Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia (Bachelor of Chem Eng)
University of Dayton (Master's)
CSU - Dominguez Hills (Other)
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. 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
Cancellation fees cover total time scheduled (e.g., a cancelled 2 hr session would be 2 x the hourly rate).
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!
John is the best tutor out there! He is patient and truly cares about your understanding of material and your success. I hired John about a month ago to help me with my CBEST Mathematics section. Before hiring him I took the CBEST and received the score of a 27 on my mathematics section. When John and I first started working together, I did not have many mathematical skills and no confidence in passing the CBEST, but he helped me obtain the skills and knowledge I needed within a month to successfully pass the CBEST. My score went from a 27 to a 53! That is impressive.
He has multiple methods of doing a problem and achieving the answer to a mathematics question. If I did not know how to work the problem with the first method he showed me, John would offer many other methods, until the light bulb went off in my head and I understood. He would then check for understanding by asking me on a scale from 1-5 what my understanding was and based on the number from the scale I gave him, we would continue working or move on.
John gave me study tools on how to prepare for my test and the tools I needed while taking the initial test. He would make notes in different colors to help remember important pieces on how to complete an answer and he would give me the notes after to reflect upon as I practiced what he taught me. He also had word phrases that helped me remember how to complete a problem. He had special ways that I had never heard of before that showed how to complete a hard equation in an easier way. John would also help me with making my flashcards.
Not only did John and I work on my mathematical abilities but he helped me learn new skills and knowledge about how to be a better Elementary School Teacher. He made me feel comfortable to ask any questions, even if I felt silly about asking them. Every question was a valid question. He taught me how to look at all experiences positively. He was very patient and understanding.
I plan to continue working with John to work on the Common Core Standards for Elementary School.
I highly recommend working with John!
Great tutor for my son's P-chem class. Helps him understand the material and prepare for tests. Glad we found him on Wyzant website. We're looking forward to a pleasant semester
We worked on troubling GMAT problems together. John was thoughtful, thorough, and an all-around delight, breaking down complicated problems into simpler, easier-to-manage components. Wish he'd been my math teacher back in the day!
John is an open and honest communicator; he is a true teacher and trustworthy educator. Through his years of practice he has refined his craft, and I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a mentor and or guidance in a specific academic area. I give him 6 stars.
John H. is an amazing tutor. He is not only patient, but also is committed to ensuring that his students understands the in's/out's of the topics at hand. I was in a situation where I had a below par GMAT score for Business school admissions, and I decided to take on a calculus course to help bolster up my quant representation for my applications. With that said - time was of the essence, and I had notified John of such and what my goals were for our sessions. At this junction the last time I had taken calculus was over a decade ago in High School, and I needed someone to "dumb it down" for me. What I appreciated most about John was his ability to explain concepts from different angles to ensure they stuck. John is an engineer by training, and I am also in a technical field - so he was able to draw parallels to me that made things click. I am by nature someone who needs to understand the WHY behind things, and not just learn about quick tips/tricks, and it was for this reason why I was so lucky to have been working with John b/c that is his exact style of teaching! I would recommend John to anyone who is looking for a stellar math tutor. At the end I gained admissions to a Top MBA program - and I am so grateful for the work John and I were able to achieve together. -Rich
My son liked John so much he wants him to return tomorrow! My son likes very few tutors so I am delighted. I'd give 6 stars if I could ... John made Chemistry interesting for my son and we will be interested to see how it impacts his grades
I worked with John for GRE math tutoring. He is patient and great at explaining math concepts in various ways, depending on your style. He is also flexible and understanding of last minute scheduling / LA traffic!
I am probably his test case--I never had the classes in math to serve as a foundation--and I am also SO afraid of failing. However, he started from the beginning, and I slowly began understanding math!!! SO glad to have found him!
John is an excellent tutor, and I have had many. He is very capable, can explain at the level you need, makes sure you understand, patient, very professional and nice. I would definitely continue to use John. Outstanding tutor.
I recently hired John to tutor two of our employees who were having some trouble adapting to new computer-based workflows.
John was extremely thorough, first going over in great detail my goals for hiring him, as well as developing an understanding of our corporate procedures and workflows, to see how he could best help our employees get up to speed as efficiently as possible.
Since the tutoring, our employees not only complete their tasks quicker, but more importantly, they have a better understanding of what they are doing, and why. They have a much greater understanding of computers and file operations, so when something occurs that is slightly out of the ordinary, they are able to adapt and figure it out for themselves, which before John worked with them, they did not have the confidence to do.
I found John very easy to work with. Our employees echoed this sentiment, and also reported how patient he was in explaining concepts they found tricky.
I would definitely hire John again, and would wholeheartedly recommend him for computer tutoring, or any other subject he is knowledgeable in.
John masterfully guided my son through AP physics and AP calculus this past year. My son was overwhelmed and didn't really understand how to approach the college level coursework. Having John help him digest the material and review concepts that were confusing or just didn't stick was exactly what he needed to regain his confidence and successfully finish the year.
Without John I am not sure I would have made it through statistics, and with an "A" to boot! I am an adult learner and currently enrolled in an online school working on my BSN (Bachelor's of Science in Nursing). John is non-judgmental and extremely patient. He had no problem meeting me in coffee shops in my area. During our sessions, he wrote things out, and drew diagrams, which was helpful because I am a visual learner. He is a brilliant man but was still able to break down the concepts so that I could understand them. I highly recommend John as a tutor to any age - his rate is worth every penny!
My son was really struggling with honors chemistry and had basically lost confidence in his ability to understand the material. John gave my son his confidence back and he couldn't be better suited to my son's needs. What makes John such a wonderful tutor is his ability to figure out how each student learns and then explain the material to them in a way they can understand. He's incredibly patient and it's clear that he loves teaching. John also works really to hard to accommodate people's schedules. We couldn't have asked for a better tutor.
John has worked with my two sons with great results. He was able to turn geometry into something understandable, algebra a breeze and SAT prep too. I highly recommend him for students of all ages.
John is helping my son with Ap-physics and Multi-variable calculus. It was hard to find a qualified tutor but from the first session, I had complete trust in him. John is passionate and positive about his job and he makes lessons fun for the students.
John helped my son perform his best in his math class by being completely focused on determining what my son needed to succeed in his class,
John is extremely knowledgeable about math and explains concepts in a way students can understand. We were extremely appreciative of John's flexibility in scheduling the time and location of the tutoring sessions.
He is patient and understanding, and he explains the material well (better than some teachers even). It can be difficult to arrange a meeting with him due to his already large number of clients.
Thanks Harry for the kind words!
To prospective new clients...
regarding difficulties finding a time to meet, it's true that that can happen, especially during crunch times like the end of a semester.
There are two things students can do to minimize this possibility. First, if we set up a regular meeting time then that becomes "your" time in my schedule. Second, if you want to schedule on an "as needed" basis, try to give me as much lead time as possible because my schedule does fill up.
Please know that I do everything possible to meet my students' needs to include things like meeting 11 p.m. till midnight or answering quick questions by phone between sessions to get you past a stumbling stone that's tripping you up.
First of all I would like to say that my son is smart but semi-shy at first. That did not bother John and he moved forward. John knows how to read people, which I think is a key talent when teaching. Our son was learning while gaining John's trust. It all worked out perfect with our son's original worry of a failing grade in calculus, to achieving a better grade than he expected. John was also in constant contact regarding appointments, and more importantly how our son thought it was going.
I would recommend John to anyone wanting to learn, and would trust that he could probably help pretty much anyone, and any personality, as long as they were willing to listen/learn. We will no doubt call John again. Thank you, and good job John H.
My daughter got one of the first "A" grades in not only statistics, but math after John helped her study for a test. She had problems on the test which had not been covered in the homework, but because he taught her how to think through and set up the problem she got almost full credit. He didn’t just teach her how to do the homework, he taught her how to think so she could work it out herself. That’s a gift —thank you.
If you are looking for a great tutor, LOOK NO FURTHER. John is the ONE!!
He is the best Tutor I have had by far. I chose John because out of 149 reviews he had a 4.9 rating. He gave a detailed description of the subjects he tutored, which caught my eye. His educational background and work history profile was phenomenal. He knows what he is teaching. All our tutoring sessions have been good. He gives detailed examples and explanations for all problems, i.e, Force, Moments and Couples. He is a better instructor than my teacher. His goal is to help you succeed, so you will understand the dynamics of the course or courses your are taking. If you have any problems before your tutoring lesson, he is more than glad to assist you. He is a very patient, very knowledgeable and helpful. After our first tutoring lesson, I knew he was it for me.
John is a fantastic tutor. He has truly helped my daughter in the few short weeks that they have worked together turn her perspective totally around with regards to Chemistry. My daughter went from failing quizzes and test in Chemistry to making A's simply by being able to get a better understanding of the terms used in her class. John makes the lessons fun yet easy to understand. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for a GREAT tutor.
John is a great tutor. Before getting tutored by John I had little confidence to handle statistics. John not only taught me statistics but empowered me and instilled confidence in me to tackle problems on my own. He is very chill and laid back but gets things done. Flexible, kind, understanding, very patient, and precise i strongly recommend you give him a call.
John knows how to put things in terms you can understand. Breaks a hard subject like physics down to everyday examples that allows you to understand it. Before the session is over, he makes certain you've got the lesson under your belt. He is approachable and funny. He calmed me when I was nervous about a test and gave me tools so that I could ask myself the right questions in class to get the right answers. He was worth every penny and I succeeded in getting a good grade on the final and the class because of him.
Student enrolled in AP Chemistry in late August and really struggled. Found John through WyzAnt in September. Student had a "D" in AP Chemistry in September, now in December getting 100% on AP Chemistry quizzes.
John went over and above in our first sessions to help our son get ready for a test, he was behind the eight-ball and having someone like John jump in and get him headed in the right direction was a blessing.
John has continued with our son for almost 6 months and it has made a difference in his grades! He is maintaining almost a straight A'S in college classes. He enjoys and feels John is making a difference.
John helped our son complete his summer assignments for his upcoming High School AP Chemistry class. He was so wonderful and he specifically addressed what our son was having trouble with. Our son feels comfortable with the material he was asked to learn and is off to a great start thanks to only two sessions with John. Being a teacher myself I cannot express enough the value of a student starting off feeling confident and prepared. We will be keeping John's number handy during the year should we need it and would highly recommend John to any parent of a High School student. Money well spent! Thank-you John.
To those in a bind, desperately looking for help- your search can stop here.
I was conditionally accepted into the University of my dreams until I was notified that my acceptance was reversed due to a discrepancy on my transcript in the subject of mathematics. This notification came late in April without the benefit of time; I had exactly 35 days to finish an online, 5 unit, 20 week long Calculus course.
I had previously withdrawn from a Calculus course earlier that fall semester, and barely made a C in my Algebra course prior to that. I was done for.
That's when I found John.
John is more than a tutor, he is a coach, a motivator, someone who will inspire you when you feel you are at the end of the road, defeated, and out of options. The instruction offered by John is exceptional, he is the true definition of a teacher. John will not do the work for you, instead he will give you all of the necessary the tools to gain the understanding needed to be able to solve the problem on your own. He is unique in which he can identify the fundamental skill you are lacking on any given problem, and offer a creative solution to get you back on track.
I did the unthinkable- with the aid of John and some serious hard work and dedication, I learned Calculus in 35 days, passing with a final grade of a B.
I am proud to say that I will be continuing my education at that University this fall.
John has spent a total of 8 hours tutoring my son in Algebra. He has achieved more progress with him in this short amount of time than any other tutor or teacher I've sought help from over the past 4 years! John is extremely patient and has a fantastic niche for figuring out how to best teach the student. Definitely goes above and beyond the methods of traditional teaching. I am so thankful we found John!
John spent time during the first session doing a thorough assessment of my son's mathematical skills. By investing this time upfront, he set up a framework for providing individualized instruction specifically targeted to my son's problem areas. John recognizes that "one size DOESN'T fit all" and works hard to meet the unique needs of his students. Thanks, John!
If not for John, my son would be bombing out of upper level Chemical Engineering. Worth every penny!
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most memorable and enjoyable courses I took as a Georgia Tech chemical engineering student was my organic chemistry sequence which included six-hour labs every Friday afternoon. My prof, Dr Liotta, had a knack of making organic a lot easier than one thought it should be and I have ever since drawn upon his approach to teaching organic, as well as chemistry in general.
I have a rock-solid understanding of organic chemistry’s foundational material. Having actually been a classroom teacher of chemistry and materials science at the high school and university level, I know how to make that material easier to understand. And furthermore, I teach my clients how to “turbo-charge” their flashcards to help with the large amount of material that must be memorized.
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.