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Daniel T.

Jumpstart for Math and Science

Laguna Niguel, CA (92677)

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Hi, I'm Daniel and I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Throughout college I volunteered as a tutor for the AVID program at a local high school. It was this experience that ignited my passion for coaching students academically. I currently work with students of all ages, from elementary grades to college.

I have a strong background in mathematics and sciences, and most students seek my help in those areas. I specialize in tutoring natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology) and math. I also tutor SAT test prep for the SAT 1 and SAT 2 subject tests.

My methods:
My approach to tutoring varies to best suit a student's individual style of learning and time constraints. When students have a loose foundation—understanding some pieces but not yet rock solid—it's my job to fill in the gaps and solidify their learning. I'm not replacing the role of a teacher; I'm supplementing and adding to what the teacher does in the classroom.

For the student crunched for time because of an imminent exam, I may request that student or parent email me a study guide so I can create a lesson that covers as many topics as time affords. Additionally, I may bring prepared worksheets or notes for students to take home and study after our session is over. That way students may continue reviewing topics from the lesson. This gives students confidence in their ability to learn without the company of a tutor.

How parents are involved:
It's important to me to inform parents/guardians on the progress of their students. I'll give progress reports with every lesson or as often as possible. I'll provide these updates either in person, over the phone, or by email. I welcome your feedback and input. Please let me know if there are specific ways that I can help your student.

To students:
I will be supportive and teach you techniques to succeed in the classroom. Study tips and practice suggestions are integrated into every lesson. Remember that a large part of your success will depend on how much YOU are willing to work for it; your tutor cannot do the work for you. Please understand I cannot promise you miraculous results if you are not willing to put in the effort. Together, we'll design a study plan that works for you.

Please note, all my lessons are a minimum of 60 minutes.

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Daniel’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
Music:
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Algebra 1

This course is a foundation to all future math and natural sciences courses. I help several students in this course on a regular basis. My lessons include demonstration and then letting the student test his or her own mastery. Together we'll master integral concepts, such as solving for variables, interpreting and manipulating equations (standard form, point-slope form, slope-intercept form), factoring, and more.

Algebra 2

This class builds upon previous study in manipulating variables and is often taught in conjunction with trigonometry. I distill some of the tougher concepts (e.g. conic sections, systems of equations, polynomials, rational expressions) to simple steps and processes. Then I progress to working slightly more challenging examples.

Anatomy

I completed anatomy and physiology classes at the college level. Human biology is one of the most fascinating subjects in the life sciences. Students find this class is very fun once they understand how it applies directly to their own lives. There is much to memorize, but I have study tools to help with that. Additionally, my goal in teaching is to first present course material in a way that's easily understood, then demonstrate how the information applies to everyday life and modern research.

Biology

Having studied biochemistry at the university, I completed several life sciences classes. At UCLA I completed biology courses in cells & tissues, genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology. I tutor high school students in college prep biology and AP biology levels.

Chemistry

I specialize in tutoring chemistry. The majority of my college curriculum focused on chemistry courses. I am very familiar with the concepts that high school and college classes cover. Where necessary, I break down the lessons into two areas of focus: conceptual study and calculations. Usually students struggle to do both at the same time, but when I show each concept on its own the material becomes easier to digest. I teach this subject on a regular basis, including AP chemistry and college levels.

Geometry

I have tutored many high school students in geometry. Geometry tests students' spatial skills and logic. There are a number of theorems and postulates to understand and learn. I emphasize learning over memorizing in order to encourage critical thinking and problem solving sills.

Grammar

I am a bit of a grammarian. I used to edit ad copy for newspaper print advertisement. I have a keen eye for subject-verb agreement, run-on sentences, the various tenses, and punctuation.

Microbiology

Microbiology studies organisms too small to see with the naked eye. It also examines cell biology, host defenses, and immunity. There are applications to public health and studying disease.

Physics

Physics is a tricky subject for any student. At first, equations and problems may seem daunting. I find that students understand better when they break down a problem into components. My approach is to help students THINK, to translate words into mathematical equations, and to show other applications of the concepts.

Piano

I studied piano with a private teacher for over 10 years. I am an avid performer and teacher. I also took college-level music classes in theory, musicianship, and performance.

Prealgebra

Middle school students and adult students will benefit from receiving tutoring in prealgebra. It's the culmination of all arithmetic. A strong background in prealgebra will set up students for success in algebra I.

Precalculus

Some schools call this course Math Analysis. Whatever the name, this course builds upon concepts from algebra II and trigonometry. The content will prepare students for future coursework in statistics and calculus.

Study Skills

Good study skills start with having a plan and strong organization. I show students how to keep organized binders so that they maintain their homework, notes, and quizzes for each class. Time management is crucial, and a planner/agenda is helpful, if not necessary, for each student. I show how to maintain a record of homework assignments and exam dates. I'll check that students are using their planners on a regular basis. For an upcoming exam, I help students plan their study time so that they are prepared well before test day. Students benefit from making their own notes. I show students the techniques of good note-taking, both for learning at home and in the classroom. Making flashcards and outlining are great ways to review and to study for exams--I will show your student how he can start employing these study methods as well. Additionally, I show students how to maximize their time by learning from homework assignments. With repeated practice, students find these techniques become second nature, and their studying becomes more efficient.

Trigonometry

This class is sometimes taught alongside Algebra 2 but may have first been introduced in geometry. This course studies trigonometric functions and standard identities that will prepare students for precalculus.

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Education

UCLA (Biochemistry)

Amazing tutor Daniel worked wonders with my daughter in her Honors Chemistry class. She aced the final. I only wish I had found him earlier in the school year. ...

— Barbara from Laguna Beach, CA on 9/4/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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Daniel will travel within 3 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

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