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Tim N.

Stanford/Harvard Tutor - Algebra to Calculus / SAT - ACT - GRE - GMAT

Stanford/Harvard Tutor - Algebra to Calculus / SAT - ACT - GRE - GMAT

$90/hour

  • 1,910 hours tutoring

  • Sonoma, CA 95476

About Tim


Bio

I have been tutoring all levels of Math for the past 10 years, from Algebra through college Calculus. I believe that establishing a good foundation in Mathematics is critical for a student’s future success and confidence – in high school, in college and beyond in their careers. And I believe every student has the potential to be successful with Math. I can help by explaining Math concepts in simple ways the student can understand and remember. And I do so in a positive, patient and...

I have been tutoring all levels of Math for the past 10 years, from Algebra through college Calculus. I believe that establishing a good foundation in Mathematics is critical for a student’s future success and confidence – in high school, in college and beyond in their careers. And I believe every student has the potential to be successful with Math. I can help by explaining Math concepts in simple ways the student can understand and remember. And I do so in a positive, patient and encouraging manner.

I am a graduate of Stanford and Harvard. While I studied engineering and business, I have enjoyed Math since grade school when I was selected for experimental programs in Symbolic Logic and a new form of Algebra.

My Philosophy is that mathematics provides a critical foundation for other learning. Young people can grasp advanced concepts early on. Creative approaches to Mathematics education that work well for gifted students can help students of all levels and backgrounds succeed in Math. Each student is special and unique, and deserves a tailored approach.

I have had the privilege of working with students as young as 6, as well as students in middle school and high school. As a result of my tutoring my students have excelled in the following ways:

- Finishing 7th grade Pre-Algebra as young as 8.
- Completing Honors Precalculus as young as 11.
- Earning A+100% in Geometry at Stanford's highly rigorous Online High School.
- Earning the highest grades in class for Calculus 1 and 2.
- Taking Calculus 5 at age 14 at junior college while concurrently enrolled in high school.
- I am especially proud that some of the students mentioned above did not start out believing they were “good at Math.”

Gifted and Struggling Have Something in Common. I have found that those who want to go very high and those who are struggling to keep up are actually very similar in this: both need concepts made clear and simple -- to grasp and build upon.

Additional Insight:
- In-depth knowledge of computer-based instruction.
- Detailed familiarity with respected curricula.
- Researched and sought out highly effective and innovative approaches.
- Successful with public, private and home-schooled students.

Before tutoring, I had a career in international business during which I also served on the side as trainer and consultant. I enjoy helping others learn -- whether it be to grasp new concepts or to relearn something that previously had been difficult. One of my greatest interests and joys is helping students achieve their goals in learning.

I look forward to helping you or your student succeed!


Education

Stanford
undergrad
Harvard
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $90
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Sonoma, CA 95476
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/21/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Tim hasn’t set a schedule.


Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I have found the best way to help students is to work with them through problems and observe how they address and solve problems. We address underlying issues -- and review, clarify, explain, refrain -- as we go. This way you are also practicing with the GRE format as we proceed.
GMAT

Computer

Macintosh

Macintosh

I am a long-time Apple fan and familiar with the full range of Apple products. They are beautifully designed tools that are very intuitive to learn. I also have experience tutoring Seniors to master the basics so that they feel comfortable to enjoy the great options and access to applications that Mac products offer - from useful Apps, iPhoto and iTunes to the range of Microsoft products for Macs.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
German, GMAT

English

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.

History

American History,

American History

American history is one of my favorite subjects. My family has deep roots in the history of our country going back to colonial times and extending out to homesteading in the Midwest and to the Gold Rush days of California. I grew up hearing stories from these different time periods. I love to share that perspective with my students as we establish ways to know and remember history. I also offer experience preparing students for the AP US History exam.
World History,

World History

Besides studying World History on the side at university and then doing my own study and reading ever since, I have experienced first hand the "living history" that one can pick up by traveling, exploring and talking with and living with local people. In the course of my work, I have traveled to over 30 countries - in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East, and have lived in four of them for cumulative nearly 10 years. I have also tutored for the AP World History Exam as well as for courses in pre- and post-1600 World History.
European History, Geography

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For many, Algebra I & II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For many, Algebra I and II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Calculus,

Calculus

Everyone can learn Calculus. It’s a great tool and a big confidence booster when you can master this subject. The concepts behind Calculus are actually simple and few in number. But they are often introduced in ways that seem complex and confusing. I will help explain the concepts and terms in simple English and with everyday examples.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
Geometry,

Geometry

In a sense, Geometry is misnamed. On the surface, it appears to be focused on angles, lines, polygons, circles and arcs and how they relate. But at the heart of the subject is a Greek system of logic. Understanding this and how it works is the key to mastering Geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

This is the foundation for advanced Math. Building confidence in the concepts introduced here and the ways to express them is critical.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Understanding Precalculus and Trig concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on SAT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
German

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on ACT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For many, Algebra I & II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For many, Algebra I and II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Calculus,

Calculus

Everyone can learn Calculus. It’s a great tool and a big confidence booster when you can master this subject. The concepts behind Calculus are actually simple and few in number. But they are often introduced in ways that seem complex and confusing. I will help explain the concepts and terms in simple English and with everyday examples.
Geometry,

Geometry

In a sense, Geometry is misnamed. On the surface, it appears to be focused on angles, lines, polygons, circles and arcs and how they relate. But at the heart of the subject is a Greek system of logic. Understanding this and how it works is the key to mastering Geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

This is the foundation for advanced Math. Building confidence in the concepts introduced here and the ways to express them is critical.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Understanding Precalculus and Trig concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on SAT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Understanding Precalculus and Trigonometry concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For many, Algebra I & II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For many, Algebra I and II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Calculus,

Calculus

Everyone can learn Calculus. It’s a great tool and a big confidence booster when you can master this subject. The concepts behind Calculus are actually simple and few in number. But they are often introduced in ways that seem complex and confusing. I will help explain the concepts and terms in simple English and with everyday examples.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
Geometry,

Geometry

In a sense, Geometry is misnamed. On the surface, it appears to be focused on angles, lines, polygons, circles and arcs and how they relate. But at the heart of the subject is a Greek system of logic. Understanding this and how it works is the key to mastering Geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

This is the foundation for advanced Math. Building confidence in the concepts introduced here and the ways to express them is critical.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Understanding Precalculus and Trig concepts need not be daunting. They can be explained in simple terms and there are ways to remember key concepts. This can be a fun subject when the student has confidence about the basics.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
Geography

Science

ACT Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For many, Algebra I & II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For many, Algebra I and II is where the struggles begin. But it need not be scary and difficult. Often times the issue is with earlier concepts that were not mastered with confidence. I will help by explaining concepts in plain English. And I help students to learn to see concepts and problems in a way that makes sense to them.
Calculus,

Calculus

Everyone can learn Calculus. It’s a great tool and a big confidence booster when you can master this subject. The concepts behind Calculus are actually simple and few in number. But they are often introduced in ways that seem complex and confusing. I will help explain the concepts and terms in simple English and with everyday examples.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, but having lived abroad for over 10 years and having traveled for work extensively, I learned to speak English in a clear, proper and enunciated manner -- so that I could be better understood. This experience guides and inspires my efforts to help others who are learning English/ ESL.
Geometry,

Geometry

In a sense, Geometry is misnamed. On the surface, it appears to be focused on angles, lines, polygons, circles and arcs and how they relate. But at the heart of the subject is a Greek system of logic. Understanding this and how it works is the key to mastering Geometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on SAT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.
German

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on ACT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.
CBEST,

CBEST

One of my former students was preparing for the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). I helped her, especially with the math section, so that she successfully passed her exam in July 2013. In so doing, I helped her overcome a long-term condition of dyscalculia.
GRE,

GRE

I have found the best way to help students is to work with them through problems and observe how they address and solve problems. We address underlying issues -- and review, clarify, explain, refrain -- as we go. This way you are also practicing with the GRE format as we proceed.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I equip my students with strategy so they learn how to quickly tackle the different kinds of questions typically seen on SAT Math. I provide tools that work from techniques for multiple choice questions, to methods for translating equations to graphs and vice-versa, to creative ways to tackle word problems.
ACT Science, ASVAB, GMAT

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Patient and helpful tutor

My daughter appreciates Tim's willingness to go over each detail that she doesn't remember or understand in patient supportive way and feels he is able to explain and demonstrate things very well.

JaNae, 3 lessons with Tim

Amazing tutor!

Tim is calm and explains problems in a way that is understandable. My teenager felt better after her first lesson. He is amazing. I will definitely be booking weekly lessons with him for my daughter.

Jami, 3 lessons with Tim

Excellent, knowledgeable and patient tutor! Highly recommended!

My son absolutely loves Tim's patient and thorough teaching style. After three lessons in order to prepare for both SAT and ACT math, it is clear to me that Tim not only offers a wealth of knowledge -coupled with fantastic interactive skills- but he furthermore has a true knack for motivating his students! Both my son and I are vastly grateful to have Tim's support.

Eva, 16 lessons with Tim

Very knowledgeable and easy to work with

My daughter was struggling with the SAT and ACT due to running out of time. Working with Tim, he taught her to recognize and process problems much quicker. My daughter had learned certain shortcuts in school, but she was amazed how Tim showed her even easier ways to comprehend and process material quicker. Tim was truly amazing with his technique and we plan to continue his services soon as we strive to master the ACT scores! Today is the SAT, praying for a dramatic increase and she feels confident there will be!

Amy, 6 lessons with Tim

SAT/ACT tutoring

Very methodical and organized tutor for our son. Excellent feedback. Especially helpful for SAT/ACT test prep. Highly recommended.

James, 14 lessons with Tim

Really Relates to Teens

Tim gets so much accomplished with my 16 year old. In early session, found his strength and weaknesses and tailored lessons for him. Great Tutor! Both Math and English SAT. My son came home from SAT and pinged Tim, I think that enough tells you how well the lessons went!

Eileen, 36 lessons with Tim

Helped me reach my goal!

Tim helped me prepare for the August SAT in the Summer of 2017. Because of his commitment to my success, I was able to score a perfect 800 in the Math Section of the SAT! We spent 4.5 hours each week reviewing for the Reading and Math section through video chat. He made sure I understood the solutions, and carefully explained each question that was unclear to me. I would like to thank Tim for being so supportive and helping me reach my goal.

Anil, 22 lessons with Tim

Patient GRE tutor

Extremely patient! He allows the student to solve the problem and reaches different ways of solving things. He provides very good notes.

Beatriz, 7 lessons with Tim

Experienced and caring tutor

Tim was thorough and patient in explaining how to approach math problems on the ACT, which is the most challenging aspect of test taking for my daughter. He was able to establish a rapport with her quickly, and she is looking forward to working with Tim going forward.

Beth, 7 lessons with Tim

Very helpful and patient

Explained things thoroughly and visually. Calculus is complicated but he broke it down to the very basics. Lessons he sends after the session about everything you did are also nice

Dawne, 1 lesson with Tim
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Tim N.

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