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Ken M. - Economics Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/10/13
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Ken M. - Economics Tutor

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I have been an adjunct professor of economics for Regis University for more than 15 years, primarily teaching microeconomics and macroeconomics. As such, I have extensive experience with several text books and a host of problem sets/exams. In my experience, I find the main impediments to understanding economics generally fall into the following areas:

(1) Conceptual understanding - Starting with supply and demand relationships, I strive to teach the fundamentals through illustration and examples from real life. This includes topics such as market equilibrium, shift factors, elasticity, price floors, price ceilings, etc. Further, production theory appears to be the next greatest challenge for the beginning microeconomics student. On the macroeconomics side, Keynesian economics, aggregate supply/aggregate demand, national income accounting and classical economics often are the main challenges, but not the only ones. A one-on-one conversation on these topics, with different examples and exercises, usually results in student understanding of these concepts with improvement in performance on exams and homework.

(2) Rusty math skills - I use algebra in my tutoring and occasionally I find the student who has forgotten how to form and manipulate ratios, find the slope of a line, or perform other algebraic operations. Unless a student is comfortable with algebra, it becomes an impediment when trying to solve economic problems. I check to make sure the student knows these operations so s/he can use these tools to solve the problems presented in economics that require math skills.

(3) Graphaphobia - Some people just don't understand how graphs work. Normally, graphs are a pictorial version of a table of data values that are plotted and reveal relationships among the data; e.g., supply and demand. Graphs are easier to understand in contrast to working with mathematical equations to find answers. I also make sure that students understand the basics of how to construct and manipulate a graph.

I focus on economics instruction because that is what I know best. I have also taught accounting, statistics and business planning; however, there are other tutors available for those topics. Economics is not a particularly easy subject, especially if you have never been exposed to it. However, realize you are constantly making economic decisions in your personal life, and it is helpful to link the theory with your personal world when trying to grasp the concepts. I teach, but I also spend a lot of time with back and forth on the topics and associated problem sets so that economic theory becomes embedded in your brain, and this difficult subject becomes understandable.

In addition to tutoring on college-level economics, I also am available for high school students who wish to pursue AP economics.

Business:
Economics
Homeschool:
Economics
Corporate Training:
Economics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Economics

15 years adjunct faculty for Regis University in micro and macroeconomics

Master's degree in economics from George Mason University, VA

California State University - East Bay
Business - Finance
George Mason University
Master's

Education

California State University - East Bay (Business - Finance)

George Mason University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

One hour minimum charge. Fractions of an hour after one hour will be prorated to the nearest 15 minutes.

Travel policy

Ken will travel within 30 miles of Golden, CO 80403.


About Ken

I have been an adjunct professor of economics for Regis University for more than 15 years, primarily teaching microeconomics and macroeconomics. As such, I have extensive experience with several text books and a host of problem sets/exams. In my experience, I find the main impediments to understanding economics generally fall into the following areas:

(1) Conceptual understanding - Starting with supply and demand relationships, I strive to teach the fundamentals through illustration and examples from real life. This includes topics such as market equilibrium, shift factors, elasticity, price floors, price ceilings, etc. Further, production theory appears to be the next greatest challenge for the beginning microeconomics student. On the macroeconomics side, Keynesian economics, aggregate supply/aggregate demand, national income accounting and classical economics often are the main challenges, but not the only ones. A one-on-one conversation on these topics, with different examples and exercises, usually results in student understanding of these concepts with improvement in performance on exams and homework.

(2) Rusty math skills - I use algebra in my tutoring and occasionally I find the student who has forgotten how to form and manipulate ratios, find the slope of a line, or perform other algebraic operations. Unless a student is comfortable with algebra, it becomes an impediment when trying to solve economic problems. I check to make sure the student knows these operations so s/he can use these tools to solve the problems presented in economics that require math skills.

(3) Graphaphobia - Some people just don't understand how graphs work. Normally, graphs are a pictorial version of a table of data values that are plotted and reveal relationships among the data; e.g., supply and demand. Graphs are easier to understand in contrast to working with mathematical equations to find answers. I also make sure that students understand the basics of how to construct and manipulate a graph.

I focus on economics instruction because that is what I know best. I have also taught accounting, statistics and business planning; however, there are other tutors available for those topics. Economics is not a particularly easy subject, especially if you have never been exposed to it. However, realize you are constantly making economic decisions in your personal life, and it is helpful to link the theory with your personal world when trying to grasp the concepts. I teach, but I also spend a lot of time with back and forth on the topics and associated problem sets so that economic theory becomes embedded in your brain, and this difficult subject becomes understandable.

In addition to tutoring on college-level economics, I also am available for high school students who wish to pursue AP economics.

Education

California State University - East Bay
Business - Finance
George Mason University
Master's

Education

California State University - East Bay (Business - Finance)

George Mason University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required

One hour minimum charge. Fractions of an hour after one hour will be prorated to the nearest 15 minutes.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Golden, CO 80403

Ken’s Subjects

Business:
Economics
Homeschool:
Economics
Corporate Training:
Economics

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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