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James R.

James R. - Math Tutor

Torrance, CA (90505)

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I want to help high school students who, for whatever reason, are having trouble with math subjects, especially those who intend to go on to college. I have tutored my three children and 5 grandchildren, the oldest of whom graduated in Medicine in 4 Years from the University of California at Davis, CA. My greatest enjoyment comes from observing one of these children suddenly grasp a concept which they were having difficulty with.

My formal education includes both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio and the University of Southern California where I had many math, probability and statistics courses. My work experience began at Northrop where I worked on the design of the inertial navigation system for the YF12 SR71 reconnaissance aircraft, the Blackbird, which still holds the coast to coast speed record, and has many advantages over the currently used Satellites. While at Northrop, I also worked on the Apollo Lunar Module powered flight tracking processor, a computer program based in Houston, which processed data from tracking stations around the world and computed parameters, including the downrange error which was voice-linked to the astronauts so that the Lunar Module would land near the planned site.

Still at Northrop, I worked on basing studies for the Peacekeeper ballistic missile. Then, after the hardware contracts were awarded, I participated in the systems engineering and technical direction of the contractors: Northrop, Rockwell, Honeywell and others.

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James’s subjects

Algebra 1

Algebra is a prerequisite for all higher math classes. Contents include numbers systems,variables, functions, graphing, inequalities and polynomial equations. You work with symbols rather than numbers.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 takes basic concepts learned in algebra 1 and expands on them. Required for earning a GED, it improves critical thinking and problem solving ability and is usually required before going to college. It further explores relationship between numbers, shapes and measuring distance. Topics include: rational expressions, quadratic equations and algorithms. It prepares students for more advanced math and science classes.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored all of my grandchildren when they were in k-6th. My oldest one has finished her education at the University of California, Davis, CA. The others are all doing well in all subjects.
My educational background is: Electrical Engineering at Ohio University, where I was a member of TAU Beta PHI, an engineering honor society; M.S. Electrical Engineering at University of California.
Following my graduation at Ohio, I continued working toward my Masters degree at USC while working on several interesting projects at the Northrop corporation including the Apollo program, the SR71 (Blackbird} reconnaissance aircraft and the Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.

I enjoy teaching kids all subjects. My favorite subjects are math, but I am also very capable in English and other subjects. I have taught all of my children and grandchildren to read.

Thank you for your consideration of my K-6th

James Rutkoskie


I studied plane and solid geometry in high school, and have applied it to many areas during college and post grad school.
I have used it in my years of work in the engineering field. It is another major stepping stone to other higher math subjects


I have completed both algebra 1 & algebra 2.
I passed the online test for pre-algebra.
I have tutored my children and grandchildren in all of these subjects. I have more than 15 years of tutoring experience, and enjoy helping kids learn these very important subjects.


I studied calculus and many other higher level math subjects while obtaining my BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering at Ohio and USC.

Study Skills

Study Skills

I've learned these study skills over the years, primarily during my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Ohio University.

1) Be organized in your study area, e.g. at home, in your dormitory, in study hall. Remove/ avoid all clutter.
2) Choose a regular study time: Study hall, after school, or the best daily time for you.
3) Take the most complete class notes possible, recognizing that you may not always be able to write fast enough to make the notes perfectly clear.
4) Recopy and study the class notes into a permanent/final note book. Note any questions and/or important facts.
5) Use the permanent note book as a guide for what you need to study more before exams.
6) Do your homework assignment from class. If you have any questions, review your textbook and/or ask questions at the next class.

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Ohio University, Athens

University of Southern Califonria (USC) (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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James will travel within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90505.

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