Columbia Calculus and SAT Specialist
Columbia Calculus and SAT Specialist
My name is John and my curiosity is insatiable. Although I have completed a B.S. in mathematics, 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...
My name is John and my curiosity is insatiable. Although I have completed a B.S. in mathematics, 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 now study philosophy and dance at Columbia University. I still ride the same bicycle to all my students' locations, rain or shine!
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 assignments using their own critical thought. My mission is to provide the best possible tutoring service for my students, and ultimately to instill in them an appreciation of learning.
Please take a moment to read my reviews to see how other students find my teaching style. I look forward to working with you!
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
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, 2 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
Professional, patient and incredibly helpful
John's tutoring style is the ultimate ideal of how math tutoring should be. I sought John out for help in Precalculus and Calculus I at Columbia Univeristy. After each session, I definitely felt that my knowlage and understanding of the subject material significantly increased, ultimately contributing to a very solid command of everything from algebra to integrals. Working with John not only helped me understand new course material, but also reinforced important fundamental concepts in mathematics. John's style is cool, focused and professional. If you are having trouble understanding a concept, he will patiently work with you from the ground up to make 100% sure that you have a command of the material. Compared to other math tutors I've had in the past, John is easily the best I have had so far. Working with him is one of the best decisions you can make and a very worthwhile investment.David , 38 lessons with John
The most clarity in math I've ever had
I'm a Columbia University student with a weakness in math. I've had trouble all my life with it, and have been to countless tutors. John was the first tutor ever who made everything perfectly clear and ensured I knew exactly what he meant by quizzing me after each explanation. He was able to hone in on my weaknesses with warm-up questions and allowed me to set the pace of the session. I learned just under half a semester of Algebra 2 (around 24-28 hours of class time) in just 7 hours with John. He is clear, precise, professional, and would be the first I recommend to anyone who needs help in math.Eric, 3 lessons with John
Patient and Efficient
John tutored my 12 year old in 7th grade math over 4 sessions, specifically to help her find the gaps in her otherwise strong understanding of various concepts and fill them. He was punctual, easy to communicate with, patient and efficient at targeting those gaps. My daughter feels that the time was very well spent and she appreciated his calm demeanor.Yasmeen , 5 lessons with John
Intuitive effective teacher
Good at quickly targeting areas I needed work in and provided useable strategies to apply. Taught me to approach problems logically to solve them more efficiently.Roxanne, 1 lesson with John
I needed help before college with my calculus and John helped me a lot. He was very patient and very clear in his explanations, which was very important to me. He was always on time and very organised: during our second class he gave me a syllabus for our sessions, and had another a more detailed one for each individual lesson. I couldn't have asked for a better tutor to help me get ready for the London School of Economics.Heloise, 4 lessons with John
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