Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Chemical Engineering)
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Master's)
I instill a deep level of understanding of the material that will not only prepare the student for tests, but also be able to apply these concepts to real world problems and build upon this knowledge in future classes. I encourage multiple ways of solving problems and never judge the student for not understanding quickly enough. I blend in critical thinking skills and estimations. I often estimate seemingly difficult calculations and show how I got there, which causes students to stop relying on their calculator. I concentrate on improving the student's mental flexibility about how to apply the rules to the system. Once understood, you can apply this skill to most math and science problems. Above all else, I seek to encourage an understanding and appreciation for the material, so that humanity can better solve its problems, sometimes with puns and jokes.
I prefer to talk about physics, chemistry, and calculus as they are thoroughly interrelated; however, I often must strengthen the student's algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or precalculus in order to get the most out of physics or chemistry. I currently offer services in Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. I am more of an academic coach than a tutor. I am always available by phone or email for any questions. I will rarely just give the answer; I prefer to walk you toward the solution and assist you past your weak points. I am excellent at finding the piece of information or logic that allows everything to flow for you. I customize each lesson for the way you think. I relate the material to things you already understand and show how it is interconnected. I often make up examples using your hobbies and interests and can even show you how certain equations affected history or art. I try to be as efficient as possible with our time by taking personal notes and reflecting on what did or didn't work. After an adequate level of understanding is achieved, I focus on nuances in the material for speed on tests and implications to our daily lives that flow from taking the concepts to their natural conclusions. I enjoy seeing that moment when something the student was struggling with becomes easy. If you ever think you do not understand the material much better after one of our meetings, there is no charge.
I passed the rigorous 8 hour long Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) which tested every math and science topic I offer and some. I have volunteered at St. Joseph-St. Thomas in Staten Island and Gonzaga School in Manhattan helping students in math and science. I started tutoring Calculus, Physics Latin, and Chemistry in 2002. I am a chemical engineer who earned his master’s from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. I also graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan. I have successfully tutored many students from schools such as NYU, Columbia, Pace, Stuyvesant, SI Tech, Brooklyn Tech, Xavier, Xaverian, LaGuardia, Murrow, Brooklyn Tech, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph Hill and many other private and public schools in physics, calculus, SAT math, chemistry, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and Latin. I can show you the simplicity in what you formerly considered was madness like I have for so many. I instill a deep level of understanding of the material that will not only prepare the student for tests, but also be able to apply these concepts to real world problems and build upon this knowledge in future classes. I encourage multiple ways of solving problems and never judge the student for not understanding quickly enough. I blend in
75%/hr for 2-student sessions 65%/hr for 3-student sessions 24 hour notice for cancellation or 1 hr charge
John is an excellent tutor! He has thoroughly prepared my son for his high school entrance exams.
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John is very punctual and has tremendous amount of patience. He zeros in on your weaknesses and strengthens them, leading to a very strong understanding of the material. This approach has earned me an A in college level Chem 1& 2 and calculus rather easily!.. I have found my confidence in these courses increased tremendously as a result of his professional expert guidance. I'm motivated more than ever to graduate with a very high GPA and eventual acceptance into Physical Therapy with John in my corner!...Highly recommend for science and math majors!
John walks in the door and starts talking Chemistry. His teaching is dynamic and interactive. After struggling through an honors chem class for half of the year, I engaged John to tutor my son. The class was geared towards taking the SAT 2 Chem exam and my son had been scoring well below class average on many of the exams. Long story short, with John's help he ended up scoring 770/800 on the Chem SAT 2. John was pleasant, optimistic, upbeat, and a pleasure to deal with and the proof is in the results.
I had John as a tutor for Calculus 1 and 2 at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Both classes are very difficult and prior to having him as a tutor I was in no place to pass the class at all. I passed both classes thanks to his help despite having possibly the worst Calc 1 professor on the planet. John never had issues with scheduling and always got back to any questions I had, even when not Calc related (I also take Physics and occasionally had a question or 2, which he had no problems helping me with). I highly recommend!
My son had some challenges with his Physics. John has been a tremendous help in tutoring my son with his Physics class. He scored very well in his final exam. With John’s help, Physics became one of my son’s favorite classes. Thank you very much, John!!
We hired John to prepare our son for the NYS Chemistry Regents because he had a history of scoring below expectations on standardized tests. John clarified Chemistry beyond simple understanding of typical daily objectives, and general syllabus. He taught numerous concepts, critical thinking, and the, “how-tos" of analytical thinking; far exceeding the classroom teacher’s criterion. Furthermore, John enriched my son’s sophomore year beyond books, study guides, and worksheets. Specifically, he designed individualized instructional plans that surpassed state standards, engaging my son in the learning process with great success, and tremendous confidence.
John meticulously addressed the relative topics highlighted in Chemistry standards, and regent’s exams. He typically prepared detailed, and carefully outlined study guides. John encourages building from his student’s mastery of key concepts, (i.e. point of reference) instilling confidence with simple, yet thorough, explanations and examples of new, more complex material. As well, John’s lessons are comprehensive, encompassing a wide range of subjects. He ensures his student’s understand mathematical concepts in correlation with scientific themes, while simultaneously building a foundation for future lessons. John clearly knows his subject matter, explaining even the most elusive material in a logical, concise manner.
John engages parents with detailed feedback, evaluating the student’s mastery of concepts and/or prescription for review. In follow-up lessons, he spends extra time reassessing difficult topics with patience, and positive reinforcement. John is truly a phenomenal mentor and “academic coach." SO, How did my son do on the regents? He passed the Chemistry Regents with flying colors, scoring in close proximity to the top students in the school. We are thrilled to have John as a valuable resource for my son, and look forward to continuing this wonderful relationship in the upcoming school term.
It has been a pleasure to be tutored by John. I am a pre-pharmacy student at Long Island Univeristy. He has helped me do well in both chemistry and calculus. He is very reliable and very patient. He is always willing to help at whatever time of the day! I couldn't ask for a better tutor !
After my son started with John his grades went up and with grades confidence level went up. Great tutor. Thanks John!
John is a well prepared patient tutor who easily connected with our daughter. He is well prepared and thorough with his lessons. His strategies are well thought out making it easy for her to get the concept. She is a far superior teacher to her professor at her college. She is actually staring to enjoy chemistry because of his intervention. His very positive and supportive attitude is very encouraging to her. John's tutoring just keeps getting better. She is almost over in the course and he has helped her tremendously with both her grade and her confidence. John is an outstanding educator.
He is now working with our younger daughter in geometry. Very accessible to both our daughters. Just great!
John knows his subject in chemistry well. For me Chemistry is not easy and I was boarding on the line of failing and having to take the course over again. John is teaching me chemistry in a fashion that I can understand and apply. He is an excellent tutor and he addresses the issue exactly in a friendly personality so I am always comfortable asking questions. John doesn't feel bad if I don't get the material quickly, he always succeeds in finding a way for me to understand. His patience and listening skills help me the most when I have a hard time with problem and he address that issue exactly. John doesn't just tell you, he shows you and teaches you in a way that you have the tools to do it yourself. John has gone beyond his tutoring duties by following up to see how I am doing and I am gaining confidence that I can do this on my own. My test is today and for the first time I have confidence I will do well. I Highly recommend him to anyone suffering in chemistry.
He is very competent, knowledgeable, and clear in his explanations. He also expands beyond the curriculum and teaches useful techniques/information not mentioned the course provided by the school.
Before I begin here is a excerpt of what it means to really go over the materials:
"We went over problems that mostly dealt with the Carnot cycle and the second law (q = Tds). Energy entering the system is positive; energy leaving the system is negative (for both q and w). We went over an efficiency problem where work, q at the hot isotherm, and q at the cold isotherm are found. We went over calculating the change in enthalpy, internal energy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. We calculated the change in entropy through a phase change and noted the similarities and differences between a liquid warming a solid through a phase change (q)"
John knows his material and will provide an excellent guidelines to solving the problems. What is important to me and I'm sure other students are tutors who not only show the solutions to problems, but that also teach you in your level and speed and give you a chance to understand visually what is happening in the problem. And John succeeded in delivering all that. Every problem that we do, he helps me figure out the solution on my own so I can do other problems and succeed on tests. I only wish John would be our professor in my class because I would definitely succeed.
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Calculus is the math that Newton invented when he realized he needed stronger tools to solve Physics problems. I like how Calculus uses rather simple concepts to solve problems that would be nearly impossible using more classical techniques. After Calculus, I went on to study Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations, two disciplines that build on Calculus and are extremely helpful to many professions, especially engineers. Over the years, I have helped many confused students realize that Calculus is much simpler than most of the math that they have seen before.
Chemical Engineers require a strong background in chemistry mostly to make sure that what you are doing won't explode. In my quest for my Masters in Chemical Engineering, I studied physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and took several labs applying those lessons. At first, chemistry can be really tough because it seems like there is always an exception to the rule, but once you begin to think like an atom, things get less electron cloudy. I can help you forgive your grievances with chemistry and let your pi-bonds be pi-bonds.
I have prepared students for the TACHS, SHSAT,COOP,and HSPT and scored in the 99th percentile in the COOP and HSPT myself. Using my background in Latin, I help students break vocabulary words into their bases. Math is usually the most difficult area, so I spend the most time here and stress estimations and proportions. Students usually see how verbal proportions are analogies. I focus on the common ideas in Grammar and Reading Comprehension and use paper cutouts to elucidate the tricky "Abilities" section of the TACHS. I use expected value and other mathematical techniques to teach optimal strategies for test taking.
At first, physics didn't make any sense to me either. Before this, most of school is memorization and regurgitation, but physics is more of a way of thinking. After patiently working at it, something clicked and it transformed the way I look at the world. This valuable method of thinking is applicable across many disciplines. Chemical Engineering is the study of applying many of the same phenomena in kinematic physics to liquids and gases instead of solid blocks.
I scored exceptionally high on the SAT Math section in high school and have helped several struggling students improve their score drastically. I have seen every type of question asked backwards and forwards, perfecting a method to identify and most optimally solve each type of problem. This is more of a method of thinking consistent with many science classes. If the student’s algebraic, geometrical, or logical foundation is not up to par, I can help build the student’s mathematical toolbox. I learned the value of an excellent tutor firsthand for SAT Math. She was able to offer keen insights and tricks to solve problems on the test where time is so valuable. I will sometimes use a timer for a problem to get the student used to thinking quickly and clearly for the test. My sessions can be rigorous and intense but very rewarding.