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Zac D.

Glendale, AZ

$45/hour

Thorough and patient, I feel the best way to teach is to ask questions

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
5.0 average from 12 ratings
My little sisters love him!
— Rebecca, Peoria, AZ on 4/11/17

$45/Hour


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Arizona State University
PoliSci three point five GPA

Education

Arizona State University (PoliSci three point five GPA)

About Zac

My name is Zac, and there's one thing that's gonna set me apart as the tutor that you want:

I actually make this stuff kind of fun.

I am a student myself, and although I took years of SAGE/Honors/AP/ and especially IB courses (bless you International Baccalaureate) I always walked the fine line between serious student and typical teenager slacking to get by...think a lot of A- report cards. However, after graduating high school, accepting a generous offer to attend ASU, and setting my own course to study (Sustainability/Global Health), I've had a bit of a revelation. It wasn't that I didn't like school.... It was that I felt I lacked the passion and enjoyment that my new studies have given me. Realizing from my own experiences as a capable yet unconcerned student, I tutor with one specific thing in mind: Keep the student engaged. It's so simple, yet not so simple to do. How often as a parent have you watched eyes glaze over when a math problem is still too hard after the fourth attempt? How daunting can a late night essay feel? How frustrating is it to have a difficult teacher, maybe one like Mr.'You-Mess-With-The-Bull-You-Get-The-Horns' from The Breakfast Club?

While we're on the Breakfast Club, think of me as a mashup of math-tutoring Anthony Michael Hall and fist-pumping Bender at the end of the movie (bless you too, 80's Molly Ringwald).

Trust me, I get it all. I want to be the relief from that sort of academic experience. I want you and your student to trust me more as a peer than as a prim and proper professional. To do this, I think of how I like to be taught. Made to feel comfortable, yet still able to concentrate on the lesson at hand, students do best learning with humor, with questions, and with a teacher who knows when and where to push and when to hold off. I think that is my strongest attribute, myself and my style of approach, and it's what makes me confident that I will be a great fit.

As I mentioned I study Sustainability and Global Health, and my other areas of study/tutoring I like most are Algebra 1, Language Arts, History, ACT/SAT test prep, and Journalism.

-Algebra 1. This is my favorite subject to tutor, and I promise success with your student if we work on this. I took this as an honors course in middle school, and it was my favorite math class ever. The substitution/cancelling aspect of equations and variables makes this seem like a puzzle or game to me, and I try to teach that approach to the problems. My experience tutoring through here was with a student that had not taken Algebra in over 15 years and needed a refresher to pass a class, and I was able to help her almost immediately in no time. That, combined with my years of off-site Algebra tutoring chops makes me very, very confident in my skills on this one.

-Language Arts. Hopefully my writing on this profile to this point is a good sample, but this is another favorite of mine. I have always been a voracious reader, (favorite books in kindergarten were Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle), and that is thanks to my upbringing by a teacher mother who emphasized Shurley Grammar and encouraged this love of books. In high school, I took IB English, and received my best IB test score of 6/7 for this subject. I also relied on my English score when I took the SAT, receiving 770 out of a possible 800 points for the subject test.

-History. Probably the thing I geek out the most on here, History is a perfect example of what I mean when I talk about the necessity of keeping students engaged. It blows my mind that there are history teachers out there that manage to make this subject boring...are you kidding me? It only happens to be the entire story of humankind, covering millions of stories from billions of people across thousands of generations... The trick is to establish perspective. Louis and Clark? They could be just a couple of old dudes that trekked across the country...or they could be perfect examples of the American Spirit, braving thousands of miles of dangerous situations to do what had never been done before: be the first Americans to truly establish the continental US, braving the unknown to plant the seeds of the future America. History is all about story-telling, and letting the facts be the most amazing details of all.

-ACT/SAT prep. I was taught a very specific approach to test taking that benefited me greatly with my SAT. My trio score of 2030 was due in part to how prepared and comfortable this method makes me feel when I take tests that require a lot of reading and comprehension, or lots of questions and a hard time limit.

-Journalism. I became the copy editor of my school paper my first year on staff, and would often write opinion columns in addition to three or four other entries and proofreading. I considered journalism as my major and was accepted into the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU before ultimately deciding against that path. The necessary skills to be a good journalist (proofreading, concise writing, and snappy sentence structure) stick with a student and are transferrable to all aspects of academia.

-Geometry/Trigonometry. Following Algebra 1 in 8th grade, I took a 6 week Geometry Honors summer school class offered by my high school to get ahead. It was grueling, as it was 5 hours of math daily, but it paid off in another A. Geometry is a bit more complex than Algebra 1 in my opinion, but the mindset, the analytical and puzzle-like approach to the problems, that element persists and is what links the two together.

Let me know if you have any further questions. These subjects I've chosen here are my favorites, but there are a wide range I'm able to tutor in. I am willing to meet wherever! Establishing a long term tutoring relationship of 1-3 hours a week would be ideal but any arrangement can be discussed. I look forward to hearing from you!
My name is Zac, and there's one thing that's gonna set me apart as the tutor that you want:

I actually make this stuff kind of fun.

I am a student myself, and although I took years of SAGE/Honors/AP/ and especially IB courses (bless you International Baccalaureate) I always walked the fine line between serious student and
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Glendale, AZ 85308
In-person lessons

"My little sisters love him!"

- Rebecca, Peoria, AZ on 4/11/17

"Patient teacher"

- Michelle, El Mirage, AZ on 2/4/17

"Great Tutor. Very intelligent and patient."

- Kristi, Deland, FL on 2/5/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Anthropology, Ecology, Nutrition, PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ASVAB,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
American History, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Religion, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Phonics, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Table Tennis, Volleyball

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.

ACT Reading

I exceeded the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards reading exam in high school, scored a 770 for my reading portion on the SAT, and worked as copy editor for my high school newspaper. I feel very comfortable taking tests in part thanks to some of the test taking tricks I've picked up, and the way I prepared for the SAT made me feel very ready when I took it.

Algebra 1

Most tutored and most successful subject: I think of Algebra as a game in a sense, so I teach it to students in a way that is fresh and engaging. I am also very patient in my approach, something that is most helpful in the math subjects that start to get complex, such as Algebra 1.

I received A+ honors credit when I took this subject in 8th grade, and have been helping other students on and off with it ever since. My foundation was laid for Algebra 1 before 8th grade, as in 6th grade I had some tutoring on algebraic concepts like PEMDAS with some order of operation.

ASVAB

AFQT of 95 received for 2012 ASVAB

Elementary Math

Completed Algebra 1 and geometry prior to entering high school.

English

In high school I was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. I earned college credit by scoring a 6 (out of 7) on my IB English exam. I also take the SAT, earning 770 out of a possible 800 reading points.

Political Science

I am currently a Political Science/ Global Health double major attending Arizona State University tuition free on a New American University scholarship award. Politics has always been an interest of mine, and in high school I would help tutor classmates for the IB history exam. My emphasis when it comes to tutoring political science is that understanding and knowing history is very important in order to inform one's opinions regarding contemporary politics. I earned college credit in high school for earning a 3 on my APUSH exam and a 5 on my IB History exam.

Prealgebra

-Worked with students for pay and as a volunteer, ranging in math subjects from very basic up to pre calculus

SAT Math

Scored 650 on the Math portion of my SAT in 2012, have experience helping students prepare for lengthy exams by teaching test taking tips.

SAT Reading

Scored 770 out of 800 on SAT reading in 2012.

Trigonometry

- Chose to take on geometry/trigonometry summer honors course prior to freshman year of high school
-after initial struggles, passed the course with an A
-worked on off the next 4 years completing school honors projects volunteer hours by tutoring with students in a variety of subjects, often working on Trigonometry with students

Writing

4 years of high school newspaper experience, made chief copy editor senior year.

Arizona State University
PoliSci three point five GPA

Education

Arizona State University (PoliSci three point five GPA)

My little sisters love him!

It's been more than a month since our first lesson. Zac comes every Monday to help my little sisters with addition and subtraction. They're a lot more confident with math and continue to improve! He saved them from getting held back. Thank you, Zac!

— Rebecca, Peoria, AZ on 4/11/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Zac will travel within 40 miles of Glendale, AZ 85308.