Hi, my name is David and I'm excited to work with you to meet your educational goals in a variety of subjects from math and science, to social studies, English and writing.
I love learning and I love to share it with students but I also think getting improved results is important so I know when and how to teach strategically. I believe in building a strong rapport with students by discovering your interests and incorporating them into lessons. I think that the more personal a tutoring session can be, the better.
I have extensive teaching experience. I have taught advanced math (number theory, vector calculus, linear algebra) and elective classes (philosophy) at a prestigious private school in Providence, RI so I have a lot of experience with high achieving high school students.
I have also taught at two gifted youth programs: Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) so I know how to get the best out of middle and high school aged students.
In addition to this, I have also taught many classes while pursuing my graduate degrees at both Brown and Virginia Tech, primarily introductory classes in moral and political philosophy to college underclassmen.
My personal educational background is quite broad. I began my American college career as a math major at Princeton University after spending a year studying mathematics at Imperial College, London--an MIT type institution--in the UK. I achieved perfect scores on my A-levels--UK college entrance exams--in mathematics, further mathematics, physics and chemistry and a perfect score on my SAT. I also spent some time as a high schooler studying mathematics at Cambridge University. I know many people find math and science challenging and sometimes boring but I have a lot of experience in making it fun and exciting!
I'm very comfortable tutoring any topic in mathematics, physics or chemistry. Please contact me if you'd like to work with me to improve your performance in these areas.
I finished my degree at Princeton in 2006 majoring in Politics specializing in Political Theory and American Politics so I'm very well equipped to tutor social studies and history along with related fields. I also took many classes in English at college so I can work with students in that area too.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I obtained a Masters degree in philosophy from Virginia Tech in 2009 and until recently was working on my PhD in philosophy at Brown University in Providence, RI. If you have an interest in philosophy (either inside or outside of the classroom) or anything related to it (like debate for example), I'd also be happy to work with you on this. Philosophy teaches clear and concise thinking and writing so I can provide guidance on writing as well as argumentation.
My own test scores are as follows:
GRE: Math - 790, 92nd percentile, Verbal - 660, 94th percentile, Writing - 6.0, 97th percentile
SAT: Math - 800, 99th percentile, Verbal - 800, 99th percentile--Perfect 1600 Score
SAT II: Math IC - 800, 99th percentile, Math IIC - 800, 91st percentile, Physics - 780, 90th percentile
A-levels, UK college entrance exams - Mathematics - A, Further Mathematics - A, Physics - A, Chemistry - A--Perfect Scores
Please contact me so we can develop a plan for you to meet your educational goals. I look forward to getting to know you. I'd be happy to send my resume if requested.
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David's subjects
Algebra 2
I studied mathematics and additional mathematics for my UK GCSE exams where algebra was covered extensively. I received A*s in both of these classes (highest scores). I then studied mathematics and further mathematics for my UK A levels (similar to US AP exams) where further topics in algebra were covered. I received As in both of these classes (also highest scores).
I also studied mathematics at both Imperial College, London and Princeton.
I have tutored several students...
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Calculus
Having studied mathematics at a variety of levels (high school and college) and institutions (Princeton and Imperial College, London) I'm very comfortable with calculus. I can tutor students in any form of calculus from high school, to AP (either AB or BC), to college.
I've tutored calculus, AP AB Calculus, AP BC Calculus, Calc I, Calc II to students at local Providence schools and colleges with much success.
Chemistry
I studied chemistry for my UK A levels (similar to US AP exams) and received an A (highest score).
I also took several chemistry classes at Princeton while I was an undergraduate there.
I've tutored students in both regular and AP chemistry at several schools in the Providence area.
Physics
I received an A (maximum score) in my UK A level Physics class (similar to US AP classes) and then studied mathematics and physics at both Imperial College, London and Princeton University.
I've tutored both high school students and college students in physics and greatly enjoyed explaining and clarifying the concepts involved.
Trigonometry
Having studied mathematics at a variety of levels up to the graduate level, trigonometry is an area within the field that I'm comfortable with.
I've tutored college students, community college students and high school students in trigonometry with excellent results.
Statistics
I have studied statistics at a variety of levels and in a variety of contexts. I studied statistics for my UK A level mathematics and further mathematics qualifications (similar to AP exams in the US). I received As in both of these (highest scores).
I then studied the subject again in classes at both Imperial College London and Princeton University where I studied mathematics and political science.
I have tutored a number of students in different forms of statistics including...
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SAT Math
I scored a perfect 800 on the SAT math section when I took the test prior to going to Princeton. I find that an approach of repeatedly working through actual SAT problems and identifying the types of problems that the SAT commonly asks is the best training to do well on the test.
Philosophy
I have an MA in philosophy from Virginia Tech and I completed PhD coursework at Brown. I focused primarily on political philosophy and moral philosophy but have experience in most areas of the subject. I've TAed numerous classes in those areas at both institutions and have taught high school philosophy courses at a private high school.
Discrete Math
I studied A-level mathematics and further mathematics in the UK and received As in both subjects. Various topics in discrete mathematics such as combinatorics were covered among other advanced math topics included in the syllabus.
I also studied mathematics at Imperial College, London for a year where I took 8 courses in pure mathematics including several that dealt with discrete mathematics.
Finally, I studied mathematics at Princeton University where I again encountered...
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Differential Equations
I studied A-level mathematics and further mathematics in the UK and received As in both subjects. Differential equations was one of the many advanced math topics covered on the syllabus.
I also studied mathematics at Imperial College, London for a year where I took 8 courses in pure mathematics including several that dealt with differential equations.
Finally, I studied mathematics at Princeton University where I again encountered this material. I'm very familiar with it.
Econometrics
I have a strong background in mathematics, including statistics and have applied this knowledge to the statistical study of economics: econometrics.
I recently tutored a Brown undergraduate in the subject and helped him better understand the mathematical underpinnings of the material.
I have also worked with several students studying business statistics which has a great deal of overlap with econometrics.
Linear Algebra
I studied A-level mathematics and further mathematics in the UK and received As in both subjects. Linear algebra was one of the many advanced math topics covered on the syllabus.
I also studied mathematics at Imperial College, London for a year where I took 8 courses in pure mathematics including Geometry and Linear Algebra.
Finally, I studied mathematics at Princeton University where I again encountered this material in a class I took with Professor Sarnak in freshman year:...
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Logic
Having studied both philosophy and mathematics at advanced levels I have encountered logic from both the philosophical and mathematical perspectives a number of times.
While studying for my MA in philosophy at Virginia Tech I studied logic and received an A in the class. I'm very comfortable with the material covered in logic classes.
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