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Tim N.

Stanford/Harvard Tutor - Algebra to Calculus / SAT - ACT - GRE

Sonoma, CA (95476)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$90.00
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I have been tutoring all levels of Math for the past 10 years, from Algebra through college Calculus. I believe that establishing a good foundation in Mathematics is critical for a student’s future success and confidence – in high school, in college and beyond in their careers. And I believe every student has the potential to be successful with Math. I can help by explaining Math concepts in simple ways the student can understand and remember. And I do so in a positive, patient and encouraging manner.

I am a graduate of Stanford and Harvard. While I studied engineering and business, I have enjoyed Math since grade school when I was selected for experimental programs in Symbolic Logic and a new form of Algebra.

My Philosophy is that mathematics provides a critical foundation for other learning. Young people can grasp advanced concepts early on. Creative approaches to Mathematics education that work well for gifted students can help students of all levels and backgrounds succeed in Math. Each student is special and unique, and deserves a tailored approach.

I have had the privilege of working with students as young as 6, as well as students in middle school and high school. As a result of my tutoring my students have excelled in the following ways:

- Finishing 7th grade Pre-Algebra as young as 8.
- Completing Honors Precalculus as young as 11.
- Earning A+100% in Geometry at Stanford's highly rigorous Online High School.
- Earning the highest grades in class for Calculus 1 and 2.
- Taking Calculus 5 at age 14 at junior college while concurrently enrolled in high school.
- I am especially proud that some of the students mentioned above did not start out believing they were “good at Math.”

Gifted and Struggling Have Something in Common. I have found that those who want to go very high and those who are struggling to keep up are actually very similar in this: both need concepts made clear and simple -- to grasp and build upon.

Additional Insight:
- In-depth knowledge of computer-based instruction.
- Detailed familiarity with respected curricula.
- Researched and sought out highly effective and innovative approaches.
- Successful with public, private and home-schooled students.

Before tutoring, I had a career in international business during which I also served on the side as trainer and consultant. I enjoy helping others learn -- whether it be to grasp new concepts or to relearn something that previously had been difficult. One of my greatest interests and joys is helping students achieve their goals in learning.

I look forward to helping you or your student succeed!

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Tim’s subjects

English:
Science:
ACT Science, Geology
Computer:
Language:
ESL/ESOL, German
History:
American History, European History, Geography, World History
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, CBEST, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, German, GMAT, Statistics

ACT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on ACT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.

Algebra 1

For many, Algebra I & II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.

Algebra 2

For many, Algebra I and II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.

American History

American history is one of my favorite subjects. My family has deep roots in the history of our country going back to colonial times and extending out to homesteading in the Midwest and to the Gold Rush days of California. I grew up hearing stories from these different time periods. I love to share that perspective with my students as we establish ways to know and remember history. I also offer experience preparing students for the AP US History exam.

Calculus

Everyone can learn Calculus. It’s a great tool and a big confidence booster when you can master this subject. The concepts behind Calculus are actually simple and few in number. But they are often introduced in ways that seem complex and confusing. I will help explain the concepts and terms in simple English and with everyday examples.

CBEST

One of my former students was preparing for the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). I helped her, especially with the math section, so that she successfully passed her exam in July 2013. In so doing, I helped her overcome a long-term condition of dyscalculia.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.

Geometry

In a sense, Geometry is misnamed. On the surface, it appears to be focused on angles, lines, polygons, circles and arcs and how they relate. But at the heart of the subject is a Greek system of logic. Understanding this and how it works is the key to mastering Geometry.

Macintosh

I am a long-time Apple fan and familiar with the full range of Apple products. They are beautifully designed tools that are very intuitive to learn.

I also have experience tutoring Seniors to master the basics so that they feel comfortable to enjoy the great options and access to applications that Mac products offer - from useful Apps, iPhoto and iTunes to the range of Microsoft products for Macs.

Prealgebra

This is the foundation for advanced Math. Building confidence in the concepts introduced here and the ways to express them is critical.

Precalculus

Understanding Precalculus and Trig concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.

SAT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on SAT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.

Trigonometry

Understanding Precalculus and Trigonometry concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.

World History

Besides studying World History on the side at university and then doing my own study and reading ever since, I have experienced first hand the "living history" that one can pick up by traveling, exploring and talking with and living with local people. In the course of my work, I have traveled to over 30 countries - in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East, and have lived in four of them for cumulative nearly 10 years. I have also tutored for the AP World History Exam as well as for courses in pre- and post-1600 World History.

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Education

Stanford

Harvard (Master's)

Tim does great work — Can't stress enough how appreciative I am that Tim is so patient. He has helped me a lot on my preparation for the GRE, and has helped me a lot in becoming more confident in my math skills. ...

— Erik from San Francisco, CA on 9/7/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am also in the Berkeley area several times per week. Special rates per student for sessions with two or more students.

Travel policy

Tim will travel within 20 miles of Sonoma, CA 95476.

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