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John W.

I take the fear out of studying math courses.

East Bridgewater, MA (02333)

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I have helped many students over the years to better understand how to solve mathematical problems. I try to create a relaxing learning environment reassuring students that math is not nearly as difficult or scary as it may initially seem. All of it is built, step by step, upon simpler, previously established principles. Sessions start with examples that the student is currently having difficulty with. I will start explaining and solving them, frequently checking with the student to see where he or she misunderstands. (As we go, I try to adapt my methods of teaching to the thinking processes of that person.) At the point of difficulty, we will digress step by step to a point where the student began to feel uncomfortable with what he or she knows. There, we will review the more basic material. (For example, a problem with algebraic expressions might stem from weaknesses with operations of numbers.) Then we will move steadily forward, with my teaching in a manner which best fits the student's mode of thought, until we revisit the current problem. Then I will continue solving and explaining until the student is satisfied he or she understands.

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John’s subjects

ACT Math

The ACT Math test is similar to the SAT in that it tests general math knowledge, reasoning skills, and common sense. As a tutor, I can help the student hone his or her skills and avoid common mistakes made from lack of focus or misreading the problems.

ACT Reading

To do well on the ACT reading test, I read the article once, look at the question, and quickly scan through the article again to check my answer. The reader is not expected to photograph the piece in his or her mind. A student should focus on key elements in each paragraph, though, so as to have a good idea of what is being said. I will help him or her answer questions by showing how to determine what is precisely contained in the paragraphs.

Algebra 1

I am extremely well versed in algebra 1 and have taught it well to many students.

Algebra 2

I find algebra 2 to be very interesting and hope to share my enthusiasm for it with others by teaching what I have learned.

Calculus

As an engineer I am aware of the importance of a thorough understanding and well taught course in calculus.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a fascinating subject which teaches us about atoms, molecules, and chemical changes. I feel that I may help students to overcome the initial strangeness the course may present by explaining concepts in more simplified, down to earth ways.

Differential Equations

Many interesting problems that arise in engineering and science can be described in terms of differential equations. I have learned methods of solving many of them and can help students do the same without resorting heavily on recipes. I have successfully completed a one year course in differential equations along the way to obtaining a BS in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Elementary Math

Understanding elementary math is essential in solving everyday problems as well as in being able to prepare for more advanced math topics. I teach students the basics in simple, logical, and easy to understand steps. I also use everyday objects and situations to show the natural relation between math and them.

English

Using English properly is essential in effective communication, whether it be verbal or written. Being able to read is important and enjoyable. As a tutor, I am willing and able to help students learn to get more out of reading, speak correctly, write more effectively, and improve their vocabulary.

Geometry

Geometry is somewhat similar to trigonometry but more involved with surfaces and solids and their relations as well. It doesn't have to be difficult to learn. With the proper instruction, it is also interesting, and will help prepare the student for more advanced math courses.

Prealgebra

I am well versed in this introduction to a very important and useful course. Having successfully taught many students in prealgebra I look forward to helping others.

Precalculus

Precalculus nicely combines algebra, geometry, and trigonometry into a comprehensive mathematical package that prepares one for calculus. I have successfully taught many students this course and thoroughly enjoy doing so.

Reading

Understanding what is written is obviously important but it also becomes educational and interesting when fully digested. I first try to build student vocabulary and interest. Learning to read effectively may follow different paths depending on one's reading level and what he or she is reading. I like to start someone reading at nearly their level so that increasing vocabulary comes about naturally from context. As we go, we mutually discuss what the author is saying.

SAT Math

SAT Math tests are comprised of questions pertaining to relatively general math knowledge, reasoning skills, and common sense. As a tutor, I can help hone the student's abilities and avoid the accidental mistakes which sometimes occur due to lack of focus or from misreading problems.

SAT Reading

Doing well on the SAT reading test depends a lot on a student's vocabulary. As such, I would work diligently with him or her on it. The emphasis would be on reading since words have more lasting meaning when used in context rather than by using vocabulary lists. I would use vocabulary words in sentences rather than on lists to augment lessons.

Trigonometry

I have successfully taught students about the relationships between angles, triangles, and circles in a manner that makes sense of the connections among them. An understanding of trigonometry, along with algebra, and geometry forms a good base for the study of precalculus.

Vocabulary

To improve vocabulary, I would recommend that a student read articles and stories of interest, at slightly higher than his or her reading level. Words convey more lasting meaning when read in context. I would then review meanings of the more difficult words. I'm not keen on giving out vocabulary lists.

Writing

Good writing effectively conveys the writer's thoughts to the reader. Nonfiction is backed by documented facts. Special attention should be given to sentence structure, fluidity of information flow, making the subject interesting, and sticking to the subject. Words should be as descriptive as possible, compact, and precise in meaning. These are the things that I try to teach.

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Education

Northeastern University

Patient, punctual, did a great job! John showed up when he said he would and did a great job on the first lesson. He helped my son quite a bit on the first lesson and am looking forward to the next. He got back to me in a reasonable amount of time when I was trying to find a tutor, others got back to me right away and then never showed up or tried to change the pricing on their profile. I know it has only been one lesson, but I a ...

— John from Rockland, MA on 1/9/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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John will travel within 10 miles of East Bridgewater, MA 02333.

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