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John H.

Santa Monica, CA

$100/hour

My goal is to build skills that enable students to succeed

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20+ Hours
5.0 average from 10 ratings
Extremely patient and incredibly bright tutor
— Vikki, Santa Monica, CA on 4/20/17

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UCSD (physics)

Stanford (Master's)

Stanford (Master's)

About John

My goal is to identify individual student’s gifts and strengths, and then show the students how to leverage their own talents, enabling them to develop their own specific study skills and work habits. This will lead to better grades and test scores in the short term, and transfer over to superior performance in the workplace in the long term as well. If you live on the west side, there is little chance that you do not have a friend or neighbor that I have tutored.

Working as a graduate representative on the Admissions Committee at Stanford University for 5 years provided insight into the college selection and application process. This, along with my current position as a Professor of Physics at Santa Monica College, allows a distinctive ability to assess and prepare students for the challenges in making the transition to college level work.

Regardless of how it is presented, math can be seen by students in many different, possibly unintended, ways. A few of the ways it can be seen is as a language, as visual, and also as purely symbolic. Observing how a student 'sees' the material enables me to individualize teaching techniques. Finding different approaches to bring out the individual strengths of students has been instrumental in developing my teaching and tutoring methodology.

I feel that the key ingredient for success is being comfortable with your tutor. No matter how skilled someone is in the subject matter, they can not teach and bring out your strengths if they don't put you at ease. Lets meet and find out.
My goal is to identify individual student’s gifts and strengths, and then show the students how to leverage their own talents, enabling them to develop their own specific study skills and work habits. This will lead to better grades and test scores in the short term, and transfer over to superior performance in the workplace in the long term as Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90401
In-person lessons

"Extremely patient and incredibly bright tutor"

- Vikki, Santa Monica, CA on 4/20/17
Science:
Chemistry,
Physics
English:
Proofreading,
SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Language:
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

These tests preparations require students to put in effort and work. No matter how expensive a program you sign up for, or how many tutor hours you purchase, the key is to motivate the students to put in quality time on their own.

Direct instruction is key, but my goal is to ensure that the time invested by the student is quality time. I identify student’s gifts and strengths, and then show the student how to leverage their own talents, enabling them to develop their own specific study skills and work habits. This will lead to better grades and test scores in the short term, and transfer over to superior performance in the workplace in the long term as well.

Working as a graduate representative on the Admissions Committee at Stanford University for 5 years provided insight into the college selection and application process. This, along with my current position as a Professor of Physics at Santa Monica College, allows a distinctive ability to assess and prepare students for the challenges in making the transition to college level work.

Calculus

I have been teaching our top calculus based physics course, for engineers and physics majors, for 11 years at Santa Monica College. Many students find the world problems in calculus, especially the physics applications, at the end of the chapters to be the toughest. I can appreciate this and I have some unique methods as to how to approach those problems along with the basics.

Chemistry

Students encounter obstacles in their attempts to learn. A common obstacle in chemistry is in the method that the material is presented. Presentations that students perceive to require large amounts of pure memorization often lead to frustrating and tedious experiences, and poor results.
In these circumstances, I try and focus more on overall studying and organizational skills. If a student can categorize the individual concepts, build links between them, and then leverage their own creativity to put them into a familiar, or their own newly created context, they find those items easier to remember which can result in deep understanding.
The exciting part, I think, is that the context mentioned above is different for every student. Each student has different gifts and strengths. So identifying those gifts and strengths, and then showing students how to leverage their talents, should enable students to develop their own specific study skills and study habits. This not only leads to improved grades and scores, but carries over into superior performance in the workplace, in not only the short term, but the long term as well.

Geometry

Two key components of geometry are the proofs and the theorems. Standard approaches involve a trial-and-error method for proofs and memorization of over 100 theorems. Methods that students perceive to require large amounts of pure memorization often lead to frustrating tedious experiences, and poor results. I use a different approach. If students practice applying deductive logic and develop their spatial awareness, proofs and theorems become second nature.

Direct instruction is key, but students must also practice on their own. My goal is to also ensure that the time invested by the student is productive.

Physics

I have been teaching everything from the entry level to our top calculus based physics course, for engineers and physics majors, for 11 years at Santa Monica College. Many students find the world problems in physics , especially when involving calculus, to be the toughest. I can appreciate this and I have some unique methods as to how to approach those problems along with the basics. I also have an instinct, given my experience, to the problems that are likely to be asked on quizzes and exams.

Precalculus

If you live on the west side, there is little chance that you do not have a friend or neighbor that I have tutored. I have also met with many of the teachers at the different high schools, observing their resources first hand, and discussing how students interact. This enables me to individualize teaching techniques. Finding different approaches to bring out the strengths in a diversity of students has been instrumental in developing my teaching and tutoring methodology.

Proofreading

I served as a graduate representative on the Admissions Committee at Stanford University for five years. This provided deep insight into the college selection and application process. The majority of my work was to read and rate the essays that were submitted by students in their applications. This, along with my current position as a Professor of Physics at Santa Monica College, allows a distinctive ability to assess and prepare students for the challenges in making the transition to college level work.

SAT Math

With standardized test preparation direct instruction is key, but my goal is to ensure that the time invested by the student is quality time. The commercial test preparations companies require students to put in effort and work. No matter how expensive a program you sign up for, or how many tutor hours you purchase, the key is to motivate the students to put in quality time on their own.

SAT Writing

I served as a graduate representative on the Admissions Committee at Stanford University for five years. This experience provided deep insight into the college selection and application process. The majority of my work was to read and rate the essays that were submitted by students in their college applications. With this foundation, I have been able to teach students how to excel in the reading, language, and writing sections of the SAT for over 15 years. This work has also provided me with a distinctive ability to assess and prepare students for the challenges in making the transition to college level work.

Trigonometry

For the past twenty years, I have dedicated at least ten hours a week tutoring high school and college students. If you live on the west side, there is little chance that you do not have a friend or neighbor that I have tutored. In addition to direct instruction, I also will meet with the teachers at the different high schools, observe their resources first hand, and discuss how students interact. This enables me to individualize teaching techniques. Finding different approaches to bring out the strengths in a diversity of students has been instrumental in developing my teaching and tutoring methodology.

UCSD
physics
Stanford
Master's
Stanford
Master's

Education

UCSD (physics)

Stanford (Master's)

Stanford (Master's)

Extremely patient and incredibly bright tutor

Physics, Calculus, Chemistry, College APP essays- pick one. John is a brilliant teacher. I know because I see how much more relaxed my teenager is after a tutoring session with him. She is much more confident with her AP Calculus and Physics. We are so fortunate to have found him. John is the bomb. You won't find a better tutor on Wyzant. Trust me. I've tried plenty

— Vikki, Santa Monica, CA on 4/20/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 5 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90401.