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Kenny M.

Pomona College Senior Specializing in Math & Writing Tutoring

Claremont, CA (91711)

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I started tutoring in Junior year of high school, where I helped students with Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, AP Microeconomics, English, AP Calculus, Trigonometry, AP Statistics, and Biology. When I started tutoring, I realized I had an immense passion for it - I really enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to break a problem down to its most elemental steps, and to meet a student at their level of proficiency. I did this both through the tutorial center at Los Altos High School and through volunteer work for friends and acquaintances. I enjoy tutoring, and I found that it helped me a lot with my thinking - in line with the notion that "to teach is to learn twice" - so all of my tutoring work in high school was volunteer work. This summer I started tutoring with Wyzant, and I spent more than 50 hours tutoring students in prealgebra, algebra, writing, and calculus II.

I primarily tutor mathematics and writing.

My tutoring methods in math classes are focused on three strategies used in tandem: teaching by example, the Socratic method, and heuristics. First, I walk students through the process that I would use to attack a problem, taking care to make sure each step is broken down to a level that the student can understand. Especially in mathematics, people have a tendency to rely on "shortcuts" as they start studying higher levels of math. My job as a tutor is to begin the process by breaking down these shortcuts into the steps that they summarize. Next, I help students through problems by asking them questions that distill the next step toward the answer. Once the student is comfortable digesting problems in bite-sized pieces, I encourage students to build their own "shortcuts" (heuristics) by focusing my questions on broader aspects of the problem and general strategies. In this way, I hope to break down my knowledge to the student's level, and bring them back up with me to a more sophisticated level of performance relying on heuristics.

In literary analysis and writing, the strategy is very different, and tutoring takes the form of a dialogue. I digest the student's ideas and interview them about key areas where they can be improved or clarified. I focus on big-picture elements of an essay and improving the overall thrust of the argument. I especially target the thesis, main arguments, and analysis of examples in trying to strengthen the arguments a student is developing.

I graduated from Los Altos High School in 2011 with a 4.2 GPA and numerous honors, including some from the California Scholarship Federation, the CollegeBoard, and awards for top student in three courses: Algebra II Honors, AP Statistics, and AP English Literature and Composition. I attend Pomona College where I plan to graduate in 2015 with a major in Linguistics. In my first two years I completed a minor in Pure Mathematics and took the three-course Computer Science introductory track, in which I gained experience programming in Java, Python, SML, and C++.

I have participated in Mock Trial for the last five years. In the last two years, I've been Vice President, and have invested much of my time into training new members into being powerful public speakers. My team has won numerous awards, including an Honorable Mention at the National Championship and first place at Regional and Divisional tournaments. I have received individual honors for my performances as an attorney, most recently winning an All-National Attorney award at the Opening Round of the Championship this year.

AVAILABILITY:
I am available to tutor students from now until I graduate in May. I may have access to a car soon, but for now I will need to meet students at or around the Claremont Colleges.

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Kenny’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy
Computer:
Java, Python
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Business:
Homeschool:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Java, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish, Statistics

Algebra 1

Math was my main subject when I tutored in high school, with multiple repeat clients. I received honors from my high school math department for top student in Algebra II H and AP Statistics. I've since completed a minor in Pure Mathematics at Pomona College, where I plan to graduate next year with a degree in Linguistics.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was a specialty of mine when I tutored in high school, and I had positive feedback from my students. I earned honors for top student in Algebra II H and AP Statistics and I've since completed a minor in Pure Math at Pomona College, where I plan to graduate next year with a degree in Linguistics.

Calculus

I took Calculus BC in my junior year in high school. I did well and have since taken Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus, Introductory Analysis, and Real Analysis 1. Next year I'll be a senior at Pomona College and I have already completed a minor in Pure Mathematics. When I tutored in high school, math was my specialty. I've tutored Calculus before, with good results. I've received honors from the math department at my high school for top student in AP Statistics and Algebra II H.

English

I received honors in Senior year of high school for Excellence in Expository Writing (awarded by the English department) and was a top contributor in AP Literature and Composition (voted on by the class).

Geometry

Math was my specialty when I tutored in high school, and I've had multiple clients come away with improved understanding and scores in subjects from pre-algebra all the way to Calculus II. In high school I won awards for top student in both Algebra II H and AP Statistics. Since graduating I've completed a minor in Pure Mathematics at Pomona College where I plan to graduate in May 2015.

Linear Algebra

I took Linear Algebra in my freshman year and received an A-. Since then I have taken a number of courses that have Linear Algebra as a prerequisite and depend on understanding of the subject to complete my Pure Mathematics minor, including Vector Calculus, Abstract Algebra, and Real Analysis.

Logic

I've exposed myself to the concepts learned in elementary logic about five times over:

First, I took a course through Carnegie Mellon online during high school, which I received an A in.

In reading "Godel, Escher, Bach" and "I Am A Strange Loop" I encountered two more iterations of constructing the foundations of arithmetic as a formal system, serving as a refresher for me on the same concepts I'd already learned.

My course in the Fundamentals of Computer Science in my sophomore year at Pomona College introduced me to Logic again, as we learned how to simulate logic gates to build them into a ripple-carry adder.

I took courses in Philosophy of Language and Semantics, both of which involve understanding the logical form of natural language expressions. Both had a text in Logic and in both I reviewed the mechanics of propositional calculus and the rules of natural deduction systems. I received high marks in each of these courses.

Prealgebra

When I tutored in high school, my specialty was math. I've tutored students struggling to bring themselves up to the high school level and come away with good results and clients who came back on their own accord. I also received honors for top student in AP Statistics and Algebra II H in high school. Next year I'll be a senior at Pomona College, where I'm studying Linguistics. Since starting there in 2011 I've finished a minor in Pure Mathematics.

Precalculus

I tutored precalculus in high school (where math was my specialty) and attracted multiple repeat clients. I earned honors from my high school math department for top student in Algebra II H and AP Statistics. Since graduating I've finished a pure math minor at Pomona College, where I plan to graduate next year with a degree in Linguistics.

Public Speaking

I have participated in Mock Trial for the last five years. In the last two years, I've been Vice President, and have invested much of my time into training new members into being powerful public speakers. My team has won numerous awards, including an Honorable Mention at the National Championship and first place at Regional and Divisional tournaments. I have received multiple individual honors for my performances as an attorney each year, most recently winning an All-National Attorney award at the Opening Round of the Championship this year.

Python

I learned Python in my "Fundamentals of Computer Science" course, where we used it to program a simulation of logic gates composed to form ripple-carry adders among other projects. I used Python the following summer to write scripts to generate .csv files for research in semantics/pragmatics at Stanford's Center for Study of Language and Information.

SAT Math

When I took the SAT I got a 790/800 on the Math section and an 800/800 on the SAT Math Level 2 subject test. I've since completed a minor in Pure Mathematics at Pomona College. My main subject when I was tutoring at the LAHS tutorial center was high-school level math, and I received awards from the Math department for top student in AP Statistics and Algebra II H.

Statistics

I earned a "5" on the AP Statistics exam in 2011, in addition to an award for top student in AP Statistics.

Writing

I received honors in my senior year of high school for Excellence in Expository Writing (awarded by the English department) and for top contributor in AP Literature and Composition (voted on by the class). My writing in college has consistently been well-received, both in technical/scientific classes like Linguistics and in classes like Philosophy and Media Studies.

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Education

Pomona College (Linguistics)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Kenny will travel within 10 miles of Claremont, CA 91711.

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