John M.

John M.


New York, NY 10019

Will travel 4 miles

$240 per hour.

5.0 67 ratings

Harvard mentor for math, stats, writing

I am a writer, programmer, and experienced mentor who loves teaching. Harvard College AB in Physics and Philosophy, United States Presidential Scholar, Eagle Scout, 2400 SAT. Building data products has given me conversance in project management for various industries. I now write literary and design fiction. My students are motivated adults, pursuing graduate / continuing education or developing specific professionals skills on a personalized curriculum plan. For over a decade, I have enjoye... [more]

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

American History

Understanding American history is vital to academic progress and social life in the United States. Traditionally, US history also introduces students to political philosophy, macroeconomics, and historical documents of significant literary interest -- I teach all of these as well as tools for connecting facts to coherent narratives and arguments. I scored 5 on AP US History and a perfect 800 on SAT Subject US History.


As calculus is the measurement of change and physics the science of motion, I used advanced calculus intensively in my physics degree. I am experienced tutoring calculus and its applications in quantitative sciences. I teach enough theoretical analysis to allow students to understand calculus as an exciting and well-founded tool, and all the practical advantages necessary to put it to use with full confidence. I scored 5 on AP Calculus BC.

European History






I taught myself introductory Latin in high school and went on to tutor classmates, play Certamen (quiz game) locally, and win various state and national honors. My teaching approach emphasizes prior knowledge of recognizable words followed by the close analysis of passages in progressively greater depth. I scored perfect 800 on SAT Subject Latin.


Writing is the primary means by which individuals and institutions sustain complex thought. I exercise the full range of student's faculties, from sentence and paragraph mechanics through the structured development of essays, theses, and dissertations. I also offer experience handling creative and scientific writing projects.



English is the essential language of higher academic achievement today. I have tutored essay-writing, language facility, grammar, and literary comprehension. I have also written a corporate style guide and copy-edited a school newspaper. I scored 5s on AP English Language and on AP English Literature.


Literature is the great tradition of examining ourselves and one another. I help students learn to analyze and even enjoy complex, dense, or jargon-laden passages. I scored 5 on AP English Literature and perfect 800 on SAT Subject Literature.

World History



As copy editor of a high school newspaper I coached students to be more aware of the relations among written syntax, economical prose, intention, and attention. I teach both grammar and attentive discipline. Proofreading skills are foundational for long-term academic success--on unforgiving exams, in developing personal efficiencies of written expression, and in becoming more sharply attuned to possibilities of tone and emphasis in the writing of others.



I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.


I tutor all business school courses including microeconomics and macroeconomics. I have a thorough academic grounding in game theory, operational systems, and the relevant mathematics. I've also studied finance and accounting. I can teach the intellectual history of economics and its relationship with political science, from both axiomatic and critical perspectives. I scored 5 on AP Microeconomics.

Differential Equations

Differential equations were constant companions in my physics degree. My approach to teaching diff eq is to carefully distinguish the different tactics required to solve the varieties. Throughout, my students work problems drawn from various quantitative fields and so learn also how to fruitfully form and manipulate differentials.


I've studied primarily the Attic and Koine dialects of Ancient Greek as well as some Aeolic. I'm particularly familiar with the work of Plato and later philosophers, who are originally responsible for so many cognates that have passed into English. My teaching approach emphasizes gaining comfort with the inflective morphology of Greek, as relevant for the passages of interest, followed by the close analysis in progressively greater depth.

Computer Programming

In addition to teaching experience in theoretical computer science and program design at Harvard, I have professional background as a programmer. I particularly enjoy teaching productive general-purpose languages such as Python, which I've taught to software engineers, VFX animators, and financial analysts. I also teach computer programming with an emphasis on scientific applications, data mining, and scripting.

Computer Science

I have taught sections in Harvard's introductory computer science course, and complement this experience with professional background as a working and mentoring programmer. I can teach principles of program design, analysis of algorithms and data structures, and specific programming or software engineering styles. I am also particularly familiar with methods from artificial intelligence, and other developments at the intersection of computer science and statistics. I have taught CS using Python, C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Javascript, Haskell, Perl, database languages such as SQL, statistical languages such as R and Stata, mathematical languages such as Mathematica and Matlab, and regular expressions.

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra was integral to my physics degree. My approach to linear algebra is to build upon the student's background in vectors and matrices from advanced algebra, and strike a balance between theory and practice depending upon the student's interests. I am particularly versed in applications of linear algebra to problems in physics and computer science.


I have course background and experience in formal logic, as well as mathematical logic, metamathematics, logic in natural-language argumentation, and related topics in philosophy and computer science. From programming and teaching computer logic, I know how to break down logical puzzles into comprehensible pieces. I am aware of classic paradoxes and problems that students at any level can find enjoyable and challenging test cases for their facilities.


I've studied Latin extensively as well as foundational Ancient Greek and Sanskrit. Through coursework in ancient historiography and individual study I am familiar with the literature and history of the classics. My tutoring approach is to emphasize translation skills and literary criticism with as full a research understanding as possible of the full context of texts?in terms of cultural politics, and with reference to other texts. I also tutor essay-writing in the classics.


As a programmer, I use Python extensively for scripting, prototyping, and data mining. I have mentored other programmers in learning Python. I believe it is one of the most practical languages to know at any stage in a programmer's career. My approach is to teach a coding vernacular that suits the programmer's understanding of theoretical CS and adheres to best practices in program design.

Political Science

I have a strong background in political philosophy from my philosophy major at Harvard, and as strong a background in civics and general political science from coursework in high school and with the Boy Scouts. I also have background in closely related fields of economics and psychology. My teaching approach emphasizes understanding the formal and practical structure of political systems simultaneously with their theoretical underpinnings and socioeconomic context. I scored 5 on AP US Government and Politics.