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Benjamin D.

General Education with emphasis on Math, Science, and Music.

Campbell, CA (95008)

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I have a BSEE (Electronics Engineering), 1967, from U.C. Berkeley and a BA, cum laude, 2010, in Music from San Jose State University. I presently have two piano students whom I teach privately. I'm an experienced substitute teacher in the Cupertino and Campbell School districts, where I teach K-8. I can teach nearly all subjects. I'm also on the staff at the Music Department at Stanford and at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. I am known to give clear explanations and for having a keen sense of humor. I can supply more and specific information upon request.

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Benjamin’s subjects

Algebra 1

As a degreed Electronics Engineer, I have an extensive working knowledge of algebra, and I use it daily in my design work. I received my BSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. I graduated as a member of the Electrical Engineering Honor Society.

Algebra 2

In my career as an electronics engineer, I used algebra extensively. This included algebra 1, algebra 2, trig., and calculus. I also used functions of a complex variable, linear algebra, vectors and scalars. I presently teach Algebra as a substitute teacher in the Cupertino school district.

American History

I presently teach as a substitute in the Cupertino and Campbell school districts. American History is one of the subjects for which I'm qualified.

ASVAB

As a University graduate with three degrees, I've studied multiple subjects. My teaching is clear, concise, and thorough. I served in the U. S. Army during the 1960s.

CBEST

I recently passed the CBEST examination and am now teaching in the Cupertino School District. After a brief familarization with the various subjects, I found the examination to be quite easy. I would like to tutor others in successfully taking this examination.

Composition (Music)

As a musician, I've composed and arranged many songs and larger works. In Jazz, the improvisation is a composition-on-the-fly. I've composed pieces based on Bill Evans' "All Blues" and "Blue in Green.' Except for two short classical piano pieces, most of my composition has been in Jazz. I also hold a B.A, cum laude, Music degree from San Jose State University, 2010. I'm familiar with most types of music and am skilled in theory and harmony.

Ear Training

I have a B.A., cum laude, Music, 2010, San Jose State University. I began piano lessons at age 3 and 1/2 years, and I've played a variety of instruments since then: piano, harpsichord, french horn, trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, Brazilian percussion, recorder, and vocals. I have an unusually good ear and sence of pitch.

Electrical Engineering

I have a BSEE, 1967, University of California, Berkeley. I've worked in Electronics Engineering for 35 years. I helped start a medical electronics company during the early 1970s.

Elementary (K-6th)

I presently work as a substitute teacher for the Cupertino and Campbell School Districts. My focus is on grades K-8, and I can teach almost all subjets with math, science, music, grammar, writing, spelling, and history as my strengths.

Elementary Math

I presently work as a substitute teacher for the Cupertino and Campbell School Districts. I often teach Math to grades up to the eighth. About one third of my assignments are in this subject.

Elementary Science

I'm quite knowledgeable in Science. My background is Electronics with emphasis on plasmas, light, heat, optics, and human anatomy and physiology. I presently teach science as a substitute teacher for grades K-8.

English

My writing is clear and concise. I've written many essays, reports, book and concert reviews, and papers on a variety of subjects with emphasis on music, history, science, and technology. I've also worked at San Jose State University as a reader and grader of other students' writing. As a retired electronics engineer, I'm especially skilled in technical descriptions and terminology. I can use any standard writing style or format that you prefer.

ESL/ESOL

English is my first and my primary language. I give public talks, teach in the classroom, and am a writer as well. At San Jose State University and at the University of California, I easily passed the English and writing tests.

European History

I enjoy studying European History by means of books, videos, University lectures and seminars. A knowledge of history is essential in the modern world in terms of policy and decision making. I like to trace the threads of a given aspect through to the present time.

General Computer

As an electronics engineer, I've used computers throughout my career. Beginning with writing programs to run on the IBM 360 and 1400, I then began using microprocessors in the early 1970s with a prototype Intel 4004. Since then, I've designed many computer and microcontroller circuits and systems. I can easily teach general computing.

General Music

I have a BA, Music, cum laude, San Jose State University, 2010.

Geography

A knowledge of geography is essential to the informed citizen. Geography determines many things such as politics, resources, types of plants and trees, types of crops, annual rainfall, access to trade, and isolation.

Geometry

As a substitute teacher, I currently teach geometry. I work in the Cupertino and Campbell school districts. I have a strong mathematics background from my engineering studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Government & Politics

As a United States Citizen since birth, I've grown up with the government and its politics. My late uncle was a superior court judge and was invited to join the U.S. Justice Department under the late President Kennedy. One cousin served as a Congressional Page. In school, I received highest marks in this subject. I've continued to study the U.S. Government and politics through out my life.

Grammar

A proper usage of grammar is essential for the reader. It's the writers' responsibility to use proper grammar to clearly convey their thoughts and to avoid ambiguity.

Microsoft Windows

As an electronics engineer and a teacher, I'm skilled in the use of the computer. I use Microsoft Windows daily and can easily teach the basics of this system. My instructions are clear, simple, and concise.

Microsoft Word

I use Microsoft Word daily to do reports, essays, and concert reviews. I've also used it for Technical Writing. As a teacher, I prepare lesson plans using this program.

Music History

I have a B. A. in Music, cum laude, 2012, San Jose State University. My focus in my studies at Stanford and at San Jose State University was in music history and early music.

Music Theory

I graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in Music from San Jose State University (2010). I've also audited related music theory classes at Stanford University. I began playing the piano at age 3 and 1/2.

Physical Science

I presently teach physical science as a substitute teacher. I work mainly with fifth to eighth graders. My explanations are clear, concise, and thorough.

Physics

I've studied Physics at the University of California at Berkeley. During my engineering career, I've used my knowledge of electricity, magnetism, heat, light, sound, mechanics, and quantum physics. I'm recognized as giving clear, concise, and complete instruction in my tutoring.

Piano

BA, Music, cum laude, 2012, San Jose State University. I began piano lessons at age 3, and I've played a variety of instruments since then: piano, harpsichord, french horn, trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, Brazilian percussion, recorder, and vocals. I have an unusually good ear and sence of pitch.

I've participated in the Stanford Jazz Workshop on piano for the past 15 years, and I've studied under Randy Masters at the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View and under Frank Sumares at San Jose State University. I play all types of music. I also do piano arrangements.

Prealgebra

As a substitute teacher in the Cupertino and Campbell school districts, I presently teach pre-algebra. The students find my instruction to be clear and concise. I relate the new material to previous material and then build upon it.

Proofreading

Proofreading is an essential part of the writing process. This applies to everything from personal letters to published works.

Public Speaking

I have decades of successful public speaking. I've given presentations to engineers, doctors, boards of directors, math and science teachers, music teachers, students, and administrators. I'm very comfortable in addressing large groups of people, sometimes with little or no preparation time. As a substitute teacher, I make several presentations each day in a variety of subjects. I'm also quite good at stand-up comedy.

Reading

I love to read. A good writer can stimulate the thoughts, the imagery, and emotions of the reader. I prefer to gain information through reading rather than through listening.

Spelling

Proper spelling is quite important to both the writer and the reader. I've written technical manuals, reports, essays, resumes, and cover letters. My essays and reports at the University always earned grades of A or A+, and my papers always used proper spelling. I graduated in 2010 from San Jose State University with a B.A., cum laude.

Study Skills

I hold three degrees, one from San Jose State University (B.A. Music, cum laude), one from CAL Berkeley (B. S. Electronics Engineering with a Physics minor, honor society), and City College of San Frnacisco (A.A., Engineering). I've developed sucessful study skills and am looking forward to tutoring your children.

I substitute teach during the days in the Cupertino School District where I'm qualified to teach all subjects K-8, and I assist in teaching a class at Palo Alto Adult School on Tuesday evenings. I also work for the Music Department at Stanford, where I've audited eleven courses in the Music Department and one in the English department. In addition, I've taken several courses offered by Stanford's and CAL's Continuing Education programs.

I usually received an A or B+ grade on my school work. With the right approach to studying, one can earn much higher grades and acheive greater levels of understanding.

I also studied during one summer at the University in Montpellier, France. I look forward to further discussing a possible tutoring arrangement with you.

Trumpet

I received my B.A., cum laude, from San Jose State University in 2010. My focus was on piano, jazz, music theory and harmony, early music, and music history. I'm presently on the staff of the Music department at Stanford University. I was a professional trumpet, flugelhorn, and french horn player with the U. S. Army. I can teach these instruments at the beginner to intermediate levels.

Vocabulary

As a successful writer, I must have good command of my vocabulary. Words are symbolic representations of things, actions, thoughts, and so forth, and proper usage is essential to avoid ambiguity.

World History

My studies of European History began in middle school and extended through high school, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and the University at Montpelier, France.

Writing

As an experienced writer, my work is easy to read and to understand. I've written technical manuals, technical bulletins, college level essays, effective correspondence, resumes, cover letters, and reports. As a recent graduate of San Jose State University, I always got A or A+ grades on my writing. I also worked as a reader and grader of other student's writing. I also love to read.

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UC Berlekey, SJSU (BS EE, BA Music)

Highly Recommend This Tutor Ben is an amazing tutor who is very patient and knows his stuff. I desperately needed a tutor for a music theory class. Safe to say I was a deer in the headlights in the beginning of the semester. With Ben's help I went from an F to an A! He shows up to all appointments early or on time and has a flexible schedule. He is very nice guy who shows up prepared and will even bring in printouts he think ...

— Chris from Cupertino, CA on 5/5/14);

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