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James L.

Elgin, IL


Versatile Tutor emphasizing business subjects and basic skills.

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Background check passed as of 2/20/12
4.3 average from 43 ratings
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— Cassandra, Hanover Park, IL on 9/25/15

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Loyola University of Chicago


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Econ-PoliScience)

Loyola University of Chicago (MBA)

About James

I believe students learn best when they understand concepts, not just merely memorizing the material.

I have been an instructor for college level courses in accounting, finance and economics for the premier professional designation in the Property Casualty Insurance Industry for over 5 years. I have been rated an Outstanding Instructor for Courses that I have taught in this program. Knowledge of probability, statistics and finite math was also required to explain many of the concepts in these courses.

In high school, my best subjects were Geography, Civics and American History, and I have maintained an interest in those subjects through outside reading. These interests carried through to college, where I was an Economics and Political Science double major.

Since I received a well-rounded liberal arts education, I can also instruct students in basic skills: reading, writing, math, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, science and social studies.

I subscribe to the WyzAnt good fit guarantee. You are not charged for a completed tutoring session unless there is a good fit.
I believe students learn best when they understand concepts, not just merely memorizing the material.

I have been an instructor for college level courses in accounting, finance and
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Travels within 12 miles of Elgin, IL 60123
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"Helpful tutor"

- Cassandra, Hanover Park, IL on 9/25/15
James replied on 9/26/2015

Thank you very much for the feedback you provided about our tutoring session yesterday. I like to know that I have helped you achieve some of your educational goals. I will continue to make the best effort I can to help to achieve your educational goals in accounting.

"Off to a Great Start"

- Kim, Streamwood, IL on 4/7/14

"Excellent Tutor in Corporate Finance"

- Cheryl, Deerfield, IL on 2/27/14

"Very patient and skilled in stats "

- Michelle, Bristol, IL on 2/26/14
James replied on 3/30/2014


Thanks very much for your review. I am glad I was able to help you understand probability and statistics.

"Excellent Tutor"

- Nita, Hanover Park, IL on 2/6/14
James replied on 2/6/2014

Nita: Thanks for your great recommendation. I really appreciate it.

"Great tutor! Highly recommended!!"

- Andre, Dekalb, IL on 11/25/13

"Great Tutor Ever"

- Smita, Bartlett, IL on 10/4/12
James replied on 11/4/2013


Thanks very much for your recommendation. I look forward to continuing to help you with Corporate Finance.

"Very patient and reliable "

- Michelle, Batavia, IL on 2/28/12
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Astronomy, Biology
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, AFOQT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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I have taught accounting to insurance professionals as part of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation program and have achieved Outstanding Instructor status. Additionally, I have an MBA in Accounting and Finance, and I am currently in the process of taking more accounting courses in preparation for taking the CPA test.

ACT Math

I have taken Math courses at the high school, college, and as part of an MBA program.

Algebra 1

I have taken Algebra courses in high school, college, and as part of an MBA program. I believe that I am well qualified to teach Algebra. I also scored 100% on the test I had to take to qualify to teach Algebra.

Algebra 2

I have taken courses in Algebra 2 in high school, as well as College Algebra and Algebra and Calculus for Business as part of an MBA program. I received an A in the MBA course.

American History

I have always been interested in American History, especially history involving Presidents and Presidential Elections, and how political parties developed and evolved over time. My library includes the Almanac of American History, A Patriot's Guide to American History, and several CDs involving the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. I have visited many historical locations such as Gettysburg, Colonial Williamburg, Mt. Vernon and Washington DC.


I have taken biology on the college level, as well as in high school. Biology requires a certain amount of memorization as well as understanding of concepts. Mnemonic devices definitely help!


I have an MBA in Accounting and Finance. In that program, I have taken a variety of business courses in Insurance, Finance, Marketing, International Economics, Business Taxes, Finite Math, and Statistics.


I have always been interested in current events and political issues, which invariably involve economics. I majored in Economics along with Political Science at the University of Illinois. I have also taught the Economics course required for the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation before the curriculum was reorganized and that course was eliminated.

Elementary Math

I scored very high on math aptitude tests in grade school. I was drilled constantly on multiplication tables in the 5th grade all the way up to 20. I am familiar with mathematical concepts up to the algebra level.

Elementary Science

My best subject in school was geography, especially the part involving our existence in the physical world in relation to weather, climate, landforms and geology. My best science subject in high school was biology.


I am very good at all subjects which encompass the understanding of English: grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, subject and verb agreement and the correct use of words within context.

I took rhetoric and speech courses in college.

I also scored 100% on the certification test.

European History

I was always very interested in the development of the major countries in Europe, and how their differences in religion, ethnicity, and style of government resulted in bloody wars. I was good at remembering dates and events in World History, which when I was in high school mainly involved European History.


I have completed my MBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. I have also been a course instructor for a financially-oriented insurance course that explains general financial concepts as well as those that are used in the insurance industry to determine a carrier's ability to write more insurance.

I am also familiar with financial concepts such as capital budgeting and financial forecasting and planning.


Geography was my best subject in grade school and high school. I have always been interested in maps and the various countries that make up the planet. My interest also involves climate and how the various landforms and ocean currents influence climate around the world. I am the owner of numerous atlases and geographic reference books. I am able to identify the capital cities of most countries and where major cities are located around the world.

Government & Politics

I have been following government and politics since I was 14 (1968). One of my majors in college was Political Science, specializing in American Government and Politics, including political parties, legislatures and legislation, government regulation of business and public finance and taxation. I have voted every two years since 1972, the first time I was eligible. I have also worked on political campaigns.


Grammar was one of my best subjects in school. I always did well on tests involving the correct usage of words in sentences, the use of punctuation, etc.

Microsoft Excel

I have taken classroom and self-study courses in Excel. I am most familiar with Excel 2010, including formulas and functions, pivot tables, v-lookups and h-lookups. Some new feature include spark-lines and slicers. I am sure I can help you accomplish whatever you need to do on Excel.


I have always had an aptitude for mathematics and I am not satisfied that a student understands mathematical concepts until he or she understands each step required to solve a problem.


Probability is the basis for insurance, and I have spent more than 25 years in the insurance business.


Because I am good in spelling and grammar, it follows that I would be good at proofreading.


I have taken and passed a Quickbooks course at Elgin Community College in the Fall of 2011. I have also been certified in Accounting since I started tutoring early this year.

I know how to set up a business for Quickbooks as well as how to perform accounting operations within this system.


I love to read, especially non-fiction and technical material.

Social Studies

I have taken Civics, World History, American History, Geography, Sociology and Economics in High School, scoring an A in most of these courses, the balance B. I double majored in Economics and Political Science in college at the University of Illinois.


I was second in my class in a spelling bee in 3rd grade. Since I read quite a bit, I retain in my mind how words are spelled. I am also good at remembering differences in spelling based on the contextual meaning of words, for example principle (guideline) or principal (main or head or a school).


I have taken statistics courses at the undergraduate level and graduate level. The Accounting and Finance courses that I have taught for the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation have also included statistics.

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 3 years through WyzAnt and the local community college. I probe the student to determine if he or she is a sight learner, auditory learner, or a tactile (learn by doing) learner and I make suggestions on studying that are geared to that student's particular learning style. In all cases, I tell the student to read the material that will be covered in a lecture so when it is discussed in class it is more likely to register with them and they will be able to take better notes because of that.

Tax Preparation

I passed a Basic Income Tax Course at Liberty Tax Service, plus I passed an Income Tax course at Elgin Community College, scoring an A in that course.


I took Trigonometry along with Algebra 2 in high school. Since I have been approved to tutor in Algebra 2, I would like to be able to tutor in Trigonometry. I understand how to calculate the six trigonometric functions and how to apply them. I also know how to convert degrees to radians.


I have always been interested not only in learning new words, but in knowing how to use them in context, in a conversation, or in writing.

World History

World History was my best subject in High School because I took good notes and I was able to retain facts on many historical dates, places and names.


I feel that I am a good writer because I take the time to review what I have written to make sure that it is not only grammatically correct, but that it makes sense to the reader and doesn't overuse certain words. I have also received compliments on my writing by supervisors in jobs that I have had.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Loyola University of Chicago


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Econ-PoliScience)

Loyola University of Chicago (MBA)

Helpful tutor — James was patient with me. He helped me with problems on collectible and in collectible accounts. He is very insightful ...

— Cassandra, Hanover Park, IL on 9/25/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 12 miles of Elgin, IL 60123.

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