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Kenneth S.

Mesa, AZ

$39/hour

Algebra/Trig/Precalculus/Calculus Instructor Can Be Your Tutor

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 2/28/13
4.8 average from 54 ratings
Excellent Geometry Honors Tutoring - Very patient and effective!
— Kamette, Scottsdale, AZ on 9/12/13

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Stanford University
Mathematics

Education

Stanford University (Mathematics)

About Kenneth

I'm a Stanford University Mathematics major who retired in 2014 after 15 years teaching math at Mesa Community College. I have extensive math tutoring experience in Arizona and California. Previously, I was a high school mathematics teacher in Pacific Palisades, California and Louisville, Kentucky, and even in Thailand as well as at College Preparatory Center of Aramco (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

I live in Thailand two thirds of the year, and in Mesa, AZ during the Spring every year. I enjoy helping those struggling in key math courses during their Junior or Senior years to make a full recovery of their academic hopes in this critical time in their lives. Recently I have found that my excellent early training in math and my up-to-date knowledge of calculator techniques has enabled me to salvage the semesters of students lost in the confusion of Common Core's shaky and not always wonderful 'reforms.'

I believe that every student willing to work can succeed in his or her progress through the courses of mathematics. I believe that from every course a student should obtain insight and retain mastery over the key concepts, and that such understanding forms the basis for further advancement. In other words, a math course is not something to do once and then it's over and forgotten.

I hope to meet you to help you--good communication and encouragement will produce the success you want. My practical approach will smooth some of the rough technical edges of mathematics for you.
I'm a Stanford University Mathematics major who retired in 2014 after 15 years teaching math at Mesa Community College. I have extensive math tutoring experience in Arizona and California. Previously, I was a high school mathematics teacher in Pacific Palisades, California and Louisville, Kentucky, and even in Thailand as well as at College Read more

Policies

Discount for Algebra 1: 10% off standard rate. Special arrangements can be made for students needing high frequency of tutoring.

Travel Radius
Travels within 16 miles of Mesa, AZ 85206
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Geometry Honors Tutoring - Very patient and effective!"

- Kamette, Scottsdale, AZ on 9/12/13

"A very helpful and knowledgeable tutor"

- Bonnie, Mesa, AZ on 2/22/16

"Great tutor!!!"

- Cristy, Mesa, AZ on 4/10/13

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Mechelle, Gilbert, AZ on 1/12/13

"Math guru."

- Bojan, Chandler, AZ on 11/8/12

"Great pace"

- Grace, Chandler, AZ on 11/4/12
English:
English
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED,
GMAT, GRE,
SAT Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

Having taught both college and high school, I am qualified by experience as well as schooling in mathematics and in the art of listening to students and getting them the help and understanding that they need.

Algebra 1

Having taught both college and high school, I am qualified by experience as well as by schooling in mathematics. Over the years I have perfected the art of listening to students and getting them the help and understanding that they need.

Throughout the years 2000-2014 I was an instructor and tutor at MCC, teaching Algebra at all levels, as well as Trigonometry and Calculus. My teaching career began at Palisades Sr. High School in California.

My solid background includes mathematics degree from Stanford and teaching in California, Kentucky, Arizona--and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1996).

Algebra 2

I've taught both college and high school and am qualified both by experience as well as my mathematics major (Stanford). I am retired from MCC math department, where I taught College Algebra.

ASVAB

I've been tutoring all levels of math up to Calculus for several years, since retiring from high school and community college teaching.

My solid education at Stanford University is the base of my success in teaching and tutoring.
I concentrate on key ideas and the reasons behind them, coupled with sensible practical uses of these basics.

Calculus

Having taught Calculus at both college and high school, I am qualified by extensive experience as well as holding a mathematics degree (Stanford Univ.). My tutoring experience goes back as far as 1987.

GED

The GED is an important exam, and much of it depends upon careful reading to determine the meaning of a sentence, or to locate and correct a deliberate error (spelling or syntax) in the phrasing. I possess the skills and training to assist anyone in this. In addition, a lot of the test has to do with competence in basic math, such as percentages and fundamentals of algebra, so my Mathematics Degree and copious teaching experience are very helpful when tutoring those in need of passing GED.

Geometry

Back in my high school days, Geometry was the first math class that I found really intriguing. It influenced me to want to become a math teacher, and that is eventually what happened.

I taught Geometry when I began teaching in California in 1986. After several years of high school teaching, I taught internationally (high school) and then throughout 2000-2014 was a math instructor at MCC.

I have a great deal of tutoring experience in this subject, and I hope to help you gain insight and understanding into this most basic building block of math.

You owe it to yourself to build a solid foundation in order to avoid stumbling blocks in your path.

GRE

The GRE is an important exam, and much of it depends upon careful reading to determine the meaning of a sentence, and to choose the correct answer by reasoning and interpretation.

Perhaps more importantly, in the Quantitative Reasoning part of the exam, a candidate must demonstrate good knowledge of numeracy, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, distributions (Bell curve) and the like.

My Mathematics Degree and copious teaching experience are very helpful when tutoring those in need of passing GRE. Because this is such an important milestone in a person's career path, it's wise to get an experienced and well-rounded math tutor, and I offer you this choice.

Precalculus

I practice the art of listening to students to discover what they need. My tutoring experience goes back to 1987 when I taught at a Sr. High School in California, including Precalculus. At MCC I taught Algebra (at all levels), Trigonometry and Calculus until retiring in 2014.

Probability

I am qualified to assist students in the many subtopics of probability, including binomial, normal, Poisson and hypergeometric distributions. In the recent past I have taught a course at MCC that included this material (MAT218). I suggest a TI-84 or TI-83 calculator, or equivalent, to any student in this course. But of course the real key to success is understanding the basic principles, knowing how to classify and set up a problem. This insight and depth of understanding is the key to success, which I can help with.

SAT Math

Dreading the SAT? Want to maximize your score, which affects your acceptance to the college you want? If so, I think I'd be your best choice to review all of the math topics that are included in the SAT.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is one of the most elegant parts of mathematics. If you are given the key to mastery of it (which I can do for you), it's extremely enjoyable. It's a major component of eventual success in Calculus, and so the requirement should be taken very seriously. With my heavy experience teaching at high schools in California and Kentucky, and at college in Arizona (2000-2014), I can make Trig a success for you.

Stanford University
Mathematics

Education

Stanford University (Mathematics)

Excellent Geometry Honors Tutoring - Very patient and effective!

My daughter required some very short notice help to get her caught up and clear headed for a Geometry Quiz. She had a lot of anxiety about meeting with a tutor as she felt "behind and stupid" in her course work so far this year. Kenneth immediately put her at ease and covered a summary of her chapter problems with her. In one hour, he was able to help clear up a lot of her questions & concerns,

— Kamette, Scottsdale, AZ on 9/12/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $39.00

Discount for Algebra 1: 10% off standard rate. Special arrangements can be made for students needing high frequency of tutoring.

Travel policy

Kenneth will travel within 16 miles of Mesa, AZ 85206.