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Dave S.

Hockessin, DE

$45/hr

Math, Science, Engineering Tutor

Background check passed as of 3/24/11
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Math, Science, Engineering Tutor

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Subjects that I have taught or tutored include: Math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, photography, MS Office, AutoCAD, graphics, and electrical and computer engineering.

I am a Delaware Certified Teacher in Computer science, physics, and mathematics. I am highly qualified and taught eleven years in a math-science public charter high school.

I have a Ph.D. in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and spent many years in industry solving difficult, one-of-a-kind problems before becoming a teacher.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!!"

- Clare, Hockessin, DE on 11/13/14

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Carlie, Voorhees, NJ on 10/9/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Lenny, Wilmington, DE on 10/30/13

"Very quick at identifying gaps and correct"

- Kristina, Hockessin, DE on 2/13/13

"Excellent Tutor for the Advanced Student"

- Richard, Hockessin, DE on 10/23/12

"An Excellent Tutor"

- Donna, Kennett Square, PA on 5/7/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Tammy, Wilmington, DE on 2/22/12

"Great Math tutor!"

- Jacqueline, Newark, DE on 10/20/11

"Great Tutor - My son loved how easy it was to communicate with him"

- Jared, Wilmington, DE on 5/2/11

"Remarkable first tutoring meeting"

- Bernadette, Kennett Square, PA on 2/12/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Chemistry, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, GED, GRE, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Chess
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

Over the past twenty years, I have successfully helped hundreds of students prepare for the math portion of the ACT, SAT, and PRAXIS exams. Some of these student have achieved perfect (or near perfect) scores!

Adobe Photoshop

Most recently I have taught a semester courses of Digital Photography (I and II) to high school students. At least half of the course was teaching and helping students learn Photoshop Elements.
I also use this software to edit my own opphotography.

Algebra 1

I am a Delaware certified, highly qualified, math teacher with more than twenty years of experience teaching (and tutoring) a wide variety of math subjects (including algebra 1).

Algebra 2

I am a Delaware certified, highly qualified, math teacher with more than twenty years of experience teaching (and tutoring) a wide variety of math subjects (including algebra 2).

Calculus

Calculus is a branch of math that involves two new operators: the derivative, and its inverse, the integral. The derivative is analogous to the slope of a line (from algebra) and the integral is the area under a curve.

I have been tutoring calculus at the high school and college levels for over fifteen years.

Chess

My chess experience began when I was a child. In high school, I was the first seat of the chess team. My experience continued through college and beyond. This experience includes teaching many persons how to play chess.

Computer Engineering

I have a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in electrical engineering, control systems.
Over my career in industry, I have led numerous software development projects. I am a Delaware certified computer science teacher with more than ten years experience.
I have also taught several computer engineering courses as an adjunct professor.

Computer Programming

I have a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in electrical engineering, control systems.
Over my career in industry, I have programmed using more than thirty different computer languages and led numerous software development projects.

Computer Science

I am certified in Delaware to teach computer science. I have taught computer application courses for over ten years at the Charter School of Wilmington.

Discrete Math

I have taken numerous college courses dealing with discrete mathematics. My Ph.D. thesis involves solving a set of simultaneous partial difference equations with boundary values. I used discrete math concepts to solve several projects I worked on in industry. In fact I earned a US patent for one of those solutions.

Electrical Engineering

I have a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University in electrical engineering.
I have also tutored and taught several college courses for electrical engineering including a review course for the EIT portion of the Professional Engineering license.

General Computer

I am certified in Delaware to teach computer science. I have taught computer application courses for over ten years at the Charter School of Wilmington. I have worked with computers in industry for over twenty years, and led numerous software development projects.

Geometry

Geometry is a branch of math concerned with points, lines, angles, shapes, and space (on a plane). It also develops skills such as logic, reasing, and proofs. Many students have a hard time with geometry because it is more visual than their previous math studies.

I have been tutoring high school geometry for over twenty years.

Microsoft Excel

I have using Microsoft Excel since it first came out for Apple's Macintosh computers. I have formally taught Excel (on Windows) since the mid 90's to both high school and college students.
I continue to use Excel in my own work to organize and analyze data.

Microsoft Word

I have using Microsoft Word since it first came out for Apple's Macintosh computer. I have formally taught Word (on Windows) since the mid 90's to both high school and college students.

Photography

Most recently I have taught a semester courses of Digital Photography (I and II) to high school students.

I have been an avid photographer for more than thirty years. My Photographs have Appeared in:
Wilmington International Photography Exhibition, acceptances
Community News (including on front page)
Several other local newspapers
A.I. DuPont High School (Football team photographer)
Marbrook Elementary School
Charter School of Wilmington
CSW Literary Magazine & Website
Piedmont Little League (league photographer)
Several DuPont facilities
Religious buildings and publications
Private Homes
Charter School of Wilmington’s Website
Weddings & Confirmations
Personal gallery on the Internet

Physics

I am a Delaware certified physics teacher with more than twenty years experience teaching (and tutoring) high school and college students.

Praxis

I have taken and very easily passed the Praxis exam. I have also prepared several students to take this exam. I view the Praxis as similar to (but perhaps easier than) both the SAT and ACT tests.

SAT Math

I have successfully helped hundreds of students prepare for the math portions of the SAT, as well as the ACT, and Praxis exams. Some of these students have achieved perfect (or near-perfect) scores!

I am currently teaching an SAT math preparation course, and have taught several SAT math preparation courses in the past.

Northeastern University, Boston
Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Master's
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
PhD

Education

Northeastern University, Boston (Engineering)

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (Master's)

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (PhD)

Great tutor!! — When my son finished his recent lesson with Dave, he seemed very positive. He told me to make sure I set up our next appointment right away. He was excited about a new shortcut he learned from Dave to help with his homework. I've never seen my son this excited about a tutor before. I am so happy!! ...

— Clare, Hockessin, DE on 11/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

.. Minimum one hour billing .. Multiple student discounts .. Rate is negotiable.

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 12 miles of Hockessin, DE 19707.


About Dave

Subjects that I have taught or tutored include: Math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, photography, MS Office, AutoCAD, graphics, and electrical and computer engineering.

I am a Delaware Certified Teacher in Computer science, physics, and mathematics. I am highly qualified and taught eleven years in a math-science public charter high school.

I have a Ph.D. in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and spent many years in industry solving difficult, one-of-a-kind problems before becoming a teacher.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!!"

- Clare, Hockessin, DE on 11/13/14

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Carlie, Voorhees, NJ on 10/9/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Lenny, Wilmington, DE on 10/30/13

"Very quick at identifying gaps and correct"

- Kristina, Hockessin, DE on 2/13/13

"Excellent Tutor for the Advanced Student"

- Richard, Hockessin, DE on 10/23/12

"An Excellent Tutor"

- Donna, Kennett Square, PA on 5/7/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Tammy, Wilmington, DE on 2/22/12

"Great Math tutor!"

- Jacqueline, Newark, DE on 10/20/11

"Great Tutor - My son loved how easy it was to communicate with him"

- Jared, Wilmington, DE on 5/2/11

"Remarkable first tutoring meeting"

- Bernadette, Kennett Square, PA on 2/12/11
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Education

Northeastern University, Boston
Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Master's
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
PhD

Education

Northeastern University, Boston (Engineering)

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (Master's)

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

.. Minimum one hour billing .. Multiple student discounts .. Rate is negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Hockessin, DE 19707

Dave’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Chemistry, Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, GED, GRE, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Chess
Corporate Training:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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