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Ken M.

Golden, CO

$40/hour

Ken M. - Economics and Corporate Finance Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/10/13
4.9 average from 67 ratings
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— Sarah, Byron Center, MI on 4/1/16

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California State University - East Bay
Business - Finance
George Mason University
Master's

Education

California State University - East Bay (Business - Finance)

George Mason University (Master's)

About Ken

I have been an adjunct professor of economics, finance and business for Regis University in Denver for more than 17 years, primarily teaching microeconomics and macroeconomics, and managerial economics (MBA). In addition, I have taught at Aurora Community College, Front Range Community College, Arapahoe Community College and Columbia College. As such, I have extensive experience with several text books and a host of problem sets/exams. In addition, I have tutored students in intermediate microeconomics, international economics, and energy economics.

In my experience, I find the main impediments to understanding economics generally fall into the following areas:

(1) Conceptual understanding - Starting with supply and demand relationships, I strive to teach the fundamentals through illustration and examples from real life. This includes topics such as market equilibrium, shift factors, elasticity, price floors, price ceilings, etc. Further, production theory appears to be the next greatest challenge for the beginning microeconomics student. On the macroeconomics side, Keynesian economics, aggregate supply/aggregate demand, national income accounting and classical economics often are the main challenges, but not the only ones. A one-on-one conversation on these topics, with different examples and exercises, usually results in student understanding of these concepts with improvement in performance on exams and homework.

(2) Rusty math skills - I use algebra in my tutoring and occasionally I find the student who has forgotten how to form and manipulate ratios, find the slope of a line, or perform other algebraic operations. Unless a student is comfortable with algebra, it becomes an impediment when trying to solve economic problems. I check to make sure the student knows these operations so s/he can use these tools to solve the problems presented in economics that require math skills.

(3) Graphaphobia - Some people just don't understand how graphs work. Normally, graphs are a pictorial version of a table of data values that are plotted and reveal relationships among the data; e.g., supply and demand. Graphs are easier to understand in contrast to working with mathematical equations to find answers. I also make sure that students understand the basics of how to construct and manipulate a graph.

I focus on economics instruction because that is what I know best. I have also taught accounting, statistics, business planning, and I currently teach undergraduate corporate finance. Economics is not a particularly easy subject, especially if you have never been exposed to it. However, realize you are constantly making economic decisions in your personal life, and it is helpful to link the theory with your personal world when trying to grasp the concepts. I teach, but I also spend a lot of time with back and forth on the topics and associated problem sets so that economic theory becomes embedded in your brain, and this difficult subject becomes understandable.

As mentioned, I also teach corporate finance. To ensure no misunderstanding, I do not teach personal finance nor financial courses necessary to obtain a Certified Financial Planner or other type of certificate/license (e.g., FINRA, Series 63, etc.). I teach and tutor in accounting-based financial topics such as ratio analysis, present-value analysis, WACC, bond valuation, normally using Excel as the tool of choice (I avoid financial calculators).
I have been an adjunct professor of economics, finance and business for Regis University in Denver for more than 17 years, primarily teaching Read more

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4 hours notice required

One hour minimum charge. Fractions of an hour after one hour will be prorated to the nearest 15 minutes. Discount of $30/each for multiple students at tutoring sessions.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Golden, CO 80403
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"Great Sessions!"

- Sarah, Byron Center, MI on 4/1/16

"Advanced Economics Tutoring"

- William, Fairfield, NJ on 2/17/16

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- Lauren, Aurora, CO on 9/21/15
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Economics

17 years adjunct faculty for Regis University and other Denver-area colleges in microeconomics, macroeconomics and managerial economics.

Master's degree in economics from George Mason University, VA.

Author a macroeconomics article for a monthly, nationally distributed business newsletter.

Finance

Regularly teach Corporate Finance for Regis University in Denver CO. Topics covered include ratio analysis, PV analysis, bond analysis, WACC, operating and financial leverage, ROI, IRR, capital budgeting, various forms of financing, etc.

California State University - East Bay
Business - Finance
George Mason University
Master's

Education

California State University - East Bay (Business - Finance)

George Mason University (Master's)

Great Sessions! — Ken took the time to adjust the lesson to the area where I needed to focus on. He also explained concepts in a way that I could understand. We went over concepts such as net present value, free cash flow, weighted average cost of capital, and depreciation. He was able to identify some errors that I was making within my calculations and explained how to logically think about what I was actually tr ...

— Sarah, Byron Center, MI on 4/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

One hour minimum charge. Fractions of an hour after one hour will be prorated to the nearest 15 minutes. Discount of $30/each for multiple students at tutoring sessions.

Travel policy

Ken will travel within 30 miles of Golden, CO 80403.