Philip P.

Culver City, CA


Elementary through College Math & Science Tutor; Test Preparator

2500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/28/16
4.9 average from 758 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Cindy, Sherman Oaks, CA on 5/22/13


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University of California, Irvine


University of California, Irvine

About Philip

I am a full-time tutor with over 8 years and 2500 hours of experience just with WyzAnt. This is not my second job or an opportunity to make extra money for college; this is my profession. It allows me to be more reliable, consistent, and flexible with my scheduling. It also allows me to form long-term commitments with my clients' families.

I tutor most branches of Mathematics including Prealgebra, Algebra 1 (Elementary Algebra), Algebra 2 (Intermediate Algebra), Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Calculus. I am familiar with the ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) web-based learning program.

I also tutor the main Science classes - Chemistry (both General and Organic), Physics, and the different branches of Biology (Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology).

In addition, I prepare students for standardized tests including the PSAT, GED, ASVAB, ACT, and SAT (all three parts – SAT Math, SAT Reading, and SAT Writing).

Finally, I tutor Social Science (American History, World History, Economics, Government & Politics, and Geography); English (English, Grammar, Literature, and Vocabulary); and introductory Spanish classes.

During the last 10 years, I have also mentored and tutored low-income students with an after-school program in Los Angeles. Furthermore, I have tutored homeless children through the School on Wheels organization and have volunteered as a tutor with my local Recreation Center. For each position, I have been fingerprinted and Live Scanned.

I am local to the Culver City area but I have and am willing to travel throughout Los Angeles county. I have had previous clients in Beverly Hills, Carson, Cerritos, Culver City, Eagle Rock, El Segundo, Encino, Gardena, Hawthrone, Inglewood, La Mirada, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Porter Ranch, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Torrance, Westchester, West Hills, Westwood, and Whittier.
I am a full-time tutor with over 8 years and 2500 hours of experience just with WyzAnt. This is not my second job or an opportunity to make extra money for college; this is my profession. It allows me to be more reliable, consistent, and flexible with my scheduling. It also allows me to form long-term commitments with my clients' families. Read more

24 hours notice required

Lower summer rates are available!

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Culver City, CA 90230
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Tutor"

- Cindy, Sherman Oaks, CA on 5/22/13

"Great, and very accomodating"

- Harris, Los Angeles, CA on 6/2/17


- Ben, Boulder, CO on 3/30/17

"A great tutor and a great guy"

- Kyle, Los Angeles, CA on 2/3/17

"Great AP Stats Tutor"

- Tracey, Manhattan Beach, CA on 12/23/16

"Very good for study"

- Billy, Santa Monica, CA on 7/29/16

"Great teacher"

- Alex, Hawthorne, CA on 6/8/16

"Really patient tutor"

- April, Los Angeles, CA on 1/15/16

"Great results"

- Matthew, Santa Monica, CA on 1/14/16

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Shelly, Santa Monica, CA on 11/5/15

"Knowledgable & patient tutor"

- Dana, Los Angeles, CA on 10/16/15

"Great communication."

- Patricia, Santa Monica, CA on 9/27/15

"Very helpful"

- Constant, Pacific Palisades, CA on 7/1/15

"Great tutor!"

- Axel, Los Angeles, CA on 3/7/15

"Wonderful Tutor."

- Charlene, Culver City, CA on 1/29/15

"Great math tutor"

- Chandra, Culver City, CA on 1/7/15

"Good Tutor"

- Jasem, Boston, MA on 11/16/14

"Packed with relevance"

- Shane, Venice, CA on 10/13/14

"Extremely knowledgeable, reliable, and easy to understand tutor!"

- Brian, Marina Del Rey, CA on 7/3/14

"Professional, caring, and knowledgeable!"

- Shannon, Los Angeles, CA on 6/10/14

"Outstanding Tutor!"

- Debby, El Segundo, CA on 1/18/14

"Helped my son pass his Pre Calculus Final"

- Leighton, Los Angeles, CA on 1/15/14

"GREAT Chemistry Tutor. Smart, patient and easy to work with!"

- Robin, Los Angeles, CA on 12/18/13


- Wendy, Los Angeles, CA on 10/12/13


- Ryan, Los Angeles, CA on 9/10/13

"Best Tutor in Los Angeles"

- Reyna, Los Angeles, CA on 6/11/13

"Geometry Tutoring"

- Juan, Monterey Park, CA on 5/22/13

"Great tutor."

- Susan, Pacific Palisades, CA on 2/26/13

"Very patient and knowledgeable!"

- Kathy, Los Angeles, CA on 2/24/13

"Helpful and very patient!"

- Socorro, Los Angeles, CA on 2/22/13

"Effective with humor and patience and makes learning fun!"

- Juliet, Marina Del Rey, CA on 2/21/13

"Very effective!"

- Susan, Los Angeles, CA on 11/21/12

"Great Math and SAT prep tutor!"

- Taylor, Los Angeles, CA on 6/22/12

"Great tutor, we would highly reccommend him"

- Janie, La Mirada, CA on 10/21/10

"Great tutor"

- Samia, Buena Park, CA on 3/17/10
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Finite Math, Geometry,
SAT Math, Statistics,
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics,
Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB,
College Counseling, GED,
SAT Math
American History, Classics, European History, Geography,
Government & Politics,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Vocabulary

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 1

Algebra 1 provides the basic building blocks for all of the Math classes.

I help students master these basic principles: linear equations and inequalities in 1 or 2 variables, absolute value, slope, slope-intercept form, polynomials, quadratic equations, exponents and radicals. Plus the dreaded word problems.

I tutor both the high school and college variations. I am familiar with Math 31 at SMC.

Algebra 2

For some students, Algebra 2 marks the end of their high school career; for others, it's just a stepping stone to other higher Math classes; and for a third group, it's a refresher class at college.

I help students navigate through factoring and FOILing, the Quadratic Formula, complex roots, imaginary numbers, matrices, exponents, logarithms, radicals, rational expressions, series & sequences, and conic sections (hyperbolas, ellipses, and circles).

At the college level, I am familiar with Math 18 and Math 20 at SMC.


I was raised in Oceanside, CA, home to Camp Pendleton and the Marines. I am familiar with the ASVAB test and the practice material provided by the government. I am interested in assisting young men and women prepare and pass this test to start their military careers.


I took a year of Calculus at college. I help students understand limits, finding derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, the Chain Rule, antiderivatives, definite integrals, calculating areas and volumes of figures, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

I am familiar with Math 7 at SMC.


At UC Irvine, I took a year of General Chemistry (plus labs) and a year of Organic Chemistry (plus labs).

I love helping high school students discover and appreciate Chemistry - the order and structure of the Periodic Table, atomic structure, stoichiometry, acids and bases, thermochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Elementary (K-6th)

I volunteer at Mar Vista Gardens Recreation Center with the after-school program and tutor elementary-age children there.

I also volunteer with School on Wheels helping homeless children with their homework.


No matter what situations or circumstances have led a student to taking the GED, I help prepare them to pass all 5 sections so that they can move on with their educational and vocational goals.


No matter if it's Burundi or Brunei, Swaziland or Switzerland, Chile or China, I help students understand the geography of the world that surrounds them. Students will be familiar with the countries, capitals, cities, physical features, and bodies of water presented on any map or atlas.


In high school, Geometry was the subject I dreaded the most. Now, it is the subject that I tutor the most. My whole outlook on this course has changed and I have come to appreciate the order of the class. I can empathize with a student who feels lost and can help them make that same transition to seeing the beauty of Geometry, whether it is with angles, lines and triangles in first semester or surface areas, volumes, and circles in second semester.

Government & Politics

I assist senior students in understanding how their government is organized and how it operates. I cover the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government at the federal, state, and local levels. I also cover political processes like voting and running for office.

Organic Chemistry

At UC Irvine, I took a year of Organic Chemistry with labs. I help students take their knowledge of General Chemistry to the next level with Organic Chemistry. I assist students in the areas of organic nomenclature, functional groups and their reactions, reaction mechanisms, synthesis, stereochemistry, mass spectrometry, aromatic compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins.

I am familiar with Chemistry 211/212 at West LA and Chemistry 2200/3200 at CSULA.


I took a year of college Physics with labs. I help students better understand the motion of matter that occurs around them. We cover the topics of vectors, velocity, acceleration, force, momentum, gravity, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.


I help students develop the skills and strong foundation in Math that they will need during their high school years and beyond. I cover the introduction to variables, factoring, inequalities, graphing, and absolute values.


I help Precalculus students develop the strong fundamentals of Math that they are going to need in Calculus. I review the six Trigonometric functions and their graphs, logarithms, and conic sections. I also cover complex numbers and polar coordinates. Finally, I preview limits and derivatives that will form the basis of Calculus.

Since some classes combine Precalculus and Trigonometry, please also review my Trigonometry subject description.

At the college level, I am familiar with Math 2 at SMC.


For the last several years, I have tutored and assisted students in preparing for the SAT. I am certified by Wyzant in both the Math and Reading portions of that test. A natural extension of that is to prepare students for the PSAT by not only reviewing the test substance but also by familiarizing them with the test format and teaching them test taking strategy that they will need later for the SAT.


As a former AP Statistics student, I help students understand descriptive statistics (such as mean, median, standard deviation, least squares regression, and normal distributions) as well as statistical analysis (z-scores and z-tests, t-tests, confidence intervals, Chi-square tests, and ANOVA).

I also cover planning and interpreting surveys, studies, and experiments; and probabilities of independent and dependent events.

At the college level, I'm familiar with Math 54 at SMC and Math 150 at El Camino.


With Trigonometry, it is easy to feel like you're going in circles, but I can help students understand the order of the Unit Circle and what the six trigonometric functions (Sin, Cos, Tan, Sec, Csc, and Cot) mean. I also cover graphing functions of the form y=A func [B(x+c)] + D and how to interpret the graph. In addition, I review Law of Sines, Law of Cosine, half angle and double angle formulas, and Pythagorean Identities.

Since some classes combine Precalculus and Trigonometry, please also review my Precalculus subject description.

University of California, Irvine


University of California, Irvine

Excellent Tutor

Phillip was a perfect tutor for our son in high school. He was patient and very good at explaining things in just the right way to help my son understand the subject. He was flexible with my son's sport schedule, polite and caring. We couldn't have asked for a better tutor. Thanks for everything Phillip!

— Cindy, Sherman Oaks, CA on 5/22/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Lower summer rates are available!

Travel policy

Philip will travel within 40 miles of Culver City, CA 90230.