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John tutors in Cedar Park, TX

John R.

Private tutor in Cedar Park, TX

Education

UT-Austin - Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, including 50+ hours of physics, chemistry, astronomy, and statistics.

Experience

I have been working in the Austin area as a tutor for over 20 years. I began tutoring at Austin Community College while still in school in 1992, and also worked in the math department at UT as a grader as part of my work-study program. Even as a grader I was never content to just leave a paper with checks and exes on it. I always tried to determine, and highlight, where students' work got off track, as well as acknowledge exemplary work. As a tutor my goal has always been and always will be to have a positive impact on the lives of the students I work with. No magic wand will put that power solely in my hands, but students that come to me prepared to work will find me a valuable resource and an enthusiastic ally. I take my work seriously and have experienced a lot of success helping students through difficult classes. I enjoy tutoring and rejoice in those successes. The importance of a good education cannot be overemphasized. Not everything a student learns in school will be something they use on a daily basis, but the more one knows, the more opportunities for success one possesses. Academia is not the end-all to knowledge. I believe ethics and experience rank just as highly, but some doors only academia can open. The positive impact I hope to have on students includes helping them realize their potential so they may enjoy the opportunities that come from investing one's energies into activities that enrich the mind. Philosophy-wise, I believe there is no learning without effort, and to that end I strive to get my students increasingly involved in the solution process as we work through similar types of problems. Students will get more out of our time together if they attempt problems independently before and after our sessions. However, we all need some guidance through the challenging world of academia at times, and I discourage students from working themselves to the point of frustration before seeking help. Do what you can, and let's get through the rest together. :-) I work strictly out of my home in Cedar Park, using a dedicated room as a one-student classroom. It has a whiteboard, large desk for students, and other teaching aids for myself, as well as online access for students who may need it for their assignments. Students must bring their own laptop, tablet, or smart phone, however. My general hours of availability are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. M-Th and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat and Sun. PLEASE NOTE: 24-HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY. I will enforce the following cancellation policy on all same day cancellations: 1/2 hour the first time, 3/4 hour the second time, and 1 hour thereafter. NO EXCEPTIONS. Looking forward to meeting you, and to being a part of your academic success! Sincerely, John R.

Availability

Weekdays after 11AM, Weekends after 11AM

Can Meet

Up to 5 minutes away for no additional charge

Hobbies

I am an avid disc golfer. (126 holes over the last 4 days but, alas, I hear thunder. Guess I won't be out there tomorrow. :-( ) Also enjoy listening to classic rock and metal, along with a few other genres from time to time just to change it up, and searching for the most interesting shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Favorite movies so far: The Mission (w/ Dinero and Irons) and Rapa Nui, but I also enjoy a good sci-fi flick (Ex Machina, The Matrix, last couple of Star Treks). The Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy is a great read. (Don't be discouraged by the slew of nautical terms early in the novel. It is not a difficult read once you get into it.)

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