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Andrew K.

Walnut Creek, CA

$35/hour

Fun and Instructive Chess Lessons for All Ages!

In-person lessons

$35/Hour


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UC Berkeley

Education

UC Berkeley

About Andrew

I have a passion for chess and education and have tutored students privately and in school programs. I have tutored private students in Richmond and Pittsburg, CA, one of which was a small local youth chess tournament. I was an after-school chess instructor and assistant director for a chess program covering the greater Los Angeles area. I taught large and small groups of students at schools in central and west Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Mar Vista. I helped teach students completely new to the game as well those with several years of experience.

I have multiple chess boards and books available for students of all levels and can use a large demonstration board with a tripod if needed. I have also taught with computer tablets and can help students learn the game by using various apps on both iPads and Android tablets upon request. I enjoy engaging students with puzzles, positions, historic games, and game variants. I seek to make my chess lessons fun as well as thematic based on tactics and/or strategic understanding. I can also provide interesting puzzles and positions for students to review and study in-between lessons.

Along with chess, I have extensive tutoring experience in math-elementary to Algebra 1/Geometry. I can also tutor Spanish--I received a 5 on my Spanish AP exam and speak Spanish regularly.

As a tutor I look to understand how students learn and what they understand or don't understand too well to better guide and instruct them in our lessons. I like to offer different approaches and strategies to problems that students can remember and experiment with.
I have a passion for chess and education and have tutored students privately and in school programs. I have tutored private students in Richmond and Pittsburg, CA, one of which was a small local youth chess tournament. I was an after-school chess instructor and assistant director for a chess program covering the greater Los Angeles area. I taught Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94596
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
GED, GRE, SAT Math
Language:
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Chess

I am currently a private tutor for 3 chess students in Contra Costa County. One of these students won a local youth chess tournament last year. I was an after school chess instructor as well assistant director for STAR Education Inc. chess program in the greater Los Angeles area. In 2012, I wrote a grant and organized a 4 week summer soccer and chess camp in the city of Richmond.

I have been playing chess for over 20 years and I have read over 30 chess books covering all aspects of the game-tactics, openings, endgame, positional strategy,teaching children/beginners, chess history, etc . I am currently around 1800 ELO rating and I still continue to study and practice on a daily basis. I also manage a small chess club for a non profit.

I use worksheets, puzzles, personal knowledge and key phrases, jokes to help my students learn. I also sometimes assign homework or puzzles, problems upon request to review for the next session. With beginners, I mainly focus on tactics and key attacking and checkmate strategies (some endgame) and for more advanced students I assist with opening, endgame knowledge and positional concepts. I also included a description in my tutor profile of how I teach chess.

UC Berkeley

Education

UC Berkeley

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Andrew will travel within 40 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94596.