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John B.

Expert Math tutor

Expert Math tutor

$50/hour

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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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  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • 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 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 143 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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John brings great expertise and examples

You can tell John knows what he is talking about. He is very calm and patient in his approach. He will be sending me some great resources to prep me for the 5161 praxis exam! Thanks John!

Kevin, 2 lessons with John

Helped me pass Praxis 5161 on 1st try!

I highly recommend John for anyone needing help with math. The first thing I will say is the result of my work with John: I passed the Praxis 5161 on my first attempt! I am not a math major, haven't taken a formal math class since 2003, and can say with absolute certainty that I would not have passed without John's help. John has insane amounts of content knowledge--his years of math teaching are evident in his tutoring work, as he can explain concepts in multiple different ways to find something that "sticks." He had a variety of practice problems for us to review, and many of them were practically identical to what I saw on the test. I found myself recalling his problem-solving tips and strategies numerous times throughout test day. Beyond that, John is clearly an excellent math teacher, and as a high school teacher myself, I often said to him "I'm going to borrow that explanation to use with my students!" He instilled a lot of confidence in me leading up to test day. Thank you for all your help, John!

Amy, 9 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Amy. It was a pleasure to work with you. You did a fantastic job as a student, and I can see that you are a great teacher yourself. All the best to you as you "expand your portfolio."

awesome instructor! very informative!

John B. Is an amazing instructor. He’s helping me with the Praxis ii Mathematics exam and I’m feeling real good about it so far already.!

Charnae, 8 lessons with John

Great teacher, very patient

John has been working with me to find the areas that I need extra support in. He is patient and explains things several different ways for me to understand.

Adrienne, 3 lessons with John

Great teacher, very patient

John is an excellent and patient teacher. He took the time to explain things without making me feel bad. He encouraged and listened to my thinking process, even tailoring his teaching to it. I look forward to working with him to pass the math praxis!

Adrienne, 3 lessons with John

Great teacher, very patient

John is an excellent and patient teacher. He took the time to explain things without making me feel bad. He encouraged and listened to my thinking process, even tailoring his teaching to it. I look forward to working with him to pass the math praxis!

Adrienne, 3 lessons with John

Patient and responsive

John listened to my needs and tried to accommodate them during our lesson. He is clearly very knowledgeable and explains things very well. I will work with him again.

Michele, 1 lesson with John

Very good tutor.

John helped me with my work and very helpful with everything he did. He went to every detail that needed to be cover which is great. We went over systems of equations and matrices mostly.

Bryan, 3 lessons with John

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, 3 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Aaron. It was great working with you! Congrats on passing!

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$50/hour

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