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Rodney H.

Shawnee, KS

$40/hour

Math Tutor - Algebra I and II, College Algebra, Physics, Test Prep

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Background check passed as of 4/30/12
4.9 average from 52 ratings
Well prepared and very helpful!
— Brenda, Lenexa, KS on 4/12/13

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Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
Math
William Rainey HARPER COLLEGE
Graduate Coursework
Oakland University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Grove City College (Grove City, PA) (Math)

William Rainey HARPER COLLEGE (Graduate Coursework)

Oakland University (Graduate Coursework)

About Rodney

I tutor youth and adult students in elementary school math, pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Physics, the use of personal computers, and career planning.

I also tutor in test preparation: GED, HISET (new replacement for the GED), ACT, SAT, Compass (math college entrance), Catholic high school placement, and ASVAB (armed services vocational aptitude).

My passion for seeing students improve their math and science skills is the reason why I love being a tutor. Before each tutoring session, I spend considerable time reviewing homework assigned by student's teacher or preparing practice problems and special materials unique to the specific student. This preparation is at no additional charge to the student or parent who is paying for the tutoring. My goal is to always provide value and quality in each tutoring session.

I am available to tutor students that attend public and private schools in Shawnee, Shawnee Mission, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park, Kansas. I often tutor using study rooms in the local libraries of the Johnson County library system.

An example of a student making progress from my tutoring:
When I first met her, she was a junior in her first semester of high school. Her current grade in Algebra II was a D. After a few tutoring sessions, I realized her fundamental math skills were very weak. As we continued tutoring for the rest of the year, we focused on improving the math skills while doing her homework together. For the first semester, she finished with an A. The second semester she earned a B+. We continued meeting during her senior year as she completed College Algebra. When she graduated from high school, her math problem solving skills were excellent compared to when I began tutoring her.

As an example of helping a high school senior prepare for his last exam in College Algebra.:
I was contacted by his Mother seeking help in preparing to take the final exam for the course. He had a packet of review problems and I spent considerable time reviewing these before meeting with the boy. We met for two evenings, a total of 5 hours. He scored a 75 percent on the exam. His Mother's comments, "You were a life saver for his grade and I'm sure the outcome would have been very dismal without your skillful tutoring. We couldn't have been more pleased with how you imparted your math expertise to our son in a way that he could grasp."

As I tutor, I often find that the student's fundamental math skills are weak. This is likely the key reason why they are struggling with a math or science course. While I tutor, I watch for the fundamental math skills that need improvement and provide additional instructions to help the student improve these skills.

My overall approach to tutoring is to be both a teacher and a mentor, being patient as I work with each student. I encourage each student to have a positive, "I CAN" attitude and help them achieve and celebrate incremental growth. The mother of a student wrote, "One of Mr. H.'s many people skills is that he has a keen sense of knowing just when to "push" our son to get more out of him and when to "back off" still keeping our son on task." This approach is same that I used in my business career while mentoring and coaching team members.

I prepare for each tutoring session by reviewing presentations and/or assignments posted on the subject teachers' website. I often complete actual problems from the assignments, on my own time, so I can be well prepared to help the student understand the subject material. When I tutor a student on a continuing basis, I recommend they communicate with me between tutoring sessions, letting me know the specific topic area that is currently being covered in their school class and/or what types of problems they are wanting help with in the next tutoring session.

For students preparing to take the COMPASS, ACT, SAT, GED, HISET, Catholic High School Placement or ASVAB tests, I use practice tests from study guides and Internet resources to help the student learn the types of questions for the particular test.

My educational background is a college degree in Math with additional courses in physics, engineering, computer applications, marketing, and teaching. My career experience includes engineering for aerospace projects, military night vision equipment, and robotic work cells in manufacturing plants. I enjoyed mentoring and teaching younger engineering and sales team members in numerous career positions.
I tutor youth and adult students in elementary school math, pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Read more

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3 hours notice required

Free 15 minutes added to each 1 hour tutoring session. Up to 75 minutes of tutoring provided at the one hour rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Shawnee, KS 66216
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Well prepared and very helpful!"

- Brenda, Lenexa, KS on 4/12/13

"Very helpful but very busy"

- Amy, Kansas City, KS on 9/20/16

"Understanding and focused"

- Reggie, Olathe, KS on 6/29/16

"Excel and Statistics"

- Jan, Lenexa, KS on 5/19/16

"Very pleased"

- Toni, Olathe, KS on 4/15/16

"Emergency tutoring"

- Melissa, Shawnee, KS on 6/5/14

"Easy to work with."

- Tresha, Shawnee, KS on 11/20/13

"Good Tutor"

- Stephanie, Shawnee, KS on 12/13/12

"Great and Flexible Tutor"

- Megan, Overland Park, KS on 10/27/11
Science:
Physical Science, Physics
Music:
Clarinet
Art:
Photography, Video Production
English:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
GED, GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math
Computer:
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Photography, Video Production
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Business:
Business,
Career Development,
GRE,
Marketing, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

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

My qualifications for tutoring ACT include a college degree in math and science plus courses towards a teaching certificate; a 44 year professional career applying English, math, and science to engineering projects; and 8 years of mentoring and tutoring youth and adults to help them accomplish their personnel goals.

For tutoring for the ACT, I use a complete study guide with 3 full length practice tests in all ACT subjects. I supplement the study guide with my personal materials to help the student understand the areas where they need to focus their preparation for the ACT.

To help the student receive the best benefit from my tutoring and the person paying for the tutoring to receive a cost effective solution, I recommend the student prepare for the ACT by using a study guide.. Then the student can bring to each tutoring session, specific examples of ACT topics where they need the most help.

My tutoring and mentoring experience includes mentoring an elementary school student for five years; tutoring two middle school brothers in algebra (three years and continuing); tutoring a female high school student in Algebra 2 and College Algebra for two years; helping a high school senior improve his math skills to be able to pass the ASVAB and qualify to join the Army; tutoring an adult female in math to help her pass the GED so she can enroll in nursing school; and helping a nursing director use Microsoft Excel to complete problems for a graduate level course involving statistics.

Algebra 1

Learning and applying Algebra requires sound math fundamentals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). If the fundamentals are weak, I will suggest a course of remedial study to improve the fundamentals. My tutoring of Algebra can provide teaching for a wide range of specific topics such as a)plotting points on a graph for a linear equation, b) the powers of numbers (squared, cubed, etc.,c)working with exponents and polynomials,and d) solving simultaneous equations.

I use my personal collection of text books and excellent resources from the local library and junior colleges to supplement the student's text books and to keep current with what the student is learning in their high school or college class.

I was contacted to provide tutoring for a bright home schooled boy, age14. The purpose of the tutoring was to review algebra topics so he would do well on a junior college, math placement test. For this tutoring I used the study guides available on-line at a local junior college. I met with the boy for three sessions, 2 hours each. We went over 60 algebra problems from the study guides. The comment from his mother, “Andy's score was high enough to get him into the math classes just below College Algebra which is where I wanted to start him. So we appreciate all your efforts on his part.”

My background includes courses in Algebra during high school and college and the practical application of these concepts during an engineering career.

Algebra 2

Tutoring services for Algebra 2 and College Algebra will include instruction on specific topics or a continual set of lessons designed to keep pace with the student's class. Common topics in these courses include factoring polynomials, quadratic equations, logarithms, and solving word problems with two unknowns. If the student's basic math skills are weak, specific instruction will be provided to improve these skills.

I was contacted to provide tutoring for a bright home schooled boy, age 14. The purpose of the tutoring was to review algebra topics so he would do well on a junior college, math placement test. For this tutoring I used the study guides available on-line at a local junior college. I met with the boy for three sessions, 2 hours each. We went over 60 algebra problems from the study guides. The comment from his mother, “Andy's score was high enough to get him into the math classes just below College Algebra which is where I wanted to start him. So we appreciate all your efforts on his part.”

ASVAB

My focus is to help students prepare for the Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge sections of the ASVAB. I use sample problems from published ASVAB study guides to identify where a student needs to improve their math skills. I provide tutoring and additional materials to help the student achieve a higher score for these sections. I encourage students to do self study using study guides available at libraries or purchase one from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I will recommend a study guide to the student I am tutoring. I have been tutoring elementary school, high school, and college level math for 8 years. I have a college math degree and took courses towards a teaching certification. During a 44 career, I was involved in applying math and science to engineering projects.

Business

I have been active in business activities for over 47 years. My early career responsibilities included the design, manufacturing, and testing of advanced optical systems for aerospace and night vision applications. Later I became responsible for all aspects of marketing and selling technology based products and services including advanced optical systems, management decision software, high speed data communication equipment, mobile data communication systems, and engineering services for the automation of manufacturing plants. I have been in key management roles for both public corporations as well as privately held companies. I remain active in the business community as a mentor to youth and as a volunteer to local city government.

Career Development

During my career I have been in multiple positions as a senior staff member where my responsibilities included coaching and mentoring new associates. My supervisory and coaching experience has been performed while being employed as a manufacturing engineer, as a senior sales representative, and as a manager of the entire company's sales and marketing activities. I am a mentor in a school based mentoring program and coach students ranging from second grade to high school seniors planning their future education plan. I am also a mentor and coach in the FIRST robotics programs. FIRST is a world wide program, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Clarinet

I began playing the clarinet at the age of 12 and was a member of the marching and concert bands during junior and senior high school. I was also a member of the high school orchestra and the pep band. When I retired at the end of 2008, I resumed playing and average 5 hours of playing the clarinet or soprano saxophone each week. I enjoy playing duets with my grandson and teaching him the various fingering techniques I have learned. I am available to tutor a student beginning to play the clarinet.

College Counseling

As a mentor to at-risk students who attend an alternative high school I have:
a) conducted sessions with over 40 students while they are taking computer based career assessments
b) reviewed the results of each student's computer based career assessments
c) conducted internet research to find colleges offering courses that have a potential to match the information compiled from each student's assessment results.
d) met individually with each of over 40 students to help them understand the results of the computerized assessment and their options for attending both 2 year and 4 year college programs.

Computer Programming

My experience includes education in two computer programming languages and high level management decision software. I have developed custom computer applications for engineering calculations, mobile vehicle parts inventory, and real estate lease tracking. I am experienced in applying computers and software for engineering, marketing, and customer information systems.

Computer Science

I have been involved with computer science to support diverse career responsibilities as well as my personal business. I have taken formal college level courses for three programming languages. I have applied computers to perform engineering design calculations and sales quotations for a custom manufacturing company. As a consultant, I have developed complete applications for the tracking of real estate leases and databases for managing business that have inventory in mobile vehicles. In my personal life, I use software to edit photos and videos. I am highly proficient in organizing custom documents and presentations using a diverse set of software. I have added memory and hard drives to personal computers and use wireless devices for personal business.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a retired business professional, my activities have been focused on mentoring and encouraging youth. An example is my involvement with an in-school mentoring program, My Volunteer Pal. I have been meeting with an elementary student, a boy, for the last four years, and have mentored him in math, social studies, and reading. He is now in 6th grade. I have also served as a mentor to a team of four third grade boys involved in the FIRST Lego League robotics program.

Elementary Math

My role as a tutor for elementary math will depend on the specific needs of the student. For the younger student, it may be help with understanding what multiplication is. For the 4th or 5th grader, it may involve understanding percents and fractions. For the student getting ready for middle school, it could be help with understanding the beginning concepts of Algebra.

As a tutor, I will utilize the library, the Internet, and information obtained from the students teacher to conduct tutoring session that are tailored to the specific needs of the student.

General Computer

I offer tutoring services to include how to set up a computer, how to create and manage files, how to use popular office software to create professional looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. I can show you how to manage and edit photos is also included. Tutoring can be customized to your special requirements for using a computer. I have been using computers for business and personal use since the personal computer was first introduced.

GRE

My primary purpose in offering tutoring for the GRE is to provide assistance to students for the math portion of the test. I have been mentoring and tutoring students in elementary math, algebra, physics, and computer applications for 5 years. I have college degree with a Math major. I have over 40 years of business experience in the application of math and science to engineering projects.

Microsoft Excel

As a tutor for Microsoft Excel, I will help you learn how to set up columns and rows with text and/or numbers, how to easily sum numbers in rows and columns or to do other mathematical operations on specific numbers in your spreadsheet, how to format numbers (dates and currency), how to sort data containing text and insert additional columns or rows to contain counters, etc. The instruction can be specific to the type of spreadsheet that you use in your business and/or personal life. The instruction will be generic so it will apply to Microsoft Excel or similar programs such as the spreadsheet in the Open Office product family.

Microsoft Word

As a tutor for Microsoft Word, I will teach you how to set the basic format of a page (the page margins), how to choose different font styles and sizes, how to use headers and footers to make your documents more impressive, how to do page numbering and control the spacing between lines of text and paragraphs. The instruction can be specific to the types of documents in your business and/or personal life. The instruction can be generic so it will apply to Microsoft Word as well as document generating programs in similar products such as the Open Office family of office tools.

Physics

My education is a Bachelor of Science degree with courses in math, physics, and certification to be a teacher. My career experience is as a design and production engineer of optical systems for space exploration and night vision surveillance.

I have been mentoring or tutoring youth and adults since my retirement in 2008. The mentoring has been as part of an in-school program and as a coach for students building robots for competition. I have tutored students in all levels of math from elementary school to college level algebra. I have also tutored high school students in physics.

A physics course typically involves separate units of study such as force and motion, heat, sound, light, and electricity. Each of these has one or more equations that can be used to solve a particular problem. The key to solving the problems is to clearly understand the given facts and which formula can be used to solve for the unknown. Typically, some amount of simple Algebra is required to move items to opposite sides of the equation to finish the solution. As a tutor, I utilize my collection of text books and library resources to supplement the physics material being taught in the student's class. I also provide additional instruction to help the student improve any weaknesses in their math problem solving skills.

Prealgebra

Learning and applying Algebra requires sound math fundamentals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). If the fundamentals are weak, I will include a focus on improving these fundamentals as part of my tutoring activity.

I use my personal collection of text books and excellent resources from the local library to supplement the student's text books and to keep current with what the student is learning in their school class.

My background includes courses in Algebra during high school and college and the practical application of these concepts during an engineering career.

Precalculus

Tutoring services for Algebra 2, College Algebra, and Pre-Calculus will include instruction on specific topics or a continual set of lessons designed to keep pace with the student's class. Common topics in these courses include factoring polynomials, quadratic equations, logarithms, and solving word problems with two unknowns. If the student's basic math skills are weak, specific instruction will be provided to improve these skills.

I was contacted to provide tutoring for a bright home schooled boy, age 14. The purpose of the tutoring was to review algebra topics so he would do well on a junior college, math placement test. For this tutoring I used the study guides available on-line at a local junior college. I met with the boy for three sessions, 2 hours each. We went over 60 algebra problems from the study guides. The comment from his mother, “His score was high enough to get him into the math classes just below College Algebra which is where I wanted to start him. So we appreciate all your efforts on his part.”

Public Speaking

My public speaking experience includes:
- impromptu speaking to small groups of individuals (5-10)as a technical sales representative
- presentation of the capabilities of an engineering company to customers of industrial products distributors
- the organization and delivery of planned seminars for computer systems and data communication products to large groups of IT professionals from numerous government agencies
- presentation of proposed new City programs to members of a city council/governing body.
- introduction of a new city program to a meeting of managers from all city departments
- the organization and delivery of detailed plans to support the capital fund raising efforts of a local church
- introducing a new city taxi service to groups of seniors at senior housing and church locations
- the organization and delivery of information to introduce new programs to various sales groups

During my extensive management career I have been responsible for mentoring individuals on how to improve their public speaking skills. These individuals have included sales representatives, technical consultants, management interns in government agencies, and church members responsible for leading religious services.

The visual aids I have created and used to support my public speaking activities include:
- photographs of products and physical locations
- videos of completed engineering projects
- slide shows consisting of multiple photos
- computer based presentations using software such as PowerPoint
- flip charts

SAT Math

As a tutor for SAT Math, I use software and Internet resources to generate test problems to evaluate the students skills in the various areas of math covered by the SAT test. I have been tutoring elementary school, high school, and college level math for 5 years. The focus of my tutoring is to help the student improve their fundamental math skills. I have a four year math degree and 44 years of career experience applying math and science to engineering projects. My college courses included classes towards gaining certification as a high school teacher.

Special Needs

Every child and every adult are “special”. Some are slow learners and have challenges to stay focused on learning. Other children and adults grasp what is being taught faster than their peers but become bored with routine teaching methods and therefore are not challenged to learn to the fullest extent of their abilities.

My qualifications as a “special needs” tutor include:
a) the ability and patience to understand the learning abilities of each student that I tutor/mentor and to adjust my personal teaching pace to the abilities of the student.

b) extensive experience in reading, studying, and applying the principles in the many books published on the subject of personal motivation. I believe a major key in a students learning progress is to understand the difference between “can” and “can't”. The difference is “attitude” on which I base my tutoring/mentoring of students.

c) extensive personal career development training while employed for a major US corporation where I eventually became a coach and mentor to new employees after they were hired.

My personal experience as “special needs” tutor include the following examples:
1) mentoring and coaching juniors and seniors graduating from an alternative high school. These young adults are “special” because they grown up in less than ideal situations. Many are from single or no parent households. Some have had a dependency on drugs. Some of the girls have given birth to children at an early age.

My role has been as a coach to listen to their career aspirations, to review the results of their computerized career skills assessments, and to research individual paths for each student’s post high school education. I am also involved as a guest speaker/contributor to “Pathways to Success” a program designed to teach interviewing and job hunting skills to these students.

2) serving as in-school mentor to a fourth grade boy for the last two years. The boy is “special” because he is very bright and anxious to learn. He is from a single parent household. My activities have included teaching him math concepts ahead of where his class is in school. As his Mother was not born in the United States, we have spent considerable time discussing the founding of the the Untied States (the Revolutionary war period) and the early Presidents. We also read to each other.

3) coaching and mentoring a 16 year old boy who is autistic and also has some degree of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). The boy's mother classifies my involvement as helping the boy with "life skills" training. At first, he wanted to learn how to be more dependable. I have used an analogy of stepping stones to get across a creek or a stream, one stone at a time, in my discussions with the boy. In the analogy, a stepping stone can be compared to just one simple area of self improvement in life. With my sitting with the boy, in a calm, quite, non-threatening mode, the boy has outlined his own stepping stone approach to at least 6 areas of his life. He has already improved his grades and is doing better at being a contributor to the family and taking better care of his own clothes. I have been able to help this boy because of my extensive study of motivational materials and having the patience to convey the motivational ideas in very small increments, adapting the delivery of the ideas at a pace that I feel the boy can accept.

Grove City College (Grove City, PA)
Math
William Rainey HARPER COLLEGE
Graduate Coursework
Oakland University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Grove City College (Grove City, PA) (Math)

William Rainey HARPER COLLEGE (Graduate Coursework)

Oakland University (Graduate Coursework)

Well prepared and very helpful! — I highly recommend Rodney H. He was very helpful to my son who had gotten behind in Algebra due to an illness. We needed him quickly and he was available almost immediately. He not only was very prepared, but also showed us several helpful websites to help with homework, including my son's textbook website and a site with a free on-line graphing calculator. ...

— Brenda, Lenexa, KS on 4/12/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Free 15 minutes added to each 1 hour tutoring session. Up to 75 minutes of tutoring provided at the one hour rate.

Travel policy

Rodney will travel within 18 miles of Shawnee, KS 66216.