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Kevin R.

Lutz, FL

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Very patient and great at explaining.
— Jennifer, Tampa, FL on 2/1/14

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University of South Florida
Engineering

Education

University of South Florida (Engineering)

About Kevin

Greetings,

I am a mathematics student at the University of South Florida and a professional tutor servicing the Tampa Bay area. I graduated from Land O Lakes High School with a Bilingual IB Diploma with the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction, as well as having earned 52 college credits in High School. Due to my high standardized test scores in high school, I earned a 4 year, $36k scholarship to USF as well as the full Bright Futures scholarship. Besides tutoring, I am going to school and trying to help jump start a small engineering company.

What helped me get into tutoring and helping other students was that growing up, I realized that my feelings towards math and the sciences were vastly different than those of my classmates. A lot of them considered math and science hard, useless, and boring. Chances are that if you are on this page, you or your child has voiced similar feelings. Why is that?

Well, imagine if dentists just told patients "brush and floss your teeth every day!" but never explained why they needed to do it? Would as many people do it? Well, too many teachers tell students that they need to use a certain formula for a certain problem, but not WHY they need to use it for that problem. Students end up learning how to memorize math, not how to actually DO math. Just "plug and chug," as one of my professors would call it. While that methodology may earn a student a good grade here or there, in the long run the student will suffer.

As a student who always earned As in math and was always chosen to the math team, Math Counts, Brain Bowl, etc., I loved math because I understood it: I understood the concepts behind why it worked, not just what formula to use when. Due to my thorough understanding of concepts and what is needed to do them well, I diagnose what a student is weak at mathematically which helps me attack the root of the problem, not just the immediate, visible weakness. Doing this has helped countless students dramatically improve their math skills as well as their scores and grades.

Case in point, for two years at Land O Lakes High School, I spent every lunch tutoring ESOL students in my high school. I could have easily spent my time socializing or doing my own work. instead, I dedicated hundreds of hours to local ESOL students that were struggling with trying to learn high school level information as well as a language entirely new to them. While doing so, not only did I attend to over 10 students at a time as a teacher's assistant, but I had to do it all in Spanish, and in one case French. This was an invaluable experience for me, for it helped me learn how different students learn, and how as a tutor, a "one size fits all" way of teaching students is not ideal.

Another thing that distinguishes myself from many of my more mathematical colleagues is that I'm a people person. I'm not a guy who just likes to slave over his calculator all day and punch numbers. I'm very friendly and have strong interpersonal skills, which is very helpful with younger students who may feel shy or embarrassed around people they don't know. I know how to be professional, but I also know how to connect with younger people who may feel a little shy about needing help.

As briefly mentioned before, I graduated from Land O Lakes High School with an International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma as an an AP Scholar with Distinction, meaning that I received grades of 3 or better on five or more AP exams and had an average higher than 3.5 on all AP exams taken, which shows that my education was well-rounded and that I'm qualified for more than just math tutoring. I also have amassed experience in tutoring students in Spanish.

Regardless of who you hire as your personal tutor, I wish you the best in finding a great tutor that can help you or your child excel at school and help make them truly understand their coursework. That being said, I truly look forward to helping you or your child. I know for sure that there is one tutor that can get the job done, and it's me.
Greetings,

I am a mathematics student at the University of South Florida and a professional tutor servicing the Tampa Bay area. I graduated from Land O Lakes High School with a Bilingual IB Diploma with the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction, as well as having…
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"Very patient and great at explaining."

- Jennifer, Tampa, FL on 2/1/14

"Very patient and helpful."

- Stefan, Wesley Chapel, FL on 6/29/15

"Good demeanor for working with teens"

- Charlette, Lutz, FL on 6/1/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Kerry, Land O Lakes, FL on 10/1/14

"Great to Find a Physics Tutor"

- Richie, Tampa, FL on 9/27/14

"Good experience "

- Wendy, Lutz, FL on 4/14/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Diane, Tampa, FL on 3/19/14

"One of the Best Tutors out there!!!!"

- Vikram, Lutz, FL on 9/15/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Mechanical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
AutoCAD,
Microsoft Windows
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Spanish,
Statistics, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Salsa Dancing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish,
Statistics

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the foundation of all the math courses your student will take for the rest of their scholastic career. I have helped many students build a strong foundation by focusing on important rules of algebra, the basic question types, not being intimidated by variables, as well as understanding word problems.
Once your student masters Algebra, a world of opportunity will be open to them: advanced mathematics, physics, accounting, calculus, chemistry, so much more!
Due to the importance of this subject, I would love to help you or your child build as strong a foundation as possible.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2, as a continuation of Algebra 1, is another course that sets the foundation for future math courses and science courses. If you or your child is struggling in Algebra 2, I can help see if the student has holes in their Algebra I foundation and patch them up if necessary, as well as teach them methods to improve their understanding of Algebra 2.
With my help, you or your child will have a deep understanding of Algebra 2, which can set them up to excel in future math courses, physics, engineering, accounting, chemistry, biology, and many more courses. Their future will be bright!

AutoCAD

I took two semesters of AutoCad at USF and received high marks on both occasions. Having so much practice in it, most things are very intuitive for me and I could help the students learn shortcuts and tricks that would make their lives much easier. Additionally, since most students that would require tutoring in this would be university students, I would already have taken the courses and know what they need to go over and what they need to be proficient in.

Calculus

I earned straight As in high school in both calculus I and calculus II. As an engineering student, I have continued using calculus for the past 5 years. At this point in my scholastic career, using calculus is no different to me than using addition or subtraction. I guarantee my expertise and understanding of calculus will help you or your child grasp all the necessary concepts to help them succeed.

Chemistry

Chemistry is one of the foundations of medicine and biology, making it a very important subject to understand. As an engineering student, I have studied chemistry at the high school level as well as the college level for engineers.
Chemistry has many concepts that may seem difficult at first to grasp, but I am well acquainted with them and can break them down logically to help students understand them faster.
I love chemistry, both high school level and college level, and would love to help you or your child excel at it!

Chess

I have been playing chess for over 10 years. I was the top player on the USF Honors College chess team the one year I participated. In high school, I played about two hours a day online on European servers and have achieved the ranking of Master on several occasions. My top ELO was 1950.

I'm well versed with chess terminology and tactics. Since I am self-taught, I know of many resources that can help a student improve. I'm younger player as well, which often can help a student feel more comfortable.

I've defeated every chess engine that I've encountered except one, which is an engine that top players world-wide confer with to help them play better (Deep Fritz).

Differential Equations

I took Differential Equations at USF and got a B+ for the course. I had a professor that assigned tons and tons of book work so I have many hours of practice solving differential equations.

I have two books which cover Differential Equations, so if you're having difficulties solving problems, I can show you different methods that perhaps your teacher and textbook may have not have explained to you properly.

GED

Are you frustrated with getting turned down for jobs because you don't have a high school diploma or a GED? Getting a GED is a great way to help you get a higher paying job in a competitive market. I can help you learn and understand everything you need to pass your GED exam.
Además, tengo experiencia en preparando estudiantes para su examen de GED en español, pues si usted desea tomar su examen de GED en español, estoy aquí para ayudarle. No muchos maestros locales están calificados para GED y también saben dominar el español, pues si usted necesita ayuda, mandame un mensaje y hagamos arreglos lo mas pronto posible.

Geometry

I excelled at Geometry in High School, and have since completed all mathematical courses up to Calculus III and Differential Equations with high marks.

Physics

As a mechanical engineering major, I took years of physics and courses dedicated to breaking down further concepts learned in physics I and physics II, such as dynamics, statics, kinematics and dynamics, which has lead to me being extremely qualified as a Physics tutor.
Physics is not something you can just memorize formulas for. If you do not understand Physics, even if you have a formula sheet you will fail.
Contact me as soon as possible, I have the experience to help you or your child understand and solve all their physics problems, pass their course with flying colors, and move on in their science curriculum.

Salsa Dancing

I have been dancing New York Style salsa since I was 13. Since most dancers in the area are Cuban dancers who dance Rueda, if you are interested in having a unique and different style with flashy footwork and interesting turns, contact me!
Although I prefer NY Style, I know several styles and would be able to help you learn whichever style you would like.

SAT Math

When I took the SAT several years ago, I received a 760 out of 800 on the Math section. While I was heavily disappointed that I didn't get a perfect score, I did not prepare for the exam in any way, shape or form. Don't make that same mistake!
Hire someone well acquainted with math and conceptual problems. If your child is able to do well on the Math section of the SAT, say hello to big scholarships!
Hiring a great tutor for the Math SAT pays for itself and much more via University scholarships.
I would be honored to help your child greatly improve their chances of getting into their dream University by helping them do well on their Math SAT.

Saxophone

I have been playing alto sax for about 14 years.

As a saxophone player, one needs to learn:
-How to read music
-Proper embouchure
-Proper hand placement
-Proper fingering for each note
-Proper timing and tonguing to avoid slurring notes

I can gladly help you or your student learn these skills as well as polish them. Saxophone is a great instrument to learn!

Spanish

Saludos! Being raised in a Hispanic home with Spanish literature everywhere, I am both completely fluent in Spanish as well as extremely literate in Spanish.
I can help you or your child learn Spanish grammar and vocab, as well as proper pronunciation.
I believe in immersion, so as the student learns more Spanish, I will speak more and more Spanish and will expect the same in return.
This is the best way to learn a language.

Study Skills

As an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, AP Scholar with Distinction and current University of South Florida student, I know the ins and outs for students to succeed scholastically. Don't let your child succumb to poor study skills! I will help your child figure out what learning style works best for them, what they need to keep track of and how, as well as teach them the benefits of being organized with their time and their things. Study skills are strongly correlated with time management! If any other subjects also need to be addressed, I can help them with those too! I look forward to helping your child improve their study skills.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry/Precalc/Algebra III is one of my favorite subjects to tutor in. It has simple concepts which can solve so many interesting problems. Learning trigonometry is very important for physics and calculus, so if your student is planning on going to go into the STEM field, I will help them see the value of the concepts they are learning.
Once a student understands trigonometry, they usually end up liking it. Once you know and understand what trigonometric function to use for a problem and what their definitions are, trig becomes extremely easy.
It's just finding someone to explain these concepts well that's difficult! Hire me and save yourself many headaches.

University of South Florida
Engineering

Education

University of South Florida (Engineering)

Very patient and great at explaining. — I have been working with Kevin for a few months now and he is always able to explain concepts to me when I am not understanding them. He never gets frustrated, even when I make him explain something over again. He is helping my grades immensely and actually making me enjoy calculus. He is the best tutor I have ever worked with. ...

— Jennifer, Tampa, FL on 2/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $37.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

If you are interested in having me tutor you or your child but find my rate too high or are on a budget, let me know so that we can find a price that works well for you and your family.

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Kevin will travel within 15 miles of Lutz, FL 33549.

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