Guy Lum

Guy Lum


About this tutor

I've tutored students occasionally from grade school through college for over 20 years, have an understanding of the youth mindset since I coach youth sports, and have a daughter who has a learning disability that I needed to help her through.

The only math subjects that I am not comfortable tutoring is Geometry (which includes Analytic Geometry) and Calculus.  All the other math disciplines are fine.

I like technical challenges, troubleshooting, and solving problems.  I've worked in the computer industry for 28 years and the engineering field for 11 years.  Both careers are constantly focused on solving technical problems.

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Elgin, IL 60123
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

To do a discovery on the problem at hand, find out the type of learning style the student prefers, and to have the student explain how he or she solved other problems assigned.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My college degree is in electronic engineering working over 10 years in the field, transitioned to computer engineering working over 20 years, worked as a tutor and trainer during those 20 years, and I've coached high school sports over 15 years giving me insight into the minds of teenagers.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

If I have to travel to tutor a high school or college student, I charge $35/hour. If I don't have to travel, it's $30/hour.  It's $5 less respectively for grade school students.

How did you get started teaching?

I applied to tutor, teach, and coach when I realized I could help others learn academics and life lessons better through my trials and experiences.

What types of students have you worked with?

Grade school through college whether they are taking standard or remedial courses.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Seeing a student all of a sudden understand a concept and then able to apply it on their own.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Meet with the teacher twice and see if he or she is able to help you using terms and concepts you understand to help you learn more efficiently.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What interests do you have that could be used as an analogy to the concepts or problems you're having trouble with?

What concepts do you already understand in the class that you want help with?

What is your learning style - visual, auditory, or kinesthetic?

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