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Paul K.

Experienced, Understandable and Memorable Math Tutor

Experienced, Understandable and Memorable Math Tutor

$30/hour

  • 683 hours tutoring

  • Tucson, AZ 85739

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Working my way through college by tutoring as many as 6 students per week, I graduated summa cum laude with honors in mathematics from GSU and earned an MS in mathematics from UCI. Working as a pension consultant and ultimately as Director of Actuarial Consulting taught me to effectively present complex issues in understandable terms to CEO’s. In my second career as a high and middle school math teacher I taught all math courses from fractions through calculus, developed courses in math h...

Working my way through college by tutoring as many as 6 students per week, I graduated summa cum laude with honors in mathematics from GSU and earned an MS in mathematics from UCI.

Working as a pension consultant and ultimately as Director of Actuarial Consulting taught me to effectively present complex issues in understandable terms to CEO’s.

In my second career as a high and middle school math teacher I taught all math courses from fractions through calculus, developed courses in math history and math strategies for problem solving, coached teams to State competitions, helped raise failing grades of 15 AP Calculus students to A's and B's; and at the college level as a teaching assistant I attracted packed classrooms of freshmen Calculus students at UCI as a result of my clarity of explanation. These experiences have enriched my understanding of math and my ability to clearly and simply explain math to students.

I have now accumulated over 1000 hours experience tutoring in-person and online across the continental US and Hawaii.


Education

Georgia State University
Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Masters
University of California at Irvine
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $30
  • Rate details: $30/hr online $40/hr in-person
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 11 miles of Tucson, AZ 85739
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/30/2012

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I was always bothered that the word, "Algebra" had no intrinsic meaning to me. I know what algebra is, but then one might as well call it "Kaborsck" as far as I was concerned. After reading several math history books I pieced together a meaning that makes sense to me: The word "algebra" comes from the Arabic root word "al-jabr" which was borrowed from the medical profession to disconnect and reconnect bones. In Algebra students will learn to solve equations (1st and 2nd degree) by connecting and disconnecting numbers and letters that represent numbers. I will ask them to "al-jabr". It was once known as the Cossic Art. "Coss" is Latin for "the thing". In modern Algebra we most frequently use "x" to represent "the thing". Start any word problem with labeling the unknown, "Let x = the number of ...." It is this great art that has so greatly advanced all the modern sciences. Think of it as the art that supports the sciences!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 In Algebra 2 students will extend the ideas of Algebra 1 which involved linear and quadratic equations to 1) systems of linear equations represented using matrices; 2) equations involving radicals (square and cube roots); 3) rational functions which are ratios of linear and quadratic expressions; 4) exponential and logarithmic equations; and 5) conic sections which involve parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas. 6) trigonometric relationships culminating in the law of sins and the law of cosines. I have taught Algebra 2 many times while on Kauai and have experience tutoring many students at various ability levels in the Tucson area to understand and solve problems in Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have tutored many students in AP calculus in high school both AB and BC Calculus. I have taught Calculus in a private high school and once taught 15 AP Calculus students in a public high school on Kauai because they couldn't understand their Calculus teacher and were all getting D’s and F’s. After several months of work, they all graduated at the top of their class and several became valedictorians. In graduate school I taught 1st year Calculus at Georgia Tech and math labs at University of California at Irvine that were so popular that there was standing room only.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a mental discipline requiring students to understand what is true and to be able to show why. I have taught the subject several times in a private high school on Kauai and tutored many students through the what and the why of geometric principles. I am currently tutoring students in person in the Tucson area and now online across the US.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is all about fractions, "broken numbers". Percentages and decimals are fractions in a certain form. A ratio and a proportion involve fractions. The student must learn to deal with fractions: reduce and expand them in order to combine fractions by addition and subtraction. Lewis Caroll, who was a math teacher, was thinking of adding and subtracting fractions when he wrote about Alice shrinking and expanding to get the key to get into the garden. Once students can do this they must enter that strange garden and learn how to apply this knowledge to solve problems involving numbers, basic geometric shapes and probabilities. If they are good at it they may end up at the Mad Hater's tea party at the Large Hadron Collider.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus from several different textbooks and successfully tutored many students through it. I am currently working with two students in the Tucson area, one in college and the other in high school.
SAT Math

SAT Math

SAT tests mostly cover material from Algebra and Geometry. Statistics show the best way to improve your score by around 100 points is to take another year of math like Algebra 2. Working problems from an SAT prep manual can improve your score by around 50 points. Practice working the sample tests at first without any time pressure. Problems that you cannot work or that took too long should be reviewed with your tutor. After going through 3 or more sample tests with your tutor (me hopefully), begin to take them within the allowed time limit. If a problem takes too much time, review it with your tutor (me please) to see if there is an easier way to get to the correct answer.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I was always bothered that the word, "Algebra" had no intrinsic meaning to me. I know what algebra is, but then one might as well call it "Kaborsck" as far as I was concerned. After reading several math history books I pieced together a meaning that makes sense to me: The word "algebra" comes from the Arabic root word "al-jabr" which was borrowed from the medical profession to disconnect and reconnect bones. In Algebra students will learn to solve equations (1st and 2nd degree) by connecting and disconnecting numbers and letters that represent numbers. I will ask them to "al-jabr". It was once known as the Cossic Art. "Coss" is Latin for "the thing". In modern Algebra we most frequently use "x" to represent "the thing". Start any word problem with labeling the unknown, "Let x = the number of ...." It is this great art that has so greatly advanced all the modern sciences. Think of it as the art that supports the sciences!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 In Algebra 2 students will extend the ideas of Algebra 1 which involved linear and quadratic equations to 1) systems of linear equations represented using matrices; 2) equations involving radicals (square and cube roots); 3) rational functions which are ratios of linear and quadratic expressions; 4) exponential and logarithmic equations; and 5) conic sections which involve parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas. 6) trigonometric relationships culminating in the law of sins and the law of cosines. I have taught Algebra 2 many times while on Kauai and have experience tutoring many students at various ability levels in the Tucson area to understand and solve problems in Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have tutored many students in AP calculus in high school both AB and BC Calculus. I have taught Calculus in a private high school and once taught 15 AP Calculus students in a public high school on Kauai because they couldn't understand their Calculus teacher and were all getting D’s and F’s. After several months of work, they all graduated at the top of their class and several became valedictorians. In graduate school I taught 1st year Calculus at Georgia Tech and math labs at University of California at Irvine that were so popular that there was standing room only.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a mental discipline requiring students to understand what is true and to be able to show why. I have taught the subject several times in a private high school on Kauai and tutored many students through the what and the why of geometric principles. I am currently tutoring students in person in the Tucson area and now online across the US.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is all about fractions, "broken numbers". Percentages and decimals are fractions in a certain form. A ratio and a proportion involve fractions. The student must learn to deal with fractions: reduce and expand them in order to combine fractions by addition and subtraction. Lewis Caroll, who was a math teacher, was thinking of adding and subtracting fractions when he wrote about Alice shrinking and expanding to get the key to get into the garden. Once students can do this they must enter that strange garden and learn how to apply this knowledge to solve problems involving numbers, basic geometric shapes and probabilities. If they are good at it they may end up at the Mad Hater's tea party at the Large Hadron Collider.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus from several different textbooks and successfully tutored many students through it. I am currently working with two students in the Tucson area, one in college and the other in high school.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

SAT tests mostly cover material from Algebra and Geometry. Statistics show the best way to improve your score by around 100 points is to take another year of math like Algebra 2. Working problems from an SAT prep manual can improve your score by around 50 points. Practice working the sample tests at first without any time pressure. Problems that you cannot work or that took too long should be reviewed with your tutor. After going through 3 or more sample tests with your tutor (me hopefully), begin to take them within the allowed time limit. If a problem takes too much time, review it with your tutor (me please) to see if there is an easier way to get to the correct answer.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the study of triangles. I starts with right triangles in which if one angle is the same as any other right triangle, then the triangles are similar and hence their sides are proportional. In particular the ratios of their sides is the same. The basic ratios are sin, cos and tan and their reciprocals are csc, sec and cot, respectively. Relationships are developed among these ratios as well as the law of sins and the law of cosines which are used to resolve all the sides and angles of any triangle. A thorough knowledge of trigonometry is needed for the study of calculus which is the mathematics of motion. There are basically two types of motion: linear and rotational. Trigonometry is the lynchpin that connects these two and hence is essential for calculus.
ACT Math

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I was always bothered that the word, "Algebra" had no intrinsic meaning to me. I know what algebra is, but then one might as well call it "Kaborsck" as far as I was concerned. After reading several math history books I pieced together a meaning that makes sense to me: The word "algebra" comes from the Arabic root word "al-jabr" which was borrowed from the medical profession to disconnect and reconnect bones. In Algebra students will learn to solve equations (1st and 2nd degree) by connecting and disconnecting numbers and letters that represent numbers. I will ask them to "al-jabr". It was once known as the Cossic Art. "Coss" is Latin for "the thing". In modern Algebra we most frequently use "x" to represent "the thing". Start any word problem with labeling the unknown, "Let x = the number of ...." It is this great art that has so greatly advanced all the modern sciences. Think of it as the art that supports the sciences!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 In Algebra 2 students will extend the ideas of Algebra 1 which involved linear and quadratic equations to 1) systems of linear equations represented using matrices; 2) equations involving radicals (square and cube roots); 3) rational functions which are ratios of linear and quadratic expressions; 4) exponential and logarithmic equations; and 5) conic sections which involve parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas. 6) trigonometric relationships culminating in the law of sins and the law of cosines. I have taught Algebra 2 many times while on Kauai and have experience tutoring many students at various ability levels in the Tucson area to understand and solve problems in Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have tutored many students in AP calculus in high school both AB and BC Calculus. I have taught Calculus in a private high school and once taught 15 AP Calculus students in a public high school on Kauai because they couldn't understand their Calculus teacher and were all getting D’s and F’s. After several months of work, they all graduated at the top of their class and several became valedictorians. In graduate school I taught 1st year Calculus at Georgia Tech and math labs at University of California at Irvine that were so popular that there was standing room only.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a mental discipline requiring students to understand what is true and to be able to show why. I have taught the subject several times in a private high school on Kauai and tutored many students through the what and the why of geometric principles. I am currently tutoring students in person in the Tucson area and now online across the US.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is all about fractions, "broken numbers". Percentages and decimals are fractions in a certain form. A ratio and a proportion involve fractions. The student must learn to deal with fractions: reduce and expand them in order to combine fractions by addition and subtraction. Lewis Caroll, who was a math teacher, was thinking of adding and subtracting fractions when he wrote about Alice shrinking and expanding to get the key to get into the garden. Once students can do this they must enter that strange garden and learn how to apply this knowledge to solve problems involving numbers, basic geometric shapes and probabilities. If they are good at it they may end up at the Mad Hater's tea party at the Large Hadron Collider.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught Pre-Calculus from several different textbooks and successfully tutored many students through it. I am currently working with two students in the Tucson area, one in college and the other in high school.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I was always bothered that the word, "Algebra" had no intrinsic meaning to me. I know what algebra is, but then one might as well call it "Kaborsck" as far as I was concerned. After reading several math history books I pieced together a meaning that makes sense to me: The word "algebra" comes from the Arabic root word "al-jabr" which was borrowed from the medical profession to disconnect and reconnect bones. In Algebra students will learn to solve equations (1st and 2nd degree) by connecting and disconnecting numbers and letters that represent numbers. I will ask them to "al-jabr". It was once known as the Cossic Art. "Coss" is Latin for "the thing". In modern Algebra we most frequently use "x" to represent "the thing". Start any word problem with labeling the unknown, "Let x = the number of ...." It is this great art that has so greatly advanced all the modern sciences. Think of it as the art that supports the sciences!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 In Algebra 2 students will extend the ideas of Algebra 1 which involved linear and quadratic equations to 1) systems of linear equations represented using matrices; 2) equations involving radicals (square and cube roots); 3) rational functions which are ratios of linear and quadratic expressions; 4) exponential and logarithmic equations; and 5) conic sections which involve parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas. 6) trigonometric relationships culminating in the law of sins and the law of cosines. I have taught Algebra 2 many times while on Kauai and have experience tutoring many students at various ability levels in the Tucson area to understand and solve problems in Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have tutored many students in AP calculus in high school both AB and BC Calculus. I have taught Calculus in a private high school and once taught 15 AP Calculus students in a public high school on Kauai because they couldn't understand their Calculus teacher and were all getting D’s and F’s. After several months of work, they all graduated at the top of their class and several became valedictorians. In graduate school I taught 1st year Calculus at Georgia Tech and math labs at University of California at Irvine that were so popular that there was standing room only.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is a mental discipline requiring students to understand what is true and to be able to show why. I have taught the subject several times in a private high school on Kauai and tutored many students through the what and the why of geometric principles. I am currently tutoring students in person in the Tucson area and now online across the US.
SAT Math

SAT Math

SAT tests mostly cover material from Algebra and Geometry. Statistics show the best way to improve your score by around 100 points is to take another year of math like Algebra 2. Working problems from an SAT prep manual can improve your score by around 50 points. Practice working the sample tests at first without any time pressure. Problems that you cannot work or that took too long should be reviewed with your tutor. After going through 3 or more sample tests with your tutor (me hopefully), begin to take them within the allowed time limit. If a problem takes too much time, review it with your tutor (me please) to see if there is an easier way to get to the correct answer.

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

SAT tests mostly cover material from Algebra and Geometry. Statistics show the best way to improve your score by around 100 points is to take another year of math like Algebra 2. Working problems from an SAT prep manual can improve your score by around 50 points. Practice working the sample tests at first without any time pressure. Problems that you cannot work or that took too long should be reviewed with your tutor. After going through 3 or more sample tests with your tutor (me hopefully), begin to take them within the allowed time limit. If a problem takes too much time, review it with your tutor (me please) to see if there is an easier way to get to the correct answer.
ACT Math

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Knowledgeable and patient

He was very patient and actually got through to my 16 yr son, who is in AP Algebra II working on Trigonometry, who is ready for another session believe or not. So thank you Paul!

Thomas , 2 lessons with Paul

Very patient with my son and my son felt very comfortable!!!

my son was very relaxed this can not wait to get Paul to tutor with my son again. He is a blessing. I will schedule another session very soon on days that my son would need tutoring. He has a busy schedule with sports.

Sonya, 2 lessons with Paul

Knowledgeable and patient

Paul has helped my son so much in Calculus and provides thorough step by step instructions! Couldn't be more pleased with the experience!

Sanjay, 12 lessons with Paul

Top notch tutor

We feel extremely lucky that Mr Paul is tutoring our son for his Algebra class. Mr Paul has a truly special way to explain the concepts that goes beyond mere transmission of rules or steps. He is teaching my son how to think like a mathematician and how to develop his critical thinking skills. As an educator myself, I recognize his approach and teaching philosophy as a distinctive indicator of a master teacher. Also, Mr Paul is a caring individual that understands that through his job, he is touching lives and helping others build their future. He is professional and kind. If you are looking for a tutor with a formidable depth of knowledge, great rapport and a remarkable ability to inspire , Mr Paul is the right person.

Alma, 20 lessons with Paul

Clear spoken and straightforward tutor

Paul is a great tutor, he is very good at simplifying difficult math problems; which is something really helps me out.

Greta, 7 lessons with Paul

Top Notch Tutor.

Thank you so much for helping my daughter. She was really stuck in understanding the math assignment at her school. Her teacher tried to help her but it did not work. Now that she has you as her tutor, she really started understanding the lesson. Our daughter will be back for her next session with you Wednesday. Thank you you so much Paul.

Cheryl, 1 lesson with Paul

Waited Patiently

Mr K. was so gracious to accommodate us at the last minute when my son panicked due to an upcoming test. Then when the time came, my son was late due to my miscommunication. Mr K. graciously waited and spent time with my son. The test grades aren't out yet but we're hopeful . . .

Katherine, 7 lessons with Paul

Very helpful and knows what he is doing

Mr. K is very good with handling kids and teens. He has a lot of knowledge to share with you and is very willing to help

Gina, 3 lessons with Paul

Very Knowledgeable

Paul was patient and had a real understanding of how to teach young people so they can understand this complicated information. Thanks so much! We will be seeing you on a regular basis!

Stacy, 7 lessons with Paul

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