Johnathan Tessmer

Johnathan Tessmer

5.0 (1)
1 hire on Tutors.com
1 employee
20 years in business

About this tutor

I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University, and I also hold a state of Michigan teaching certificate. I have a very broad knowledge base and have tutored students of all ages in most academic subjects. I also have a background working with a diverse population of students, including those with special needs (ADD, ADHD, TBI, Dyslexic). I have tutored students in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, ASVAB, Wonderlic, and others). I strive to make the concepts I teach relevant to my students.

I enjoy the process of learning. I take great pride in being able to help others find some enjoyment in mastering difficult concepts. 

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Sterling Heights, MI 48314
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1 Review

5.0

  • Blair Gariepy

    When I was in 2nd grade John became my first tutor. He helped me with all areas of study, and helped me build my confidence with my own education because of him I am in college and pursuing a career in engineering. Without him I don’t know where I would be in life. Anyone who gets to work with him is lucky.



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During my first session with a new student, I take several minutes to introduce myself and to learn about them - not just their difficulties with the concept or class, but their personal likes and dislikes; this helps me to determine how to make the subject matter relevant to the student. From there, I like to look at any homework assignments, test, and/or quizzes, so I can better assess what is causing the issue.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University and a valid Michigan teaching certificate. I have been trained in Orton-Gillingham reading instruction. I am knowledgeable in math through college Algebra.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$50 per hourly session for Elementary students/subjects

$60 per hourly session for most middle school and high school students/subjects 

$70 per hourly session for standardized test prep and college subjects.

If you are outside of my normal 10 mile range, I am willing to meet at a public location within it, or I will drive to you (an extra $10 charge per above session rate would apply).


How did you get started teaching?

I originally went to law school after earning my BS in Psychology from Wayne State University, but realized I did not want to pursue the degree after my first semester. In order to pay my bills, I worked with a pool installation crew, many of whom were teachers. They convinced me to pursue a degree in teaching. While working towards my teaching certificate and Master's degree, I tutored as a means of honing my craft and found that I much preferred being able to work with students on an individual basis.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have tutored students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. The youngest student I have worked with was 4, the oldest was a woman in her 50s. I have worked with students with both physical and cognitive impairments, including Dyslexia, TBI, ADD, and ADHD.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am happy to be restartng my tutoring career, after a brief hiatus to focus on my work as a cognitive rehabilitation therapist for TBI patients.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Please understand that hiring a tutor does not mean less work for you. No one has a magic pill that will automatically give you the skills or knowledge you require. A good tutor will provide you with the skills you need to improve your study/work time - you still have to practice those skills in order to master them.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I putting in enough time to properly learn this subject/concept?

Am I ready to devote more attention to this subject?

What days/times am I available to meet with someone?


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