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James C.

It's math, not magic

It's math, not magic

$30/hour

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Hi. My name is Jim. I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and another bachelor degree in math from Illinois State University. I have also attended summer classes for 4 years that taught me how to include real life situations in math curriculum. These classes also showed me different methods to teach math topics so that all students are able to comprehend the topics.

I have been teaching for the last 20 years. Before that I worked as a mechanical...

Hi. My name is Jim. I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and another bachelor degree in math from Illinois State University. I have also attended summer classes for 4 years that taught me how to include real life situations in math curriculum. These classes also showed me different methods to teach math topics so that all students are able to comprehend the topics.

I have been teaching for the last 20 years. Before that I worked as a mechanical engineer in the nuclear power industry. I have spent most of those 20 years teaching high school classes which have included Algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB and everything in between. As for on-line tutoring, I have been been doing it for over five years. On-line tutoring has helped me a lot in the classroom. It has shown me the different ways students learn, and led me to different ways to teach topics based on students' learning styles.

In the classroom and when tutoring, I ask a lot of questions when I am helping students solve problems. This way they are more involved in the process, and I can see where they are struggling. This teaching strategy helps the student understand the process being used to solve a problem and gets them to use past math knowledge. I get a great deal of satisfaction when a student has that light bulb go off, and they understand the reasoning used to solve a problem. I feel it is important for students to understand the reasoning that goes into the steps used to solve a problem as it it is to just do the steps because that is the method that needs to be used.


Education

Illinois State University
Math

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Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 (Math 1 and 2) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 1 classes and college prep Algebra 1 classes. These Algebra 1 classes included linear, quadratic, and rational equations and functions. They have also included graphing functions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 (Math 3) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 2 classes and college prep Algebra 2 classes. These Algebra 2 classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am certified to teach AP Calculus AB and have taught the class for 3 years. This class included limits, derivatives, and integrals. It has also included related rates, implicit differentiation, area between curves, and volume of revolved solids.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught Geometry for for over 10 years. This includes Math 1 and Math 2 integrated classes. These geometry classes included characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, and circles . They have also included proofs, surface area, and volume of solids.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus for for over 7 years. These Pre-Calculus classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 (Math 1 and 2) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 1 classes and college prep Algebra 1 classes. These Algebra 1 classes included linear, quadratic, and rational equations and functions. They have also included graphing functions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 (Math 3) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 2 classes and college prep Algebra 2 classes. These Algebra 2 classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am certified to teach AP Calculus AB and have taught the class for 3 years. This class included limits, derivatives, and integrals. It has also included related rates, implicit differentiation, area between curves, and volume of revolved solids.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught Geometry for for over 10 years. This includes Math 1 and Math 2 integrated classes. These geometry classes included characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, and circles . They have also included proofs, surface area, and volume of solids.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus for for over 7 years. These Pre-Calculus classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I have taught classes that included trigonometry and specifically trigonometry for over 10 years. These classes right triangle and unit circle trig. They have also included trig forms of complex numbers, trig equations, verifying trig identities, and trig formulas for angle addition/subtraction, double angles, half-angles, etc..

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 (Math 1 and 2) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 1 classes and college prep Algebra 1 classes. These Algebra 1 classes included linear, quadratic, and rational equations and functions. They have also included graphing functions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 (Math 3) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 2 classes and college prep Algebra 2 classes. These Algebra 2 classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am certified to teach AP Calculus AB and have taught the class for 3 years. This class included limits, derivatives, and integrals. It has also included related rates, implicit differentiation, area between curves, and volume of revolved solids.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught Geometry for for over 10 years. This includes Math 1 and Math 2 integrated classes. These geometry classes included characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, and circles . They have also included proofs, surface area, and volume of solids.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus for for over 7 years. These Pre-Calculus classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 (Math 1 and 2) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 1 classes and college prep Algebra 1 classes. These Algebra 1 classes included linear, quadratic, and rational equations and functions. They have also included graphing functions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 (Math 3) for for over 10 years. This includes basic Algebra 2 classes and college prep Algebra 2 classes. These Algebra 2 classes included linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions. They have also included trigonometry and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

I am certified to teach AP Calculus AB and have taught the class for 3 years. This class included limits, derivatives, and integrals. It has also included related rates, implicit differentiation, area between curves, and volume of revolved solids.
Geometry

Geometry

I have taught Geometry for for over 10 years. This includes Math 1 and Math 2 integrated classes. These geometry classes included characteristics of lines, planes, polygons, and circles . They have also included proofs, surface area, and volume of solids.

Examples of Expertise


James has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 205 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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knowledgeable and helpful

Thanks to James’s help, my son is excelling in math. He’s on his way to passing the term with a B+ when he was failing before.

David, 10 lessons with James

Excellent and responsive

James was very helpful in aiding my son navigate some new math concepts he was struggling with. My son was vey satisfied and more confident in his work. We appreciate it.

David, 10 lessons with James

Knowledgeable and patient.

James worked with my grandson on matlab. Great job with making sure that he answered all my grandson's questions with clarity. He was so patient as he and my grandson were working and reviewing

Robin, 1 lesson with James

Knowledgeble and patient

James is very professional with his teaching。 He is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter enjoys his instructions. James is very professional with his teaching。 He is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter enjoys his instructions.

Ellen, 2 lessons with James

Excellent tutor!

James knew just the right way to explain Geometry concepts to my daughter that she had been struggling with. Thank you for the very quick scheduling and help! She now feels confident going into her next test. We will continue to schedule time as she needs it throughout the semester!

Lorilyn, 2 lessons with James

great tutor!

Patient, kind and knowledgeable of the derivative concepts, min, max. Easily explained concepts as needed to be learned. Very happy!

Endeyah, 1 lesson with James

great teacher

My daughter said it was very good and helpful . He is up to date with the current curriculum. She will definitely use him again.

Rakesh, 2 lessons with James

Great Tutor!

James explained in ways that my daughter understood. He made sure she understood each topic they covered and sent a great recap of their tutoring session. We will continue to use James!

Carole, 4 lessons with James

Awesome Tutor

James is GREAT. He can explain things very well for my son. He is very knowledgeable and can just jump in and explain things to him even though we are in California and he is in Illinois.

Mary Anne, 4 lessons with James

Precalculus

James was very knowledgeable. He had the answer to everything. He was very quick with his answers, he didn't have to even think about it. Having help from James helped me understand that I have the information in my brain, but I need to review the things that I think are easy.

Asaiah , 7 lessons with James
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