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Tom J.

Specialize in Elementary Math, ACT/SAT, Algebra, Science, Chess, ESL

Specialize in Elementary Math, ACT/SAT, Algebra, Science, Chess, ESL

$45/hour

  • 242 hours tutoring

  • Cedar Lake, IN 46303

About Tom


Bio

I have been tutoring students in various subjects for the past 8 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. I received my bachelor's in the biological sciences at Benedictine University. I have always been able to relate-to and understand the academic struggles I have witnessed students facing as a substitute teacher and private tutor. I believe creating visuals greatly increases the student’s ability to understand the coursework-material. I also believe that listening to the student, and...

I have been tutoring students in various subjects for the past 8 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. I received my bachelor's in the biological sciences at Benedictine University. I have always been able to relate-to and understand the academic struggles I have witnessed students facing as a substitute teacher and private tutor. I believe creating visuals greatly increases the student’s ability to understand the coursework-material. I also believe that listening to the student, and serving as a guide for the student’s thoughts, allows better development of the student’s mind and knowledge. I was brought-up in a very large family. Aside from tutoring I continue to enjoy helping others as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Knights of Columbus member, musician, and church ministries. 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.

If you reserve 7 lessons you get the 8th lesson free and save $10 off the normal hourly rate!

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


Education

Benedictine University
Biology

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: When you reserve 7 lessons you get the 8th lesson free and save $10 off the hourly rate!
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/31/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently have 5 years of experience teaching students in grades K-6, and 7 years of experience tutoring them. 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.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

My 5 years of substitute-teaching grades K-12 and 8 years of tutoring elementary students in basic addition/subtraction/multiplication/division & fractions gave me the experience and knowledge needed to understand today's students' current learning struggles as well as the teaching methods most often utilized by math teachers. I use this experience and my knowledge of creative alternative learning techniques to identify the easiest way for the student to acquire the new skill as well as help them relate that new skill with previously learned skills.
Study Skills,

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.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently have 5 years of experience teaching students in grades K-6, and 7 years of experience tutoring them. 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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Creating simpler steps for learning each math-pattern, as well as assessing the student's learning habits and comforts, is what allows me to reassure the Algebra can be understood by the student in the simplest manner as possible.
Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Math, Spelling, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Math

Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Creating simpler steps for learning each math-pattern, as well as assessing the student's learning habits and comforts, is what allows me to reassure the Algebra can be understood by the student in the simplest manner as possible.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently have 5 years of experience teaching students in grades K-6, and 7 years of experience tutoring them. 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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Creating simpler steps for learning each math-pattern, as well as assessing the student's learning habits and comforts, is what allows me to reassure the Algebra can be understood by the student in the simplest manner as possible.
Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Reading, Writing

Other

Study Skills,

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.
ESL/ESOL

Science

Organic Chemistry,

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.
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

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.

Sports/Recreation

Chess

Chess

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.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently have 5 years of experience teaching students in grades K-6, and 7 years of experience tutoring them. 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.
Study Skills,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, GED, Geometry, Reading, SAT Math, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, SAT Math, TOEFL

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.7 (78 ratings)
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Reviews

Good first impression!!

Tom so far has been doing a good job. This was only my daughters second session. But shes feeling more confident in chemistry and math.

Frank, 2 lessons with Tom

Amazing

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

Richard, 32 lessons with Tom

Excellent Tutor

Student had trouble with Trig and managed to bring her score from 78% to 85%. She would not have been able to accomplish this without Tom's help. Tom is an excellent tutor!

Lisa, 20 lessons with Tom

Great communications

Tom is very thoughtful and complete in his correspondence, seems to really know his student, the subject and how to get the two to work.

Don, 34 lessons with Tom

Easing going Tutor

Very respectful and flexible as to meeting places, very willing to meet you half way depending where you are coming from in the northwest Indiana region.

Raven, 5 lessons with Tom

Very Patient

Tom J. is patient and makes sure I understand the math problems and reading material for my classes. He willl go over the materials to make sure I understand what I am working on and encourages me to ask questions before moving on to the next step. I enjoy working with him and recommend him for any students having difficulty with math because I am understanding it more now.

Steve, 5 lessons with Tom

Good Tutor

All of the tutor lessons we have had with Tom J. have been beneficial. They have been so helpful that we will no longer require the services of Tom J. These sessions have helped his grade in his high school Algebra clas has increased. Our son has enjoyed his tutoring and the proof is in the grade increase which was our goal.

Becky, 7 lessons with Tom

Great Tutor

I was happy with the tutor. Very knowledgeable and seem to be very patient. Prompt when coming to our home. Looking forward to the next lesson in Geometry, hopefully this will go as well. It seemed that my son felt like he learned something. I feel he is a asset to your staff. Sincerely, Cindy

Cindy, 3 lessons with Tom

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