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Tougaloo College (Mathematics)
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 worked with high school honors students from many schools including: Dematha, Riverdale Baptist, Bishop McNamara, St. John, Annapolis Area Christian School, Eleanor Roosevelt, St. Pallotti, South River, Walt Whitman, Bowie.
REGULAR WEEKLY SLOTS AVAILABLE:
Note: "+" indicates slots available for more than 1 hour minimum. Longer lengths required for sessions outside my travel radius.
* Monday thru Friday @ 10 AM +, 11:15 AM +, 12:30 PM+, 2 PM+
* Thursdays @ 4 PM
* Fridays @ 12 PM+, 1:30 PM+, 3 PM+, 4:30 PM
NOTE: Open weekly slots above are available as 1-time slots too.
* Monday 2/15 @ 7 PM & 8:30 PM+
* Thursdays @ 4 PM and 5:30 PM
* Saturdays @ 9 AM & 7:45 PM +
* Monday thru Friday from 10:30 AM + until 4:30 PM +; & @ 10 PM +
NOTE: 1-time slots are reserved for 1 session only (not weekly) and are claimed each week on a first come, first serve basis.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE TUTORING:
Location of neighboring sessions dictate 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 generally available to residents in Bowie, Largo, Glenn Dale, Crofton, Lanham, Kettering, Upper Marlboro (North of Henry Wise H.S.). Other areas (Beltsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Annapolis, Odenton, Gambrills, Laurel, South Upper Marlboro) 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, nor 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:
- I do not do alternating slots ... Weekly slots means once per week ... not every other week ... not once a month
- 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. No one knows everything.
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
- Disrespectful; Rude
- Unreasonable; Argumentative; Difficult to work with
- Non-responsive to messages
- Expecting the tutor to know EVERYTHING.
- Cancelling often, without sufficient notice
- Unable or unwilling to provide reasonable and fair justification on ratings
WHAT DO I EXPECT FROM YOU?
- Please be on time.
- 1 hour is the minimal session length billed.
WHEN CANCELING... Please text me at least 12 hours in advance
- Please expect to be billed for ALL cancellations occurring within 12 hours of scheduled start time of the session.
- Please be honest, respectful, and fair in your ratings and reviews.
- Please note that if you develop a pattern of repeated cancellations of your appointments, you do this at the risk of losing your reserved slot. I will take slots back (at any time) from those clients who cancel repeatedly.
- Please promptly return all books borrowed from me.
- Please have payment info on file before requesting to meet.
REFERRAL LINK: http://www.wyzant.com/tutors/bowiemathwiz 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
$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.
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 success. My son had essentially given up on precalculus when we contracted Mr. James. With just a few weeks left in the quarter my son increased a failing score to a 74%. He had a new can-do attitude in a course he had felt completely helpless and unmotivated in.
We continued with Mr. James for second semester. My son continued utilizing study habits emphasized by Mr. James such as utilizing the textbook, decreasing dependence on the calculator, and patience in problem solving. My son soared to an A in HONORS precalculus for the second semester including an A in the final exam! Math has never been a favored subject for him but his confidence and capability have soared!
We feel very fortunate to have found him and plan to continue to utilize his services over the summer for SAT/ACT mathematics preparation, as well as for his next mathematics course in the fall. I highly recommend Mr. James without reservation.
Since our son has been working with James, his math grade has risen steadily from a low D to a B average. Our only regret is that we didn't find him sooner in the school year.
Helped me understand the many conceots of graphing. I really appreciate his ability to take math and simplify for you to understand.
I like that James is very patient and takes his time in evaluating my sons strengths and weaknesses. He provides strategies and concepts to assist my son in doing his absolute best on the test. I most like that he provides detailed feedback after each session, as to what was done, and the areas that need improvement. After only 3 sessions with James, my sons ACT score increased by 5 points. I am looking for another increase this time around.
James is most likely the best Math tutor I have come across. James can explain math (Honors Algebra 1) to my son in a way his teachers cannot. He is patient with him and we are fortunate enough to have found him. Also my son has been getting A's on his tests and his grade has improved immensely. Highly recommend James.
Mr. James B. is currently tutoring my daughter for Algebra 2. Her Algebra 2 overall grade was a low C almost a D. As a result of Mr. James B.'s excellent tutoring, her overall grade is now a strong B. Thanks Mr. James B.!
My son had nothing but good things to say about his tutoring session with James. He is looking forward to his next lesson with James.
James immediately understood the course work and was able to provide applicable instruction to assist with improvement. He also offered online aids to reinforce the instruction he provided.
James is an amazing tutor. I was having some trouble in math and a friend suggested I try WyzAnt. I'd contacted a few people, but only James and one other gentleman were available at such short notice. Due to my location, I had decided to try the other tutor. I was not very satisfied with that session. He seemed very knowledgeable in the level of math I was taking, but he did not address the issues I was having until the very end of the session. After leaving, I was not only still confused, but I was upset about the money and time I'd just wasted. With a test coming up in a few days, I had to do something, so I contacted James and explained my situation. Within just an hour, he had showed ready to work with his own materials and books for referencing. James and I spent a long time working on equations and figuring out different ways to solve them. The problems I was having in math were addressed at the beginning of our meeting and the rest of the time was spent solving them by going over different concepts and formulas, learning when to apply them, and making sure I was well prepared for my test coming up. A few things that impressed me the most about James was his friendliness, patience, and devotion to making sure I understood what I needed to know. His cool vibes made him easy to connect with. He used different sources from his book to examples online to help clarify anything I didn't seem to pick up. He even followed up the next day by emailing me different websites I could check out with practice problems. I was very pleased with my session with James. He turned a bad first experience with WyzAnt into a good one, and I look forward to working with both James and the company in the future!
He tailors his teaching style to the way your child learns. Explains math principles in easy to understand terms. My son's SAT scores improved after James helped him prep for the exam. Great tutor!
We could not be more pleased with James and his work with my 9th grade son who moved into Algebra 2 two months into the school year and 4 chapters behind. After 2 sessions, score of 100 on chapter test! We look forward to many more great teaching from James even beyond my son catching up to his class. James is patient and gives great instruction you would not get in a classroom setting. Also, very communicative and punctual as well as prepared. Can not thank James enough!
James went over homework that helped Jeremiah understand what communarative and associative was. How to understand elapse time and work the time problems out.
My daughter met with James prior to a math test. After the tutoring session, she stated that she is more prepared and feels comfortable with the information. She stated that James is an excellent tutor and she looks forward to working with him again.
As a mother, I am so far pleased with James b. My daughter feels comfortable with him and I like the fact that he provided me with a summary of each tutoring session and the best part... He gives a lot of homework! Thanks James!
Mr. James is a great tutor! So glad I selected him. He is very knowledgeable and has great resources.
I wouldn't want to have anyone else teaching my child! His knowledge is evident, but what is more impressive is how relatable his teaching is to students on difficult study material. After trying several tutors I have no hesitation in recommending Mr. B. I'd give as many stars as they would let me!!
Mr. James is an excellent tutor who is very engaging. He asks the right questions to help my son Justin analyze and understand the underlying concepts. James goes above and beyond by providing additional support and resources. I highly recommend him for any student that needs support in mathematics.
James worked on Algebra ll and College Algebra with my 10th grader. When my son asked for more challenging work, other than his school work, James was prepared and able to challenge him.
He taught me to believe that I could do it.
He has helped my confidence in encouraging me to be more self aware. I believe I have a new outlook on math.
James is tutoring my 8 year old son and was really understanding about his slow working pace. James offered suggestions on things I could do at home to help my son with math. Even though James typically tutors older students and adults, he was able to give my son some techniques for remembering how to do difficult problems. I even learned some things about math I didn't know.
Mr. James taught my son Geometry. I liked how he stressed to my son to think about the problem first. He showed my son different formulas to assist him in solving the problem.
James worked with my son to help him improve his grade in math. James worked with him at his level and asked him if he understood each step of the way. He was able to effectively engage my son so that he felt confident about his math skills. I would recommend James for teenage boys who may have low confidence or feel unmotivated. James was able to help my son improve his math grade after just a couple of lessons.
James assisted my son with Algebra I preparation for a final exam. He accommodated our request for tutoring at the last minute in a location convenient to us.
Thank you so much James for assisting my son with his math assignments. Math has been one of his weakest subjects all through his younger years in school. Having someone like you to help ease the struggle is truly a blessing. My son looks forward to working with you again.
James is smarter than my math teacher! Willing to work flexible hours. Encouraging at all times! The best investment ever.
If you are looking for a genuinely down to earth math tutor who can work with just about anyone who needs help, then you are looking for Mr. James. The first day he tutored our son we knew we selected the right tutor. After he left the session our son age 11 said, "Mom I really like this guy"! That was music to my ears. Mr. James is able to assess your child's weaknesses quickly, and he works to develop methods to instruct your child based on their learning style and needs. He is serious about not only getting your child up to speed on math but also working on your child being prepared for their tutoring session, prepared for class, and being organized. He is patient yet firm which is needed and appreciated. We are very pleased with our choice in selecting Mr. James as our son's math tutor.
Thank you so much for tutoring my son in geometry. The tutor, James B. was on time, could relate well with my son and explained concepts well. He helped my son pull his grade up and my son passed geometry. He is the very best geometry tutor.
Excellent tutor that is very knowledgeable . Our 5th grade son felt very comfortable learning from James. We will continue to have him tutor our son in the future.
James is an excellent tutor, very patient, responsive and well qualified. He has made a significant difference in my son's confidence and understanding of Algebra 2/Trig concepts and application. He has gone the extra mile to implement tools to assist in organization and follow through. James has also given me peace of mind knowing that my son will be successful!
James met with our son for the first time yesterday and we couldn't have been any more pleased. My son immediately felt very comfortable with James and really enjoyed working with him. He was extremely patient, very encouraging and positive, and went above and beyond to make sure that my son understood the material that they were working on.
My son now feels very comfortable with a big exam that he is having today in Geometry thanks to James. James stayed past the allotted scheduled time to help our son and we were very thankful and appreciative of this and it really spoke to James's passion and commitment to ensuring that our son is successful in Geometry. We highly recommend James. He exceeded our expectations. We look forward to having James work with our son.
James has been excellent every step of the way. He is tutoring my son in SAT Math. He is very patient, engaging, and makes math exciting and fun. Even after a full day of football practice, my son is enthusiastic about working with James. He works with your schedule and his love for tutoring is evident. So glad I found him! I see now why he is in high demand.
It took some time to finally get on Mr. B's schedule. We waited patiently for several months until a slot became available. Our 12 year old and 14 year old actually look forward to their sessions with Mr. B and are disappointed when they are over. He has shown them ways to expand their thinking about various concepts they previously tried to avoid. It has truly been a wonderful and rewarding experience working with Mr. B.
Once again, Mr. B. completed a very helpful and beneficial math review session with my son. Mr. B. was punctual and organized and spent quality time with my son in reviewing math problems and questions/confusion my son had.
I am so glad that we found this tutor. Math has always one of my favorite subjects, but I don't explain the concepts very well to my child. Mr. James is patient and explains math in a way that my child understands. I appreciate that he took the time to learn gaps in my son's abilities and has a plan to address them.
James has been an excellent tutor for my son who is a sophomore in high school. Honors Algebra II has been a challenging subject, but James has patiently walked through the material so that my son could understand it. We would not have gotten through this year without him. I highly recommend James for any student having trouble with math.
He was very punctual. He was a great tutor for the first two lessons. Our third lesson he wasn't able to assist with the problems presented. He stated that my daughter spent a lot of time trying to work a word problem but I felt as a tutor he should have stopped the lesson if he was unable to figure out the problem after 15 minutes. I was still pleased with his professionalism until I notified him that we no longer needed his service. He appeared defensive and sent unnecessary responses. I decided not to respond further after the second text message.
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.
He is very adept at sizing up the needs of the student and suggesting ways to get the best from the student. He has been instrumental in helping my son.
James B. tutored my 11th grade daughter taking pre-calculus. After the very first tutoring session, my daughter came out smiling and excited that she finally understood some key areas that she was not grasping in school. Her test/quiz score improved just after the very first session. Based off the feedback from my daughter, I would recommend James as a tutor in a heartbeat.
James is a very helpful, well organized and great tutor. He is very mature and always eager to help students. I really appreciate his effort to help my boys in math.
Mr. B. is a top notch professional. He is professional, prompt, and passionate about his subject. I find him very knowledgeable and willing to spend extra time to help my son understand the problems. His efforts are very much appreciated.
My family and I are thrilled at the progress made by my son. We appreciate the extra time spent by Mr. B. to make sure that my son understands the concepts behind the problems. His extra efforts have ensured my son's success this school year. Mr. B. is all about excellence and it shows in each lesson. I can't thank him enough.
James has been an excellent tutor for my son. My son is in the 10th grade and struggled greatly in algebra and geometry. Since James has been working with him, his grades have improved. He actually had an "E" in both classes. However, on his 2nd quarter progress report, he had a "C" in Geometry and a "B" in Algebra.
Last week, he received a "B" on a Geometry test. His grade continues to improve. Working with James has given him the knowledge and confidence to raise his grade. James is very courteous, on time, and easy to communicate with. He has a bright personality and breaks down the lessons so that they can be more easily understood. My son enjoys working with him and I see the progress he's making.
With three weeks to go before mid-terms my son was failing Algebra. He needed to pull his grade up to stay on track for graduation this June. James helped him do that. My son got his grade up to a "C" which is a miracle considering they only had two weeks to do it. Better yet my son got an 86 "B" on his midterm which again is a miracle because he's never done well on exams. We owe so much to James!!!
My daughter has been without a Geometry teacher for over a month. Instead of waiting for the school system to take action, I decided to. My daughter has had three sessions with James. He is always prompt and courteous but more importantly, he is very knowledgeable in the subject matter and has been able to make a connection with my daughter (which is very hard to do). I'm so impressed, I plan to have James assist my daughter with all of her math courses through high school (including SAT's.)
Though my son needed a tutor, I was hesitant about seeking the services of one -- everyone who says he is a tutor, is not necessarily so. Finding Mr. James was definitely a blessing. My son's math grades were less than desirable. He was trying his absolute best, but he could not "catch a break." With each failing grade he received, his confidence ebbed away. The failures that he was experiencing in Math lead to some issues in other classes. That quickly changed for the positive, my son completed the first trimester with a B in Math and he also earned a spot on the honor role. Mr. James is a knowledgeable Math tutor, and adding to that quality, he is patient. He responds to text messages in a timely manner and is punctual. After each session, he provides feedback on what was covered in that session and he also provides suggestions on what should be worked on to solidify what was learned.
As my son continues to excel in Math, his confidence continues to grow. The sky is the limit!
Loves teaching and you can tell he enjoys seeing his student get the subject! My son loves how he breaks down the course and makes it fun to learn! Always reachable too. Great person overall!
James is a excellent Math tutor. He has patience and is always prompt. He takes his time and uses practical analogies in explaining concepts. My son's math grade has gone from a C to an A. I highly recommend James as your math tutor, you won't be disappointed.
James has tutored me in Algebra ll. Before receiving his help, I had little to no understanding of some concepts and immediately after the first lesson I understood on a level that I could not grasp based on instruction in class. I have received only 90s and above on every test, quiz, and other assignments since tutoring with James. I highly recommend him!
Mr. B was a great tutor. He was always very interesting and managed to find a way to help me remember the different theorems and postulates. He was very patient and would do anything he could in order to make sure I understood the material. I strongly recommend him to anybody looking for a great geometry tutor.
Mr. B was very accommodating. No matter what emergencies, including traffic, arose, he made sure to keep the appointment. He was wonderful in recognizing my sons strengths, and made those such a big deal that my son worked hard to strengthen his weak areas. Due to Mr. B's time and attention, my son improved his math performance by a full letter grade.
Mr. James has been working with our son in the area of Trigonometry. We have been working with Mr. James for almost 2 school years. His detailed, descriptive summaries keep us informed on what is covered in each session. He has never hesitated to put our minds at ease with his consistent communication and has made sure to answer any of our concerns regarding our son's progress. Mr. James has always been honest with us in regards to our son's efforts, even when those efforts have been less than expected. Our son is a smart and capable young man who has not been working to his full potential, until now. Mr. James has a way of making him realize that he has the ability to be great at whatever he does. Our son received an 80% in his math class this quarter and I know it was because of all the hard work, patience, and encouragement that was given by Mr. James. I am truly thankful to have found Mr. James, his professionalism, knowledge of mathematics and teaching methods are outstanding!
Mr. James is a very enthusiastic and caring tutor. He went above and beyond to coach and teach my daughter Algebra II. He sent supplemental material and information on his off time to help her with her future studies in math. Everyone comes to the table with different abilities, talents, and weaknesses. Mr. James understands that. He is very patient and effective, even with those who feel intimidated by math.
It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial and recommendation of our family’s support of Mr. James B. of “WyzAnt’s Tutoring Program”! Mr. B. has an unmatched commitment to each child’s success and a positive attitude towards them learning. His drive and resourcefulness are worth mentioning and I recommend Mr. B. as a tutor without hesitation.
I was visiting the Washington, D.C. area for just 10 days and my son needed help completing an Algebra 2 online course. James contacted us in a timely manner and provided excellent instruction for my son. He went out of his way to meet as often as we wished and he accommodated our schedule without any hesitation. We are very grateful to him and highly recommend his services. My son believes that his work ethic has improved and will keep improving thanks to James.
We are really appreciative of the math tutoring our son has received this year from Mr. B. He was committed to making sure our son knew one level before moving on to the next. My child always understood the math concepts after his sessions. Mr. B is passionate about math. As a teacher and homeschooling parent, I understand the importance of having a passion to teach. We will definitely be utilizing his services next semester.
I have been extremely pleased to have Mr B. work with my son in Algebra 2. He has been very patient, accommodating, professional and diligent in working to assist my son in learning the subject matter. He has gone above and beyond his duties to ensure that he gets it by donating time and attention so that he shows improvement in the subject matter. He is a great tutor and eager to serve.
James, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the tutoring you offered my son. You have help him gain an understanding of Geometry that nobody else was able to do which reflected in his homework and test scores. In addition, you were able to jump right in and give him the assistance he needed with his Algebra too. I thank God for the knowledge he has given you and the fact that you are using it to help others.
It has been a real pleasure having you to work with our son (and daughter in a pinch). His scores and confidence have soared. We are well pleased with your methods of teaching, patience, and honest caring about student needs and doing a job well with heart.
Our plans are to keep in touch and look forward to working with you in the near future. We have a new Highschooler!
Enjoy your summer as much as you can!
Great Tutor - Not only is James a patient tutor, he has a great sense of humor. He stayed up very late with my daughter to be sure she caught up on her work. He makes sure my daughters can work through the entire problem themselves before moving on. He looks out for you.
Update 5/18/13: Our daughter just passed her college Algebra class with the grade she was looking for, thanks, in large part to James. James was extremely accommodating with her as far as scheduling during the last few weeks of class as she prepared for her final. He made sure she understood the concepts before she moved on so that she felt confident for her exam, and, in fact, that is exactly what happened. Honestly, he was the perfect tutor and we have and would recommend him to anyone.
You are helping my son with not only his math but his confidence. Here's what he told me as we walked to our car following our first session with you, "Dad, I feel smarter". To hear him say that is very special. Now that we have a few more sessions under our belts, it is great to see that he continues to feel this way. His confidence and grades continue to grow. In fact, I met with his math teacher yesterday and she shared very nice compliments about his improvement, one of which being that he is now helping his classmates to understand some concepts. Thank you for really caring, being patient and even humorous at times to get your points across.
Progress Update: My prior review was written in December '12. Please know that my son's first quarter math grade jumped two letter grades when you tutored him (and he made the honor roll 1st Quarter). What's even better to report, is my son has maintained his high "B" average in math and has made the honor roll for the 2nd and 3rd Quarters as well (Hallelujah!). I guess we may need to meet with you again to turn that high "B" to a high "A" :0). Thanks again for the confidence you helped to give my son.
James has been very patient with my daughter helping her to work through her weakness in math. With his help she was able to achieve an A in math. I highly recommend him. My daughter said he really breaks things down and with a smile!
I am an adult learning Algebra for the first time. Before meeting with James I was having an extremely difficult time working problems, and understanding algebra concepts. James patiently explained each math problem to me, step by step. He reduced the more complicated math terms into simple, everyday language that helped me gain an understanding of how to apply specific formulas. He was also able to quickly pinpoint my strengths and weaknesses to determine where I was having difficulty. James also provided resources to further help my learning. James is very patient, and sincerely wants to help his students learn math.
Our daughter has struggled with math over the last few years. We contacted James through WyzAnt to work with her to improve her skills in Pre-Calculus and prepare for upcoming SATs. Immediately, she became more excited about math and even enjoys the sessions. James is exceptional in explaining problems and ensures that she grasps and fully understands the concepts. Her overall grade improved by two letter grades in just 8 weeks and we are very pleased. We would recommend James to anyone that needs help in math. Thank you James!!!
My son is in the 8th grade. He needed a review of pre algebra concepts and study sessions for the Catholic Schools High School Placement Test (HPST). After the first two sessions in September, James advised that my son did not need a tutor but he would do the review sessions with him. My son has developed new math confidence and is really beginning to enjoy math. James challenges him with new concepts and is pushing him to begin some early SAT review. On March 1, my son was accepted to two schools. Equally as important, his current progress report in math reflects that he is on target to get an A in math this quarter. Thanks James for the skill building and the boost in math confidence!
My son has had 3 tutoring sessions so far and went from a 76 on his last test to a 92%! James is extremely conscientious and even e-mailed a geometry problem for my son to review prior to his test that they were unable to finish during their session. I was most impressed.
Mr. James was very patient with my son. He actually changed the attitude of Emmanuel to Algebra. He did not like both the teacher and the subject at school. Immediately we came in contact with Mr. James, he developed a positive attitude towards the subject.
Mr. James always works according to our schedule, as much as possible. He takes my son through the practical aspect of the subject and patiently explains how to solve word problems to him. He goes out of his ways to provide on-line practice exercises and goes through the answers dutifully.
He is a great Maths teacher, I think it is in his genes.
I have no hesitation in recommending him to other parents, especially, if their child has a challenge with the subject, he would turn it around. My son is very well at home with the subject now.
James began tutoring with my son in Algebra II very close to the end of his 2nd MP. James was able to bring up his grade by 2 levels in just 3 weeks’ time. My son had fallen behind in his assignments because he did not understand the work. James very patiently worked with him and was able to get him up to speed. James’ tutoring enabled my son to get an 85 on his mid-term exam when earlier my son had been failing most of his tests. James was very flexible with scheduling and able to give us extra time during those first few weeks. My son is now on task and James is helping him with his testing skills as well as his weekly work load. My son’s success in Algebra II is principally due to James’ hard work, diligence, and patience as a tutor. We owe James many thanks.
My 12-year-old son is attention deficit and he has difficulty staying on task. This year he is in middle school and is really struggling in Algebra. I obtained the services of Mr. James B and my son's teacher communicated to me that she has seen an improvement in his understanding of the math concepts. Mr. B is very personable; he made my son very comfortable in interacting with him; and he made learning fun. Ultimately, my son's grade in Algebra improved, his confidence improved, and I believe it was due to the extra attention and assistance that he received from Mr. B. Kudos to Mr. B!
My 11th grader's confidence has significantly improved since receiving tutoring from James. My child has a challenging course load to include 2 AP courses and honors courses. Her grades in those subjects are amazing but when it came to Algebra 2....not so much. She hadn't been doing well on her Algebra tests and quizzes and as a result her grade was a D. Unfortunately we noticed her withdrawing and getting depressed. After only 2 sessions with James her last quiz in Algebra 2 was a 49/50!!! I have my joyful, amazing daughter back!! We can't thank James enough!
I'm pleased to say my child got 100 percent on her last quiz. Though the honors math class has been a challenge for her, Mr B. has encouraged and tutored my child in a mentor like manner letting her know she is very capable.
James has been working with my high school senior for almost six months now, and I think we will continue for the first half of the school year at my son's request. He earned an 88% in his Trigonometry class first quarter, a class that his first comment was "I don't have a clue what they are doing in that class". Additionally, his SAT score improved in Math, not by a significant amount but did improve by about 15 to 20 points. This is a great accomplishment, as I felt that sometimes James was putting forth more effort than my son with his encouragement and commitment and "tough love" statements when my son was not putting forth the effort that he should have been. My son has surprised us all and I know his success is hugely attributed to the support that he is receiving from the tutorial sessions with James. He will take the SAT again, and I am certain his score will continue to improve.
My session went great and James made me feel very comfortable! James knew how to work on every math problem I asked him to do and he broke the problems down so I could understand what he was doing. Also he made me feel like I really had a chance to pass my math exam and it gave me hope. After working with James I don't feel like math is so bad anymore, I just need to understand it. I will work with James over and over again because he is a wonderful tutor.
Outstanding tutor; very knowledgeable and able to simplify information; creative in approaching my grandson's needs; flexible and easy to reach by email; shows genuine concern for student.
Before I found James on Wyzant, my son was struggling with pre-Algebra. And I mean struggling. When I viewed James’ profile and I read the great reviews about his tutoring skills from actual students and then having a conversation with him, I knew that he was the one to help my son. My son is now in Algebra 1 and is doing well. I know with James’ skills and all of his patience, he will continue to tutor son all the way through High School and beyond if needed. Thank you, James for all that you’ve done. You are a great tutor!
Mr. James B. provided tutoring services for my son for several months. His patience, knowledge base and dependability helped my son increase his math scores and gain confidence in the subject area. I would certainly utilize Mr. James B. service's again.
We have been working with James for a few months now and I've seen a great improvement in my sons math skills. I don't regret hiring James as a math tutor he has been wonderful!
Mr. James B is very thorough. He has kept both of us, (the parents) as well as my son completely informed as to what has been covered and what needs to be done. We especially appreciate knowing after each lesson our son's strengths and weaknesses. At this point we are very pleased with Wyzant and feel we have made a good decision choosing Mr. James B. If all goes well, we plan to use Wyzant and Mr. James B. in the future.
James is an amazing tutor and an amazing person. My son really likes working with James because he makes complicated math equations easy to understand. We are extremely pleased with James as a tutor and his ability to motivate our son.
James is an excellent tutor. My daughter was failing 5th grade math before she started sessions with James. However, after only a few months her grade went up 2 letter grades! And she earned a 'B' as her final grade. He is always very patient with her and always prepared with alternate math problems even when we are not (we recently forgot her math book at home prior to a session). More importantly, my daughter enjoys her math sessions with James. I highly recommend James!
Mr. James was extremely thorough and prompt. He is a professional who is truly interested in helping the student succeed. He is patient, friendly, and goes above what is expected. I appreciate his knowledge and sincerity. I will use Mr. James again and have already recommended his services to several people I know.
I would recommend James to anyone who needs help with Algebra. He was patient and very thorough during each tutoring session. With his help, my daughter was able to pass her summer Algebra class.
Very pleased with James. He is on time and works well with my son. My son says he knows what he is doing and understands the subject matter. Highly recommend.
James B continues to do excellent work. My son is very comfortable with him. He stays in touch and we know how to reach him if we have to. He has a good rapport with young men.
James B has worked with my son for the last 3 weeks with excellent results. My son is very comfortable with James and feels that he has helped his understanding of the concepts of this level of math. He has encouraged my son to explore and not be held back by his perceived limitations. My son's confidence in his ability has increased two fold. I would highly recommend James B without reservations. He is an excellent tutor. Kudos!!!
Very good tutor and demonstrates that he is concerned and only wants what is best for his students!! My son has come so far and we are grateful for all that he has done!
My daughter begin working with James B. during the second semester of this year and he has helped her tremendously by improving her understanding of geometry and increasing her confidence. James communicates very well with students and holds them responsible for practicing the concepts he has reviewed with them. I recommend him for any student who is struggling and lacks confidence in math or just needs the extra help.
James has been tutoring my son in Geometry and after only two sessions we can really see a big difference! My son was really struggling and now he feels more confident and is eager to learn more. I highly recommend James - he has been really great!
We just received my son's third quarter report card. All I can say is WOW! After working with James, my son has raised his grade in Geometry from a 39% to an 82%, from a failing grade to a B! I am so glad we found James. He is a pleasure to work with and he gets results.
I first selected James B. when my child was failing geometry. There was a test she was to take in three days. James B. agreed to help me on very short notice. He went through the material with her and she got a 83 on the test. She did not understand how to work the problems before working with James B. His kind demeanor allows her to feel comfortable with him and I think this is how she is able to understand it when James B. tutors her more so than when her classroom teacher explains it. James B. has even given me websites for my child to practice on. I'm really relieved that I have someone knowledgeable, dependable, and very personable to help her. Generally teachers who are not compassionate and understanding my child doesn't seem to receive understanding from but she seems to be able understand her geometry work assignments since working with James B. I would recommend James B. without hesitation. He has literally saved my child from failing geometry.
My son has been working with Mr. James B. for a few weeks now and I already see some improvement. Mr. James B. works with my son until he fully understands the lesson. I know my son's future math grade will definetly improve as a result of his tutoring sessions.
We are very fortunate to have picked James from the multitude of tutors on WyzAnt! He is so helpful and patient, and my daughter works really well with him. He is very knowledgable, and conveys materials and concepts in a way that really connect with my daughter. We have witnessed several "Aha" moments during her tutoring sessions and she is feeling more confident. James is really just a great person as well, he has a great sense of humor, makes the sessions fun rather than arduous, and he goes out of his way to accomodate requests for tutoring sessions. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a great math tutor.
Mr B. was a Godsend, he helped my son go from struggling to a C+! I am forever grateful for all his help. If anyone is looking for a great math tutor, I suggest you give him a try.
James is not only a great tutor but immediately built a rapport with my daughter that has set a ridiculous bar for other tutors. James has a way of challenging the students and helping to build their confidence in their work. I appreciate the fact that he offers praise when a student has grasped the topic and does not make them feel badly when an answer is wrong or it's taking a little more time for the light bulb to click. Outside of the specific academic skills he possesses, he goes above and beyond to provide additional study guides to assist the students. His follow-up reports are comprehensive and detailed. He is also extremely responsive and flexible in his schedule. I highly recommend James B. as your tutor.
If you are thinking about a tutor, please consider James. He is very accommodating, patient and responds quickly to any emails or phone calls. I would definitely use James services again!
James, was a very good tutor and very knowledgeable. His personality and patience made a very difficult subject easier to grasp and understand. I highly recommend James. Outstanding individual!
Mr. James is a true professional. His patience and expertise in the subject of Algebra has helped my daughter tremendously. He is easy to work with as he puts the person at ease. James' ability to relax a student's nervousness and anxiety also played a great part in my daughter's ability to grasp concepts that has taken her a long time to understand is amazing.
We are so grateful to have found such a humble, patient, and intelligent man of God to help us. May God bless him.
James has been tutoring my 14 year old son and my son really likes that James he takes his time to teach the material and has patience with him. I really do appreciate your honesty with my son. You say things that allow him to think about the decisions he makes. You are an asset to his continued education in math. I highly recommend James.
James B. was outstanding. He gave my daughter insight on how to approach and solve her math problems. He kept my daughter's attention and she stayed engaged. I will strongly endorse Mr. James, as he is caring, patient, professional and extremely skillful. He exceeded our expectations. We look forward to our next tutorial.
James B has a natural ability to make math fun. Math is beginning to make a lot more sense to me now, finally!
I just want to express my appreciation for the excellent tutoring service Mr. B has provided to my boys. Under his supervision, my sons has shown some improvement and seems genuinely excited about the tutoring sessions.
My daughter had her second Algebra I tutoring session with James B. today. After only two sessions, she's already beginning to feel much more confident. James was able to explain the problems that she didn't understand in class in a way that she was able to understand. He's very patient and my daughter and I are looking forward to future lessons. My daughter is currently struggling in Algebra but I'm confident that with the assistance of James she is going to bring her grade up tremendously by report card time.
James was more than I anticipated for my son. His knowledge of math is phenomenal and his ability to teach and explain was made simple, in a way that my son could grasp and understand with little or no challenges. The lesson James presented was very informative and well planned out. My son really enjoyed James as his tutor, he was very organized and had his lesson plan and what he wanted to accomplish during the session. I am grateful for his time and effort in helping my son to understand math, thank you James, you are an excellent tutor, and thank you WyzAnt for this site and the immediate response and consistency from tutors eager to help to resolve my son's hang up with math.
Mr. James is a great tutor. If you need a patient person to work with and teach you or your child math/algebra then he fits the bill. After every session, I would ask my son if he felt like he was learning and if he understood what he was taught, the answer was "yes". He told me that Mr. James breaks down the information so he understood exactly what he was doing. Mr. James worked around his schedule and our busy schedule to accommodate my child's learning needs. I appreciate his kind spirit and willingness to teach without frustration. To teach, you must love what you do and Mr. James has a love for math; its shows though and though.
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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.
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.
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 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; Solving
- Matrix Algebra
- 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)
For ASVAB prep, I typically like to do sessions that are 1 to 2 hours in length (# of sessions depends on student's needs and budget) to include:
- Review of Math basics, and specific math used on exam, including formulas which students should commit to memory.
- Work through one or more Practice Exams with student (Arithmetic Reasoning)
- Work through one or more Practice Exams with student (Math Knowledge).
I would also work with student to come up with a schedule which would list what they should work on daily to prep for the exam. The schedule would involve assignments to include the study of the Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge sections, as the formula for scoring is 2 times the Verbal Expression scores, + Arithmetic Reasoning score, + Math Knowledge score ... (the other parts of the exam are used for placement). The placement parts should not be ignored, but the focus should be spent on the sections that determine whether a student will be accepted into the military.
NOTE: I only tutor for the math sections of the exam (Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge). Those who are extremely weak in math will obviously need more than 4 sessions.
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 do not tutor college level calculus courses
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.
Concepts covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division
- Decimal numbers and money
- Long Division
- Graphs (Line, Bar, Circle)
- Area and perimeter of geometric figures
- Volume of geometric solids
- Percents, ratios
- Unit conversion
- Word problems
- Time problems
- Mental math
- Positive and Negative Numbers
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a Mathematics/Computer science major in undergraduate school, I graduated from college with a 3.87 cumulative GPA. Math subjects included higher level math courses such as Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Calculus I, II, & III, and Differential Equations. I earned A's in all these subjects.
I scored 200 on the Praxis Mathematics Core Academic Skills for Educators test #5722.
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 near perfect ratings and close to 3000 hours of tutoring math through WyzAnt.
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
Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Complex numbers
- Conic sections
- Polar and parametric equations
- Polar coordinates
- Rational functions and their graphs
- Synthetic division
- Finding zeros of a polynomial function
- Finding 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
- Laws of Sine and Cosines
- Arithmetic and Geometric sequences
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
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.
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.
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.
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