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John L.

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San Jose, CA (95132)

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Update, September 23:

My schedule for college students is flexible. I can meet on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

My schedule for high-school students is very limited:

- Mondays, 3:00-5:30 PM, and after 8:30 PM
- Fridays, 3:00-5:30 PM

In a few weeks I will have an opening on Sundays, from 2:00-3:30 PM, for a student in the San Jose area. I am unable to drive to the Palo Alto or Fremont areas in that limited time slot.


I'm a graduate of Berkeley (B.A., biochemistry) and Stanford (Ph.D., immunology). So, which side should I sit on at the Big Game?

I have been a college-level teaching assistant. I have tutored many students over the years, including my son, who just started college!

I can offer tutoring in many subjects, but my specialties are science, math, SAT review, and computer programming (I favor Python). I hope to teach you more than just what you need for tomorrow's test. I hope you will also learn how to keep learning on your own!

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John’s subjects

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:


I am a professional research biologist, with several peer-reviewed publications and a biotechnology patent to my name. I hold a Bachelors' degree in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, and a PhD in Immunology from Stanford.

Computer Programming

I have ten years of practical, hands-on computer programming experience through my work as a scientist. Python is my primary programming language. I have also programmed in Pascal and C. I can teach you the basics of computer programming, up to more complex subjects (object-oriented programming, classes, inheritance, duck typing, name spaces, etc.). I like to teach programming by doing it. We will work at your computer, not from a book.


My Bachelors' degree training and my Ph.D. training each included course work in Genetics.

I am the co-author of two peer-reviewed scientific articles which revealed novel information about the genetics of South American monkeys.

I have tutored a college student who advertised for help with Biology, but who was actually taking a Genetics course (Biology 22 at West Valley Community College). Please see the favorable feedback in my profile by Steven V.


I have ten years of practical, hands-on computer programming experience through my work as a scientist. Python is my primary programming language. Please see the recent review from my student, Nelson S., who is a Silicon Valley electrical engineer.

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University of California, Berkeley (Biochemistry)

Stanford University (PhD)

Patient and Knowledgeable Tutor Although John has a full schedule, he was able to accommodate my daughter's day off from school. He was very patient and came prepared. He reviewed some tests I sent him before the session to inform him of where she needed help. He kept track of the allocated time and smoothly checked in with my daughter to make sure where they were spending time was valuable to her. I liked that he asked her lead ...

— Melinda from San Jose, CA on 4/3/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

If you are located at the outer limits of my travel range, I may request an extra $5 to $10/hour. I will teach two students together in the same subject for an extra $20/hour.

Travel policy

John will travel within 15 miles of San Jose, CA 95132.

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