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John K.

Saint Paul, MN

$45/hour

Personal Tutor for Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry

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300+ Hours
5.0 average from 182 ratings
Knowledgeable and clear
— Jennifer, Saint Paul, MN on 7/26/15

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BS in Chemistry
Steven's Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Master's
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
PhD

Education

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (BS in Chemistry)

Steven's Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (Master's)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (PhD)

About John

I love to learn, and I love to teach. I find each day exciting because there's something new I will learn! My teaching approach is not memorization, but rather to learn the basic principles of the subject at hand; once the basics are understood, solving specific problems becomes easier. I have over twelve years of tutoring experience, having taught in the Army, and also to students privately. In a friendly interview, I use my experience to find a student's strengths as well as determine in what areas the student may need to improve. That way I can create a tutoring plan, and concentrate my efforts, to be more efficient in helping the student overcome difficulties. I work best as a one-on-one tutor, but can teach groups when necessary.

I have spent over 35 years as a Research Scientist in Industry; I have won many awards, and have many patents describing inventions of new compositions of matter, and their applications to better mankind. I have three degrees (BS, MS, and PhD) from three different schools. While more difficult, I purposely sought my degrees from different schools in order to be exposed to different philosophies, and different approaches to education. Along the way, I learned a lot. I am married, and have children of my own; they have gone through many of the difficulties that today's students are facing. Helping today's students is like helping my own children all over again.
I love to learn, and I love to teach. I find each day exciting because there's something new I will learn! My teaching approach is not memorization, but rather to learn the basic principles of the subject at hand; once the basics are understood, solving specific problems becomes easier. I have over twelve years of tutoring experience, having Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Elementary subjects (1 thru 8) $25/hr; High School students (9-12) $35/hr; AP Chem and College level Chem $45/hr.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55125
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and clear"

- Jennifer, Saint Paul, MN on 7/26/15

"knowledgeable and patient"

- Houa, Saint Paul, MN on 6/15/17

"Knowledgeable, Helpful, and Flexible"

- Keith, Saint Paul Park, MN on 4/18/17

"Timely and Thorough Writing Help"

- Marilyn, Saint Paul, MN on 3/27/17

"Patience!"

- Cole, Newport, MN on 4/15/16

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Susan, Saint Paul, MN on 10/21/15

"Fun and easy to understand"

- Mo, Saint Paul, MN on 10/19/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Jill, Stillwater, MN on 10/7/15

"My daughter is thrilled"

- Maria, Hudson, WI on 10/2/15

"Love him"

- Sheri, Boca Raton, FL on 3/23/15

"Amazing tutor! No complaints."

- Abigail, Pompano Beach, FL on 3/19/15
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Handwriting, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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

Algebra 1

I have used Algebra in my daily life almost everyday since I first learned about it in College. I have tutored the subject to struggling students with success, and have passed the exam provided by WyzAnt and was thereby approved. I feel comfortable tutoring Algebra I, and look forward to helping new students. I hope to take the Algebra II exam in the near future.

Chemistry

Chemistry runs through my blood. I have studied chemistry most of my life, first as a student in grade school and then high school, then majoring in chemistry in college (BS in chemistry); I studied at another school for a masters Degree in organic chemistry with a thesis and a publication in a science journal; finally, after a high school teaching stint in the Army, I studied and researched at a third school (Purdue University) to earn a PhD in organic chemistry with thesis. I have tutored chemistry in the past with success, and look forward to tutoring chemistry through WyzAnt.

Elementary Math

I have taken the WyzAnt proficiency exam, and I am qualified to tutor Elementary Math, Reading, Writing, spelling, and Vocabulary subjects. I also tutor in science subjects at all levels.

Elementary Science

I have studied and loved science from elementary school on through college (BS degree in Chemistry), continuing on through graduate school (Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry), and then finally leading to a PhD in Chemistry. You would think that would satisfy anyone's apatite for science, but not for me. To this day I still have a love affair with Science, and have worked in the chemical industry as a Research Scientist for over 35 years.
I have experience tutoring students in elementary science, and enjoy doing it.

English

I have taught English as a second language for over ten years. I teach with the focus on speaking, but can vary emphasis to writing or reading. Knowing a little about a lot of other languages helps me formulate steps in a logical framework for the student to take. Being born and raised in the US, I can serve as an English-speaking model for the student.

Grammar

It is amazing how much improper grammar we are exposed to every day through newspapers, magazines, TV, and advertisements; no wonder our young students of English have a declining knowledge of proper English grammar. I have taught high school grammar (in the US Army), and as a private tutor for the past ten years. Having studied other languages myself (German and Polish), and having tutored English as a second language, I am always cognizant of case and tense in English. I have passed the WyzAnt proficiency exam for grammar, and know that I can continue with confidence to tutor English grammar to new students.

Organic Chemistry

I have studied chemistry, all sorts of chemistry, to earn BS, MS and PhD degrees. I have been a practicing research Chemist in Industry for over 40 years, working for Thomas J. Lipton Corp, J& J Corp., and at 3M Co. I have written theses on the subject and have been awarded over 20 US Patents in the field. I have published, invented, and developed products using organic chemistry.

Physical Science

I have experience tutoring this subject at an elementary level, and also taught this subject in the Army at a high school level. I have studied as a student in college physical chemistry and physics, and I'm familiar with the subject matter. It is easy for me to tutor the subject on an elementary high school, and college level.

Prealgebra

I have demonstrated pre-algebra expertise, and would like to share it with you.

Reading

While in college, I read to a blind student. We had several classes in common, and because at that time Braille books in the subjects were not available, the GI Bill paid for readers for disabled veterans. Not only did I read certain passages to the blind student over and over again (until he got it), I also learned those subjects so well myself that I aced those courses! I have had several years of experience as a reader to students, not all of them blind.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary building is part of teaching English as a second language, and I have taught English for more than ten years. I've learned the importance of word roots as a student of Latin, and have applied roots to help students understand new words. I have developed an ever-increasing vocabulary throughout my studies in college and postgraduate work; writing a thesis for both my Master's degree and for my Doctorate degree, as well as many reports written during my 35-year career as a research scientist in industry has strengthened and nurtured my use of appropriate vocabulary, and I feel confident in helping others learn their vocabularies.

Writing

A liberal education mixed with the study of science requires writing. Like most others, I learned about writing from the ground up, and applied my writing to reports, papers, poetry, and updates. Scientific writing is often presented in the third person, while literary writing can be from the writer's feelings and thoughts. After many years in school, and many years as a professional in a multinational corporation, I have studied and applied different styles of writing, and look forward to teaching today's students how to write correctly.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BS in Chemistry
Steven's Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Master's
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
PhD

Education

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (BS in Chemistry)

Steven's Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (Master's)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (PhD)

Knowledgeable and clear

We've covered all the important formulas and learned how to use them and did a lot of example problems so I understood the topic really well. He's also patient. If I don't get the wording to an explanation in the book, he alters the words until I get it and explains it deeply. He's a great tutor!

— Jennifer, Saint Paul, MN on 7/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Elementary subjects (1 thru 8) $25/hr; High School students (9-12) $35/hr; AP Chem and College level Chem $45/hr.

Travel policy

John will travel within 10 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55125.