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James E.

Agoura Hills, CA


Understand Math and Science without just memorizing formulas.

Background check passed as of 6/22/15
4.8 average from 402 ratings
Like having a very smart friend.
— Jennifer, Oak Park, CA on 2/16/15

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University of Southern California
University of Pittsburgh


University of Southern California

University of Pittsburgh (Master's)

About James

Valedictorian St. Bonaventure High School

BS in Physics from USC

Master's in Physics from Pitt

Self educated in Writing and Philosophy

I have 4 years of experience teaching college classes and tutoring on all levels of math, science and writing.

I tutor all levels of physics and math. I can also help with papers in most any topic, and can help understand philosophy. (I even tutored one student in formal logic.)

My top priority is to give students a conceptual understanding of the material (as opposed to rote memorization). I do this by asking the student questions to gauge their understanding, then giving advice or practice problems to personally address the material they don't understand. I also like to encourage them by pointing out the things they do understand. I believe in being personally friendly but intellectually demanding.

Full price of lesson will be charged for lessons canceled less than 8 hours before.
Valedictorian St. Bonaventure High School

BS in Physics from USC

Master's in Physics from Pitt

Self educated in Writing and
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8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Background Check: Passed

"Like having a very smart friend."

- Jennifer, Oak Park, CA on 2/16/15

"A phenomenal tutor"

- Maxwell, Camarillo, CA on 9/19/16

"Patient, thorough"

- Tina, Northridge, CA on 9/17/16

"Math Lesson"

- Randa, Westlake Village, CA on 6/25/16

"Excellent tutor and motivator"

- Mila, Oak Park, CA on 12/18/15

"Going Beyond"

- Lorraine, Broomfield, CO on 11/4/15

"Very knowledgable"

- Matt, Simi Valley, CA on 10/4/15

"Great lesson from James"

- Victoria, Thousand Oaks, CA on 9/23/15


- McKenzie, Newbury Park, CA on 9/11/15

"Definitely Knows His Stuff"

- Patrice, Los Angeles, CA on 7/2/15


- Jose, Thousand Oaks, CA on 6/15/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Roya, Oak Park, CA on 4/4/15

"Didn't know what a tutor was until I was tutored by James"

- Michelle, Calabasas, CA on 2/24/15

"Natural born teacher. Great communicator"

- Margaret, Newbury Park, CA on 12/16/14

"Very knowledgeable, energetic, and patient"

- Mai, Oak Park, CA on 10/31/14

"James is brilliant"

- Margo, Las Vegas, NV on 7/4/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have a master's degree in physics and am currently working on a book detailing a philosophy of mathematics education.


I have been tutoring calculus and precalculus for 3 years and spent 2 years as a physics teacher.

Differential Equations

I have been using differential equations for the last 4 years of my Physics classes, and for 2 years in my research. Differential Equations forms the foundation of Quantum Mechanics, which is my primary area of study.

Linear Algebra

My specialty in Physics is Quantum Mechanics, which uses linear vector spaces, an advanced concept in Linear Algebra. Not only did I take a class in the basics of Linear Algebra as an undergrad, but I have been using the advanced concepts of linear vector spaces for the last three years in my Quantum Mechanics courses and research.


I taught physics classes for two years and have been tutoring them for an additional 2 years.

Public Speaking

I do a weekly podcast were I discuss the history of philosophy. I have over 4 years of experience in public speaking: lecturing to as many as 100 students at a time, giving political speeches and recording podcasts.

University of Southern California
University of Pittsburgh


University of Southern California

University of Pittsburgh (Master's)

Like having a very smart friend. — My son has really enjoyed working with James, and says he's like having a "really smart friend." James was able to quickly assess my son's level of ability and comprehension of the topic at hand. Friendly, outgoing, asks a lot of questions (like, "How did you come to that conclusion? Tell me what your reasoning is.") and keeps things moving. Always timely. ...

— Jennifer, Oak Park, CA on 2/16/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 30 miles of Agoura Hills, CA 91301.