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James O.

Lake Forest, CA

$50/hour

Patient and easy-to-understand math tutor - HMC / UCI Grad

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10+ Hours
4.3 average from 4 ratings

$50/Hour


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Harvey Mudd College
Math and Comp. Sci.
University of California, Irvine
Master's

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Math and Comp. Sci.)

University of California, Irvine (Master's)

About James

Hello and thanks for checking out my Wyzant profile! My name is James and I'm a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and the University of California: Irvine. At HMC I received my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and at UCI I received my Master's Degree in Mathematics. I am here because I love teaching and am always thrilled to help a student with their journey towards the inevitable conclusion that math is not nearly as scary as people think.

I have a talent for explaining things very simply, from the ground up. I can often figure out why a student is having trouble understanding a certain concept - what the underlying root cause of their misunderstanding is - and then take them back to that fundamental issue, reteaching it from scratch in order to resolve their internal misconceptions. If we have to go back to the unit circle and figure out why you are afraid of sines and cosines, then that's what we'll do. Sometimes this can slow a session down a little bit but in the long term it's always worth it. In all honesty, Mathematics is a lot simpler than many teachers and text books would have you believe; the trick is to isolate the fundamentals from the complicated details - something I am extremely good at.

Teaching is a huge passion of mine, nothing quite matches the satisfaction of seeing a student's "omg I finally understand this" face. I would be teaching math in college right now, it's just that I've found software engineering to be more lucrative overall and, well, you know how student loan debt can be! Before I started my engineering career I was a near full-time private math tutor in Irvine around UCI and every client I had was a satisfied customer who saw noticeable improvement. And as a grad student at UCI I was a teaching assistant every single quarter; I always had extremely positive student feedback and even once received a standing ovation from my Real Analysis students!

I have a deep and lasting understanding of all mathematics at the undergraduate level and below, including the more difficult classes such as Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, etc. The most common course I have tutored for is Calculus and I would say that AP Calculus / College-level Calculus is my specialty.

Lastly, I provide the following special offers and guarantees:

1) Trial rate of $35 for the first hour - I offer a significantly reduced rate for the first hour with me so you can see if I will be a good fit.

2) Satisfaction Guarantee - If you are not satisfied with the quality of my tutoring after the first 15 minutes, we can cancel the entire session with no hard feelings and no cost to you! We won't log the session at all, so you won't need to use wyzant's good fit guarantee. I've been offering a guarantee like this for a long time now and nobody has ever taken me up on this offer.

3) Tardiness Guarantee - I always aim to arrive five minutes early. However, Southern California traffic can be hectic at times so I do ask for a grace period of up to five minutes. That being said, if I am ever more than five minutes late to a scheduled session, the first hour of that session is free!

Thank you for reading my profile and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Cheers!

-James
Hello and thanks for checking out my Wyzant profile! My name is James and I'm a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and the University of California: Irvine. At HMC I received my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and at UCI I received my Master's Degree in Mathematics. I am here because I love teaching and am always thrilled to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Trial Rate - Your first hour with me is only $35 so if you can see if I am a good fit! Small ($5/$10) driving fee necessary for students more than 15/25 miles away from my home in Lake Forest.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Lake Forest, CA 92630
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Elementary Science
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Computer:
General Computer, Java
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science

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Calculus

I got a 5 on the AP Calculus exam my senior year of high school in 2003. I received my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2007. I was a teaching assistant for a wide variety of math courses at UC: Irvine - which included varying levels of Calculus multiple times - during my time as a grad student from 2007 to 2010. And I received my Master's degree in Mathematics from UCI in 2009.

Harvey Mudd College
Math and Comp. Sci.
University of California, Irvine
Master's

Education

Harvey Mudd College (Math and Comp. Sci.)

University of California, Irvine (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Trial Rate - Your first hour with me is only $35 so if you can see if I am a good fit! Small ($5/$10) driving fee necessary for students more than 15/25 miles away from my home in Lake Forest.

Travel policy

James will travel within 15 miles of Lake Forest, CA 92630.