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I am a math and science tutor with years of experience and a passion for helping young students realize their potential and achieve their goals.

I received my bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. I am currently studying to become an actuary, having passed the first two exams. I am working toward the third exam, studying advanced calculus and probability theory.

I began tutoring in 2013 while working on my bachelor's degree, and have been doing so ever since. I have tutored several students in a variety of subjects in math and physics, from algebra 1 up through college level calculus, including ACT test prep.

Working one on one with students to help them achieve their academic goals has been a deeply rewarding experience for me. I cherish the opportunity to share my skills and experience with my students, and I make their success my highest priority. I believe that with hard work and the proper guidance any student can be successful.

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James’ Qualifications
Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Illinois Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Architectural Engineering

Test Scores
ACT English: 31
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 36
GRE: 338
GRE Quantitative: 170
GRE Verbal: 168

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Tutoring Subjects
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
ACT Prep
ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
Algebra 2
Algebra 3/4
AP Calculus AB
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
Applied Mathematics
Calculus 2
Calculus 3
Civil and Environmental Engineering
CLEP Calculus
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP Precalculus
College Algebra
College Math
College Physics
Discrete Math
Elementary Algebra
Elementary Math
Elementary School Math
Finite Mathematics
GED Prep
GED Math
Graduate Test Prep
GRE Quantitative
GRE Verbal
High School Physics
Intermediate Algebra
Linear Algebra
Middle School Math
Multivariable Calculus
Newtonian Mechanics
PSAT Mathematics
Quantitative Reasoning
SAT Prep
SAT Math
SAT Mathematics
Test Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that with hard work and the proper guidance any student can be successful. I work to identify the unique needs and strengths of each student so that I can create personal and effective lessons.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I try to get to know the student. I will talk with the student about their academic goals, where they're at in their coursework, and what their understanding of the subject has been. I'll develop a schedule and personalized lesson plans that meet their individual needs to give my student the best chance for success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become independent learners by providing them with the tools to answer questions rather than just giving them the answers themselves. I work hard to communicate a general understanding of the subject, and encourage them to think critically and independently to solve problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I always try to provide positive encouragement and to bring attention to the progress they've made. I also try to set specific and achievable goals to help keep the student interested and engaged.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I think that there are always multiple ways to approach a problem. I've seen with students that a concept that seems very confusing can often become clear when shown from a different perspective. I try to understand the individual learning style of the student so that I can present the material in a manner best suited to them.