Terrific Math & Science Tutoring and More!
Terrific Math & Science Tutoring and More!
My greatest strength as a tutor (beyond really knowing the subjects I tutor) is my ability to adapt to and match the way you learn. A close second is my ability to take abstract concepts and make them much more understandable. I don’t do “tricks” since it takes as much effort to memorize tons of tricks as it does to actually learn the stuff (though I do have plenty of ideas on how to do things more easily). What I do do is teach solid theory, techniques, and study skills as simply and...
My greatest strength as a tutor (beyond really knowing the subjects I tutor) is my ability to adapt to and match the way you learn. A close second is my ability to take abstract concepts and make them much more understandable. I don’t do “tricks” since it takes as much effort to memorize tons of tricks as it does to actually learn the stuff (though I do have plenty of ideas on how to do things more easily). What I do do is teach solid theory, techniques, and study skills as simply and directly as I can.
How I Work:
Instead of just repeating what your teacher’s already gone over in class, I’m provide another way of looking at the things that are giving you trouble. Having actually taught in classrooms for over twelve years, I can help you understand why your teacher’s teaching a given topic, how it fits into the “big picture”, and what to watch out for in the future.
I’m excellent at what I do and I adapt to meet your needs. I draw upon the recent advances in brain research to help you perceive and retain what you're learning more effectively. I usually don't administer diagnostic tests because students typically already have a good idea of what their problem is, at least on the surface. Instead, as we start working together, I’ll ask you to show me how to do a problem you’re working on or to explain a term or two. This gives me the information I need to assess your situation. I’m pretty good at sensing where students’ problems are. At the end of the session and periodically thereafter, I’ll give you (and your parents if appropriate) an idea of how things stand and where to go next. If you want me to administer a diagnostic test, I have them available as well.
While I live in Redondo Beach, I travel throughout the South Bay and the Westside. I’m happy to meet at a place that is most convenient for you and me.
I am trustworthy and devoted to my students. I work mornings, afternoons, and evenings, even to midnight if things are that serious. And while most of my students attend traditional public and private schools, I’m comfortable working with home-schoolers as well.
What I Can Help With:
As I said at the beginning, I'm ready to help in a wide variety of Jr. and Sr. high school math and science subjects. If you're studying at the college level, not only can I tutor in math and science, I can also help in an array of engineering subjects as well. Being a chemical engineer I’m well suited to help Chem-E students with thermo, transport phenomena, unit ops, and distillation. Other areas of engineering where my math skills and general engineering knowledge allow me to help include basic mechanical, aero and civil engineering. This is especially so if you’re dealing with thermo, materials science/engineering, statics, or fracture mechanics. If you need assistance with computer programming, I’m experienced in Pascal, FORTRAN, and MS Excel.
So far, I’ve helped students from Cal Poly-SLO, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, USC, Brigham Young Univ, El Camino College, Grand Canyon Univ, Orange County CC, Pasadena CC, Santa Monica College, Univ of Arizona, Univ of Oregon; Chadwick HS, El Segundo HS, Loyola HS, Marlborough HS, Mira Costa HS, New Roads HS, Palos Verdes HS, PV Peninsula HS, Redondo Union HS, North, South & West Torrance HS, and Torrance HS.
Experience Behind my Tutoring:
In 1989, I started my teaching career as an Air Force Academy instructor in statics, materials engineering, and physical metallurgy. In 1997, I continued my teaching career as a credentialed math, chemistry, and physics teacher. I hold current California credentials to teach those subjects in junior and senior high schools. Of particular interest to many home schoolers would be my ability to teach using the Singapore Math approach.
As far as my education goes, I've earned:
- A BE (chemical engineering) from Georgia Tech,
- An MS (materials engineering) from the University of Dayton
- Single Subject Teaching Credentials at CSU - Dominguez Hills (Math, Chem, Physics).
As far as scientific and engineering experience goes, I have a significant experience as a career engineering officer as well as experience as a scientist by virtue of my metallurgy PhD studies. Over the course of my Air Force career, I worked as an aerospace propulsion engineer analyzing Chinese and Soviet missile and rocket engines in Ohio; I worked as a mechanical field engineer and engineering manager in Wyoming; I worked as the chief engineer for the Inertial Upper Stage program at Los Angeles AFB where I helped the Air Force procure and launch IUS space launch vehicles; and I worked as an engineering mechanics instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. All those experiences and more enable me to provide you a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to work as an engineer.
What I Can Do for You:
I’ve worked with a wide range of students from those who “get it” easily and just want the edge to keep that "A", to students who aren’t “getting it” and are afraid that “C” or “D” is going to slip away as the semester goes on. I’ve helped students who deal with with autism and Asperger's to adults who finally conquered their fear of math and fractions and went on to nursing careers. However, even though I'm an excellent tutor who has helped hundreds of students, I'm not a miracle worker. If you come to me with only a week or two left before finals, I'll of course help you as much as possible, but I can't guarantee that you'll be able to pull a "D" or "F" up to a "C", or a "C" up to an "A". What I can guarantee is that with my assistance, you'll have a much better shot at turning things around.
I'll close by saying that as a tutor, I'm glad to have found WyzAnt, because it's allowed me to help many hundreds of students around Los Angeles area turn their struggles into successes... I’d love to help you do the same!
John has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 19 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Matches my pace perfectly. Great for high performers and new students alike!
John is an excellent tutor! John was always polite and professional, and has the rare combination of genius and people skills to be able to communicate his mathematical insight. John is assertive, knowledgeable, and DOES NOT WASTE ANY TIME! I feel I got more per hour with John than with any other tutor I have ever worked with. John is on his A-game every time we meet, and "connects the mathematical dots" in a way my teachers and study partners cannot. I met with him for Trigonometry, and a friend used him for Intermediate Algebra! We would meet with him during the week and before tests while taking ultra-accelerated college level courses, and John kept us "dialed in" for success. I notice I retain the materials I review with John more than the things I learn in class or on my own. John was a key factor in my success, managed times well to match our busy schedules, and even met us late a couple of times! Thanks for going above and beyond John!Rebecca, 2 lessons with John
Excellent with Special Needs
Knowledgeable not only with subject matter, but with behavioral support and confidence building. I love that John explains why it’s important to learn the material—this is very motivating to my son.Cecilia, 2 lessons with John
I highly recommend John. My Asperger teen transferred high schools and struggled in his honors precalculus class. In fact, this straight-A student was failing. He couldn't grasp the trigonometry component of precalculus, and he couldn't grasp the teaching methods at his new school. We tried an expensive tutoring shop in town, but my teen's test scores continued to slide and hit as low as the 40s in percentages. With six weeks left in the semester, we were desperate. We found John on Wyzant and he turned things around immediately. My teen scored a 75% on a test just after two sessions with John, and all tests thereafter were in the B+ to A+ range. My teen not only passed the class at semester's end (which was in real doubt), but earned a B. John told us he couldn't work miracles, but he did. My teen reports that John was clear, concise, and provided alternate ways to look at and tackle math problems. My teen also says John taught him study methods that make much more sense to him than the methods taught at his new school. As a parent, I found John to be professional, courteous, and punctual. He quickly responded to messages and was flexible with scheduling. He also seemed to have a knack with understanding and working with my teen's unique Aspie needs. John set him up for success, and my teen feels confident with his new math tools going forward. Should my teen ever need tutoring again, he says without a doubt he's returning to John.Tanya, 18 lessons with John
Making sense of Geometry
Only one session in, but John started with the most essential questions: Why is geometry important? And how is it different? Our son couldn’t answer that for himself, therefore, he didn’t see a need to learn it. Hopefully we will get on track now.Jennifer, 8 lessons with John
Great tutor, great Guy!
If you’re looking for help and you want a caring and kind person to do it, John is the person for you. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I am prepping for the CBEST and he was so helpful.Chad, 1 lesson with John
Makes math concepts less scary!!!
I’m reviewing for the GMAT exam with John and I had my first lesson yesterday - I already feel like a cloud is lifted! I’m understanding concepts a lot better! He’s great - I highly recommend.Surbhi, 15 lessons with John
I can't say enough about John. He met me in crisis, several chapters behind in my Statistics course. He understood the sense of urgency to catch up, did his best to accommodate my difficult schedule, and exhibited great patience and compassion during our lessons. I'm a bit of a stressed out learner, especially with anything numbers related. He attacked the concepts from different angles until it started to make sense. In my initial tutor search John was a bit out of my budget but I've found the level of conceptual understanding he can give has made him a very valuable resource. At this point I have worked with John for almost a week and we have 3 more to go. You should absolutely consider him for your tutoring needs!LYNDSEY, 13 lessons with John
My son transferred schools at the beginning of second semester and faced a honors chemistry class that was not only being taught from a different book, but approach towards the material was completely different. Needless to say he was at a loss and needed immediate help to grasp concepts that his previous class hadn’t taught yet. Fortunately, we heard about this service and immediately went in search of a tutor. Mr. John has been able to explain concepts in 40 minutes that my son struggled with for about two weeks. He ability to translate concepts and theory has my son walking away from each session with a smile on his face and the confidence that he will be successful in this course. If you are looking for a calm, astute, instructor, Mr. John is definitely the tutor for you.Yvonne, 11 lessons with John
John has helped our 10th grade son tremendously with algebra 2 honors . He teaches so that the facts are easy to learn and master. John is very accessible and accommodating. We continue to use John on a weekly basis!Tim, 19 lessons with John
Great AP chem tutor
John knows everything and makes it fun.Leo, 4 lessons with John
Response time: 37 minutes