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Ken J.

Ventura, CA

$60/hr

Chemistry Math and Physics demystified. It's not rocket science!

Background check passed as of 9/11/12
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Chemistry Math and Physics demystified. It's not rocket science!

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Currently I am a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at a CA High School.
Previously I have been an educational professional for 40 years, starting as a teacher of Math and Physics in High school to AP/1st year undergraduate level and I hold teaching credentials in both California and the UK. Later I taught Chemistry (the subject of my degree) to the same standard. I have many former students who have studied at the top UK Universities; Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Imperial London and so on taking mainly the subjects that I have taught them. More recently I have been a college (for 16-19 year old students) Principal but have been required, in that role, to intervene when teachers have been underperforming. I have taught Math and Physics in that capacity and have been inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools with good results. My college was a highly successful one in the UK with students performing in the top 5% nationally when judged by their prior achievement.

I have also worked as a school improvement adviser. This, among other things, required me to observe teachers in class and to grade them and give feedback on their performance. I therefore understand what good teaching, and more importantly good learning, is.

I have worked as a private tutor in the UK, mainly for Math and Physics but also for Chemistry, I now have a regular client group in California for the same subjects both at College and High School level; I enjoy working 1 on 1 with students. I prefer to work collaboratively with the student so that they can tell me areas they feel they need to improve and I will work specifically on those areas with them. I very much believe in learning (by the student) being more important than teaching (by the teacher) and so I try at all times to give students more responsibility for their own learning while I act more in a guidance/facilitating capacity.

Testimonials

"Amazing results! Fabulous tutor!!"

- Johnna, Camarillo, CA on 5/10/13

"After just one session..."

- Cristy, Newbury Park, CA on 9/9/14

"Really Nice Person, Knows His Stuff."

- Maddie, Ventura, CA on 5/5/14

"Patient and engaging."

- Caitlin, Camarillo, CA on 3/12/13
Ken replied on 3/26/2013

The Math is Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.

"Very good tutor, flexible, accessible and personable."

- Lauren, Ventura, CA on 2/24/13
Ken replied on 2/25/2013

Lauren's daughter is studying Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

"Very Patient"

- Steven, Ventura, CA on 2/20/13
Ken replied on 2/23/2013

Steven's daughter is studying for Algebra 1.

"Can't We Just Keep Him?"

- Sheila, Camarillo, CA on 12/5/12

"My son's grades have improved."

- Cherie, Newbury Park, CA on 11/21/12

"Worth every penny."

- Alberto, Santa Paula, CA on 11/17/12
Ken replied on 2/27/2013

Alberto completed his Physics course and gained a grade A

"Great tutor! Always prepared and very helpful!"

- Sonia, Moorpark, CA on 11/8/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math, TEAS

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 2

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+, and I have taught all aspects of Mathematics, both Pure Math and Applied Math, ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus.
Since coming to the USA I have tutored Math students at all levels and in all subjects with considerable success.

I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.

Chemistry

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics with a minor in Physical Science at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+. I have taught Chemistry to the post 16 age group from College entry level to first year college level; Chemistry being the subject of my first degree.

Since coming to the USA I have tutored Chemistry students at all levels with considerable success.
I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry was a significant part of my degree. I studied in three lectures a week in my first year, 4 in my second and 3 in my final year. There were also weekly organic chemistry tutorials during the first year with a professor. I emphasize reaction mechanisms as an approach to learning organic chemistry. There are really very few types of chemical reaction and learning these, and the mechanisms by which they occur is the best way to understand organic chemistry. Understanding of chemical bonding is an essential prerequisite.

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!

TEAS

I am able to tutor students in the TEAS test for Mathematics. The Mathematics component of the TEAS contains mainly Arithmetic and conversions between different units, all of which is at a level of Algebra 1 or below. I am already certified to tutor Mathematics up to Calculus and there is nothing in the TEAS syllabus that is at this level. Therefore I am certain that I am qualified to tutor students in the Mathematics component of TEAS

University of Birmingham, England
Chemistry
Institute of Education , London University, England
Other

Education

University of Birmingham, England (Chemistry)

Institute of Education , London University, England (Other)

Amazing results! Fabulous tutor!! — Ken helped 5 of my high school softball players in Algebra 2, Geometry and Chemistry. They all improved TREMENDOUSLY with his help. He is thorough, patient and uses different styles of teaching depending on the abilities of each girl. All 5 had only great things to say about him and the results were simply AMAZING. One girl went from a low F in Algebra 2 to a B in a short period of time! When ...

— Johnna, Camarillo, CA on 5/10/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Group rates available for >1 student taking the same lesson. Cancellations 2-12 hours in advance will incur 1/2 lesson charge due. Cancellations with <2 hours notice will incur full charge.

Travel policy

Ken will travel within 20 miles of Ventura, CA 93004.


About Ken

Currently I am a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at a CA High School.
Previously I have been an educational professional for 40 years, starting as a teacher of Math and Physics in High school to AP/1st year undergraduate level and I hold teaching credentials in both California and the UK. Later I taught Chemistry (the subject of my degree) to the same standard. I have many former students who have studied at the top UK Universities; Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Imperial London and so on taking mainly the subjects that I have taught them. More recently I have been a college (for 16-19 year old students) Principal but have been required, in that role, to intervene when teachers have been underperforming. I have taught Math and Physics in that capacity and have been inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools with good results. My college was a highly successful one in the UK with students performing in the top 5% nationally when judged by their prior achievement.

I have also worked as a school improvement adviser. This, among other things, required me to observe teachers in class and to grade them and give feedback on their performance. I therefore understand what good teaching, and more importantly good learning, is.

I have worked as a private tutor in the UK, mainly for Math and Physics but also for Chemistry, I now have a regular client group in California for the same subjects both at College and High School level; I enjoy working 1 on 1 with students. I prefer to work collaboratively with the student so that they can tell me areas they feel they need to improve and I will work specifically on those areas with them. I very much believe in learning (by the student) being more important than teaching (by the teacher) and so I try at all times to give students more responsibility for their own learning while I act more in a guidance/facilitating capacity.

Testimonials

"Amazing results! Fabulous tutor!!"

- Johnna, Camarillo, CA on 5/10/13

"After just one session..."

- Cristy, Newbury Park, CA on 9/9/14

"Really Nice Person, Knows His Stuff."

- Maddie, Ventura, CA on 5/5/14

"Patient and engaging."

- Caitlin, Camarillo, CA on 3/12/13
Ken replied on 3/26/2013

The Math is Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.

"Very good tutor, flexible, accessible and personable."

- Lauren, Ventura, CA on 2/24/13
Ken replied on 2/25/2013

Lauren's daughter is studying Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

"Very Patient"

- Steven, Ventura, CA on 2/20/13
Ken replied on 2/23/2013

Steven's daughter is studying for Algebra 1.

"Can't We Just Keep Him?"

- Sheila, Camarillo, CA on 12/5/12

"My son's grades have improved."

- Cherie, Newbury Park, CA on 11/21/12

"Worth every penny."

- Alberto, Santa Paula, CA on 11/17/12
Ken replied on 2/27/2013

Alberto completed his Physics course and gained a grade A

"Great tutor! Always prepared and very helpful!"

- Sonia, Moorpark, CA on 11/8/12
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Education

University of Birmingham, England
Chemistry
Institute of Education , London University, England
Other

Education

University of Birmingham, England (Chemistry)

Institute of Education , London University, England (Other)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Group rates available for >1 student taking the same lesson. Cancellations 2-12 hours in advance will incur 1/2 lesson charge due. Cancellations with <2 hours notice will incur full charge.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Ventura, CA 93004

Ken’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math, TEAS

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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