Rod Kay

Rod K.

Ridgewood, NY

About Rod K.

Background check: Last verified 08/16/2016
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Rod teaches: Ages 5 to 58
Teaching since: November 2009
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I specialize in Test Prep (GRE, SAT/ACT, SHSAT, HSPT, SSAT/ISEE, etc.) and tutor a number of academic subjects including English (Reading, Vocabulary); and specific areas in Math and Science. My interests include Gifted & Talented (G&T) testing and STEM education. I have master's and bachelor's degrees in business administration and electronics engineering and I enjoy tutoring both children and adults.

Each student has a unique strength and weakness profile and specific needs and objectives so I consider these important factors when planning my lessons. Thereafter, I continue to optimize my tutoring as I learn more about the student. My approach to learning is simple: practice, practice and more practice...with attentive care.

When I am not tutoring, I enjoy cooking and making that ordinary dish into something extraordinary by just adding that little "extra."

Tutoring Rate (IMPORTANT): I only do in-person tutoring and do online only as a back-up. My minimum lesson length is 1.5 hours for Academic subjects and 2.0 hours for Test Prep. My rates for children will be in principle the same as adults because I invest at least an equivalent amount of time and effort. Different arrangements possible on a case-by-case basis. See each subject rate for more details.

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Experience

Tutor
Nov 2009 - Present
www.varsitytutors.com | others

Education

Masters | Business Administration
Jun 2000 - May 2002
Temple University

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Dean Certificate of Excellence (GPA=3.81)
May 2002
Temple University, PA

7 Reviews on Rod K.

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Sam Feb 27, 2017
Verified Student · Math · In home
Rod has been tutoring my eighth grader for the past month or so, and all I can say is that I wish we had met Rod years ago. My daughter has always struggled with math, and after several sessions with Rod I feel like the struggle was unnecessary. Even before our first session, Rod took the time to discuss exactly what our concerns and goals were and asked the type of questions that indicate a genuine interest in her success. As a former educator myself, I know that a true teacher is one that invests in the student before and after class, and that is precisely what Rod does. Not only does he assign relevant homework in between sessions, he is diligent about inquiring what her class is working on, ensuring he follows the same curriculum. He not only remembers when she has had a mid term but reaches out between sessions to find out the result. In addition to knowing how to make concepts understandable, he provides praise and encouragement, while still having high expectations and moving her steadily forward, her confidence bolstered. Before her midterm, Rod offered to adjust our schedule so that he could meet with her the night before the test. In one month's time Rod was able to prepare my daughter so effectively for her midterm, that she achieved a full grade higher than her previous assessment. If your child needs not only an academically qualified tutor, but a dedicated one, then Rod is the tutor your family needs.
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Sadia A. Jul 25, 2016
Verified Student · Test Prep · In home
Always on time. He gets very invested in his students so always do your assignments on time. Other than that he explains step by step in a very easy way.
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Edlira Apr 14, 2016
· · In home
Rod was extremely professional and put my son at ease while practicing/studying for G&T test. My son never complained, and actually looked forward to sessions, as Rod always tried his best to make them fun and age appropriate. Rod was very good at identifying his strengths and areas for improvement and came with strategies to improve the score. Not only did my son pass the test, but he scored 98 percentile, which means that we are eligible to apply to citywide programs.I would recommend Rod to anyone. Needless to say, this was a very positive experience.
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Leah Dec 9, 2015
· GRE ·
Rod was very helpful when it came to helping me prepare for my GRE. After Rod's help, my overall scored increased by 8 points. I was very happy with his tutoring and would highly recommend him. He makes the information easy to understand as well as fun to learn.
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Annie Dec 5, 2015
· Physics ·
Rod is also very good at teaching physics. I was lost in class and he helped me immensely!
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Laura M Nov 19, 2015
· GRE · In studio
I had a very pleasant experience working with Rod. He really made sure I knew all the material and he didn't lose patience even when I didn't get something right away. He was always available to answer phone calls with questions. He's very accommodating and wants to make things work. I feel very prepared for my GRE exam now. Before my sessions I was completely lost and didn't know where to begin. He is really knowledgable in everything that he teaches. I highly recommend him.
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Joseph S. Jun 4, 2015
· Algebra ·
I was once lost in math, and I didn't know what to do or if i was even going to pass the final. I reached out to Rod and he helped me like no body else could. He really made me understand Math. I felt Rod was so good, that I made him my tutor for the following semester as well. Because of Rod I passed, I couldn't have done it without him, and I'm glad he was on this journey with me. Just would like to give a big Thank you to Rod!
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