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James B.

Bowie, MD

$50/hour

Experienced, Patient, & Passionate Math Tutor (in person)

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Background check passed as of 10/20/15
5.0 average from 1912 ratings
Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!!
— Tamara, Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14

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Tougaloo College
Mathematics

Education

Tougaloo College (Mathematics)

About James

I'm an alumnus of Tougaloo College (Mississippi), where I majored in mathematics/computer science. I graduated with a 3.89 cumulative GPA (summa cum laude, class valedictorian). During high school, I scored in the 97th percentile on the military ASVAB exam. I recently scored the maximum (200) on the Praxis core math exam. From 2003 to 2009, I have voluntarily tutored students at a local Baptist church in Maryland. Also, I have voluntarily taught an SAT math prep course at the same church between 2004 and 2009. My subject expertise includes college algebra, pre-calculus, geometry, trigonometry, algebra I and II, finite math, and standardized test preparation. Students regularly request my services when preparing for the math sections of the ASVAB, PRAXIS, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED, GRE, GMAT, HSPT, and HSA exams. I have tutored more than 230 students via WyzAnt, and I have worked successfully with students from many local colleges and high schools.

NOTE: Available during the day for home schooling, college students, and exam prep (GED, ASVAB, etc.)

WEEKLY SLOTS (also available as 1-time slots):

NOTE: Clients with weekly slots (who cancel often) ... WILL LOSE THE WEEKLY SLOT.
Either USE the weekly slot, or LOSE the weekly slot. PERIOD.

* Mon. @ 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 9, 10:30 PM
* Tues. @ 10 AM, 1, 2:30, 5:45, 9 , 10:30 PM
* Wed. @ 11:30 AM, 1, 2:30, 10 PM
* Thur. @10 AM, 1, 2:30, 9, 10:30 PM
* Fri. @ 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1, 2:30, 5:45, 9, 10:15 PM
* Sat. @ 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 8:30 PM
* Sun. (Woodmore Wegman's) @ 3:15, 4:30, 5:45 PM
* Sun. @ 7:30, 9 PM

1-TIME SLOTS:

* Sat. 8/27 @ 8:30, 10, 11:30 AM, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 PM
* Sun. 8/28 from 6 PM to 10 PM
* Mon. 8/29 @ 1:15, 2:45, 4:30, 9, 10:30 PM
* Tues. 8/30 @ 1, 2:30, 5:45, 8:30 PM
* Wed. 8/31 @ 2:30, 8:45, 10 PM
* Thur. 9/1 @ 3, 5:45, 9, 10:30 PM
* Fri. 9/2 from 10 AM - 3:45 PM, 5:45 - 11 PM
* Sat. 9/3 @ 8:30, 11:30 AM, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 PM
* Sun. 9/4 from 3:30 to 9 PM
* Mon. 9/5 (Labor Day; available all day)

NOTE: Weekly slots are also available as 1-time slots-time slots are reserved for 1 session only.

PREFERRED LOCATIONS: Bowie and Crofton Libraries; Wegman's (Largo and Crofton); local residence within 10 miles of Bowie.

PRIVATE RESIDENCE TUTORING:

Location of neighboring sessions determine whether I can provide in-home service. Residence must be within my travel radius. Someone 18 or over must be home. In-home tutoring is available to residents in Bowie, Largo, Glenn Dale, Crofton, Upper Marlboro (North of Henry Wise H.S.). Other areas can be serviced in home for a higher hourly rate, or for normal rate with 1.5 hour minimum session length. Sessions outside of travel radius will be conducted only for the last session for the day, due to travel time involved. I do not drive during snow emergencies, and I avoid driving during rush hour traffic.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM ME?

- My best effort and honest opinions
- I only tutor math related subjects and Math sections of exams (though certified for others).
- Someone who is patient, honest, intelligent, prompt, fair, and friendly
- Someone who genuinely cares about students
- Someone who will provide free links online to support the lessons covered, and any weaknesses of the student discovered during sessions.
- Student's math knowledge and reasoning skills will be noticeably improved, if they are committed to listening, learning, and following my advice
- When receiving a rating that is less than the max, expect me to inquire about what I can do to receive a higher rating in the future. I set the bar high for myself as well as for my students.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T EXPECT FROM ME:

- A mind reader... Please be clear about what you expect from me.
- I do not do alternating slots ... "Weekly" means once per week.
- I do not reserve slots more than 2 weeks in advance.
- When the school year ends, so does your weekly slot (unless you continue throughout the summer).
- Your child's grade will not improve from "E" to "A" overnight.
- A miracle. If your child has failed for most of the school term, you shouldn't expect that a couple of hours of tutoring on the day before the final will produce an "A" on the final exam.
- To work with clients who are (1) late often, (2) provide little or no notice when canceling, (3) cancel repeatedly, or (4) ignore and/or don't respond to text messages asking for confirmation of scheduled sessions
- In-home tutoring when no one 18 or older is home.
- Unreal expectations. A complete semester review, or several missed homework assignments, cannot be completed in a 1 hour session.
- To immediately know how to do every math problem presented, though I will try my best.

I REFUSE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS WHO ARE:

- Capable, but not willing to do the recommended work towards improving
- Expecting the tutor (alone) to turn things around ... students and parents have to do their part
- Rude; Disrespectful
- Unappreciative
- Unreasonable
- Argumentative; Difficult to work with
- Non-responsive to session confirmation text messages
- Cancelling often, with little or no advance notice.
- Unable or unwilling to provide reasonable and fair justification on ratings

WHAT DO I EXPECT FROM YOU?

- Please be on time. Text me if you expect to be late.
- 1 hour is the minimal session length billed.
- Additional compensation, when traveling outside travel radius
- 12 hours advance notice, when cancelling (or pay cancellation fee)
- Please be honest, respectful, and fair in your ratings and reviews.
- Please have payment info on file before requesting to meet.
I'm an alumnus of Tougaloo College (Mississippi), where I majored in mathematics/computer science. I graduated with a 3.89 cumulative GPA (summa cum laude, class valedictorian). During high school, I scored Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$25 charged for cancellations without 12 hours advance notice. Billing begins at scheduled start time ... not at your late arrival time. Please be on time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 11 miles of Bowie, MD 20716
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!!"

- Tamara, Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14

"Goes above and beyond"

- Karen, Crofton, MD on 8/15/16

"Responsive tutor"

- LaShon, Fort Washington, MD on 7/30/16

"Knowledgeable, patient, meets your child where they are at and raises their skill level!"

- Natoshia, Laurel, MD on 6/17/16

"Great tutor responds quickly"

- Curtis, Odenton, MD on 5/28/16

"Great help"

- Keith, Suitland, MD on 5/27/16

"Great tutor"

- Shiva, Laurel, MD on 4/24/16

"what a awesome tutor Mr. James B is"

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"A good start!"

- Sam, Bowie, MD on 3/6/16

"Great Tutor"

- Christina, Washington, DC on 2/12/16

"Patient and knowledgeable; Money well spent"

- Kevin, Bowie, MD on 2/10/16

"Excellent tutor."

- Brian, Bowie, MD on 2/5/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Tracy, Brandywine, MD on 2/1/16

"Awesome tutor"

- Wendy, Annapolis, MD on 1/27/16

"Very knowledgeable and patient."

- Kimberly, Bowie, MD on 1/14/16

"Son is very pleased!!"

- Robin, Gambrills, MD on 12/30/15

"James Is very insightful."

- Tracy, Bowie, MD on 12/7/15

"Great tutor that's affordable, patience, friendly, flexible, and diligent!"

- Kellie, Laurel, MD on 11/8/15

"Great tutor!"

- Wanda, Beltsville, MD on 11/4/15

"Great tutor, great outcomes!"

- Verna, Bowie, MD on 11/2/15

"Helpful math tutor"

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"Knowledgeable in his subjects"

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"Professional and knowledgeable"

- Diamond, Lanham, MD on 10/14/15

"Very knowledgeable and help!"

- Arlena, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/11/15

"The Best Tutor out here!"

- Lauryn, Fort Washington, MD on 9/28/15

"Exceptional Tutor"

- Marie, Bowie, MD on 9/4/15

"Knowledgeable"

- Kimberly, Bowie, MD on 8/10/15

"He is an excellent tutor, patient and knowledgeable"

- Cleo, Hyattsville, MD on 7/16/15

"Very kind and patient tutor."

- Lisa, District Heights, MD on 7/12/15

"James was knowledgeable and made my son comfortable and excited about learning the concepts."

- Tisa, Bowie, MD on 7/7/15

"Engaging tutor for math"

- Denise, Greenbelt, MD on 7/5/15

"James is an effective and personable tutor!"

- Janis, Bowie, MD on 6/6/15

"Awesome Tutor"

- Sabrina, Greenbelt, MD on 3/12/15

"Very patient"

- Dionna, Hanover, MD on 11/21/14

"Awesome is the word!"

- RJ, Lanham, MD on 11/10/14

"Best Geometry Tutor!"

- June, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/5/14

"Excellent math tutor"

- MIchelle, Bowie, MD on 10/28/14

"James....To the Rescue!"

- Zion, Bowie, MD on 10/23/14

"Exceptional Tutor!!"

- Anthony, Upper Marlboro, MD on 10/10/14

"Enthusiastic Tutor Who Works With You"

- Sharon, Bowie, MD on 8/20/14

"Well Worth The Wait!"

- Simone, Upper Marlboro, MD on 8/19/14

"Mr. B. - super tutor!"

- Leslie, Bowie, MD on 8/18/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Letitia, Bowie, MD on 7/28/14

"Very Patient and Encouraging"

- Shawn, Upper Marlboro, MD on 6/9/14

"Very punctual"

- Cecilia, Bowie, MD on 5/11/14
James replied on 5/17/2014

Ms. Cecilia, I thank you for the positive comments you have supplied, but some of your other comments left me shaking my head.

(1) In response to your comment "When I notified him that we no longer needed his service. He appeared defensive," ... Note at that time you indicated to me that I said to you, "I don't tutor Pre-Calculus", which is simply not true. I corrected you on that false statement. So I was merely correcting a false statement that you made about me. Also, I would have expected services to end after your daughter's final, which in your case, was less than a week away. At the time, I had clients on a waiting list for a slot. Your slot was filled on the same day you vacated it, so for you to imply that I had a problem with you ending services 1 session earlier than I was already expecting, makes no sense.

(2) In response to the comment "he should have stopped the lesson if he was unable to figure out the problem after 15 minutes," ... you were not charged 1 penny for the time I spent trying to figure out 2 very complicated word problems pertaining to hyperboles. You were billed only for 30 minutes of a session that lasted more than an hour. You received FREE time for all 3 of your sessions with me, including 40 minutes of free time at the initial session. So I have been MORE THAN FAIR with you on tutoring time billed to you.

(3) In response to the comment "he sent unnecessary responses," all messages sent to you were appropriate and professional, content-wise. I was simply trying to provide your daughter with access to a resource who tutors advanced math courses. You did not ask for this, but I felt the need to offer it to you anyway, since your daughter's finals were coming up the following week. I confirmed that the resource provided was able to readily assist you. It is most unfortunate for your daughter that you chose not to even contact him. Most clients in a similar situation would have been eager and happy to receive contact info for other tutors who could assist. A true professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to help clients, as I have tried (unsuccessfully) to do for you.

I realize that my actions will not always be interpreted correctly, and that my efforts to assist or to offer free time to clients, will not always be appreciated. I also realize that some clients have an unreal expectation that a tutor should immediately know how to work every math problem presented, which is most unfortunate. Tutors are human.

Thanks.

"Great Followup"

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"Very pleasant!"

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"Great tutor"

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"Excellent Tutor"

- Lecia, Bowie, MD on 3/19/14

"Great Tutor, Patient, and a Joy to Work With!"

- Lisa, Bowie, MD on 3/18/14

"James is our math savior!!"

- Kelly, Crofton, MD on 2/16/14

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- Alisha, Fort Washington, MD on 1/27/14

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- Shelandra, Fort Washington, MD on 12/19/13

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Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
AFOQT,
ASVAB,
GED,
GMAT,
GRE,
ISEE,
Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SSAT
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

One of my recent ACT students scored 32 on the Math portion of the exam. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from ACT prep books instead of SAT prep books. ACT does not penalize for guessing, so ALWAYS answer every question.

AFOQT

I scored on the 97 percentile when taking the military ASVAB exam. This high score more than qualifies me to assist students with scoring well on the AFOQT exam ... specifically, the math portions of the exam.

Algebra 1

Concepts covered for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and College Algebra include, but are not limited to the following:

Number Operations; Absolute Value; Order of Operations (PEMDAS); Classification of Numbers (Whole, Natural, Integer, Rational, Irrational, Real);
Basic laws of Algebra; Associative, Distributive, Commutative, and Identity Properties; Laws of Exponents; Rational Expressions and Exponents; Simplifying Expressions; Determining the Slope of Linear equations; Construction of linear equations using slope-intercept formula and point-slope formula; Determining Parallel and Perpendicular Slopes; Functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, inverse, composite); Graphing Equations and Inequalities, and solving them; Matrix Algebra; Probability; Factoring expressions (complete the square, difference and sum of cubes, difference of squares); Quadratic Equations (graphing, solving, finding roots of); Systems of Equations (graphing; solving using substitution and elimination methods); Logarithms and Exponential Equations; Conic sections (circles, parabolas, hyperbolas, ellipses).

Algebra 2

Concepts covered for Algebra 2 include, but are not limited to the following: Number Operations; Absolute Value; Order of Operations (PEMDAS); Classification of Numbers (Whole, Natural, Integer, Rational, Irrational, Real); Basic laws of Algebra; Associative, Distributive, Commutative, and Identity Properties; Laws of Exponents; Rational Expressions and Exponents; Simplifying Expressions; Determining the Slope of Linear equations; Construction linear equations using slope-intercept formula and point-slope formula; Determining Parallel and Perpendicular Slopes; Functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, inverse, composite); Graphing Equations and Inequalities, and solving them ; Matrix Algebra; Probability; Factoring expressions (complete the square, difference and sum of cubes, difference of squares); Quadratic Equations (graphing, solving, finding roots of); Finding vertex, focus, and directrix parabolas;
Graphing ellipses and hyperboles, finding vertices and foci; Transformations, translations, and reflections of graphs across X and Y axis; Systems of Equations (graphing; solving using substitution, elimination, an Gauss methods); Solving radical and rational equations; Logarithms and Exponential Equations

ASVAB

For ASVAB prep, I typically like to do sessions that are one to two hours in length (# of sessions depends on student's needs and budget). I only tutor for the math sections of the exam (Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge).

Calculus

Concepts covered include: Introductory calculus concepts; Linear and nonlinear functions; Limits of continuous and discontinuous functions; Vertical Asymptotes; Calculating the derivative; Graphs and applications of the derivative; Integration techniques and applications of integration; Multi-variable calculus; Differential equations; Probability and calculus; Sequence and series; Proofs using mathematical induction.

NOTE: I tutor up to Calculus 1, but not above that level course.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have successfully worked with students of all ages, as young as 4 years old. Since 2003, I have tutored small children via a weekend mentoring program at my local church. From 2009 - 2011, I voluntarily worked with a local autistic non-profit organization, providing day-care services to autistic children for a 4 hour period on weekends. I am particularly good at helping young students improve their math skills. I realize the importance of making sure young students have a total grasp of math concepts, as this is the foundation for future success in the higher level math courses, which will follow them throughout life.

Elementary Math

Concepts covered include, but are not limited to the following: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; decimal numbers and money; long division; fractions; graphs (line, bar, circle); area and perimeter of geometric figures; volume of geometric solids; percents, ratios; unit conversion; probability; word problems; exponents; time problems;
mental math; positive and negative numbers; and order of operations (PEMDAS). Students will be given opportunities to master basic concepts related to numbers and skills in applying those concepts to solving basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. I continuously emphasize the use of mathematics in real-life situations.

Finite Math

With a 3.89 GPA as a mathematics major in college, I am well equipped to assist students with help in finite mathematics. I have assisted students with finite math courses at Montgomery and Prince George's County Colleges in Maryland. Also, with more than 1800 hours of math tutoring experience via WyzAnt, this has enabled me to obtain experience and confidence in my ability to break down math concepts for college students.

GED

Preparation for the math portion of the GED exam includes review of basic math skills focusing on algebra, geometry, statistics, measurements and data analysis. Upon successful completion, students should be prepared to take the mathematics GED test.

Geometry

Under my guidance, students study Geometry as a mathematical system through the deductive development of relationships in the plane and space developed intuitively in previous years. Students study congruent segments and angles, circle chords, secants and tangent segments, parallel and perpendicular lines, angle measure in triangles, direct and indirect triangle congruence and similarity, proofs, solids of revolution, logic, similar triangles, quadrilaterals, transformations, the Pythagorean Theorem, geometric constructions, coordinate geometry, and surface area and volume of solids.

GMAT

I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the GMAT exam. I am a Summa Cum Laude college graduate with a degree in Mathematics/Computer Science. High level math courses taken include Calculus 1, 2, and 3, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics.

GRE

With near perfect ratings and more than 1500 hours of tutoring math through WyzAnt, including subjects of Elementary Math, Pre-Algebga, Algebra 1 & 2, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, SAT Math, ACT math, ASVAB Math, GRE Math, GMAT Math, and GED Math, I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the GRE exam.

ISEE

With almost 1500 hours of experience tutoring math subjects on WyzAnt, which includes elementary math as well as middle school, high school, and college level math courses, I am well qualified to tutor the math portion of the exam. I have successfully tutored several students recently for ISEE, SSAT and HSPT exam preparation, for acceptance into private middle and secondary education schools.

Praxis

I scored 200 on the Praxis II Mathematics Core Academic Skills for Educators test #5732. I also scored a passing score on the Praxis Math (content Knowledge) test #5161.

I am well equipped to help any student prepare for the math portion of the Praxis exam. I am a Summa Cum Laude college graduate with a degree in Mathematics/Computer Science. I have received excellent ratings, with more than 3,600 hours of tutoring math through WyzAnt.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra includes a long list of introductory topics in both algebra and geometry. Topics covered include, but or not limited to the following:
Mathematical operations of signed numbers; Order of Operations (PEMDAS); Classification of Numbers; Simplifying algebraic expressions; Combining like terms in Algebraic expressions; Solving equations and inequalities; Graphing Linear functions; Angle Relationships; Definitions of various polygons, and properties of each; Classification of Polygons; Area of polygons; Volume and Surface Area of Solids; Using Algebra to determine variable values in diagrams.

Precalculus

Topics include, but are not limited to the following: Functions, Series, Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences, Matrices, Complex numbers, Conic sections, Polar and parametric equations, Polar coordinates, Vectors, Rational functions and their graphs, Synthetic division, Finding zeros of a polynomial function, Finding asymptotes (horizontal, vertical, and oblique asymptotes) of rational functions, Finding the bounds of the zeros of polynomial functions, Factoring of polynomial functions, Applications of trigonometry, Trigonometric identities, Introductory calculus concepts, Using mathematical models to represent real world situations, Proofs using mathematical induction, Vectors, Laws of Sine and Cosines, Arithmetic and Geometric sequences, Summation.

Probability

Concepts covered include (but or not limited to): Simple probability, Conditional probability, Independent events, Dependent events, Mutually inclusive events, Mutually exclusive events, Tree diagrams, Permutations and combinations, Normal distributions.

PSAT

The preparation for MATH portion of PSAT test is similar to that for the SAT math. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from PSAT prep books instead of SAT prep books.

SAT Math

For SAT Math prep, I typically like to do several 1 to 2 hour sessions (depending on students needs and budget) which include:

- Exam tips, traps to avoid, intelligent guessing, back-solving, picking numbers, eliminating bad choices, etc.
- Review of basic algebra concepts.
- Work through practice exam problems from SAT Kaplan, Gruber, Barron, and College Board practice math exams.
- Problems worked are all taken from sample exams, so they cover all the key math concepts and subjects expected on the exam (Geometry, Algebra, etc.)

I encourage each student to attempt to work as many problems as possible, preferably from multiple sources, as each problem worked presents a moment to learn something.

You would want to see as many different types of problems as possible BEFORE seeing those same types of problems on the real exam.

SSAT

The preparation for that math portion of the SSAT test is similar to that for the SAT math test. Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. The process is identical, except we would be working from SSAT prep books instead of SAT prep books.

Trigonometry

Topics covered include, but are not limited to the following: Unit circle, Trigonometry of triangles, Trigonometry of the circle, Trigonometric functions (sine cosine, secant, cosecant, tangent, and cotangent), Laws of sine and cosine, Inverse Trigonometric functions, Periodic functions and their graphs, Trigonometric Identities, Analyzing parabolic graphs, Polar coordinates, Exponents and Logarithms, Exponential growth, Circles and other conic sections.

Tougaloo College
Mathematics

Education

Tougaloo College (Mathematics)

Amazing transformation to an A in HONORS precalculus!! — Prompt, professional, amiable. It is obvious Mr. James has a passion for mathematics and tutoring. He is student centered and quickly developed a rapport. My son enjoyed his first session and informed me that Mr. James made the concepts easy to understand, which was a completely different experience than the classroom. From the first meeting, I felt Mr. James was invested in my son's ultimate s ...

— Tamara, Edgewater, MD on 8/20/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$25 charged for cancellations without 12 hours advance notice. Billing begins at scheduled start time ... not at your late arrival time. Please be on time.

Travel policy

James will travel within 11 miles of Bowie, MD 20716.