Daniel T.

Laguna Niguel, CA


Educate. Encourage. Empower. Multiple Subjects Tutor

In-person lessons
900+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/27/16
5.0 average from 209 ratings
Knowledgeable, patient, and thorough
— Connie, Lake Forest, CA on 6/2/15


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UCLA (Biochemistry)

About Daniel

Hi, I'm Daniel and I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Throughout college I volunteered as a tutor for the AVID program at a local high school. It was this experience that ignited my passion for coaching students academically. I currently work with students of all ages, from elementary grades to college. I tutor honors and AP students as much as remedial students.

What can students expect from me at a lesson?
I take my work seriously and take pride in providing the highest quality teaching. Lessons are 1-on-1 and the duration* is a minimum of 1 hour. I only teach subjects I know I am qualified to teach. I am continually refreshing my knowledge by reviewing on my own before I meet for a lesson. I tutor multiple subjects so that students can use the lesson time for help in multiple classes. For example, a student may request tutoring for a math assignment and prepare for a biology quiz at the same lesson. There's no need to schedule separate lessons for each subject.

How often should a student meet for a tutorial?
An aggressive tutorial regimen is not always necessary. Most students like a weekly lesson to stay on schedule with material they've learned in the previous week. Students will benefit from two 1-hour lessons if they have fallen behind or are trying to learn new study skills. Others will schedule lessons on an as-needed basis (e.g. SAT/ACT test prep). All of these approaches can yield positive results, and I will be glad to help you decide on the best approach for your student.

How are parents involved?
It's important to me to inform parents/guardians on their student's progress. I'll give progress reports with every lesson or as often as possible. I'll provide these updates either in person, over the phone, or by email. I welcome your feedback and input. Please let me know if there are specific ways that I can help your student.

How soon can my student see results?
Many students notice results after the first lesson, feeling a deeper understanding about topics covered during the lesson. Work habits, study skills, and test-taking skills take longer to develop--at least one month of dedicated practice.

I welcome you to send me an email to inquire about my availability and find out how I can help your students achieve their goals.

*Note: All lessons will be a minimum of 60 minutes per session. I do not encourage lessons lasting longer than 2 hours--please schedule another day's session to maximize tutorial benefits.
Hi, I'm Daniel and I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Throughout college I volunteered as a tutor for the AVID program at a local high school. It was this experience that ignited my passion for coaching students academically. I currently work with students of all ages, from elementary grades to college. I tutor honors and AP Read more

24 hours notice required

-All lessons will be billed a minimum of 1 hour at the hourly rate. -Adjusted rate for group lessons (2 or more students at the same time).

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable, patient, and thorough"

- Connie, Lake Forest, CA on 6/2/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Analaura, Ladera Ranch, CA on 11/20/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Amy, Aliso Viejo, CA on 9/29/15

"Very knowledgeable about the topic."

- Don, Laguna Niguel, CA on 7/3/15

"Attentive, Patient, and Communicates Well"

- Lisa, San Juan Capistrano, CA on 10/13/14

"Amazing tutor"

- Barbara, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/4/14

"Daniel is very knowledge and able to communicate this knowledge to his students."

- Joyce, Laguna Beach, CA on 6/22/14


- Paul, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 5/30/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Marc, Dana Point, CA on 2/13/13

"Great tutor."

- Mandi, Laguna Beach, CA on 1/17/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Claudia, Laguna Niguel, CA on 1/10/13
ACT Science,
Elementary Science, Microbiology,
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading, Study Skills,

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.

ACT English

I combine a combination of test taking technique with subject-specific content to help you score your highest on the English section of the ACT. Together, we will visit topics in English language that school courses rarely address. You will learn something meaningful that will help you beyond just this test and will use the knowledge for the rest of your life.

ACT Math

I recommend students to wait until 2nd semester of Algebra 2 before taking the ACT. If you have to take the exam before then, I will teach you the content that you would have missed from not completing the class in school. This is not impossible, but will require the student to be attentive to learning something new. Luckily, I divide the teaching into understandable sections. If you have already taking Algebra 2 in school, I offer tutoring to fill in the gaps of subjects you might have forgotten or need to brush up on.

ACT Reading

Active reading is a useful skill for life. I had to overcome my own test anxiety and discovered some techniques that improved my reading. These are things that anyone can employ and they will help you in any critical reading situation. My reading techniques are easy but require practice.

ACT Science

The science section of the ACT has nothing to do with your knowledge of the sciences. It does contain technical reading and you will be required to think scientifically, that is, interpret data and make conclusions. I will show you how to interpret charts and data. I will point out common patterns and favorite questions that always appear in this section of the ACT.

Algebra 1

This course is a foundation to all future math and natural sciences courses. I help several students in this course on a regular basis. My lessons include demonstration and then letting the student test his or her own mastery. Together we'll master integral concepts, such as solving for variables, interpreting and manipulating equations (standard form, point-slope form, slope-intercept form), factoring, and more.

Algebra 2

This class builds upon previous study in manipulating variables and is often taught in conjunction with trigonometry. I distill some of the tougher concepts (e.g. conic sections, systems of equations, polynomials, rational expressions) to simple steps and processes. Then I progress to working slightly more challenging examples.


I completed anatomy and physiology classes at the college level. Human biology is one of the most fascinating subjects in the life sciences. Students find this class is very fun once they understand how it applies directly to their own lives. There is much to memorize, but I have study tools to help with that. Additionally, my goal in teaching is to first present course material in a way that's easily understood, then demonstrate how the information applies to everyday life and modern research.


Having studied biochemistry at the university, I completed several life sciences classes. At UCLA I completed biology courses in cells & tissues, genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology. I tutor high school students in college prep biology and AP biology levels.


I completed a year of calculus at UCLA, including multivariable calculus. I also scored a 5, the highest score possible, on the AP Calculus exam in high school.


I specialize in tutoring chemistry. The majority of my college curriculum focused on chemistry courses. I am very familiar with the concepts that high school and college classes cover. Where necessary, I break down the lessons into two areas of focus: conceptual study and calculations. Usually students struggle to do both at the same time, but when I show each concept on its own the material becomes easier to digest. I teach this subject on a regular basis, including AP chemistry and college levels.


I have tutored many high school students in geometry. Geometry tests students' spatial skills and logic. There are a number of theorems and postulates to understand and learn. I emphasize learning over memorizing in order to encourage critical thinking and problem solving sills.


I am a bit of a grammarian. I used to edit ad copy for newspaper print advertisement. I have a keen eye for subject-verb agreement, run-on sentences, the various tenses, and punctuation.


Microbiology studies organisms too small to see with the naked eye. It also examines cell biology, host defenses, and immunity. There are applications to public health and studying disease.

Music Theory

I am a part-time professional pianist. I studied piano theory for 10 years and studied college-level music theory and musicianship classes for 2 years. I passed the AP Music Theory exam with a score of 5 on the aural and 5 on the non-aural parts.


Physics is a tricky subject for any student. At first, equations and problems may seem daunting. I find that students understand better when they break down a problem into components. My approach is to help students THINK, to translate words into mathematical equations, and to show other applications of the concepts.


I studied piano with a private teacher for over 10 years. I am an avid performer and teacher. I also took college-level music classes in theory, musicianship, and performance.


Middle school students and adult students will benefit from receiving tutoring in prealgebra. It's the culmination of all arithmetic. A strong background in prealgebra will set up students for success in algebra I.


Some schools call this course Math Analysis. Whatever the name, this course builds upon concepts from algebra II and trigonometry. The content will prepare students for future coursework in statistics and calculus.


I worked as a copy editor for two years. The company I worked for published in major newspapers and magazines in Los Angeles. I am aware of details beyond spelling and grammar. I help with content, style, and flow.

Study Skills

Educate. Encourage. Empower. My goal is to supply students with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and better independent learners. Good study skills start with having a plan and strong organization. I show students how to keep organized binders so that they maintain their homework, notes, and quizzes for each class. I show how to maintain a record of homework assignments and exam dates. I'll check that students are using their planners on a regular basis. For an upcoming exam, I help students plan their study time so that they are prepared well before test day. I can provide training sessions for students to learn techniques of good note-taking, both for learning at home and in the classroom. Additionally, I can recommend students ways to maximize their study time by considering their environment, time, and extracurricular commitments. With repeated practice, students find these techniques become second nature and their studying becomes more efficient.


This subject is often combined with Algebra 2. Some students will have an early introduction when they study geometry, but the material goes beyond that. Understanding proofs and identities will be critical. I have a novel way of teaching students to understand radian measures and the unit circle. A strong foundation is trigonometry is essential for future studies in precalculus and calculus.



UCLA (Biochemistry)

Knowledgeable, patient, and thorough

Daniel has the ability to quickly and diplomatically assess a student's strengths and weaknesses, pinpointing where help is needed and where he can build on previous knowledge and skills. I am amazed at the progress my son is making in chemistry. Daniel is hands-down the best tutor I've worked with. He is friendly, kind, approachable, and clear. Really everything you would want in a tutor!

— Connie, Lake Forest, CA on 6/2/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

-All lessons will be billed a minimum of 1 hour at the hourly rate. -Adjusted rate for group lessons (2 or more students at the same time).

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 10 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.