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Ken J.

Chemistry Math and Physics demystified. It's not rocket science!

Chemistry Math and Physics demystified. It's not rocket science!

$60/hour

  • 319 hours tutoring

  • Ventura, CA 93004

About Ken


Bio

Currently I am a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at a CA High School.
Previously I have been an educational professional for 40 years, starting as a teacher of Math and Physics in High school to AP/1st year undergraduate level and I hold teaching credentials in both California and the UK. Later I taught Chemistry (the subject of my degree) to the same standard. I have many former students who have studied at the top UK Universities; Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Imperial London and so...

Currently I am a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at a CA High School.
Previously I have been an educational professional for 40 years, starting as a teacher of Math and Physics in High school to AP/1st year undergraduate level and I hold teaching credentials in both California and the UK. Later I taught Chemistry (the subject of my degree) to the same standard. I have many former students who have studied at the top UK Universities; Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Imperial London and so on taking mainly the subjects that I have taught them. More recently I have been a college (for 16-19 year old students) Principal but have been required, in that role, to intervene when teachers have been underperforming. I have taught Math and Physics in that capacity and have been inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools with good results. My college was a highly successful one in the UK with students performing in the top 5% nationally when judged by their prior achievement.

I have also worked as a school improvement adviser. This, among other things, required me to observe teachers in class and to grade them and give feedback on their performance. I therefore understand what good teaching, and more importantly good learning, is.

I have worked as a private tutor in the UK, mainly for Math and Physics but also for Chemistry, I now have a regular client group in California for the same subjects both at College and High School level; I enjoy working 1 on 1 with students. I prefer to work collaboratively with the student so that they can tell me areas they feel they need to improve and I will work specifically on those areas with them. I very much believe in learning (by the student) being more important than teaching (by the teacher) and so I try at all times to give students more responsibility for their own learning while I act more in a guidance/facilitating capacity.


Education

University of Birmingham, England
Chemistry
Institute of Education , London University, England
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  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Rate details: Group rates available for >1 student taking the same lesson. Cancellations 2-12 hours in advance will incur 1/2 lesson charge due. Cancellations with <2 hours notice will incur full charge.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Ventura, CA 93004
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/11/2012

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+, and I have taught all aspects of Mathematics, both Pure Math and Applied Math, ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Math students at all levels and in all subjects with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics with a minor in Physical Science at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+. I have taught Chemistry to the post 16 age group from College entry level to first year college level; Chemistry being the subject of my first degree. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Chemistry students at all levels with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Math

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+, and I have taught all aspects of Mathematics, both Pure Math and Applied Math, ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Math students at all levels and in all subjects with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+, and I have taught all aspects of Mathematics, both Pure Math and Applied Math, ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Math students at all levels and in all subjects with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics with a minor in Physical Science at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+. I have taught Chemistry to the post 16 age group from College entry level to first year college level; Chemistry being the subject of my first degree. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Chemistry students at all levels with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics with a minor in Physical Science at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+. I have taught Chemistry to the post 16 age group from College entry level to first year college level; Chemistry being the subject of my first degree. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Chemistry students at all levels with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Organic Chemistry,

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry was a significant part of my degree. I studied in three lectures a week in my first year, 4 in my second and 3 in my final year. There were also weekly organic chemistry tutorials during the first year with a professor. I emphasize reaction mechanisms as an approach to learning organic chemistry. There are really very few types of chemical reaction and learning these, and the mechanisms by which they occur is the best way to understand organic chemistry. Understanding of chemical bonding is an essential prerequisite.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!
ACT Science

Summer

Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+, and I have taught all aspects of Mathematics, both Pure Math and Applied Math, ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Math students at all levels and in all subjects with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I trained as a teacher of Mathematics with a minor in Physical Science at the London University Institute of Education. My specialty was in the Secondary age range, which in the UK means from age 11 to age 18+. I have taught Chemistry to the post 16 age group from College entry level to first year college level; Chemistry being the subject of my first degree. Since coming to the USA I have tutored Chemistry students at all levels with considerable success. I believe that students should become effective independent learners and I encourage them to understand their own strengths and areas for improvement. I then try to work with them to develop improvement strategies that will work for them back in the school environment so that they can see their improvement and understand how to build on it.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught Physics for a number of years, starting in the 1970s! The syllabus I taught in the UK was teaching General Relativity (it's about time!), Statistical thermondynamics (why heat goes from hot to cold), a bit of quantum theory (wave particle duality, photoelectric effect) as well as the more traditional content (materials, forces, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity), to high school students. Understanding Math will help!
Algebra 1, Calculus, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

TEAS,

TEAS

I am able to tutor students in the TEAS test for Mathematics. The Mathematics component of the TEAS contains mainly Arithmetic and conversions between different units, all of which is at a level of Algebra 1 or below. I am already certified to tutor Mathematics up to Calculus and there is nothing in the TEAS syllabus that is at this level. Therefore I am certain that I am qualified to tutor students in the Mathematics component of TEAS
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


After just one session...

After just one tutoring session with Ken,, my daughter felt more comfortable in AP Physics! She is actually looking forward to her next test!

Cristy, 26 lessons with Ken

Really Nice Person, Knows His Stuff.

We had a mix-up and Ken was nice enough to come back to our meeting place and help. Really great teacher, easy to understand.

Maddie, 5 lessons with Ken

Patient and engaging.

Ken tutors two of my boys in math and science. He is warm and engaging and, as my younger son explained, teaches in a way that the boys find easy to understand. One of my sons was resistant to tutoring. It took Ken one session to draw him in and now he looks forward to their weekly sessions. Also, their grades have begun to improve as well as their confidence. Thanks Ken!

Caitlin, 20 lessons with Ken
Tutor responded:

The Math is Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.

Very good tutor, flexible, accessible and personable.

Ken is an excellent tutor for our 15 year old daughter (who is intelligent, but does not like school). Motivation is an issue, as well as confidence, and aside from helping her understand the material, Ken's approach is just right. He helps her realize that in fact she is smart, and understands the material, when with the right guidance, she spends a little more time with it. We see excellent progress in only 3 sessions. Our daughter now has the support she needs, which is critical at a time when she feels the need to assert her independence with us as parents.

Lauren, 17 lessons with Ken
Tutor responded:

Lauren's daughter is studying Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

Very Patient

Ken has been great working with my daughter. Lots of patience, knowledge and methods to help my daughter "get it."

Steven, 7 lessons with Ken
Tutor responded:

Steven's daughter is studying for Algebra 1.

Can't We Just Keep Him?

We HIGHLY recommend Ken (although I am hesitant to do so, because we want him all to ourselves)! He has helped us power through a difficult situation where my son's teacher went on leave the second week of school and never returned. My son is being taught Honors Chemistry 9 by subs! Ken is a phenomenal teacher who has helped my son immensely. He has a wonderful manner that is respectful, non-judgmental, understanding and ever-patient. He knows exactly what the student needs to know. He is prompt, efficient, and is wonderful at detecting and conveying exactly what the student's strengths and weaknesses are. We have seen such an improvement in my son's grades and thus enjoy the relief from stress and now are confident that Ken can help us through any tough section.

Sheila, 22 lessons with Ken

My son's grades have improved.

I am happy to say that my son's grades have improved greatly. It seems that Ken speaks the right language when it comes to Algebra II.

Cherie, 14 lessons with Ken

Worth every penny.

Physics, especially in the college level, can be a very difficult and overwhelming subject. A few weeks into the semester I realized that "kind of getting it" was not going to cut it. Ken was the first tutor that replied to my e-mail and I'm glad he was. To all of you who are a little skeptical, Ken really knows his stuff. Ken is nice, patient, helpful, and the passion he has for physics will surely rub off on you. He helped me go from an F on my first quiz to a B on my first test, A on my second quiz, and an A on my second test. Ken is a great tutor, and assuming you put in the time and effort he will have you seeing the results you want.

Alberto, 13 lessons with Ken
Tutor responded:

Alberto completed his Physics course and gained a grade A

Great tutor! Always prepared and very helpful!

Ken is a wonderful tutor when it comes to clearing up some of the more confusing material in the second half of organic chemistry. He always comes very well prepared with internet handouts and info which is extra helpful, and makes sure he is keep along with the class itself. Very patient, prompt, and easy to reach. Ken does a great job of being available when you need him to be and will give you just the confidence boost you need when it comes to organic chemistry! Highly recommend!

Sonia, 3 lessons with Ken
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Ken J.

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