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Ken C.

San Pedro, CA

$70/hour

UCLA Math Grad; CBEST, CSET, SAT, ACT, and other Test Prep Tutoring

5.0 average from 63 ratings
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— Claire, Torrance, CA on 1/18/16

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Applied Mathematics
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
MEd
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Applied Mathematics)

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (MEd)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Graduate Coursework)

About Ken

Recently retired from classroom instruction, I taught science and mathematics for more than 20 years at the middle school, high school and community college levels. During my high school years I served as the AP Coordinator, Department Head, and teacher of Statistics and Calculus AB & BC. My test prep students are attending or have attended colleges and universities to include: Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tulane, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Yale, and a host of others.

At the middle school level, I implemented and monitored common core curriculum for public, parochial and private school systems and prepared students for the Mathematics portion of the Los Angeles Archdiocese's annual Academic Decathlon (ACADECA) competition. In my 5 years of preparing students for the competition, 6 of my students finished in the top 7 of 125 schools, twice finishing third. My students almost always received their first choices for high school to include: Archer, Bishop Montgomery, CAMS, Chadwick, Crossroads, Harvard-Westlake, Immaculate Heart, Loyola, Mayfield, Notre Dame, Providence, Ribet, Rolling Hills Prep, and many more.

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors of "School of Skills", a non-profit, 501(c) 3 charity which focuses on the development of student athletes through athletic and academic rigor. My primary role in this organization is to provide mathematics classroom instruction, standardized test prep instruction, NCAA Clearinghouse support and basketball skills development.

In all the aforementioned, I set high standards for the students with a casual but focused attitude. I am more than familiar with the use of technology in mathematics instruction, common core standards, and both formal and informal assessment methods.

I'm available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 8 am - 7 pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am - 5 pm; and, weekends with sufficient notice.
Recently retired from classroom instruction, I taught science and mathematics for more than 20 years at the middle school, high school and community college levels. During my high school years I served as the AP Coordinator, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

2 private hours / $125.00 1 online hour / $45.00 1 group (4 or more) hour / $25.00 each

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of San Pedro, CA 90731
Background Check: Passed

"Life Saver"

- Claire, Torrance, CA on 1/18/16

"very patient"

- Rodney, Long Beach, CA on 8/5/16

"Ken is a very knowlegeable and patient tutor."

- Trysa, Harbor City, CA on 5/26/16

"Great tutor"

- Jabari, Gardena, CA on 4/25/16

"Knowledgable and patient!!"

- Sterling, Bellflower, CA on 3/14/16

"Great tutor, very patient"

- Octavia, San Pedro, CA on 12/13/15

"Excellent experience"

- Auset, San Pedro, CA on 11/6/15

"Patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Ann, Norwalk, CA on 10/15/15

"So grateful."

- Trent, Lakewood, CA on 9/24/15

"Enjoyable and comfortable"

- Andrea, Carson, CA on 3/3/15
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
CBEST,
Common Core,
SAT Math
Computer:
SPSS
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball,
Basketball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, and community college.

As an ACT tutor, I worked with students in small groups of 3 to 4 to help develop their basic reading, writing, and math skills for 7 years. Additionally, I completed evaluations and reports to chart students' progress.

Well versed in the role that technology plays in student learning, I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Algebra 1

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, including middle school, high school, and community college. As a high school and middle school teacher, I was responsible for implementing and monitoring Common Core school-wide curriculum covering Grades K-12 including Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB & BC. I'm well versed in the role that technology plays in student learning. I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Algebra 2

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, and community college.

As a high school and community college instructor, I taught and tutored Algebra II students for 7 years.

Well versed in the role that technology plays in student learning, I utilized sketchpad and other digital resources to facilitate learning.

I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Baseball

Since earning my B.A. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of coaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, community college, American Legion, Connie Mack and Little League.

My baseball teams have appeared in CYO, CIF Southern Section,, CCCAA championships and the Little League Regional World Series.

I ascended to AAA baseball as a middle infielder. Just as I set high standards for myself, I set them for all players that I instruct, in a fair and supportive manner.

Basketball

Since earning my B.A. at U.C.L.A., I have more than thirty years of men's and women's coaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, and community college.

As a coach my basketball teams have appeared in CYO, CIF Southern Section, AAU, and CCCAA championships.

Just as I set high standards for myself, I set them for all players that I instruct, in a fair and supportive manner.

Calculus

Since earning my B.A., M.Ed., and secondary teaching credential at U.C.L.A., I have taught and tutored students for more than twenty years at the middle school, high school, and community college levels.

At the high school level, I taught AP® Calculus AB/BC for 3 years and served as a reader and/or table leader at the AP® Calculus Reading for 2 years. Additionally, I served as a lead instructor at the AP Institute for another 7 years presenting one-week, summer instruction for new AP® Calculus teachers..

I utilize "Calculus in Motion" and other forms of technology to animate Calculus, thus, facilitating student learning and mastery.

CBEST

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have seven years of experience in teaching aspiring teachers how to prepare for the CBEST.

As a requirement of my entrance into the UCLA Teacher Education Program, I too successfully passed the CBEST.

I set high standards for my students in a calm and supportive manner.

Common Core

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching and coaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, and community college.

At the onset of the Common Core transitions, I became the lead teacher for 11 years, at the high school and junior high school levels, responsible for implementation and monitoring of Common Core Standards for my respective districts.

Thereafter, I was presented with the opportunity to attend Pearson Professional Development seminars, which enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the scientifically based instruction demanded for a smooth transition to the new Common Core Mathematics, Science, and English Standards.

Differential Equations

My course qualifications were met through completion of college coursework and 15 years of tutoring experience in differential equations.

Through the completion of the "UCLA 30 series" mathematics, which included differential equations, I gained the content understanding necessary to both teach and tutor the aforementioned content.

Since then, I have successfully tutored hundreds of students, at the University and College levels in their respective courses.

Discrete Math

My course qualifications have been met through completion of college coursework and 15 years of tutoring experience in discrete mathematics.

Through the completion of the "UCLA Math 61" course, which including sets and relations, permutations and combinations, graphs and trees, induction, I gained the content understanding necessary to both teach and tutor the aforementioned content.

Since then, I have successfully tutored dozens of computer science and economic students, at the University and College levels.

Elementary (K-6th)

Since getting my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than ten years of elementary school teaching, tutoring, and coaching experience. As a K-6 teacher, I introduced basic academic concepts such as Language Arts, Social Studies, English, Science and Mathematics. Additionally, I provided classroom instruction using a variety of teaching methods to meet the needs of all students with different learning styles.

Elementary Math

I have more than 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience in both private and classroom K through 6 settings.

Elementary Science

I have more than 10 years of earth, life and physical science teaching experience in elementary (K-6) classrooms.

Finite Math

My qualifications have been met through completion of college coursework and 15 years of tutoring experience. Through the completion of the "UCLA 30 series" mathematics which included, but not limited to, the following topics: Infinite series, including power series solutions of differential equations, linear algebra, differential equations, finite and discrete mathematics.

Geometry

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of mathematics teaching experience in a variety of settings, including middle school, high school, and community college students.

As a high school teacher, I taught and tutored Geometry and Honors Geometry students for 11 years. I taught Geometry at the community college level for 3 years. I utilize Geometer's Sketchpad and other digital resources to facilitate learning.

In addition to enjoying the subject material, I take pleasure in motivating students to work as hard as necessary to achieve their goals, helping them to constantly improve their academic performance, and explaining challenging concepts using a variety of methods personalized for each student.

Grammar

Since earning my B.A. and M.ED. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, including middle school, high school, and community college.

I have tutored grammar to elementary and ESL students to both individuals and small groups for more than 20 years.

With 20 years of demonstrated success, I continue setting high standards and expectations for my students in a calm and supportive manner.

Prealgebra

Since earning my B.A. and M.ED. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, including middle school, high school, and community college.

I taught Prealgebra at the middle school and high school levels for 11 years and tutored individuals and small groups for more than 20 years.

With 20 years of demonstrated success, I continue setting high standards and expectations for my students in a calm and supportive manner.

Precalculus

At both the high school level and community college levels, I taught Precalculus for 6 years and tutored individuals and small groups for more than 10 years.

I utilize "Calculus in Motion" and other forms of technology to animate Precalculus concepts, thus, facilitating student learning and mastery.

Probability

My course qualifications were met through completion of college coursework and 20 years of tutoring experience in probability and statistics.

Through the completion of the "UCLA 170 and 171 courses", which are used to create and analyze models in a broad range of fields, including statistics, economics, finance, engineering, biology and physics, I gained the content understanding necessary to both teach and tutor probability.

Since the aforementioned, I have successfully tutored more than a thousand students, at the University, College, High School, and Gaming Professionals levels in their respective courses or requirements.

Reading

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. from U.C.L.A., I have more than 10 years of reading teaching experience in K through 6 classrooms.

SAT Math

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of SAT teaching experience.

I personally have scored an 800 on the Math and have helped hundreds of students score in the high 700s.

As a high school and middle school teacher I was responsible for implementing and monitoring common core school-wide curriculum covering Grades K-12 including: SAT Preparation, Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB & BC..

Well versed in the role that technology plays in student learning, I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Spelling

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years' experience in teaching K through 12 students.

Many teachers teach and most of us learned to spell by giving students a weekly list of words to practice and then testing them. In truth, the only people that really learned through that method became teachers in later life. Moreover, it's just plain boring.

I practice the use of a student's prior knowledge to serve as a guide for new instruction. Then I develop a program based upon his/her stage of development to maximize results.

In summary, I select a group of words that demonstrate a particular spelling pattern and sequence these patterns.

Students are expected to become "word detectives", engaged in an ongoing attempt to make sense of word patterns and their relationships to one another.

Spelling "rules" are not dictated by me for students to memorize. Spelling patterns and generalizations are discovered by students through a variety of resources.

Well-versed in the role that both Common Core standards and technology play in student learning, I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Trigonometry

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than twenty years of teaching experience in a variety of settings to include middle school, high school, and community college.

I have taught Honors and General Trigonometry at the high school for 6 years, at the community college level for 3 years, and tutored individuals and small groups for more than 10 years.

I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

Vocabulary

Since earning my B.A. and M.Ed. at U.C.L.A., I have more than 10 years of vocabulary teaching experience.

Vocabulary knowledge is critical to reading comprehension. I work with students to help foster their development of a large “word bank” through effective vocabulary learning strategies to include: Keyword Methods, Root Analysis, and Word Maps.

Well versed in the role that technology plays in student learning, I set high standards in a calm and supportive manner.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Applied Mathematics
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
MEd
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Applied Mathematics)

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (MEd)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (Graduate Coursework)

Life Saver — Ken has been a life saver for our family! I home-school my 11th grader and the idea of teaching her pre-calculus was daunting. Ken came in and saved the day, by far the easiest way to home school a child. He is patient and works well with shy teens. He has increased her confidence in math. I highly recommend his services. ...

— Claire, Torrance, CA on 1/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

2 private hours / $125.00 1 online hour / $45.00 1 group (4 or more) hour / $25.00 each

Travel policy

Ken will travel within 40 miles of San Pedro, CA 90731.