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James W.

New Orleans, LA

$45/hr

Physical Sciences Tutor With Negotiable Rates

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Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Physics

Education

Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)

About James

I am an experienced academic tutor who is sincerely concerned with your progress and development as a learner and an individual. My tutoring sessions are results driven, and I strive to enable all of my students to achieve that elusive state of being known as Metacognition. This means that 'you know what you know, what you don't know, and how to fix it.'

I am 27 years old and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University.
I would be happy to help guide you through your mathematics, chemistry, and physics coursework.

I have experience tutoring for AP and IGCSE coursework, as well as for courses at the University level.

I am also currently working through a diploma on Special Education Needs support, and can bring this knowledge to bear when planning tutorials for those in gifted and talented programs (or those requiring other SEN provisions, such as ADHD or dyslexia).

*** My rates are negotiable ***

Want to know more? Check out my blog!

Best Regards,

James W.

"I am like a runner that gets a kick out of sweating, I get a kick out of thinking!" (-Richard Feynman ~Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Laureate)

"One morning while eating my Wheaties,
I felt the earth move 'neath my feeties.
The cause for alarm
Was a long lever-arm,
At the end of which grinned Archimedes."
-David M.
I am an experienced academic tutor who is sincerely concerned with your progress and development as a learner and an individual. My tutoring sessions are results driven, and I strive to enable all of my students to achieve that elusive state of being known as Metacognition. This means that 'you know what you know, what you don't know, and how to… Read more

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Contact me about group rates. I have rates based on a sliding scale. I offer a discount to active duty military.

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Travels within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70118
Background Check: Passed

"Very knowledgeable and extremely helpful"

- Ellie, Katy, TX on 11/12/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Judy, Buffalo Grove, IL on 9/13/13
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Science:
Astronomy,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Calculus,
Chemistry,
English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
AFOQT, CBEST,
College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, MCAT, Praxis, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

Well, you are on your quest to getting the best score that you can for the ACT. When I was applying for University, I took both the ACT and the SAT.

I recently (5/9/2015) took the ACT and scored in the 95th percentile for my Composite score, and in the 99th percentile for Mathematics.

I would be happy to help you brush up on your basic mathematics, as required by the ACT Math test.

More specifically, I can teach you some time saving tricks and memory aids for the best strategies in attacking the following problem areas:

Pre-Algebra
Elementary Algebra
Intermediate Algebra
Coordinate Geometry
Plane Geometry
Trigonometry

Algebra 1

"Algebra I" is all about learning the rudiments of factoring. This is a fancy way of saying "multiplication and division", except now you are using letters in place of numbers.

This is something that confuses a lot of students, as the "variable" isn't as transparent as a simple number.

If you are having trouble translating the words into math (or vice versa), don't worry, a lot of people have the same issue!

I would be happy to help you with "Algebra I".

Algebra 2

Algebra, derived from the Baghdad phrase Al Jabar - is the restoration of broken parts. Algebra II is a continuation of the topics contained in Algebra I, and focuses on solving systems of linear equations, as well as trigonometric identities.

I strive to have students see through the equations, and realize the power of mathematical skills in their day-to-day life. By raising their confidence level in recognition, recall and proper application of the esoteric vocabulary of mathematics, I find that students can pick up the concepts fairly quickly.

Astronomy

While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took an Astronomy course called "Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System". Although this course is intended for non-physics majors, I have been interested in Astronomy since a very young age.

The topics covered include the study of the historical development of astronomy; motion of the sun and the moon; solar and lunar eclipses; the seasons and the calendar; the sun and the planetary system; comets, meteoroids, and asteroids.

If you are struggling in your Astronomy course, I would be happy to help you.

Biology

While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took BIOL 121, and BIOL 131; the first year coursework for Biology majors. These courses are called "Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior"; and "Development, Structure and Function of Organisms". Later, in my free time, I read the first few chapters of a book called Biological Physics by Phillip Nelson, catching a glimpse of energy transformations within Biological systems.

During my time studying Biology, I learned about the diversity of life, respiration, photosynthesis, cellular division (mitosis and meiosis), Mendellian genetics, natural selection, population growth, competition, predation, parasitism, behavior and conservation biology. I also learned about the membrane structure, diffusion, and electrical potentials across membranes.

I really enjoy teaching Biology. If you are struggling with your coursework, and are looking for a Biology tutor, I would be happy to help you.

Calculus

Archimedes hinted to the methods of Calculus when he found the value of pi by a limiting procedure. In the late 1600’s, these methods were greatly expanded upon to solve THE problem of motion. A young Isaac Newton asked the following question: “If an apple falls, does the moon also fall?” In the ten years or so it took to formulate his answer, Newton invented Calculus and discovered the Universal Law of Gravitation. This was an incredible breakthrough, and has changed the path of science in every conceivable way since.

As Herbert Butterfield notes in his book “Origins of Science”: “Of all the intellectual hurdles which the human mind has confronted and has overcome in the last fifteen hundred years the one which seems to me to have been the most amazing in character and the most stupendous in the scope of its consequences is the one relating to the problem of motion”

Calculus is all about the immensely ‘big’ and infinitesimally ‘small’. Just as Arithmetic and Algebra revolve around their respective “Fundamental Theorems”, so too does Calculus. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus does for differentiation what the nth-root does for exponentiation in Arithmetic. With this powerful gem of a technique, one no longer has to think so deeply about what the operation means, and can apply a pragmatic approach: “Calculus for the Practical Man”.

I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of the practical applications of this wonderful subject, Calculus. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. Also, please note that I have a rather extensive blog detailing these and several other extracurricular topics. I welcome you to peruse the blog at your leisure.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

CBEST

The CBEST is the California Basic Educational Skills Test. When I took a practice CBEST, I achieved scores in the high 90's (percentile rank). As far as the CBEST is concerned, I will help you acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts contained on the test, including tricks and tips for the mathematics and reading sections.

If you are looking for a tutor for the CBEST (and the accompanying CSET), I would be happy to help you!

Chemistry

Chemistry is a fundamental science and must be learned before any deep understanding of Biology or Physics can be achieved. Because Chemistry is so well-established, people often have trouble breaking through the memorization barrier. The only way to break through this barrier is to make the Periodic Table your best friend.

I am here to help you realize what a powerful tool the Periodic Table of Elements truly is, and how knowledge of it will carry over into virtually every scientific endeavor.

Chinese

The following is meant to supplement my tutoring profile. If you have not read my profile, please do so now. It may answer some of your questions!

I find that a lot of "lao wai" (foreigners) learn how to speak the language, and then they can survive in China by opting not to read anything. This is unfortunate, for they miss a tremendous opportunity for understanding the heart of Chinese culture.

It is the intricate writing system of Mandarin that is by far the most time consuming to learn. Chinese characters are pictographs that have evolved from caveman-esque etchings on the back of "oracle bones" to characters that have lost a large majority of their original pictographs and now contain logical prefixes, infixes and suffixes that are called "radicals". These radicals not only indicate meaning, but also give a hint to the pronunciation of the character itself, and are a fun way to guess the meaning of new characters.

Throughout my study of the language, I have found that the New Practical Chinese Reader series is one of the best textbooks to use. They have the standard text, cassette tapes (which have since been replaced with MP3 CDs) and DVDs of each lesson. The New Practical Chinese Reader textbook series is a presentation of masterful pedagogy.

If you are using the New Practical Chinese Reader textbook series, or any similar text, I would be happy to help you with vocabulary, grammar, and overall fluency.

College Counseling

When I was applying to college, my parents gave me the moniker: "Accepted Everywhere", a play on the credit cards offered by Visa. I am now working towards completing my applications for Physics at the PhD level!

I have helped a handful of individuals garner admissions to the colleges and universities of their choice.

I can help you with the following aspects of your college applications, as well as any other issues you may encounter, below.

- Choosing the Right School for you.
- How to Succeed in College: General Study Tips/Time Management Skills.
- Picking your Major Plan of Study and your Academic Advisors.
- Building a four-year plan in University: designed to land you a job when you graduate (including research internships such as SURF or REU).
- Financial Aid and Scholarship applications.
- Personal Statement Editing.
- Letters of Recommendation.
- Timelines for mailing applications (and other considerations).

If you have a dream school in mind, but are unsure of how to approach the application process: I would be happy to help guide you through it!

Differential Equations

When the study of differential equations is applied to scientific endeavors, the opportunities to apply the "complicated" mathematics become endless.

The paradigm of Physics is that something is vibrating, and it is up to you to find out what it is! The knowledge contained within a standard course on Ordinary or Partial Differential Equations should guide you to the answer.

The topics covered include the study of the Method of Undetermined Coefficients, the Method of Variation of Parameters, Partial Fraction Decomposition, or the Method of Integrating Factors; among others. I can help guide you through this thicket!

Discrete Math

While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took numerous mathematics courses. I am experienced in Precalculus, Single Variable Calculus, Sequences and Series, Multivariate Calculus, Linear Algebra, Elementary Linear Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, and Mathematical Physics.

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Discrete Mathematics through hands on learning. All of my courses are designed to incorporate your involvement through an inquiry based approach: developing skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as how to actively participate in discussions with mathematical rigor. The topics covered include the study of the integers, set theory, logical statements, and graphs; among others. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.

Elementary Science

In Elementary Math and Science, most students learn about the age of the universe and the Earth, the Solar System, the Multiplication Tables, and basic Geometry.

Having successfully passed through decades of education, and also having studied education research and cognitive development of individuals throughout their lives, I believe that I can help dispel any misconceptions, preconceptions, or difficulties your Elementary school son or daughter may hold about these topics.

I understand that children are natural explorers. If you can relate the scientific method to their explorations, their creativity and experimentation will be endless. I feel that anyone can learn about mathematics and science at an elementary level, and, if needed, I am here to help guide the way!

Geometry

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Geometry.

While studying Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus, I obtained a bird's eye view of Geometry. The topics covered include the study of the Euclidean/Plane Geometry, Conic Sections, the coordinate plane, polygons, and higher-dimensional geometry. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.

Linear Algebra

Quantum Mechanics, one of my favorite subjects as an undergraduate Physics major (the other being Optics), is a theory written in the language of Linear Algebra. If you are struggling with all of these "subspaces" and "dimensions", I would be happy to help you reason through it.

The topics covered in a typical Linear Algebra course include vector spaces, dimension, linear mappings, determinants, eigenvalue and eigenvector problems, and systems of linear equations; among others.

Organic Chemistry

While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took numerous Chemistry courses. I am experienced in General and Organic Chemistry at the University level.

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within General and Organic Chemistry through hands on learning. All of my courses are designed to incorporate your involvement through an inquiry based approach: developing skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as how to actively participate in discussions with mathematical rigor.

The topics covered include the study of IUPAC nomenclature, covalent bonding and the shapes of molecules, Molecular Orbital Theory, stereochemistry and chirality, acids and bases, reactions of functional groups, nucleophilic substitution (SN1, SN2), infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy.

Physics

Physics has evolved quite rapidly in the three hundred some years since it’s classical rebirth. Unfortunately, one reflection of this fact is that introductory physics textbooks have become encyclopedic in scope, leaving many students overwhelmed and exasperated. By separately looking at the list of key topics within AP Physics: 1, 2, and C - one can immediately verify this claim.

Further inspection will reveal that the entire AP Physics syllabus is based around seven (7) ‘big ideas’. When we study using the ‘big ideas’ as scaffolding, we see that they result in an extremely deep understanding. These seven ideas span a vast body of knowledge, holding together the common core Physics subjects of:
- Mathematical Methods (Big Ideas 5, 7)
- Classical Mechanics (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Electricity and Magnetism (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Thermal and Statistical Physics (Big Idea 5, 7)
- Quantum Mechanics (Big Idea 2, 4, 5, 7)

I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of these core subjects of physics. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. Also, please note that I have a rather extensive blog detailing these and several other extracurricular topics. I welcome you to peruse the blog at your leisure.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Prealgebra


The topics covered in a typical Pre-Algebra course include the study of multiplication tables, fractions, multiplying negative numbers, graphing skills, and basic equation solving.

This is all very similar to what you will see on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, or others.

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is an extension of Algebra, which is used to prepare for Calculus courses. The topics of study include, but are not limited to: an introduction to limits, rates of change, differentiation, and integration. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.

I would be happy to help you with Pre-Calculus.

Trigonometry

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Trigonometry.

The topics covered include the study of lengths, angles, and areas in triangles; trigonometric functions for triangles; functions; basic navigation; determining the height of an object; estimation of the width of a river; and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Physics

Education

Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)

Very knowledgeable and extremely helpful — James is an expert in all the hard math and science courses. It is his passion to pass on knowledge and help students understand the material that they need to learn. James even gave me extra files with helpful information on my course - Organic Chemistry. He is patient and very happy to help students learn... a true teacher. Also, very responsive by email or phone. ...

— Ellie, Katy, TX on 11/12/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Contact me about group rates. I have rates based on a sliding scale. I offer a discount to active duty military.

Travel policy

James will travel within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70118.

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