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Joe P.

Staten Island, NY

$75/hour

Tutoring by the Renaissance Man

Background check passed as of 11/9/15
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$75/Hour


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Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College
Master's

Education

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College (Master's)

About Joe

Joe is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and an award-winning teacher of both college and high school mathematics. Joe has worked with students from the kindergarten through university levels and has taught everything from basic reading strategies to complex mathematics. From the seminal collection of verse, Poems for the Mathematically Insecure, to the novel Wiz Kid Algebracadabra series, Joe has won from all over the world unsolicited testimonials to the effectiveness of his teaching methods. The diverse genre of his writings (novel, short story, essay, script, and poetry)—particularly in regard to its educational flavor— continues to captivate readers and to earn him recognition.

With a renaissance approach to learning and with over twenty-five years experience in the science and mathematical disciplines, Joe, through his novel and engaging style of teaching mathematics, has won success for students who attempt to learn this most difficult subject. One of Joe’s principal endeavors is to give individuals---children in particular---the tools and confidence to do basic mathematics. Once obtained, these tools steer students into gradually increasing levels of mathematical study. Ultimately these same students become effective problem solvers with access to many doors of opportunity.

Joe propagates his teaching philosophy through his articles and books and is dedicated to helping educate children living in impoverished countries. Recently, Joe’s material has been implemented by the math and science education foundation in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a country-wide effort to spur learning incentives in mathematics. Joe makes himself available for speaking, consulting, teaching and inspiration.
Joe is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and an award-winning teacher of both college and high school mathematics. Joe has worked with students from the kindergarten through university levels and has taught everything from basic reading strategies to complex mathematics. From the seminal collection of verse, Poems for the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Staten Island, NY 10304
Background Check: Passed
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English,
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
PSAT, SAT Math
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

For the past twenty-five years, I have been involved in teaching and tutoring all kinds of subjects, from basic mathematics to advanced calculus, from basic reading to sonnet writing and construction. During these years, I have spent a considerable time helping students with test preparation, most notably tests such as the PSAT, the SAT, and the New Jersey HSPA. As a high school teacher, I was on the advisory HSPA board and was responsible for grading the HSPA-like questions for the alternative route students. For this reason, I have developed many test-taking strategies and have helped countless students achieve their goals on standardized tests.

Algebra 1

My experience teaching algebra encompasses over twenty-five years. I have taught algebra I and II at the high school level, as well as teaching remedial and intermediate algebra at at least three different colleges in New York and New Jersey. As with the teaching of my other subjects, I always try to take the approach that no question is a dumb one and that learning should be fun. Obviously, hard work and effort are stressed as ingredients to success, but certainly learning algebra has to have some palatable qualities. When working with my private students, I stress understanding of the concepts rather than rote memorization of formulas and procedures. With this approach, my students have had exceptional success.

Algebra 2

Many of the methods I have developed over my years of teaching and tutoring are employed to make learning algebra as painless as possible. Novel methods developed and taught through my series of ebooks are used to make your son or daughter really grasp the material in an Algebra II course. For example, the solution to quadratic equations via the quadratic formula are approached through "quadratic compression," a novel method developed over the years as I worked with countless students. Many of the techniques and short cuts discussed in my articles are also presented to make this subject easier to understand.

Calculus

Calculus can be thought of as "glorified algebra" in the sense that without a solid foundation in algebraic principles, students can never have much success in either the differential or integral branches of this discipline. My approach is to "spot check" a student's strengths and weaknesses in algebra, fortifying any weaknesses and further sharpening any strengths. With this foundation in place, success in calculus is quite assured.

English

As a college student who was embarrassed by his English professor during his first semester, I swore that I would never succumb to such humiliation again over the English language. Over the next 30 years, I launched an intensive campaign to study and master every aspect of English, from grammar to vocabulary to writing, so as to have a complete domination of this subject. This campaign is something I continue to this day. Today I am the author of several books and over 200 articles, and I continue to help countless students with their English and writing skills.

Grammar

Understanding the structure of a language is important to achieving a solid base in reading, writing, and speaking. Grammar treats such structure and enables students to master the nuances of their native tongue. Unfortunately, too many students only first learn about grammar when studying a foreign language. As someone who has studied at least a half-dozen languages and is familiar with the intricacies of the English language, I can lend solid support to any student wishing to improve his or her English grammar skills.

Prealgebra

As pre-algebra lays the foundation for algebra, it is critical that the rudiments are stressed and taught at this point. Many of the failures in algebra result because the student has not been given sufficient foundations in pre-algebra. Thus the focus in teaching any pre-algebra material is to strengthen and support mathematics skills critical to higher levels. Moreover, the approach has to be taken so that students enjoy the learning process and see a connection between what they are learning and the world around them.

Precalculus

This subject is approached using the methodologies developed over the past 25 years. Fearless precalculus would be an apt description of the approach taken to teach this material. Many of the novel methods developed and taught through my writings and series of ebooks are used to make your son or daughter really grasp the material. I am extremely patient and understanding and teach in a very relaxed manner.

Spanish

I began my study of the Spanish language in high school and later enrolled in a college level course. Having received a solid A, I planned on dropping Spanish to study Latin; however, my professor admonished me to forgo this action and instead to go to Salamanca, Spain and study the language there. Thus I went and this adventure began the start of a thirty year trek learning and mastering the beautiful Spanish language.

I returned from Spain and immediately enrolled in the most advanced Spanish courses offered at my college. I received the highest grades possible. Later, while working at AIG in New York City, I studied for two years at the Berlitz and InLingua Schools of Languages, receiving the highest qualifications from both. Working for an international company like AIG gave me the opportunity to use my Spanish and business Spanish daily. Later I would use Spanish in my other business professions.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is the core to the English language, or any language for that matter, as without words, individuals can hardly express themselves. As a person who has dedicated his life to studying words, I have developed novel methods of teaching word study and giving my students the ability to learn and memorize difficult words. Moreover, teaching students to use such words in both speech and writing is essential to my practice.

Writing

The way students improve their writing skills is by...writing. Thus my approach in working with writing students is to have them write---and then, write some more. After each writing passage, we will work to edit and refine the composition, honing such skills as word selection, grammar usage, and coherency. In due time, the student learns to write effectively and correctly automatically and to feel more confident when preparing any written composition, whether essay, term paper, or short story.

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College
Master's

Education

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joe will travel within 15 miles of Staten Island, NY 10304.