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Jack M.

Keys to Chemistry, Calculus, Literature and More

Keys to Chemistry, Calculus, Literature and More

$56/hour

  • 1,223 hours tutoring

  • Newark, DE 19711

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About Jack


Bio

I have more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and private tutor, working with students in most high school academic subjects. All students are different, so I try to determine their needs and most effective learning styles at the beginning. Although I can adjust to any curriculum and will help students meet the requirements of their teachers, I use my own well-tested methods to give students different perspectives that may enable them to understand the material more easily. Students ...

I have more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and private tutor, working with students in most high school academic subjects. All students are different, so I try to determine their needs and most effective learning styles at the beginning. Although I can adjust to any curriculum and will help students meet the requirements of their teachers, I use my own well-tested methods to give students different perspectives that may enable them to understand the material more easily. Students must do their own homework and write their own papers. However, I will help them with every step, offering tips and critiques based on the success of hundreds of students with whom I have worked. My main subjects have been upper levels of high school math and science, including calculus, pre-calculus (college algebra), trigonometry, chemistry and biology. I also have helped many students with literature (classical and contemporary American, British and Russian fiction, poetry and drama). As a former newspaper reporter and editor, I know how to work with students to improve their skills in analysis and writing. I can guide, but students must do the work.


Education

Rice University, Houston, TX
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $56
  • Rate details: 2 students simultaneously: $90/hr 3 students simultaneously: $120/hr
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Newark, DE 19711
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/4/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Grammar

I can help with the following: parts of speech; subject-verb agreement; simple, compound and complex sentences; punctuation; run-on sentences; spelling.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I can help with the following: parts of speech; subject-verb agreement; simple, compound and complex sentences; punctuation; run-on sentences; spelling.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

The best way to build a solid vocabulary is to read as much as possible in a variety of areas. General-interest magazines are an excellent resource. Memorization of lists can help, but words learned by rote often disappear quickly from short-term memory. I encourage students to read with a dictionary close at hand. Knowing how a word is used in a sentence is crucial to retention. Students who plan to take the SAT or ACT in the next year or two should read something interesting every day.
Spelling

English

English,

English

I am proficient with literary analysis, esp. British Lit. from Chaucer through Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Shaw et al. I am also conversant with American Lit., including essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Updike, Saroyan, T. Williams, A. Miller.) I can help with papers of any length.
Grammar,

Grammar

I can help with the following: parts of speech; subject-verb agreement; simple, compound and complex sentences; punctuation; run-on sentences; spelling.
Literature,

Literature

Please see subject description for English. I also know classical Russian authors, including Tolstoy, Dostoevesky, Chekov and others.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

See course description for SAT Math. The keys to success in the reading section are vocabulary and critical analysis of brief passages. My focus is on how to concentrate while reading, and recognize the key points of each passage. Vocabulary lists will be provided.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

See course descriptions for SAT Math and Reading. In the Writing section, the essay always comes first. We will do a few practice essays, based on the standard five-paragraph format (introduction, supporting details or examples, conclusion). Although it is the most stressful portion for most students, it counts for only about one-third of the Writing score. The rest of the points come from sections on grammar and editing. We will do many practice questions in those areas.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

The best way to build a solid vocabulary is to read as much as possible in a variety of areas. General-interest magazines are an excellent resource. Memorization of lists can help, but words learned by rote often disappear quickly from short-term memory. I encourage students to read with a dictionary close at hand. Knowing how a word is used in a sentence is crucial to retention. Students who plan to take the SAT or ACT in the next year or two should read something interesting every day.
Writing,

Writing

I worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter and key editor at the News Journal papers. I also have edited documents for an agency of the U.S. State Dept. My own writings include essays, short stories, poems and two plays. My approach in teaching begins with how to communicate effectively with simple words and sentences. This approach works for all types of writing. Students who have mastered the first steps are able to work on tone, rhythm, nuance and choice of words. I encourage each student to develop a personal style that is appropriate to the type of writing in which she or he is engaged.
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History

American History,

American History

Emphasis on the ideas that lie behind dates, facts and documents. Particular attention to the philosophy of the Founders, the Civil War and Reconstruction era, settlement of the frontier, the equal rights movements of the 20th Century, and America's role in the world throughout its history.
Anthropology,

Anthropology

My college major was anthropology. I specialized in cultural anthro (human traits, how societies function, etc.) but can also provide introductions to archeology, linguistics and physical anthropology. I developed a high school-level survey course for home-schooled students (details upon request).
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I focus on the American federal system, with emphasis on the Constitution and the three-branch structure with its checks and balances. I give some attention to state and local governments in Delaware, including the rights and responsibilities of citizens, how differences of opinions are resolved. the history of political parties, and influences on policy, including grass-roots movements and and lobbying. Many examples will be provided periods ranging from before the Revolution through today.
World History,

World History

This course does not have a set curriculum. It often is called "World Cultures," a survey course that examines the great civilizations of the past (Mesopotamia, China, India, Egypt, Meso-America, Greece, Rome). Another version focuses on more modern history, beginning with European colonialism (1500-1900) and continuing through the nationalistic movements of the 20th Century. I can help students with either approach, or with a variant that has elements of both.
European History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introduction to the basics of symbolic representation and manipulation of variables. Liberal use of concrete examples. May require review of arithmetic concepts, including fractions and decimals. I can provide that.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A continuation of Algebra 1 (see course description). Use of irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, quadratic equations, graphing, systems of linear equations, absolute values, and various other topics. May be combined with some basic geometry.
Biology,

Biology

My college minor was in biology. I can help with courses that are general overviews, as well as those that focus on specific areas, such as ecology/environment; genetics; biochem; evolution; taxonomy, and others. Up to date on latest ideas and trends.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am familiar with AP/AB and AP/BC curricula, as well as with UD 240 series.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am fmiliar with H.S. AP courses, and intro college courses. I am particularly good at explaining concepts.
English,

English

I am proficient with literary analysis, esp. British Lit. from Chaucer through Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Shaw et al. I am also conversant with American Lit., including essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Updike, Saroyan, T. Williams, A. Miller.) I can help with papers of any length.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am adept in plane, solid and analytic geometry, as well as trig. I am able to explain and emphasize important concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I can help build a bridge between Albebra 2/Intermediate Math 2 and intro. Calc. This usually includes trig and can include probability/statistics.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Have worked with many students in all three areas of the SAT, as well as the PSAT. A thorough prep course usually requires about 15 hours of work in each of the Math and Reading areas, and 10 hours in writing. Ideally, those hours would be spread over about 8-10 weeks. However, briefer periods also can help, particularly with students who have taken the SAT previously. Emphasis is on doing many practice problems and working on strategies.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

See course description for SAT Math. The keys to success in the reading section are vocabulary and critical analysis of brief passages. My focus is on how to concentrate while reading, and recognize the key points of each passage. Vocabulary lists will be provided.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.
Writing,

Writing

I worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter and key editor at the News Journal papers. I also have edited documents for an agency of the U.S. State Dept. My own writings include essays, short stories, poems and two plays. My approach in teaching begins with how to communicate effectively with simple words and sentences. This approach works for all types of writing. Students who have mastered the first steps are able to work on tone, rhythm, nuance and choice of words. I encourage each student to develop a personal style that is appropriate to the type of writing in which she or he is engaged.
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Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introduction to the basics of symbolic representation and manipulation of variables. Liberal use of concrete examples. May require review of arithmetic concepts, including fractions and decimals. I can provide that.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A continuation of Algebra 1 (see course description). Use of irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, quadratic equations, graphing, systems of linear equations, absolute values, and various other topics. May be combined with some basic geometry.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am familiar with AP/AB and AP/BC curricula, as well as with UD 240 series.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am adept in plane, solid and analytic geometry, as well as trig. I am able to explain and emphasize important concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I can help build a bridge between Albebra 2/Intermediate Math 2 and intro. Calc. This usually includes trig and can include probability/statistics.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Have worked with many students in all three areas of the SAT, as well as the PSAT. A thorough prep course usually requires about 15 hours of work in each of the Math and Reading areas, and 10 hours in writing. Ideally, those hours would be spread over about 8-10 weeks. However, briefer periods also can help, particularly with students who have taken the SAT previously. Emphasis is on doing many practice problems and working on strategies.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Usually part of a pre-calculus course. I can help with all aspects, including basic functions; word problems that require trig; identities; and spatial relationships. A good background in trig is essential for Calculus I.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introduction to the basics of symbolic representation and manipulation of variables. Liberal use of concrete examples. May require review of arithmetic concepts, including fractions and decimals. I can provide that.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A continuation of Algebra 1 (see course description). Use of irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, quadratic equations, graphing, systems of linear equations, absolute values, and various other topics. May be combined with some basic geometry.
Biology,

Biology

My college minor was in biology. I can help with courses that are general overviews, as well as those that focus on specific areas, such as ecology/environment; genetics; biochem; evolution; taxonomy, and others. Up to date on latest ideas and trends.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am familiar with AP/AB and AP/BC curricula, as well as with UD 240 series.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am fmiliar with H.S. AP courses, and intro college courses. I am particularly good at explaining concepts.
English,

English

I am proficient with literary analysis, esp. British Lit. from Chaucer through Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Wordsworth, Shaw et al. I am also conversant with American Lit., including essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights (Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Updike, Saroyan, T. Williams, A. Miller.) I can help with papers of any length.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am adept in plane, solid and analytic geometry, as well as trig. I am able to explain and emphasize important concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I can help build a bridge between Albebra 2/Intermediate Math 2 and intro. Calc. This usually includes trig and can include probability/statistics.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.
Writing

Writing

I worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter and key editor at the News Journal papers. I also have edited documents for an agency of the U.S. State Dept. My own writings include essays, short stories, poems and two plays. My approach in teaching begins with how to communicate effectively with simple words and sentences. This approach works for all types of writing. Students who have mastered the first steps are able to work on tone, rhythm, nuance and choice of words. I encourage each student to develop a personal style that is appropriate to the type of writing in which she or he is engaged.

Other

Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I focus on the American federal system, with emphasis on the Constitution and the three-branch structure with its checks and balances. I give some attention to state and local governments in Delaware, including the rights and responsibilities of citizens, how differences of opinions are resolved. the history of political parties, and influences on policy, including grass-roots movements and and lobbying. Many examples will be provided periods ranging from before the Revolution through today.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.

Science

Anthropology,

Anthropology

My college major was anthropology. I specialized in cultural anthro (human traits, how societies function, etc.) but can also provide introductions to archeology, linguistics and physical anthropology. I developed a high school-level survey course for home-schooled students (details upon request).
Biology,

Biology

My college minor was in biology. I can help with courses that are general overviews, as well as those that focus on specific areas, such as ecology/environment; genetics; biochem; evolution; taxonomy, and others. Up to date on latest ideas and trends.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am fmiliar with H.S. AP courses, and intro college courses. I am particularly good at explaining concepts.
Ecology,

Ecology

Developed a successful course for home-schooled students. (Syllabus available on request). That course required fieldwork at ponds, streams, woodlands, fields and parks, but could easily be adapted for students without easy access to those areas. Focus is on interactions among all components of an environment, living and non-living.
Physical Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Introduction to the basics of symbolic representation and manipulation of variables. Liberal use of concrete examples. May require review of arithmetic concepts, including fractions and decimals. I can provide that.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

A continuation of Algebra 1 (see course description). Use of irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, quadratic equations, graphing, systems of linear equations, absolute values, and various other topics. May be combined with some basic geometry.
Biology,

Biology

My college minor was in biology. I can help with courses that are general overviews, as well as those that focus on specific areas, such as ecology/environment; genetics; biochem; evolution; taxonomy, and others. Up to date on latest ideas and trends.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am familiar with AP/AB and AP/BC curricula, as well as with UD 240 series.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am fmiliar with H.S. AP courses, and intro college courses. I am particularly good at explaining concepts.
Geometry,

Geometry

I am adept in plane, solid and analytic geometry, as well as trig. I am able to explain and emphasize important concepts.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Have worked with many students in all three areas of the SAT, as well as the PSAT. A thorough prep course usually requires about 15 hours of work in each of the Math and Reading areas, and 10 hours in writing. Ideally, those hours would be spread over about 8-10 weeks. However, briefer periods also can help, particularly with students who have taken the SAT previously. Emphasis is on doing many practice problems and working on strategies.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped many high school and college students with organization, listening, reading, note-taking, outlining, summarization and review. Some students who are having trouble do not have a clear plan for approaching each of their courses. I can help them establish a plan. It usually begins with a written daily ledger of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes and tests, and any long-term projects that need periodic attention. Students learn to update their ledgers every day, including on weekends. They also learn how to set aside time each day for focused studying, with breaks between courses. The student's ledger serves as a guide for that day's activities. Sometimes there will be new material to learn, and a bit of previous material to review. Other times, the focus will be on preparing for a test, or even getting ahead. And there may be an occasional day off from any academic activity. The key is to keep up with each subject. I can help with the planning, and with tips about how to develop an efficient and productive overall study program.
Writing

Writing

I worked for nearly 20 years as a reporter and key editor at the News Journal papers. I also have edited documents for an agency of the U.S. State Dept. My own writings include essays, short stories, poems and two plays. My approach in teaching begins with how to communicate effectively with simple words and sentences. This approach works for all types of writing. Students who have mastered the first steps are able to work on tone, rhythm, nuance and choice of words. I encourage each student to develop a personal style that is appropriate to the type of writing in which she or he is engaged.

Test Preparation

PSAT,

PSAT

See course descriptions for SAT Math, Reading and Writing.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Have worked with many students in all three areas of the SAT, as well as the PSAT. A thorough prep course usually requires about 15 hours of work in each of the Math and Reading areas, and 10 hours in writing. Ideally, those hours would be spread over about 8-10 weeks. However, briefer periods also can help, particularly with students who have taken the SAT previously. Emphasis is on doing many practice problems and working on strategies.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

See course description for SAT Math. The keys to success in the reading section are vocabulary and critical analysis of brief passages. My focus is on how to concentrate while reading, and recognize the key points of each passage. Vocabulary lists will be provided.
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

See course descriptions for SAT Math and Reading. In the Writing section, the essay always comes first. We will do a few practice essays, based on the standard five-paragraph format (introduction, supporting details or examples, conclusion). Although it is the most stressful portion for most students, it counts for only about one-third of the Writing score. The rest of the points come from sections on grammar and editing. We will do many practice questions in those areas.

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Helpful First lesson

After just the first lesson with Jack my daughter already feels the confidence that with his help she will have a successful year in math. My daughter felt very comfortable with him.He was able to find her weaknesses and guide her right away.

Karen, 25 lessons with Jack

Very Critically Gifted Tutor

I had the pleasure to work with him on literary work. His clarity and his analytical skills made Henry James to read such a pleasure!

Hani, 4 lessons with Jack

Patient and Prepared

Jack is very patient with my daughter and always well prepared for her lesson. He quickly established a comfort level with her and continues to address her particular needs. She reports that she understood the material before the lesson, but Jack connects the wires and makes the lightbulbs go off. While he addresses her schoolwork, he's also teaching her how to think, and that's invaluable. I really love that they're being proactive and not addressing problem areas after they arise. It's going to be a good year.

Robbyn, 32 lessons with Jack

Prompt, patient and always well prepared

Jack is prompt, patient and always well prepared. He has been helpful in identifying the problems that my children are having with math and has provided worksheets to help them in developing stronger skills. We have had a very good experience with Jack and look forward to continuing to work with him.

Steven, 243 lessons with Jack

GREAT tutor

Mr M. is a terrific tutor. He is very patient with the student (my son has ADHD) and also works to instill the confidence in the student that they can master the subject. My son, who also has a social anxiety disorder, quickly felt comfortable with him, and his grades in math have soared. Mr. M. is also working with him on his writing, and has been very flexible when holidays (or work crises) have interfered with regular scheduling. I am so thankful for his assistance - and my son has truly enjoyed working with him. So much so that after he got accepted to a nearby university, he already asked if I would be willing to help him travel back to see Mr. M. for additional learning support. Of course I enthusiastically agreed.

Victoria, 93 lessons with Jack

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