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John S.

Santa Cruz, CA

$25/hour

Santa Cruz Math & Science Tutor

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NYU
Chemistry
UC Berkeley
Master's

Education

NYU (Chemistry)

UC Berkeley (Master's)

About John

Dear student & parent,

I’ve been a teacher & tutor for decades and helped two kids of my own with their homework. I currently work at a local high school and am ready to help with all math or science primarily, along with other subjects needed. Prep for standardized test include my own years with Kaplan & Princeton Review.

After a master's in physical chemistry at U.C. Berkeley with a minor in math, I completed the four year Ph.D. course & passed my doctorate exams. Duties as a parent intervened as did the economic necessity of teaching college at that time. I have since also taught high school, middle school & elementary grades.

I have found every tutored student to have some different needs that call an individual approach each time. Quoting one parent: "(John) has tutored both of my children in a variety of subjects for the last six years, during high school and continuing on thru college. I can highly recommend him as both knowledgeable, and conscientious. He really enjoys teaching and has a breath of knowledge that is not commonly found in a tutor. He has helped my two young adults (one boy, one girl) in the following subjects: chemistry, biology, physics, US history, algebra, trig, calculus and geometry. He has also been extremely helpful in teaching test taking strategies for the SAT and subject tests. John has practical experience in responding to essay questions, applications and can help synthesize what information is being sought and how best to position your answers. We literally could not have survived the college prep and application process without him."
Dear student & parent,

I’ve been a teacher & tutor for decades and helped two kids of my own with their homework. I currently work at a local high school and am ready to help with all math or science primarily, along with other
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95062
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Botany,
Chemical Engineering,
Chemistry, Genetics,
Geology, Microbiology,
Nursing, Nutrition,
Organic Chemistry,
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Zoology
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST,
GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Botany

With master's degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley & also a chiropractic degree, I taught state college biology, including botany. I had a bit more involvement with the field in teaching nutrition in chiropractic colleges.

CBEST

I passed the CBEST myself. I have taught and/or tutored the component subjects, including teaching Test-Prep for Kaplan. I have qualified with WyzAnt in the same component subjects, icluding ACT, PSAT, & SAT qualifying tests.

Chemical Engineering

As a Physical Chem grad student at UC Berkeley I was, for a while, the only grad student working with Leo Brewer, Director of the Inorganic materials Research Div at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. I carried out my grad research with the Materials Science & Engineering labs at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, working with Engineering grad students. I also had close collaboration with Frank MacLarnon, Lawrence Lab Budget Director when he worked in Electrochemical Engineering & also worked with Leonard Nanos, then Electrochemical Engineering Division Head at SRI.

Genetics

I have taught several college Biology courses that included Genetics. I have a Masters in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. I have also been a Chiropractor & taught Medical courses in Chiropractic colleges, again including Physiology, Microbiology & other Genetic content.

Microbiology

I taught Microbiology I, II, & III at Sherman Chiropractic College is Spartanburg, S.C.; Anatomy at Hartnell College & Medical Clinic & Lab at Heald College, both in Salinas. I've taught other Biology & many other Science courses at various academic levels.

Microsoft Windows

I taught Windows & Office programs at New Horizons Computer Learning in Santa Cruz in the past. I worked in various capacities at Day * Night Computer in Santa Cruz, in the past & have long been a power user. I have also served as "informal" Network Administrator at a manufacturing company where I was the accountant. I currently operate Window 7 at home & had a lot of experience with XP.

Nutrition

I have a Masters in chemistry from UC Berkeley & a Chiropractic degree. I used Nutrition in practice & taught courses in the same and in Medical Basic Sciences in Chiropractic colleges. In public colleges I also taught Organic Chemistry & Physiology.

Organic Chemistry

I have a Masters in Chemistry from UC Berkeley & have taught Organic Chemistry in college several times. My mian expertise is in Physical Chemistry, but that perspective provides strong understanding of mechanisms. I have also taught Medical Courses in Chiropractic colleges & been Clinic Director at Heald College & elsewhere.

QuickBooks

I can introduce someone to the subject, but cannot take on the Accountant's task of actually setting up your accounts. I have used Quicken & Quickbooks in my own businesses & personal finances. I also taught Quickbooks for New Horizons Computer Learning in Santa Cruz some ten years back. I have some knowledge of other accounting software as well.

Study Skills

I now work at Harbor H.S.in Santa Cruz, CA as an instructional tech in resources classes, "roving" during class to help students one-on-one with sttudy skills, especially in math & science. In 1962 I began tutoring for a fee while a high school student. I tutored as a volunteer with the Educational Opportunity Program in undergraduate school and in graduate school at UC Berkeley. Tutoring ever since, I have taught 4th & 5th grade Summer classes, middle school grades 6, 7, 8; high school grades 1, 2, 3, 4; college years 1, 2, 3, 4; & graduate school year one; as well as Kaplan, Heald, & chiropractic colleges during & after received Science graduate degrees & D.C.

Zoology

I have taught college Biology courses. As a Chiropractor I also taught Anatomy & Physiology course in Chiropractic colleges. My general Science background includes a Masters in Chemistry from UC Berekeley.

NYU
Chemistry
UC Berkeley
Master's

Education

NYU (Chemistry)

UC Berkeley (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 4 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95062.