.! I will go with him when I start my credential program and CBEST. Thank you so much!! He is a great teacher!
Spencer from South Pasadena, CA
John, We want to thank you for helping our daughter. We are very happy with her SAT score. You were instrumental to her success. Thank you.
"Consistently 5 stars."
Alex from Duarte, CA
John has tutored both my boys in algebra and pre-algebra. My oldest son started with John two years ago. After each tutoring session, I always ask my sons what to rate his lesson, and they always choose 5 stars. John is methodical, patient, and clear. As a mom, I always appreciate the fact that he "debriefs" me after the lesson and lets me know where they are and what they covered, and if there were any "rough spots". He never judges his students and always has them leaving the session with a positive mind frame. It is a wonderful thing to have such a support when emotions can run high if a child doesn't understand a concept. John is a kind, supportive, knowledgeable teacher with a breadth of knowledge. More importantly, he can lift the struggling child to success in HOW to study and give skills to help them use in all academics.
"Easy to understand and work with"
Gary from Glendale, CA
It's only been my first lesson so I don't have an opinion yet. He was easy to work with, very calm in his approach and obviously very smart. We started right off and went through the material at a good pace to understand.
"Incredible, and patient very professional. "
Denise from Arcadia, CA
John has made our lives so much more bearable. He really has connected with my son, who has ADHD which John understands very well. My son who is now a Senior in high school looks forward to meeting with John 2 to 3 times a week. John is very good at boosting his self esteem. My sons grades have improved steadily since starting with John over a year ago. John is also very flexible and accommodating to our schedule which is also the icing on the cake. He is knowledgeable in most subjects and truly takes his job seriously. If your child is struggling and you want to see grade improvement John is definitely the one that can get the job done an is well worth the money. From one Thankful Mother.
"Very Calm & Patient"
Jin from San Marino, CA
John L. is calm, patient, punctual, while flexible and understanding. He certainly focuses on the student's strength and encourages them for a successful development.
Lisa from San Marino, CA
John L. has been a true blessing to our daughter Maren in preparing her for the SAT. Not only does he have a masterful understanding of the material, he is able to communicate it to the student in a clear and gracious way, always affirming and encouraging as he does so. Maren is an A student but felt intimidated by the math section. John took her from feeling overwhelmed to confident. She has now taken the SAT and was encouraged by the experience. Thank you, John! You are very highly recommended!
"Great reliable tutor"
Louise from Sierra Madre, CA
John was my 11th grade sons Algebra II tutor weekly for the past 8 months. I would recommend John as someone who will motivate your child using patience to help them understand their lessons. My son really liked Johns help and always felt like he explained the concepts better than his teacher did. Math is not my sons strength and is very hard for him to grasp so we needed John throughout the year to help our son pass his course.
"Fantastic tutor who is there when you need him!"
Lee from New York, NY
John is terrific. He's super smart, super knowledgeable and always ready to help out in a pinch when it comes down to that. He's been a true lifesaver for me and I am incredibly grateful to him!!!!
Elena from La Crescenta, CA
My son just received his new SAT scores. He moved from 560 in Critical Reading last time he took it to 680. Simply amazing. Thank you, John, for helping us achieve this high goal!
Joel from Pasadena, CA
My 13 yo son was having a little difficulty achieving his normal level of focus today. John intuitively mixed things up a bit by discussing a few other subjects including bees, ladybugs, and insect life cycles. Thus John provided an enjoyable and educational mental diversion that helped my son renew his focus.
"I could not ask for a more responsive Tutor for our son!"
Bill from Arcadia, CA
While our son is a good student he still gets lost sometimes on the nuances of High School Chemistry. John helps him with those areas and has made a significant difference between our son getting an B+ and getting a Solid A.
The convenience of working by email and phone rather than having in person meeting is just awesome.
I have used various tutors and John is both dependable and able to help where and when it is needed
Lee from New York, NY
What is shocking to me is the wide range of subjects John is an expert in. He has helped me in everything from Anatomy to History. He is really an amazing resource. So helpful and so smart. I can't recommend him highly enough!!
"Knowledgeable, Patient, Accommodating, & Professional!"
Jackie from Pasadena, CA
John - Both my husband and I want to thank you very much for accommodating our needs. Being open to tutoring our daughter when she returned to school up North was a blessing we never thought would be possible. You have been the consummate professional and we really appreciate everything you’ve done to prepare her for her final. We would recommend you without any hesitation!
"Patient, Kind and Wise"
Kristin from San Marino, CA
John tutored my son in Molecular Biology and Algebra 2 last year. Once he started working with him, the lights came on. He engaged my son from the first lesson. We are so grateful to have had the pleasure of such a patient, kind and wise tutor.
"very very effective session "
Susie from San Gabriel, CA
I needed to motivate and get my son to get ready for high school over this summer, so I decided to book a session for my son and his friend together to give them some incentive. We have gone through many different tutor situations, private, after-school, group study ... it all worked and I thought that was what I should expect. But one session with John completely changed my mind. He is effective, engaging and most of all stimulates them to think and gives them confidence for sure. As my son said he really learned how to concentrate and focus on what's in front of him. John is very effective, engaging, very patient and good listener.
Patricia from La Verne, CA
John seemed to know a lot about the subject. He provided a lot of background information which really helped me to understand the application of the subject.
"Fantastic, especially for gifted children!"
Jane from Los Angeles, CA
John has been a godsend for my 13 year old son, who was not being academically challenged in his current school. John has great respect for the advanced yet still-maturing mind, and takes his role seriously. The two of them discuss the application of algebra to astronomy, and then branch out from there, discussing the origins of the planet, the planets and stars, and other topics usually thought of as too difficult to tackle for a child that age. My son thoroughly enjoys John's calm presence and extraordinary knowledge. He makes learning come alive, and that is a priceless gift!
"Quick and Professional"
Georgia from San Gabriel, CA
My son had a productive and helpful lesson before a big math test. My son said he has never felt so prepared for an Algebra 2 test before. I really appreciate John's flexibility, punctuality and professionalism. We will be setting up a regular schedule to continue tutoring.
"Thorough and patient"
Arlina from Pico Rivera, CA
Very patient and thorough. He has helped me a lot.
"Forget Kaplan, there's an easier way!"
Mariko from Los Angeles, CA
I took the GMAT recently, and attempted to study for it on my own using three different study guides that were loaded with examples, practice problems, and methods. Despite my self-inflicted slavery to my studying, I did not do anywhere near as well as I had hoped I would on the Quantitative section of the test. However, within a few minutes of sitting down with John, I was learning alternative, easier ways to find the answers to problems that had plagued me from Day 1 of studying on my own. I also found myself doing a great deal of material mentally rather than writing it all out. John's teaching methods pulled me out of the black hole of complication brought about by my Kaplan study guides and showed me a simpler, more time-efficient way of finding answers without having an anxiety attack of second-guessing. He's very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and great at building understanding and confidence. Great tutor!