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Tom J.

Cedar Lake, IN



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Background check passed as of 1/31/13
4.8 average from 66 ratings
— Richard, Lowell, IN on 9/3/13

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Benedictine University


Benedictine University (Biology)

About Tom

My name is Tom and I have been tutoring students in various subjects for the past 4 years. I received my bachelor's in the biological sciences at Benedictine University. I have always enjoyed helping out others with what I am good at, and was told that one of the ways I can continue doing so is through tutoring. My experience began after I completed my first year of college and my mom, who was an elementary/HS math teacher, asked me to individually tutor one of her math students who was struggling. The boy seemed to have absorbed the lessons I had taught him better than his in-class lessons, for I was told that he did much better during that remaining semester. I then found myself helping out fellow college peers with course-work that I had already learned, and always enjoyed helping out others with their chemistry, math, and proofreading. I am also very good at creating visuals to help the student understand the coursework-material easier. I have been substitute teaching grades K-12 for about 4 years now. I was raised in a very large family (2nd oldest out of 6 kids). Aside from tutoring I continue to enjoy helping others as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Knights of Columbus member, and musician. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like some help!

My hourly rates are negotiable in accommodation to each students' specific needs.

For those parents who prefer a tutor with credentials...here are some of mine:

Eagle Scout
Knights of Columbus 4th Degree
4-H King Nominee
Schmitt Scholarship Award
Cuneo Foundation Award
Musical Talent Scholarship
My name is Tom and I have been tutoring students in various subjects for the past 4 years. I received my bachelor's in the biological sciences at Benedictine University. I have always enjoyed helping out others with what I am good at, and was told that one of the ways I can continue doing so is through tutoring. My experience began after I Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Cedar Lake, IN 46303
Background Check: Passed
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- Richard, Lowell, IN on 9/3/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lisa, Wheatfield, IN on 5/16/13

"Great communications"

- Don, Dyer, IN on 3/1/13

"Easing going Tutor"

- Raven, Merrillville, IN on 8/26/12

"Very Patient"

- Steve, Griffith, IN on 1/30/12

"Good Tutor"

- Becky, Crown Point, IN on 4/4/11

"Great Tutor"

- Cindy, Highland, IN on 10/27/10
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Organic Chemistry,
Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Sociology, Zoology
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
American History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Special Needs
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, MCAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

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I began playing when I was young and was part of the chess club in high school. I was champion of a boys' dorm tournament my first year of college. I recently ran a table at a local Boy Scout Jamboree for the Chess Merit Badge, where I had 3 chess boards set up and was playing 3 people at-a-time for most of the day. I had another Boy Scout leader recommend me as a Chess Merit Badge counselor. I have already bought and read the Boy Scout Chess Merit Badge book just for fun. I currently study the game in deeper detail through a computer program called Chessmaster, as well through books. My favorite opening is the "Giuoco Piano" opening.

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently have had 3-and-a-half years experience teaching students in grades K-6. My previous experience working at a Montessori school and performing in the fine arts has helped expand the patternistic-approach I will sometimes use to make the study-material more easily understandable for the student. Some of my latest successful students include a 3rd grade girl, 4th grade boy, and a high school algebra student.

Organic Chemistry

As a Biology major I studied Organic Chemistry, both in the textbook and in the laboratory, for two full semesters. I then took those organic chemistry skills and used them to study biochemistry, human physiology, cell biology, and to conduct research on osteoblasts. During the rest of my years as an undergraduate, I would find myself assisting (tutoring) other students whom I would observe struggling with their organic chem. I now enjoy any opportunity I can seize to help other college students survive their organic chemistry as I continue to utilize my organic chemistry skills in preparation for my graduate school research.

Study Skills

While earning my Bachelor's I had the opportunity to put to practice the study skills I had already learned in high school, as well as learn new skills from professors and classmates. As a volunteer I have been reminded that everyone has a different way of learning as well as a unique combination of the study skills that works best for them. I have had experience putting these skills into practice for the past 4 years as a private tutor, substitute teacher, and boy scout assistant scoutmaster.

Benedictine University


Benedictine University (Biology)

Amazing — Tom is always on time and always ready to go, we stay on topic and get what is needed done! ...

— Richard, Lowell, IN on 9/3/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 20 miles of Cedar Lake, IN 46303.

Background Check Status for Tom J.

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