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Alan Z.

San Jose, CA

$75/hour

Retired Aerospace Engineer. Professional Tutor for Math and English.

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
5.0 average from 146 ratings
Patient - Deep Knowledge of Subject
— Anna, Palo Alto, CA on 10/4/16

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University of Southern California
Aerospace Engineering
University of the Pacific
Graduate Coursework
The University of Phoenix CA
MBA

Education

University of Southern California (Aerospace Engineering)

University of the Pacific (Graduate Coursework)

The University of Phoenix CA (MBA)

About Alan

I was the principal instructor for a major test preparation company for a number of years, and I am certified to teach test prep for the PSAT, ACT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. For more than ten years, I was an instructor for Math, Reading and Writing for a major after-school education program. As an Aerospace Engineer and Professional Tutor, I am fully qualified to tutor Math from elementary mathematics through Algebra II and Geometry, and Reading and Writing from phonics and grammar through college-level analysis and argument. I was the principal instructor for a major test preparation company for a number of years, and I am certified to teach test prep for the PSAT, ACT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. For more than ten years, I was an instructor for Math, Reading and Writing for a major after-school education program. As an Aerospace Engineer and Professional Tutor, I am fully Read more

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Please ask about a group rate for more than one student at a time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Jose, CA 95129
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In-person lessons

"Patient - Deep Knowledge of Subject"

- Anna, Palo Alto, CA on 10/4/16

"Great connection with his student!"

- Moki, Los Gatos, CA on 7/14/17

"Great S.A.T Preparation"

- David, San Jose, CA on 6/23/17

"Great tutor!"

- Lourdes, San Jose, CA on 3/25/17

"Knowledgable and patient!"

- Aleida, Sunnyvale, CA on 1/23/17

"Very Knowledgeable and Supportive Tutor"

- Angelica, San Jose, CA on 1/11/17

"outstanding tutor."

- Elba, San Jose, CA on 11/29/16

"Knowledgeable, very caring"

- Ruby, San Jose, CA on 11/19/16

"Amazing tutor!"

- Matthew, Los Gatos, CA on 11/2/16

"Very Pleased"

- Debbie, San Jose, CA on 10/20/16

"Very knowledgeable"

- Clarissa, San Jose, CA on 9/25/16

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Weiming, Los Gatos, CA on 9/23/16
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History,
Geography,
Government & Politics, World History,
Writing

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.

ACT English

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

ACT Math

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

ACT Reading

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

ACT Science

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

Algebra 1

I have been teaching Algebra I for the past 15 years.

Algebra 2

I have taught all of the concepts related to Algebra 2 as closely as possible to everyday life so that anyone can learn to understand and use them.

American History

I have been a student of history since I won the History Medal in high school. I tutored both my sons, who also won the history medals in their high schools.

Business

I have a Master's degree in Business, and I have been a successful businessman for nearly 40 years. I have fifteen years of tutoring experience.

Chemistry

I tutored my sons for the AP Chemistry Exam, and they both tested out of college chemistry.

Civil Engineering

I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and I have been a successful engineer for nearly 40 years.

College Counseling

As a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of Math and English from basic skills to college level work. During that time, I have taught hundreds of teens and young adults to understand that mastering these skills is vital, not only to getting into the college of their choice, but to being successful at the college level and beyond. Along the way, I have also taught these students to write excellent college applications and essays, and many of them have been accepted to top tier schools.

Common Core

As a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of Common Core. I have taught basic math, fractions and decimals, Algebra, and Geometry. I have taught reading including phonics and phonetics, spelling, grammar, and punctuation to college level argument and debate. During that time, I have taught hundreds of children and teens these vital skills and showed how they relate to Common Core.

Elementary Math

I have taught all aspects of English fron phonics to college level writing.

Elementary Science

I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and I have been a successful engineer and businessman for nearly 40 years. As a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of Math from fractions and decimals through Algebra and Geometry. During that time, I have taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand and appreciate Science as a vital part of understanding how the world works. I have also taught these students to write excellent college applications and essays, and many of them have been accepted to top tier schools.

English

I have been teaching every aspect of English for the past 15 years.

Geography

I won the geography contests when I was in school, and both my sons did just as well with my coaching.

Geometry

I love teaching Geometry and showing how it relates to Algebra, Physics, and Engineering.

GMAT

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

Grammar

I have taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand English grammar.

GRE

I have been teaching GRE prep for 25 years.

Marketing

I have a Master's degree in Business, and I have been a successful engineer and businessman for nearly 40 years.

Mechanical Engineering

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. I have a Certificate in Program Management with an emphasis in Systems Engineering from West Coast University. I have an MBA with an emphasis in Systems Management from the University of Phoenix. I worked as an engineer at Rockwell International on various Air Force and NASA programs, and later, as the Director of Engineering for Peterson Systems International.

Phonics

I have been a certified Kumon Instructor for the past ten years. Kumon Reading Levels 7A through 2A are devoted completely to phonics, phonetics, and phonemics. These levels are always covered in a one-to-one fashion with our early learning and remedial students. As a result, I have spent hundreds of hours teaching these concepts to dozens and dozens of children. The children range in age from pre-K students of 3 to 4 to grammar school students of 9 to 10 years old.

Prealgebra

I have been teaching the basics of math, Algebra I, and Algebra II. In the past fifteen years, I have taught hundreds of students to master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for the PLAN and ACT, the PSAT and SAT, and the GRE and GMAT. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to do well on any of these tests with my help.

Proofreading

I have been a proofreader for many years, helping my Kaplan and Kumon students with their college essays, and later, helping my sons get acceptance letters from all the schools where they applied.

PSAT

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

Reading

I was a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, so I know what it takes to achieve reading comprehension.

SAT Math

In the past fifteen years, I have taught hundreds of students to master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for the PLAN and ACT, the PSAT and SAT, and the GRE and GMAT. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to do well on any of these tests with my help.

SAT Reading

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

SAT Writing

I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught hundreds of students during this time. My students master the Math, English, and Test Preparation Skills required for standardized tests. I tutor for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GMAT, and GRE. Many of my students have done exceptionally well on these tests.

Spelling

As an after-school education instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of English, from phonics, phonetics, and phonemic learning through spelling, grammar, and punctuation to college level argument and debate. During that time, I taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand that English is our primary form of communication. In fact, all of the concepts are related so closely to everyday life that anyone can learn to understand and use them with some coaching and guidance.

Statistics

I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a Master's degree in Business, and I have been a successful engineer and businessman for nearly 40 years. In that time, I have come to believe that the mastery of statistics required for business are vital to young people in our high-tech world.

Study Skills

As a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of Math and English. During that time, I have taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand how to study and learn on their own. I have also taught these students to write excellent college applications and essays, and many of them have been accepted to top tier schools.

Trigonometry

I have been teaching the basics of mathematics, including Geometry, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Trigonometry, for the past 15 years. During that time, I have taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand that math is how the real world works. Anyone who can function in the real world can learn to master math. In fact, the concepts are so closely related to everyday life that many students actually understand the basics of math already.

Vocabulary

As a Kumon Instructor for 11 years, I taught every aspect of English, from phonics, phonetics, and phonemic learning to college level argument and debate. During that time, I have taught hundreds of students, from children and teens to young adults, to understand that English is our primary form of communication. More importantly, I have taught that all of the concepts are related so closely to everyday life that anyone can learn to understand and use them.

World History

I coached both my sons through AP World History. They each got a 5 on the exam, and neither had to take history at University. I was the principal instructor for a major test preparation company for a number of years, and I am certified to teach.

Writing

I was a private Instructor for 11 years, teaching reading and writing from the beginnings through college level work.

University of Southern California
Aerospace Engineering
University of the Pacific
Graduate Coursework
The University of Phoenix CA
MBA

Education

University of Southern California (Aerospace Engineering)

University of the Pacific (Graduate Coursework)

The University of Phoenix CA (MBA)

Patient - Deep Knowledge of Subject

Alan has been tutoring my son in Geometry for the past month. After the first session, I knew Alan was going to make a difference in my sons learning and that is exactly what he has done. My son finally feels like he is understanding Geometry and his raised grade is proof of that. The teaching methodology Alan uses is multifaceted so he is able to address all styles of learners.

— Anna, Palo Alto, CA on 10/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Please ask about a group rate for more than one student at a time.

Travel policy

Alan will travel within 10 miles of San Jose, CA 95129.