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Sean J.

Pasadena, CA

$80/hour

An experienced engineering pro. with BSEE, tutoring math and computers

In-person lessons
1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/14/17
5.0 average from 330 ratings
Wow! Can't say enough positive things about Sean!
— Jill, San Clemente, CA on 3/5/15

$80/Hour


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West Coast University
BSEE
California State Univ. Fullerton
MBA

Education

West Coast University (BSEE)

California State Univ. Fullerton (MBA)

About Sean

I am an experienced engineering professional with a BSEE degree (Bachelor's of Science in Electronics Engineering) who tutors math, computer, and many other subjects in the evenings and on weekends. My experience in the technical field spans over 25 years. I have two daughters who are A+ students, 20 and 24 years old. The older one, Stephanie, graduated from UCLA with honors and a Psychobiology degree. She is currently attending Medical School at University of San Antonio, Texas. The younger one, Natalie, graduated from Ayala High School in Chino Hills with a 4.6 GPA with all AP courses. She is a Junior at UCI with a Civil Engineering major. I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their highest potential. Patience and perseverance are my two most significant virtues.

I started my teaching work when I was attending college as a teacher's aide at Los Angeles public schools and taught math and English to foreign students. At that time I expanded my teaching to fellow classmates and other students of less senior rank in college. This trend continued after I graduated and entered the workforce. As part of my duties in my jobs at companies such as Hewlett Packard, etc., I taught highly sophisticated state of the art and technical courses to our clients' personnel.

Of course, it goes without saying that I helped my own two daughters achieve the level of success they are currently enjoying.

If you are looking for a tutor who can put the most complex concepts in the simplest terms and help you grasp the subject matter please contact me.
I am an experienced engineering professional with a BSEE degree (Bachelor's of Science in Electronics Engineering) who tutors math, computer, and many other subjects in the evenings and on weekends. My experience in the technical field spans over 25 years. I have two daughters who are A+ students, 20 and 24 years old. The older one, Stephanie, Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Wow! Can't say enough positive things about Sean!"

- Jill, San Clemente, CA on 3/5/15

"Great Rapport with High School Student"

- Marti, Yorba Linda, CA on 4/28/16

"Improved confidence"

- Michael, Fullerton, CA on 4/20/16

"Sean builds confidence and takes the time to explain the "why" of the problem : )"

- Penny, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 3/23/16

"Knowledgeable and kind"

- Jennifer, Ladera Ranch, CA on 3/18/16

"Good teacher."

- Ray, Fullerton, CA on 3/7/16

"Wonderful!"

- Heather, Huntington Beach, CA on 2/29/16

"Knowledgeable and Friendly Tutor"

- Michael, Newport Beach, CA on 11/3/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Monica, San Clemente, CA on 10/29/15

"Very accommodating !"

- Ron, San Clemente, CA on 10/21/15

"Helps with test confidence!"

- Idamae, Irvine, CA on 10/21/15

"Extremely knowledgeable and caring"

- Max, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 10/1/15

"Able to accommodate us"

- Cathy, Newport Coast, CA on 9/25/15

"Knowledgeable and professional."

- Michele, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 9/23/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor. ."

- Matthew, Fountain Valley, CA on 9/12/15

"Knowledgeable and helpful tutor"

- Linda, Fullerton, CA on 8/24/15

"Very knowledgeable"

- Elliott, Dana Point, CA on 7/20/15

"Sean goes out of his way to help."

- Tracey, Costa Mesa, CA on 6/20/15

"Exceptional and patient tutor"

- Annie, Santa Ana, CA on 6/17/15

"Great tutor very patient!"

- IRENE, Hacienda Heights, CA on 2/27/15

"Confident"

- Mary, Lakewood, CA on 1/30/15
Science:
Electrical Engineering
English:
English,
Reading
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Language:
Farsi,
Reading
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Reading
Business:
Microsoft Excel,
Project Management

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.

Algebra 1

My major area of concentration, starting early on in high school, was mathematics. I excelled in it and enjoyed it. It was a major determinant in my choice of college major and ultimately building a career in Electrical / Electronics Engineering. As such, Algebra 1 ranks among the easiest math subjects to teach for me since it is one of the basic building blocks that you build other subjects on such as Geometry, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations.

Algebra 2

My major area of concentration, starting early on in high school, was mathematics. I excelled in it and enjoyed it. It was a major determinant in my choice of college major and ultimately building a career in Electrical / Electronics Engineering. As such, Algebra 2 ranks among the easiest math subjects to teach for me since it is one of the basic building blocks that you build other subjects on such as geometry, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations.

Calculus

Majoring in Electrical / Electronics Engineering requires the most intensive and rigorous Calculus there is. As a graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) I had to master this subject. Starting in high school and later in college I tutored other students in Calculus. I continued tutoring it after graduation and helped many college students of all levels to learn it and significantly improve their grades.

In fact, in 2011, as a WyzAnt tutor I tutored a college student who was attending Mount San Antonio College in Southern California and helped her not only ace her tests but also, as a result, to qualify for a $10,000.00 grant that helped fund the remainder of her education. Her family was so pleased with this that they insisted on my attending her graduation ceremony which I gladly attended.

I enjoy teaching Calculus because it is challenging for most students and seeing them learn it and excel in college is very gratifying for me. I had the honor of helping my own two daughters with Calculus. You can see the details in my WyzAnt profile.

Differential Equations

Majoring in Electrical / Electronics Engineering requires the most intensive and rigorous Calculus there is. As a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) I had to master this subject. Starting in high school and later in college I tutored other students in Calculus. I continued tutoring it after graduation and helped many college students of all levels to learn it and significantly improve their grades.

Differential Equations, as a next step past Calculus, was very appealing to me. Throughout my engineering career, I held positions where I had to use differential equations in designing computer based automatic control systems and developing algorithms that I programmed into microprocessors embedded into circuit boards that were installed in Industrial factory automation systems and plan process control systems.

I had the honor of serving as technical course instructor teaching this subject in combination with the principals of automatic control systems to our clients' engineering staff at several companies where I was employed over the years.

English

I learned English as a second language. As such, my insight into the structure and nature of this language has been very different from an American native.

As a person who was interested in learning this language and lived to master it so that there would be no trace of an accent in his speech and no trouble writing the most complex essays, be it literature or technical, I gave it my all.

Subsequently, as I took on high level technical and managerial positions in my engineering field I was able to use my garnered skills in giving technical lectures, and executive presentations without anyone detecting that this was a second language for me.

As a result, my view and understanding of the English grammar are much more acute and succinct than those of a native. Because of this, I am able to teach it much better because I know exactly what the student is experiencing since I did it myself.

Farsi

As I was originally born and raised in Iran, Farsi is my native language. Since I came to the US after I had already attended college in Iran my mastery of the language was already at the graduate level.

As such, not only can I read, write, and speak Farsi, I can teach it effectively to whomever would be interested in taking it as far as they desire including Farsi penmanship and literature at which I excelled.

Geometry

As another building block of higher math and engineering learning, I enjoyed Geometry and excelled in both Plane (two-dimensional) and Spatial (three-dimensional) Geometry.

This helped me tremendously in mastering Calculus since it is used so extensively there. Since I always had a strong inclination to logic and structure I really enjoyed learning how to prove theorems and develop proofs.

If anyone is struggling with these concepts I can remove any obstacle from their path and teach them these principals.

Microsoft Excel

For decades, I have had to use Excel at my work. This usage progressively increased as I moved up the corporate ladder and assumed higher management and directorate positions in High-Tech companies.

Since using Excel has become second nature to me I can easily and effectively teach it to whomever needs to become proficient at it including developing complex formulas and logical expressions in Excel calculation.

Prealgebra

Looking at my qualifications in other math subjects, it would be easy to see why teaching Prealgebra is so second nature for me. After all, without becoming an expert at this I could not have progressed to Algebra, Linear Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

Please see the narrative of my qualifications for these subjects to see why I would consider myself as an expert at Prealgebra.

Precalculus

Precalculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach high school and college students. In a way, it is a mixture of brushing up on Algebra, Trigonometry, and Geometry at the same time.

I enjoy taking my students on that journey and preparing them for the full fledged Calculus. Throughout my tenure with Wyzant, I have taught many Precalculus students who were able to earn A grades in that subject. The ratings you see in my profile come mostly from Precalculus and Calculus teaching.

Reading

As a student of English as a second language, I had to put much more effort into learning how to read in English and improve my vocabulary than an American native would.

As such, I can provide a reading student a much richer insight into reading and comprehension than a native can. Throughout my career I have had to hone my reading skills as I continually read news publications and technical journals.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry was always intriguing and interesting to me. I excelled in it because I enjoyed it. I revel in teaching it and help students overcome the mental block they may have and the phobia they experience when they encounter heavy formulas.

I have taught numerous Trig courses and had many WyzAnt students in this subject. I can help practically any student overcome his/her difficulty in grasping the concepts in Trig.

West Coast University
BSEE
California State Univ. Fullerton
MBA

Education

West Coast University (BSEE)

California State Univ. Fullerton (MBA)

Wow! Can't say enough positive things about Sean!

I hate to gush, but it's such a relief to meet someone who you feel is going to completely change your daughter's attitude toward math. Sean was the perfect combination of professional and relaxed in dealing with my teenage daughter. She has a tendency to be intimidated because math isn't her strong point. Her current teacher has no patience for the kids who don't immediately "get" the Geometry

— Jill, San Clemente, CA on 3/5/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 40 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.