Caltech alumnus - SAT/ACT, College Apps, Math/Physics, French/Mandarin
Caltech alumnus - SAT/ACT, College Apps, Math/Physics, French/Mandarin
"The Best Tutor You Will Find for Calculus/Algebra/Trigonometry!!!"
Christopher, 7 lessons with Jim
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I am a Caltech Alumnus tutoring in SAT/ACT test prep, mathematics, physics, ESL, foreign languages and English composition. I have vast experience tutoring in calculus, pre-calculus, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, AP Physics, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Exam prep emergencies are my specialty! I also give expert one-on-one assistance and guidance with your college applications, as well as brainstorming and proofreading your college app Personal Statement essays.
A little about me: I majored in Applied Physics at Caltech. Without any format test prep training at the time, my SAT scores were 740 in English, 760 in math. My SAT Math Level 2 and Physics subject test scores were both 800. Having lived and studied in France, Austria and Taiwan, I am fluent in French, German and Mandarin Chinese languages with an excellent accent in each, and can tutor in foreign language conversational skills including pronunciation. I also tutor foreign students in English/ESL. My students mostly live in Simi Valley, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks areas.
In teaching mathematics, I am especially perceptive at determining where a student has a gap in understanding or a misunderstanding of mathematical concepts or techniques. Once I have grasped where the shortfall is, I find a way to explain it in very clear terms, enabling my students to make rapid progress in their understanding and in their capability to work homework problems and take exams.
When teaching physics, I help a student understand the concepts and also how to attack a problem based on its content, how to know which formula is best applicable, and how to mathematically solve the resulting equation.
When helping you to edit your writing, my best skills are to help you brainstorm on what to write about and how to support your arguments, and to advise on word choices that express your thoughts with precision, beauty and impact, as well as ways to condense your writing to give it more punch. I'm also very effective at proofreading grammar, spelling and punctuation, and teaching how to avoid the most common errors students make in school essays or the SAT writing essay.
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The Best Tutor You Will Find for Calculus/Algebra/Trigonometry!!!
I cannot thank Jim enough or recommend him more for any of your high school/college math courses! I called on Jim for help with my M25s calculus with analytic geometry course which I was struggling with in the beginning of the semester. I failed my first test, managed a 70 (due to partial credit) on my second, and knew that I needed help because I just was not understanding the concepts. After using several $20 an hour tutors that were recommended by friends who weren't very helpful, I used this site to find the most regarded tutor. It was the most beneficial decision of my collegiate career to call Jim. Over the course of about two months, he took me from an F with no understanding of what i was doing, to a high B! I hadn't done any math in nearly 10 years, and he not only got me caught up with my class material, but also refreshed with all my algebra/precalculus/trig skills which I hadn't touched for so long. If you are returning to math after years of being away, struggling with new concepts, or are new to advanced math do yourself a favor and call Jim. All levels, all ages, Jim can help anyone. He is generous, kind, extremely polite, works around any schedule, and gets joy out of helping people understand difficult concepts. I cannot say enough positive things about him!Christopher, 7 lessons with Jim
Very knowledgeable and patient
My son had taken calculus in his initial years of high school and had forgotten most of it and was concerned about entering an engineering oriented university so he wanted to get back up to speed before entering. He advised me that Jim S. is terrific because he is so helpful and knowledgeable and easy to understand.Karl, 3 lessons with Jim
My daughter took only 3 pre-calculus sessions and it changed the way she looks at math now.she feels very comfortable with pre-calculus and did very good in her finals.!!! Highly recommended!!! Thank You Jim!Raj, 2 lessons with Jim
Knowledgeable, dedicated and extremely helpful
I hired Jim to help my son with his college applications. My son asked me to post this on his behalf: “Jim was the best writing tutor I could’ve ever hoped for. While I have the grades to make a competitive application, my strong suit is science and math and my weakness is in writing. Jim helped me apply to TEN different universities, some of them being highly selective. Jim helped me apply to Duke, Cornell, Brown, USC, Georgia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Columbia, and Rice! Jim teaches a specific formula for tackling any prompt on a personal level. The Common Application can be extremely nerve wrecking, causing some applicants to write a generic or “safe” essay that could be sent to any university. Jim really helped me avoid that, and he outlined a strategy for developing a well written essay that is specific to each school. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today by achieving a 4.0 GPA at my current community college in addition to gaining leadership positions in various student clubs. Previously I was confident in my grades but I feared that my poor writing skills would leave me doomed. I can now say that I am confident in my essays, and I can rest easy knowing that if I don’t get in somewhere, it won’t be due to the quality of my essays. Jim really helped me to produce amazing results in my application process. He even helped me to develop a strong student resume. I consider Jim a great mentor and a life saver! I would recommend Jim to anyone seeking application help!“Mark, 2 lessons with JimTutor responded:
It was a privilege and an honor to help your son with his Personal Statement and college application essay prompt responses. It is a very rare and beautiful thing to see someone so young who is so dedicated, so amazingly hard-working, and so successful in powering through life obstacles that would have eviscerated a lesser young man. He is the embodiment of what W. H. Murray meant in his memoir "The Scottish Himalaya Expedition" when he said, "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
Very good tutor, reliable and on time
we've been happy with Jim. he is very knowledgable and polite. He is always on time and explains things well. we would recommend himSteve, 8 lessons with Jim
Glad that Jim can spend more time to help on the essay before it is due tomorrow. He took extra time to go through the draft, read the related articles, help my daughter to understand.Longchuan, 20 lessons with Jim
Math focused SAT tutoring
Excellent response and discussions. My daughter valued the time and Jim not only provided instruction on the problems but a roadmap for success when taking the SAT.Wayne, 1 lesson with Jim
Nice and helpful, but too far to travel
Jim was very kind and helpful, but, unfortunately, he had a hard time making our meetings on time. So, we ended up only meeting one time. I am sure this had to do with the location. He is likely much more punctual with students in his area.La, 1 lesson with Jim
Extremely Good Tutor
I found myself in a very bad spot during Calculus 2 this semester and realized that I needed to get a tutor. After searching through WyzAnt, I quickly came across Jim because of his high ratings and I decided to give him a try. Jim responds promptly and professionally, and is willing to accommodate the needs of his students. He really truly wants to help and to teach. After meeting him for the first time, we proceeded to go over some of the coursework that I was struggling with. He has an amazing ability to teach things in a way that a struggling student can understand. I was able to understand the basics of sequences and series in about 10 minutes, whereas my 2 hour lecture of the subject in class just led to absolute confusion and a lack of understanding. As I continued to learn from Jim, I really started to understand the material we were going over. He can apply any concepts to real life situations to provide context for complex things. On my first test after having several sessions with him, I literally doubled my test score. Fact is, he is kind, extremely patient, and really truly cares about his students' success. It was sheer luck and an absolute pleasure that I found him, and I will strongly consider driving all the way up from San Diego a few times a month while at UC just to get his help if I need it. Thanks, Jim.Chris, 3 lessons with Jim
A Math wizard who knows how to teach!
My daughter scored a 30 in Math when she recently took the ACT cold. She now wants to score near perfect so she needs someone to teach her all four corners of every math concept she still hasn't mastered. She found one who could do that in Jim!Roberto, 5 lessons with Jim
Response time: 1 day