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Duncan M.

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Sacramento, CA (95821)

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Proficiency is achieved through work. Unfortunately there are no short cuts. You will learn faster or slower than your peers; you will struggle more or less; you will achieve varying degrees of relative success. But goals of math proficiency will be largely determined by your desire to learn and your ability to work towards those goals.

If you have a desire and are willing to work, I can bring my mathematics, teaching, and 48 years of life experience to bear on your process of working towards your math proficiency goals. Looking to make it through an exam? an achievement milestone? a college or trade school entrance requirement? or, perhaps just to make sense out of your current course-work.

My methods will focus you on mastering mathematical fundamentals and a critical perspective that is invaluable in seeing beyond the black and white of “getting the right answer”. Through mastery of fundamentals, focused work, and a broader perspective, you can achieve real understanding and lasting competence in mathematics and its applications to the world we live in. Regardless of your current proficiency level (or lack thereof), I can help you to achieve your mathematical proficiency goals.

I am friendly, personable, and believe that all people are equally deserving of opportunities to succeed. I also appreciate the value of diligence and competence in any student’s learning process - a process leading to greater proficiency and personal confidence.

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

- Maya Angelou

"Teach someone to fish... (etc)"

- Chinese Proverb

I am a UC Davis Graduate - B.S. Mathematics with extensive experience working in civil engineering and building fields and teaching high school math. I am qualified and available to tutor Math, English, Probability, and Statistics.

In addition to concepts in the Physical Sciences, problem solving, and test preparation, I am especially skilled at seeing context and making connections for students who are looking for real-world application of diverse subject areas.

On the verbal side, I am a native English speaker with extensive experience in written communications in educational, professional, and social contexts. I can help you to appreciate and understand the fundamentals and vast subtleties of English and can help you apply them whatever your communication needs.

My education consists of: B.S. Mathematics, UC Davis 1993, Graduate Studies in Education, SFSU 1999-2000.

Continuing Education: Various subjects at the local community college.

I live in Sacramento and will travel throughout the Greater Sacramento area for tutoring sessions. I will meet students at their preferred location (home or public place), and I am available to see adult students at my home in the Arden-Arcade district.

To maximize my availability for younger students, I have three two hour appointment windows M-F: 3-5, 5-7, & 7-9. This allows for 75-90' (chargeable) session time, leeway for +/- start time, and time for me to get to my next appt. Also, I am busy enough that I restrict my (geographic) areas by day of week (which changes from time to time).

Thank you for your time and interest.

Duncan M. Jr.

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Duncan’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Biostatistics, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
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I am well versed in the fundamentals of Statistics and research methods involving, Study Design, ANOVA, and Linear Regression. I learned these skills through upper division study in my career at UC Davis, and by tutoring several students in upper-division and master's level Stat courses.


I took the CBEST in 1997 as part of my Secondary Education Teaching Credential program. I passed the test and went on to enroll in a master's program in Secondary Education at SFSU. I then taught HS math with a California CTC Emergency Credential. I have recently reinstated my credential for substitute teaching in CA.

The exam is fairly straightforward; it is (+/-) comparable to the SAT.

By DM (6/29/13)


No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my.

FEAR NOT! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school.

Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient!

Descriptive Stat, Probability, Counting, Probability Distributions, Sampling, Inference, Hypothesis Testing, ANOVA, Linear Regression, etc. It all makes sense! (really).

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UC Davis (B.S. Mathematics)

San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Graduate Coursework)

Knows the subject matter — Duncan has a way to keep our son's attention to what is being explained. He knows the subject matter. He is also good at dealing with teenagers, he relates to them in a way that makes math not seem a threat to them. ...

— Harold, Sacramento, CA on 2/12/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $38.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Cancellation fee at my sole discretion. I'm more likely to waive if you: 1. Call/text my phone to cancel (not email). 2. Have a 'good' reason. 3. Cancel ASAP. AND 4. Reschedule. Thanks! DM

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Duncan will travel within 20 miles of Sacramento, CA 95821.

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