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Ed K.

Dallas, TX

$75/hour

Helpful Ph.D. in Dallas

600+ Hours
4.9 average from 85 ratings
Great tutor, patient, knows how to work with kids
— Audrey, Dallas, TX on 12/13/15

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Colorado School of Mines
Math and Comp Sci
Colorado School of Mines
Master's
University of North Texas
PhD

Education

Colorado School of Mines (Math and Comp Sci)

Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

University of North Texas (PhD)

About Ed

I'm looking to connect with students on a one-on-one level. I'm a recent Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, and have over five years of experience teaching a variety of college classes and computer science classes, as well as one-on-one tutoring. The tutoring aspects of my job have always been the most rewarding, since I can get to know a person and understand how the material affects their life. I'm most comfortable when I can learn a student's perspective and tailor my explanation to their needs.

I pride myself on my friendliness and helpfulness. Math can be confusing and seem arbitrary, and I am delighted to help clarify it and make it "gel" to be easier to remember later. In the past, many of my students have started out hesitant and uncomfortable, but gradually relax and gain confidence over just a short discussion. I look forward to seeing that confidence, and the "lightbulb" moments it brings.

I've diversified myself in my teaching, covering Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus and/or Math Analysis, Calculus 1 and 3, Logic and Discrete Math, and Statistics. I also have a strong background in various topics of Computer Science: I know most common programming languages such as C/C++, Java, and Python, and can help with debugging, data structures, algorithms, and software engineering. I can help with homework problems and projects including proofs and word problems. I can also provide communication advice to clarify just what work your instructor is interested in when they ask to see your work, which can reduce stress at test time.

I look forward to hearing form you and working with you. Please send a message and let me know how I can help.
I'm looking to connect with students on a one-on-one level. I'm a recent Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, and have over five years of experience teaching a variety of college classes and computer science classes, as well as one-on-one tutoring. The tutoring aspects of my job have always been the most rewarding, since I can get to know a Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Dallas, TX 75234
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor, patient, knows how to work with kids"

- Audrey, Dallas, TX on 12/13/15

"Great C++ Programming Lessons"

- Jim, Southlake, TX on 1/7/17

"Great Job!"

- Yolanda, Keller, TX on 11/27/16

"Very satisfied w college level knowledge"

- Mary, Allen, TX on 9/23/16

"Looking forward to more sessions"

- Olivia, Bedford, TX on 9/8/16

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Leslie, Krum, TX on 10/10/15

"Energetic and excited about mathematics"

- Otis, Tyler, TX on 9/14/15
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Discrete Math, Finite Math, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Computer:
C, C++,
Computer Programming, Computer Science, DOS, Java,
Microsoft Excel, Perl, Python, UNIX
Business:
Microsoft Excel

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.

Algebra 1

Virtually everything I do builds on algebra. Algebra is, in a sense, basic mathematical reasoning. If you start with the same thing on both sides of the equals sign, and you do the same thing to both sides, you'll end up with the same thing on both sides of an equals sign. If you do the opposite of an operation you just did, you can cancel and it still works out.

It's easy to get into the habit of doing things without knowing why, and that's a miserable experience and not likely to succeed. I can show why a step does or does not work. I can make it clear that there's more than one way to solve an equation, and help a student arrive at the way of conceptualizing it that works best for.

C++

I've used C++ throughout my Master's degree and beyond, most often in the context of scientific computing. I'm familiar with not only language syntax, but debugging techniques, pros and cons of many design processes, and modifying existing code (often buggy and poorly designed).

My Master's thesis project was the development and simulation of a routing protocol for Mobile Ad-hoc Networks. That is, given a collection of devices that can communicate wirelessly but there is no fixed base station (i.e., a disaster recovery scenario), how can machines communicate with each other, even when they're very dense or very spread out?

I've also used C++ heavily in my mathematics research to perform difficult computations and generate examples and counterexamples for conjectures. This required developing flexible, extendable systems in short periods of time.

Calculus

Calculus has been notoriously obtuse since George Berkeley complained of "the ghosts of departed numbers" in 1734, probably because it challenges our intuitions of infinity.

Having taken several graduate courses in real analysis (sometimes called "Advanced Calculus") and conducted mathematical research that frequently involves taking limits of exotic objects, I'm familiar with the machinery under the hood of Calculus. I've approached calculus from several angles, so I can explain the paradoxes as they come up in a variety of ways, tailoring them to a student's individual thinking.

I've also I've taught several sections of calculus, precalculus, and multivariable calculus as a graduate student, so I have experience drawing accessible and mathematically correct analogies between calculus concepts and everyday ideas.

Java

I wrote Java professionally for about a year and a half working for Qwest, now CenturyLink. This required significant debugging work of both my code and others's. I used the JUnit unit testing framework under Eclipse to assist with this and guard against future bugs, and am confident I can work with other similar development software.

My team was tasked with integrating telephone and internet access with DirecTV. My personal focus was keeping our source control system working smoothly and automating the many steps of the build and deploy process, working towards continuous integration. We used the Hudson continuous integration tool to kick off one five hour build and deploy every day. I wrote Java and Groovy to replace and extend our existing shell script framework for this purpose, using Ant to tie together the process.

Statistics

I feel that statistics is one of the most important topics I can help teach -- the world is awash with statistics. Unfortunately, because statistics quantifies things like confidence and uncertainty, it has to rely on numerous approximations that make the concepts counterintuitive and the formulas seem arcane.

I can help with that. I've taught college-level statistics, and I can explain the charts, the formulas, and the buttons on a TI calculator. I can help work through word problems, which statistics in particular has a lot of, and point out the key pieces of information that make clear what kind of situation each word problem describes.

Colorado School of Mines
Math and Comp Sci
Colorado School of Mines
Master's
University of North Texas
PhD

Education

Colorado School of Mines (Math and Comp Sci)

Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

University of North Texas (PhD)

Great tutor, patient, knows how to work with kids

This has been the only math tutor my son has liked and has learned from. He takes the time to explain how to work the problems in a way he understands. I wish we had found Ed a long time ago.

— Audrey, Dallas, TX on 12/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ed will travel within 40 miles of Dallas, TX 75234.