Western Washington University (Economics)
My name is Kirk, and I specialize in performing minor miracles. I have even performed a major miracle or two.
I am so confident in my ability to get you results, that I offer a money-back guarantee on ANY tutoring appointment. If you are not totally happy with your tutoring session, then you pay nothing.
I tutor as a full-time job, unlike the vast majority of other tutors, and if I don't get results, I don't eat. This means that I am very focused on getting students results.
I'm relatively expensive but people hire me semester after semester because I get results, save them time and reduce their stress levels.
Listed below are my qualifications, actual results and feedback from many happy students and parents.
I'm looking forward to helping you out!
Mesa College Math Tutor of the Year.
Seven-years experience at Mesa College Tutoring Center.
Tutored over 1000 students with a 90% pass rate.
Easy-to-follow, step-by-step notes done in four different colors of ink.
Math classes taken: 34, 38, 46, 96, 104, 116, 119, 121, 122, 141, 150, 151, 245, 252, 254.
Created a series of 50+ handouts to help solve common math problems.
Bachelor’s degree in economics.
Maria: Needed to pass statistics to graduate. Got strep throat, had cell phone stolen and ransomed, stopped going to class. Passed class and graduated.
Monika: 8-week intermediate-algebra class. First two test results were 25% and 32%. First test score after tutoring was 72%. Received a B.
Frank: Failed applied calculus twice. Seven hours of tutoring over a weekend and passed a make-up final (90%) and the class.
Christina: First two test scores in beginning algebra were 38% and 48%. She passed class and received highest test score in her entire life.
Jessica: Had to take four-month online statistics course in two weeks in order to start graduate school. Completed class in 12 days and received an A.
Izchel: Ready to drop 8-week online algebra class, finished with an A.
Colleen: "I met with the tutor [Kirk] today. He is amazing. I highly recommend him to any student struggling with statistics. This information not only makes sense now, but I am also jazzed about learning it. He started by disproving that I have a learning disability, built up my confidence, and then taught the information with absolute clarity."
Bertha: "You're expensive, but worth it." (Parent).
Lauren: "Thanks again for everything. You are a fantastic tutor!"
Megan: "Hey Kirk! I just wanted to say thank you for your help with math the beginning of this last semester. With your help I was able to gain back my math confidence! I ended up with a 97% in my math 116 class, pretty awesome considering I got an F last time."
Jillian: "If I hadn't had you, I definitely would not have passed! I wish that you could have tutored me from the start! I feel like that we’ll be spending lots of time together though when I'm taking stats!" My name is Kirk, and I specialize in performing minor miracles. I have even performed a major miracle or two.
I am so confident in my ability to get you results, that I offer a money-back guarantee on ANY tutoring appointment. If you are not totally happy with your tutoring session, then you pay nothing.
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I strive to be on time (or even early) for all my appointments. I ask my students to extend the same courtesy to me.
Math is definitely not my forte. Having failed my first test in Survey of Calculus, I found Kirk through a friend who recommended him. I went into our first tutoring session with absolutely no clue how to solve the calculus equations we were learning in class. After spending only 2 hours with Kirk during our first session, I felt so much more confident in my ability to solve these math problems. Kirk took the time to understand my personal mathematical capabilities and the level I was coming in at. He explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. He provided step-by-step instruction handouts (SO helpful!). Along with the handouts, Kirk makes notes for each problem in different colors in order for the student to understand the process. Unlike some tutors who may be in the business for the money, Kirk truly cares about each of his students. He wants each student to succeed; this is demonstrated by the way he teaches. Not only does Kirk help you to understand the process in solving equations, he had me teach him how to solve the problem as extra practice. He nails the concepts so well into your head that you will feel like math is actually easy! Kirk also gives test taking tips and reminds you on the day of your exam! I truly feel lucky to have found such a great tutor. Finally, math is no longer something I dread!
I wish I would have found Kirk sooner!! He’s VERY patient (with the patience of a saint), he’s extremely organized, professional, arrives early to set up and is calm and relaxed when you get there. He takes his time explaining the steps and concepts of what you what to learn. If you don’t get it the first time, he NEVER gets frustrated, he just comes up with another way to explain and show you. I’m an intense person with a lot on my plate, a single mom with learning disabilities going to college, if he can teach me math, he could teach a rock to do math!! I know finding a stranger to tutor you is a big deal, but Kirk doesn’t make you feel stupid or uncomfortable. He takes pride in what he’s doing, is truly concerned you’re happy with your lesson and is totally honest with you if he doesn’t know how to do something. I would trust Kirk to teach anyone in my family, so matter their age or gender. When he works with you, you will learn and he’s worth every penny!! If you’re serious about learning and going to put in the effort to learn what he teaches you, you’ll be ready to pass your test when it comes. He doesn’t complain or take a million breaks and I have worked with him twice so far, (2 hrs. the first time and 3.25 hrs. the second time). I never met him before this, but now I’m planning on having him tutor me next semester too. Kirk is 5 Stars!!!!
I started Calculus 2 completely lost because of an awful teacher. After struggling through two weeks of trying to self teach myself the material, and miserably failing, I decided to see Kirk. He is incredibly organized and has hand-outs on every chapter/concept. He explains everything very thoroughly and does not move on until you understand the concept. He always makes time to meetup and makes sure you walk into every test feeling ready. I ended up earning an A in the class, which would have been completely impossible without Kirk's help. I highly recommend seeing Kirk if you are having math troubles!!
I have struggle with mathematics for as long as I can remember. Kirk was patient and worked a slow pace in order to help me understand concepts I couldn't previously comprehend. I am very grateful for his assistance! He was also easy to contact!
Kirk has been great at teaching me little tricks to help with complicated calculus formulas and rules. It has helped me feel more confident when doing homework and taking exams.
Kirk not only has an incredible knowledge of calculus, he's also patient, kind and wonderfully prepared. He provided thorough explanations and handouts, making difficult concepts clear and understandable. For the first time in my life, I'm enjoying math.
I contacted Kirk because of his claim that he performs minor miracles...And now I know this is 110% true!
I am an adult student, 3 yrs removed from taking algebra and was faced with a 7 week online Calculus class. I was nervous to say the least but with Kirk's patience, teaching, and amazing handouts I completed the course with an A! I highly recommend Kirk and following his step by step approach in learning new material. Trust him! He will not steer you wrong :)
Thank you, Kirk!!
Helps me understand fundamentals of calculus that I struggle to know in the classroom. Patient and understanding, he takes time to make sure you truly understand what you are being taught. Looking forward to more lessons and succeeding in math.
Kirk is helping me with my calculus class. He explains things really well and makes sure you are understanding the material. I was absolutely dreading this class but with Kirk's help I think I can postpone my nervous breakdown till next semester.
We went over limits and some concepts that seemed really difficult to me suddenly became so easy after Mr. Kirk explained them to me. I would definitely recommend Mr Kirk to other students!
I am taking a 3-week calculus course during the winter break, not only I was not prepared for calculus, it could be said that I was barely prepared for algebra, add that to English not being my first language and you can imagine the size of my problem. However after 3 lessons with Kirk we reviewed algebra and calculus. I went from believing It was impossible for me to pass the class to being very confident in math.I went from 35% to 83% in 3 days.
Great at every level and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
I've had several different tutors over the past few years and Kirk is by far the best tutor I've ever had. He makes learning calculus enjoyable and more importantly understandable. He always comes to every session on time, with a smile on his face and with many worksheets and handouts that explain the complicated topics. Kirk is a very intelligent and kind individual that is very dedicated to helping his students succeed. I highly recommend Kirk to anyone who is in need of a tutor.
Makes everything seem simple and is patient when you feel stuck, goes at your pace and gives it to you step-by-step, great experience.
Kirk and I met for my first Calculus tutoring session this week. He took a very intimidating subject and made it more understandable than my professor could have ever attempted. He was very kind and patient with all of my questions, and provided useful handouts. I certainly plan to schedule another session with Kirk.
My daughter is a dedicated student with a high GPA who has always done well in math. She wanted to take summer classes to get ahead and signed up for a stats class that she needed. There was only one teacher option provided to her. When she came home from her first class, she was shocked and confused by the lack of teaching skill her teacher possessed. She wanted to do well in this class and it was obvious that this teacher was not going to make it easy or maybe even possible. I immediately thought of Kirk. A few years ago, Kirk helped my son (who had always struggled in math) conquer his stats class. So I checked on Wyzant to see if he was still teaching. And I call it teaching, not tutoring. He is a gifted teacher who is able to take any concept and provide his students a way that they can not only understand it, but apply it. Thankfully I found him, he met with my daughter who by now had a few classes under her belt and was still confused. After a few sessions with Kirk, she not only started getting A's on exams, she began to help her fellow students who were struggling. Kirk, now for the second time, has amazed me with his gift for helping students learn, his gift of building up confidence and his patience and care for his students' well being. Thank you again Kirk for helping my kids, you are the best!
After I met with a local tutor and had a very bad experience during our first session, I was pretty against the idea of trying again with someone new. When I connected with Kirk and he promised he could help me snag an A in my rigorous statistics class, I was skeptical at first. I live an hour away from Kirk, but let me say this – he is definitely worth the drive! I took an accelerated 8-week statistics class over the summer and waited to seek out a tutor until the sixth week of class because I thought I could figure out the material on my own, despite the class being online and me having an unresponsive professor. But then I met Kirk. During the last two weeks of class, Kirk and I met four times. We had a marathon four-hour session, after which Kirk told me I had learned over a month of statistics in a regular class in just four hours, and I believe him! I just took my final today and scored significantly higher than I thought I would, securing my A grade in the class. Kirk told me I could do it, and he was right. I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know Kirk. He is patient, organized, detailed, goal-oriented, and knows how to find humor in a situation. What more can you ask for in a tutor? I certainly couldn't be more pleased by my tutoring experience with Kirk. I look forward to having Kirk by my side when I take calculus in the fall!
Kirk is happy to help. He comes prepared with study guides for each section and even creates silly scenarios for equations to help you to remember how to execute them better. Highly recommend.
Kirk taught me questions I missed from previous exam and showed me where I went wrong, then how to read the questions better when brought up in a different method.
Kirk tutored me last spring for math 120 (business calculus). He is very methodical and a great teacher, and is very patient! He really knew his information and was able to make calc understandable for me. I got an A- in my calc class, which was a miracle after where my grade was after the second midterm, before I met with Kirk. He is also very prepared and lets you keep detailed notes and handouts to help with studying after your session.
Great experience, took time to make sure I understood the questions and how we got the answer. Best part was the hand outs he gave and also the shortcuts on my calculator. Will use Kirk in the future for my final.
Made calculus understandable and clear in a very short time. Able to do well in a condensed 3 week college calculus course
He goes an extra mile to make sure you learn from each lesson. He helps you visualize each step of the problem by using different colored pens.
I would highly recommend Kirk T. as a tutor. I was one week into a 5-week online statistics class at GCU and completely lost and panicked. I have never needed a tutor in 60 years and went online on a Sunday to try and get immediate help for Monday and Tuesday. I chose Kirk because of his online reviews and success with compressed courses like mine. He responded within an hour to my text and after a few texts he agreed to meet me early in the week like I needed and continued to do so through the rest of the course. He was available by text and email when I was sick and lost vision in one eye for a few days. He is a very, very kind, patient and professional. As a teacher he is superior-using verbal instruction reinforced with excellent written and drawn explanations that I used at home. I passed the course with an A but also learned a great deal that I needed in my research class now.
I am very grateful for his help and expertise and if you are looking for a great tutor call Kirk!
HE TAUGHT ME CALCULUS IN A WEEK. Do I have your attention now? Not only that, but Im going to my dream school now.
I don't generally review people, but kirk seriously deserves his 5 STARS!!
I had to learn Calculus in a WEEK to pass this math exam to get into my top university. I didn't realize the exam had calculus on it until last minute, because I was so focused on my other classes. My dream school ranks along BROWN AND DARTMOUTH and this math exam was VERY difficult, and included calculus. I had learned pre-calculus in high school, but that was two years ago for me, and I forgot a lot of the material.
I contacted Kirk and one other top math tutor on this site, as I had to find someone immediately and willing to help me. The other tutor was rude and refused to work with me, saying: "You can't learn calculus in a week. Logs, etc. are too difficult to learn in a short amount of time."
But then KIRK replied and he was SO NICE and BELIEVED IN ME.
Kirk sat with me for hours and we reviewed everything I needed to learn. He even came back to me after my session and worked out some problems that we had difficulty with, ON HIS OWN TIME! and then taught it to me.
He was willing to work with whatever I needed help with.
AND TALK ABOUT ORGANIZED!! He has his colored pens and separate handouts with STEPS on how to proceed with problems.
He was there to talk to me 20 minutes before my exam, as I was freaking out and he calmed me down and explained stuff to me on the phone- and didn't even charge me.
Honestly, Kirk wants to help you if you show effort and he appreciates you if you want to learn the material and truly understand it.
I was complimented on my attributes (like being a hard worker, and focused)
And he told me what I needed to do before the exam, and what to think about DURING the exam.
His voice was with me during the 5+ hours math exam.
And guess what? I PASSED. I am now traveling abroad and going to my dream school.
I most likely would have failed without his help.
We are now friends. He gave me advice on other things as well, as I was having roommate problems, etc. And he just rearranged my focus on the IMPORTANT things, like passing this exam.
Thank you Kirk- YOU HAVE TRULY SET UP MY LIFE PATH FOR ME- I wish you the best.
You are just fabulous for supporting me, and truly a kind soul. Thank you again.
Update: With my math class being completed, my time with Kirk has come to an end--it is a true, real life example of something being bittersweet if there ever was one. I would simply like to say that you will probably not find a better math tutor than Kirk. Despite my math skills being relatively weak, it was honestly a pleasure to work with Kirk 3-4 times a week for the 8 week math class I HAD to pass. You can read what I have already wrote below about his skills as a tutor, but what I wanted to stress was just how good of a dude Kirk is. He never watches the clock and tries to pinch pennies out of you, he never gets frustrated if you're having an off day and he is even willing to meet with you when he is feeling a little ill. I had no idea when I called Kirk up for the first time that I would be meeting someone I hope to be in contact with for the rest of my life. Honestly, whether you are in need of some fine tuning or are in dire straights, do yourself a favor a call this man and give him one session--that's all it will take before you know you're working with the Mr. Miyagi of math!
Normally I just click the 5 stars and carry on with whatever I was doing, but I felt like I should actually write a review for a change as people do tend to read these.
Rest assuredly Kirk is worth every penny. He teaches you how to really do math as if you were a small child trying to build a race car engine--that's a funny way to say that he is very meticulous with his instruction. He doesn't assume you know or understand anything, instead, he always takes it upon himself to tell you the right way to do something, and why you should do it that way.
I went into the military after high school (graduated with geometry) and hadn't taken any math in over ten years when I got into my college algebra class. Kirk is the absolute perfect tutor if you need someone to reteach you how to perform the basic operations and functions of algebra and instill good habits and problem solving techniques as you move forward in your math.
If you were like me and were basically starting over in math and needing to get through a difficult (relatively) college transfer level class, than I can not recommend him highly enough.
I feel you can be good at anything with the right teacher, and when it comes to math there is a select few who can help you understand the concepts, formulas etc. Kirk is one of those people. I'm taking statistics and in the class we were at a point where I was totally confused. It was honestly a waste of time for me to go to the class because I would leave everyday more confused UNTIL I stumbled across WyzAnt and met Kirk!!! He thoroughly taught me 3 hard chapters of statistics within 2 sessions, I would have never thought I would be able to do confidence intervals and hypothesis testing! I am so grateful and appreciative of Kirk and he will definitely be the first person I call when I run into more problems with math! He is so worth the money and the time!
Kirk is a great tutor and really knows how to explain math in a way everyone can understand. He explains all of the different terms, what the question is really asking for, and then gives simple step-by-step instructions on how to solve the problems. I've taken several lessons from Kirk and went from receiving a 30% on my first test before Kirk, to receiving an 87% on the second test. Highly recommended!
Great tutoring lesson. Haven't taken any math lessons/classes for over 15 years and I was nervous and embarrassed going into the lesson, but Kirk was great and made me feel comfortable.
I am an adult learner, finishing my BS in business after years out of the educational process. My Business Math class has terrified me, as I have had severe math anxiety since about 7th grade. The math content is an integral part of the business program, so it terrifies me all the more, especially in the accelerated format required for this schooling.
I looked on WyzAnt as a matter of desperation, already behind the ball, and I found Kirk. We have had approximately two tutoring sessions per week over the last three weeks. What I found very helpful: He uses colored pens for each step in the process. Sounds simple, but it's really, really helpful to determine which piece of writing is the problem, which is action on the problem, and which is a part of my instructional notes for later reference.
He also gave me lots of handouts with step-by-step instructions - "cheat sheets." One of my biggest problems is trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do with a question and where to start (seems to be the most common problem for my math classmates as well). "How to find the y-intercept," "How to graph a quadratic function" or "How to factor a trinomial" are examples, and it becomes a matter of following steps. This makes math much less terrifying for me.
Kirk doesn't zip through it at light speed. He is methodical, with a pretty even demeanor. This is very important for me - and I assume you, for anyone else needing a math tutor - because anyone needing to a math problem needs to understand the sequence, and the process, and do the calculations, so going too quickly is detrimental. I need to be clear on each step or the whole thing goes sideways. Most "math people" find math so instinctual that they tend to zip through an explanation.
Kirk asks me what my goals are for the lesson each time. Then he concentrates on that thing only. If I ask him for broader basic concepts, he does that, too. I had an open-notes math midterm test last night (basic algebra, equation of the line, functions, graphing, etc.). I got an A. I don't think I have ever had an A on a math test in my life, let alone under these circumstances. I still have the anxiety, but I now have hope. Kirk is expensive, but the cost/benefit analysis for this integral part of my education makes the decision a no-brainer.
Kirk explains everything in a way that is easily understood and then eases you into more complex problems. The colored pens really help later on when you're studying the material.
Everything is starting to make sense! I got an A on my in class quiz thanks to Kirk T. He helped me understand when to use the different t,z, and chi squared tables and what formulas go with what type of problem. I also understand how to come to conclusions on the null and alt hypothesis testing!
Kirk worked with my daughter on pre-calculus prior to her first test of the semester. His patience and clear explanations of the coursework was greatly appreciated. He also provided her with additional materials and handouts that reinforced the areas covered in the tutoring session. My daughter received an A on the test. It was her highest test grade in several years. Thanks Kirk!
Kirk met with me the morning before a big test and eased my nerves. He went over everything I needed to know and explained it in way that I understood rather than just showing me the work. He was very prepared and had made his own worksheets for how to do functions, they were so helpful and easy to understand. I was able to remember all the info I needed for the test after meeting with him and will definitely be keeping him around for all my future math classes.
Kirk hopefully, fingers crossed, helped my son graduate. He had an outdated book and a teacher who didn't have a lot of knowledge on the subject. With the help of Kirk my son was able to pass his first final and is taking the second today. Thank you Kirk for coming to the rescue!
We cannot thank Kirk enough for the time he spent working with our daughter this evening on such short notice. Kirk was very professional and extremely thorough with every aspect of his chapter review, even teaching our daughter new tricks. He cares very deeply about the student understanding the subject matter, and is very generous with his time.
Kirk has proven to be an amazing tutor for our daughter, providing professional, reliable, expert help with her college Algebra. We feel so lucky to have found him on WyzAnt, not knowing what to expect, but with his patient, positive style, our daughter received the highest grade in the class on her first test.
Kirk is also easy to get a hold of, answering emails quickly and sending us a weekly update, which we did not expect and is not the case with other tutors we have used. We couldn't recommend Kirk more highly!
He was readily available to meet with me. He was prepared and went above and beyond. He made review sheets with laws and rules I could use to help me with my class and future classes. He uses colored pens to see the problems better and understand them. He used metaphors for me to remember equations and placements. I would definitely recommend him.
Kirk has by far been the best tutor in the area of College Algebra and Trigonometry. He is extremely reliable and very knowledgeable in this area. Kirk is a little more expensive than other tutors, however, he is well worth the extra few dollars. He is pleasant to work with and has a wonderful personality. I would highly recommend Kirk for tutoring. You would not be disappointed or feel helpless!!!
Kirk taught me more about algebra then my own teacher did in three weeks! In three hours Kirk was able to prepare me for my test and he gave me a lot of confidence. I highly recommend Kirk, he's worth the money!
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This class develops skills that are used in subjects as diverse as trigonometry, calculus and statistics. Most students breeze through the early material but then hit the wall when it comes to factoring. Unfortunately, factoring is the crucial skill that students must learn in algebra.
The good news is that I have developed a proprietary system for factoring that will make factoring one of your favorite things to do. Instead of fearing factoring, you will come to love it as I do!
Subject matter covered in this class includes matrices, radicals, logarithms, domain, absolute value and systems of equations. In addition, graphing becomes more extensive and complicated.
My methods for teaching these subjects are unique and based on my experience tutoring thousands of students over a six-year time period. If you are looking for an easier way to learn algebra, then contact me. You will be happy that you did.
Calculus is known as a "major changer." What this means is that many students end up changing their major when they hit calculus. Do not be one of the 50% who fails calculus I.
I can get you through this class with a minimum of pain. Let me translate all of the abstract symbols, formulas and definitions into plain English. I also have many handouts that help you get through some of the tougher spots.
Please don't wait until you have failed a test or two to get help. Contact me early and reduce your stress and increase your scores.
I take a sophisticated approach to teaching the material in this class. I show students the connection between precalculus and calculus. I like to bring students up to speed on many calculus concepts while they are in precalculus.
For instance, I teach students about limits and the difference quotient which are both covered in the first few weeks of calculus. In addition, I will introduce them to the first derivative so that they are not overwhelmed in calculus I.
No subject strikes terror into the heart of a student like statistics does. I once had a stockbroker tell me that he had to take statistics three times before he passed.
It does not have to be so hard! God gave me the special ability to translate statistics into plain English. Using proven memory techniques, I connect new abstract concepts with things that you already know. I also know the author of the best-selling statistics book in the United States. The reason that I know him is that we correspond on a regular basis about statistics.
Please don't wait until you have failed several tests to contact me. Spend the money now and buy some peace of mind and high test scores.
If you did well in geometry, then you will do well in trigonometry. However, if you did not, then trig will literally have you going in circles. Speaking of circles, one of the first things I do is to teach my students how to draw the unit circle. Being able to easily draw the unit cicle is a big stress reducer!
I also have unique ways of remembering the dozens of formulas that trig uses. Lastly, I have a special graphing technique that will make graphing trig functions super easy.