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I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. I've taught at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. I currently teach at a high school which employs the use of both instructional and online learning. Of all the subjects I enjoy most, Algebra takes the prize. I love working with simple and advanced equations, and appreciate it for its use in web and computer programming which is another of my interests. Outside of teaching, I love to play guitar, read, and play competitive Scrabble. I have a variety of interests beyond these, and use them to help in forming solid learning relationships with students and tutors alike. I look forward to working with you!

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John’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bridgewater State University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics


Scrabble, guitar, and reading fiction.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus BC

CLEP Calculus

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College Computer Science

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Computer Programming

Computer Science


Elementary School Math


Essay Editing


High School Computer Science

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing






Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Non-Euclidean Geometry




SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

Social Studies


Spanish 1

Technology and Coding

US History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Adapting a session to real-life context or, especially, to one of the student's interests brings value to the subject matter. Without that, math is just a bunch of alien symbols and numbers.

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

I'd get to know them as a person--their interests and hobbies, their likes and dislikes about the subject they are learning. This helps in developing the best approach to start the session as well as the formulation of a plan for further sessions down the line.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping a student develop a mentality to have when they approach problems is key. They can have a skill taught to them, but it's self-communication that allows them to remember and apply it (i.e., a personalized acronym for problem-solving steps or an interpretive guideline for looking at a problem in a different way, which may even relate to a different subject altogether). Each case is unique.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement - distract them from their mistakes with other successes. Small checkpoints of success (even just one step completed in a different problem) remind a student of their ability and allow them to revisit their struggles with a fresh mindset.

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

We would try with a different approach and if that doesn't work--move on! Success feeds off of success, so we need to find another problem to draw forth a sense of achievement. Then, we would definitely return to that concept to enforce the student's fortitude in the face of difficulty.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Students who struggle with reading comprehension often rush through the material, reading the words and ideas, but not putting them together. Slow reading with the mastery of sentences first quickly turns into a student looking and grabbing onto the essential parts of sentences, paragraphs, and then overall passages.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Getting to know them. When I know the student, I can speak their "language;" meaning I can communicate ideas in a way that they can understand, and then translate back into the vernacular of the subject matter.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Explain the topic in terms of a different subject that the student might enjoy or comprehend more easily.

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