Over 600 tutoring hours

Daniel T.

Laguna Niguel, CA


UCLA Grad for Multiple Subjects Tutoring and SAT/ACT

Background check passed as of 3/10/15
5.0 average from 180 ratings
Amazing tutor
— Barbara, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/4/14

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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 ask me for help on math homework and prepare for a chemistry quiz at the same lesson. No need to schedule a separate lesson 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. Some students will benefit from two lessons per week if there is an exam or if they have fallen behind. Others will schedule lessons on an as-needed basis (e.g. SAT/ACT test prep). All of these can result in positive results.

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 see results after the first lesson, feeling a deeper understanding and more clarity in their studies. Study skills and test-taking skills take longer to develop, about one month.

Feel welcome 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 Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing tutor"

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

"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

"Knowledgeable, patient, and thorough"

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

"Attentive, Patient, and Communicates Well"

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

"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 Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy,
Music Theory, Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading, Study Skills
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Chemistry,
English, Geometry,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:

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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 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.


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.

Study Skills

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. Time management is crucial, and a planner/agenda is helpful, if not necessary, for each student. 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. Students benefit from making their own notes. I show students the techniques of good note-taking, both for learning at home and in the classroom. Making flashcards and outlining are great ways to review and to study for exams--I will show your student how he can start employing these study methods as well. Additionally, I show students how to maximize their time by learning from homework assignments. With repeated practice, students find these techniques become second nature, and their studying becomes more efficient.


This class is sometimes taught alongside Algebra 2 but may have first been introduced in geometry. This course studies trigonometric functions and standard identities that will prepare students for precalculus.



UCLA (Biochemistry)

Amazing tutor — Daniel worked wonders with my daughter in her Honors Chemistry class. She aced the final. I only wish I had found him earlier in the school year. ...

— Barbara, Laguna Beach, CA on 9/4/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 3 miles of Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

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