Rudy C.

Mission Viejo, CA


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Kent State Univ
Kent State Univ


Kent State Univ (Chemistry)

Kent State Univ (Master's)

USC (Other)

About Rudy

Dear Student/Parent:

You will find me a most unusual tutor. If you wish to see a bio, or resume I can immediately supply one.

However, the most important thing you need to know is that I have several years of successful experience tutoring, teaching, facilitating and consulting. What does that really mean? Success? First, and foremost, it means transferring the "passion" for learning into the students I work with; it means learning how to think "critically" by themselves, not have me solve problems or do their assignment for them. I never did it with my own kids, and will not do that. The only thing that should matter to you is how well you and I interact relative to the subject where you need help. A direct chat will quickly let us both know whether I am right for you /your student. It also means that while I have been tutoring, facilitating and consulting my entire career, from 1st grade to post grad college level, I have used the standardized Scantron test before and after most of the 120 or so students I have tutored during the past six years. The average improvement over the course of 2-4 months was 15-20%; 10% represents one grade level.

That said, every student is different and there are no guarantees although, if you are not satisfied during our first session, you would owe me nothing. Finally, I have also worked with adults that cannot read all the way to literal brain surgeons in industry, and in 5 countries. I bring a wealth of experience of how to use education in everyday life and situations. I was/and am considered a top tutor with one of the country’s largest professional tutoring firms. I have been covering Seal Beach to San Clemente to Brea, and I am willing to continue; however, I would prefer more students closer to Irvine.

Other important things that benefit all the students I tutor are: I’m an author of 4 books, I've had numerous speaking engagements on business and strategy, and I've been recognized as one of the country's top strategic thinkers in a book honoring the late Peter Drucker; I am a professional musician having recorded with name acts from Hollywood to Rio in Brazil; I am a pilot; I have been the leader of a number of different organizations in healthcare and aerospace, and most important to tutoring - I've facilitated diverse groups of people, of many cultures, while creating “passion”.

My education includes having a B.S., M. Sci., and I've completed my PhD coursework and research in the hard sciences prior to being called up to active duty in the Air Force. I also am certified in Strategy, Systematic Problem Solving and Decision Making, Business Process Improvement (Quality),and in sales/marketing techniques including SPIN selling.
Dear Student/Parent:

You will find me a most unusual tutor. If you wish to see a bio, or resume I can immediately supply one.

However, the most important thing you need to know is that I have several years of successful experience tutoring, teaching, facilitating and consulting. What does that really mean? Success? First, and
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My rates are subject to negotiation depending on # of lessons, subject matter, etc. ($40-$95)

Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692
In-person lessons
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Probability, SAT Math,
SPSS, Statistics,
ACT Science, Chemical Engineering,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, SPSS
American History, Government & Politics
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Finance, Marketing,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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 Math

Having broad experience in using math, science, English, business, and music becomes especially useful in taking a test like the ACT or SAT. What is most important, and what I focus on is thinking critically. There is an "art" to test taking, but more important is the "art" of thinking critically.
I have excelled at that in my consulting practice over the past 20 years, and have worked with many levels of students in 5 countries. I think you find me rather unique. But again, the most important thing is relating specifically to the needs of your son.

Algebra 1

I completed my PhD work in the hard sciences which required math through differential equations. I have been teaching and practicing math in many kinds of applications for many years so I bring real world experience and some fun into the subject of math. I am very passionate about teaching students to think through problems themselves. You have lots of choices of tutors, and I would urge you to interview whomever you choose before wasting your time and money with a mediocre tutor. The only thing that counts is not your tutors accomplishments, but what he/she can impart to your student, as well as how well they can communicate with them. Let's have some fun with math.

Algebra 2

I completed my PhD studies in a hard science which required math through differential equations. I have worked with many students taking Algebra 2, and I know how to help them build confidence in understanding concepts, not just try to memorize recipes and spit them back by rote. I have been a practicing scientist and engineer that has actually used Algebra 2 in real life. That usually makes a huge difference when working with students. Please call me... it is always best to chat directly on the phone -- so we don't waste each other's time.


I have been a professional business consultant for the past 30 years. I have worked with businesses, taught, facilitated, coached, tutored, and consulted in all facets of business and business management. I have worked with over 60 companies, in over a dozen industry segments, and in 5 countries. I have worked with people that could not read all the way to literal brain surgeons; from CEO's to floor personnel. I have written 4 books on strategic thinking and business operations, I was recently honored as one of a select group of expert business strategists in a book celebrating the life and work of Peter Drucker - along with folks like Jack Welch, Michael Porter, Gary Hamel, etc.

Chemical Engineering

Besides completing my PhD courses with a 3.9, and most of my dissertation prior to being called up to active duty during wartime, (and deciding to get the M.Sci and move on) -- I have a lot of hands-on practical experience in the real world of chemical engineering. Most notably, I was the key man in building a pharmaceutical pilot plant during an active clinical trial, where patients lives hung in the balance. Related to that, other experience included developing a variety of products while Director of Medical at a Fortune 500 firm, and founding my second company, a medical device corporation, before selling it to the major supplier of the equipment my devices were designed for.


I completed my PhD coursework (3.9 GPA) and research in Chemistry, and was a practicing chemist in pharmaceuticals, Aerospace, and materials science. I've had PhD's work for me. Most importantly, I am passionate about teaching you how to think critically...not just spitting back problems by rote. If that's all you want, you don't want me. I also bring a real world experience to the use of chemistry to your life... while helping you gain confidence in solving chemistry problems. While there is no guarantee with any one student, I have tutored many students over the past few years in Chemistry that were getting C's and D's and raised their grades 1-2 levels. I look forward to talking to you. We will both quickly know whether we are a good match.

Composition (Music)

I studied music composition under one of the early masters of Schillinger Theory. I won a couple of national composition contest early in my music career. Throughout my music career, I was the key man in producing, and developing the groups I performed in.


I have worked with several students that had mild to moderate dyslexia. I recently have acquired mild dyslexia. As a result, I am acutely aware of what to do when working with numbers and words. The method I use tries to create a sequential system that builds on itself in a 3-dimensional way. It must show how sounds and letters are related and how they act in words; it must also show how to attack a word and break it into smaller pieces. I have observed that dyslexic people learn best by involving all of their senses: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic, so use multi-sensory methods. I find questions also need to be more frequent to minimize errors due to this disability. I take extra time making those kinds of checks throughout a multi-step exercise. I would not accept any student without first talking to them direct, prior to engaging me. My education includes having a B.S., M. Sci., and I’ve completed my PhD coursework and research in the hard sciences. References available.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored over 40 students during the last 5 years in K-6 grade, and in math, science, reading, language arts, and music. Using Scantron testing on most of those, my average improvement during the course of 2-3 months work was 15-20%. I have become one of the top rated tutors at one of the country's largest professional tutoring organizations. I believe this more than qualifies me to work with K-6th grade.

Elementary Math

I have tutored students at all elementary levels and even pre-school, with the successful experience of always seeing them gain greater self confidence in working through math problems. I especially focus on helping these young students to begin learning of critical thinking skills, versus just using rote memorization and practice of basic skills such as addition, subtraction and especially multiplication tables.

Every one of my tutoring students has demonstrated an improvement in their math skills, with an average of greater than 10% with those where I used Scantron testing before and after. (10% is generally considered to be one grade level)

Elementary Science

On a personal level, I completed my PhD coursework and dissertation in physical organic chemistry, and more importantly for students/parents to consider is that I have considerable real life experience working with science and engineering in healthcare and aerospace settings. I believe strongly in relating this experience in all that I tutor.

I have a passion for science and the critical thinking skills required to understand and work with basic scientific concepts and principals. I do not focus on doing problems for students, rather I believe strongly in having them think for themselves and work with them to follow methods that have been proven to work since the Greeks. I have worked with over 30 students during the past 5 years, most showing a definitive improvement over the course of tutoring.

General Music

My main qualification is my passion for bringing the gift of music, and all that it entails into the lives of my students. I believe, and have seen, the skills and disciplines that are acquired by studying music to be of keen benefit to a student in all facets of their lives. I have worked, and relate well with students from age four through 57; and I have arranged for my student's recital experiences. I also introduce students to all forms and styles of music. I am very proficient in playing any keyboard instrument; I have played woodwind instruments, and arranged for all instruments in a band. I have a very strong background in music theory and I have performed professionally throughout my life.


Most students that I have worked with over the past few years, over 120 of them, have improved their grades by 15-20% -- which is 1 to 2 grade levels. Every student is different. That is why it is so important to make sure you have the best match. And by the way, I have written 4 books, and I've been recognized by a world wide known author.


My most significant qualification is that after having marketed products, services, technology, various systems, and consulting I can say I have learned, firsthand, what NOT to do. One of my key roles while an executive at various companies, as well as the CEO/President of 4 companies I founded, marketing was and remains a key requirement and trait. I have tutored and worked with students and current executives in industry, sometimes the CEO, while they were working on their MBAs; I have also been a mentor/sponsor during the early days of USC's school of business entrepreneur program. I have worked with over 50 companies in 5 countries and in over a dozen industry segments, and almost always, marketing has been one of the subjects requiring my help and attention.

Music Production

I have been producing music acts since I was a teenager. I have had many musicians in my groups from major Hollywood record labels and I have also recorded. Some of the more notable musicians have been people who worked with the Miracles, Frankie Valli, Redd Foxx, El Chicano, and I have also personally worked with personnel from Sergio Mendez's group in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I currently serve on the Board of a Hollywood record producer PPL-ZMI Entertainment Group.

Music Theory

My beginning education into music theory was classical. However, I found some key deficiencies in classic theory, and then I studied music theory under a senior fellow at NASA in Cleveland. It was music theory according to Joseph Schillinger and was a subset of his general theory of art. This study was accomplished after I had been a performing musician for a number of years, and had won several performance and composition contests. However, while classic theory is something any musician should know, it is way, way behind Shcillinger's theory of music and I am a firm proponent of the latter.

Organic Chemistry

I completed my undergraduate degree with a major in chemistry, and went on to complete my PhD coursework and dissertation in physical organic chemistry (GPA 3.9). I have written a number of technical papers utilizing organic chemistry as well as other scientific/engineering and business subjects, and I have been published in leading technical and business journals. My dissertation work utilized a combination of computers, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry to study the organic species known as betaines. I have tutored chemistry students at all levels, and I have had PhDs work for me in industry.


I began playing keyboards at age 5. I played my first professional gig at age 12, and since then have been performing, producing and composing not only with piano, but with organ, synthesizers, and my first instrument the accordion (where I appeared on TV at age 8). I teach piano classics of course, but my first love is improvisation, for which classics are a required prerequisite for technique, along with a knowledge of chordal progressions and creative thinking. Importantly, for students on their way to or in college, locking oneself in a practice room at school with a grand piano is great way to unwind -- and much safer than the usual alternatives.


You have lots of choices when it comes to picking a tutor.
The only thing you should really focus on is not the experience and education of the tutor, or even his/her success with other students, but rather his/her ability to relate to the specific needs of your child. I have had experience with over 120 students during the last few years in math and science, and I bring real world fun and excitement to the subject of math. I believe you will see that if we interview on the phone first. It will save us both a lot of time and help make sure there is no disappointment.


I have worked with over 120 students in OC during the past few years, and many of them in Pre-calc. The important thing, especially in Pre-calc, is to make sure they understand the fundamental concepts of the calculus. I completed my PhD studies in the hard sciences and worked in Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, and Healthcare as well as in 5 countries. Relating the subject matter to real life is always an inspirational thing with students. And I am passionate about helping students to learn to think critically.

Public Speaking

I have been a management consultant for over 30 years, and have founded 3 companies as well as having been a performing musician/producer my entire life. As such, I have spoken to groups from a few to hundreds. I have written and prepared most of my own material, and since the mid-90's used used mostly PowerPoint. The subjects I have spoken on range from the highly technical in chemistry, physics/aerospace,engineering, music, and of course business. I have produced a DVD, samples of which can be seen on my website. The address is immediately available upon contact and request.

SAT Math

The SAT is all about thinking. There is a way to approach it and way to make it more difficult than it needs to be.
I have worked with many students with the SAT and the ACT and the MCAT and other tests. But I strongly advise you to first talk to me direct on the phone. In just 3-5 min, we will both know whether I am your best match. And after all, that is really all that counts.


With any subject, but particularly with Statistics, one must understand basic concepts. It also helps greatly to have real world experience. I have that. I am also passionate about critical thinking. Combined, these two things create the best environment for helping students understand statistics.
I did my PhD work in the hard sciences, and have worked in pharma, aerospace, and with 50 different companies in 5 countries so that is what has helped my past stat students do so very, very well. Of course, there are no guarantees. Each student, and each relationship is different.

Study Skills

My qualifications are based upon my personal success and experience helping over 50 students improve their organization and studying. There are numerous techniques I use, which include the process of organizing, prioritizing, taking in new information, retaining information with mnemonic devices, making assessments, etc. Most important is the art of taking notes. I help students in a hands-on fashion personalize how to best do that to organize information. A recent example was a senior I worked with. In her last 3 weeks of school she was flunking two subjects. She passed both and graduated as a direct result of my intensive work with her. But she did it. She took the tests, and passed. It was quite emotional and positive.

Kent State Univ
Kent State Univ


Kent State Univ (Chemistry)

Kent State Univ (Master's)

USC (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $49.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rates are subject to negotiation depending on # of lessons, subject matter, etc. ($40-$95)

Travel policy

Rudy will travel within 35 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692.