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Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) (Genetics)
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) (PhD)
I have worked as a research scientist and executive in Biotechnology for thirty years and put four children through college in the United States. I know how to explain apparently complex issues to people at many levels of sophistication without distorting the truth and being friendly, approachable and flexible. My experiences with WyzAnt students have all been very positive and I really love it when I hear "Oh, now I get it!," which I hear a lot. The essence of these subjects is that they have to make sense and require understanding, not rote memorization. Becoming proficient in math and science requires directed practice and problem solving on the part of students and should be actively enjoyed by both the student and the tutor. There is nothing in science and math which cannot be explained to an open mind and these subjects are actually aimed at making the enormous complexities of our world comprehensible. Math and science are therefore very accessible to anyone who wishes to come to grips with them. Honest. I have worked as a research scientist and executive in Biotechnology for thirty years and put four children through college in the United States. I know how to explain apparently complex issues to people at many levels of sophistication without distorting the truth and being friendly, approachable and flexible. My experiences with WyzAnt students… Read more
I will never charge for more than one hour for a single lesson, but I will always stay until a lesson is complete.
It is my pleasure to recommend James P as an Algebra tutor. My son was taking a 5 week summer course in Algebra at a local college. The course was extremely fast-paced and less than a week before the final, our son requested that we hire a tutor to explain key concepts. After searching through numerous profiles for Algebra tutors, we settled on Mr. P because of his stated ability to “explain apparently complex issues to people at many levels of sophistication without distorting the truth and being friendly, approachable and flexible.” I can honestly say that Mr. P delivered on this assertion which resulted in a positive experience for our son and in the Algebra class. His professionalism, follow-through, and integrity exemplify his trustworthiness as an instructor. The bottom line is our son was successful on the final and received a B+ for the course. Also, our son requested to continue the tutoring sessions (even though the class is over) due to Mr. P's gift for explaining complicated math issues. This is a first for son and directly related to Mr. P’s guidance and encouragement to learn.
Jim has done a great job explaining precalculus to my daughters! He presents the material in an entertaining way and keeps them engaged. He is very patient and pleasant. I appreciate how flexible he has been when we've had to change our sessions.
James is always very patient & such an awesome tutor. My daughter has done great in chemistry since James has been tutoring her.
We are very happy with James!
He brought her 65 average up to a 91 by the second six weeks! We are keeping him all year long, maybe next year too.
Our sessions are Friday evenings and you'd think it would be a downer for my son, but James is such a good teacher, my son finishes each lesson bolstered, upbeat, and more confident in his ability and understanding. James teaches the material while also building confidence. He is a great teacher.
My daughter flunked Algebra last year, and this year, she's taking Algebra again AND Geometry. Just a few weeks into the school year she told me she needed a math tutor because she was already flunking Geometry. So she's had 2 sessions with James so far. She came home from school today ecstatic because she got an 81 (!!!!!!) on her Geometry test today and is up to a C in that class now! James is so patient with her, far more patient than she is with herself. He explains things in a way she understands and her confidence is growing fast. He stays with her until she firmly grasps their objectives for the session. Then I receive a note from him explaining their session. We are so thankful James is working with her. Thank you James!
James has been great with my son on tutoring days. He relates and is calm at explaining the processes. He understand how teaching is being done in schools now and expects the students to be responsible to practice at home. He is flexible and is willing to go the extra mile.
James was my tutor for the entire summer. He was there for me through Chemistry 1- I made an A in the course- and Chemistry 2- I made a B in the course. My professors did not provide all of the needed information, however, James was able to provide me with the necessary information to be successful with both courses. He was very encouraging throughout the summer and never left our sessions before I had a full understanding of the course material. James is a phenomenal tutor and you will not go wrong with contacting him for assistance.
James is a very patient, capable tutor. I am so glad I found him. I am finally being taught basic fundamentals that I have never had in my previous school. It is very difficult for me but he will get me through it. He is the best!!
James is a great tutor. He is very patient but firm on expectations with my son who is a Junior in High School. I would definitely recommended James as a math tutor.
James works very well with my son on pre-calculus. He makes sure that he has a good understanding of the concepts.
James is extremely interested in the success of his students. He is tutoring two of my high school children, and both love him. We couldn't ask for a better solution for our tutoring needs.
James is a fantastic tutor who has helped me immensely! I had an extremely hard time grasping several key concepts in algebra and he walked me through each one, step by step. I would recommend James for tutoring due to his patience, professionalism, and kindness.
Due to multiple conflicts on our side, our daughter missed her weekly "Jim Pre-Cal" booster shot for the past few weeks. Her test grades reflect that gap and she is very happy to be back on schedule!
James is a great tutor that can explain difficult algebra problems in a language that I can more easily understand. I have used him 4 or 5 times now throughout the semester and has been easy to work with and a great resource of information. I highly recommend him!
My daughter was in immediate need for a math tutor for the advanced classes at her medical school. We were fortunate enough to find James on WyzAnt, which by the way is brilliant and easy!
James came to our home to tutor whenever my daughter needed his assistance. He was brilliant as well in his assessment of her and her capabilities! He was able to show her how to let go of the fear she had about math and algebra, and definitely lessened the confusion when it came to working the problems out.
My daughter finished her math finals with an 85%, which is considerably higher than what she originally thought she could get! She definitely gets credit for working so hard and diligently, but we both give James a 100% for his efforts and professionalism! I also need to add, he has a very kind and sweet disposition!
Really appreciate the patience and humor while working on some tedious (at least to my teen) stuff. Keeps my daughter engaged. Thanks!
Mr. James P is really an all time calm, patient, inspiring teacher. My son loves his biology tutoring method because he teaches in a fun way. He just had 2 lessons with him. Prior to start tutoring he met us and introduced himself and talked about how he approaches students and many more valuable tips for no cost. When he couldn't make it on the scheduled time, he did the next class for free. We highly recommend Mr.James for anybody who is willing to learn and get inspired. He is very easy to be reached via any method of communication. We really thank WYZANT for providing this greatest opportunity to have such a great teacher.
James has been EXTREMELY helpful! My son has gone from a "D" in Algebra 2 to making 90s on his test and just brought home a personal note from the teacher about how well he is doing and how hard he is trying! It is just awesome! James has given my son a great foundation to build on as he starts college. HIGHLY recommend!
James really focuses on identifying the root cause, picking up on several items when working with my son. My son likes to be a self learner and has taught himself some inaccurate ways. James was able to identify this very quickly and begin the process of relearning correct ways. An added bonus is that my son felt he got something out of the session which is a huge compliment after trying 3 other tutors who did not get positive feedback from my son. :)
James was very helpful! My son did very well on his science final and I would definitely use him again.
James P. has been such a great help to me in my Algebra tutoring! Going back to college after 15 years and trying to build on my Algebra skills to prepare for Trigonometry has been intimidating. In just 3 tutoring sessions, James has had tremendous patience with me and has thoroughly explained the concepts to me so that I feel as if I've always known them -- it really does come back to you, as he said it would! James knew just where to start in building my fundamental algebra skills. He has a way of explaining things that make them click! James truly has a thorough understanding of mathematics and is a great tutor! Highly recommended!
Mr. P came to my daughter's rescue 2 days before a semester Geometry final and worked wonders. She had not passed one Geometry test since school started but made an 85 on the most important test that helped her pull out a high C for the semester. We could not have asked for more and will definitely be using his services in the future!
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Algebra frustrates many people because they don't get the point -"dealing with real numbers is hard enough, why make it more difficult with letters?". The point is, of course, that the letters let you know where you stand in any given situation much more easily than the numbers alone can, just ask a banker, bookie, engineer or doctor....
The simple process of keeping both sides of an apparently complex equation equal to each other leads to many applications of algebra which describe real world processes and make it possible to land probes on mars or build the Eiffel tower. Algebra 2 is really a series of explorations of the concepts developed in algebra 1. It remains essentially the same thing - do anything you like to both sides of an equation and as long as you do it accurately, the equation remains true. Never a problem, so long as you have algebra 1 securely in your mental locker.
ASVAB math is appropriately concerned with fundamentals - solving equations, time and distance, rate to completion of tasks, etc., with a little bit of exponents thrown in for differentiation purposes. If you get the basics, the tests will pose no problem. If you think you get the basics and have not really mastered them, the test will find that out real quick. I can help with understanding the fundamentals in a way which is totally obvious to you and showing you how to practice so that the test seems easy (it is). Train hard, fight easy is my tutoring mantra. This is particularly true for ASVAB-type tests, which are all about performance of the basics under pressure. The better-trained you are, the better you'll perform on the day!
Biology has changed from being a largely descriptive process to a predictive and quantitative science in the sixty years since the structure of DNA was shown to explain the underlying nature of heredity. Of all the fundamental sciences, this is the one which has changed most significantly over that time period. Understanding biology at the molecular level is demanding but but holds tremendous promise for the future and the subject is a joy to study. It is, however, no refuge from mathematics or the physical sciences, even if it is a lot more fun for most of us to learn!
Chemistry is a mature science with a firm theoretical and practical basis which nonetheless continues to present novel and intriguing research areas like hydrogen cells for the future. To enjoy it, students must employ significant spatial imagination and reasoning allied to accurate calculation and deduction. Chemistry has a small number of unifying themes which, once understood, form a coherent basis for deductive and inductive reasoning. It is a beautiful subject once you get past the sticker-shock of balancing equations and apparently intimidating nomenclature, but it is not user-friendly if you don't really get the fundamentals. On the other hand, once you've got these fundamentals down, you can get very good quite rapidly.
I have a PhD and BSc in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin. I have published patents and scientific papers and have worked as a molecular biologist in the Biotechnology industry for more than twenty years. I really know and understand genetics and I know how to explain it.
Logical, simple and clear, geometry is an exploration of the world using fundamental principles in imaginative ways. It is a very accessible branch of mathematics for anyone who can avoid being put off by the terminology and can learn to use a compass and straight edge. Elementary geometry is just plain common-sense applied to straight lines and circles and is fundamental to our understanding of the world and universe around us. More useful and more fun than video-games and a whole lot cheaper!
The topics covered in Prealgebra consolidate the fundamental concepts and mechanics of arithmetic and can give rise to many practical and interesting examples. These concepts should be second nature by the time students tackle Algebra and if they are not properly developed, further math will become an increasingly difficult grind, learned by memory rather than comprehension. Fortunately, structured practice is all that is needed for most people to master the material and it is well presented in a number of internet sites.
Just as Arithmetic provides the tool kit for the development of Algebra, Precalculus topics prepare students for calculus by providing a comprehensive numerical skill set which allows math to describe dynamic processes concisely and effectively. Each of the component processes (algebra, trigonometry and geometry) is inherently useful and descriptive, therefore interesting and rewarding to study. Precalculus develops the ability to "mix and match" the thought processes of the three core disciplines in preparation for moving math from largely static, two-dimensional situations into dynamic multi-dimensional events. These topics are actually enjoyable for students who really understand what they are doing - they are impossible to master by rote memory and require practice if they are to be usably remembered.
Whether you're interested in feedback or National Merit Scholarship qualification, PSAT is an examination of your all-round numeracy and literacy. Preparing for it means working on the appropriate areas of your all-round skills, learning to identify the pit-falls of ambiguity in the language section if you're not a fan of classical grammar and fixing any weaknesses in your basic arithmetic and algebra skills should these exist. It ought to be fun, not trauma and you'll do better if it is.
SAT math exams feature relatively easy questions on a wide range of topics under stress and time pressure. Preparation for these should involve becoming totally confident with the basic mathematical concepts which are being examined - this is achieved by practice and study of the concepts (e.g. area and volume calculations) rather than endless practice of the tests themselves. The test papers are actually very useful indicators of areas needing attention during preparation. "Train hard, fight easy" is the secret for this kind of test - speed and accuracy are the products of confidence and preparation.
I am currently certified to tutor algebra1, algebra2, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus and SAT Math. Much of my tuition time is spent on various mathematical topics with grade 10 and 11 students. TAKS is about understanding the basics of of a subject and being able to apply them effectively under some time pressure and stress. I can build students' basic skills and examination readiness simultaneously using sample questions to identify issues and tackling any underlying "gaps" or misconceptions.
If you get geometry and understand algebra, trigonometry is a breeze. It's amazing what you can get up to with one little theorem (Pythagoras) - ask navigators, engineers, surveyors and mystics - they all love this stuff and so can you. Exploiting simple principles with many applications, trigonometry is great value for intellectual investment!
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