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James B.

Experienced, Patient, Passionate Math Tutor (In-person and online)

Experienced, Patient, Passionate Math Tutor (In-person and online)

$50/hour

  • 5,303 hours tutoring

  • Bowie, MD 20715

"Caring and dedicated "

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About James


Bio

ONLINE and IN-PERSON.
Available 7 days a week.

NOTE: Online slots available 10:30 PM EST, (7:30 PM PST).

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. My subject expertise includes (but is not limited to)...

ONLINE and IN-PERSON.
Available 7 days a week.

NOTE: Online slots available 10:30 PM EST, (7:30 PM PST).

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. My subject expertise includes (but is not limited to) college algebra, calculus, pre-calculus, geometry, trigonometry, algebra (1, 2, & 3), financial Aagebra, integrated math, finite math, statistics, and standardized test preparation. Students regularly request my services when preparing for the math sections of the ASVAB, PRAXIS, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, and HSA exams. I have worked with more than 350 students via Wyzant.

PREFERRED LOCATIONS: Bowie Public Libraries; Bowie State Library; Wegman's (Largo and Crofton); Panera Bread (Bowie and Waugh Chapel Town Center, Vista Gardens Marketplace), local residences in Bowie.

WEEKLY SLOTS:

NOTE: Weekly slots are for clients who want help weekly. Clients who cancel often and/or repeatedly waste my time, and clients who repeatedly ignore session confirmation requests, will be dropped.
"+" means "and later"

Mon @ 8 PM (starting 5/7)
Mon. @ 9:15 PM +
Tues @ 3 PM, 6 PM, 9:30 PM +
Thurs @ 3 PM, 10:30 PM
Fri @ 4:30 PM
SAT @ 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM +
Sun @ 4 PM

* SUN: 4 PM, 8:30 PM, 10 PM +
* MON: 10 AM - 1:30 PM, 8 PM, 9:15 PM, 10:30 PM
* TUES: 10 AM 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM, 9:30 PM, 11 PM
* WED: 10 AM - 2:45 PM, 10:30 PM
* THUR: 10 AM - 4:15 PM, 10:30 PM
* FRI: 10 AM -4 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:45 PM, 9:30 PM +
* SAT: 3:30 PM, 8 PM, 9:15 PM +

1-TIME SLOTS:

Weekday nights at 10:30 PM
...
SAT 4/21 @ 5 PM, 6:30 PM, 8 PM +
SUN 4/22 @ 8:30 PM +
MON 4/23 @ 10:30 PM +
TUES 4/24 @ 10 AM - 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM, 11 PM
WED 4/25 @ (10 AM - 2:45 PM), 10:30 PM
THUR 4/26 @ 10 AM - 2:15 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM
FRI 4/27 @ 10 AM - 4 PM), 9:15 PM +
SAT 4/28 @ 9 AM, 3:30 PM, 5 PM, 6:30 PM, 8 PM +
SUN 4/29 @ 4 PM, 8:30 PM +
MON 4/30 @ 9:15 PM +
TUES 5/1@ 10 AM - 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM, 9:30 PM +
WED 5/2 @ (10 AM - 2:30 PM), 10:30 PM
THUR 5/3 @ 10 AM - 4:15 PM, 9:30 PM +
FRI 5/4 @ 10 AM - 4 PM), 9:15 PM +

PRIVATE RESIDENCE TUTORING:

Location of neighboring sessions determine whether I can provide in-home service. Residence must be within 7 miles of Bowie (few exceptions). Someone 18 or over must be home. In-home tutoring is available to residents in Bowie, Largo, Glenn Dale, Crofton, Upper Marlboro (within 1 mile of Rt 214 .). Other areas can occasionally be serviced in home for a higher hourly rate, or longer session length. I prefer online over long distance driving. I do not drive during snow emergencies, and avoid driving during rush hour traffic.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME:

- My best effort and honest opinions
- I work efficiently and effectively ... not a time-waster.
- I only tutor math related subjects and Math sections of exams (though certified for others).
- Someone who is patient, intelligent, prompt, fair, caring, and friendly
- Someone who will provide free links online to support the lessons covered, and any weaknesses of the student discovered during sessions.
- Text notification is sent if I will arrive late
- Students 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 NOT TO EXPECT FROM ME:

- Free tutoring services
- A mind reader... Please be clear about what you expect from me.
- To continue to work with clients who repeatedly ignore session confirmation messages.
- To work with clients who dont believe a 5-star rating is attainable
- No alternating slots ... "Weekly" means once per week ... not every other week, not monthly. If help is not needed weekly, please pick a 1-time slot.
- I do not reserve slots more than 10 days in advance, for new clients.
- When the school year ends, so does your weekly slot (unless you request summer service)
- *** Summer Clients receive PREFERRED STATUS on picking time slots for the upcoming school year.
- 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 few hours of tutoring one 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 to confirm 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 PREFER NOT TO WORK WITH CLIENTS WHO ARE:

- Expecting the tutor (alone) to turn things around
- Dishonest, Rude; Disrespectful; Annoying
- Unappreciative, Unreasonable, Argumentative;
- Placing tutoring at the very bottom of the priority que.
- Non-responsive to session confirmation text messages
- Canceling frequently
- Time-wasters
- Unable or unwilling to provide reasonable and fair justification on ratings

WHAT DO I EXPECT FROM YOU?

- Please be on time. Text me if running late.
- 1 hour is the minimal session length billed. Longer time billed for distant travels
- 12 hours advance notice, when cancelling
- Please be honest, respectful, and fair in your ratings and reviews.


Education

Tougaloo College
Mathematics

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: $25 charged for cancellations without 12 hours advance notice. $50 charged for no-shows. Time-wasters beware.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 7 miles of Bowie, MD 20715
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/8/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

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.

Corporate Training

Statistics,

Statistics

Although statistics is not a subject that I have a whole lot of experience tutoring, a current client received an "A" in an online introductory statistics course, with my assistance. I am very comfortable with the online and local community college statistics courses. I can certainly provide valuable assistance with elementary and introductory statistics courses, however I am probably not the best fit for the higher level statistics courses. Topics covered include descriptive measures for empirical data, elementary probability, conditional probability, theory of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression, mean, median, and mode; variation and standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

Concepts covered include: Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base 10, Measurement and Data, Geometry, Number and Operations, Fractions, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, Functions
Elementary (K-6th),

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,

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.
Grammar

English

Grammar

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

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,

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
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor high school Calculus, and college Calculus 1. I am very comfortable with the local high schools and community college calculus courses.
Elementary (K-6th),

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.
Geometry,

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.
Prealgebra,

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,

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.
SAT Math,

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 online practice tests, and/or 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.) Two of my recent students increased their scores by 110 points, after about 6 sessions. A current client recently score a 730 on the math section. 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.
Statistics

Statistics

Although statistics is not a subject that I have a whole lot of experience tutoring, a current client received an "A" in an online introductory statistics course, with my assistance. I am very comfortable with the online and local community college statistics courses. I can certainly provide valuable assistance with elementary and introductory statistics courses, however I am probably not the best fit for the higher level statistics courses. Topics covered include descriptive measures for empirical data, elementary probability, conditional probability, theory of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression, mean, median, and mode; variation and standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

One of my recent ACT students scored 32 on the Math portion of the exam. Another student raised their math score from 17 to 24 (a 41% increase). Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from online practice tests and/or ACT prep books. ACT does not penalize for guessing, so ALWAYS answer every question.
Algebra 1,

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,

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
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor high school Calculus, and college Calculus 1. I am very comfortable with the local high schools and community college calculus courses.
Finite Math,

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 4500 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.
Geometry,

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.
Prealgebra,

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,

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,

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.
SAT Math,

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 online practice tests, and/or 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.) Two of my recent students increased their scores by 110 points, after about 6 sessions. A current client recently score a 730 on the math section. 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.
Statistics,

Statistics

Although statistics is not a subject that I have a whole lot of experience tutoring, a current client received an "A" in an online introductory statistics course, with my assistance. I am very comfortable with the online and local community college statistics courses. I can certainly provide valuable assistance with elementary and introductory statistics courses, however I am probably not the best fit for the higher level statistics courses. Topics covered include descriptive measures for empirical data, elementary probability, conditional probability, theory of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression, mean, median, and mode; variation and standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals.
Trigonometry

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.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

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,

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
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor high school Calculus, and college Calculus 1. I am very comfortable with the local high schools and community college calculus courses.
Elementary (K-6th),

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.
Geometry,

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.
Prealgebra,

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,

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.
Statistics

Statistics

Although statistics is not a subject that I have a whole lot of experience tutoring, a current client received an "A" in an online introductory statistics course, with my assistance. I am very comfortable with the online and local community college statistics courses. I can certainly provide valuable assistance with elementary and introductory statistics courses, however I am probably not the best fit for the higher level statistics courses. Topics covered include descriptive measures for empirical data, elementary probability, conditional probability, theory of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression, mean, median, and mode; variation and standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals.

Summer

Algebra 1,

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,

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
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor high school Calculus, and college Calculus 1. I am very comfortable with the local high schools and community college calculus courses.
Elementary (K-6th),

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.
GED,

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,

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.
SAT Math,

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 online practice tests, and/or 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.) Two of my recent students increased their scores by 110 points, after about 6 sessions. A current client recently score a 730 on the math section. 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.
Statistics

Statistics

Although statistics is not a subject that I have a whole lot of experience tutoring, a current client received an "A" in an online introductory statistics course, with my assistance. I am very comfortable with the online and local community college statistics courses. I can certainly provide valuable assistance with elementary and introductory statistics courses, however I am probably not the best fit for the higher level statistics courses. Topics covered include descriptive measures for empirical data, elementary probability, conditional probability, theory of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression, mean, median, and mode; variation and standard deviation, margin of error, confidence intervals.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

One of my recent ACT students scored 32 on the Math portion of the exam. Another student raised their math score from 17 to 24 (a 41% increase). Please see my description for the SAT Math exam. Process is identical, except we would be working from online practice tests and/or ACT prep books. ACT does not penalize for guessing, so ALWAYS answer every question.
AFOQT,

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.
ASVAB,

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).
Common Core,

Common Core

Concepts covered include: Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base 10, Measurement and Data, Geometry, Number and Operations, Fractions, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, Functions
GED,

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.
GRE,

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,

ISEE

With numerous 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,

Praxis

The maximum score that can be attained of these tests, is 200. I passed the following PRAXIS Math tests on the first attempt, with the following scores: Mathematics Core Academic Skills for Educators (test #5732): -----> 200; PRAXIS Middle School Mathematics (test #5169): -----> 186; PRAXIS Mathematics Content Knowledge (test #5161): -----> 160; If you are having trouble with any of the PRAXIS math exams, I am the person you should be working with. I have a proven track record of success, and I am ready to share my success strategies with you. A recent client was able to pass the exam in about a months time, with only 6 one hour sessions with me.
PSAT,

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,

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 online practice tests, and/or 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.) Two of my recent students increased their scores by 110 points, after about 6 sessions. A current client recently score a 730 on the math section. 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

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.

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Knowledgeable and patient

My son started tutoring with Mr. James for Geometry in January 2018 . His grade at that time was 46% and he had no confidence in his abilities. James was very patient and knowledgeable. He taught my son skills that have helped his tremendously! His grade in Math is now 94% !!

Danielle, 10 lessons with James

Knowledgeable Tutor

Excellent tutor. He was very friendly and personable. I also found that he is very knowledgeable and was able to offer some shortcuts and tricks to maximize test time. He also provided resources to utilize in preparation for the test. Great Praxis tutor.

Alethia, 4 lessons with James

James is an excellent Geometry tutor

James immediately had my son engaged in the geometry lessons which he wasn’t doing well in. He provided my son with lots of practice materials and patiently went through them with him. I will continue working with James as long as he is available.

Marjorie, 4 lessons with James

Excellent Math Tutor

James is helping my son understand Trigonometry concepts. His is positive and encouraging with my son. Also, James seems to have an excellent understanding of teenage boys.

Paula , 8 lessons with James

Great!

Very grateful to James for giving our high school freshman the extra support he needed once a week to salvage a flagging grade in high honors math (accelerated Algebra 2). Would recommend to anyone. As a parent, I also really appreciated his clear communication and flexibility.

Robyn, 11 lessons with James

Very precise and to the point!

He’s very knowledgeable and doesn’t waste any time. Also, he’s helpful and makes sure you understand every step of the way. You’re awesome! I will be booking more sessions in the future.

Shanita, 4 lessons with James

On time, Knowledgeable and Patient

He taught the ISEE Math for my son -- 14-year-old boy. He is very nice and patient. This is our first online class by using Wyzant. He taught us step by step how to use Wyzant. He explained me very clearly how the class will go on. After the class, he gave a comment and recommended what my son and I have to follow up for the next class. And also he gave the handout of the first class for my son which my son told me that is really helpful. It is really a good start.

Cathy, 1 lesson with James

Passionate about children's education

After just one session, my son is more confident and is excited about learning more from James. Before meeting James, he felt he would fail. We have already booked extra sessions.

Tianna, 3 lessons with James

GREAT SSAT Tutor

James is a great SSAT tutor. He patiently explains concepts to me and helps me work through problems. We have covered a lot of concepts over the past 45 days and I feel much more confident in my math skills as a result of the work I have done with James. He has also gone out of his way to find additional material for me to study on specific concepts that we have gone over - every lesson he sends along helpful links to material that is available on the web. James has also helped me with my regular school math and my test scores have meaningfully improved since I started working with James. He is very flexible in scheduling and has always found time to help me whenever I have needed it. I cannot be more thankful for having has the opportunity to work with James.

Warren, 27 lessons with James

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