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John B.

Goleta, CA


Learning: some work, a lot of fun - John B.

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Texas A&M University
Computing Science
University of Houston Clear Lake City
Graduate Coursework


Texas A&M University (Computing Science)

University of Houston Clear Lake City (Graduate Coursework)

About John

I enjoy learning, whether in tests, jobs or just for recreation. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from Texas A&M University. Although my schooling was primarily in engineering and science, I have also studied widely in history, geography, life sciences and English language. Learning through reading can be a lot of fun; fact is sometimes stranger than fiction.

While some people are better at math than reading or vice versa, I am equally skilled in both. I scored in the top 1 percent on both the math and reading sections of the SAT and was a National Merit Scholarship finalist. I won first place in a University Interscholastic League U.S. History competition in high school. I enjoy reading and have a strong vocabulary and English language skills as a result. Above all, I love to learn new things. I enjoy sharing my love of learning with my students.

One technique I have found successful in teaching is to relate the new topic to the student's previous experience. That is, I build on what the student already knows. This works well in many areas, including math, language skills, and computer systems and programming.

Learning is a very natural and lifelong activity. This is not only true for myself and others in computer-related fields, but for all of us. And it doesn't have to be tedious or dull. There is work, sure, but it can be quite enjoyable. Let's give it a try!
I enjoy learning, whether in tests, jobs or just for recreation. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from Texas A&M University. Although my schooling was primarily in engineering and science, I have also studied widely in Read more

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- Dan, Corona, CA on 4/2/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry,
Precalculus, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer,

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Algebra 1

This subject can be a little intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. I have a strong background in math in school, followed by a career in engineering and computers, using and practicing algebra skills to solve real world problems. I can teach your student to do this, a little at a time, step by step.

American History

Take a look at the people, events and forces which made our country what it is. This is more than just a lot of dates. It's a fascinating story. When possible I help the student relate current events to their origins in our past.


Get to know your neighbors! Astronomy can be a lot fun if approached the right way. After individual assessment, I will show your student how to learn about our solar system and beyond.


As with any other test, you will benefit from a systematic approach. I can help you prepare for the ASVAB, identify problem sections, practice realistically, and improve your score. Talk to me about strengths and weaknesses. Together let's make a plan to go after this test.


The study of life is two things at once: amazing in its diversity and overwhelming in its details. At many levels biology is systems. My approach is to lead the student toward each topic in a systematic way. Break large problems down into small issues, until they are easily understood. Better understanding, not just facts, leads to better grades.


Chemistry can be tough, certainly. Let me help, by teaching your student to quickly recognize the different types of problems, break them down into manageable pieces, then solve the pieces. Learn the step by step process to better chemistry grades.


In many ways, English is the world we live in. How you write and speak, what you read, is who you are, in a sense. My approach for each topic is to relate it to what you know, build from there, and apply it to specific class activities such as quizzes, exams, reading out loud, vocabulary and more.

European History

In the earliest days of this country, our history essentially was an extension of the history of Europe. Today the world is more connected than ever. Understanding why Europe developed as it did is a valuable tool in understanding our own place. More than just dates and places, with your help I can develop a plan for discovering the "story" in history.

General Computer

An important first step is to discuss goals with you and your student. Then together we can work a step by step plan to gain the needed computer skills and have fun at the same time.

There's always something to learn, and nobody knows it all. Still, a school background in computer science and 30 years in programming, systems analysis and database design have given me a great deal of familiarity with many different interfaces, machines and operating systems.


One of the best keys I've found to success in geography is letting interesting stories tell themselves. The stories about land and sea, weather and time, plus people, make a combination that draws questions from your student. This combination uncovers the facts, which in turn results in better understanding and better grades.


After talking with you, I will suggest a plan to meet your goals. As a tutor, I approach geometry by making a plan, identfying the tough problems, breaking big problems into small, and then solving them.


Doing well on a grammar test helps our English grades. Our ability to construct sentences to get our meaning across to others helps them form an opinion of who we are and how well we deal with language. I can help your student with both of these activities, communication and grades. Let's get started!


As with many subjects, HTML has an element of learning and memory. However, it also lends itself very strongly to a hands-on, experimental method. I can show this, and teach you to do the same.


I have used several Linux distributions in both server and desktop environments, including Ubuntu, and Fedora. I'm very much used to the command line, especially to solve issues that aren't easily addressed with graphical tools. Several tasks required me install various kinds of servers, for instance, the Apache and MySQL needed for Drupal installation. I've worked with a minimal Debian install using the lightweight LXDE window manager, in order to get the most out of older, but still usable hardware.

One exciting recent development is the Debian derivative "Raspian" for the ARM-based single board computer, the Raspberry Pi. This British developed small, low-cost computer can definitely be used to teach programming with Python, and has a great deal of potential for projects.


I love reading, getting to know the characters, visiting far away places, and finding out why other societies are different (whether real or imaginary). These are, perhaps, unusual attributes for an engineer. On the other hand, they may well be the most important qualities in gaining a grasp on our shared literature. I can share this, and with your help it will result in improved grades for your student.


I have used Macintosh and taught Mac operations and applications since 1988. As a programmer I am first and foremost a user, and take this approach in tutoring. The best way is to learn by doing. This applies to learning new programs, testing USB devices, building a network and so on. I pay special attention to students coming from different environments, such as Windows. Let's get started.

Physical Science

How do we relate to the world around us? Even more, why is it the way it is? I can show you how to make this subject interesting and, in the process, improve your grades.


A lot of concepts are introduced in prealgebra courses. My approach combines review of the new concepts with the still important reasoning and arithmetic skills your student already has. Particular attention is paid to helping the student recognize different kinds of problems quickly, which helps them choose which methods to use to solve them.


Having good thoughts and knowing how to write them down are good steps in clear communication. Proofreading is the extra polish that lets your good writing shine. I can show you how to fix those small, silly mistakes that separate OK from excellent.


Improving your reading may mean several things. I approach each student individually, giving attention to vocabulary, comprehension, reading out loud skills and more as needed. The result is a better reader, and a student with better grades.

SAT Reading

Besides receiving excellent scores on my own SAT English and Math exams, my best qualification is that I think like the students and approach studying the same way. I can teach you these study skills, improving your scores.


Words are important. We use them to communicate with others, but they also communicate who we are. I can help your student build his or her collection of words. This will result in better grades on vocabulary quizzes, but also better reading comprehension and improved writing skills.

World History

History of any period or place may seem dry or dull. It's not. Whether it's current world events, or the historical forces and trends that led up to today, I can help you see the story beyond just facts and dates. Let's take a look.

Texas A&M University
Computing Science
University of Houston Clear Lake City
Graduate Coursework


Texas A&M University (Computing Science)

University of Houston Clear Lake City (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor — I noticed a big improvement on my son's practice ASVAB score, but not quite there yet. Thanks for all your help. ...

— Dan, Corona, CA on 4/2/13

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