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Ron T.

Downers Grove, IL

$45/hour

College Math Instructor

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100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/28/13
4.9 average from 44 ratings
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North Central College, Naperville, il
University of Oregon
Master's
Bob Jones University
EdD

Education

North Central College, Naperville, il

University of Oregon (Master's)

Bob Jones University (EdD)

About Ron

I have taught at 7 different colleges (public, private, and technical). I received awards for my teaching based on student evaluations - mostly because I am patient and take time to tutor students having trouble. I have also written high school math textbooks. I know math and I want to help you know it, too!

I have taught non-credit college courses: Pre-algebra 1 and 2, Elementary Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra, which correspond with 7th and 8th grade math and Algebra 1. I have taught required math courses for college credit: College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus, which correspond with Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Calculus. I have taught many applied math courses: Statistics, Numerical Methods, Geometry, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations. I have also taught every courses in a math major besides the applied math courses listed above: Complex Variables, Multivariate Calculus, Set Theory and Logic, Foundations of Math, Abstract Algebra, Real Analysis, and Topology.

I do NOT do homework for students. First, I learn where they are, and then I ask questions until they see what to do! The goal is for students to understand, so that they can deal with test questions after they have done the homework.
I have taught at 7 different colleges (public, private, and technical). I received awards for my teaching based on student evaluations - mostly because I am patient and take time to tutor students having trouble. I have also written high school math textbooks. I know math and I want to help you know it, too!

I have taught non-credit
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Downers Grove, IL 60516
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Worthwhile Session"

- Mark, West Chicago, IL on 9/10/17

"Very Knowledgable"

- Anastasia, Glen Ellyn, IL on 10/31/17

"Great teacher, very patient!"

- Nancy, Western Springs, IL on 10/30/17

"Good for the basics"

- Remy, Naperville, IL on 2/18/14

"Very Patient"

- Steven, Naperville, IL on 12/21/13

"Very Patient and Thorough"

- Lauri, Naperville, IL on 12/7/13

"Great Job!"

- Mary, Naperville, IL on 10/28/13

"Excellent First Session"

- Doug, Downers Grove, IL on 10/27/13

"Great Tutor"

- Megan, Naperville, IL on 4/28/13
English:
Proofreading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
GED,
GRE,
SAT Math
Language:
Greek,
Hebrew,
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Writing
Business:
GRE,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

I taught math for 15 years at 8 colleges and for 2 years at a private high school. I wrote 4 math textbooks for high school (Algebra 1 to Precalculus). I also wrote a book on logic, which is relevant since the ACT tests thinking skills, I guide students by asking them questions about the practice problems.

Algebra 1

I have taught Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Introductory Algebra or Intermediate Algebra at 5 colleges. These semester courses correspond to a semester or a year of Algebra 1. I also wrote a high school textbook for Algebra 1. I tutored at all 5 colleges (in person) and for the publisher (by phone & email).

Algebra 2

I have taught the course at 1 high school and the equivalent courses (College Algebra, Trig or both) at 6 colleges. I tutored at every school that I taught at as well as students at other high schools or colleges studying the material. I wrote an Algebra 2 textbook and tutored students using it both by phone and by email.

Calculus

I have taught Calculus at 4 different colleges and 1 high school. I tutored students in Calculus at all 5 schools. I have also tutored many students taking calculus at other colleges or high schools, some of whom were taking AP calculus.

Differential Equations

I taught Differential Equations at two colleges. At a third college, I taught Technical Calculus, in which differential equations occupy half the course. I tutored at all three colleges as well as a few students at other colleges.

Discrete Math

I have taught this course at 2 colleges & 1 high school. Since this course is often for computer majors, I have also taught both computer programming and Numerical Methods at 2 other colleges.

GED

I have taught math at eight colleges and one private high school. Teaching math at remedial, general education and major levels in colleges gives me a thorough understanding of what students should know to get a high school diploma.

Geometry

I taught Geometry at four colleges and one private high school. At two colleges the course was intended for math majors and stressed proofs, while at the other two the course was for other majors and stressed practical applications (degrees, length, perimeter, area, volume). I also wrote a textbook on geometry that covered proofs in about half of the chapters. I have tutored geometry (both proofs and calculations) for students at all five schools, for students using my textbook as well as students at other schools in geometry courses or preparing for the ACT or SAT.

GRE

The general test of the GRE is similar to the ACT or SAT (but the specialized subject area tests are much tougher). After the general test, I took the specialized test for math. I can help prepare you for the general test of the GRE (to prepare for a specialized test, find a tutor with a masters in that area).

Greek

I hold a BA in Greek and some graduate Greek courses; but all courses were in Koine (biblical) Greek - not modern Greek. The courses were also for reading knowledge only, since no one speaks Koine Greek anymore.

Hebrew

I took a year of Hebrew undergrad and then 2 more years of Hebrew (and a semester of Aramaic) in graduate school. I learned to read biblical Hebrew (I can't speak modern Hebrew).

Linear Algebra

I taught Linear Algebra at two colleges. At both colleges, the proof-oriented course was designed for math majors.

Logic

I taught Set Theory and Logic or Foundations of Math in several college math departments. I also taught Logic in a college philosophy department and in a high school. I also wrote a textbook on logic (Better Thinking and Reasoning).

Precalculus

I have taught the material covered in precalculus at several colleges and a high school. I have tutored students at each college where I taught as well as students who were taking the course at other high schools or colleges. In fact, I have also written a textbook for Precalculus and tutored by phone and by email for the publishing company of my book!

Probability

I taught probability in conjunction with every statistics course I ever taught. I have also taught probability in lower division courses such as College Math, College Algebra, and Problem Solving. I wrote a chapter on probability in several textbooks. I have tutored probability at 4+ colleges and 1 high school, for students using my textbooks (by phone or by email), and by students at other schools either taking statistics or preparing for the SAT or ACT.

Proofreading

I wrote math texts (and other books) for 15 years and also self-published five other books. After I passed the editorial test, I proofread chapters of many books and edited two books by other writers. More recently, I edited four books and a script. Most (but not all) of my English tutoring has been preparing students for the SAT or ACT. I'm familiar with three style manuals: APA (for my dissertation), Chicago (for my textbooks), and Turabian (for papers in graduate school).

SAT Math

I taught math for 15 years at 8 colleges and for 2 years at a private high school. I have experience teaching both accelerated and remedial students. I also have experience teaching students with ADD/ADHD. Since the ACT tests thinking skills, it's impossible to teach to the test, and I guide students into correct thinking about practice problems by asking questions.

Statistics

I taught statistics at five colleges and one private high school, and I tutored struggling students at all six schools! At all six schools the courses stressed the usefulness of statistics (interpreting grades in education, making marketing decisions in business, checking quality control at factories, sifting through advertising by consumers, and even for understanding sports). I have tutored statistics at all six schools as well as students at other schools who are taking either statistics or AP statistics.

Trigonometry

I have taught trigonometry as a course at 4 colleges. Trig was also a unit in a course at a fifth college and a semester of study at a high school. I have written a textbook that covers trig and tutored students using it both by phone and by email.

Writing

I wrote 40 books, mostly high school (and junior high) math texts and ancillaries (teachers editions, activities manuals, and test packets with keys) but also a geography text, a logic text, and seven general-interest books. I also have two unpublished manuscripts. While writing the math texts, I also passed the editorial test and edited for a few years.

North Central College, Naperville, il
University of Oregon
Master's
Bob Jones University
EdD

Education

North Central College, Naperville, il

University of Oregon (Master's)

Bob Jones University (EdD)

Worthwhile Session

Ron is low key and patient and knows his subject matter. Even though we threw him some curve-balls in what we were trying to accomplish he took it in stride. My daughter went to him for calculus tutoring.

— Mark, West Chicago, IL on 9/10/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ron will travel within 10 miles of Downers Grove, IL 60516.