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John B.

Expert Math tutor

Expert Math tutor

$40/hour

  • 47 hours tutoring

  • Dayton, TN 37321

About John


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I am a full time public school math teacher, but my "first love" is tutoring. I find one-on-one instruction to be the ideal situation for genuine learning to happen. When I'm tutoring, I can really get to the heart of where the real struggles are, and I can be your cheerleader, advocate, and general encourager. We also usually have a lot of fun along the way, with (often dry) wit and good humor offered at no extra charge.

I specialize primarily in math. My specialties are on the upper...

I am a full time public school math teacher, but my "first love" is tutoring. I find one-on-one instruction to be the ideal situation for genuine learning to happen. When I'm tutoring, I can really get to the heart of where the real struggles are, and I can be your cheerleader, advocate, and general encourager. We also usually have a lot of fun along the way, with (often dry) wit and good humor offered at no extra charge.

I specialize primarily in math. My specialties are on the upper end of high school math, as well as College Algebra and early calculus. I have a real knack for explaining math concepts in ways that are easy to understand and breaking complicated skills into manageable steps. I also consider no small part of my job to be a confidence builder because that's often the biggest problem. Usually students understand much more than they realize, so there are many things to feel good about. For example, if you're looking at this profile, that is evidence that you care about your learning enough to consider tutoring. That is am early and necessary step in your way to success!

Wherever I teach, I eventually develop a reputation for being extremely knowledgeable in my subject, and other teachers often come to me when they have questions. I recently retook my Praxis Math Content and made nearly a perfect score (197 out of 200). I have also passed actuarial exams P (probability) and FM (financial math).

I also have about 18 college hours of English and a graduate degree in philosophy. I have experience in English tutoring and some science. I am proficient in grammar, comprehension, and other English-related subtopics.


Education

Bryan College Dayton, Tennessee
Math
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Masters

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  • Rate details: For more challenging subjects, such as actuarial math, my rate is $50 per hour.
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Subjects

Business

Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I passed Exam P in July 2018 with a score of 8 and Exam FM in April 2019 with a score of 7. I did this without the benefit of in-person course work while working full time and being a father of two school-aged children. The difficulty of this subject raises the rate to $50 per hour.
GRE,

GRE

I took a mock GRE about 2 years ago and got a 167 on Quantitative and 163 on Verbal. These are both above the 90th percentile.
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have also passed actuarial exam P (probability), the which covers many of the same topics in depth without the benefit of graphing calculators or software. In order to pass it, I had to teach myself, to do the hard work of pulling these concepts from a textbook with very little guidance.
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Vocabulary

English

English, Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra II or higher for 10 full school years and 6 summer sessions. I can answer any question at an Algebra II level from multiple approaches, depending on the needs of the student.
Calculus,

Calculus

My current Job is at Murrah High School, from August 2011-present. I am a Teacher of Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Algebra II. Preiously I worked at Jim Hill High School, from August 2006-October 2010 as a Teacher of Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've taught Geometry for 5 years during a regular school year, and 4 summer sessions.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I currently teach precalculus, and I have about 5 years experience teaching this topic.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have also passed actuarial exam P (probability), the which covers many of the same topics in depth without the benefit of graphing calculators or software. In order to pass it, I had to teach myself, to do the hard work of pulling these concepts from a textbook with very little guidance.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taken a mock GRE, which is harder than the ACT within the last 3 years and scored in the 93rd percentile in Math. I have also made a near-perfect score (197 out of 200) on the Math Content Knowledge Praxis (5161), which is considerably more difficult than the ACT. I have also taught ACT Prep for the last 3 years.
Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I passed Exam P in July 2018 with a score of 8 and Exam FM in April 2019 with a score of 7. I did this without the benefit of in-person course work while working full time and being a father of two school-aged children. The difficulty of this subject raises the rate to $50 per hour.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra II or higher for 10 full school years and 6 summer sessions. I can answer any question at an Algebra II level from multiple approaches, depending on the needs of the student.
Calculus,

Calculus

My current Job is at Murrah High School, from August 2011-present. I am a Teacher of Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Algebra II. Preiously I worked at Jim Hill High School, from August 2006-October 2010 as a Teacher of Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've taught Geometry for 5 years during a regular school year, and 4 summer sessions.
Logic,

Logic

I have degrees in math and philosophy, both of which use symbolic logic. In my studies in philosophy especially, I learned about several branches of logic, including metatheorems, modal logic, deontic logic, intuitionist logic, and the distinction between Leibniz and Kripke on possible worlds accessibility.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I currently teach precalculus, and I have about 5 years experience teaching this topic.
Probability,

Probability

In July 2018, I passed actuarial exam P (probability) with a score of 8 out of 10. The lowest passing score is 6.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have also passed actuarial exam P (probability), the which covers many of the same topics in depth without the benefit of graphing calculators or software. In order to pass it, I had to teach myself, to do the hard work of pulling these concepts from a textbook with very little guidance.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I taught trigonometry for 8 years, 3 of which I accomplished without a textbook. It was entirely driven by notes and a worksheet-generating software. My approach involved many examples, as well as deriving nearly all of the formulas and procedures (sometimes several ways). In addition, if I had to choose one favorite to teach, trigonometry would probably be it.
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math

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Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra II or higher for 10 full school years and 6 summer sessions. I can answer any question at an Algebra II level from multiple approaches, depending on the needs of the student.
Calculus,

Calculus

My current Job is at Murrah High School, from August 2011-present. I am a Teacher of Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Algebra II. Preiously I worked at Jim Hill High School, from August 2006-October 2010 as a Teacher of Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've taught Geometry for 5 years during a regular school year, and 4 summer sessions.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I currently teach precalculus, and I have about 5 years experience teaching this topic.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have also passed actuarial exam P (probability), the which covers many of the same topics in depth without the benefit of graphing calculators or software. In order to pass it, I had to teach myself, to do the hard work of pulling these concepts from a textbook with very little guidance.
Algebra 1, English, Prealgebra

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Summer

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra II or higher for 10 full school years and 6 summer sessions. I can answer any question at an Algebra II level from multiple approaches, depending on the needs of the student.
Calculus,

Calculus

My current Job is at Murrah High School, from August 2011-present. I am a Teacher of Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Algebra II. Preiously I worked at Jim Hill High School, from August 2006-October 2010 as a Teacher of Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've taught Geometry for 5 years during a regular school year, and 4 summer sessions.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have also passed actuarial exam P (probability), the which covers many of the same topics in depth without the benefit of graphing calculators or software. In order to pass it, I had to teach myself, to do the hard work of pulling these concepts from a textbook with very little guidance.
Algebra 1, GED, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taken a mock GRE, which is harder than the ACT within the last 3 years and scored in the 93rd percentile in Math. I have also made a near-perfect score (197 out of 200) on the Math Content Knowledge Praxis (5161), which is considerably more difficult than the ACT. I have also taught ACT Prep for the last 3 years.
GRE,

GRE

I took a mock GRE about 2 years ago and got a 167 on Quantitative and 163 on Verbal. These are both above the 90th percentile.
Praxis,

Praxis

I retook the Praxis Math Content Knowledge (5161) on August 29 and scored 197 out of 200. I have also taught general test prep skills and had the opportunity to put them to good use within the last year and a half, not only with the Praxis, but also with actuarial exams P and FM.
GED, PSAT, SAT Math

Examples of Expertise


John has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 105 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Thorough and Supportive Tutoring

John provided an excellent detailed walkthrough of a set of practice Praxis Mathematics: Content Knowledge questions. The study session was very productive and supportive.

Aaron, 2 lessons with John

Great Tutor

He was great! Very knowledgeable and made sure he was explaining everything well. I will definitely work with him in the future. Highly recommend for higher-level math.

Tara, 2 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you. It is gratifying to know that I'm helping you understand.

Great Praxis Tutor!

I highly recommend John as a tutor. He helped me prepare for the Praxis Math Content Knowledge Exam by reviewing concepts in geometry, calculus and prob and statistics. He was patient and explained things in a way I could understand. I had eight lessons with John and was able to increase my Praxis score from a 137 to a passing grade of 161. I am very grateful to John for his help, support and guidance.

Erin, 7 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Erin. I'm so glad that you now have that Math Content Praxis done. I'm always pleased to see my students succeed and to know that all your hard work has paid off.

Extremely Helpful and Knowledgeable

John is a great guy and great tutor. He is able to quickly adapt to any problem, do out all the work right in-front of you, and get the correct answer! Awesome experience!!

Joshua, 10 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you. You're my first Wyzant student, and it's really great working with you.

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