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John M.

Harvard mentor for math, stats, writing

Harvard mentor for math, stats, writing

$240/hour

  • 879 hours tutoring

  • Cambridge, MA 02139

About John


Bio

I am a writer, programmer, and experienced mentor who loves teaching. Harvard College AB in Physics and Philosophy, United States Presidential Scholar, Eagle Scout, 2400 SAT. Building data products has given me experience in project management for various industries. I now write literary and design fiction.

My students are motivated adults, pursuing graduate / continuing education or developing specific professionals skills on a personalized curriculum plan. For over a decade, I have enjoyed...

I am a writer, programmer, and experienced mentor who loves teaching. Harvard College AB in Physics and Philosophy, United States Presidential Scholar, Eagle Scout, 2400 SAT. Building data products has given me experience in project management for various industries. I now write literary and design fiction.

My students are motivated adults, pursuing graduate / continuing education or developing specific professionals skills on a personalized curriculum plan. For over a decade, I have enjoyed teaching people overcoming a wide range of personal and professional challenges, and I draw on this experience to strengthen essential skills at critical junctures in my students' careers.

-- To professionals and executives I teach data analysis, economic modeling, business writing, and MBA course material. I support individuals as they change teams, grow into new roles, or develop intentional capacities. I also train teams for new projects or to enhance capabilities within current projects.

-- To students I teach math, physics, statistics, and effective written composition for all fields: essays, dissertations, case studies, white papers. I help students master core subjects as well as advanced topics and applications beyond the standard curriculum.

I am accepting new students to start lessons online and locally in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville. If you want to enhance your career satisfaction and earning potential, I'll be delighted to hear from you and begin working together soon.


Education

Harvard College
Physics, Philosophy

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $240
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 3 miles of Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/30/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Finance

Computer

Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

In addition to teaching experience in theoretical computer science and program design at Harvard, I have professional background as a programmer. I particularly enjoy teaching productive general-purpose languages such as Python, which I've taught to software engineers, VFX animators, and financial analysts. I also teach computer programming with an emphasis on scientific applications, data mining, and scripting.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

I have taught sections in Harvard's introductory computer science course, and complement this experience with professional background as a working and mentoring programmer. I can teach principles of program design, analysis of algorithms and data structures, and specific programming or software engineering styles. I am also particularly familiar with methods from artificial intelligence, and other developments at the intersection of computer science and statistics. I have taught CS using Python, C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Javascript, Haskell, Perl, database languages such as SQL, statistical languages such as R and Stata, mathematical languages such as Mathematica and Matlab, and regular expressions.
Python

Python

As a programmer, I use Python extensively for scripting, prototyping, and data mining. I have mentored other programmers in learning Python. I believe it is one of the most practical languages to know at any stage in a programmer's career. My approach is to teach a coding vernacular that suits the programmer's understanding of theoretical CS and adheres to best practices in program design.

Corporate Training

Greek,

Greek

I've studied primarily the Attic and Koine dialects of Ancient Greek as well as some Aeolic. I'm particularly familiar with the work of Plato and later philosophers, who are originally responsible for so many cognates that have passed into English. My teaching approach emphasizes gaining comfort with the inflective morphology of Greek, as relevant for the passages of interest, followed by the close analysis in progressively greater depth.
Latin,

Latin

I taught myself introductory Latin in high school and went on to tutor classmates, play Certamen (quiz game) locally, and win various state and national honors. My teaching approach emphasizes prior knowledge of recognizable words followed by the close analysis of passages in progressively greater depth. I scored perfect 800 on SAT Subject Latin.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As copy editor of a high school newspaper I coached students to be more aware of the relations among written syntax, economical prose, intention, and attention. I teach both grammar and attentive discipline. Proofreading skills are foundational for long-term academic success--on unforgiving exams, in developing personal efficiencies of written expression, and in becoming more sharply attuned to possibilities of tone and emphasis in the writing of others.
Finance, Statistics

English

English,

English

English is the essential language of higher academic achievement today. I have tutored essay-writing, language facility, grammar, and literary comprehension. I have also written a corporate style guide and copy-edited a school newspaper. I scored 5s on AP English Language and on AP English Literature.
Literature,

Literature

Literature is the great tradition of examining ourselves and one another. I help students learn to analyze and even enjoy complex, dense, or jargon-laden passages. I scored 5 on AP English Literature and perfect 800 on SAT Subject Literature.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As copy editor of a high school newspaper I coached students to be more aware of the relations among written syntax, economical prose, intention, and attention. I teach both grammar and attentive discipline. Proofreading skills are foundational for long-term academic success--on unforgiving exams, in developing personal efficiencies of written expression, and in becoming more sharply attuned to possibilities of tone and emphasis in the writing of others.
Writing

Writing

Writing is the primary means by which individuals and institutions sustain complex thought. I exercise the full range of student's faculties, from sentence and paragraph mechanics through the structured development of essays, theses, and dissertations. I also offer experience handling creative and scientific writing projects.

History

American History,

American History

Understanding American history is vital to academic progress and social life in the United States. Traditionally, US history also introduces students to political philosophy, macroeconomics, and historical documents of significant literary interest -- I teach all of these as well as tools for connecting facts to coherent narratives and arguments. I scored 5 on AP US History and a perfect 800 on SAT Subject US History.
Classics,

Classics

I've studied Latin extensively as well as foundational Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. Through coursework in ancient historiography and individual study I am familiar with the literature and history of the classics. My tutoring approach is to emphasize translation skills and literary criticism with as full a research understanding as possible of the full context of texts—in terms of cultural politics, and with reference to other texts. I also tutor essay-writing in the classics.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I specialized in philosophy of physics and science at Harvard, and am familiar with the major arguments throughout Western intellectual history including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, aesthetics, mind, and language. I am glad to tutor any of these areas in the analytic tradition, to review their analogs in other traditions, and to connect philosophical problems to related fields. Similarly, I teach modes of incisively expressive thought through close reading, systems building, composition, and debate. I have taught classes in philosophy of science to high school students.
Political Science,

Political Science

I have a strong background in political philosophy from my philosophy major at Harvard, and as strong a background in civics and general political science from coursework in high school and with the Boy Scouts. I also have background in closely related fields of economics and psychology. My teaching approach emphasizes understanding the formal and practical structure of political systems simultaneously with their theoretical underpinnings and socioeconomic context. I scored 5 on AP US Government and Politics.
European History, World History

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

As calculus is the measurement of change and physics the science of motion, I used advanced calculus intensively in my physics degree. I am experienced tutoring calculus and its applications in quantitative sciences. I teach enough theoretical analysis to allow students to understand calculus as an exciting and well-founded tool, and all the practical advantages necessary to put it to use with full confidence. I scored 5 on AP Calculus BC.
English,

English

English is the essential language of higher academic achievement today. I have tutored essay-writing, language facility, grammar, and literary comprehension. I have also written a corporate style guide and copy-edited a school newspaper. I scored 5s on AP English Language and on AP English Literature.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is the primary means by which individuals and institutions sustain complex thought. I exercise the full range of student's faculties, from sentence and paragraph mechanics through the structured development of essays, theses, and dissertations. I also offer experience handling creative and scientific writing projects.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Language

Greek,

Greek

I've studied primarily the Attic and Koine dialects of Ancient Greek as well as some Aeolic. I'm particularly familiar with the work of Plato and later philosophers, who are originally responsible for so many cognates that have passed into English. My teaching approach emphasizes gaining comfort with the inflective morphology of Greek, as relevant for the passages of interest, followed by the close analysis in progressively greater depth.
Latin

Latin

I taught myself introductory Latin in high school and went on to tutor classmates, play Certamen (quiz game) locally, and win various state and national honors. My teaching approach emphasizes prior knowledge of recognizable words followed by the close analysis of passages in progressively greater depth. I scored perfect 800 on SAT Subject Latin.

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

As calculus is the measurement of change and physics the science of motion, I used advanced calculus intensively in my physics degree. I am experienced tutoring calculus and its applications in quantitative sciences. I teach enough theoretical analysis to allow students to understand calculus as an exciting and well-founded tool, and all the practical advantages necessary to put it to use with full confidence. I scored 5 on AP Calculus BC.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

Differential equations were constant companions in my physics degree. My approach to teaching diff eq is to carefully distinguish the different tactics required to solve the varieties. Throughout, my students work problems drawn from various quantitative fields and so learn also how to fruitfully form and manipulate differentials.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra was integral to my physics degree. My approach to linear algebra is to build upon the student's background in vectors and matrices from advanced algebra, and strike a balance between theory and practice depending upon the student's interests. I am particularly versed in applications of linear algebra to problems in physics and computer science.
Logic,

Logic

I have course background and experience in formal logic, as well as mathematical logic, metamathematics, logic in natural-language argumentation, and related topics in philosophy and computer science. From programming and teaching computer logic, I know how to break down logical puzzles into comprehensible pieces. I am aware of classic paradoxes and problems that students at any level can find enjoyable and challenging test cases for their facilities.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

As calculus is the measurement of change and physics the science of motion, I used advanced calculus intensively in my physics degree. I am experienced tutoring calculus and its applications in quantitative sciences. I teach enough theoretical analysis to allow students to understand calculus as an exciting and well-founded tool, and all the practical advantages necessary to put it to use with full confidence. I scored 5 on AP Calculus BC.
English,

English

English is the essential language of higher academic achievement today. I have tutored essay-writing, language facility, grammar, and literary comprehension. I have also written a corporate style guide and copy-edited a school newspaper. I scored 5s on AP English Language and on AP English Literature.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is the primary means by which individuals and institutions sustain complex thought. I exercise the full range of student's faculties, from sentence and paragraph mechanics through the structured development of essays, theses, and dissertations. I also offer experience handling creative and scientific writing projects.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Other

Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I specialized in philosophy of physics and science at Harvard, and am familiar with the major arguments throughout Western intellectual history including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, aesthetics, mind, and language. I am glad to tutor any of these areas in the analytic tradition, to review their analogs in other traditions, and to connect philosophical problems to related fields. Similarly, I teach modes of incisively expressive thought through close reading, systems building, composition, and debate. I have taught classes in philosophy of science to high school students.
Finance

Science

Philosophy,

Philosophy

I specialized in philosophy of physics and science at Harvard, and am familiar with the major arguments throughout Western intellectual history including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, aesthetics, mind, and language. I am glad to tutor any of these areas in the analytic tradition, to review their analogs in other traditions, and to connect philosophical problems to related fields. Similarly, I teach modes of incisively expressive thought through close reading, systems building, composition, and debate. I have taught classes in philosophy of science to high school students.
Physics

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

As calculus is the measurement of change and physics the science of motion, I used advanced calculus intensively in my physics degree. I am experienced tutoring calculus and its applications in quantitative sciences. I teach enough theoretical analysis to allow students to understand calculus as an exciting and well-founded tool, and all the practical advantages necessary to put it to use with full confidence. I scored 5 on AP Calculus BC.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is the primary means by which individuals and institutions sustain complex thought. I exercise the full range of student's faculties, from sentence and paragraph mechanics through the structured development of essays, theses, and dissertations. I also offer experience handling creative and scientific writing projects.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Statistics

Ratings and Reviews


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Fantastic experience with John!

John reached out before our first meeting to get a sense of what we needed so that we were all better prepared which we really appreciated. My son and I really liked John and felt like my son really go a lot out of his first session. John's follow-up and offered plan for going forward was incredibly thorough and we look forward to working with John on calculus prep.

Scott, 4 lessons with John

Astute and a great communicator

John is a tremendous communicator with the ability to analyze and clarify the complexities of European history. He is patient, thoughtful, astute and can quickly identify areas where the student needs additional reinforcement and training. I highly recommend him to high school students as well as those in college.

Charles , 1 lesson with John

Highly Knowledge and Relates to Real-World

John taught me linear algebra and was an immense help. He knows the topic deeply and easily comes up with real-world scenarios that help me to understand the meaning and purpose of the topic. Highly recommended.

Jake, 2 lessons with John

John was very knowledgeable and easy to work with

John provided with ideas to transition into positions data science, data analytics, database development, and software development. Our meeting was very useful and helped me develop a clearer direction.

Eraldo, 1 lesson with John

Patient and thoughtful

John is methodical and flexible. He has a great pedagogical framework and is very cognizant of learning styles and comfort level.

Jordan, 3 lessons with John

Exceptionally thoughtful tutor

John did a fabulous job for us in helping our (homeschooled) high school student prepare for his AP exam. It was our student's first time preparing for an AP exam, so he wanted some support. What was great about John was not just that he knows the stuff cold, can relate to the student, etc. What separates him is that he is thoughtful and HONEST about how the tutoring should actually work. So many tutors are just happy to schedule as many hours as possible (with as little out of class work for themselves as possible). But John came up with a plan that actually *limited* his own time in class and required him to do some out of class work -- all so that our student could do as much independent work on his own as possible. In this case, the "right" solution meant more work and less revenue for John as a tutor -- but he still did it! Bravo. And the approach is working great. I can't more highly recommend John if you want to be sure you learn what you want to learn in the very best way possible.

Tim, 1 lesson with John

Great Tutor That Actually Teaches

I had a great experience with John. He actually explained every line to me in Python, and seemed to know what he was doing. He is amazingly patient as well, and a cat lover, which is a bonus. He is also from Harvard, which is a plus.

Margaret, 4 lessons with John
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