Hey there, my name is Dave, and what I want to say first and foremost is that I have always had a passion for teaching. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing a student's eyes light up when they finally understand a new concept. "AH-HA" moments are what I live for!
Several years ago, I began tutoring as a college student at the University of California Santa Barbara. It was there that I started helping my friends and classmates with their studies. In the process, I discovered that I had a gift for explaining abstract concepts such as organic chemistry, physics, and biology. Nonetheless, in recent years I've mainly focused on helping students with mathematics. This is definitely the subject area I enjoy teaching most...Just in the last few years I've tutored thousands upon thousands of hours, netting close to $70,000 in earnings. So if experience is something you're looking, I've definitely got plenty of it!
(Please Note: East or North San Jose or Palo Alto are too far for me to drive.)
You might ask how I gained my academic foundation. Well, I was extremely fortunate to be blessed with two wonderful, loving parents. My mother is a retired English and French teacher, while my father is an electrical engineer. Both of them attended Stanford University and graduated with Master's degrees. With amazing parents like this I was fortunate enough to have two outstanding and inspirational resources to draw upon as a child. Growing up I accepted nothing but the best. As a student at Leigh High School I received a 4.2 GPA. As a college student at UCSB, I received a 3.67 GPA, narrowly missing Cum Laude Honors.
As of now I am pursuing entrepreneurial ventures on the side in hopes of striking it big with the next 'new thing.' So if you're interested in your child starting their own charity, website, or anything of the like, I could potentially provide some major assistance...
So what makes a great tutor?
1. Experience, Experience, Experience (You don't know it until you've taught it 10-20 times!)
2. Energy and Enthusiasm (Keeping kids engaged is something I specialize in!)
3. The Ability to Use Metaphors and Tailor Your Explanations to the Student at Hand
4. A Great Outlook on Life and the Use of Humor (It's okay to crack a joke every once in awhile! Don't Worry I keep it PG)
5. A Genuine Interest in All Things Academic
If you've read this far, congratulations! So what are you waiting for? Send me a message and I'll get back to you within a few short hours...Can't wait to hear from you :)
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