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John F.

Business, standardized testing (SAT, GMAT) & statistics tutor

Haverford, PA (19041)

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I have always succeeded by relying on a highly analytic mindset combined with a deep love and firm grasp of the English language. These traits have served me well in my career and in standardized testing. I have repeatedly scored in the 99th percentile on SATs, GREs and GMATs. I excel in both the mathematics and verbal sides of these exams, as well as the logical thinking necessary to perform well. I have graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biology, a Master's degree in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge in England, and both an MBA and Master's in Finance from Penn State University. I have years of experience with statistics using Excel and other data management software packages, and have delivered hundreds of presentations in business settings using PowerPoint.

I would love to share my experience and knowledge of these skills and abilities with a new generation of young minds. As with so many things, success in standardizing testing and an understanding of statistics, finance and software packages require a lot of hard work, but also can be made so much easier through the development of a critical thinking frame of mind and a few tricks. I am prepared to widen your horizons while making the process as enjoyable and fun as possible (though for some subjects that's a tall order).

While new to tutoring, I also have over a decade of experience in training college graduates in the diverse field of management consulting. This entails development of not only analytic skills and the use of statistical software packages, but also public speaking, presentation and report writing, and people skills. I focus on developing logical thinking as the core, and find that most of the other elements then fall into place.

I believe I have a lot to offer to improve your performance and better your chances for success in a wide range of areas. I am ready and able to tutor in any of the following areas:

- exam preparation (SAT, GMAT, GRE - both verbal and math portions)
- software tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- business courses (finance, economics, accounting, managerial accounting)
- analytics (statistics, econometrics, graphic presentation of data)
- personal development (professional writing style, presentation, public speaking)

Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to a rewarding experience.

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John’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics
Test Preparation:
Business:
Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Science:
Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
English:

Accounting

I have an MBA and MFin from Penn State with additional accounting coursework completed. I'm currently the CFO of a biotech start-up.

Biology

BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
MPhil in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge (UK).
6 years of bench experience in the departments of biophysics and pharmacology at UPenn.
15 years' experience consulting to the pharmaceutical industry.
1.5 years as the COO of a local biotech start-up.

Biostatistics

I am well versed in statistical analyses with over 15 years of analytic work as a consultant to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. For the last year I have worked as the Director of Analytic Technology for a biotech start-up, devising all data analytic programs, and conducting analyses, as well as designing experimental programs. I am proficient with a wide range of statistical packages.

Business

I have an MBA and a master's of finance degree, over 15 years of experience in management consulting, and 18 months as the CFO of a biotech start-up. My consulting experience included extensive involvement in training junior staff in business analytics and marketing analysis.

Finance

I have both an MBA and a Masters degree in Finance from Penn State's Smeal School of Business. This included 12 graduate level courses in finance ranging from portfolio theory to fixed income investments and derivatives. In addition, I have years of experience in statistical analysis and am highly proficient in Excel functions and add-ins specific to financial analysis, as well as modeling and simulation software.

Genetics

I have a BA in Biology from The University of Pennsylvania and an MPhil in pharmacology from Cambridge University in England. Both programs involved extensive use of genetics. I currently am working as the Director of Analytic Technology at a biotech start-up focused on the genetics of cancer and viral diseases. Part of this job includes training scientists as they are hired.

Geometry

I have always done well in geometry and find it my favorite section of any standardized test from the SAT to GMAT. I have always scored in the 95th percentile or higher in the math sections of these tests. I focus my tutoring on the fundamentals and critical thinking, and always try to relate the concepts to everyday examples so the student can better relate to the material on an intuitive level.

GMAT

Due to my pursuit of 3 master's degrees over a 15 year period I have had to take the GMAT exam 3 times. I have never scored below 720, being consistently in the 95th percentile or better in the quantitative sections, and 99th percentile in the verbal and writing sections.
I have never spent a dime or one minute studying or preparing for any standardized test in my life. I do not know of, nor do I use or teach, "tricks" to taking these tests. I know these tests can be mastered through the development of critical thinking and a solid grounding in the basics of the subjects involved.

GRE

I have always excelled on standardized tests, placing in the 99th percentile on SATs, GREs and GMATs, often repeatedly. I have never spent a dime or one minute studying or preparing for any standardized test in my life. I do not know of, nor do I use or teach, "tricks" to taking these tests. I know these tests can be mastered through the development of critical thinking skills and a solid grounding in the basics of the subjects involved. I focus on logic and reminding students of the basics of the math sections, and developing simple grammar rules and expanding the vocabulary. For writing sections I focus on pre-writing, planning out the essay, setting up the thesis and evidence, and plotting the paragraphs.

Marketing

I have spent 15 years consulting to the pharmaceutical industry on market research and marketing strategy. This includes work on the marketing platforms for household-name drugs and medical devices. As a consulting team leader, a significant part of my role has involved training new consultants on marketing strategy, analytics and econometrics as well as on report writing and presentation and client management skills. I also have an MBA and a master's of finance degree.

Microsoft Excel

I have extensive experience with excel in a variety of fields of statistical analysis from scientific data to finance. I also am versatile with add-ins including various data analysis packages, solver, etc. I'm new to tutoring, but have a proven track record in training, and a large portion of that in excel. I look forward to working with you.

Pharmacology

I have an MPhil (master's degree in science) from the University of Cambridge in pharmacology. My master's thesis was on the actions of nicotinoid agonists on acetylcholine receptors. I also have 4 years of bench experience in the University of Pennsylvania's pharmacology department working on opiate receptors in the lab of Dr. Terry R. I currently am the COO of a biotech start-up.

Probability

I have worked for over 15 years in market research and forecasting which involves rigorous probabilistic calculations. In addition, I have studied probability and its applications in depth as part of my Masters degree in Finance. Probability is one of the most important facets for all of our lives, yet consistently one of the least understood. The secret is in being able to see it intuitively, and I'm prepared to teach you the critical thinking skills you need to master this topic.

Public Speaking

I have over 15 years of experience as a management consultant, which includes delivering several hundred presentations to groups ranging in size from 3 to 40. In addition I have delivered presentations at industry conferences in front of audiences numbering in the hundreds. A significant portion of my role involves training junior consultants in these skills as well.

QuickBooks

In addition to my MBA and MFin degrees. I have taken four graduate level courses in accounting, including the use of QuickBooks. I daily use Quickbooks to manage the accounts for the biotech start-up I work for. As the sole accounting person in the company, I very quickly had to get up to speed with the software package and am familiar with all the wrinkles that could come up. I prepare all the entries and manage the accounts prior to sending the files to our corporate accounting firm.

SAT Math

I have repeatedly scored in the 97th percentile or higher on the math sections of standardized tests including SATs, GREs and GMATs. My focus is on critical thinking, logical reasoning and the basics of each math section. I can help you think in a logical fashion, and teach you to think through the questions. I avoid teaching test-taking tricks.

SAT Reading

I have repeatedly scored in the 99th percentile on the verbal sections of standardized tests including SATs, GREs and GMATs. My focus is on critical thinking and grammar rules and vocabulary. I can help you think in a logical fashion, and teach you to think through the questions. I avoid teaching test-taking tricks.

SAT Writing

I have over 20 years of professional writing experience in business and scientific settings. I also managed a team of consultants for 15 years which included reviewing and training them on report writing, so while I am new to tutoring, I do have extensive experience in improving the writing skills and styles of others. I have repeatedly scored in the 99th percentile on the writing sections of standardized tests including SATs, GREs and GMATs. My focus is on the basics to ensure a top level result: the structure of the piece and proper grammar. I can help you think in a logical fashion, and teach you to lay out what you want to say before you start writing. After that, it really is easy.

Statistics

I have almost 20 years' experience in statistical analysis and data collection across the fields of marketing, finance and scientific research. In addition, I have nearly 10 years of experience training consultants on statistical analyses and software packages.

Vocabulary

I have developed a vast knowledge of etymology, and can teach you to figure out what words mean by understanding where they come from. I'm also rely heavily on connotation, knowing exactly which synonym is right for a specific meaning.

I have over 20 years of professional writing experience in business and scientific settings. I also managed a team of consultants for 15 years which included reviewing and training them on report writing, so while I am new to tutoring, I do have extensive experience in improving the writing skills and styles of others. I have repeatedly scored in the 99th percentile on the verbal sections of standardized tests including SATs, GREs and GMATs. I am an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, and have a genuine love for the diversity of the English language and its vocabulary.

Writing

I also managed a team of consultants for 15 years which included reviewing and training them on report writing, so while I am new to tutoring, I do have extensive experience in improving the writing skills and styles of others. I have repeatedly scored in the 99th percentile on standardized tests including SATs, GREs and GMATs. I have over 20 years of professional writing experience in business and scientific settings.

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Education

University of Pennsylvania (Biology)

University of Cambridge (Master's)

Penn State University (MBA)

Excellent Tutor John is an excellent tutor. He is very patient, easy to understand, and makes learning fun. I learned more than I ever thought I would. I highly recommend John if anyone is looking for a great tutor! ...

— Karen from Norristown, PA on 7/7/14);

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