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Doug C.

Mesa, AZ

$30/hour

Extremely patient, enthusiastic math tutor; know how to teach!

Background check passed as of 6/14/15
5.0 average from 290 ratings
A great tutor, very helpful
— Yixi, Scottsdale, AZ on 1/11/15

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Mount Union College
Mathematics
Youngstown State University
Master's

Education

Mount Union College (Mathematics)

Youngstown State University (Master's)

About Doug

I started teaching 8th grade mathematics in the early 70's. Each year after that I moved onto the next grade level, teaching Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Probability, and Calculus. One set of students moved with me from 8th through 12th grade. When they graduated, they all got t-shirts with "Mr C. 5-year letterman" emblazoned on the back.

I also taught night school at the local university and took night classes at the same time in order to get my Masters in Mathematics. I gave up teaching to become a computer programmer in the early 80's, which I still am doing.

One of my 5-year letter students sent me a letter after her first year in college where she blew away the curve on the first pre-calculus final. When asked how she did so well: "because I am a 'Mr C.' 5-year letterman". She expressed how grateful she was to have had me as her mathematics teacher for 5 consecutive years.

My philosophy on tutoring-teaching is to make sure students are learning to think logically and for themselves.
I started teaching 8th grade mathematics in the early 70's. Each year after that I moved onto the next grade level, teaching Algebra, Geometry, Read more

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Travels within 4 miles of Mesa, AZ 85205
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"A great tutor, very helpful"

- Yixi, Scottsdale, AZ on 1/11/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Matthew, Mesa, AZ on 10/31/15

"Understanding and patient tutor!"

- Alex, Berkeley, CA on 6/16/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Taj, Scottsdale, AZ on 12/23/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Renalie, Scottsdale, AZ on 9/27/14

"Great Tutor"

- April, Scottsdale, AZ on 5/18/14

"Excellent communication, adapts to student's needs."

- Michael, Phoenix, AZ on 2/1/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Saben, Phoenix, AZ on 11/17/13

"Great Tutor"

- Leonardo, Scottsdale, AZ on 10/31/13

"AMAZING TUTOR!!!!"

- Sarah, Scottsdale, AZ on 10/11/13
Doug replied on 10/11/2013

The teacher can lead the student to the door, but the student must walk through it. Congratulations to Sarah for all the hard work!

"Amazing Tutor"

- Frank, Phoenix, AZ on 7/3/13

"Super tutor, Doug has really helped my son!"

- Natalie, Scottsdale, AZ on 2/20/13

"Absolutely excellent tutor in every way! We could not be more pleased!"

- Karen, Phoenix, AZ on 1/16/13

"Great tutor."

- Steven, Scottsdale, AZ on 1/7/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Algebra 1

Qualifications for tutoring algebra students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

Algebra 2

Qualifications for tutoring Algebra 2 students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

If you or your child is having problems with Algebra 2, it is important that the tutoring sessions address the root of the problem. We will need to determine if there are just some concepts that need clarification, or if the difficulties will require a return to basics. The first session will determine the steps that need to be taken to overcome the problems.

Calculus

Qualifications for tutoring Calculus students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU, including Calculus.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

Differential Equations

I have a Masters in Mathematics from Youngstown State University and took two different courses on differential equations to achieve that goal. I also taught Calculus at the same university and from a book where two chapters were dedicated to solving differential equations. All of this was many years ago, so recently when a student asked if I could help her through a summer course on differential equations I took the time to review from many different sources, including online, from the text I used in college, from the text from which I taught and from another book I picked up along the way named "Ordinary Differential Equations" by Tenenbaum and Pollard.

Geometry

Qualifications for tutoring Geometry students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

If you or your child is having problems with Geometry, it is important that the tutoring sessions address the root of the problem. We will need to determine if there are just some concepts that need clarification, or if the difficulties will require a return to basics. The first session will determine the steps that need to be taken to overcome the problems.

Prealgebra

Qualifications for tutoring pre-algebra students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

Precalculus

Qualifications for tutoring precalculus students include:

1. Master's Degree in Mathematics from Youngstown State University.

2. Have taught children at all levels from 8th grade through 12th, and also college level courses at YSU.

3. Reputation as very patient teacher with the ability to make difficult concepts easy to understand.

Mount Union College
Mathematics
Youngstown State University
Master's

Education

Mount Union College (Mathematics)

Youngstown State University (Master's)

A great tutor, very helpful — I started making progress in my math class immediately since I started taking lessons with Mr. Doug. He is a great tutor and is very helpful, very patient and understanding. He always gave me such perfect reviews and sample problems to help me understand difficult concepts easily. He is definitely fabulous. ...

— Yixi, Scottsdale, AZ on 1/11/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Travel policy

Doug will travel within 4 miles of Mesa, AZ 85205.