Search 72,592 tutors
FIND TUTORS
Over 50 tutoring hours

John H.

Brighton, MA

$60/hr

High School Physics and Math Tutor

Usually responds in about 14 hours

High School Physics and Math Tutor

Message John

Send John a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response by email. Have you already emailed John or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.

I am a former physics teacher at an elite private school in Virginia, and I have been tutoring on and off in the years since I left this job. I am now a Ph.D. student at Boston College, where I continue to teach classes and work with students one-on-one. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, and am used to helping students who are struggling in a subject that, besides being inherently difficult, does not come naturally to them. My work as a high school teacher in particular has given me a rare opportunity to develop a pedagogy suited for struggling math and physics students, for I taught an intensive ninth grade physics course (typically physics isn't taught until eleventh grade) that doubled as a study-skills course. Nearly all of the students struggled with the course, and it was my responsibility to help them adapt to a new level of academic rigor.

As a result of this experience, my teaching philosophy places great emphasis on active learning. I have found with great consistency that students do not learn primarily by hearing explanations. This is especially true in the hard sciences and in math, both of which are skill-intensive. As such, I make sure that all teaching occurs in the context of an activity of some kind. Typically this involves having students work on problems relevant to the material they are studying. I make sure that students do as much as possible on their own, and I take on for myself the role as a guide rather than simply an instructor. I use many examples and problems, starting with easy ones and working up to harder ones. As they progress I help them see how these particular examples and problems fit into the big ideas they are studying.

I have also found that study skills and organization play a large role in students' academic success, and that certain study techniques are particularly useful for math and physics. I like to check my students' notebooks and give them guidelines for note-taking and studying. Here too I stress active learning, and my goal is usually to get my students to study by challenging themselves with problems rather than simply reading over their text, notes, and previous work.

If you are in need of assistance for a student struggling in Physics or Math, I am the man for you. I tutor all levels of High School Physics and Math, including AP levels (both B and C for physics, and AB and BC for calculus). I live in Brighton, and I am willing to travel a few miles to meet students at their home or at any convenient location of their choosing. We can also meet at Boston College. My rate is $60/hr.

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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.

Kenyon College
St. John's College
Master's
Boston College
Enrolled

Education

Kenyon College

St. John's College (Master's)

Boston College (Enrolled)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Travel policy

John will travel within 7 miles of Brighton, MA 02135.


About John

I am a former physics teacher at an elite private school in Virginia, and I have been tutoring on and off in the years since I left this job. I am now a Ph.D. student at Boston College, where I continue to teach classes and work with students one-on-one. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, and am used to helping students who are struggling in a subject that, besides being inherently difficult, does not come naturally to them. My work as a high school teacher in particular has given me a rare opportunity to develop a pedagogy suited for struggling math and physics students, for I taught an intensive ninth grade physics course (typically physics isn't taught until eleventh grade) that doubled as a study-skills course. Nearly all of the students struggled with the course, and it was my responsibility to help them adapt to a new level of academic rigor.

As a result of this experience, my teaching philosophy places great emphasis on active learning. I have found with great consistency that students do not learn primarily by hearing explanations. This is especially true in the hard sciences and in math, both of which are skill-intensive. As such, I make sure that all teaching occurs in the context of an activity of some kind. Typically this involves having students work on problems relevant to the material they are studying. I make sure that students do as much as possible on their own, and I take on for myself the role as a guide rather than simply an instructor. I use many examples and problems, starting with easy ones and working up to harder ones. As they progress I help them see how these particular examples and problems fit into the big ideas they are studying.

I have also found that study skills and organization play a large role in students' academic success, and that certain study techniques are particularly useful for math and physics. I like to check my students' notebooks and give them guidelines for note-taking and studying. Here too I stress active learning, and my goal is usually to get my students to study by challenging themselves with problems rather than simply reading over their text, notes, and previous work.

If you are in need of assistance for a student struggling in Physics or Math, I am the man for you. I tutor all levels of High School Physics and Math, including AP levels (both B and C for physics, and AB and BC for calculus). I live in Brighton, and I am willing to travel a few miles to meet students at their home or at any convenient location of their choosing. We can also meet at Boston College. My rate is $60/hr.

Education

Kenyon College
St. John's College
Master's
Boston College
Enrolled

Education

Kenyon College

St. John's College (Master's)

Boston College (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Brighton, MA 02135

John’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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.


Background Check Status for John H.

John H. passed a background check on 1/8/14. The check was ordered by John through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

After sending a message to John, you will be able to order a new background check for $7.99. As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.