Harvard Calculus and SAT Specialist
Harvard Calculus and SAT Specialist
My name is John and my curiosity is insatiable. Although I have completed a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in philosophy, an M.S. in math education, and passed the national board exams for both massage therapy and civil engineering, I still endeavor to learn and grow at every opportunity. After teaching math at the university level for two years and competing on the Spartan Race Pro Team, I decided to give away all my possessions and buy a one-way ticket to Alaska. I found a...
My name is John and my curiosity is insatiable. Although I have completed a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in philosophy, an M.S. in math education, and passed the national board exams for both massage therapy and civil engineering, I still endeavor to learn and grow at every opportunity. After teaching math at the university level for two years and competing on the Spartan Race Pro Team, I decided to give away all my possessions and buy a one-way ticket to Alaska. I found a bicycle in Anchorage and road it solo and unassisted across North America to New York City, where I tutored for four years at Columbia University. I now study political and economic development at Harvard and work exclusively online with my students.
I chose tutoring over traditional classroom instruction because of the higher degree of freedom it allows me to tailor my lessons to individual students. The advantage of working in a one-on-one setting is that I can meet the student at his or her level of understanding and progress through the material in a logical way from that point. I believe in working at the student's pace and taking time to fill gaps in foundational knowledge. It is critical that the student constructs understanding through his/her own reasoning. Therefore, I typically don't lecture; I don’t allow my students to be passive listeners.
What distinguishes me most from other tutors is that I have no lesson plans when working with students (unless they ask me to write a personalized course for them, which I can do). I am trained as an inquiry-based teacher, which means, for each student, I create a progression of exercises that leads him/her along the path to understanding. Completing assignments and improving grades is obviously important, but I also place a high priority on developing my students’ ability and confidence in solving non-routine problems. While most beginning tutors are quick to demonstrate how much they know by doing the thinking for their students, I insist that my students complete assignmen
I Wholeheartedly Recommend John!
Over the summer of 2017, I was working full time at JPMorgan and decided to take accelerated math courses at Columbia University in Multivariable Calculus (Calculus III) and Linear Algebra. Within the 12 weeks, my goals were to learn as much and as quickly as possible, but I knew that it would be difficult juggling both demanding classes and a job. When I reached out to John about tutoring, I was nervous about completing the classes at the level I was looking to achieve. Both classes were extremely difficult, but John supported me every step of the way, helping me understand difficult concepts in a relatable way and encouraging me to push and believe in myself. I left the 12 weeks with an A in Multivariable Calculus and an A+ in Linear Algebra. However, the most notable thing about my experience with John wasn't that he helped me get the grades I was hoping to achieve. Throughout my time with him, he listened to my questions and concerns that extended beyond the academic classes. He listened to me share my thought and dreams of what I wanted to do with my life, becoming both a role model and confidant. After our sessions concluded, I was confident that I not only learned a great deal, but that I also gained a friend that I can count on. I only have the best things to say about John and wholeheartedly recommend him as a tutor. He's the best!Johnny, 9 lessons with John
John helped me study for the General GRE Exam. He is very knowledgable at all three parts of the exam which are the essays, quantitative section, and qualitative section. He taught me the material I needed to know to write a great essay and he helped me get a near perfect score on the quantitative section which was my overall goal. I like John's teaching style because he wants the student to understand the material. He is very good at explaining a problem in many solutions which comes in hand when you want to solve a problem in the fastest way possible.Michelle, 10 lessons with John
John is a professional
Above and beyond tutoring, John is helping my 10 year old boy with fundamental linguistic and communication skills. We look forward to building a meaningful long term relationship with John.Howard , 21 lessons with John
Simply the best!
We hired John to tutor our 13-year old, attention-challenged son on the SSAT and the ISEE. We can't say enough good things about John. Our son improved his scores by 3-4 stanine points across the board!! John was professional, dependable and super-organized. He kept my son motivated and eager to do well. He offered just the right combination of encouragement and reality check. He made "being smart" cool - and there was absolutely nothing that he didn't seem to know . He was also super accommodating and gave great feedback. Given that John is a true renaissance guy, I imagine that he offers something of interest for every kid or grown-up to connect to. My son was particularly taken with his Spartan competitions and will likely be signing up for Spartan, Jr. as soon as he finds some free time;) If you need a tutor for the SSAT or the ISEE (or anything for that matter), John is your man. You'll be lucky to have him on your team.Amy, 17 lessons with John
Great ISEE Test Preparation
John is brilliant, professional, thorough, patient, task oriented, and student centered. He's an incredibly competent tutor, relates well to young people, and knows how to help each student learn the requisite material. If you are looking for a tutor in the NYC area, you simply can't do better.John, 11 lessons with John
Great SAT Math Tutor
John is a great Math tutor. He showed my Nephew several techniques to help him on his SAT test. He did a very good job explaining better ways to approach problems on the test.Mark, 1 lesson with John
Simply the BEST mathematics tutor!
After my daughter's first session with John, I asked her how it went, and she replied that she was finally able to understand five major concepts with vectors that she could not understand before the session. It just doesn't get better than this. John is an excellent tutor. We are so lucky to have found him!April, 62 lessons with John
Best Calculus Tutor in New York
I have worked with John for two years now on Calculus 1 through Calculus 4. He has a true command of the subject as well as the dedication to his students and their learning. Using creative examples like a piece of paper to represent a 3 dimensional plane or clear and descriptive definitions for vague concepts, John has not only helped me through the journey of upper level calculus, but has inspired a love of mathematics following our work. I surely would not be where I am without him, and cannot express my gratitude enough. If you are looking for an excellent tutor who will stick through to the end when things get hard, and push you through the toughest times you will encounter, look no further than John Y. And if you’re reading this John, thank you for everything.Mindunn, 94 lessons with John
A great tutor who can make difficult concepts understandable.
John does a great job in breaking down lesson concepts in a concise way. I used his services for both Precalculus and Calculus. Through guided practice that he is able to improvise on demand, you will gain a better understanding of the lesson concepts and able to work problem sets on your own. At my current school, the instructors tend to go heavy on the theory, leaving one to have to spend a lot of time in the math help room to actually understand the assigned problems. However, given the limited amount of tutors and large amount of students seeking help I found this wasn't this an efficient use of my time. I found it better to just use John from the beginning in my second class that I took with him. If you have underlying weaknesses from previous math classes, John will notice and correct it, leaving you able to focus on the new material. If you plan in advance, John is pretty flexible in the hours he can spend with you, giving you additional time to prepare for exams. In Precalculus in particular, I had no idea what was going on in the last three chapters before I contacted John. I still ended up with a B in a class that many just dropped at around the time I realized I needed to contact a tutor.Joshua, 54 lessons with John
Insightful, Patient Math Tutor
I'm a student at Columbia University, and I really struggle with math. I knew I was struggling, but didn't really know where to begin or which concepts I was missing. John helped me figure out what to study, and was great at explaining the concepts. Topics covered include algebra, functions, geometry, and trigonometry. Despite John's high level of math knowledge and expertise, he patiently broke down each topic. We studied in a group with John, and he made sure the session was productive. I cannot recommend John highly enough. I could not have passed my class without his help.Stephen, 3 lessons with John
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