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Chris J.

Experienced Math and Chemistry Tutor

Laguna Niguel, CA (92677)

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I am a member of staff at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, where I tutor Mathematics and Chemistry in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). In the Spring of 2012, I was honored by being the only tutor ever to be appointed to the 300 Club, the highest award given for tutoring at the college.

I also tutor school students and my youngest so far has been in 4th Grade. My aim is to ensure that my students develop a good basic understanding of the subject so that their self confidence increases and with it their enjoyment of learning. Their success is reflected in their smiles and improving grades.

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Chris’s subjects

Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Science:
Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry

ACT Math

I have extensive experience in tutoring all of the Math subjects that comprise ACT Math, namely Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and Trigonometry. I also try to make the experience fun for my students.

Algebra 1

Algebra is one of the pillars of Math. Variables such as x and y are used represent unknown numbers until their values can be determined. Fortunately, there aren’t too many things you have to memorize in Algebra. It's mainly intuitive. Once you know the techniques, you will be amazed at how powerful they can be.

Topics in Algebra 1 include handling linear equations and inequalities, graphing, word problems, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations and factoring. Just let me know what you need help with.

Algebra 2

Certification test passed with 100% score.

Algebra 2 is where you build upon the foundation established in Algebra 1. Topics include linear and quadratic equations, functions and inverses, graphing and translating, exponents, radicals and logarithms. I can help you with these.

So much of Math is an application of functions and a good knowledge of Algebra will serve you well and provide an excellent foundation if you go on to take Trigonometry, Precalculus and Calculus.

Chemistry

Today, for obvious safety reasons, fewer chemical experiments involving reactions are taught in the lab class. Much more of the work is theoretical. I make a point of bringing chemistry alive by describing what the chemicals look like and how the reactions proceed. Wherever possible I use visuals from selected textbooks. This makes such a difference for my students and is reflected in their success.

Geometry

Certification test passed with 100% score.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the key stepping stone between Elementary Math and Algebra 1. I do not recommend skipping Prealgebra. It introduces important concepts and some aspects of Geometry that will be essential going forward. It is always best to take Math step by step and build a firm foundation. This way , you will enjoy the subject and it will benefit you greatly.

Precalculus

Certification test passed with 100% score.

Precalculus is, as the name suggests, a course which prepares the student for Calculus, the main pillars of which are Algebra and Trigonometry. A good knowledge of both subjects is essential for progress in Math. I have considerable experience of helping students overcome difficulties and succeed in these subjects.

SAT Math

I have extensive experience in tutoring all of the Math subjects that comprise SAT Math namely Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and Trigonometry. I also try to make the experience enjoyable for my students.

Trigonometry

Certification test passed with 100% score.

I have considerable experience tutoring Trigonometry at Saddleback College, and host regular study groups. Together with Algebra, Trigonometry is a key pillar of Math. A good understanding of both subjects is essential for students going forward to Calculus.

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Best Out There I have only written one other internet review before today, as time is limited and I don't have the inclination, unless the experience is truly a 'stand alone' experience. My son (10 y/o) came to Chris as a 4th grade student. He had begun his studies in a new school in September and then was offered enrollment in a charter school the last week of October. With these changes (teachers, curriculum), ...

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

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

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