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John B.

Expert Math tutor

Expert Math tutor

$60/hour

  • 647 hours tutoring

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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 an 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).

In the year 2020, I was rated a top 10% tutor, with 75 different students and a top subject of Actuarial Science (Exams P and FM only).

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

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: If the subject is at a Calculus level or lower, my rate is only $50 per hour! The same applies to the first half of elementary statistics.
  • Lesson cancellation: 5 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/27/2020

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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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 students in statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have had great success in helping students who were very shaky on the concepts to deepen their understanding and get excellent grades in the class. 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 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I in summer classes and have taught Algebra II or higher for all of my 13 years as a certified math teacher. My experience teaching the classes beyond Algebra I is invaluable for helping students to develop deeper understanding of the concepts and procedures, and for preparing them for their next steps as math students.
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 have 7 years experience teaching precalculus and 3 years experience teaching calculus. This enables me to focus on the rationale for the precalculus topics and how they prepare students for the next steps in calculus.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored students in statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have had great success in helping students who were very shaky on the concepts to deepen their understanding and get excellent grades in the class. 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.
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 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I in summer classes and have taught Algebra II or higher for all of my 13 years as a certified math teacher. My experience teaching the classes beyond Algebra I is invaluable for helping students to develop deeper understanding of the concepts and procedures, and for preparing them for their next steps as math students.
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 have 7 years experience teaching precalculus and 3 years experience teaching calculus. This enables me to focus on the rationale for the precalculus topics and how they prepare students for the next steps in calculus.
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 students in statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have had great success in helping students who were very shaky on the concepts to deepen their understanding and get excellent grades in the class. 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.
Prealgebra, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I in summer classes and have taught Algebra II or higher for all of my 13 years as a certified math teacher. My experience teaching the classes beyond Algebra I is invaluable for helping students to develop deeper understanding of the concepts and procedures, and for preparing them for their next steps as math students.
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 have 7 years experience teaching precalculus and 3 years experience teaching calculus. This enables me to focus on the rationale for the precalculus topics and how they prepare students for the next steps in calculus.
Statistics,

Statistics

I have tutored students in statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have had great success in helping students who were very shaky on the concepts to deepen their understanding and get excellent grades in the class. 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.
English, Prealgebra

Other

Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I in summer classes and have taught Algebra II or higher for all of my 13 years as a certified math teacher. My experience teaching the classes beyond Algebra I is invaluable for helping students to develop deeper understanding of the concepts and procedures, and for preparing them for their next steps as math students.
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 students in statistics at the college level and helped students understand the very counterintuitive concepts that are difficult to grasp just from a textbook. I have had great success in helping students who were very shaky on the concepts to deepen their understanding and get excellent grades in the class. 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.
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 144 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Great Teach, very knowledgeable

John helped me pass Exam FM by working through any problem I needed help on with me. He was very patient and he made sure I understood every part of the problem before moving on to the next. He was able to show me different tricks to problems quicker as well.

Sam, 16 lessons with John

Fm review

This was the last class for Fm exam. He explained all the materials with details and clear explanation. Yesterday I took the exam, and I passed Fm. Thank you so much, John

Hyo Kyung, 109 lessons with John

Math Wizard!!

John truly is a math wizard...while he is extremely intelligent with his expertise in mathematics and actuary, he is able to teach math in a clear and concise manner. I am working with John to prepare for a Praxis II exam, and I would also recommend John for any math tutoring too. 10/10 recommend!!

Peter, 5 lessons with John

Knowledgeable and patient

He was wonderful at explaining and breaking down concepts. I passed my 5003 praxis, thanks to him!!! He took the time to understand where I struggle and how to best meet my needs.

Shandol, 2 lessons with John

Knowledgeable and patient

John really understands the material and he is going to help me achieve my goals. He has a strong understanding of the praxis test I am taking. He can teach any level of mathematics to help any student pass their exams.

Gary, 12 lessons with John

A great well rounded math instructor

very smart and answered every one of my questions towards the material we covered, we require his assistance later and hopefully I won’t have too.

Patrick, 1 lesson with John

Awesome friendly teacher!

John is very flexible about explaining to the student exactly where their weaknesses are and catering the lessons to the student's needs for upcoming tests. He is obviously very knowledgeable about Algebra II and experienced in teaching and tutoring.

Camille, 3 lessons with John

Patient and diligent tutor

He taught me Exam P, for 3 month in this summer, I passed exam p at once in this September. He was very patient and skillful. Because he was pushing me to study, I was able to keep study Exam P in this summer. -Thanks John

Hyo Kyung, 109 lessons with John

Great at simplifying

He really helped me understand where I was overthinking and second guessing myself. Almost immediately I was able to solve problems correctly and efficiently through the way he broke things down to me.

Alexandra, 2 lessons with John
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$60/hour

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