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John H.

Terrific Math & Science Tutoring and More!

Terrific Math & Science Tutoring and More!

$95/hour

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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 H.


Education

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelor of Chem Eng
University of Dayton
Masters
CSU - Dominguez Hills
Other

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I've used Microsoft Excel since its creation back in the mid-1980s both personally and professionally. I not only know how to write the formulas for the cells, I also know how to control the formatting so that the spreadsheets both get the job done and look good, too.
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I've used Microsoft Excel since its creation back in the mid-1980s both personally and professionally. I not only know how to write the formulas for the cells, I also know how to control the formatting so that the spreadsheets both get the job done and look good, too.
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I've used Microsoft Excel since its creation back in the mid-1980s both personally and professionally. I not only know how to write the formulas for the cells, I also know how to control the formatting so that the spreadsheets both get the job done and look good, too.
General Computer, GMAT, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Statistics

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

English

English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Success in Algebra-1 is the key to a student’s success in every math and science course they’ll take in high school. It’s the course that moves you from elementary school arithmetic to the powerful math that every math and science course you’re going to take will draw upon. Build a strong algebra foundation and you will be able to use that knowledge in all your future classes. If you’re having trouble in Algebra-1, there are two likely problem areas…. 1) the math using fractions, multiplication, square roots, etc is so hard or so confusing that you simply can’t do the calculations your teacher needs you to do, or 2) your teacher’s lectures don’t make any sense and you end up trying to memorize rule after confusing rule. And when you have no idea how to succeed, it makes total sense to give up and work on another course that does make sense… if you’re going to be stuck with a bad math grade, it makes sense to get an “A” in another course to balance it out. The only problem is, you still have a bad grade and your math is going to get increasingly impossible to do. Since I have succeeded in helping young math students finally be able to do fractions, square roots, negative numbers, etc, I know how to help you finally learn the math skills that have given you so much grief. And once you know how to do the basic math, you can work on learning the algebra your teacher is teaching. The other way that I help students succeed in learning Algebra-1 is I teach the course differently than your teacher does… rather than lecturing and teaching you complicated rules on how to move numbers and letters around the page, I work with you like a math coach where I show you how to do the skills you need. I often do this by using pictures and memorable techniques that make the Algebra make sense and easier to remember. The best thing that I do is I help you to feel successful from our first meeting, and once you start feeling successful, it’s easier to start completing your homework and doing better on your quizzes and tests. In the end, nothing succeeds like success… let me help you become successful!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Before I decided to work as a full-time tutor, I taught HS algebra-2 nearly every semester because I was that good. But, because I had low seniority, I was given the students other teachers didn’t want to teach... students who didn’t naturally “get math”... students who were tougher to teach because they struggled. I learned from my students that their problems stemmed from poor teaching/bad situations before that had caused gaps in their learning and I learned how to fix those problems while I taught them algebra 2 at the same time. I not only know how to teach graphing and how functions and polynomials work, but I make new concepts like composite and inverse functions, exponentials-logarithms, matrix math, sequences and series make sense. And when the math you’re studying makes sense, it becomes easier to learn, easier to *remember*, and sets you up for success in your pre-calculus, and calculus courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've taught single variable & multivariable calculus both as a classroom teacher and as a tutor since 2004 (I still hold current Calif HS teaching credentials in math).
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've either studied, used, or taught chemistry for over four decades. I taught in high school for over a decade and still hold valid teaching credentials in chemistry as well as math & physics.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a classroom teacher, I taught many years of geometry. So, as I tutor, I really know what your geometry teacher is looking for. I help you understand how the names used in geometry can give you clues about what is being talk about (e.g., in Latin, *transverse* literally means 'to lie across' and so that's why the line that lies across parallel lines is called a transverse). I'm also really good at teaching the dreaded *two-column proof* and if you have an old-school teacher who is still teaching constructions, I know how to teach constructions, too.
Physics,

Physics

I started my teaching career by teaching mechanics as a US Air Force Academy instructor. Following my Air Force career, I earned a Calif HS physics teaching credential (which I still hold along with credentials in math & chemistry). I also studied how to teach physics at a program taught by Arizona State: the program, "Modeling Physics" is the only program judged "exemplary" by the Department of Education. I've taught &/or tutored physics since 1997.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I draw on over a decade's experience as a HS pre-calculus teacher to help students in their pre-calculus course. Pre-calculus is probably the most challenging HS math course due to how much material is presented and how quickly the course goes. It is easily the most abstract course students have taken to that point. There are two major focus of the course... functions and trigonometry. Calculus uses the concept of the function a lot and students need to know how to recognize and manipulate functions. If a student has weak algebra and arithmetic skills, this part of the course will uncover those weakness. Because I know the typical problems and am terrific at teaching algebra and basic math skills, I know how to fix any problems that arise quickly. Trigonometry uses new functions (sine, cosine, tangent) that require students to memorize nearly 100 new math facts associated with the dreaded "Unit Circle" (e.g., sin(30°) = ½). I teach an approach that reduces the number of facts needed to be memorized by 60-70% and helps students recall the facts they need fast. Another problem students face is teachers will expect students to measure angles in radians instead of degrees and many students find radians mysterious and scary. I teach the concept of the radian in 5-10 min and completely eliminate all the scariness. Taught wrong, pre-calculus is a tough course... taught right, it's not a bad course and it can even be an interesting experience. I'd love to help you with your pre-calculus course
English, Prealgebra, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Success in Algebra-1 is the key to a student’s success in every math and science course they’ll take in high school. It’s the course that moves you from elementary school arithmetic to the powerful math that every math and science course you’re going to take will draw upon. Build a strong algebra foundation and you will be able to use that knowledge in all your future classes. If you’re having trouble in Algebra-1, there are two likely problem areas…. 1) the math using fractions, multiplication, square roots, etc is so hard or so confusing that you simply can’t do the calculations your teacher needs you to do, or 2) your teacher’s lectures don’t make any sense and you end up trying to memorize rule after confusing rule. And when you have no idea how to succeed, it makes total sense to give up and work on another course that does make sense… if you’re going to be stuck with a bad math grade, it makes sense to get an “A” in another course to balance it out. The only problem is, you still have a bad grade and your math is going to get increasingly impossible to do. Since I have succeeded in helping young math students finally be able to do fractions, square roots, negative numbers, etc, I know how to help you finally learn the math skills that have given you so much grief. And once you know how to do the basic math, you can work on learning the algebra your teacher is teaching. The other way that I help students succeed in learning Algebra-1 is I teach the course differently than your teacher does… rather than lecturing and teaching you complicated rules on how to move numbers and letters around the page, I work with you like a math coach where I show you how to do the skills you need. I often do this by using pictures and memorable techniques that make the Algebra make sense and easier to remember. The best thing that I do is I help you to feel successful from our first meeting, and once you start feeling successful, it’s easier to start completing your homework and doing better on your quizzes and tests. In the end, nothing succeeds like success… let me help you become successful!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Before I decided to work as a full-time tutor, I taught HS algebra-2 nearly every semester because I was that good. But, because I had low seniority, I was given the students other teachers didn’t want to teach... students who didn’t naturally “get math”... students who were tougher to teach because they struggled. I learned from my students that their problems stemmed from poor teaching/bad situations before that had caused gaps in their learning and I learned how to fix those problems while I taught them algebra 2 at the same time. I not only know how to teach graphing and how functions and polynomials work, but I make new concepts like composite and inverse functions, exponentials-logarithms, matrix math, sequences and series make sense. And when the math you’re studying makes sense, it becomes easier to learn, easier to *remember*, and sets you up for success in your pre-calculus, and calculus courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've taught single variable & multivariable calculus both as a classroom teacher and as a tutor since 2004 (I still hold current Calif HS teaching credentials in math).
Chemical Engineering,

Chemical Engineering

My undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech was a Bach of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. My GPA was a 3.0. I worked as a project engineer for the US Air Force for 16 years. In 1981, I passed the Engineering-in-Training (EiT) Certification for the state of Georgia. Being designated an EiT was the first step towards becoming a professional engineer. I didn't pursue a PE as it was unnecessary for my service in the Air Force. My Master of Science degree was in a similar field, Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton with a GPA of 3.8. Materials engineering is basically a fusion of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering and metallurgy. On the basis of my Chemical and Materials Engineering degrees the Air Force assigned me to the Engineering Mechanics department where I taught statics, physical metallurgy and materials science from 1989 to 1991.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I successfully completed my own differential equations course about five years ago. Since then, I was able to help a young man who was freaking out about how terribly hard his differential equations course was. At the beginning of the course, he told me he'd be grateful if he could eke out a "low-B." Thanks to my help, he scored "A"s on the first 3 out of his four midterms and got a “B” on his last exam when the prof shifted into "overdrive" to “make up time” at the end of the course. Needless to say, that last exam was a disaster for all the class. While “Diffy-Q’s” subject matter is tough enough on its own, the course will also uncover any weakness you might have in your basic calculus and algebra skills as well. My talents as a tutor allow me to not only help you with the course at hand, but I can also help you tighten up your algebra and calculus skills if that’s necessary.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a classroom teacher, I taught many years of geometry. So, as I tutor, I really know what your geometry teacher is looking for. I help you understand how the names used in geometry can give you clues about what is being talk about (e.g., in Latin, *transverse* literally means 'to lie across' and so that's why the line that lies across parallel lines is called a transverse). I'm also really good at teaching the dreaded *two-column proof* and if you have an old-school teacher who is still teaching constructions, I know how to teach constructions, too.
Physics,

Physics

I started my teaching career by teaching mechanics as a US Air Force Academy instructor. Following my Air Force career, I earned a Calif HS physics teaching credential (which I still hold along with credentials in math & chemistry). I also studied how to teach physics at a program taught by Arizona State: the program, "Modeling Physics" is the only program judged "exemplary" by the Department of Education. I've taught &/or tutored physics since 1997.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I draw on over a decade's experience as a HS pre-calculus teacher to help students in their pre-calculus course. Pre-calculus is probably the most challenging HS math course due to how much material is presented and how quickly the course goes. It is easily the most abstract course students have taken to that point. There are two major focus of the course... functions and trigonometry. Calculus uses the concept of the function a lot and students need to know how to recognize and manipulate functions. If a student has weak algebra and arithmetic skills, this part of the course will uncover those weakness. Because I know the typical problems and am terrific at teaching algebra and basic math skills, I know how to fix any problems that arise quickly. Trigonometry uses new functions (sine, cosine, tangent) that require students to memorize nearly 100 new math facts associated with the dreaded "Unit Circle" (e.g., sin(30°) = ½). I teach an approach that reduces the number of facts needed to be memorized by 60-70% and helps students recall the facts they need fast. Another problem students face is teachers will expect students to measure angles in radians instead of degrees and many students find radians mysterious and scary. I teach the concept of the radian in 5-10 min and completely eliminate all the scariness. Taught wrong, pre-calculus is a tough course... taught right, it's not a bad course and it can even be an interesting experience. I'd love to help you with your pre-calculus course
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Up to this point, most students main interaction with triangles has been using the Pythagorean Theorem (a^2 + b^2 = c^2) on right triangles and calculating areas (A = 1/2*b*h). The word "trigonometry" literally means "the measurement of triangles" and extends the study of triangles to focus on finding the lengths of missing sides of triangles or the size of the angles of triangles. Curiously, trigonometry also teaches how triangles and circles are closely related through the sine and cosine functions. Trigonometry is used extensively in calculus, physics and engineering and is even used in other course like chemistry and economics. Trig uses new functions (sine, cosine, tangent) that require students to memorize nearly 100 new math facts associated with the dreaded "Unit Circle" (e.g., sin(30°) = ½). I teach an approach that reduces the number of facts needed to be memorized by 60-70% and helps students recall the facts they need fast. And, the way I teach the basic trig facts makes the inverse functions (e.g., arcsine / sin^(-1)) MUCH easier to calculate WITHOUT a calculator. Another problem students face is teachers will expect students to measure angles in radians instead of degrees and many students find radians mysterious and scary. I teach the concept of the radian in 5-10 min and completely eliminate all the scariness. Graphing trig functions often gives students fits. I have unique ways of teaching graphing that make that task much easier as well. Taught wrong, trigonometry is a tough, confusing course... taught right, it's not a bad course and it can even be an interesting experience. I'd love to help you with your trigonometry course
ACT Math, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Success in Algebra-1 is the key to a student’s success in every math and science course they’ll take in high school. It’s the course that moves you from elementary school arithmetic to the powerful math that every math and science course you’re going to take will draw upon. Build a strong algebra foundation and you will be able to use that knowledge in all your future classes. If you’re having trouble in Algebra-1, there are two likely problem areas…. 1) the math using fractions, multiplication, square roots, etc is so hard or so confusing that you simply can’t do the calculations your teacher needs you to do, or 2) your teacher’s lectures don’t make any sense and you end up trying to memorize rule after confusing rule. And when you have no idea how to succeed, it makes total sense to give up and work on another course that does make sense… if you’re going to be stuck with a bad math grade, it makes sense to get an “A” in another course to balance it out. The only problem is, you still have a bad grade and your math is going to get increasingly impossible to do. Since I have succeeded in helping young math students finally be able to do fractions, square roots, negative numbers, etc, I know how to help you finally learn the math skills that have given you so much grief. And once you know how to do the basic math, you can work on learning the algebra your teacher is teaching. The other way that I help students succeed in learning Algebra-1 is I teach the course differently than your teacher does… rather than lecturing and teaching you complicated rules on how to move numbers and letters around the page, I work with you like a math coach where I show you how to do the skills you need. I often do this by using pictures and memorable techniques that make the Algebra make sense and easier to remember. The best thing that I do is I help you to feel successful from our first meeting, and once you start feeling successful, it’s easier to start completing your homework and doing better on your quizzes and tests. In the end, nothing succeeds like success… let me help you become successful!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Before I decided to work as a full-time tutor, I taught HS algebra-2 nearly every semester because I was that good. But, because I had low seniority, I was given the students other teachers didn’t want to teach... students who didn’t naturally “get math”... students who were tougher to teach because they struggled. I learned from my students that their problems stemmed from poor teaching/bad situations before that had caused gaps in their learning and I learned how to fix those problems while I taught them algebra 2 at the same time. I not only know how to teach graphing and how functions and polynomials work, but I make new concepts like composite and inverse functions, exponentials-logarithms, matrix math, sequences and series make sense. And when the math you’re studying makes sense, it becomes easier to learn, easier to *remember*, and sets you up for success in your pre-calculus, and calculus courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've taught single variable & multivariable calculus both as a classroom teacher and as a tutor since 2004 (I still hold current Calif HS teaching credentials in math).
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've either studied, used, or taught chemistry for over four decades. I taught in high school for over a decade and still hold valid teaching credentials in chemistry as well as math & physics.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a classroom teacher, I taught many years of geometry. So, as I tutor, I really know what your geometry teacher is looking for. I help you understand how the names used in geometry can give you clues about what is being talk about (e.g., in Latin, *transverse* literally means 'to lie across' and so that's why the line that lies across parallel lines is called a transverse). I'm also really good at teaching the dreaded *two-column proof* and if you have an old-school teacher who is still teaching constructions, I know how to teach constructions, too.
Physics,

Physics

I started my teaching career by teaching mechanics as a US Air Force Academy instructor. Following my Air Force career, I earned a Calif HS physics teaching credential (which I still hold along with credentials in math & chemistry). I also studied how to teach physics at a program taught by Arizona State: the program, "Modeling Physics" is the only program judged "exemplary" by the Department of Education. I've taught &/or tutored physics since 1997.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I draw on over a decade's experience as a HS pre-calculus teacher to help students in their pre-calculus course. Pre-calculus is probably the most challenging HS math course due to how much material is presented and how quickly the course goes. It is easily the most abstract course students have taken to that point. There are two major focus of the course... functions and trigonometry. Calculus uses the concept of the function a lot and students need to know how to recognize and manipulate functions. If a student has weak algebra and arithmetic skills, this part of the course will uncover those weakness. Because I know the typical problems and am terrific at teaching algebra and basic math skills, I know how to fix any problems that arise quickly. Trigonometry uses new functions (sine, cosine, tangent) that require students to memorize nearly 100 new math facts associated with the dreaded "Unit Circle" (e.g., sin(30°) = ½). I teach an approach that reduces the number of facts needed to be memorized by 60-70% and helps students recall the facts they need fast. Another problem students face is teachers will expect students to measure angles in radians instead of degrees and many students find radians mysterious and scary. I teach the concept of the radian in 5-10 min and completely eliminate all the scariness. Taught wrong, pre-calculus is a tough course... taught right, it's not a bad course and it can even be an interesting experience. I'd love to help you with your pre-calculus course
English, Prealgebra, Statistics

Science

Chemical Engineering,

Chemical Engineering

My undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech was a Bach of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. My GPA was a 3.0. I worked as a project engineer for the US Air Force for 16 years. In 1981, I passed the Engineering-in-Training (EiT) Certification for the state of Georgia. Being designated an EiT was the first step towards becoming a professional engineer. I didn't pursue a PE as it was unnecessary for my service in the Air Force. My Master of Science degree was in a similar field, Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton with a GPA of 3.8. Materials engineering is basically a fusion of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering and metallurgy. On the basis of my Chemical and Materials Engineering degrees the Air Force assigned me to the Engineering Mechanics department where I taught statics, physical metallurgy and materials science from 1989 to 1991.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've either studied, used, or taught chemistry for over four decades. I taught in high school for over a decade and still hold valid teaching credentials in chemistry as well as math & physics.
Physics,

Physics

I started my teaching career by teaching mechanics as a US Air Force Academy instructor. Following my Air Force career, I earned a Calif HS physics teaching credential (which I still hold along with credentials in math & chemistry). I also studied how to teach physics at a program taught by Arizona State: the program, "Modeling Physics" is the only program judged "exemplary" by the Department of Education. I've taught &/or tutored physics since 1997.
ACT Science, Physical Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Success in Algebra-1 is the key to a student’s success in every math and science course they’ll take in high school. It’s the course that moves you from elementary school arithmetic to the powerful math that every math and science course you’re going to take will draw upon. Build a strong algebra foundation and you will be able to use that knowledge in all your future classes. If you’re having trouble in Algebra-1, there are two likely problem areas…. 1) the math using fractions, multiplication, square roots, etc is so hard or so confusing that you simply can’t do the calculations your teacher needs you to do, or 2) your teacher’s lectures don’t make any sense and you end up trying to memorize rule after confusing rule. And when you have no idea how to succeed, it makes total sense to give up and work on another course that does make sense… if you’re going to be stuck with a bad math grade, it makes sense to get an “A” in another course to balance it out. The only problem is, you still have a bad grade and your math is going to get increasingly impossible to do. Since I have succeeded in helping young math students finally be able to do fractions, square roots, negative numbers, etc, I know how to help you finally learn the math skills that have given you so much grief. And once you know how to do the basic math, you can work on learning the algebra your teacher is teaching. The other way that I help students succeed in learning Algebra-1 is I teach the course differently than your teacher does… rather than lecturing and teaching you complicated rules on how to move numbers and letters around the page, I work with you like a math coach where I show you how to do the skills you need. I often do this by using pictures and memorable techniques that make the Algebra make sense and easier to remember. The best thing that I do is I help you to feel successful from our first meeting, and once you start feeling successful, it’s easier to start completing your homework and doing better on your quizzes and tests. In the end, nothing succeeds like success… let me help you become successful!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Before I decided to work as a full-time tutor, I taught HS algebra-2 nearly every semester because I was that good. But, because I had low seniority, I was given the students other teachers didn’t want to teach... students who didn’t naturally “get math”... students who were tougher to teach because they struggled. I learned from my students that their problems stemmed from poor teaching/bad situations before that had caused gaps in their learning and I learned how to fix those problems while I taught them algebra 2 at the same time. I not only know how to teach graphing and how functions and polynomials work, but I make new concepts like composite and inverse functions, exponentials-logarithms, matrix math, sequences and series make sense. And when the math you’re studying makes sense, it becomes easier to learn, easier to *remember*, and sets you up for success in your pre-calculus, and calculus courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

I've taught single variable & multivariable calculus both as a classroom teacher and as a tutor since 2004 (I still hold current Calif HS teaching credentials in math).
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've either studied, used, or taught chemistry for over four decades. I taught in high school for over a decade and still hold valid teaching credentials in chemistry as well as math & physics.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a classroom teacher, I taught many years of geometry. So, as I tutor, I really know what your geometry teacher is looking for. I help you understand how the names used in geometry can give you clues about what is being talk about (e.g., in Latin, *transverse* literally means 'to lie across' and so that's why the line that lies across parallel lines is called a transverse). I'm also really good at teaching the dreaded *two-column proof* and if you have an old-school teacher who is still teaching constructions, I know how to teach constructions, too.
Physics,

Physics

I started my teaching career by teaching mechanics as a US Air Force Academy instructor. Following my Air Force career, I earned a Calif HS physics teaching credential (which I still hold along with credentials in math & chemistry). I also studied how to teach physics at a program taught by Arizona State: the program, "Modeling Physics" is the only program judged "exemplary" by the Department of Education. I've taught &/or tutored physics since 1997.
GED, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation

AFOQT,

AFOQT

I'm a retired AF major and did well enough on my Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) to be awarded a full, four-year scholarship to Georgia Tech. Additionally, being an engineer, and a math and science educator I'm well equipped to help you prepare for those aspects of the test. Unlike most other aptitude tests like the SAT, ACT, etc., there are two spatial reasoning components in the AFOQT... I understand how these questions "work" and how to analyze them to find the correct answer. Grammar and vocabulary also parts of the test. I speak and write well, and have a plethora of synonyms and antonyms at my finger tips when I need just the right word... like "plethora" which means an "overflowing or super abundance". I also understand the subtleties of English usage. For example, it drives me up the wall when airline attendants tell me to remain seated for the *duration* of a flight after I've already gotten up to go the bathroom... Once I've gotten out of my seat even once on a flight, it's impossible for me to stay seated for the duration of the flight: the phrase they really want is "for the *remainder* of the flight" as *duration* means the entirety of the flight. Finally, there's a component that tests you on aviation concepts and terminology... having been in the Air Force for twenty years including a stint teaching at the Air Force Academy, I've learned a fair bit about aviation even though the only airplanes I've flown were ones where I was seated in the passenger cabin. Bottom line: the AFOQT is a not your run-of-the-mill aptitude test, and I have the skills, experience and teaching ability to help you prepare for your AFOQT.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I had to take a similar military entrance exam, the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test) and did well enough to qualify for a 4-year college scholarship. I helped a young man raise his ASVAB math score from a 29 to a 40 over the course of three weeks. Before, his score was so low the Navy wouldn't accept him: with his higher score, he was able to apply for his preferred job category.
CBEST,

CBEST

My first accomplishment towards my California teaching credential back in 1997 was passing my CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). At that point, I'd taken so many standardized tests and was so comfortable with the sample questions they provided that I went into my test with the goal of not just passing the CBEST, but *acing* it. Having taken and aced the CBEST on my first try, I'm certain that I can help others prepare for their CBEST.
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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, 14 lessons with John

Highest recommendation

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

Highly recommend...

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

Excellent teacher

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

Knowledgeable

John helped my daughter prep for Calculus and Chemistry tests. He explained the concepts very clearly and helped her gain a better understanding. She felt more confident going into her tests.

Lauren, 1 lesson with John

What a great experience!!

John is a fantastic tutor for calculus. On short notice, we set up an appointment as I needed help preparing for a final exam in calculus. John showed up on time and got right to work. Within the first 5 minutes, I knew that I had made the right choice in selecting him. He is very knowledgeable about the subject and made sure that I understood each step that we talked about. He broke the complex material involving the fundamental theorem of calculus down into very easy to understand elements. I would highly recommend John to anyone who is having trouble with Calculus or any other type of math.

Bob, 3 lessons with John

Highly recommend!

John is a very patient & knowledgeable tutor. He helped my son prep for the ASVAB. He really helped my son break down concepts & helped simplify concrete equations in Math. He gave him tips&tricks to understand problems more clearly. He was able to adapt to my son's thinking & learning style. He helped ease my son's anxiety for his upcoming ASAVAB test. I highly recommend John!

Lydia, 4 lessons with John
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