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James

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.

Undergraduate Degree:

Illinois Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Architectural Engineering

ACT English: 31

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 36

GRE: 338

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 168

GRE Analytical Writing: 5

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10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Applied Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

College Physics

Discrete Math

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

GED Math

GRE

High School Physics

HSPT Math Prep

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Newtonian Mechanics

Probability

Quantitative Reasoning

Statics

Summer

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.