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James B.

Bowie, MD

$50/hr

Experienced, Patient, and Highly Rated Mathematician

Background check passed as of 11/13/13
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Experienced, Patient, and Highly Rated Mathematician

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Allow me the opportunity to assess your math ailment and to construct a plan to quickly put you on the road to recovery.

Currently, I am employed full-time as a quality assurance engineer (I tutor part-time). I'm an alumnus of Tougaloo College (Mississippi), where I majored in mathematics/computer science. I graduated with a 3.89 cumulative GPA (summa cum laude, class valedictorian). During high school, I scored in the 97th percentile on the military ASVAB exam. I tutored math in college for three years. From 2003 to 2009, I have voluntarily tutored students at a local Baptist church in Maryland. Also, I have voluntarily taught an SAT math prep course at the same church between 2004 and 2009. My subject expertise includes college algebra, pre-calculus, geometry, trigonometry, algebra I and II, finite math, and standardized test preparation. Students regularly request my services when preparing for the math sections of the ASVAB, SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, HSA, and MSA exams. I have successfully worked with students from ages 6 to 60.

POSITIVE REVIEWS: 74 of 75
RATING Average: 4.98


WEEKLY SLOTS ARE FULL!
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CANCELLATION SLOTS OPEN:

Mon. 12/15 @ 9:15 PM
Wed. 12/17 @ 9 PM (can become a regular slot)
Fri. 12/19 @ 8:45 PM
Sat. 12/20 from 10 AM thru 6 PM

Above info is updated as vacancies occur.
Check daily for updates.

GENERAL TUTORING HOURS:

* Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7:30 PM - 10:15 PM.
* Wednesday: 9:15 PM
* Friday: 8:30 PM
* Saturday: 9 AM - 10 PM
* Sunday: 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM

NOTE: Regular slot holders who cancel repeatedly WILL LOSE THEIR SLOT. If you are not needing a tutor "regularly" (once a week), please DO NOT request nor accept a "weekly" slot. Instead, pick a 1-time slot.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE TUTORING:

Location of neighboring sessions dictate whether I can provide in-home service. Residence must be within my travel radius. Someone 18 or over must be home. In-home tutoring is generally available to residents in Bowie, Largo, Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Lanham, Kettering, Upper Marlboro (North of Henry Wise H.S.). Other areas (DC, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Annapolis, Odenton, Crofton, Laurel, South Upper Marlboro) can be serviced in home for a higher hourly rate, or for normal rate with 1.5 hour minimum session length. Sessions outside of travel radius will be conducted only for the last session for the day.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM ME:

- Someone who says what they mean, and means what they say.
- I only tutor math related subjects (though certified for others).
- Someone who is patient, honest, intelligent, prompt, fair, and friendly. Someone who is all about business, and not interested in wasting anyone's time or money.
- Someone who genuinely cares about his students, and is willing to do all he can to help his students succeed.
- Someone who will provide free links online to support the lessons covered, and any weaknesses of the student discovered during sessions.
- Student's math knowledge and reasoning skills will be noticeably improved, if they are committed to listening and learning from me.
- If presented with a problem that I cannot work immediately, I will take it home with me to work on my own time, and will email results to you.
- Someone who cares deeply about helping students succeed

WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT FROM ME:

- Your child's grade will not improve from "E" to "A" overnight.
- A miracle. If your child has failed for most of the school term, you are deceived if you think that a couple of hours of tutoring on the day before the final will produce an "A" on the final exam.
- To work with clients who are (1) late often, (2) provide little or no notice when canceling, (3) cancel repeatedly, or (4) ignore and/or don't respond to text messages asking for confirmation of scheduled sessions
- In-home tutoring when no one 18 or older is home.
- Unreal expectations. A complete semester review, or several missed homework assignments, cannot be completed in a 1 hour session.
- To tutor a student who is disrespectful, rude, lazy, or has made it clear that my help is not desired.
- To immediately know how to do every math problem presented, though I will try my best. No one knows everything.
- I refuse to work with parents and/or students who are disrespectful and/or rude
- Services end IMMEDIATELY for clients who do not notify me in advance when they are late, and for those who disrespect me by not notifying me when they are canceling.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM YOU:

- Please be on time for scheduled sessions.
- 1 hour is the minimal session length billed.
WHEN CANCELING... Please notify me via text message at least 12 hours in advance.
- Please expect to be billed for ALL cancellations occurring within 12 hours of scheduled start time of the session
- Please be honest, respectful, and fair in your ratings and reviews. I am NOT at fault if your child does not practice working problems nor follow the guidelines or advice provided.
- Please provide suggestions on how I can serve you better.
- Please note that if you develop a pattern of repeated cancellations of your appointments, you do this at the risk of losing your reserved slot. I reserve the right to take back slots (at any time) from those clients who cancel repeatedly.
- Please promptly return all books borrowed from me (they are loans, not gifts).
- Please have payment info on file before requesting to meet.

MY ADVICE TO YOU:

Read all reviews and ratings for the tutor you are considering hiring. Consider the tutor's experience (hours), reviews, and ratings, as well as price. Good tutors (unless new, or tutoring full-time) will generally not have a long list of openings. Please check slot availability above before requesting a slot.

Testimonials

"Awesome is the word!"

- RJ, Lanham, MD on 11/10/14

"Very patient"

- Dionna, Hanover, MD on 11/21/14

"Best Geometry Tutor!"

- June, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/14

"Excellent math tutor"

- MIchelle, Bowie, MD on 10/27/14

"James....To the Rescue!"

- Zion, Bowie, MD on 10/23/14

"Exceptional Tutor!!"

- Anthony, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/10/14

"Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!!"

- Tamara, Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14

"Enthusiastic Tutor Who Works With You"

- Sharon, Bowie, MD on 8/20/14

"Well Worth The Wait!"

- Simone, Upper Marlboro, MD on 8/18/14

"Mr. B. - super tutor!"

- Leslie, Bowie, MD on 8/18/14

"Excellent Tutor "

- Letitia, Bowie, MD on 7/28/14

"Very Patient and Encouraging"

- Shawn, Upper Marlboro, MD on 6/8/14

"Very punctual"

- Cecilia, Bowie, MD on 5/11/14
James replied on 5/16/2014

Ms. Cecilia, I thank you for the positive comments you have supplied, but some of your other comments left me shaking my head.

(1) In response to your comment "When I notified him that we no longer needed his service. He appeared defensive," ... Note at that time you indicated to me that I said to you, "I don't tutor Pre-Calculus", which is simply not true. I corrected you on that false statement. So I was merely correcting a false statement that you made about me. Also, I would have expected services to end after your daughter's final, which in your case, was less than a week away. At the time, I had clients on a waiting list for a slot. Your slot was filled on the same day you vacated it, so for you to imply that I had a problem with you ending services 1 session earlier than I was already expecting, makes no sense.

(2) In response to the comment "he should have stopped the lesson if he was unable to figure out the problem after 15 minutes," ... you were not charged 1 penny for the time I spent trying to figure out 2 very complicated word problems pertaining to hyperboles. You were billed only for 30 minutes of a session that lasted more than an hour. You received FREE time for all 3 of your sessions with me, including 40 minutes of free time at the initial session. So I have been MORE THAN FAIR with you on tutoring time billed to you.

(3) In response to the comment "he sent unnecessary responses," all messages sent to you were appropriate and professional, content-wise. I was simply trying to provide your daughter with access to a resource who tutors advanced math courses. You did not ask for this, but I felt the need to offer it to you anyway, since your daughter's finals were coming up the following week. I confirmed that the resource provided was able to readily assist you. It is most unfortunate for your daughter that you chose not to even contact him. Most clients in a similar situation would have been eager and happy to receive contact info for other tutors who could assist. A true professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to help clients, as I have tried (unsuccessfully) to do for you.

I realize that my actions will not always be interpreted correctly, and that my efforts to assist or to offer free time to clients, will not always be appreciated. I also realize that some clients have an unreal expectation that a tutor should immediately know how to work every math problem presented, which is most unfortunate. Tutors are human.

Thanks.

"Great Followup"

- Carlton, Upper Marlboro, MD on 5/5/14

"Very pleasant!"

- Komita, Lanham, MD on 4/28/14

"Great tutor"

- Markos, Ellicott City, MD on 3/22/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lecia, Bowie, MD on 3/19/14

"Great Tutor, Patient, and a Joy to Work With!"

- Lisa, Bowie, MD on 3/18/14

"James is our math savior!!"

- Kelly, Crofton, MD on 2/16/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Alisha, Fort Washington, MD on 1/27/14

"Excellent at his craft!"

- Susan, Bowie, MD on 1/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Tizita, Bowie, MD on 1/5/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Sheryl, Bowie, MD on 12/29/13

"Phenomenal Tutor!"

- A, Bowie, MD on 12/22/13

"Great Accommodating Tutor"

- Shelandra, Fort Washington, MD on 12/19/13

"Patient and Professional"

- Terri, Bowie, MD on 11/13/13

"Very helpful and caring tutor"

- Lisa, Bowie, MD on 9/19/13

"Mr. B's drive and resourcefulness are worth mentioning!"

- Danielle, Washington, DC on 7/8/13

"Great tutor."

- Jonathan, Scottsdale, AZ on 6/25/13

"A+ tutoring."

- Valorae, Cheltenham, MD on 6/21/13

"Extremely pleased."

- Tracie, Bowie, MD on 6/20/13

"Highly Recommended and Favored Tutor!"

- Tonya, District Heights, MD on 6/19/13

"Outstanding!"

- CARLAH, Upper Marlboro, MD on 6/4/13

"James really does love Math! "

- Greg, Pasadena, MD on 5/20/13

"Great tutor who really cares and it shows! "

- Chris, Upper Marlboro, MD on 4/29/13

"Great tutor and very flexible and patient. "

- Lakisha, District Heights, MD on 4/24/13

"Good listener, who genuinely cares about his students"

- Rolonda, Upper Marlboro, MD on 4/5/13

"Wonderful and Patient Tutor"

- Celecia, Accokeek, MD on 3/27/13

"James is Excellent!"

- Kerri, Temple Hills, MD on 3/25/13

"Goes the extra mile"

- CHARUL, Edgewater, MD on 3/3/13

"Very Great and Practical Tutor."

- Gbaye, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/24/13

"Excellent Tutor, measurable improvement in just 2 weeks."

- Kathy, Davidsonville, MD on 2/19/13

"Top Notch Tutoring"

- Bonnie, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/6/13

"I have my child back!!"

- Chakeia, Odenton, MD on 1/11/13

"Great tutor."

- Mary, Cheltenham, MD on 1/6/13

"Helpful and Committed"

- Sherri, Lanham, MD on 11/12/12

"Very patient"

- Nichelle, Washington, DC on 10/29/12

"Great tutor"

- Owen, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/21/12

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- Marsha, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/19/12

"Engaging and Diligent"

- John, Temple Hills, MD on 10/16/12

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"Honest"

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"Expert instructor"

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Computer:
MATLAB
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
AFOQT,
ASVAB,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
ISEE,
Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
GMAT

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.

ACT Math

The preparation for the MATH portion of ACT test is similar to that for the SAT math. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from ACT prep books instead of SAT prep books. ACT does not penalize for guessing, so ALWAYS answer every question.

AFOQT

I scored on the 97 percentile when taking the military ASVAB exam. This high score more than qualifies me to assist students with scoring well on the AFOQT exam ... specifically, the math portions of the exam.

Algebra 1

Concepts covered for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and College Algebra include, but are not limited to the following:

- Number Operations
- Absolute Value
- Order of Operations (PEMDAS)
- Classification of Numbers (Whole, Natural, Integer, Rational, Irrational, Real)
- Basic laws of Algebra
- Associative, Distributive, Commutative, and Identity Properties
- Laws of Exponents
- Rational Expressions and Exponents
- Simplifying Expressions
- Determining the Slope of Linear equations
- Construction linear equations using slope-intercept formula and point-slope formula
- Determining Parallel and Perpendicular Slopes
- Functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, inverse, composite)
- Graphing Equations and Inequalities; Solving
- Matrix Algebra
- Probability
- Factoring expressions (complete the square, difference and sum of cubes, difference of squares)
- Quadratic Equations (graphing, solving, finding roots of)
- Systems of Equations (graphing; solving using substitution and elimination methods)
- Logarithms and Exponential Equations
- Conic sections (circles, parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses)

Algebra 2

Concepts I cover for Algebra 2 include, but are not limited to the following:

- Number Operations
- Absolute Value
- Order of Operations (PEMDAS)
- Classification of Numbers (Whole, Natural, Integer, Rational, Irrational, Real)
- Basic laws of Algebra
- Associative, Distributive, Commutative, and Identity Properties
- Laws of Exponents
- Rational Expressions and Exponents
- Simplifying Expressions
- Determining the Slope of Linear equations
- Construction linear equations using slope-intercept formula and point-slope formula
- Determining Parallel and Perpendicular Slopes
- Functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, inverse, composite)
- Graphing Equations and Inequalities; Solving
- Matrix Algebra
- Probability
- Factoring expressions (complete the square, difference and sum of cubes, difference of squares)
- Quadratic Equations (graphing, solving, finding roots of)
- Finding vertex, focus, and directrix parabolas
- Transformations, translations, and reflections of graphs across X and Y axis
- Systems of Equations (graphing; solving using substitution and elimination methods)
- Solving radical and rational equations
- Logarithms and Exponential Equations

ASVAB

For ASVAB prep, I typically like to do sessions that are 1 to 2 hours in length (# of sessions depends on student's needs and budget) to include:

- Review of Math basics, and specific math used on exam, including formulas which students should commit to memory.
- Work through one or more Practice Exams with student (Arithmetic Reasoning)
- Work through one or more Practice Exams with student (Math Knowledge).

I would also work with student to come up with a schedule which would list what they should work on daily to prep for the exam. The schedule would involve assignments to include the study of the Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge sections, as the formula for scoring is 2 times the Verbal Expression scores, + Arithmetic Reasoning score, + Math Knowledge score ... (the other parts of the exam are used for placement). The placement parts should not be ignored, but the focus should be spent on the sections that determine whether a student will be accepted into the military.

NOTE: I only tutor for the math sections of the exam (Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge). Those who are extremely weak in math will obviously need more than 4 sessions.

Calculus

Concepts covered include:

- Introductory calculus concepts
- Linear and nonlinear functions
- Limits of continuous and discontinuous functions
- Vertical Asymptotes
- Calculating the derivative
- Graphs and applications of the derivative
- Integration techniques and applications of integration
- Multi-variable calculus
- Differential equations
- Probability and calculus
- Sequence and series
- Proofs using mathematical induction

Discrete Math

As a Mathematics/Computer science major in undergraduate school, I graduated with a 3.87 cumulative GPA. Math subjects included higher level math courses such as Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus I, II, & III, and Differential Equations. I earned A's in all these subjects.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have successfully worked with students of all ages, as young as 4 years old. Since 2003, I have tutored small children via a weekend mentoring program at my local church. From 2009 - 2011, I voluntarily worked with a local autistic non-profit organization, providing day-care services to autistic children for a 4 hour period on weekends. I am particularly good at helping young students improve their math skills. I realize the importance of making sure young students have a total grasp of math concepts, as this is the foundation for future success in the higher level math courses, which will follow them throughout life.

Elementary Math

Concepts covered include, but are not limited to the following:

- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
- Decimal numbers and money
- Long Division
- Fractions
- Graphs (Line, Bar, Circle)
- Area and perimeter of geometric figures
- Volume of geometric solids
- Percents, ratios
- Unit conversion
- Probability
- Word problems
- Exponents
- Time problems
- Mental math
- Positive and Negative Numbers
- Order of Operations (PEMDAS)

Students will be given opportunities to master basic concepts related to numbers and skills in applying those concepts to solving basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. I continuously emphasize the use of mathematics in real-life situations.

Finite Math

With a 3.89 GPA as a mathematics major in college, I am well equipped to assist students with help in finite mathematics. I have assisted students with finite math courses at Montgomery and Prince George's County Colleges in Maryland. Also, with more than 1800 hours of math tutoring experience via WyzAnt, this has enabled me to obtain experience and confidence in my ability to break down math concepts for college students.

Geometry

Under my guidance, students study Geometry as a mathematical system through the deductive development of relationships in the plane and space developed intuitively in previous years. Students study congruent segments and angles, circle chords, secants and tangent segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, angle measure in triangles, direct and indirect triangle congruence and similarity, proofs, solids of revolution, logic, similar triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, the Pythagorean Theorem, geometric constructions, coordinate geometry, and surface area and volume of solids.

GMAT

I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the GMAT exam. I am a Summa Cum Laude college graduate with a degree in Mathematics/Computer Science. High level math courses taken include Calculus 1, 2, and 3, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics.

GRE

With near perfect ratings and more than 1500 hours of tutoring math through WyzAnt, including subjects of Elementary Math, Pre-Algebga, Algebra 1 & 2, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, SAT Math, ACT math, ASVAB Math, GRE Math, GMAT Math, and GED Math, I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the GRE exam.

ISEE

With almost 1500 hours of experience tutoring math subjects on WyzAnt, which includes elementary math as well as middle school, high school, and college level math courses, I am well qualified to tutor the math portion of the exam. I have successfully tutored several students recently for ISEE, SSAT and HSPT exam preparation, for acceptance into private middle and secondary education schools.

Linear Algebra

As a Mathematics/Computer science major in undergraduate school, I graduated from college with a 3.87 cumulative GPA. Math subjects included higher level math courses such as Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus I, II, & III, and Differential Equations. I earned A's in all these subjects.

MATLAB

My expertise includes experience with computer-based online MATLAB programs used by many of the online and local high schools and colleges. I have successfully assisted students using MATLAB applications from the following local schools: Bowie State University, Anne Arundel Community College, Bishop McNamara High School, Henry Wise High School, Trinity University, and University of Phoenix. Subjects include pre-algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Pre-Calculus, Introductory and Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra.

Praxis

I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the Praxis exam. I am a Summa Cum Laude college graduate with a degree in Mathematics/Computer Science. High level math courses taken include Calculus 1, 2, and 3, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics. I have near perfect ratings and more than 1800 hours of tutoring math through WyzAnt.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra includes a long list of introductory topics in both algebra and geometry. Topics covered include, but or not limited to the following:

Algebra:
- Mathematical operations of signed numbers
- Order of Operations (PEMDAS)
- Classification of Numbers
- Simplifying algebraic expressions
- Combining like terms in Algebraic expressions
- Solving equations and inequalities
- Graphing Linear functions

Geometry:
- Angle Relationships
- Definitions of various polygons, and properties of each
- Classification of Polygons
- Area of polygons
- Volume and Surface Area of Solids
- Using Algebra to determine variable values in diagrams

Precalculus

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

- Functions
- Series
- Sequences
- Matrices
- Complex numbers
- Conic sections
- Polar and parametric equations
- Polar coordinates
- Vectors
- Rational functions and their graphs
- Synthetic division
- Finding zeros of a polynomial function
- Finding horizontal, vertical, and oblique asymptotes of rational functions
- Finding the bounds of the zeros of polynomial functions
- Factoring of polynomial functions
- Applications of trigonometry
- Trigonometric identities
- Introductory calculus concepts
- Using mathematical models to represent real world situations
- Proofs using mathematical induction
- Vectors
- Laws of Sine and Cosines
- Arithmetic and Geometric sequences
- Summation

Probability

Concepts covered include (but or not limited to):

- Simple probability
- Conditional probability
- Independent events
- Dependent events
- Mutually inclusive events
- Mutually exclusive events
- Tree diagrams
- Permutations and combinations
- Normal distributions



PSAT

The preparation for MATH portion of PSAT test is similar to that for the SAT math. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from PSAT prep books instead of SAT prep books.

SAT Math

For SAT Math prep, I typically like to do several 1 to 2 hour sessions (depending on students needs and budget) which include:

- Exam tips, traps to avoid, intelligent guessing, back-solving, picking numbers, eliminating bad choices, etc.
- Review of basic algebra concepts.
- Work through practice exam problems from SAT Kaplan, Gruber, Barron, and College Board practice math exams.
- Problems worked are all taken from sample exams, so they cover all the key math concepts and subjects expected on the exam (Geometry, Algebra, etc.)

I encourage each student to attempt to work as many problems as possible, preferably from multiple sources, as each problem worked presents a moment to learn something.

You would want to see as many different types of problems as possible BEFORE seeing those same types of problems on the real exam.

SSAT

The preparation for that math portion of the SSAT test is similar to that for the SAT math test. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. The process is identical, except we would be working from SSAT prep books instead of SAT prep books.

Trigonometry

Topics covered include, but are not limited to the following:

- Trigonometry of triangles
- Trigonometry of the circle
- Trigonometric functions (sine cosine, secant, cosecant, tangent, and cotangent)
- Laws of sine and cosine
- Inverse Trigonometric functions
- Periodic functions and their graphs
- Trigonometric Identities
- Analyzing parabolic graphs
- Polar coordinates
- Exponents and Logarithms
- Exponential growth
- Circles and other conic sections

James’s Resources

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Tougaloo College
Mathematics

Education

Tougaloo College (Mathematics)

Awesome is the word! — If you are looking for a genuinely down to earth math tutor who can work with just about anyone who needs help, then you are looking for Mr. James. The first day he tutored our son we knew we selected the right tutor. After he left the session our son age 11 said, "Mom I really like this guy"! That was music to my ears. Mr. James is able to assess your child's weaknesses quickly, and he works to d ...

— RJ, Lanham, MD on 11/10/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$25 charged for cancellations without 12 hour notice. Trigonometry, Precalculus, and College Algebra are tutored for full fare ($50) only.

Travel policy

James will travel within 9 miles of Bowie, MD 20716.


About James

Allow me the opportunity to assess your math ailment and to construct a plan to quickly put you on the road to recovery.

Currently, I am employed full-time as a quality assurance engineer (I tutor part-time). I'm an alumnus of Tougaloo College (Mississippi), where I majored in mathematics/computer science. I graduated with a 3.89 cumulative GPA (summa cum laude, class valedictorian). During high school, I scored in the 97th percentile on the military ASVAB exam. I tutored math in college for three years. From 2003 to 2009, I have voluntarily tutored students at a local Baptist church in Maryland. Also, I have voluntarily taught an SAT math prep course at the same church between 2004 and 2009. My subject expertise includes college algebra, pre-calculus, geometry, trigonometry, algebra I and II, finite math, and standardized test preparation. Students regularly request my services when preparing for the math sections of the ASVAB, SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, HSA, and MSA exams. I have successfully worked with students from ages 6 to 60.

POSITIVE REVIEWS: 74 of 75
RATING Average: 4.98


WEEKLY SLOTS ARE FULL!
___________________________

CANCELLATION SLOTS OPEN:

Mon. 12/15 @ 9:15 PM
Wed. 12/17 @ 9 PM (can become a regular slot)
Fri. 12/19 @ 8:45 PM
Sat. 12/20 from 10 AM thru 6 PM

Above info is updated as vacancies occur.
Check daily for updates.

GENERAL TUTORING HOURS:

* Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7:30 PM - 10:15 PM.
* Wednesday: 9:15 PM
* Friday: 8:30 PM
* Saturday: 9 AM - 10 PM
* Sunday: 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM

NOTE: Regular slot holders who cancel repeatedly WILL LOSE THEIR SLOT. If you are not needing a tutor "regularly" (once a week), please DO NOT request nor accept a "weekly" slot. Instead, pick a 1-time slot.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE TUTORING:

Location of neighboring sessions dictate whether I can provide in-home service. Residence must be within my travel radius. Someone 18 or over must be home. In-home tutoring is generally available to residents in Bowie, Largo, Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Lanham, Kettering, Upper Marlboro (North of Henry Wise H.S.). Other areas (DC, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Annapolis, Odenton, Crofton, Laurel, South Upper Marlboro) can be serviced in home for a higher hourly rate, or for normal rate with 1.5 hour minimum session length. Sessions outside of travel radius will be conducted only for the last session for the day.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM ME:

- Someone who says what they mean, and means what they say.
- I only tutor math related subjects (though certified for others).
- Someone who is patient, honest, intelligent, prompt, fair, and friendly. Someone who is all about business, and not interested in wasting anyone's time or money.
- Someone who genuinely cares about his students, and is willing to do all he can to help his students succeed.
- Someone who will provide free links online to support the lessons covered, and any weaknesses of the student discovered during sessions.
- Student's math knowledge and reasoning skills will be noticeably improved, if they are committed to listening and learning from me.
- If presented with a problem that I cannot work immediately, I will take it home with me to work on my own time, and will email results to you.
- Someone who cares deeply about helping students succeed

WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT FROM ME:

- Your child's grade will not improve from "E" to "A" overnight.
- A miracle. If your child has failed for most of the school term, you are deceived if you think that a couple of hours of tutoring on the day before the final will produce an "A" on the final exam.
- To work with clients who are (1) late often, (2) provide little or no notice when canceling, (3) cancel repeatedly, or (4) ignore and/or don't respond to text messages asking for confirmation of scheduled sessions
- In-home tutoring when no one 18 or older is home.
- Unreal expectations. A complete semester review, or several missed homework assignments, cannot be completed in a 1 hour session.
- To tutor a student who is disrespectful, rude, lazy, or has made it clear that my help is not desired.
- To immediately know how to do every math problem presented, though I will try my best. No one knows everything.
- I refuse to work with parents and/or students who are disrespectful and/or rude
- Services end IMMEDIATELY for clients who do not notify me in advance when they are late, and for those who disrespect me by not notifying me when they are canceling.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM YOU:

- Please be on time for scheduled sessions.
- 1 hour is the minimal session length billed.
WHEN CANCELING... Please notify me via text message at least 12 hours in advance.
- Please expect to be billed for ALL cancellations occurring within 12 hours of scheduled start time of the session
- Please be honest, respectful, and fair in your ratings and reviews. I am NOT at fault if your child does not practice working problems nor follow the guidelines or advice provided.
- Please provide suggestions on how I can serve you better.
- Please note that if you develop a pattern of repeated cancellations of your appointments, you do this at the risk of losing your reserved slot. I reserve the right to take back slots (at any time) from those clients who cancel repeatedly.
- Please promptly return all books borrowed from me (they are loans, not gifts).
- Please have payment info on file before requesting to meet.

MY ADVICE TO YOU:

Read all reviews and ratings for the tutor you are considering hiring. Consider the tutor's experience (hours), reviews, and ratings, as well as price. Good tutors (unless new, or tutoring full-time) will generally not have a long list of openings. Please check slot availability above before requesting a slot.

Testimonials

"Awesome is the word!"

- RJ, Lanham, MD on 11/10/14

"Very patient"

- Dionna, Hanover, MD on 11/21/14

"Best Geometry Tutor!"

- June, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/14

"Excellent math tutor"

- MIchelle, Bowie, MD on 10/27/14

"James....To the Rescue!"

- Zion, Bowie, MD on 10/23/14

"Exceptional Tutor!!"

- Anthony, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/10/14

"Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!!"

- Tamara, Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14

"Enthusiastic Tutor Who Works With You"

- Sharon, Bowie, MD on 8/20/14

"Well Worth The Wait!"

- Simone, Upper Marlboro, MD on 8/18/14

"Mr. B. - super tutor!"

- Leslie, Bowie, MD on 8/18/14

"Excellent Tutor "

- Letitia, Bowie, MD on 7/28/14

"Very Patient and Encouraging"

- Shawn, Upper Marlboro, MD on 6/8/14

"Very punctual"

- Cecilia, Bowie, MD on 5/11/14
James replied on 5/16/2014

Ms. Cecilia, I thank you for the positive comments you have supplied, but some of your other comments left me shaking my head.

(1) In response to your comment "When I notified him that we no longer needed his service. He appeared defensive," ... Note at that time you indicated to me that I said to you, "I don't tutor Pre-Calculus", which is simply not true. I corrected you on that false statement. So I was merely correcting a false statement that you made about me. Also, I would have expected services to end after your daughter's final, which in your case, was less than a week away. At the time, I had clients on a waiting list for a slot. Your slot was filled on the same day you vacated it, so for you to imply that I had a problem with you ending services 1 session earlier than I was already expecting, makes no sense.

(2) In response to the comment "he should have stopped the lesson if he was unable to figure out the problem after 15 minutes," ... you were not charged 1 penny for the time I spent trying to figure out 2 very complicated word problems pertaining to hyperboles. You were billed only for 30 minutes of a session that lasted more than an hour. You received FREE time for all 3 of your sessions with me, including 40 minutes of free time at the initial session. So I have been MORE THAN FAIR with you on tutoring time billed to you.

(3) In response to the comment "he sent unnecessary responses," all messages sent to you were appropriate and professional, content-wise. I was simply trying to provide your daughter with access to a resource who tutors advanced math courses. You did not ask for this, but I felt the need to offer it to you anyway, since your daughter's finals were coming up the following week. I confirmed that the resource provided was able to readily assist you. It is most unfortunate for your daughter that you chose not to even contact him. Most clients in a similar situation would have been eager and happy to receive contact info for other tutors who could assist. A true professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to help clients, as I have tried (unsuccessfully) to do for you.

I realize that my actions will not always be interpreted correctly, and that my efforts to assist or to offer free time to clients, will not always be appreciated. I also realize that some clients have an unreal expectation that a tutor should immediately know how to work every math problem presented, which is most unfortunate. Tutors are human.

Thanks.

"Great Followup"

- Carlton, Upper Marlboro, MD on 5/5/14

"Very pleasant!"

- Komita, Lanham, MD on 4/28/14

"Great tutor"

- Markos, Ellicott City, MD on 3/22/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lecia, Bowie, MD on 3/19/14

"Great Tutor, Patient, and a Joy to Work With!"

- Lisa, Bowie, MD on 3/18/14

"James is our math savior!!"

- Kelly, Crofton, MD on 2/16/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Alisha, Fort Washington, MD on 1/27/14

"Excellent at his craft!"

- Susan, Bowie, MD on 1/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Tizita, Bowie, MD on 1/5/14

"Excellent tutor."

- Sheryl, Bowie, MD on 12/29/13

"Phenomenal Tutor!"

- A, Bowie, MD on 12/22/13

"Great Accommodating Tutor"

- Shelandra, Fort Washington, MD on 12/19/13

"Patient and Professional"

- Terri, Bowie, MD on 11/13/13

"Very helpful and caring tutor"

- Lisa, Bowie, MD on 9/19/13

"Mr. B's drive and resourcefulness are worth mentioning!"

- Danielle, Washington, DC on 7/8/13

"Great tutor."

- Jonathan, Scottsdale, AZ on 6/25/13

"A+ tutoring."

- Valorae, Cheltenham, MD on 6/21/13

"Extremely pleased."

- Tracie, Bowie, MD on 6/20/13

"Highly Recommended and Favored Tutor!"

- Tonya, District Heights, MD on 6/19/13

"Outstanding!"

- CARLAH, Upper Marlboro, MD on 6/4/13

"James really does love Math! "

- Greg, Pasadena, MD on 5/20/13

"Great tutor who really cares and it shows! "

- Chris, Upper Marlboro, MD on 4/29/13

"Great tutor and very flexible and patient. "

- Lakisha, District Heights, MD on 4/24/13

"Good listener, who genuinely cares about his students"

- Rolonda, Upper Marlboro, MD on 4/5/13

"Wonderful and Patient Tutor"

- Celecia, Accokeek, MD on 3/27/13

"James is Excellent!"

- Kerri, Temple Hills, MD on 3/25/13

"Goes the extra mile"

- CHARUL, Edgewater, MD on 3/3/13

"Very Great and Practical Tutor."

- Gbaye, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/24/13

"Excellent Tutor, measurable improvement in just 2 weeks."

- Kathy, Davidsonville, MD on 2/19/13

"Top Notch Tutoring"

- Bonnie, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/6/13

"I have my child back!!"

- Chakeia, Odenton, MD on 1/11/13

"Great tutor."

- Mary, Cheltenham, MD on 1/6/13

"Helpful and Committed"

- Sherri, Lanham, MD on 11/12/12

"Very patient"

- Nichelle, Washington, DC on 10/29/12

"Great tutor"

- Owen, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/21/12

"Extremely, extremely patient tutor!!"

- Marsha, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/19/12

"Engaging and Diligent"

- John, Temple Hills, MD on 10/16/12

"Great Tutor"

- Carolyn, Bowie, MD on 10/8/12

"Great tutor!"

- LeJarey, District Heights, MD on 9/24/12

"Excellent Tutor / Excellent Person "

- WARREN, Cheltenham, MD on 9/22/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Derek & Eunice, Bowie, MD on 9/8/12

"Awesome Tutor"

- Karen, Lanham, MD on 8/12/12

"Phenomenal"

- Rosemary, Severn, MD on 8/4/12

"Very good with young men and knowledgeable with subject matter"

- Jarrett, Bowie, MD on 8/1/12

"Very patient and dedicated"

- Lori, Bowie, MD on 6/7/12

"Great math tutor for students!"

- Carole, Bowie, MD on 6/3/12

"Simply the Best!"

- Rosalyn, Bowie, MD on 4/24/12

"Very kind and patient yet still professional"

- Teri, Temple Hills, MD on 4/22/12

"Great Tutor!!!!"

- Tonya, Suitland, MD on 4/7/12

"We are so fortunate!"

- Robin, Fort Washington, MD on 3/21/12

"GREAT TUTOR"

- M, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/6/12

"Great tutor, very responsive, great teaching skills"

- Staci, Fort Washington, MD on 1/18/12

"Wonderful Tutor for my son!"

- Joe, Shady Side, MD on 1/15/12

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Dmitri, Columbia, MD on 1/11/12

"Great tutor"

- Rosezel, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/21/11

"Honest"

- Frances, Fort Washington, MD on 11/11/11

"Excellent Tutor"

- Bridget, Bowie, MD on 11/10/11

"Expert instructor"

- Ashley, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/29/11

"Very Professional"

- Stacey, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/12/11

"Great Tutor"

- Marilyn, Bowie, MD on 9/24/11

"Knowledgeable, Informative, Organized and Patient "

- Rashod, Clinton, MD on 9/23/11

"SUPER TUTOR!!"

- Deanna, Upper Marlboro, MD on 8/26/11
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Education

Tougaloo College
Mathematics

Education

Tougaloo College (Mathematics)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$25 charged for cancellations without 12 hour notice. Trigonometry, Precalculus, and College Algebra are tutored for full fare ($50) only.

Travel Radius
Travels within 9 miles of Bowie, MD 20716

James’s Subjects

Computer:
MATLAB
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
AFOQT,
ASVAB,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
ISEE,
Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
GMAT

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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