Chris S.

Sherman Oaks, CA


Economics/Math Tutor. Business Consultant. Excel Guru. Comedy Writer.

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/20/14
5.0 average from 49 ratings
— Taylor, Los Angeles, CA on 7/18/14


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California State University, Northridge


California State University, Northridge (Economics)

About Chris

Hello. I am a business development executive and writer that moved to Los Angeles in 1996. I built a 16+ year career in marketing, business strategy and digital media development for a list of Fortune 500 companies that includes Disney/ABC, ESPN, NewsCorp/FOX and NBC/Universal. Currently, I consult for start-up and emerging media companies, providing business development, marketing and operations strategies.

With a background straddling both business and creative, I approach each student with a customized plan that harnesses their strengths and learning preferences. My favorite subjects are economics, math and statistics, but I also enjoy writing, literature and public speaking. Other subjects of interest include sciences, primarily astronomy and physics, along with general business, Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL).

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with students from a wide range of ages, including fellow classmates at Boston University, CU-Boulder and Cal State Northridge. Upon graduating from CSUN with a BA in Economics in 2005, I earned the Certificate for Excellence in Economics for maintaining a GPA over 3.5. In addition to my liberal arts education, I graduated from The Second City Hollywood Training Center where I learned the fundamentals of improvisation, writing and sketch comedy. I teach students without previous acting experience how to use improv techniques to build confidence for interviews, business presentations and public speaking engagements.

Along with tutoring college and adult students, I also led a group of K-6 students in a program designed to teach compassionate and non-violent communication by modeling "speaking from the heart" behavior as the basis to build empathy among students.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your learning goals!

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Hello. I am a business development executive and writer that moved to Los Angeles in 1996. I built a 16+ year career in marketing, business strategy and digital media development for a list of Fortune 500 companies that includes Disney/ABC, ESPN, NewsCorp/FOX and NBC/Universal. Currently, I consult for start-up and emerging media companies, Read more

24 hours notice required

Up to two students tutored at the same time for the same price.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Background Check: Passed


- Taylor, Los Angeles, CA on 7/18/14

"Excellent tutor - knows Excel well!"

- Jan, Los Angeles, CA on 3/22/16

"Power Point Tutorial"

- Vicki, Studio City, CA on 2/9/16

"Great Tutor"

- Cheryl, Los Angeles, CA on 1/10/16

"Knowledgable and patient."

- Neda, Los Angeles, CA on 11/3/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Kelly, Los Angeles, CA on 7/14/14

"Articulate and Focused"

- Liza, Santa Monica, CA on 6/26/14

"Highest recommendation."

- Marsha, Los Angeles, CA on 8/12/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy, Geology, Physical Science, Physics
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
American History, Geography, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Marketing,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

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

Math was always my favorite subject, and I excelled through school. I received an A in AP Calculus during my junior year in high school and then took Calculus II at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) during my senior year. Algebra 1 lays the foundation for nearly everything else in math, making it a vital subject for students to master. Topics include linear equations, functions, graphing, linear inequalities, exponents, exponential functions, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equation, radical expressions, rational expressions, and probability.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is another important subject for students to master and add to their skill set. I love sharing my passion for Algebra 2, including topics like linear systems, matrices, quadratic equations, polynomials, polynomial functions, exponents, logarithms, conic sections, sequences/series, probability, statistics, and basic trigonometric functions.


I played Little League throughout my youth and continued to play on the high school team. As an adult, I coached for a youth league in Pacoima, coaching a group of 7-8 year old boys and girls at the "co-pitch" level, the level immediately following tee-ball. I am an avid follower of MLB, and I am well-versed in batting, hitting, fielding, base-running, and (to a lesser degree) pitching techniques developed over a lifetime of study and appreciation of the game. Most importantly, I believe baseball (and softball) are incredibly fun!


I have been an avid basketball player my entire life, playing in recreational leagues and pick-up games since I was young. I am an expert on the rules of the game and have learned through a lifetime of watching basketball at all levels. Through experience, I have developed the ability to recognize areas of weakness in a player's game and introduce tips, tricks, and strategies for improvement. Much of the foundation for my approach comes from the Pete Maravich shooting techniques and the Magic Johnson passing drills.


I have worked for over 16 years in a wide-range of positions, from business strategy, marketing, sales development, and operations for a number of Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the Entertainment industry. I have negotiated multi-million dollar agreements, executed the first distribution deal for Disney Channel's VOD service, and managed a team responsible for online ad sales development for 75+ FOX owned and affiliated local stations. I have also helped develop business plans and investor presentations for startup companies looking to raise investor funds. I hold my BA in Economics from Cal State University, Northridge.


I received my BA in Economics from Cal State University, Northridge in 2005. I also received a Certificate of Excellence in the Study of Economics for maintaining a GPA over 3.5 in Economics courses. My specialty is in pricing, consumer choice theory, and microeconomics, though I am well-versed in macroeconomics and Keynesian economic theory, as well.

Elementary Math

During high school, I tutored several students at a neighboring elementary school in basic math skills. My major accomplishment during that time was working with a group of three siblings of different ages and having important breakthroughs with each at their respective levels. I believe for one to understand math, it must be easy for them to see the real world application. It is through these moments of discovery that math transforms from scary to fun.


I am primarily a Mac user in my personal life, and have experience with nearly every OS to come out from Classic to the current OS X releases. I run a Mac network at home, with several computers, printers and iOS devices all connected via WiFi. I am adept at most Mac software, including the Mac versions of popular PC applications like the Microsoft Office suite. I've also opened up several of my machines and performed basic hardware upgrades like increasing the memory, changing out hard drives, and various troubleshooting.


While my degree is in Economics, most of my professional career has been spent in Marketing and Business Development. For over 15 years, I have worked as a Marketing Director/Manager in entertainment and digital media distribution for companies like Disney/ABC, ESPN, and NewsCorp. At NewsCorp Digital Media, I led a team responsible for developing online marketing strategies for over 75 FOX TV Station websites across the country. I have also worked with small startup companies using primarily new media and social media marketing tools to gain exposure.

Microsoft Excel

I began my career as an "Excel jockey." At Disney/ABC, I developed a sales tracking system in Excel that allowed our sales team to target sales opportunities gleaned from payment reports received from our Accounts Receivable department. I am proficient at formula creation, modeling, macro-building, charts, auditing, automation and nearly every function contained in this powerful program.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft Outlook throughout my career at various posts: as an assistant at NBC/Universal, during my 8-year stint at Disney/ABC, and also while working at NewsCorp. In my personal life, I use other calendar applications, but I consider myself an expert on all Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

A major focus of my career in marketing and business development has been the creation of enticing sales presentations. The primary tool I have used throughout my career is Powerpoint. I have experience with nearly every aspect of this program and the various versions available for both Mac and PC. I view Powerpoint as the "ultimate application" that all other Microsoft products are designed to funnel into and support.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word as my word processor of choice for my entire career. I have experience with all advanced functionalities, including Mail Merge, Track Changes, and AutoFormat features, and I am adept at recognizing opportunities to streamline formats and layouts for better message clarity.

Public Speaking

As a classically trained actor and an accomplished business development executive, I have a unique perspective on public speaking. I have delivered well-rehearsed presentations in high-stakes corporate settings, but am also quite skilled at improvising and adjusting to a lighter audience, when necessary. Whether it requires delivering a message in a small meeting or presenting to thousands at a convention, I have learned through experience how to connect with audiences.


I have been performing, writing, and directing live theater for as long as I can remember in productions ranging from dinner theater, community theater, musicals, and even collegiately at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I graduated from the Conservatory at Second City Hollywood in 2010, and I completed the long-form improvisation program the following year. A 23-year member of SAG-AFTRA, I perform regularly around town with a number of improv groups.

California State University, Northridge


California State University, Northridge (Economics)


If you are in search of any sort of economics tutor, look no further because Chris is your guy. I have never met anyone who is so passionate about the subject and who genuinely loves passing on his knowledge to other students. He explains things in a clear and precise manner, and isn't condescending when you don't get concepts on the first try (I certainly didn't). In addition, I had asked him to

— Taylor, Los Angeles, CA on 7/18/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Up to two students tutored at the same time for the same price.

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 30 miles of Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.