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Steven K.

Algebra is easy; everything is easy once you understand it.

Algebra is easy; everything is easy once you understand it.

$39/hour

  • 330 hours tutoring

  • Derby, KS 67037

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Bio

"But that's easy!" is the response I hope for and often get when I teach. I have been a licensed secondary (grades 6-12) teacher for over ten years. My first career was as a military officer. For some reason, when I retired, my wife of many years informed me that sitting around the house was not an option. Our daughters were in middle and high school at the time. Their dinner table stories about school were, at times, a bit scary. I had all the qualifications to be a long-term substitute...

"But that's easy!" is the response I hope for and often get when I teach. I have been a licensed secondary (grades 6-12) teacher for over ten years. My first career was as a military officer. For some reason, when I retired, my wife of many years informed me that sitting around the house was not an option. Our daughters were in middle and high school at the time. Their dinner table stories about school were, at times, a bit scary. I had all the qualifications to be a long-term substitute teacher; it would get me out of the house and thus please the real boss, and it would horrify our kids; so why not? And so I did.

To my surprise, I enjoyed teaching and was fairly good at it. I went back to school (as an undergraduate!) and filled all the annoying bureaucratic squares. While doing the school work, I "subbed" as much as I could. My experience from all this includes teaching middle school math, pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry, high school calculus, U.S. government, American and world history and physics.

Currently, I teach ancient civilizations but I tutor (primarily) math and science in formal programs (which I helped create) before school, during the lunch period and after school. Though our "formal" emphasis has been on those students who were failing, my approach is to also include those kids who want to move from "passing" to an "A."

And yes, I know my photo looks like mug shot. My former students call me "the Old Crab" for a reason.


Education

Purdue U.
undergrad
Wichita State U.
Masters
Newman U.
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $39
  • Rate details: Two or more students qualify for a reduced rate per student. Special circumstances can be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 25 miles of Derby, KS 67037
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/10/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I have much experience in teaching test-taking techniques. All test types have patterns; understanding how to approach the test and plan and practice how you take it can give you a significant edge. The GRE is fairly straightforward in that the emphasis is on reasoning skills and general knowledge. I have found that the best way to prepare is to take practice tests (I have a collection of them), score them, and analyze what works and what does not. We can identify any possible deficit areas and target them directly. An organized and thoughtful approach can overcome test anxiety and get you the scores you want.

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

As you can see in my profile, I have been teaching at the sixth grade level for over ten years. Though I am primarily a history teacher, teaching reading skills, text structure and reading comprehension is an inherent part of teaching any subject at this level.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have taught standardized test taking techniques in a formal classroom setting to middle school, high school and adult students. My English background includes teaching the USAF Effective Writing Course to supervisors at all levels. Both of my daughters scored in the top five percentile nationwide on their ACTs. Time management and careful, focused reading and analysis of the questions and answer choices is the key.
Reading,

Reading

As you can see in my profile, I have been teaching at the sixth grade level for over ten years. Though I am primarily a history teacher, teaching reading skills, text structure and reading comprehension is an inherent part of teaching any subject at this level.
Writing

Writing

I currently teach essay writing in the context of history/social studies. Some of my academic papers from my undergraduate and graduate days were formally published (though, of course, no one but a few academics actually reads that stuff). During my military career, I was repeatedly tasked (as an additional duty)to teach the "Air Force Effective Writing Course." Good writing involves a set of skills which though subtle, can be taught and learned. It is a skill-set which seems to becoming rare in the modern world. If anything, this makes it more valuable to potential employers.

History

American History,

American History

When I was a kid I was an avid reader in two areas: science fiction and history. Now I read about almost everything, but history and historical fiction still top the list. I served as an intelligence officer in NATO for many years. Thus, in my own small way, I have been part of American history. I am proud of that.
European History,

European History

My graduate work in history focused on European history with particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th century. I currently teach ancient civilizations.
Geography,

Geography

I am a licensed secondary teacher (grade 6-12) in history (world and US), geography, US government and social studies. I currently teach social studies and am the Social Studies Chair at my school. It has been said that geography is destiny. It certainly is the underlying driver of much of history.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I was an intelligence officer in NATO stationed in Europe for many years and worked with my colleagues from the other NATO nations on a daily basis. I was always fascinated with the interplay in the arena of international politics and the subtleties of perceptions, policies and local politics.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

One of my original BA's was in philosphy. This was something of an accident; I had taken numerous philosphy classes as electives because I was fascinated with the course content. I have found the analytical/skeptical tools of formal classical philosphy have been invaluable to me throughout my life.
Religion,

Religion

One of my original BA's was in Philosophy. At the time, I was fascinated by religion and took numerous related classes. Subsequently, I have taught religion formally in the context of history and social studies. My approach to teaching this potentially controversial subject is one of objectivity; I cover the history, belief system, dogma, and historical significance. I avoid interjecting my personal beliefs.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

I am a licensed secondary teacher (grade 6-12) in history (world and US), US government and social studies. I currently teach social studies and am the Social Studies Chair at my school.
World History

World History

When I was a kid I was an avid reader in two areas: science fiction and history. Now I read about almost everything, but history and historical fiction still top the list. I served as an intelligence officer in NATO for many years. Thus, in my own small way, I have been part of American and world history. I am proud of that. My graduate work in history focused on European history with particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th century. I currently teach ancient civilizations.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have formally taught (and tutored) algebra I at the middle school and high school levels. I have also tutored a number of adults through college algebra. Over the years I have found that most students who have trouble with math missed or did not understand some basic concept from early on in their education. Since math is so cumulative, this small deficit mushrooms into a seemingly insurmountable problem. It is not. Let's find it and fix it.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have formally taught (and tutored) geometry at the middle school and high school levels.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have formally taught (and tutored) pre-algebra at the middle school and high school levels.
Reading,

Reading

As you can see in my profile, I have been teaching at the sixth grade level for over ten years. Though I am primarily a history teacher, teaching reading skills, text structure and reading comprehension is an inherent part of teaching any subject at this level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.
Writing

Writing

I currently teach essay writing in the context of history/social studies. Some of my academic papers from my undergraduate and graduate days were formally published (though, of course, no one but a few academics actually reads that stuff). During my military career, I was repeatedly tasked (as an additional duty)to teach the "Air Force Effective Writing Course." Good writing involves a set of skills which though subtle, can be taught and learned. It is a skill-set which seems to becoming rare in the modern world. If anything, this makes it more valuable to potential employers.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

My math background speaks for itself. Both of my daughters scored in the top five percentile on their ACTs.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have formally taught (and tutored) algebra I at the middle school and high school levels. I have also tutored a number of adults through college algebra. Over the years I have found that most students who have trouble with math missed or did not understand some basic concept from early on in their education. Since math is so cumulative, this small deficit mushrooms into a seemingly insurmountable problem. It is not. Let's find it and fix it.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I am a licensed secondary teacher. I have taught and tutored pre-algebra, algebra, algebra 2, geometry and calculus at the middle and high school levels. I have also tutored a number of adults with college algebra and statistics. The adults I tutored unanimously agreed that their fear of algebra was silly once we started working together. All earned "A's" in college algebra.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have formally taught (and tutored) geometry at the middle school and high school levels.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have formally taught (and tutored) pre-algebra at the middle school and high school levels.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have formally taught (and tutored) algebra I at the middle school and high school levels. I have also tutored a number of adults through college algebra. Over the years I have found that most students who have trouble with math missed or did not understand some basic concept from early on in their education. Since math is so cumulative, this small deficit mushrooms into a seemingly insurmountable problem. It is not. Let's find it and fix it.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have formally taught (and tutored) geometry at the middle school and high school levels.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have formally taught (and tutored) pre-algebra at the middle school and high school levels.
Reading,

Reading

As you can see in my profile, I have been teaching at the sixth grade level for over ten years. Though I am primarily a history teacher, teaching reading skills, text structure and reading comprehension is an inherent part of teaching any subject at this level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.
Writing

Writing

I currently teach essay writing in the context of history/social studies. Some of my academic papers from my undergraduate and graduate days were formally published (though, of course, no one but a few academics actually reads that stuff). During my military career, I was repeatedly tasked (as an additional duty)to teach the "Air Force Effective Writing Course." Good writing involves a set of skills which though subtle, can be taught and learned. It is a skill-set which seems to becoming rare in the modern world. If anything, this makes it more valuable to potential employers.

Other

Geography,

Geography

I am a licensed secondary teacher (grade 6-12) in history (world and US), geography, US government and social studies. I currently teach social studies and am the Social Studies Chair at my school. It has been said that geography is destiny. It certainly is the underlying driver of much of history.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I was an intelligence officer in NATO stationed in Europe for many years and worked with my colleagues from the other NATO nations on a daily basis. I was always fascinated with the interplay in the arena of international politics and the subtleties of perceptions, policies and local politics.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

One of my original BA's was in philosphy. This was something of an accident; I had taken numerous philosphy classes as electives because I was fascinated with the course content. I have found the analytical/skeptical tools of formal classical philosphy have been invaluable to me throughout my life.
Religion,

Religion

One of my original BA's was in Philosophy. At the time, I was fascinated by religion and took numerous related classes. Subsequently, I have taught religion formally in the context of history and social studies. My approach to teaching this potentially controversial subject is one of objectivity; I cover the history, belief system, dogma, and historical significance. I avoid interjecting my personal beliefs.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught standardized test taking techniques in a formal classroom setting. My science background includes majoring in physics in my original college years.
Philosophy

Philosophy

One of my original BA's was in philosphy. This was something of an accident; I had taken numerous philosphy classes as electives because I was fascinated with the course content. I have found the analytical/skeptical tools of formal classical philosphy have been invaluable to me throughout my life.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have formally taught (and tutored) algebra I at the middle school and high school levels. I have also tutored a number of adults through college algebra. Over the years I have found that most students who have trouble with math missed or did not understand some basic concept from early on in their education. Since math is so cumulative, this small deficit mushrooms into a seemingly insurmountable problem. It is not. Let's find it and fix it.
GED,

GED

I am a licensed secondary teacher. I have taught and tutored in every subject at the middle and high school level except foreign languages. I have also taught seminars on test preparation and test taking methods. The GED is surprisingly easy to pass.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have formally taught (and tutored) geometry at the middle school and high school levels.
Reading,

Reading

As you can see in my profile, I have been teaching at the sixth grade level for over ten years. Though I am primarily a history teacher, teaching reading skills, text structure and reading comprehension is an inherent part of teaching any subject at this level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been awarded multiple academic degrees and certifications. I have been a licensed public school secondary teacher for over twelve years and I am formally certified to teach a variety of subjects. I have successfully tutored students to prepare for the ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB. Study skills are mostly a matter of organization, focus and perseverance.
Writing

Writing

I currently teach essay writing in the context of history/social studies. Some of my academic papers from my undergraduate and graduate days were formally published (though, of course, no one but a few academics actually reads that stuff). During my military career, I was repeatedly tasked (as an additional duty)to teach the "Air Force Effective Writing Course." Good writing involves a set of skills which though subtle, can be taught and learned. It is a skill-set which seems to becoming rare in the modern world. If anything, this makes it more valuable to potential employers.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have taught standardized test taking techniques in a formal classroom setting to middle school, high school and adult students. My English background includes teaching the USAF Effective Writing Course to supervisors at all levels. Both of my daughters scored in the top five percentile nationwide on their ACTs. Time management and careful, focused reading and analysis of the questions and answer choices is the key.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

My math background speaks for itself. Both of my daughters scored in the top five percentile on their ACTs.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught standardized test taking techniques in a formal classroom setting. My science background includes majoring in physics in my original college years.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

In addition to being a certified secondary teacher for over ten years, I am a retired military officer. I have helped many students to improve their test-taking skills. Test taking is a learned and practiced skill just like many others.
GED,

GED

I am a licensed secondary teacher. I have taught and tutored in every subject at the middle and high school level except foreign languages. I have also taught seminars on test preparation and test taking methods. The GED is surprisingly easy to pass.
GRE

GRE

I have much experience in teaching test-taking techniques. All test types have patterns; understanding how to approach the test and plan and practice how you take it can give you a significant edge. The GRE is fairly straightforward in that the emphasis is on reasoning skills and general knowledge. I have found that the best way to prepare is to take practice tests (I have a collection of them), score them, and analyze what works and what does not. We can identify any possible deficit areas and target them directly. An organized and thoughtful approach can overcome test anxiety and get you the scores you want.

Ratings and Reviews


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Patient, friendly and is making Algebra easier to understand.

My granddaughter is being tutored on Algebra II. I let her choose her tutor from the many responses we received and she is very happy she chose Steven. Even though they've only had one session she came out smiling & feeling like she was going to be okay. She's very happy that she chose him & so am I. First smile I've seen on her in over a month as she's been very stressed out over this class.

Brenda, 11 lessons with Steven

Helpful

He is very helpful and willing to help you with anything you're struggling with. He helped me finished the tough essay I ever got. He explains very well and step by step and response back very quick.

Tina, 4 lessons with Steven

Immediately connected with student

Steven was early to the lesson and went right to work helping our grandson with geometry. He is focused, and so helpful we have already set up the next lesson! Highly recommend Steven as a tutor.

MITCH, 4 lessons with Steven

Evaluated current knowledge of Algebra skills with kids

Steven was empathetic and worked to understand where each of my two children were in Algebra. My kids felt more confident in their current level of math skills.

Camille, 8 lessons with Steven

Patient and Detail Oriented

Steven had taught me Philosophy and some Ethics. He was very patient and detail oriented, gave me great feed back, was always willing to answer my questions and it helped me gain great insight on the subject matter.

Marva, 10 lessons with Steven

Very knowledgeable about the ASVAB test.

Steven is helping my son prepare for the ASVAB test in a couple of weeks. I know my son will be prepared and get a higher score to qualify for a different job training.

Mary, 4 lessons with Steven

$39/hour

Steven K.

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