James W.

Saint Louis, MO


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About James

I am a graduate of SUNY University at Albany. I received my Bachelor of Science in Economics and Japanese with a minor in History in 2010. Since then (and even before as a sub) I have predominantly been teaching in the New York City public education system. I had worked as a substitute teaching assistant since 2008, moving between dozens of NYC public schools before finally settling in late 2011 at an incredibly diverse middle school in Queens. During my tenure in the school system I have spent time teaching students from Pre-K to 12th grade, from all cultural background and socioeconomic statuses. Regardless of whom I have taught, I have always enjoyed it, partly because I often learn as much from my students as they learn from me. Regardless of the subject, I love teaching, and I find it to be one of the most rewarding and meaningful activities, which cliched as it may sound, really can make a difference in people's lives.

Besides teaching, I am also keenly interested in the human body, specifically biomechanics, kinesiology, and rehabilitation through movement. I am currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis, which I should finish in 2018. I started tutoring in 2012, when I went back to school (Queens College) in order to take all the necessary pre-med courses for my DPT program. My first tutoring experience was with struggling peers in Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. I dove into test-prep tutoring following my own experience preparing for the GRE, hoping to pass on some of the hard-won skills and knowledge. Currently, I tutor a wide-array of subjects, though in particular I love teaching standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, as well as the sciences and math. Besides my interest in these areas, there is a particular joy watching a student hit their score mark in a test and seeing their hard work pay off. And when I hear back several months later about my students getting into their top choice for college, it always makes my day. When I'm not teaching or studying, I compulsively read, learn languages (currently working on Mandarin), practice gymnastics, and obsess over food.

I've taught ACT English for several years and I'm an avid editor. I scored a perfect 36 in my ACT English.
I am a graduate of SUNY University at Albany. I received my Bachelor of Science in Economics and Japanese with a minor in Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63109
ACT Math
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have several years of experience teaching ACT English. In the past, I've had many success stories, including one score increase of 6 points. I personally have scored a perfect 36 on the ACT English and I am intimately familiar with content and strategy.

ACT Math

I've had years of experience tutoring ACT Math, with consistent success in improving scores. I have personally scored a 33 in ACT Math, which is the 99th percentile. Generally speaking I have a strong math background, including a degree in Economics.

ACT Reading

For ACT Reading I am very familiar with content as well as strategy. I have had great success with increasing scores in the past (as many as 5 points), both at the higher and lower levels. On my official test I scored a 32, though I have consistently higher on practice tests.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 20 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63109.