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Temple University (PhD)
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PARENTS: Bring the full weight of a PhD, as tutor, and student advocate.
If you need help with mathematics, physics, or engineering, I'd be glad to help out. With dedication, every student succeeds, so don’t despair!
Learning new disciplines keeps me very aware of the struggles all students face. Beyond academics, I spend my time backpacking, kayaking, weightlifting, jogging, bicycling, metalworking, woodworking, and building a wilderness home of my own design.
In between formal tutoring sessions, I offer my students FREE email support to keep them moving past particularly tough problems.
In addition, I offer FREE ALL NIGHT email/phone support just before the “big" exam, for students who pull "all nighters".
One quick note about my cancellation policy, as it's different than most tutors: Cancel one or all sessions at any time, and there is NO CHARGE.
Thank you for considering my services, and the best of luck in all your endeavors!
Dr. James P. (( HIGHEST RATINGS! ))
PARENTS: Bring the full weight of a PhD, as tutor, and student advocate.
If you need help with mathematics, physics, or engineering, I'd be glad to help
Cancellation Policy: Life happens... Cancel anytime, even if I've already arrived for the tutoring session, and there is no charge.
This guy is great. I have two college kids, one taking engineering and one taking calc. Jim knows every question in a variety of subjects. He is always ready to work. He's like the energizer bunny. His attitude is always upbeat and positive. For a guy who knows so much, he is very down to earth and interested. I recommend him to everyone. I've used other tutors...he's tops.
James continues to work with my daughter regularly. He is gifted in his manner of identifying her weaknesses and immediately rectifying any issues. His explanations are clear and allow for a love of the material. James has helped her to be very successful in her studies and encourages her future learning. THANK YOU JAMES!
Quite simply, Jim is the best investments we've made in our children's' academic career. Within a month of tutoring, my son's physics honors grade skyrocketed from a C average to an A. And he transformed my freshman daughter's Algebra II experience from one of anxiety and frustration to one of achievement. We are fortunate to have amazingly talented teachers in our schools, but class size and advanced-level courses do not allow students the one-on-one time necessary to break down the process and work with the student to ensure comprehension. That's where Jim steps in. He has worked with both of my children in math and physics, and they will both say without hesitation that the tutoring sessions were the #1 contributor to the As received in these classes. On a personal level, Jim is approachable, relatable, flex and accommodating. Academically, he has extensive knowledge of vast subject matter and the ability to translate complicated concepts into digestible lessons. He adapts to the needs, pace and learning style of the individual student, and he instills a confidence in your child that quells anxiety and allows them to approach both class and exams with intellectual and emotional certainty. The bottom line is that Jim is the best at what he does, and he truly cares about the success of your child.
We contacted James at the last minute soon before a midterm exam in a highly compressed summer university calculus course. He rearranged his schedule to accommodate our daughter and in just a couple of sessions cleared up her issues. He remained available by email between sessions and truly cared about our daughter's success in understanding the material and in applying that knowledge on her exam. Success all around. He is a fantastic tutor and a wonderful person!!
I cannot begin to say how glad I am that we we found Jim to tutor her. We tried two other tutors, who were fine and less expensive, but it seemed we needed help not only with the material itself, but also help with knowing where to start, what to focus on, when to stick to "the teacher's way" and when to try other approaches, how to measure test readiness, and more. Jim's tutoring is SO laser-beam sharp and efficient, that I have NO DOUBT we have covered more ground and spent less with him that we would have spent with a different tutor at a lower hourly rate.
Our daughter, like all students, is busy and often overwhelmed. She agreed that a tutor might help, then balked at finding the time. Now, she gladly makes and protects time for her tutoring with Jim because she can see that it's paying off. I know she feels relieved not only to have a more solid skill set to approach any current topic in her class, but she's also just more confident in her overall understanding of the "big picture" at this level of math -- the WHY behind the work she's learning. This is a shift a paramount importance.
Jim makes it "easy" to get this done. His demeanor is kind, approachable and reassuring, his intention is 100% to HELP his students in measurable ways.
Incredibly, Jim supports our daughter WITHOUT CHARGE via text/email if she has a last-minute stumbling block. Now that I have seen firsthand Jim's commitment to teaching and to his students, I am not surprised he does this. This generous support has really helped in the 11th hour on more than one occasion. If nothing else, my daughter now knows she has done everything she could to prepare before a test. In fact, what our daughter has learned in terms of not being afraid to ask for help and knowing how to ask the right questions has been worth its weight in gold.
Jim's flexible scheduling and cancellation policies are also important pluses. He is in close communication with his pupils, juggling student pressures and time constraints which, let's face it, VARY from week to week. Jim just wants to make it work for us. We did have to cancel or change at the last minute once or twice, and it was no problem at all. What a refreshing approach to doing business! Of course, as I said, our daughter REALLY VAULES her time with Jim, so we usually get there, no matter what.
Finally, Jim's teaching approach -- perfect for teens -- applies across a VERY BROAD spectrum of subjects. As an SAT subject area math test approached, and again as the SATs approached, my daughter asked for some extra prep in those areas, and he was able to shift gears and really help.
In short, stop looking; you found the right tutor.
Jim is a great tutor who you can see is passionate about his job. My son is in college and needed help with his Math course. I am so impressed and thankful that Jim was available and has gone above and beyond my son's expectations to get him back on track. Thank you!!!
My son is enjoying Algebra wint Dr. P. He really looks forward to his sessions where he is learning new math all the time. He says math has not been so much fun. Thanks.
We are encouraging him to work at new problems every day to master the materials suggested by Dr. P.
Jim has been assisting my son through some difficult courses taught through Villanova's engineering school. He is very intelligent and is able to teach any physics, statics, etc. course with ease and incredible patience. He has always been very easy to reach and will change his schedule around to accommodate tests, problem sets, etc. You can reach him with questions or problems any time of the day or night and he is there for his students. He truly cares about his students and their success. Any student would be fortunate to have Jim as their tutor. We hit the jackpot with Jim!!!
James has been patient, understanding, flexible and skillful. We are delighted to have him working with our son.
Jim worked with my son over the course of a full school year, providing tutoring in Physics 1 and 2. My son shared with us afterward that he definitely felt Jim's support was really key to his success in the courses, and his grades definitely reflected that. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim to anyone who wants to have a positive outcome. He was great!
James is able to teach entire graduate engineering math classes with ease and can figure out virtually any problem! There is nothing too difficult. He is great with classes containing ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, and finite element analysis to name a few. He can make the most difficult problems understandable and explains them in a way that "makes sense". On time and pleasant to work with.
Jim is always helpful to my son and his studies. Whether it is math or physics he is super! My son has greatly improved his grades thanks to Jim's tutoring.
My son continues to achieve high grades and he UNDERSTANDS the material beyond just the tests!!! He is so confident and eager to learn more challenging topics. Thank you Jim for being passionate and professional about teaching.
My son has been meeting with Jim over the summer reinforcing subject matter from last year and introducing concepts that he will encounter in the upcoming semester. My son seems more confident because of these sessions. He also states that Jim is able to articulate intelligently any subject matter they have engaged in during casual conversation.
Appreciate James' ability to make the math accessible for my daughter. My daughter felt comfortable enough to ask questions and commented that James explained things using words she could understand.
AMAZING! Jim took my frustrated Calc 3 student from I do not know what I am doing wrong to I CAN DO THIS! My son said Jim changed his approach to Calc 3 five times during the lesson so he would get it. The patience, kindness and knowledge Jim carries with him is truly a GIFT!
Our daughter has been working with Jim for the last year and a half in Physics, Algebra I and Algebra II and I have to say he is wonderful and knows how to get through to her. Jim will keep going with the review of a concept until there is a mastery of it, which we find extremely helpful. It is not just a simple review of the subject and then moving on, he makes sure our daughter is getting it, usually by doing more and more problems until she finds the problems easy to tackle and complete. If there is not enough time during a session with Jim he will suggest emailing him material so he can review it further. I know Jim is getting through when our daughter is asking to have more time with him as she sees him as her way to understand the subject.
James is an excellent tutor. He is conscientious. He communicated with us as parents and our son to keep us apprised as to our son's progress. Our son received an A in college level calculus with Jame help. We enthusiastically recommend James.
Jim was able to connect with my daughter though she absolutely detests physics. This has more to do with her teacher than her actual abilities. She is very bright and Jim made her feel comfortable immediately and seemed to make progress in terms of her basic understanding of the subject. She has an incredibly busy schedule, but I plan to have Jim come back to provide further assistance as we move towards the end of the school year and the AP exam.
He helped my daughter with her ACT math. Having already taken her SATs and wanting to see what she could get on the ACT, James helped Adrian to gain a 30 on her math section, which helped her earn an overall score slightly better than her SAT scores. Knowing nothing of the test, he answered any questions she had and encouraged her to not make "stupid mistakes". He was extremely helpful and encouraging and I highly recommend him.
Jim is a great tutor in every respect. My son had really struggled,, in math, during his 1st year in college. As a result, he had very little confidence in being able to continue in his Engineering major. His school gave him the opportunity to take a placement exam as an alternative to retaking the class in the fall, but he was making very little progress studying on his own. Jim helped to build my son’s confidence and motivate him. He was able to quickly assess my son’s weaknesses, was flexible with his schedule, and was able to teach my son a full semester’s worth of work during a week of tutoring. My son passed his Algebra/Trig exam which he had no hopes of passing a week earlier! I can’t tell you what a difference this has made in my son’s confidence and attitude about school.
Jim was excellent. I highly recommend him as a tutor, and plan on having him continue to tutor my son if he starts to have difficulty with Calculus and Physics courses in the future. I also plan on having Jim tutor my younger son for the SAT’s.
Jim was great to work with in every respect. He accurately assessed my child's learning style and worked with her accordingly. We hit some major roadblocks with her math teacher and Jim offered great suggestions and was very supportive in helping us to overcome those challenges. Besides the education, he provided great moral support. I highly recommend him.
James was the perfect fit for Erik! Erik has taken a big senior slide and dug himself into a pretty deep hole. James came in and really worked with Erik - he was patient with him and really explained the material so Erik understood it and actually started to say physics is interesting! During test and quiz time he would try and give us more tutoring sessions when he didn't feel confident that Erik really had a grasp on the material. It worked! He went from really struggling to passing with flying colors. The tutoring sessions did more than just get him through the courses he was struggling with - they helped him with basic study skills and they also helped him to realize that it is ok to ask for help. James was so personable and always made time to fit us in. He always followed through to find out about test scores, etc. Great Tutor - I would recommend him in a second to anyone and will use him again with my other sons.
Jim has an excellent way of teaching calculus such that my son grasps the skills so that he can apply it on exams. Great job! Well worth the cost.
Jim wants as high a grade on calculus tests as my daughter and now we are moving into help with SAT's with great success. Highly recommended.
I went to the WyzAnt website because my son needed help with math for a re-take of the ASVAB test (to get into a trade college). We had a very short window of opportunity for tutoring and my son needed to gain 3 points on the test in order to be granted an interview with the school. Jim responded rapidly and changed his schedule around to help us. His manner of teaching was such that he put my son at ease and he gained not only the three points he needed in the math section but he went up by 20 math points. I wish I had found Jim earlier in our son's academic career. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone who needs help with math.
Jim was worth every penny! He was extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter. His knowledge made me more confident in my own ability to comprehend the work. In addition to being a subject matter expert, Jim was eloquent and patient in his explanations of physics and algebra to me. I plan on utilized Jim's service in the future and I would certainly recommend him to anyone else!
Jim is an excellent tutor who really knows the back and forth, front and back, of all aspects of what he tutors. He helped me with physics, and was not only willing to meet at any hour (be it very late or early), he was very patient when I could not grasp a concept. Furthermore, Jim had countless examples of all difficulties to help me understand all the concepts, from easy to very complicated. He is also very funny, making the mood light, which made it very easy for me to learn. Overall excellent tutor. Definitely suggest for any physics help.
My daughter was having difficulty adjusting to college physics. James was very patient in reviewing the advanced topics in Physics. He was punctual and easy to reach for scheduling issues. He had an excellent grasp of the subject matter and made learning fun. A++++++.
Jim works with my daughter who is a ninth grader. My daughter has always struggled in school and she has no self-confidence when it comes to math. Without question, Jim is one of the most professional, flexible and patient tutors that my daughter has ever worked with. Jim understands the challenges young students go through when they just can't seem to "get it".
My daughter has also hated math. In the past, she would avoid doing her math homework and couldn't understand why she was failing. Jim has motivated my daughter to the point where she actually does her math homework and will work even harder to understand where she went wrong when not getting the right answer. She has matured academically with Jim's help and I don't know where she would be without him.
Jim has even gone so far as to call my daughter before her test to see if she needs an additional session just to help her feel confident and prepared before going into the test. Talk about going above and beyond.
The one thing that I appreciate about Jim the most is his flexibility. My daughter plays three sports and is a member of her school chorus. You can only imagine how difficult it is to try and schedule a weekly tutoring session. Jim bends over backwards to accommodate our family when it comes to scheduling. He travels a long way to work with my daughter and his patience and understanding never go without notice.
WyzAnt, you have a valuable professional among your tutors. Jim has been a God-sent to my daughter and more importantly to our family.
Dr. Popiel succeeded in getting my son to understand Pre-Cal and Trig immediately showed a 25% improvement in his test scores.
After my lesson with Jim I feel I am more prepared for my test. I have a better understanding of areas in physics I had been struggling with and I am confident I will continue to improve with his help.
Jim arrived on time and had a very professional manner. He also provided my daughter with extra notes to reinforce what they had reviewed. I would recommend him as a tutor.
James has been very patient and helpful with Daniel. I'm sure as the lessons continue Daniel will be more comfortable with taking the SAT test.
Jim and I started tutoring lessons about half way through the semester for Physics I, a class I failed miserably the first semester of the year. I failed the first test again second semester. We studied our butts off and I brought my grade up more than 50% for the second exam, and even higher for the final exam. He made every effort to help me, offering phone sessions, email sessions, and he even came to Temple university two times, sometimes three or four times a week, to help me prepare for my exams. I'm extremely happy, satisfied, and thankful that he was my tutor. He seriously drilled the concepts into my head and then all of a sudden things started to click for me. It was an awesome experience and I would totally recommend him to anyone. If I have a problem with Physics 2 or Calculus 2 he will be my first call. Thanks Jim, you are awesome.
Jim worked for about two months with my son, whose math education had a few gaps after he changed schools. After just two months, my son's SAT score in math went from pitiful to competitive. I am hiring Jim again for some ACT prep in the fall. He is reliable, patient, my son liked working with him, and he really figured out how to get the score up, quickly and efficiently. I would highly recommend him over one of those SAT prep courses. Jim figured out what my son understood and where he was confused, and he focused on those areas where help was most needed. He is a skilled tutor and well worth the money. S.L.
Thanks to James I passed multivariate calculus!
He was able to put everything into context and I really started to get it.
JIM IS GREAT! VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT PHYSICS, AVAILABLE, FLEXIBLE AND PERSONABLE. MY SON POWER-TUTORED WITH HIM OVER A WEEKEND AND HIS GRADE WENT UP TWO GRADES. JUST GREAT & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! A+++++
Jim was outstanding in tutoring my son in physics. He is a superior motivator and a true subject matter expect. I only wish we had known about Jim at the beginning of the school year. He has restored my son's self confidence in a very difficult subject.
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