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My greatest strength as a tutor (beyond really knowing the subjects I tutor) is my ability to adapt to and match the way you learn. A close second is my ability to take abstract concepts and make them much more understandable. I don’t do “tricks” since it takes as much effort to memorize tons of tricks as it does to actually learn the stuff (though I do have plenty of ideas on how to do things more easily). What I do do is teach solid theory, techniques, and study skills as simply and directly as I can.
How I Work:
Instead of just repeating what your teacher’s already gone over in class, I’m provide another way of looking at the things that are giving you trouble. Having actually taught in classrooms for over twelve years, I can help you understand why your teacher’s teaching a given topic, how it fits into the “big picture”, and what to watch out for in the future.
I’m excellent at what I do and I adapt to meet your needs. I draw upon the recent advances in brain research to help you perceive and retain what you're learning more effectively. I usually don't administer diagnostic tests because students typically already have a good idea of what their problem is, at least on the surface. Instead, as we start working together, I’ll ask you to show me how to do a problem you’re working on or to explain a term or two. This gives me the information I need to assess your situation. I’m pretty good at sensing where students’ problems are. At the end of the session and periodically thereafter, I’ll give you (and your parents if appropriate) an idea of how things stand and where to go next. If you want me to administer a diagnostic test, I have them available as well.
While I live in Redondo Beach, I travel throughout the South Bay and the Westside. I’m happy to meet at a place that is most convenient for you and me.
I am trustworthy and devoted to my students. I work mornings, afternoons, and evenings, even to midnight if things are that serious. And while most of my students attend traditional public and private schools, I’m comfortable working with home-schoolers as well.
What I Can Help With:
As I said at the beginning, I'm ready to help in a wide variety of Jr. and Sr. high school math and science subjects. If you're studying at the college level, not only can I tutor in math and science, I can also help in an array of engineering subjects as well. Being a chemical engineer I’m well suited to help Chem-E students with thermo, transport phenomena, unit ops, and distillation. Other areas of engineering where my math skills and general engineering knowledge allow me to help include basic mechanical, aero and civil engineering. This is especially so if you’re dealing with thermo, materials science/engineering, statics, or fracture mechanics. If you need assistance with computer programming, I’m experienced in Pascal, FORTRAN, and MS Excel.
So far, I’ve helped students from Cal Poly-SLO, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, USC, Brigham Young Univ, El Camino College, Grand Canyon Univ, Orange County CC, Pasadena CC, Santa Monica College, Univ of Arizona, Univ of Oregon; Chadwick HS, El Segundo HS, Loyola HS, Marlborough HS, Mira Costa HS, New Roads HS, Palos Verdes HS, PV Peninsula HS, Redondo Union HS, North, South & West Torrance HS, and Torrance HS.
Experience Behind my Tutoring:
In 1989, I started my teaching career as an Air Force Academy instructor in statics, materials engineering, and physical metallurgy. In 1997, I continued my teaching career as a credentialed math, chemistry, and physics teacher. I hold current California credentials to teach those subjects in junior and senior high schools. Of particular interest to many home schoolers would be my ability to teach using the Singapore Math approach.
As far as my education goes, I've earned:
- A BE (chemical engineering) from Georgia Tech,
- An MS (materials engineering) from the University of Dayton
- Single Subject Teaching Credentials at CSU - Dominguez Hills (Math, Chem, Physics).
As far as scientific and engineering experience goes, I have a significant experience as a career engineering officer as well as experience as a scientist by virtue of my metallurgy PhD studies. Over the course of my Air Force career, I worked as an aerospace propulsion engineer analyzing Chinese and Soviet missile and rocket engines in Ohio; I worked as a mechanical field engineer and engineering manager in Wyoming; I worked as the chief engineer for the Inertial Upper Stage program at Los Angeles AFB where I helped the Air Force procure and launch IUS space launch vehicles; and I worked as an engineering mechanics instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. All those experiences and more enable me to provide you a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to work as an engineer.
What I Can Do for You:
I’ve worked with a wide range of students from those who “get it” easily and just want the edge to keep that "A", to students who aren’t “getting it” and are afraid that “C” or “D” is going to slip away as the semester goes on. I’ve helped students who deal with with autism and Asperger's to adults who finally conquered their fear of math and fractions and went on to nursing careers. However, even though I'm an excellent tutor who has helped hundreds of students, I'm not a miracle worker. If you come to me with only a week or two left before finals, I'll of course help you as much as possible, but I can't guarantee that you'll be able to pull a "D" or "F" up to a "C", or a "C" up to an "A". What I can guarantee is that with my assistance, you'll have a much better shot at turning things around.
I'll close by saying that as a tutor, I'm glad to have found WyzAnt, because it's allowed me to help many hundreds of students around Los Angeles area turn their struggles into successes... I’d love to help you do the same!
I'm a retired AF major and did well enough on my Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) to be awarded a full, four-year scholarship to Georgia Tech. Additionally, being an engineer, and a math and science educator I'm well equipped to help you prepare for those aspects of the test. Unlike most other aptitude tests like the SAT, ACT, etc., there are two spatial reasoning components in the AFOQT... I understand how these questions "work" and how to analyze them to find the correct answer.
Grammar and vocabulary also parts of the test. I speak and write well, and have a plethora of synonyms and antonyms at my finger tips when I need just the right word... like "plethora" which means an "overflowing or super abundance". I also understand the subtleties of English usage. For example, it drives me up the wall when airline attendants tell me to remain seated for the *duration* of a flight after I've already gotten up to go the bathroom... Once I've gotten out of my seat even once on a flight, it's impossible for me to stay seated for the duration of the flight: the phrase they really want is "for the *remainder* of the flight" as *duration* means the entirety of the flight.
Finally, there's a component that tests you on aviation concepts and terminology... having been in the Air Force for twenty years including a stint teaching at the Air Force Academy, I've learned a fair bit about aviation even though the only airplanes I've flown were ones where I was seated in the passenger cabin.
Bottom line: the AFOQT is a not your run-of-the-mill aptitude test, and I have the skills, experience and teaching ability to help you prepare for your AFOQT.
My first accomplishment towards my California teaching credential back in 1997 was passing my CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). At that point, I'd taken so many standardized tests and was so comfortable with the sample questions they provided that I went into my test with the goal of not just passing the CBEST, but *acing* it. Having taken and aced the CBEST on my first try, I'm certain that I can help others prepare for their CBEST.
My undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech was a Bach of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. My GPA was a 3.0. I worked as a project engineer for the US Air Force for 16 years.
In 1981, I passed the Engineering-in-Training (EiT) Certification for the state of Georgia. Being designated an EiT was the first step towards becoming a professional engineer. I didn't pursue a PE as it was unnecessary for my service in the Air Force.
My Master of Science degree was in a similar field, Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton with a GPA of 3.8. Materials engineering is basically a fusion of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering and metallurgy.
On the basis of my Chemical and Materials Engineering degrees the Air Force assigned me to the Engineering Mechanics department where I taught statics, physical metallurgy and materials science from 1989 to 1991.
I successfully completed my own differential equations course about five years ago. Since then, I was able to help a young man who was freaking out about how terribly hard his differential equations course was. At the beginning of the course, he told me he'd be grateful if he could eke out a "low-B." Thanks to my help, he scored "A"s on the first 3 out of his four midterms and got a “B” on his last exam when the prof shifted into "overdrive" to “make up time” at the end of the course. Needless to say, that last exam was a disaster for all the class.
While “Diffy-Q’s” subject matter is tough enough on its own, the course will also uncover any weakness you might have in your basic calculus and algebra skills as well. My talents as a tutor allow me to not only help you with the course at hand, but I can also help you tighten up your algebra and calculus skills if that’s necessary.
One of the most memorable and enjoyable courses I took as a Georgia Tech chemical engineering student was my organic chemistry sequence which included six-hour labs every Friday afternoon. My prof, Dr Liotta, had a knack of making organic a lot easier than one thought it should be and I have ever since drawn upon his approach to teaching organic, as well as chemistry in general.
I have a rock-solid understanding of organic chemistry’s foundational material. Having actually been a classroom teacher of chemistry and materials science at the high school and university level, I know how to make that material easier to understand. And furthermore, I teach my clients how to “turbo-charge” their flashcards to help with the large amount of material that must be memorized.
Matches my pace perfectly. Great for high performers and new students alike! — John is an excellent tutor! John was always polite and professional, and has the rare combination of genius and people skills to be able to communicate his mathematical insight. John is assertive, knowledgeable, and DOES NOT WASTE ANY TIME! I feel I got more per hour with John than with any other tutor I have ever worked with. John is on his A-game every time we meet, and "connects the mathematica ...
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