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Nathan W.

Fullerton, CA

$45/hour

Versatile Tutor for High School and College

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500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/10/12
4.9 average from 195 ratings
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— Kathleen, Orange, CA on 11/9/14

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Biola University
English

Education

Biola University (English)

About Nathan

Ever feel like you aren't learning in your classes? Like what your teacher is explaining just isn't clicking with you? That maybe, just maybe, you could enjoy the subject if your teacher taught a little more interestingly, or a little more to your learning style?

I have learned from firsthand experience how difficult it is for a full-time teacher to come in and teach all of his or her students in a way that is helpful for their learning style. They have too much to worry about, dealing with multiple classes of twenty to thirty students (sometimes more) every day. That's where I come in. As a one-on-one tutor, I can speak specifically to your needs and learning style in order to help you grasp the subject that much more easily. I love the feeling when a student finally understands a difficult concept, and work toward that realization in every lesson.

When I tutor, my intent is to help you learn how to solve the problems, analyze the text, explain the concepts, or whatever else may be needed, rather than just giving you the answer. If necessary, I will guide you step-by-step through the process, but I try to help you think on your own and to recognize correct ways to answer problems, write papers, or otherwise do excellent work.

Some qualifications and background details, for the curious: in middle school, I participated in math competitions, primarily MathCounts, in which I was first place in the state of California in 8th grade. A few years later, I scored a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam in 10th grade. I also took AP Physics B and AP Physics C: Mechanics (Calculus-based) during my senior year of high school, scoring a 5 on each of them.

In 9th grade, I took the old SAT and scored 1580, with an 800 on the Verbal section and a 780 on the Math section. As a senior in high school, I took the new SAT and scored 2330, with scores of 780 in Math, 780 in Verbal, and 770 in Writing. I'm also a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities, emphasis in English. I have taught Pre-Calculus, Physics, and Geometry for Biola Youth Academics, and hope someday to be a published fiction writer. (I also sing with a choir and go swing/blues dancing multiple nights a week!)
Ever feel like you aren't learning in your classes? Like what your teacher is explaining just isn't clicking with you? That maybe, just maybe, you could enjoy the subject if your teacher taught a little more interestingly, or a little more to your learning style?

I have learned from firsthand experience how difficult it is for a
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Policies
Cancellation
36 hours notice required

If cancelling within 36 hours, I will charge for half of a typical lesson time. If cancelling without letting me know so that I have to drive unnecessarily, I will charge for the full lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Fullerton, CA 92833
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Physics Tutor"

- Kathleen, Orange, CA on 11/9/14

"Patient with my teenager"

- Lisa, Cypress, CA on 2/14/17

"Very knowledgeable!"

- Yamila, La Habra, CA on 1/5/17

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Lisa, Buena Park, CA on 11/3/15

"Great Tutor"

- Michelle, Placentia, CA on 4/14/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Marlene, Whittier, CA on 5/7/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading,
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Language:
Latin
Elementary Education:
Grammar

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

I've been tutoring all levels of math for almost a decade, including Algebra 1. I love seeing how all the different aspects of math build on the foundation of what came before, and seeing how one bit of any particular year (such as Algebra 1) will interlock with another bit from earlier or later in the year. That's something I show to my students so that, even when a tutor isn't around, they can still make sense of how math works with itself, and strengthen their math foundations for years to come.

Calculus

I first took Calculus in my freshman year of high school, and scored a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam in 10th grade. I've been tutoring Calculus ever since I graduated high school. Perhaps the best example of my experience here is when I helped one student get his yearly grade from an F to a B from the end of one semester to the end of the next.

English

I graduated from Biola University with a degree in the Humanities, emphasis in English, and my ultimate career aspiration is to be a creative writer. I've had years of experience writing both creatively and academically, and also analyzing texts from all parts of history and many different cultures, from ancient Greece to modern America, England, and Russia.

I also scored a perfect 800 on the old SAT's Verbal section, and a 770 on the new SAT's Writing section, demonstrating my skills in both categories.

Latin

I completed four years of Latin in high school, and I have significant experience with the connections between Latin grammar and root words and the English language.

Physics

I took AP Physics for the first time in 8th grade, as a student of the only middle school in the country to offer the course, at least at the time. I retook it on my own as a senior in high school in order to get college credit for the AP, scoring a 5 on both the AP Physics B and AP Physics C: Mechanics exams. I've tutored Physics (high school, AP, and college) since 2009. I do not tutor calculus-based electromagnetics.

Precalculus

I taught myself most of precalculus over the summer before my eighth grade year, after having gone through most of geometry and all of algebra 2 in a single year of independent study during seventh grade. I followed that up by scoring a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam in 9th grade and the same on the AP Calculus BC exam in 10th grade. I've tutored many students in precalculus since I graduated high school eight years ago, and would be happy to help you or your student learn this useful subject as well.

Proofreading

I'm a creative writer and experienced academic writer who took Latin in high school, equipping me with a thorough knowledge of English grammar and word origins. As a writer of novels, I've finished rough drafts of three different books (two of which I've edited thoroughly), and I've spent vast amounts of my spare time reading, often in the fantasy and science fiction genres, though also in mystery, historical fiction, and others, as the fancy strikes me. This has helped develop my vocabulary and spelling as well.

I'd be happy to help edit short essays in person, where I can give direct feedback, but I would also be open to editing/proofreading long essays, graduate theses, or even novels, depending on the situation. This would be more difficult to work out in terms of hours spent, but I'm open to the possibility!

SAT Math

I have had experience with the SAT going back to 7th grade with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where I scored a 1270 (650 on Math). I took it the next two years as well, scoring a 1580 on the old SAT in 9th grade with a 780 in Math. I've also tutored all the levels of math that the SAT covers and beyond over the past five years, both through WyzAnt and outside.

SAT Reading

I have had experience with the SAT going back to 7th grade with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where I scored a 1270 (620 on Verbal). I took it the next two years as well, scoring a 1580 on the old SAT in 9th grade with a perfect 800 in Verbal. I was an Humanities major in college with an emphasis in English, and hope to be a successful fiction writer someday. I have years of experience with writing and reading comprehension, having graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute, a great books program at Biola University.

Trigonometry

I taught myself most of trigonometry over the summer before my eighth grade year, after having gone through most of geometry and all of algebra 2 in a single year of independent study during seventh grade. I've tutored many students in trigonometry since I graduated high school nine years ago, and would be happy to help you or your student learn this useful subject as well.

Biola University
English

Education

Biola University (English)

Great Physics Tutor

My son's test scores went from D's to B's after only 2 sessions. Nathan is a very patient and effective tutor. I would definitely not hesitate to use him again in the future.

— Kathleen, Orange, CA on 11/9/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

If cancelling within 36 hours, I will charge for half of a typical lesson time. If cancelling without letting me know so that I have to drive unnecessarily, I will charge for the full lesson.

Travel policy

Nathan will travel within 8 miles of Fullerton, CA 92833.