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Dustin M.

Overbrook, KS

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Science & Math Tutor

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I have 4 years of experience being a tutor for math and chemistry.

In my experience, most people's difficulty in learning comes from not understanding the language of the subject; i.e., nobody learning chemistry speaks chemist yet. So I typically use the following method to tutor:

1) Give a clear formal definition for each topic followed by an analogy.
2) Give the simplest example of the topic.
3) Give a complex example of the topic.
4) Have the students work through problems and help when necessary.

I have three personal polices:

1) Our first meeting is free, unless I have to drive a long way. Even so it's WyzAnt's policy that payment info is on file before I can exchange contact info.
2) If you're younger than 18 we meet in a public place, or a parent or guardian is present while we study.
3) I'm not here to do your homework, but I will find similar examples and work through them with you.

Testimonials

"Great tutor, very helpful!"

- Maddie, Lawrence, KS on 2/6/13

"Great tutor and wonderful person"

- Stephanie, Lawrence, KS on 8/10/12

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

Algebra 2

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

Calculus

I took Calculus 1 and 2 at KU passing with B and C respectively.

I find most peoples problems with calculus come not from the calculus itself but from difficulty with logarithmic, exponential, and trig functions. So before I start tutoring anyone in calculus I start with those to be sure you're good with them.

Chemistry

I took general chemistry 1 and 2 at KU getting Cs in both.

I recall taking general chem and not quite getting it. It didn't start to make complete sense until I started tutoring in organic. It was then that I realized that chemistry is like dating. Opposites attract and form more stable relationships, it's the subtlety that will kill you.

Armed with this I found chemistry easy to tutor at most levels.

Elementary (K-6th)

During my time in North Dakota, I had a student job at a middle school. I was a tutor for an after school program where kids from many different grades could come to get help with any subject they needed. Math, science, reading, history, etc. I also brought science demos for them to see and try out.

Elementary Math

While at UND I took a student job as a tutor for middle schoolers. It was an after hours program where students could come and get help in any subject they needed. During this time I noticed that unlike adults children need a good reason to learn something.

Math in particular fails to show how the next step makes things easier. For example: multiplication is just repeated addition 2*5 = 2+2+2+2+2, but if that isn't pointed out, the kids see times tables as nothing more than a massive list of numbers to memorize.

Elementary Science

During my time in North Dakota, I had a student job at a middle school. I was a tutor for an after school program where kids from many different grades could come to get help with any subject they needed. Math, science, reading, history, etc. I also brought science demos for them to see and try out.

General Computer

I have been working with computers since I was a kid. I'm talking about the days of command prompt DOS operating systems. I have also worked with windows since windows 3.1.

In my college career (namely my time at JCCC) I learned about computer programing, hardware and software installation and troubleshooting.

My experience in research and college also exposed me to many different computer programs and given me a large pool of tricks to accomplish many different things.

Geometry

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

Microsoft Excel

When I first started at JCCC, I took a class in Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, earning an A in the course.

This was back in the days of office 97. However, I have continued to update my skills with each new version of office and have learning many tricks to work between the programs.

I find excel in particular to be nearly as powerful as a programing language. With a good background in math and logic you can get it to do almost anything.

Microsoft PowerPoint

When I first started at JCCC, I took a class in Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, earning an A in the course.

This was back in the days of office 97. However, I have continued to update my skills with each new version of office and have learning many tricks to work between the programs.

Power-point is a program that can be as much fun as it can be annoying. Aside from knowing how to do things within the program the major difference with someone that's good with power-point vs someone that's terrible is knowing what makes a good slide.

Microsoft Word

When I first started at JCCC, I took a class in Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, earning an A in the course.

This was back in the days of office 97. However, I have continued to update my skills with each new version of office and have learning many tricks to work between the programs.

My best experience with word was while I was employed as a proofreader and office assistant. I would be stunned if I didn't use every aspect of the program over the course of my employment.

Organic Chemistry

I took Organic one at the University of Kansas in 2005 and passed with a B. I took Organic two at the Univerisity of Kansas in 2005 and passed with an A (finished something like 13 out of 500 students).

I then spent the next 4 years running discussions outside of class and tutoring 1 on 1 and in small groups.

I also have notes I created notes for these classes that summarize all the essential topics covered over the two courses.

Prealgebra

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

Precalculus

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

Trigonometry

While attending JCCC I took Technical Mathematics 1 and Tech Math 2 courses earning BS in both. These courses covered everything from basic math through to a pre-calculus level.

The book used in these courses is written just how I teach providing clear definitions followed by examples. It is also written in a multidisciplinary perspective providing examples from many different areas of study. I have kept this book for reference.

JCCC, KU, UND
Elect., Chem, Chem-E

Education

JCCC, KU, UND (Elect., Chem, Chem-E)

Great tutor, very helpful! — Dustin tutored me for Organic chemistry 1. He made all the concepts a lot easier to understand by providing examples and going through it step by step with me. He provided tips he learned from the class along with his own organic chem notes which allowed me to find everything I needed for a concept right there. He challenged me in a positive way so I was able to succeed on the tests and in the cla ...

— Maddie, Lawrence, KS on 2/6/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $15.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

First lesson is always free. I do offer group rates, but I prefer to work out the details one-on-one.

Travel policy

Dustin will travel within 25 miles of Overbrook, KS 66524.


About Dustin

I have 4 years of experience being a tutor for math and chemistry.

In my experience, most people's difficulty in learning comes from not understanding the language of the subject; i.e., nobody learning chemistry speaks chemist yet. So I typically use the following method to tutor:

1) Give a clear formal definition for each topic followed by an analogy.
2) Give the simplest example of the topic.
3) Give a complex example of the topic.
4) Have the students work through problems and help when necessary.

I have three personal polices:

1) Our first meeting is free, unless I have to drive a long way. Even so it's WyzAnt's policy that payment info is on file before I can exchange contact info.
2) If you're younger than 18 we meet in a public place, or a parent or guardian is present while we study.
3) I'm not here to do your homework, but I will find similar examples and work through them with you.

Testimonials

"Great tutor, very helpful!"

- Maddie, Lawrence, KS on 2/6/13

"Great tutor and wonderful person"

- Stephanie, Lawrence, KS on 8/10/12
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Education

JCCC, KU, UND
Elect., Chem, Chem-E

Education

JCCC, KU, UND (Elect., Chem, Chem-E)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

First lesson is always free. I do offer group rates, but I prefer to work out the details one-on-one.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Overbrook, KS 66524

Dustin’s Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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