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Stan Z.

Mission Viejo, CA

$70/hour

MATH TUTORING FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/22/14
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University of Colorado
BSEE
University of Southern California
Master's

Education

University of Colorado (BSEE)

University of Southern California (Master's)

About Stan

After a very successful career in high technology and engineering and using math nearly every day, I wish now to transfer my knowledge to the eager students seeking a technical career or to those simply wanting to do well and learn but needing some amount of assistance away from the classroom.

I have had over 1300 tutor sessions in the past two years. My success comes from not always answering my student's questions but understanding why the question was asked. In doing so, I've often found a gap, that when closed, allows my students to answer the original question themselves thereby creating a "knowing" rather than a "memory" of what needs to be done for a particular solution.

My philosophy of tutoring is different than how I taught as an associate professor at West Coast University School of Engineering some years ago. The way I tutor, unlike my teaching, is providing more guidance towards understanding the concepts that are being taught, to cement the fundamentals and comprehension, that I have found, leads to a firm foundation of knowledge. I enjoy tutoring math from Middle School through College specializing in the Algebras, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and with special considerations Differential Equations. I will also tutor when the student is preparing to take either the SAT or ACT examination.

Tutoring sessions in math are usually 90 minutes and rarely beyond two hours and an hour is the minimum. Though I do have a cancellation policy of 24 hours leading to an hour's fee, there are always circumstances where schedules can be rearranged. Because I am a retired professional, my schedule can be quite flexible and I make an effort to accommodate the busy schedule of today's students.
After a very successful career in high technology and engineering and using math nearly every day, I wish now to transfer my knowledge to the eager students seeking a technical career or to those simply wanting to do well and learn but needing some amount of assistance away from the classroom.

I have had over 1300 tutor sessions in the
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Background Check: Passed
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math

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ACT Math

Both the ACT and SAT math sections of these exams are at times very tricky! They don't necessarily always test the prowess of math skills but more with understanding just what is being asked to do.

Perhaps the most fundamental error students have when taking these tests is not carefully reading the problem or skipping the problem because it "appears" to be difficult.

The technique of looking at each of the multiple choice answers, regardless of the "complexity" of the problem, is always important because many of those choices can be dismissed immediately.

Part of tutoring to take these tests is a constant reminder of understanding the question, then to review the choices of answers to eliminate those which make no sense. Because I'm qualified to tutor most all of the levels of math necessary to pass these tests, I'm well qualified to polish those "skill" issues as needed.

Algebra 1

I've been inspired to tutor all of the algebras, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus because of my engineering background and what I discovered teaching engineering school for a brief time several years ago.

I discovered that there is a huge need to cement math fundamentals at the earliest stages of education so that those wanting to pursue a technical education can do so with confidence and expertise.

I tutor college-level calculus and differential equations and again discover a huge lack of fundamentals so necessary to achieve success in these upper-level courses, so I concentrate, when tutoring these particular subjects, on basics to create a strong foundation that will guarantee success as more and more math courses are taken.

Algebra 2

I am especially qualified to tutor Algebra 2 because of my qualifications to teach the higher level math courses as Calculus and Differential Equations.

Algebra 1 provides the foundation to deal with and manipulate equations and Algebra 2 takes these skills to introduce the newer concepts of transcendental and inverse functions sorely needed to equip the student for Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus.

These higher level math courses assume fluent knowledge with Algebra but to have this fluency requires a strong foundation of all the Algebraic fundamentals. Knowing what is in store for those students aspiring to take the higher level math courses, my focus is squarely on those necessary fundamentals and skills.

Cementing these skills at this early level of math better prepares the student in all subject matter requiring math skills as do most all of the sciences. Creating a strong foundation helps guarantee success as more and more math and science courses are taken.

Calculus

During my years as an engineer, it seemed that calculus cropped up almost everywhere when analyzing myriad situations.

Calculus is the math required to solve many real but complex situations, and, thus, throughout my years in the industry, I kept up with those skills and was continually at awe with how effective this tool was and how it continues to be.

When tutoring this subject, I also try to instill the excitement and joy I had when using it for real. But I also discovered that many calculus students struggle because of a lack of the fundamental skills they need to appreciate the power this course provides. These are the skills of algebra, geometry and trigonometry.

Calculus assumes fluent knowledge in those disciplines and thus when tutoring Calculus, there is much emphasis on firming up those fundamental skills as well.

Differential Equations

I have previously tutored differential equations at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA. As an MSEE, this was a required course of which I did well yet rarely used it in my professional career.

Though differential equations is not commonly tutored in that those reaching this level of mathematics are usually quite proficient, a previous student needed to build confidence and thus hired my services. I have also tutored another engineering student. Both students had particularly difficult professors requiring rigorous proofs of existence and uniqueness.

To properly tutor this course I require knowledge of the text being used, the name of the instructor and the course syllabus in order for me to adequately prepare for a tutor session and usually those sessions are a minimum of two hours. This course is not one that a person does on a day to day basis and requires a great deal of preparation and good knowledge of calculus and of course proficiency in lower math disciplines.

Tutoring this subject has led me to re-live my college days and keeps my mind fresh and active.

Geometry

I am uniquely qualified to tutor Geometry not only because of my extensive mathematical background but because early on I recognized how important it was to be able to observe, correlate, think and draw sound logical conclusions.

Arguably, Geometry is usually the first course taken in High School that teaches the student how to think. Yes, it is a math course but more importantly it introduces the student to the power of logic and is a very good course to follow Algebra 1. Algebra 1 lays down some basic laws. In Geometry, these laws are used to introduce more complex laws (theorems) whereby the student learns how to formulate a logical argument.

Because I am qualified to tutor in the higher level math courses, I am quite aware of the skills required to succeed there. That is the difficult skill able to "prove" a conjecture. This is the foundation of Geometry whereby various shapes are used to formulate conjectures that are able to be substantiated through well constructed and orderly formal proofs. This is the focus of my tutoring.

Most students are unaware that Philosophy and Geometry are prerequisite courses for those entering into the legal profession. Many of my previous students, once this was brought to their attention became interested and excited about taking Geometry even though they had never imagined ever taking another math course.

The uniqueness of my approach to Geometry allows the student to become more self confident and assertive with math irrespective of their desire of a technical field of endeavor.

Prealgebra

I have an extensive background in Engineering and Math. Because I am qualified to tutor all of the Algebras, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and Differential Equations, I am uniquely qualified to tutor Prealgebra.

The stigma of Prealgebra is "letters". There is an inherent fear that Algebra and thus math is hard because of letters.

My approach to tutoring Prealgebra is showing that math is language. With that there is a keen focus to eliminate any preconceived fears very early on and at the same time instilling a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm.

I am equally focusing on the student's handling of ordinary numbers when it comes to adding, subtracting, etc. This is important because part of my tutoring of this subject is to instill a "feeling" of numbers and how they work. When this becomes comfortable with the student, then "letters" become as natural a 1,2 and 3.

Precalculus

I am qualified to tutor the higher level math courses of Calculus and Differential Equations. Knowing what these courses demand makes me uniquely qualified to tutor Precalculus.

Calculus requires complete fluency in Trigonometry, Geometry and the Algebras thus Precalculus is basically a comprehensive review of these with a sneak-preview of what Calculus is all about.

The basic weakness of most students entering into Calculus is having a firm foundation of the fundamentals of all the prerequisites.

My focus is on those fundamentals that helps guarantee the student's fluency that Calculus demands. Because I am qualified to tutor all of the prerequisites, it is not hard for me to discover fundamental weaknesses and repair them prior to entering Calculus.

SAT Math

Both the ACT and SAT math sections of these exams are at times very tricky! They don't necessarily always test the prowess of math skills but more with understanding just what is being asked to do.

Perhaps the most fundamental error students have when taking these tests is not carefully reading the problem or skipping the problem because it "appears" to be difficult.

The technique of looking at each of the multiple choice answers, regardless of the "complexity" of the problem, is always important because many of those choices can be dismissed immediately.

Part of tutoring to take these tests is a constant reminder of understanding the question, then to review the choices of answers to eliminate those which make no sense. Because I'm qualified to tutor most all of the levels of math necessary to pass these tests, I'm well qualified to polish those "skill" issues as needed.

Trigonometry

I am uniquely qualified to tutor Trigonometry because I'm aware of its value and usage when tutoring the higher levels of math as Calculus and Differential equations.

The inherent "fear" of those entering into this field of math is its name. The name sounds complicated and thus must be the course. This preconception is eliminated quickly when tutoring this subject.

Today, however, Trigonometry is not a separate course as it was but usually combined with Algebra 2 and introduced somewhat in Geometry--both subjects that I'm qualified to tutor as well.

My approach to tutoring Trigonometry is to show that the trigonometric functions themselves are simply numbers and try to reduce the concept to just another level of Algebra.

Tutoring, not teaching, is to detect a misunderstanding of a concept and finding a fix. Most of the issues student's have with Trigonometry is not understanding the basic and fundamental definitions and once that is corrected, students have little difficulty.

University of Colorado
BSEE
University of Southern California
Master's

Education

University of Colorado (BSEE)

University of Southern California (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stan will travel within 20 miles of Mission Viejo, CA 92692.