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Kenneth O.

Pasadena, CA


AP Season!! Physics, Calculus, Chemistry, Stats, Bio, and Language

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Background check passed as of 2/11/14
5.0 average from 73 ratings
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Heinrich Heine Universität


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Physics)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Master's)

Heinrich Heine Universität (PhD)

About Kenneth

The past nine years of my life have been a whirlwind adventure of learning:

I received my BS and MS in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. For the duration, I was always taking a minimum of six courses per semester.

The past four years I spent working on my PhD in computational biophysics in Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf in Germany.

Now I have a passion for learning that I want to spread. I excel at helping people feel they understand the material better:

Previous clients have noted that I am able to take seemingly complex problems and make them very understandable. What this means for a client is that I identify weak points in ways that they think and teach them to re-frame hard problems as simple ones in ways that are emotionally supportive.

I have an extensive background with math, science, and statistics:

I have seen basically every physics problem a student is going to bring to me. I have an intuitive sense of how to approach the new ones I haven't seen. I've been at the forefront of research and enjoy doing calculations about how the world exists.

Learning math has been part and parcel to learning these physics skills. Math is the language of physics. I understand the rules of math, and how to bend them. I know shortcuts that make work easier, but there are also some concepts that take a while to digest, and I'm there to help you understand them.

But when push comes to shove, there are some facts:

All of the students I've tutored have received 5's on every AP that they've worked on with me. All of the students I've tutored who have followed my outlined study plans have received A's in their classes.
The past nine years of my life have been a whirlwind adventure of learning:

I received my BS and MS in physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. For the duration, I was always taking a minimum of six courses per semester.

The past four years I spent
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Travels within 25 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor"

- Claire, Sierra Madre, CA on 5/13/14

"Excellent calculus tutor!"

- Ann, Pasadena, CA on 1/10/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Computer Programming, Computer Science, General Computer, Linux,
Macintosh, Mathematica,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Python
French, German, Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus,
Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL,
French, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math, Spanish, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
French, General Computer, German, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Spanish, Statistics

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I have been doing Calculus as a normal part of everyday life since 2006, and have been tutoring Calculus as a topic ever since 2008. I am intimately familiar with the ins and outs of Calculus thought, from Calc I and AP Calc AB all the way up to Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems.

Differential Equations

I have taken many differential equations courses, including ODEs, boundary value problems, and several high level physics courses which use Differential Equations as part of the normal course of solving homework and test problems.


I have been tutoring ESL since I was age 14 and my family hosted a foreign exchange student from Spain. The student's mother was so happy with his improvement that she personally sent a letter to thank me after seeing her son's English grades improve so dramatically. Furthermore, I have often the added advantage of being able to communicate some of the subtler nuances of English in the speaker's native language because I also speak German, French and Spanish.


I have had a love for geometry ever since I was on my math team in high school. I helped the other members of my high school team put some of the best Geometry scores in the state, as well as tutored many students not from math team on the subject.

Linear Algebra

I've taken and passed two college level courses in Linear Algebra, and it is an indispensable part of the quantum mechanics and relativity toolbox. I also spent the majority of my PhD work performing (Linear Algebra) analysis on large matrices. I've tutored friends and fellow scientists in the field.


I did all of my Master's and PhD research working on Linux systems and have learned ins and outs of how Linux works. I can do everything from reformatting and re-partitioning a hard drive, to installing a Linux operating system, to command-line setting up features and hardware that a client would like. During my Master's and PhD I also taught colleagues how to do the same, and through my help they achieved success.


I have taken classes in discrete mathematics and computer logic, which have much overlap with mathematical logic. I understand how to construct and use truth tables in order to find the answer to logic and false logic puzzles. From my computer science background, I have an understanding of how the 'and', 'or', 'nand', 'nor', and 'not' operators work, and their role these operators play in formal logic.


During my undergraduate and Master's degrees I used Mathematica to work on complex physics problems. I learned how to operate many intricate facets of the interface and would love an opportunity to pass on what I know.


Used MATLAB as a core piece of mathematical analysis during my entire undergraduate experience and wrote several programs in MATLAB to perform experimentation analysis summarized in my Master's thesis. I was working alongside MATLAB gurus that shared their knowledge and experience with me, as I want to share my knowledge and experience with others.


I have spent the past nine years of my life studying physics. In 2008 I completed my BS in Physics. In 2009 I completed my MS in Physics. In 2013 I completed my PhD research in Computational Bio-physics.

During all nine years I have tutored physics students of all levels and helped them quantitatively and qualitatively understand the physical world.


I studied precalculus as an introduction to calculus. I have experience with everything that is considered a precalculus topic. the normal six trig functions, trig identities, double and half angle formulas, ploynomials, factoring, limits, polynomial long division, vectors, and conics. I've been tutoring someone using WyzAnt in Precalc, and they've been very happy with me so far.

Study Skills

Knowing what, when, and how to study in order to be effective with your time and energy is a difficult task. I've read books and attended seminars that tackle the very issue of how to effectively manage your time and energy in order to produce lasting memory results.

Because not every method works for every person, I know several different study and learning strategies that can help improve organization and overall study skills.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Heinrich Heine Universität


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Physics)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Master's)

Heinrich Heine Universität (PhD)

Great Tutor — We were very lucky to have Ken as a tutor. My daughter got As the whole year, but more importantly she learned to like physics and became much more confident in her abilities. I highly recommend him. ...

— Claire, Sierra Madre, CA on 5/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $150.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kenneth will travel within 25 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.

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