Hello! My name is John-Paul Mackey, but you can call me J.P. I am currently studying music at California State University, Monterey Bay. Music is one of my greatest passions, but I also enjoy working with children and I hope to teach audio and media production to people of color and/or with disabilities.
I have had about two years of experience in tutoring kids of many grade levels at local after-school programs. I love sharing knowledge with the younger generation and refreshing my memory of topics I enjoyed in school. More often than not, I would demonstrate concepts to students, and I would occasionally collaborate with them on the first in a set of problems before allowing them to complete their assignments themselves.
Although I enjoy various school subjects, math is my favorite because of my love of numbers. Moreover, I get a thrill out of applying problems involving math and numbers to the real world and students' real-life experiences. For example, I figured that several middle school students at one of the organizations I worked for, the Japanese Community Youth Council, enjoyed playing video games, so I occasionally incorporated those into my demonstrations and examples. Additionally, I often worked with students in groups of two to four, and this encouraged collaboration among them. Consequently, the students' grades increased by at least 25%. Furthermore, towards the close of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, the organization rewarded me for my contributions with certificates of recognition. This provided validation that I was making a difference in these kids' lives.
During my tenure at another program, 826 Valencia, I tutored kids ages 6-16 during the fall 2015 semester, providing another opportunity to engage and collaborate with students. For example, one student needed help with problems related to linear equations. The assignment contained concepts such as tiles in a vertical layout and the term "Figure 0", the latter of which seemed foreign to me. But after I recalled terminology in my high school math classes, both of us were able to determine that the tiles represented the slope of a function, and Figure 0 was its y-intercept. Overall, I felt proud that I could help a student simplify a challenging concept.
Additionally, I have helped a rising fourth grader in Alameda improve his reading comprehension during weekly in-home tutoring sessions this summer. This has ranged from frequently asking page-by-page questions about the reading material to assisting the student with writing a summary of a children's book and explaining the concept of irony.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: City College of San Francisco - Associate in Science, Digital Communications and Multimedia
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Monterey Bay - Current Undergrad Student, Music
Music, game shows, Biblical studies, and travel
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Pro Tools Software