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Ken D.

Kalamazoo, MI


Kalamazoo Area Tutor - Math, Physics, Science, Music and Computers

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Washington State University


Washington State University (Physics)

About Ken

Hello prospective students and/or parents.

I am tutoring in the Kalamazoo area for science and education. My primary interests in tutoring are progressing my skills as a student, forging skills as an instructor, and sharing what I have learned in and out of classrooms and research labs with students. My principal areas of study are mathematics and science (physics, chemistry, biology), computers and programming. Basic music and guitar theory are also areas I enjoy. I have had the great pleasure of tutoring and assisting students from a wide range of backgrounds with their studies, research, and presentations.

Working through a degree in Physics and multi-disciplinary research experiences, I have tutored a broad range of students at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, in subjects from mathematics, chemistry, physics, electronics, computer programming, analysis, business, and economics.

Furthermore, I encourage my students to realize that they can tackle any subject put before them, no matter how difficult the material may appear, regardless of their academic background.

Computers have been a large part of my research and studies for many years and I look forward to sharing what I have learned about scientific computing and programming on Linux, Macintosh, and Windows systems, for those who are interested. For the scientifically minded high school or college student, I strongly encourage a familiarity of computers and programming.

The most successful and enlightening research experiences throughout my academic career would not have been possible without a practical knowledge of Linux, hardware, programming, system configuration, the shell and file system, file editing, networking, and a few basic utilities.

Students with even a modest understanding of computing are at a tremendous advantage in terms of what they are able to accomplish in classroom and research environments.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have concerning availability, rates, policies, or subject areas. Thanks.
Hello prospective students and/or parents.

I am tutoring in the Kalamazoo area for science and education. My primary interests in tutoring are progressing my skills as a student, forging skills as an instructor, and sharing what I have learned in and out of classrooms and…
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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Kalamazoo, MI 49006
In-person lessons
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Writing
ACT Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering,
Genetics, Organic Chemistry,
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Sociology
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, C,
Computer Engineering, Computer Programming,
Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Linux,
Macintosh, Networking (Computer), PHP, UNIX, Web Design
Composition (Music), Guitar,
Music Theory
Adobe Photoshop, Composition (Music)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling
Accounting, Business, Economics
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Handwriting, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Golf, Tennis
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, C++,
Economics, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, HTML, Java, Networking (Computer), Russian, Statistics, Web Design

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I am qualified to tutor C programming as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree.

I have been programming in C for over 6 years now and have experience tutoring in the C programming language, and have experience with many C API's including OpenGL/GLUT and the GNU Scientific Library.

I have successfully completed graduate level course work in Parallel Computation, Numerical Analysis, Astrophysical fluid dynamics, and took an undergraduate course in Linux kernel development, all of which have left me with a very strong background in the C programming language.

In research labs, homework assignments, and a competition, I wrote many utilities and practical application in the C programming language, including solving 1, 2, and 3 dimensional problems that are strong indicators of my experience in C.


I am qualified to tutor C++ programming as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree.

Building on an interest in Object Oriented programming and my experience in the C programming language I successfully completed a course in Advanced Data Structures that allowed us use C++ to solve multi-dimensional problems and required us to program the structures, and the underlying algorithms, of the Standard Template Library commons to the C++ language.

Additionally, we expanded our knowledge of C++ Object Oriented principles to include language development techniques, algorithm analysis, and operator overriding.

In one research lab I successfully translated a rather complex C program into a fully Object Oriented C++ application to reduce the most difficult structure manipulation tasks to a clean and easy to understand program.

Computer Programming

I am qualified to tutor Computer Programming as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree.

I have had a great deal of programming experience in both high and low level programming languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Matlab/Octave, PHP, Javascript, other scripting and formatting languages (GNUPlot, LaTeX, Tcl), library programming, database programming, and experience with Application Programming Interfaces such as OpenGL and the GNU Scientific Library.

Formally, I have had course work in Object Oriented principles via C#, Advanced Data Structures via C++, Operating System Kernel Development and Parallel Processing via C, and additional coursework in Digital Logic and Numerical Analysis.

In classroom and research lab settings, and some for hire work, I have had written programs in many languages on various operating systems and I have experience tutoring the principles and methods of Computer Programming in C, C#, C++, and Java.

Electrical Engineering

I am qualified to tutor Electrical Engineering as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree.

While successfully completing courses and laboratory work in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Material Science, I tutored a high school student and an undergraduate student in practical electronics calculation, circuit design, and assembly.

In one research labs I successfully designed, built and analyzed circuits that would ultimately be used for research experiments and that would be controlled by an embedded device we programmed.

I have also had experience diagnosing and repairing circuits that have failed in automotive applications for both my own autos and for a local garage.


I have been playing guitar for about 19 years now and have had many great opportunities to play with experienced musicians and to teach the basics of music and fretboard theory to friends, neighbors, and others who were interested.

I have had course work in the Physics of Sound, played about 100 open-mic performances, played one full season with the university blues band (as bass guitarist), and have sang and played guitar in three weddings.

Additionally, I have my own guitar and am able to play just about anything from classical music to rock and blues, which allows me to work with any student's interests.

Lastly, I have experience composing music and working with poets to put music to their lyrics, and in one of these cases performed selections in a trio at an Acoustic Battle of the Bands.


I am qualified to tutor Linux as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree and consider myself a Linux superuser, having installed and administered many computation computers and desktop/laptop computers.

I have installed and worked with Linux systems from Red Hat (incl. CentOS, Fedora and Rocks), Debain and Ubuntu, and FreeBSD, in research labs, for work, and for personal use.

In courses I worked with Linux kernel development and parallel computation using multiple computers and have experience working with High Performance Clusters to perform massive calculations and analysis.

I have over 6 years of experience with daily Linux use covering user administration, programming, hardware assembly and debugging, networking and file editing.

Organic Chemistry

I am qualified to tutor Organic Chemistry as a result of the extensive course work and research performed earning my degree.

In my undergraduate coursework I have had a full year of Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry, including lab courses.

I have also had research experience in computational chemistry and biochemistry labs working with computational models of both large proteins and small atom clusters where we calculated or experimentally probed the energies, geometries, orbitals, and frequencies relevant to properties and reactions of organic molecules.

Finally, I have experience tutoring Organic Chemistry and the mathematics, chemistry, and biology that are the foundations necessary for understanding the medical, genetic, and pharmaceutical importance of this field.

Washington State University


Washington State University (Physics)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ken will travel within 15 miles of Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

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