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Harold T.

Mckinney, TX

$65/hr

Calculus, Precalculus, & Physics Tutor - McKinney, TX

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Background check passed as of 12/15/13
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368 Ratings
 
 
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Excellent Calculus and Physics Tutor
— Tracey, Mckinney, TX on 5/21/14

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BS, Brigham Young University - Provo
Electrical Engineer
Brigham Young University - Provo
Master's

Education

BS, Brigham Young University - Provo (Electrical Engineer)

Brigham Young University - Provo (Master's)

About Harold

I have tutored hundreds of students in math, science and engineering over the past 25 years. I worked in the BYU Math Lab to pay my way through college where I earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in mathematics. I have even published a book and software package used by several universities on numerical analysis and the C programming language.

I tutor all levels of math, from prealgebra through calculus 3 and beyond. AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Physics, and Pre-AP Precalculus are my specialties. I also do a lot of tutoring for SAT math. My students' best SAT math score is 730 out of 800.

I love teaching students that really want to learn and have set a goal, but are either behind or are not connecting with their teachers. Math can be easy and fun when you understand the key concepts.

My teaching style is to ask my students focused questions that cause them to think, then determine the correct answers for themselves. I then like to show multiple ways to solve the same problem and how to verify the answer as being correct. This is the difference between a 'B' student and an 'A' student. I also believe in teaching how the covered math concepts apply to our everyday lives.

In addition to math and science I also tutor chess and the C/C++ computer programming language. I tutor all of my students from my Home office in McKinney, TX.
I have tutored hundreds of students in math, science and engineering over the past 25 years. I worked in the BYU Math Lab to pay my way through college where I earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Read more

Policies

My hourly rate is $65 and may increase by $5 if I come to your home. You can pay less if you purchase a WyzAnt package ($48.00 - $57.00). I bill in 5-minute increments.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75071
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In-person lessons

"Excellent Calculus and Physics Tutor"

- Tracey, Mckinney, TX on 5/21/14

"Thankful"

- John, Mckinney, TX on 2/13/15

"Quality is very important!"

- Scott, Irving, TX on 8/13/14

"Very helpful"

- Stephanie, Garland, TX on 7/29/14

"Great Tutor"

- Cathy, Frisco, TX on 6/24/14

"Great Calculus 2 tutor. I highly recommend!!"

- Kameron, Mckinney, TX on 5/4/14

"Very Thorough!"

- Michelle, Plano, TX on 4/9/14

"Excellent tutor!"

- Kyle, Allen, TX on 2/13/14

"A responsible and caring teacher"

- Mei, Plano, TX on 4/5/13

"Numerical Refresher"

- Otis, Tyler, TX on 3/4/13

"Very structured."

- Christy, Melissa, TX on 1/7/13

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- Renee, Mckinney, TX on 2/9/12

"Herold the outstanding tutor"

- Sterling, Frisco, TX on 12/14/11

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Margarita, Plano, TX on 12/5/11

"Great Tutor"

- Debbie, Mckinney, TX on 11/15/11

"Was instrumental in getting my daughter an "A" in Pre AP Pre Cal and 100 point improvement on her Math SAT!!"

- Amy, Mckinney, TX on 9/6/11

"gave great tools and really understood what I needed to learn"

- Lauren, Los Angeles, CA on 9/6/11

"Excellent tutor very accomodating"

- Bela, Plano, TX on 9/6/11

"Great Tutor"

- Glenna, Mckinney, TX on 9/6/11

"Very helpful! "

- Tim/Tammy, Mckinney, TX on 9/4/11

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Kelly, Dallas, TX on 9/4/11

"Chess Lesson"

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Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Track & Field

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ACT English

I was born and raised in southern California. English is my primary language. In addition to English I also speak Afrikaans and German.

ACT Math

I passed the ACT exam 25 years ago with a score of 29 as a requirement before entering BYU. I have since helped several students prepare for this college entrance exam. This exam focuses on all math up to and including some precalculus. I have been tutoring these subjects for the past 25 years.

ACT Reading

I passed the ACT exam 25 years ago with a score of 29 as a requirement before entering BYU. I have since helped several students prepare for this college entrance exam. I do not consider myself to be a speed reader, however I do have terrific long-term comprehension.

ACT Science

I passed the ACT exam 25 years ago with a score of 29 as a requirement before entering BYU. I have since helped several students prepare for this college entrance exam. As a graduate student of engineering I thoroughly learned the sciences, especially physics, electronics and chemistry.

ADD/ADHD

I am ADD/ADHD. My four (4) children have inherited many of my ADD/ADHD tendencies. I have learned to deal with this and am comfortable working with students that are attention defecit or hyperactive.

I have a lot of experience working as a scoutmaster for dozens of 12 year old scouts over the years, many of which were ADD or ADHD.

Algebra 1

As I tutor over a dozen students in pre-calculus and calculus each semester I often have to remind them of basic algebra formulas. I can teach algebra to the most challenged students.

Algebra 2

As I tutor over a dozen students in pre-calculus and calculus each semester I often have to remind them of basic algebra formulas. I can teach algebra to the most challenged students.

Aspergers

My 21 year old son has Asperger's Syndrome. My wife has attended several International Asperger's conventions and has an Asperger's Users Group online. My youngest daughter has symptomns of Aspergers too, but has not been diagnosed formally like my son.

I know how to work with youth with Aspergers. I have successfully tutored several students with Aspergers and know how to get them to focus. One of my Aspy students went from failing AP Calculus BC to getting a full 5 on the AP exams.

ASVAB

I have taken the ASVAB test twice and aced it both times. I spent several years in the military and retired as a Captain in the US Air Force. With my Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering I learned in depth the many skills one needs to pass the ASVAB test. I would like to be your tutor if you are serious.

We will review several ASVAB practice exams. This will tell me where to focus so you can more easily pass the ASVAB exam.


C

Back in 1992 I was a college instructor teaching a C/C++ programming language course (CIS 233) at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. My master's thesis resulted in a book titled "Numerical Analysis Algorithms in C." This was a collection of 116 C programs written to support the college text Numerical Analysis, PWS-KENT Publishing Co. As a MS EE I mastered the C language and even worked as a Teacher's Assistant in the college C Lab. After college I used C/C++ every day to program real-time flight simulations for the US Air Force.

C++

Back in 1992 I was a college instructor teaching a C/C++ programming language course (CIS 233) at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. My master's thesis resulted in a book titled "Numerical Analysis Algorithms in C." This was a collection of 116 C programs written to support the college text Numerical Analysis, PWS-KENT Publishing Co. As a MS EE I mastered the C language and even worked as a Teacher's Assistant in the college C Lab. After college I used C/C++ every day to program real-time flight simulations for the US Air Force.

Calculus

25 years ago I worked in the BYU Math Lab to pay my way through college. I was assigned to work with the advanced calculus students since so few of the other tutors had mastered this subject. Calculus is my favorite subject to tutor students in.

I graduated from BYU with a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in mathematics and aerospace studies.

Chemistry

I took a year of college chemistry at BYU and earned straight 'A's. I was in the top 5% as I competed with lots of pre-med students for good grades.

Chess

My father taught me how to play chess at a very early age. I even placed second in a chess tournament once. My skills and strategy are ideal for tutoring beginning and intermediate chess players.

Computer Engineering

I have a master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from BYU. I am intimately familiar with every aspect of how a computer works, from the bits and chips to the operating system and hardware.

I have built dozens of personal computers from scratch. I am a BSA merit badge counselor for the computer merit badge. I work for McAfee, and Intel Company, as a principal architect. Intel employs more computer engineers than any other company in the USA.

Computer Programming

I graduated from BYU in 1989 with a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I then used my computer programming skills as a software developer for a solid 10 years while working for various high-tech companies, including the US Air Force, Novell, and CallWare. I still use these skills today as a Sr. IT Security Engineer at McAfee, the information security company acquired by Intel.

Computer Science

I have a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from BYU. Many of my undergraduate courses were in Computer Science. I know 10+ programming languages and have taught C/C++ in several colleges. I know data structures and algorithms. I am a master at MS-DOS, MS Windows and ALL MS Office applications. I was a UNIX System Admin in the US Air Force. I currently work at McAfee, Inc. as a Principal Product Security Architect so my skills are current.

Differential Equations

A large portion of my master's degree study in electrical engineering involved differential equations. While earning my BS degree I minored in mathematics. I passed my applied ordinary differential equations class with a B+ after acing 3rd semester calculus. I also wrote dozens of C/C++ computer programs to solve differential equations using several iterative methods.

Discrete Math

Discrete math is used extensively in digital signal processing. It was required by all graduate students in Electrical Engineering at BYU were I earned my degree. I also used discrete math as an undergraduate in my course work for Electrical and Computer Engineering where I graduated Cum Laude. I took separate classes in the study of algorithms, combinatorics (permutations/combination), graph theory, and order/lattices, passing each course with an A- or higher.

DOS

As a software engineer at Novell, I mastered MS-DOS, DR-DOS, and other flavors of the Disk Operating System and used them daily. This command-line interface OS ruled before Windows added a stable graphical interface in Windows 3.11 and later.

I know all DOS internal and external commands, environment variables, and other aspects of this pioneering operating system. I can program Int 21's and other advanced programming aspects of DOS.

Dreamweaver

I have used Dreamweaver for the past 14 years as a webmaster to maintain my personal website. I used it when it was owned by Macromedia then Adobe. I know how to use and teach others how to use this popular application. I continue to use it frequently at work for several web pages that I am the Webmaster for.

Electrical Engineering

I graduated from BYU in 1989 with a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in mathematics and aerospace studies. I then used my engineering skills out of college as a US Air Force officer and an engineer for various high-tech companies.

Elementary Math

I tutor all levels of math, starting with basic math. As a father I learned how to tutor my daughter and three sons when they were young. This included basic math.

I use real world examples and lots of pictures to teach the basic math concepts. I love giving my lesson on prime numbers and factoring, then building up from there.

Elementary Science

I have always been curious about the world around me. This is probably why I like to tutor AP physics. Physics is math and science in action.

The building blocks for this is elementary science. I teach in plain English with lots of common examples to make science come alive. My passion includes physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and weather.

Fortran

I learned FORTRAN 77 and FORTRAN 90 in college 25 years ago. I included FORTRAN source code for doing numerical analysis in my book "Numberical Analysis Algorithyms in C". I compare and contrast FORTRAN with 7 other programming languages, each with working examples. FORTRAN is an obsolete language with limited use in mathematics.

General Computer

My masters degree is in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I learned how to build a computer, hardware and software, from the ground up. I have been an engineer and/or manager in the high tech software industry for the past 20 years. It is my passion and my hobby. My day job is with McAfee, Inc. the computer security company.

Geometry

My mind thinks with pictures. After learning geometry as a sophomore in high school I was hired by my friend's parents to tutor their children in geometry. 30 years later I still tutor several students in geometry from proofs to mastering triangles.

HTML

I created my first web site in 1999. I created and posted Web pages using a plain text editor to manipulate HTML. I learned HTML the old fashioned way.

I maintain this same Web page today, mostly as a tutoring resource. Now I use Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 to edit HTML for my various web pages. I manage several other Web sites now and know how to build and maintain them using MS SharePoint as well.

Linear Algebra

I studied linear algebra at BYU While earning my MS degree in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. I passed the course with an A. Electrical engineers use linear equations frequently to solve for currents and voltages in circuit equations. To stay current I have been tutoring college students in linear algebra.

Logic

As an Electrical Engineer I mastered logical circuit design. This includes Boolean algebra, K-Maps, and circuit design.

I also took an undergraduate "Introduction to Logic" course in college on how to diagram English sentances and paragraphs, then proove if the logic was sound or not. I got an 'A'.

Microsoft Excel

I have used MS Excel at home and work every day for the past 13 years. I know and use advanced functions such as pivot tables and Visual Basic Macros. My coworkers call me the MS Office master.

Microsoft Outlook

I am the Microsoft Outlook guru at the office. I use it daily as my primary email client and have done so for the past 12 years. I know all of the advanced features of Outlook as well as its nuances.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used MS PowerPoint at work every day for the past 13 years. I have prepared hundreds of presentations for executive briefings and company-wide training. My coworkers call me the MS Office master.

Microsoft Project

I use Microsoft Project to track projects at work and have used it for the past 10 years. I have read the entire user's guide from end-to-end. I can teach others how to use this MS Office product effectively.

Microsoft Publisher

I have used MS Publisher frequently for the past 12 years to create newsletters. I know when to use MS Word vs. MS Publisher and what the pros and cons of using each are. I currently use MS Publisher 2012 at home and work.

Microsoft Windows

I have used Microsoft Windows since Windows 3.1 back in 1992. I have mastered every version of Windows shipped since then, both as a user and as a programmer. My home PC currently uses Windows 8 while my office PC uses Windows 7. I find vulnerabilities in MS Windows and teach engineers how to avoid them as part of my day job at McAfee, Inc. My younger brother works at Microsoft as a data center architect and keeps me current.

Microsoft Word

I have used MS Word at home and work every day for the past 13 years. I know and use advanced functions such as styles and Visual Basic Macros. My coworkers call me the MS Office master.

Networking (Computer)

My second job out of college was with Novell, the leader in computer networking software. As an engineer I programmed NetWare 3.x and 4.x software. I took courses on and certified as a Master CNE (Certified Network Engineer). Every job since has involved extensive use of the Internet and networking technologies. My skills range from writing TCP/IP drivers to creating my own Web page in 1997. I regularly hone my skills on my home office network and by helping a few select neighbors.

Physical Science

My education includes 3 semesters of college physics, 2 semesters of college chemistry, 6 years of electrical engineering, high school pre-biology, and a love for science. NOVA is my favorite TV show.

Physics

I took three semesters of physics in college and got straight 'A's. I have tutored dozens of physics students in the North Dallas area over the past three years. Last year they finished at the top of their classes. I think of physics as applied mathematics.

Prealgebra

I have helped all four of my kids with prealgebra. Now I am tutoring a few extremely bright young students in basic math and prealgebra. It is not as fun as tutoring calculus, but I know that it is needed to build a solid foundation in math.

Precalculus

Every semester I take on half a dozen precalculus students. In addition to preparing them for calculus and physics, I find it is a great tool for reinforcing their algebra skills. Each of my students finished at the top of their class this past school year.

PSAT

The Pre-SAT exam focuses on math problem-solving skills, critical reading skills, and writing skills. It is used to determine National Merit Scholars. I have successfully tutored several students in the PSAT exam.

SAT Math

I passed the math portion of the SAT exam with a score of 700 before entering college 30 years ago. I have since helped several students prepare for this college entrance exam. My last two students earned a 730 and a 710 respectively.

TAKS

I have tutored three of my children on TAKS exams since moving to Texas in 2007. Each of them received COMMENDED in two or more subjects. My focus is on the math portion of the exam, which is being replaced with the new STAAR exam.

Track & Field

I am an Ultra Marathon runner. Since July 2011 I have run 11 half marathons, 7 full marathons, and 4 ultra marathons. My longest run was 50 miles in March 2013. I have signed up for over a dozen more marathons and ultras for 2013.

I am a member of the Marathon Maniacs club. My running companion is a pomeranian dog, and was featured in Runner's World magazine.

I can teach others the ins and outs of training for and running long distances from my own experience.

Trigonometry

I love tutoring trigonometry. It is the math of going in circles (periodic functions) and inscribed triangles. Mastering trig was essential as an electrical engineer. I use and teach it daily to my calculus and physics students. I understand it well enough to teach it simply.

UNIX

I mastered UNIX in college as a student in Electrical Engineering. We were required to take computer science courses on UNIX and even build our own multitasking operating system. I was a UNIX System Administrator for 3+ years while serving in the U.S. Air Force as an officer.

BS, Brigham Young University - Provo
Electrical Engineer
Brigham Young University - Provo
Master's

Education

BS, Brigham Young University - Provo (Electrical Engineer)

Brigham Young University - Provo (Master's)

Excellent Calculus and Physics Tutor — After one school year of experience working with Harold T., we highly recommend him as a Calculus and Physics tutor. Our daughter's stress level went down and her grades went up. She now has one of the highest grades in her Physics class. Harold T. is excellent at making the Calculus and Physics concepts easier to understand by applying them to real life examples. Communicates well. Energetic. Mak ...

— Tracey, Mckinney, TX on 5/21/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

My hourly rate is $65 and may increase by $5 if I come to your home. You can pay less if you purchase a WyzAnt package ($48.00 - $57.00). I bill in 5-minute increments.

Travel policy

Harold will travel within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75071.

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