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Kevin C.

Sandy Spring, MD

$60/hour

Successful Math Tutor -- Recently retired high school math teacher

Background check passed as of 8/24/14
5.0 average from 506 ratings
Very knowledgeable.
— Cindi, Boyds, MD on 1/31/14

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Montana State University
math education

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Montana State University (math education)

About Kevin

I retired from a local private high school in 2012. I have taught all math subjects including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus AB. I have taught math for 44 years. I have tutored students privately over the last 30 years. When I tutor, I usually meet for one hour. If I find the student is not responding, or has difficulty staying on task, I stop and talk to them about what interests them most. This usually gets them focused and we can continue. Having taught many years, I have many work sheets and other extra outside material to share. I have also taught an SAT prep course for 6 years. Several years ago, I taught the son of a former student as a home-schooled student. I had the pleasure of teaching him him one hour per week.

I have taught here in Montgomery County at Sandy Spring Friends School from 1974-1983, and in Prince George's County at DeMatha Catholic High School from 1983-2012. Before this, I taught in Montana and Idaho for a total of 3 years and in Lesotho (Peace Corps) 1972-1974.

I love teaching and sharing my love of math with others.
I retired from a local private high school in 2012. I have taught all math subjects including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Read more

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Travels within 30 miles of Sandy Spring, MD 20860
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"Very knowledgeable."

- Cindi, Boyds, MD on 1/31/14

"Great tutor"

- Sandi, Clarksville, MD on 9/29/15

"Enthusiastic and friendly tutor"

- Deanna, Gaithersburg, MD on 9/18/15

"Kevin was terrific with my daughter"

- Jodi, Bethesda, MD on 6/12/15
Kevin replied on 6/13/2015

Jodi, thanks for the feedback. It was a treat to work with a student who couldn't wait to learn and wanted work to be sure she knew the material. I look forward to continue working with her

"Have seen great results"

- Andrea, Clarksville, MD on 3/19/15

"Very thorough and knowledgeable."

- Larry, Silver Spring, MD on 1/24/15
Kevin replied on 1/25/2015

Thanks, Larry, for the feedback. It means a lot to me.

"Great Tutor - Very Responsive and Flexible."

- John, Brookeville, MD on 11/21/14

"Kevin is First Class"

- Linda, Chevy Chase, MD on 8/12/14

"Very good, flexible, and understanding."

- Joan, Silver Spring, MD on 10/30/13

"Great tutor"

- Ingrid, Chevy Chase, MD on 12/15/12

"Great tutor"

- Mindy, Atlanta, GA on 10/1/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Music:
General Music,
Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Computer:
Computer Science
History:
European History, Government & Politics, Music History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADD/ADHD

I have taught 44 years and have taught many students with ADD and ADHD. I am presently tutoring a student in Takoma Park with ADHD and a student in Silver Spring with Aspergers. I have help raise my stepson, who has autism, since he was 8 years old. If you wish, I can see if the parents will back up these statements.
Kevin

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 throughout my 44 year history of teaching. I have used the parts of Algebra 2 and material in future courses to know what is most important to cover in Algebra 1.

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 since my second year of teaching (1969). I have taught out of several different texts and am well versed in the material and the sequence of topics. Also, I have taught higher level math subjects and understand what comes up in Precalculus and Calculus, to better get the student ready for these classes.

Aspergers

I have raised an autistic stepson from the age of 8 through his 21st year when he graduated high school. I am tutoring a middle school student who is diagnosed with Aspergers. I have taught students for the last 44 years, some of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers.

Calculus

I cover all the material covered in the AP Calculus AB curriculum. This includes:
I. Functions, graphs, and limits.
A. Analysis of graphs.
B. Limits of Functions (including one-sided limits).
C. Asymptotic and Unbounded Behavior.
D. Continuity as a Property of Functions.
II. Derivatives
A. Concept of the Derivative.
B. Derivative at a Point.
C. Derivative as a function.
D. Second Derivatives.
E. Applications of Derivatives.
F. Computations of Derivatives.
III. Integrals
A. Interpretations and Properties of Integrals.
B. Applications of Integrals.
C. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
D. Techniques of Anti-differentiation.
E. Applications of Anti-differentiation.
F. Numerical Approximations to Definite Integrals.

General Music

I studied piano from my 2nd grade to my freshman year in college. I took clarinet lessons from 4th grade to high school and 2 years in college. I sang tenor throughout high school and college. I now sing bass in choirs in the DC area. I also have sight singing practice and completed 1 year of music theory.

Geometry

I have taught geometry for at least 40 of my 44 years of teaching. I find students have a difficult time with geometry because it is a different mindset than algebra. It is not really about memorization so much as visualization of the ideas. That is, it is more about why something is a certain way rather than memorizing ideas.

Precalculus

I have taught high school math for 44 years. The subjects I have taught are Algebra 1 and 2 for all those years and Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus for at least 35 years. I have tutored all of these subjects for at least 5 years.

Trigonometry

I have taught this subject for all of my career, starting with my student teaching. And, since it is part of the Precalculus curriculum, I am still up to date in it. I am able to derive the identities and show students how they are used and how to put them into the calculator.

Montana State University
math education

Education

Montana State University (math education)

Very knowledgeable. — Kevin was absolutely fantastic. He explained things to my daughter. She was comfortable with him and asked questions when she needed clarification. I won't hesitate to use him again and highly recommend him. Updated 7/2013 Kevin continues to be a fantastic tutor. He is able to explain concepts to my daughter so that she can fully grasp & understand them. He is aware of where common areas of c ...

— Cindi, Boyds, MD on 1/31/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Travel policy

Kevin will travel within 30 miles of Sandy Spring, MD 20860.