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David F.

Experienced Teacher In Legal Studies, Bar Exam, Science, Math and More

Glendale, CA (91210)

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For over 20 years I have tutored students preparing for both the Baby Bar and the Bar Exam in California. The students who successfully complete the assigned work have had outstanding success rates on these difficult exams. During the same period, I have been a law professor, teaching over 10 legal subjects.

In addition, my degree in chemistry, my tutoring experience since college, and my work in medical research offer unique skills in these areas as well.

Learning is one of the most exciting things one can do in life, no matter what one's age, and I try to imbue each of my students with this idea. Learning is a lifelong journey to be savored.

In sum, I am a scientist, writer and teacher who practices law, and who loves both teaching and learning.

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David’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, Economics, Grammar, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, Bar Exam, GED, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SSAT
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Business:
Economics, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading
History:
Science:
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Photography
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

Algebra 1

Algebra is the student's first trip into the realm of abstract thinking. It forms the basis for all future math courses, and for the crucial activity of analytical thinking in later life. But it doesn't have to be scary or difficult. Teaching a few fundamental principles, I try to make the subject engaging, and maybe, just a bit fun.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 continues the student's trip into the realm of abstract thinking. You encounter word problems that can make the subject more engaging and relate to everyday problems in a practical context. It, along with Algebra I, forms the basis for all future math courses, and for the crucial activity of analytical thinking in later life. It doesn't have to be scary, daunting or difficult. Teaching a few fundamental principles, I try to make the subject engaging, and maybe, just a bit fun.

Astronomy

What could be more wondrous or common to the human race than gazing into the night sky? We share this facet with our ancestors a million years removed from us. And we are still doing this on a grand scale, from Voyager, to Hubble to the latest Mars probes.

The answers are not all in. But it is the search that compels us. I have done this ever since I was given a telescope by my grandmother when I was only 8. Allow me to assist you in this journey where the paths are almost infinite in their variety and potential.

Bar Exam

I am a lawyer and law school professor who has taught over a dozen subjects in law school. In addition, I have prepared students for the bar exam with outstanding results for over 25 years. In addition to having passed the California Bar Exam on the first try, one of my essay answers was selected as a model answer.

Calculus

Calculus has gotten a rap as being incredibly difficult. Although it is a profound subject that provides invaluable tools in lots of areas of study, it is readily accessible with the right approach. Theory is good, but problem solving is the better and the ultimate skill. I can assist in making what others would like you to believe is only for elite math geeks, and in making it readily accessible to anyone willing to learn and apply a few important concepts.

Chemistry

With a degree in chemistry, and a lot of years involved in the teaching of the subject, I can make the task of learning a lot simpler and even fun and stimulating. I can show you how it is not just a matter of boring memorization, but rather seeing a bigger picture, so that concepts once learned can be applied in ways that you might not otherwise think are connected. And that is when learning becomes exciting.

Criminal Justice

As a lawyer, I practiced criminal law at the appellate level. This involved analyzing intricate points of law in a number of cases that were raised and presented as potential precedents for future cases. My efforts resulted in at least one published opinion.

Economics

We use ideas of economics every day in what we do. But how many of us really understand exactly why we act the way we do, in both short term actions and those of long term implications? Some of this is intuitive, some is thought out. Economics, the "dismal science" need not be really dismal. Allow me to simplify what seems confusing and unintelligible, without needing to resort to math concepts that are at best erudite, and at worst simply unreliable.

English

Language skills in all forms are crucial to daily modern life. How one uses, or misuses, language can determine success or failure in interaction with others. English can seem daunting, but it needn't. Whether it's writing, reading or other facet, a small range of skills can go a long way to achieve success. As a published author in several subjects, I can help unravel the myriad difficulties that students face, and maybe make the process a bit fun.

Government & Politics

We seem to encounter government and politics almost every day, from news stories to political ads to personal experiences. Yet, how many of us really understand the underlying interconnected history and conceptual bases for this crucial subject? I try to put all of this in a context that the student can grasp easily and intuitively. And when done, I'm sure my students have a greater appreciation of not only the concepts but also their place in this aspect of their lives.

Grammar

Grammar skills are crucial to daily modern life. How one uses, or misuses, language can determine success or failure in interactions with others. For better or worse, we are judged on how we use language. English can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Whether it's writing or speaking, a small range of skills can go a long way to achieve success. As a published author in several subjects, I can help unravel the myriad difficulties that students face, and maybe make the process a bit fun.

Law

I have taught a dozen law school subjects for more than 25 years. Knowing where students typically go wrong in their efforts, I can provide exceptional guidance to address and prevent such problems in the future.

Organic Chemistry

I have been involved in teaching Org Chem for over 20 years, both in a one-on-one setting, and audio recording textbooks for visually handicapped students. Org chem has gotten a bad rap for being "all memorization." But I show students that there are really only a few basic principles that get used repeatedly in small variations to form the basis for this fascinating branch of chemistry.

Photography

I have been shooting film, including large format film, for over 20 years. In addition, I am a published author in landscape photography and am currently working on a book. In the process, I have also studied under a number of recognized professional photographers.

Physical Science

Whether we realize it or not, science is all around us: when we cook, when we travel, when we look at the stars or just read a book. This discipline serves us well, and my goal is to make the subject both friendly and understandable, while eliminating memorization as much as possible. There are things to be learned, of course, but they are not so hard as books and teachers might make them seem. Allow me to make this fascinating subject accessible for you by relating the concepts to your everyday experiences.

Prealgebra

The thought of taking algebra frightens many students. While it is true that algebra is a new and unfamiliar subject, the steps leading to it are not that scary. I hope to prove this to you.

My goal is to simplify the subject of prealgebra. Thus, less memorization, more learning. Let me show you how you can learn more while spending less time and effort in the process. In fact, a lot of the learning process includes things that you probably already know! You probably already have an intuitive feeling for the subject; you just don't realize it. Allow me to show you.

And the amazing thing about this process is that it can be applied to a lot of subjects, both mathematical and otherwise.

Teachers often do not try to make the LEARNING process easier than it can be. This is one of my aims.

Allow me to make your math life simpler.

Precalculus

The thought of taking calculus frightens many students. While it is true that calculus is a difficult subject, the steps leading to it are not that scary. I hope to prove this to you.

My goal is to simplify the subject of precalculus. Thus, less memorization, more learning. Let me show you how you can learn more while spending less time and effort in the process. In fact, a lot of the learning process includes things that you probably already know!

And the amazing thing about this process is that it can be applied to a lot of subjects, both mathematical and otherwise.

Teachers often do not try to make the LEARNING process easier than it can be. This is one of my aims.

Allow me to make your math life simpler.

Reading

Everyone reads. Right? Yes, but how many really know HOW to read properly? Language skills in all forms are crucial to daily modern life. And reading is critical to achieving this. How one uses, or misuses, or misreads language can determine success or failure in interaction with others. English can seem daunting, but it needn't. Whether it's writing, reading or other facet, a small range of skills can go a long way to achieve success. As a published author in several subjects, I can help unravel the myriad difficulties that students face, and maybe make the process a bit fun.

SAT Math

The SAT seems to instill a fear in students. It influences their future. It affects their choice of colleges. Yet, it actually is quite approachable. The math portion is more about reasoning than it is about memorizing. My approach is to show the student that the reasoning required is likely contained in the knowledge and skills he or she already possesses. My approach is thus geared toward lowering the anxiety level that students have but needn't have. My students already typically have the skills needed to do well. I try to maximize those skills while reducing the amount of memorization needed.

Writing

Language skills in all forms, including writing, are crucial to daily modern life. How one uses, or misuses, language can determine success or failure in the interaction with others. English can seem complex or daunting, but it need not. Whether it's writing, reading, vocabulary or other facet, a relatively small range of skills can go a long way in achieving competence. As a published author in several subjects, I can help unravel the myriad difficulties that students face, and maybe even make the process a bit fun.

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Education

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (Chemistry)

Glendale Univ. College of Law (J.D.)

Outstanding tutor I think that David F is a very outstanding tutor. I have learned a great deal and I feel lucky that I found him. He is obviously very smart and educated but he can translate what he knows in such a way that is methodical and strategic so that the information unfolds into my brain muscle memory. ...

— Terri from Woodland Hills, CA on 12/8/12);

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David will travel within 30 miles of Glendale, CA 91206.

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