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Mathematician ... On a Mission ... Experienced and Patient

Bowie, MD (20716)

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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 / NEGATIVE feedback ratio: 68/1

GENERAL TUTORING HOURS:

* Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
* Wednesday: 9:30 PM
* Friday: 8:30 PM
* Saturday: 9 AM - 10 PM
* Sunday: 1:30 PM - 8:30 PM

NOTE: Posted slots are updated daily.

WEEKLY SLOTS: No openings currently

ONE-TIME SLOTS: No openings currently

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, Cheltenham) can be serviced in home for a higher hourly rate, or for normal rate with 1.5 hour minimum session length.

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM ME:

- Though I am certified for several subjects, I only tutor math subjects and math exam preparation
- 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 your child succeed, even in situations where it is obvious that your child is being tutored only because the parent is forcing the issue.
- Excellent customer service.


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 person 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.

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.
- If you have had 10 sessions or more and wish to continue service, a feedback review is requested.
- Please promptly return all books borrowed from me (they are loans, not gifts).
- I expect a text message from you by midnight (the night before your scheduled session) to confirm our meeting the next day. Failure to provide this by the requested time may result in me making other plans during that time.
- 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.

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James’s subjects

Corporate Training:
GMAT, Grammar
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, AFOQT, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SSAT
Homeschool:
Business:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling
History:
Geography
Computer:
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading

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

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Education

Tougaloo College (Mathematics Computer)

Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!! Prompt, professional, amiable. It is obvious Mr. James has a passion for mathematics and tutoring. He is student centered and quickly developed a rapport. My son enjoyed his first session and informed me that Mr. James made the concepts easy to understand, which was a completely different experience than the classroom. From the first meeting, I felt Mr. James was invested in my son's ultimate s ...

— Tamara from Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14);

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.

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