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Vladimir K.

San Francisco, CA


Math, Statistics, SAT, and ACT Tutor -- Patient and effective

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Background check passed as of 5/18/14
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282 Ratings
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SUNY Stony Brook
Computer Science
Wang Institute of Graduate Studies - Software Engineering


SUNY Stony Brook (Computer Science)

Wang Institute of Graduate Studies - Software Engineering (Master's)

About Vladimir

Hello! I have been a professional tutor since 2003, specializing in math (pre-algebra through AP calculus), AP statistics, and standardized test preparation. I am very effective in helping students to not just get a better grade, but to really understand the subject matter and the reasons why things work the way they do. I do this in a way that is positive, supportive, and also fun. I explain difficult math and science concepts in simple English, and continue working with the students until they understand the concepts really well. All my students enjoy improvements in their grades, as well as reduction in their overall stress level.

I was an instructor at some of the top test prep companies, so among my specialties is preparation for standardized tests like SAT, ACT, SSAT, and many others. I am very effective in helping students improve their test scores: in a past testing year all of my SAT students scored 700 and above! Some of them were scoring in mid-500, when I started working with them.

I bring my full attention and dedication to the students that I work with. Since every person is unique, I personalize my approach to each student. This makes my work very effective and allows each student to truly improve! I have helped hundreds of students, both one on one and in a classroom setting, and many of them provide excellent references and referrals for me.

Please get in touch with me – I will be very happy to help you succeed.
Hello! I have been a professional tutor since 2003, specializing in math (pre-algebra through AP calculus), Read more

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"They should make a movie about Vladimir"

- George, Burlingame, CA on 5/12/15

"Fantastic tutoring session! A wonderful professional"

- Mark, San Francisco, CA on 4/3/15

"Thank You!"

- Yohan, San Francisco, CA on 10/29/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Irene, San Francisco, CA on 9/30/14

"Expert Tutor Helped in a Pinch and My Son Passed His Statistics Final with 104%!"

- Amy, Alameda, CA on 6/28/14

"Very thorough and helpful! "

- Meredith, San Francisco, CA on 4/10/14

"ACT Math and Science - Focused and Patient"

- Chatty, San Francisco, CA on 9/11/13

"Fantastic math tutor! Life (grade) saver! "

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"A Great Teacher!"

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"Excellent AP Statistics tutor."

- Cordia, San Francisco, CA on 5/15/13

"Helped me pass statistics class!"

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"Patient and thorough!"

- Constance, San Francisco, CA on 2/27/13

"Great calculus tutor."

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ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
ACT Science
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST, PSAT, SAT Math,
Corporate Training:

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 methods and concepts are quite new and confusing for most of the students who encounter them for the first time. They are also the foundation for the algebraic manipulation work used in all of the mathematics based classes that follow.
Given that this material is so new and foundational, I teach my students to do the work in a disciplined and organized way: write all the steps down, quickly check the results at each step, and organize their written work, so that it's visually clear; this minimizes the chance of making careless error. I also take the opportunity to introduce students to the functionality of the graphing calculator; it's the skill that would serve them well now, and in the future. Other areas that I address are test taking skills and better studying skills.
There are many different methods learned in Algebra 1. Most students, that I tutor in upper level math, do not have good understanding of these methods, so I invariably end up teaching them Algebra 1 material from the beginning.


If you are currently taking your first course in calculus, then you have already discovered that the concepts studied here are very new and different. They are also very confusing.

I can help you with some of the new concepts that are introduced in Calculus. They are: Limits, Rules of Differentiation, Related Rates, Optimization problems, Riemann sum, Techniques of Integration, Differential Equations, Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Partial Derivatives.

Calculus work requires extensive use of the many different methods learned in Algebra 1. I can review these methods with you, or teach them to you from scratch. And the way I do this will make it easy for you to understand and remember.


Study of Precalculus serves as a preparation for Calculus and other higher level math subjects. It deepens student's understanding of the concepts learned previously in Algebra 2 and Geometry, as well as introducing new concepts and ideas, like Polar coordinates, Vectors, and Parametric equations.

When I work with students in Precalculus, I teach them extensively the concepts of Trigonometry, various families of Functions, Analytic Geometry (Parabolas, Ellipses, etc.), and Sequences/Series. In addition, I teach them how to use the graphing calculator more effectively. Graphing calculator is a very useful tool in understanding difficult concepts, applying these concepts to problems, and checking the results of one's work.

SAT Math

I prepare students for the following SAT tests: Math portion of the “big” SAT and the SAT Subject Math Test, Levels 1 and 2. I began prepping students for these tests as an instructor for a couple of premier Test Prep companies. In the 10+ years since then, I have honed my skills and knowledge by prepping hundreds of students one-on-one.

In addition to teaching you the timing strategies, the multiple choice based strategies, ways of using the calculator effectively, and working efficiently on each problem, I can work with you on the topics that require remediation.

With this approach to standardized test preparation, I can help you improve your test score whether you are quite new to the test, already had a lot of prep, or somewhere in between.


I tutor AP Statistics and college level introductory statistics courses for various disciplines: behavioral sciences, economics, health sciences, business, etc.
Many students, who are new to statistics, think of it as “pure math” subject. However, a big part in learning statistics is to apply statistical reasoning to the real world situations. I teach my students both the mathematical concepts of statistics and probability, and how to apply these concepts to word problems: recognize the statistical setting described in the scenario, then apply the correct method to solve the problem.
The many positive reviews left by my students attest to my effectiveness in helping them with statistics.


I have tutored many students in Trigonometry, very often as part of a course in Precalculus, or as a stand alone course.

In addition to the SohCahToa definition of trig functions (using the right triangle), I teach students the Unit Circle approach: the definitions of the six trigonometric functions, the radian measure of angles, and finding exact values of these functions for special angles. Once these skills are mastered, I teach students how to graph the Sinusoidal functions and the rest of the trigonometric functions, including the inverse (arc) functions.

I also help my students become confident in proving (establishing) trigonometric identities, use Double-, Half-angle, and other formulas, and teach them how to solve trigonometric equations.

Throughout, I teach my students the effective use of a calculator, and show them effective ways to memorize the many facts and formulas, that are used in trigonometry.

SUNY Stony Brook
Computer Science
Wang Institute of Graduate Studies - Software Engineering


SUNY Stony Brook (Computer Science)

Wang Institute of Graduate Studies - Software Engineering (Master's)

They should make a movie about Vladimir — Wow! I worked as a tutor in the 1990s, and I've hired a good number over the years. I've never come across someone with such a winning blend of technical strengths and infectious optimism. We asked the impossible from Vladimir: trying to get a dispirited teen back on track after a month of chaos and F-level performance in AP Stats. Was there any hope of recovery? Vladimir got to work. He made ever ...

— George, Burlingame, CA on 5/12/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Vladimir will travel within 20 miles of San Francisco, CA 94117.

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