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James C.

Ph.D. tutor for SPSS/Statistics, Programming, Psychology, Neuroscience

Ph.D. tutor for SPSS/Statistics, Programming, Psychology, Neuroscience

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  • 136 hours tutoring

  • Buffalo, NY 14213

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About James


Bio

I have a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, two M.A.'s in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. I have been teaching college courses since 1995, and I am prepared to tutor Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Biology, Psychology, SPSS, Statistics, MSOffice, PHP, MySQL, C++, and HTML, among other topics. I like to focus on concepts and the tricks (mnemonics) that improve memory. Almost all of the courses I teach are based in psychology, and my favorites a...

I have a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, two M.A.'s in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. I have been teaching college courses since 1995, and I am prepared to tutor Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Biology, Psychology, SPSS, Statistics, MSOffice, PHP, MySQL, C++, and HTML, among other topics. I like to focus on concepts and the tricks (mnemonics) that improve memory.

Almost all of the courses I teach are based in psychology, and my favorites are General Psychology (26), Biopsychology (8), Development (12), Research Methods (4), Statistics (2), and Sensation & Perception (1). I have taught 13 different courses at 13 different colleges in Western New York and Pennsylvania, for a total of 55 sections.

In addition to those "academic" topics, I am proficient in computers and programming. Since 1993 I have coded desktop utilities in batch, pc-assembler, C++, and Visual Basic. Since 1999 I have coded websites using HTML, PHP, MySQL, Perl, JavaScript, CSS, and XML. I have at least eight websites to my credit. I also spent the F13-S15 semesters helping my fellow students with their programming projects (C++, VB, HTML, JavaScript, CSS).

I also am an excellent scientific/technical writer, as I have written several software user manuals, two journal publications, several product brochures, and three college textbook chapters in biology and anatomy & physiology. I can, then, help with better speaking and writing.

I very much enjoy watching people learn, as I believe more education makes people more in charge of their lives. I maintain high standards, but my goals in teaching students include being available to them, and making my messages clear and understandable. Also, one of my main goals is to help my students pass. I prefer to offer frequent feedback so students can always know where they stand; questions are always welcomed. I am not perfect, though, so I appreciate feedback that helps me learn and get better.

My apartment is a nice place to study, but I can travel elsewhere for private and group lessons. For example, I like working at Buffalo State College, which is about four blocks away.

I encourage you to contact me, and let me help you succeed. Good grades are important, but knowing more about our world is especially rewarding.


Education

SUNY College at Buffalo
Computer Information Systems
Indiana University, Bloomington
Masters
SUNY University at Buffalo
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Buffalo, NY 14213
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/29/2014

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have many skills in Excel. I use workbooks to track my banking, electric use (with graphs), and portfolios (which grab data across worksheets and from other workbooks). I also use a macro to automatically grab my stock data from Yahoo! Finance.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am an excellent technical/scientific writer and speaker. Given my 18 years teaching college Psych. courses, I have learned to adjust my speaking to all levels of the group. I know to keep my eyes on the audience--all members--and I know to ask questions now and then. Also, I know how to be active on the stage, and how to manage my presentation (i.e., not walk away from the mic on the lectern, and not use slides that are too complex and have thin lines on graphs). I also know to define any "high-end" terms I may use, so as not to lose my audience.
Microsoft Word

Computer

C++,

C++

In the fall 2013 semester at Buffalo State College, I audited a C++ course entitled CIS361 - Fundamental Concepts of Object Oriented Programming, completed 11 programming projects, and earned an A-. Professor was impressed with me, in part because I spent a lot of time helping fellow students, so in spring 2014 I enrolled full time. For the next three semesters I spent countless hours in the computer lab working on my own homework, but also helping other students with their C++, VB, etc. projects. I graduated.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I program in 13 languages (PHP, MySQL, HTML, Perl, JavaScript, CSS, XML, PC-assembler, batch, VB, R, Python, and C++). I have several desktop utilities and several websites to my credit, some of which include self-built shopping carts and another that I have licensed to several universities. I can send you my web portfolio if you would like. Since fall 2013 I have been tutoring students--on campus and off--in C++, Perl, and VB.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

Well, not only do I build my own PC's (since 1992), but I also manage secure home networks. I have managed Linux and Windows servers and workstations, and I am very comfortable in a Linux/Unix/Windows/DOS command-line environment (plus GUI). I also program in 13 languages (including PHP, MySQL, HTML, Perl, etc.), with several websites to my credit. Regarding my friends, associates, and former classmates, I am considered a relative expert. In May, 2015, I got a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.
DOS,

DOS

I have been working with DOS or Windows command line since 1986. I program in batch for my nightly back-ups and management of files on a monthly basis. Does anybody really use DOS anymore? If they do, or if they like Windows command line, I can help them.
General Computer,

General Computer

I have been using computers since 1987, using the internet since 1988, and browsing the web since 1994. I build my own PCs, and I install and maintain wired and wireless networks. I'm such a geek that I also partition my hard drives--I have three physical drives in my main computer with drives C-K.
JavaScript,

JavaScript

After being asked in 1999 to write a web-based experimental sign-up system for students, I realized that JavaScript is client-based, and I needed a server-side language, so I used Perl. I do, though, include JavaScript in other websites that I have written, like Ads Find Me and our summer camping party OttoFest. At OttoFest, in addition to using JavaScript to open new windows and display the days till the party, I use it to calculate ticket prices on the order form, now that I have included a PayPal option on that site. Check it/them out.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have many skills in Excel. I use workbooks to track my banking, electric use (with graphs), and portfolios (which grab data across worksheets and from other workbooks). I also use a macro to automatically grab my stock data from Yahoo! Finance.
Perl,

Perl

In 1999 I was asked by the Chair of the University of Buffalo Psychology Department to write a web-based experimental sign-up system for students. I first thought about using Java Script, but I realized that JavaScript is client-based, and I needed a server-side language. So, I learned Perl, and I wrote and licensed my site SubjectSignups to three universities; the University of Iowa liked it, and asked that I write a different sign-up system for advising. Since then I have ported my Perl sites to PHP and MySQL, but continued to use JavaScript (esp. for opening new windows). I presently have three Perl programming books on my shelf.
PHP,

PHP

I have been programming in PHP (with MySQL) since fall 2007, after porting my Perl sites to PHP. In S15 I finished my next B.S., this one in Computer Information Systems. I have designed and written at least eight websites using PHP and MySQL.
SPSS,

SPSS

I have been using SPSS to analyze my experimental data since 1993, so I am practiced at running, for example, z-tests, chi-square, regression, t-tests, and ANOVA's. The last statistics course I taught at Medaille College was based on SPSS, so I got a nice SPSS for Introductory Statistics book to use in that course.
Visual Basic,

Visual Basic

I have been programming in Visual Basic since 1993, starting with version 3.0. I have written over 12 programs for my own use or for my friends and family. Just this spring 2014 semester I completed a Visual Basic course (CIS400) at Buffalo State College, and, after finishing 10 projects and two exams, I earned 98.63 as my final score (i.e., A). Nowadays we use the Microsoft .NET framework.
Web Design,

Web Design

I started writing HTML code in 1995. In 1999 I started using JavaScript (JS) and then Perl, after realizing that JS was client side, but I needed a server-side language. I eventually graduated to PHP and MySQL in, I think, 2008. I have at least eight PHP websites to my credit, five of which use MySQL while two use self-built shopping carts.
HTML, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

C++,

C++

In the fall 2013 semester at Buffalo State College, I audited a C++ course entitled CIS361 - Fundamental Concepts of Object Oriented Programming, completed 11 programming projects, and earned an A-. Professor was impressed with me, in part because I spent a lot of time helping fellow students, so in spring 2014 I enrolled full time. For the next three semesters I spent countless hours in the computer lab working on my own homework, but also helping other students with their C++, VB, etc. projects. I graduated.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
French,

French

Je viens de parler et lire en français depuis 1986, et je peux vous aider à apprendre la langue. I have been speaking and reading French since 1986, and I can help you learn the language.
General Computer,

General Computer

I have been using computers since 1987, using the internet since 1988, and browsing the web since 1994. I build my own PCs, and I install and maintain wired and wireless networks. I'm such a geek that I also partition my hard drives--I have three physical drives in my main computer with drives C-K.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have many skills in Excel. I use workbooks to track my banking, electric use (with graphs), and portfolios (which grab data across worksheets and from other workbooks). I also use a macro to automatically grab my stock data from Yahoo! Finance.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am an excellent technical/scientific writer and speaker. Given my 18 years teaching college Psych. courses, I have learned to adjust my speaking to all levels of the group. I know to keep my eyes on the audience--all members--and I know to ask questions now and then. Also, I know how to be active on the stage, and how to manage my presentation (i.e., not walk away from the mic on the lectern, and not use slides that are too complex and have thin lines on graphs). I also know to define any "high-end" terms I may use, so as not to lose my audience.
SPSS,

SPSS

I have been using SPSS to analyze my experimental data since 1993, so I am practiced at running, for example, z-tests, chi-square, regression, t-tests, and ANOVA's. The last statistics course I taught at Medaille College was based on SPSS, so I got a nice SPSS for Introductory Statistics book to use in that course.
Statistics,

Statistics

Across my undergraduate and graduate years, I took a total of five sections of Statistics (2 + 3), and I have taught two semesters at the college level. I also taught introductions to stats in Research Methods, and I used stats (with SPSS) to analyze my own data.
Web Design,

Web Design

I started writing HTML code in 1995. In 1999 I started using JavaScript (JS) and then Perl, after realizing that JS was client side, but I needed a server-side language. I eventually graduated to PHP and MySQL in, I think, 2008. I have at least eight PHP websites to my credit, five of which use MySQL while two use self-built shopping carts.
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Spanish

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I insist on using my native language correctly, so I am skilled at using English. I have written two scientific publications and three chapters for college textbooks (Biology, A&P).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I am an excellent technical/scientific writer and speaker. Given my 18 years teaching college Psych. courses, I have learned to adjust my speaking to all levels of the group. I know to keep my eyes on the audience--all members--and I know to ask questions now and then. Also, I know how to be active on the stage, and how to manage my presentation (i.e., not walk away from the mic on the lectern, and not use slides that are too complex and have thin lines on graphs). I also know to define any "high-end" terms I may use, so as not to lose my audience.
Writing,

Writing

I am presently a freelance science & technology writer, I have written psychology materials for a couple different companies, and I have written three college textbook chapters in biology (1), and anatomy & physiology (2). I have also published scientific journal articles.
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary

History

American History, Geography

Homeschool

English,

English

I insist on using my native language correctly, so I am skilled at using English. I have written two scientific publications and three chapters for college textbooks (Biology, A&P).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
French,

French

Je viens de parler et lire en français depuis 1986, et je peux vous aider à apprendre la langue. I have been speaking and reading French since 1986, and I can help you learn the language.
Statistics,

Statistics

Across my undergraduate and graduate years, I took a total of five sections of Statistics (2 + 3), and I have taught two semesters at the college level. I also taught introductions to stats in Research Methods, and I used stats (with SPSS) to analyze my own data.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.
Writing,

Writing

I am presently a freelance science & technology writer, I have written psychology materials for a couple different companies, and I have written three college textbook chapters in biology (1), and anatomy & physiology (2). I have also published scientific journal articles.
Biology, Reading, Spanish

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
French,

French

Je viens de parler et lire en français depuis 1986, et je peux vous aider à apprendre la langue. I have been speaking and reading French since 1986, and I can help you learn the language.
Spanish, TOEFL

Math

SPSS,

SPSS

I have been using SPSS to analyze my experimental data since 1993, so I am practiced at running, for example, z-tests, chi-square, regression, t-tests, and ANOVA's. The last statistics course I taught at Medaille College was based on SPSS, so I got a nice SPSS for Introductory Statistics book to use in that course.
Statistics

Statistics

Across my undergraduate and graduate years, I took a total of five sections of Statistics (2 + 3), and I have taught two semesters at the college level. I also taught introductions to stats in Research Methods, and I used stats (with SPSS) to analyze my own data.

Most Popular

English,

English

I insist on using my native language correctly, so I am skilled at using English. I have written two scientific publications and three chapters for college textbooks (Biology, A&P).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
French,

French

Je viens de parler et lire en français depuis 1986, et je peux vous aider à apprendre la langue. I have been speaking and reading French since 1986, and I can help you learn the language.
Statistics,

Statistics

Across my undergraduate and graduate years, I took a total of five sections of Statistics (2 + 3), and I have taught two semesters at the college level. I also taught introductions to stats in Research Methods, and I used stats (with SPSS) to analyze my own data.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.
Writing,

Writing

I am presently a freelance science & technology writer, I have written psychology materials for a couple different companies, and I have written three college textbook chapters in biology (1), and anatomy & physiology (2). I have also published scientific journal articles.
Biology, Reading, Spanish

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.
Geography

Science

Anatomy,

Anatomy

So I learned a lot about anatomy and physiology, using Kandell, Schwartz, and Jessel's Principles of Neural Science, but I have other similar books. My dissertation involved brain surgery. I have been teaching college courses since spring 1995.
Pharmacology,

Pharmacology

I understand neuroscience and physiology, so I understand neurotransmitter actions at receptors. Also, I understand the mechanisms that neurons use to regulate transmitters in the synapse (e.g., degradation, reuptake, and diffusion), and I understand the different types of receptors (ionotropic and metabotropic). I also understand the ways in which receptors start action potentials, and the types of neurotransmitters (e.g., monoamines, amino acids, acetylcholine, and peptides. Finally, I understand the pharmacology of synapses (e.g., ligands, antagonists, agonists, and other drug effects).
Physiology,

Physiology

I started studying mammalian physiology many years ago while working to earn my Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. I have recently helped a student understand blood flow, the heart, arteries, etc.
Psychology,

Psychology

I have earned one B.S. and two M.A. degrees in Psychology. I also have written web materials on the topic of Intro Psych. Since 1995 I have taught at least 13 different psych courses (Intro, Dev, Stats, Biopsych, etc.).
Zoology,

Zoology

First, I studied with Jane Brockman and Donald Dewsbury at the Univ. Florida in the 1980's. Also I understand non-human behavior better than human behavior, because non-humans are driven by sex, food, thirst, shelter, and the like, but don't (really) consider social mores (although they do occasionally show altruism, albeit non-intentionally. I understand that evolution works on species while natural selection works on individuals, and I know that Charles Darwin did not invent the theory of evolution--his grandfather Erasmus believed it, as did archaeologists. Charles just provided the mechanism for evolution: environmental pressures (birds with thin beaks survive on islands with bugs while birds with thick beaks survive on islands with nuts). Voila, Natural Selection.
Biology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am an excellent writer and speaker of English, and I am practiced with French and Spanish. I have written one book (working on two others), one movie script, several scientific research reports, and three college textbook chapters (biology and anatomy & physiology). I also spent time writing Intro Psych. materials for a narrated website.
French,

French

Je viens de parler et lire en français depuis 1986, et je peux vous aider à apprendre la langue. I have been speaking and reading French since 1986, and I can help you learn the language.
Statistics,

Statistics

Across my undergraduate and graduate years, I took a total of five sections of Statistics (2 + 3), and I have taught two semesters at the college level. I also taught introductions to stats in Research Methods, and I used stats (with SPSS) to analyze my own data.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

When teaching students studying skills, I focus on deep learning of concepts (i.e., not rote rehearsal or superficial studying), and I like teaching memory tricks (i.e., mnemonics). The fact that my recent undergraduate GPA was as high as 4.0 in one semester, settling at 3.93, indicates that my techniques worked for me, and the fact that I have used my techniques to help my undergraduate students indicates that my techniques work for others. Through WyzAnt, I have recently been asked to help a high school student with his reading comprehension and history class, so I took the WyzAnt tests for Reading and American History (and scored 90 percent and 100 percent, respectively). I am a good learner and good teacher.
Writing,

Writing

I am presently a freelance science & technology writer, I have written psychology materials for a couple different companies, and I have written three college textbook chapters in biology (1), and anatomy & physiology (2). I have also published scientific journal articles.
Biology, Reading, Spanish

Test Preparation

TOEFL

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Great tutor for SPSS

James was great. No wasting time and he was well prepared when I arrived. James was also very accommodating to my time constraints and location needs. I would not hesitate to recommend James to anyone.

Mark, 1 lesson with James

Knowledgeable, Experienced, and a Delight to work with

I have a Computer Science project that I had no idea how to start. My professors were not doing a great job teaching me the material and I therefore felt extremely lost when starting this project. James has helped me learn more about both HTML and Javascript and I am now finally on my way to completing the project for my class thanks to James.

Gabrielle, 2 lessons with James

Knows Exactly What He Is Talking About

Every question I had for him, was matched with a thorough response to the material. Also he had code prepared for me when I got there.

Nicholas, 3 lessons with James

Great tutor, he really helped me

I want to say a BIG thank you to James. He is a great tutor. I literally had no idea what to do with the subject SPSS and Statistics, when I contacted WyzAnt and got James as a tutor. It was one of the best things that happened to me in my educational pursuit. He helped me understand the concept of SPSS and statistics. I was at the point of failing this class because of my ignorance on the subject, but I have now completed the class and the final grade was posted and I got a "B." THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JAMES. You are a great tutor.

Madge, 8 lessons with James

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