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Tom M.

Ojai, CA

$50/hour

Tom, 40 years' experience tutoring math, arithmetic-pre calculus

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/16/16
5.0 average from 18 ratings
Excellent tutor who explains math concepts very well
— Gwyer, Ojai, CA on 6/27/16

$50/Hour


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2 years
math

Education

2 years (math)

About Tom

In addition to teaching in private schools, I have worked as a math tutor for over forty years, with students ranging from third grade to adult. I have also run the tutoring program for a private school, been a math consultant for a public alternative school, and worked at an educational clinic for children with learning disabilities. I have also volunteered at my daughter's elementary school, and coached their teams for the local Math Super Bowl for the past four years. In high school, I participated in the Occidental College Mathematics Field Day, placing sixth out of 156 students from 3 states. I have loved math since I was in grade school, and I still do.

I especially enjoy the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. There are many who have struggled with math, many of them being taught primarily by memorization, with no underpinning of understanding of the basic concepts involved, often carrying forward anxiety and lack of confidence contributing to their difficulties. Tutoring provides a unique opportunity to build confidence and success, working to help the student understand why the various processes work, often approaching an issue from a number of perspectives until we find one that makes the ideas clear. I have been gratified to find that even with topics I have taught many, many times, each student presents a fresh challenge, and I continue to take great satisfaction if seeing them master a topic they have struggled with.
In addition to teaching in private schools, I have worked as a math tutor for over forty years, with students ranging from third grade to adult. I have also run the tutoring program for a private school, been a math consultant for a public alternative school, and worked at an educational clinic for children with learning disabilities. I have also Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Ojai, CA 93023
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor who explains math concepts very well"

- Gwyer, Ojai, CA on 6/27/16

"Great Tutor, Teacher, and Man"

- Paul, Ojai, CA on 1/21/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math

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2 years
math

Education

2 years (math)

Excellent tutor who explains math concepts very well

My son really likes Tom. He is so nice and caring. He also explains math in a way that goes beyond memorization so that my son really understands how the concepts can be applied. Tom is very approachable and said that my son can call him anytime that he has any questions. We are very happy - thanks, Tom!

— Gwyer, Ojai, CA on 6/27/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 20 miles of Ojai, CA 93023.