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James F.

Math, Science, Test Prep, Humanities tutor. M.Div.

Math, Science, Test Prep, Humanities tutor. M.Div.

$60/hour

  • 1,446 hours tutoring

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I can teach General Relativity to an English major, and I can help physics students write essays for law school (I’ve done both). I specialize in taking hard concepts and making them relatable to anyone. Every person has a unique way of peering into the world and seeing wonder. Whatever subject you're studying, I discover how you learn, and then I translate that subject in words and language that makes sense to you. Together we build confidence one problem and one sentence at a time.

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I can teach General Relativity to an English major, and I can help physics students write essays for law school (I’ve done both). I specialize in taking hard concepts and making them relatable to anyone. Every person has a unique way of peering into the world and seeing wonder. Whatever subject you're studying, I discover how you learn, and then I translate that subject in words and language that makes sense to you. Together we build confidence one problem and one sentence at a time.

I have been working with students as a teacher and tutor for nearly 12 years. Following the recession of 2008, I began teaching high school physics and math at a classical school in Washington D.C.. Later when I returned to grad school and moved to Los Angeles, I switched to tutoring evenings and nights so I could learn during the day.

You can see many of the topics I teach below, but I specialize in working with students in math, science, humanities, and SAT/ACT test prep. If you need help with any middle and high school (except foreign language) subjects or with college intro classes in math, physics, chemistry, or statistics, I can help you reach your goals. I have worked with students from public and private high schools, community colleges like Pasadena City College and Wake Tech, or at universities such as USC, UCLA, UNC, Duke, and NC State. My high school students have gone on to Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan, Washington, Boston College, Virginia, UNC, Duke, Princeton, Cal-Poly, Clemson, Davidson, Loyola, Georgetown, George Washington, UNCW, and many more schools in the US and around the world.

I moved back to the Raleigh area after 7 years in California. Instead of flying, I took a two-week road trip across the country, traveling through Nevada, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I am also a photographer, and seeing these great American landscapes was a dream come true.

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Education

North Carolina State University
BS Economics, BA Anthropology
Fuller theological seminary Master/divinity
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: Group Rates: 2-3 students: 50/hour. 3-5 students, 40/hour 5+: negotiable.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/24/2017

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Statistics

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I've studied multiple languages, linguistics, and I have a Master's degree in Theology. But I am equally gifted in math and science, and I bring a rigorous statistical approach to studying for the verbal sections on the ACT and SAT. My students learn the skills that lead to quick improvement in test scores and confidence in reading and writing.
SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 1 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 1 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 2 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 2 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus can seem so intimidating, many students avoid the subject, never even trying to take their first derivative. But fear not! Calculus is actually one of the most interesting maths you can study. I specialize in making calculus what it should be: a fun and fascinating topic that can open up the world around you. Let's work together and you'll not only get better grades, you may find yourself seeing math as fun for the first time!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've tutored Chemistry students of all abilities for over ten years! The key in chemistry is pairing two skills: memorization and basic algebra. It looks scary because of all the weird symbols and new terms, but if you learn the language of chemistry, most of the problems are fairly simple. I work hard to help you bring together the concepts, the language, and the math to ensure your success!
Physics,

Physics

Physics is the language of the universe! But that language can often seem weird, out of place with what we experience in everyday life. I have been spent years as a physics teacher and tutor translating the language of physics into something anyone can understand. Let's work together, and make physics what it was meant to be: a window into the amazing wonder all around us!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I love Math! It’s the language of the universe, and math proficiency develops cognitive skills that can be used in fields that never touch an algebra equation. Unfortunately, many math devotees tend to be less proficient at social relationships and human communication. But even though I love and excel at math, my true gifts are as a communicator and a teacher. I can work with you to find those missing pieces in your math history that are holding you back in class. Send me a message and let's get started making that math class a little bit easier, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more fun.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I’ve been tutoring students from all over the United States in SAT/ACT prep for over ten years. I was trained by an award-winning tutoring and test prep company in suburban Los Angeles. Students often spend thousands of dollars on tutoring mills that blast information indiscriminately to large classes of desperate high schoolers. I have developed a more targeted approach that identifies the key areas students need to see a rapid increase in their scores. I have had students go from a 29 to a36 on the ACT, from a 1150 to a 1520 on the SAT, and my students have gone on to schools like Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Virginia, UNC, Duke, Michigan, and many many more. Let’s work together to see your student admission letters go from a dream to reality!
Geometry, Prealgebra, Statistics

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I've been an ACT Math tutor for over ten years. When I work with a student, I do a comprehensive assessment of a students abilities and then design a program customized to their individual needs. Over time, your student will gain confidence in their own abilities and be ready for whatever the test can throw at them. Let's work together to build a better future!
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 1 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 1 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 2 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 2 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus can seem so intimidating, many students avoid the subject, never even trying to take their first derivative. But fear not! Calculus is actually one of the most interesting maths you can study. I specialize in making calculus what it should be: a fun and fascinating topic that can open up the world around you. Let's work together and you'll not only get better grades, you may find yourself seeing math as fun for the first time!
Physics,

Physics

Physics is the language of the universe! But that language can often seem weird, out of place with what we experience in everyday life. I have been spent years as a physics teacher and tutor translating the language of physics into something anyone can understand. Let's work together, and make physics what it was meant to be: a window into the amazing wonder all around us!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I love Math! It’s the language of the universe, and math proficiency develops cognitive skills that can be used in fields that never touch an algebra equation. Unfortunately, many math devotees tend to be less proficient at social relationships and human communication. But even though I love and excel at math, my true gifts are as a communicator and a teacher. I can work with you to find those missing pieces in your math history that are holding you back in class. Send me a message and let's get started making that math class a little bit easier, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more fun.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I’ve been tutoring students from all over the United States in SAT/ACT prep for over ten years. I was trained by an award-winning tutoring and test prep company in suburban Los Angeles. Students often spend thousands of dollars on tutoring mills that blast information indiscriminately to large classes of desperate high schoolers. I have developed a more targeted approach that identifies the key areas students need to see a rapid increase in their scores. I have had students go from a 29 to a36 on the ACT, from a 1150 to a 1520 on the SAT, and my students have gone on to schools like Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Virginia, UNC, Duke, Michigan, and many many more. Let’s work together to see your student admission letters go from a dream to reality!
Geometry, Prealgebra, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 1 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 1 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 2 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 2 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus can seem so intimidating, many students avoid the subject, never even trying to take their first derivative. But fear not! Calculus is actually one of the most interesting maths you can study. I specialize in making calculus what it should be: a fun and fascinating topic that can open up the world around you. Let's work together and you'll not only get better grades, you may find yourself seeing math as fun for the first time!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've tutored Chemistry students of all abilities for over ten years! The key in chemistry is pairing two skills: memorization and basic algebra. It looks scary because of all the weird symbols and new terms, but if you learn the language of chemistry, most of the problems are fairly simple. I work hard to help you bring together the concepts, the language, and the math to ensure your success!
Physics,

Physics

Physics is the language of the universe! But that language can often seem weird, out of place with what we experience in everyday life. I have been spent years as a physics teacher and tutor translating the language of physics into something anyone can understand. Let's work together, and make physics what it was meant to be: a window into the amazing wonder all around us!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I love Math! It’s the language of the universe, and math proficiency develops cognitive skills that can be used in fields that never touch an algebra equation. Unfortunately, many math devotees tend to be less proficient at social relationships and human communication. But even though I love and excel at math, my true gifts are as a communicator and a teacher. I can work with you to find those missing pieces in your math history that are holding you back in class. Send me a message and let's get started making that math class a little bit easier, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more fun.
Geometry, Prealgebra, Statistics

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've tutored Chemistry students of all abilities for over ten years! The key in chemistry is pairing two skills: memorization and basic algebra. It looks scary because of all the weird symbols and new terms, but if you learn the language of chemistry, most of the problems are fairly simple. I work hard to help you bring together the concepts, the language, and the math to ensure your success!
Physics

Physics

Physics is the language of the universe! But that language can often seem weird, out of place with what we experience in everyday life. I have been spent years as a physics teacher and tutor translating the language of physics into something anyone can understand. Let's work together, and make physics what it was meant to be: a window into the amazing wonder all around us!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 1 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 1 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have over ten years of experience teaching algebra 2 in the classroom and one-on-one. Algebra 2 was hard for me when I was first learning in middle school, so I know what it's like to see a variable and freeze. Over the years I've worked hard to take the abstract in algebra and make it concrete. Let's work together!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus can seem so intimidating, many students avoid the subject, never even trying to take their first derivative. But fear not! Calculus is actually one of the most interesting maths you can study. I specialize in making calculus what it should be: a fun and fascinating topic that can open up the world around you. Let's work together and you'll not only get better grades, you may find yourself seeing math as fun for the first time!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I've tutored Chemistry students of all abilities for over ten years! The key in chemistry is pairing two skills: memorization and basic algebra. It looks scary because of all the weird symbols and new terms, but if you learn the language of chemistry, most of the problems are fairly simple. I work hard to help you bring together the concepts, the language, and the math to ensure your success!
Physics,

Physics

Physics is the language of the universe! But that language can often seem weird, out of place with what we experience in everyday life. I have been spent years as a physics teacher and tutor translating the language of physics into something anyone can understand. Let's work together, and make physics what it was meant to be: a window into the amazing wonder all around us!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I’ve been tutoring students from all over the United States in SAT/ACT prep for over ten years. I was trained by an award-winning tutoring and test prep company in suburban Los Angeles. Students often spend thousands of dollars on tutoring mills that blast information indiscriminately to large classes of desperate high schoolers. I have developed a more targeted approach that identifies the key areas students need to see a rapid increase in their scores. I have had students go from a 29 to a36 on the ACT, from a 1150 to a 1520 on the SAT, and my students have gone on to schools like Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Virginia, UNC, Duke, Michigan, and many many more. Let’s work together to see your student admission letters go from a dream to reality!
Geometry, Statistics

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I've studied multiple languages, linguistics, and I have a Master's degree in Theology. But I am equally gifted in math and science, and I bring a rigorous statistical approach to studying for the verbal sections on the ACT and SAT. My students learn the skills that lead to quick improvement in test scores and confidence in reading and writing.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I've been an ACT Math tutor for over ten years. When I work with a student, I do a comprehensive assessment of a students abilities and then design a program customized to their individual needs. Over time, your student will gain confidence in their own abilities and be ready for whatever the test can throw at them. Let's work together to build a better future!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I’ve been tutoring students from all over the United States in SAT/ACT prep for over ten years. I was trained by an award-winning tutoring and test prep company in suburban Los Angeles. Students often spend thousands of dollars on tutoring mills that blast information indiscriminately to large classes of desperate high schoolers. I have developed a more targeted approach that identifies the key areas students need to see a rapid increase in their scores. I have had students go from a 29 to a36 on the ACT, from a 1150 to a 1520 on the SAT, and my students have gone on to schools like Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Virginia, UNC, Duke, Michigan, and many many more. Let’s work together to see your student admission letters go from a dream to reality!
SAT Writing

Examples of Expertise


James has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Knowledgeable and encouraging tutor

James is a great SAT tutor. We worked on math, and he is really patient in helping guide you to the right answers. Also great at teaching more broad test-taking strategies. Thank you James!

Ivan, 4 lessons with James

Differential Equations

I sent the topic I wanted to review ahead of time. He was able to work them out ahead then broke them down for me step by step. Now I'm confident in my ability to solve annihilators.

Kendra, 4 lessons with James

Calculus 3 tutor

The session was very helpful. I have an exam in 2 days. I had a hard time understanding the topic my professor was teaching but James broke them down step by step and explain the application. Now I feel confident in my ability to do the exam.

Kendra, 4 lessons with James

Great first experience

James helped my son through some Algebra 1 homework last night. After the session, my son indicated that it helped tremendously. We are grateful and will be booking add'l sessions.

Sara, 1 lesson with James

Lifesaver

Josh has been lost in this class and I think he has set up a subconscious wall to the information and the ability to even absorb anything in class. James has given us hope that he will be able to catch up and grasp this material! Thank you!

Josh, 28 lessons with James

Great 1st session--look forward to more...

James has a tutoring session with high school daughter. She felt that the first session was valuable and we will schedule more. She wants to bring up her grades in AP Chem and get ready for the exam.

Beverly, 20 lessons with James

Great tutor

James was able to assess my son's skill level quickly in order to begin to get him back on track. He's patient, adaptable to the student and is very patient with his explanations,

Veronica, 37 lessons with James

Very patient and adapts each session/topics covered to best fit your learning style!!

James explains concepts in a very easy to follow manner. James is both patient and makes sure to adapt each tutoring session/topics covered to best fit your learning style! He is also very flexible on the meeting locations to best fit your schedule.

Olivia, 2 lessons with James

I can't wait for the next lesson

I took one lesson with him and he helped me understand something that I couldn't grasp for a whole year. Now I can solve functions with much more ease. I am sure I'll do better this year with his help.

Yamina, 29 lessons with James

Very knowledgeable and patient.

James was very effective and kind and I really liked working with him. He knew his subject matter; asked for materials in advance of the session; and helped me work through things I didn't understand.

Valeria, 1 lesson with James
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