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Kevin S.

Calculus/Pre-calculus Specialist with Study Skills/Time-Management

Calculus/Pre-calculus Specialist with Study Skills/Time-Management

$40/hour

  • 435 hours tutoring

  • Lincoln, NE 68506

About Kevin


Bio

I am a recent graduate of UT with a Ph.D. in mathematics, with six years teaching experience. I taught mostly calculus at UT and specialize in its rather structured curriculum. I just moved to Lincoln and am looking for folks to help with math! I am also taking online students. I've tutored on and off for years, helping every age from 6th grade, to college. Below are what I emphasize in my instruction:

- Graduate from "The Steps":
At some point many students learn to just "follow the...

I am a recent graduate of UT with a Ph.D. in mathematics, with six years teaching experience. I taught mostly calculus at UT and specialize in its rather structured curriculum. I just moved to Lincoln and am looking for folks to help with math! I am also taking online students. I've tutored on and off for years, helping every age from 6th grade, to college. Below are what I emphasize in my instruction:

- Graduate from "The Steps":
At some point many students learn to just "follow the steps". As you get into Algebra/Pre-calculus/Calculus this gets harder and harder to do (in fact, instructors make sure of it). Problems vary too much. But with the right approach and a handful of tools, you can handle any new situation. Don't live in fear of "we haven't done this problem type before". You will learn adaptability and problem-solving skills. Learn math for real.

- Deal with Word Problems Systematically:
Word problems are not special. You don't need magic intuition. We will convert them to more familiar math and solve them like any other problem. (If someone looks like they do it by magic, it is probably because they recognize the situation from a previous problem.) I can also help systematize problems like in calculus II that just plain require more creativity.

- Study Skills:
No more flipping aimlessly through your notes. We can re-style your notes to be quickly navigated and cut out the fluff. Can't find it? It's probably in the book. Reading a math book doesn't have to be scary. I can break down how to attack a section, down to the minute. Spend more time learning, and less time studying.

- Time Management:
Got a big project coming up? Even if it's not math, we can make a timeline and break it into bite-size chunks. This can help with other issues that cause procrastination, like the specter of perfectionism. Unlike other guides for time-management with generic advice, I am interested in the nitty-gritty details. I can, for example, recommend specific planners and tailor advice to your needs. I had to learn the specifics for myself as a grad student.


Education

Whitworth University
Math
University of Tennessee
Masters
University of Tennessee
PhD

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Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

Four of my teaching years at UT were in calculus. I'm especially systematic in my approach to calculus I, and calculus II was my favorite class to teach.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I taught precal at UT for one year.

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

Four of my teaching years at UT were in calculus. I'm especially systematic in my approach to calculus I, and calculus II was my favorite class to teach.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I spent my last year at UT group tutoring exclusively in differential equations. In fact, my research falls under differential equations, and I still use some of the techniques from this class now and then.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I took the 300 level Linear Algebra course at Whitworth University and since then have found it to be essential in higher math. I reviewed higher level material with my research partners for the graduate qualifications exam, and it was at the heart of one of the solutions in my year long research project. It was also the primary tool in a summer seminar I took on compressed sensing and in Numerical Analysis.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I taught precal at UT for one year.

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

Four of my teaching years at UT were in calculus. I'm especially systematic in my approach to calculus I, and calculus II was my favorite class to teach.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I taught precal at UT for one year.

Summer

Calculus

Calculus

Four of my teaching years at UT were in calculus. I'm especially systematic in my approach to calculus I, and calculus II was my favorite class to teach.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (183 ratings)
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Getting started.

My son felt more confident and prepared to tackle this class. Hopefully the next few sessions will have him completely ready for the next test and provide a foundation for the next few courses.

Logan, 2 lessons with Kevin

Very knowledgeable and works well in the online environment

My son had his first lesson with Kevin and he was very impressed...the online process was easy and he said he learned more with him than he ever has in class! Thank you, Kevin.

Michelle, 5 lessons with Kevin

Extremely Capable Tutor

Kevin time and again breaks down seemingly difficult concepts into easy to understand pieces and patiently answers all questions in multiple ways to ensure comprehension. I would highly recommend this tutor to anyone who is wrestling with advanced mathematics.

Peter, 9 lessons with Kevin

Outstanding Tutor!

I worked with imaginary numbers, and he was so knowledgeable. He was very quick with getting at the answer. He was so clear in explaining the concepts that it really clicked. He did not push to learn his way. I relied a lot on him to explain the concept until I developed confidence to try to deal with the math problems on my own and you know what? He was okay with that. From that I realized he adjusts to your style of learning and he is really patient.

Natalie , 3 lessons with Kevin

If you want to understand the material use Kevin!

What I love about Kevin is he guides me to get the concept down and challenges me. You can also depend on him to help and to have a strong understanding of the course material in order to help you become confident in your work.

Michelle, 9 lessons with Kevin

Great teacher

Kevin gives a great overview of Calculus. I look forward to our next session where I will have problems from class to solve. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable about math and was able to simplify calculus for me in the overview.

Liz, 7 lessons with Kevin

Amazing

Kevin is so patient and learning derivatives from him was easy. I finally am doing calculus problems. Kevin help me calm my nerves and realize that calculus has steps and as long as I follow them I would be fine. No second guesses myself any longer. Thanks, Kevin.

Denise, 7 lessons with Kevin

Great

Kevin's approach was not the traditional "Student, you work the problem and we'll talk when you get stuck." It was much more collaborative. I'm scheduling my second session with him right now!

Pam, 4 lessons with Kevin

Great teacher very helpful

Kevin explained things very well and helped get his message across without doing the problems for you, and having you work through your mistakes.

Lucas, 1 lesson with Kevin
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$40/hour

Kevin S.

$40/hour

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Response time: 20 minutes