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James M.

Lansing, IL

$48/hour

Former H.S. Science Teacher: Biology, Math, Statistics, Chemistry

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Background check passed as of 6/14/13
4.9 average from 96 ratings
He is lit!!
— Linda, Merrillville, IN on 10/15/16

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Biology

Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Biology)

About James

Education is my passion! I have recently taught high school science and enjoyed every minute of it. My experience in teaching and tutoring extends nearly ten years. I have tutored hundreds of students not only in elementary, high school, and college academic settings, but private home sessions as well.

Education is the pathway to opportunity and success. My ultimate goal is to help break down any barrier standing in your way to achieving this success.

I tutor statistics, biology, algebra, geometry, probability, chemistry, English grammar, and a wide range of other subjects. Just ask! My style of tutoring is highly effective, and sessions are well planned. Every second of your lesson is catered to your success!

My aura is positive, inspirational, motivational, and peaceful. I hold extremely high academic expectations and want every student to become confident in their subject immediately after our first few sessions.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My hobbies are volunteering, practicing piano, leisure reading, solving challenging math and science questions, visiting zoos and nature centers, listening to educationally inspiring debates in business, economics and politics, practicing Swedish, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Education is my passion! I have recently taught high school science and enjoyed every minute of it. My experience in teaching and tutoring extends nearly ten years. I have tutored hundreds of students not only in elementary, high school, and college academic settings, but private home Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Lansing, IL 60438
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"He is lit!!"

- Linda, Merrillville, IN on 10/15/16

"James is a math God!"

- Marcel, Glenwood, IL on 7/27/16

"James demonstrates True Dedication"

- Darlene, South Holland, IL on 11/5/15

"very good tutor,very smart and very patient"

- Barren, Lansing, IL on 7/9/15

"Great First Session!!!!"

- Ruth, Homewood, IL on 2/7/15

"Great tutor"

- Evelyn, Calumet City, IL on 1/4/14

"Awesome Tutor!!!"

- Gloria, Monee, IL on 12/17/13

"Very ANALYTICAL"

- Roger, Orland Hills, IL on 9/29/13

"Patient and Great"

- Michael, Lansing, IL on 6/22/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Elena, Dolton, IL on 5/31/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
Chemistry,
Genetics,
Physiology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, ISEE
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

My experience in tutoring algebra and other math subjects is rich! I have been employed multiple years in both colleges and elementary schools teaching and tutoring students in math and science.

Over the last seven years I have tutored hundreds of students in math, from children to adults. I have received many awards and certificates for excellence in tutoring. I have also received extensive tutoring training that highly qualifies me to help students with learning disabilities succeed in math.

Biology

Biology is my passion! I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and have a strong appreciation for the life sciences. I have a deep understanding of every biological concept you are likely to come across in a biology course. I have tutored hundreds of high school and college students in biology over the last seven years. I am highly qualified and capable to discuss any biological science topic at an advanced level.

Chemistry

As a biology major during college, I had to take many chemistry courses. In fact, a great amount of biology actually requires a strong understanding of chemistry. Over the last seven years I have tutored hundreds of high school and college students in chemistry.

Elementary Math

I have a tremendous amount of experience teaching and tutoring Elementary Math. For multiple years I have worked in elementary and grammar schools with the sole responsibility of helping academically struggling schools increase their math scores.

Whether the elementary math is being taught from a textbook, or taught from a special online program, I have had lots of experience teaching and tutoring all age ranges in elementary math.

English

To speak or write with perfect English grammar only takes patience and practice. I have been studying English grammar at an advanced level for the last decade. I have also worked at colleges and elementary schools as a tutor helping students succeed in English. I have lots of experience teaching Standard English grammar and proofreading essays.

Regardless of one's dialect or educational background, I am highly qualified to prepare him or her to immediately begin speaking and writing with perfect English grammar.

Genetics

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and have conducted genetics research at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A genetics course was one of the required core courses for my major. Also, most of the courses I have taken in biological science covered varying amounts of genetics instruction and overlap. Finally, genetics is my most fascinating discipline of biology, and I have spent a great amount of time interpreting genetics concepts and solving application problems. Finally, I have years of experience tutoring biology, in which genetics problems have come up.

Prealgebra

PRE-ALGEBRA TOPICS:

Order of Operations
Introduction to Algebra
The Commutative, Associative, and Distributive Laws
Fraction Notation
Positive and Negative Real Numbers
Addition of Real Numbers
Subtraction of Real Numbers
Multiplication and Division of Real Numbers
Exponential Notation

Solving Equations
Formulas
Applications with Percent
Problem Solving
Solving Inequalities
Solving Applications with Inequalities

Reading Graphs
Plotting Points
Graphing Linear Equations
Intercepts
Rates
Slope and Slope-Intercept Form
Point-Slope Form

Exponents and Their Properties
Polynomials
Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials
Multiplication and Division of Polynomials
Special Products
Polynomials in Several Variables
Negative Exponents
Scientific Notation

Factoring
Factoring Trinomials
Factoring Perfect-Square Trinomials
Difference of Squares
Factoring Sums or Differences of Cubes
Solving Polynomial Equations by Factoring
Solving Applications

Rational Expressions
Least Common Denominators
Complex Rational Expressions
Solving Rational Equations
Applications Using Rational Equations and Proportions

Probability

PROBABILITY TOPICS:

Events
Sample Space
Venn Diagrams
Mutually Exclusive Events
Multiplication Rule
Addition Rule
Rules of Probability
Contingency Tables; Joint and Marginal-Probabilities
Conditional Probability
The Multiplication Rule; Independence
Bayes's Rule
Counting Rules
Factorials
Combinations
Permutations

Discreet Random Variables
Probability Distributions
Probability Histograms
Bernoulli Trials
Binomial Distributions
Poisson Distributions
Hyper geometric Distributions

Statistics

I absolutely love probability and statistics, and have tutored many high school and college students in those wonderful subjects. Probability and statistics were among my favorite courses in college!

Whether you are struggling with normal or binomial distributions, t-tests, z-scores, regression equations, permutations, chi-square tests, or any other topic in probability and statistics, I am confident that my experience and deep understanding of probability and statistics will help you succeed!

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Biology

Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Biology)

He is lit!! — That is what my son said about James! He is learning so much and his comprehension has greatly increased! ...

— Linda, Merrillville, IN on 10/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $48.00

Travel policy

James will travel within 40 miles of Lansing, IL 60438.