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Derek N.

Tempe, AZ

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Colorado School of Mines
BioChemical Engineer

Education

Colorado School of Mines (BioChemical Engineer)

About Derek

About Me:

I am a lifelong learner and love to help others not only understand the material they are learning, but also enjoy learning about it and applying it to the real world. I have a Bachelor of Science in biochemical engineering and have been tutoring students for eight years in subjects including chemistry, math, physics, study skills and chess. I was an engineering consultant for three years. During my time as a consultant, I had the opportunity to teach many executives and managers in how to apply engineering concepts to their businesses. Despite my engineering background, I still love teaching just as much. I see tutoring as a means to empower students with the knowledge to pursue their dreams and goals. I feel extremely lucky to be able to teach these amazing subjects to my students and share what makes me enjoy them so much.

Tutoring Approach:

I am a full-time tutor whose students consistently improve two letter grades in their classes. My tutoring method works by helping students learn content, concepts, problem-solving, and test-taking skills while developing the confidence they need to succeed (confidence is surprisingly important!). I listen carefully to my students and develop strategies that work well for them as individuals. Each student is unique and every session is personalized depending on which area they need help on. My teaching approach is patient, leaving time for learning to unfold. I often use what is called the Socratic Method of teaching, guiding students to the correct answer with a series of questions instead of simply giving them the answer. While this method is challenging for the student, extensive research has demonstrated it as the best way for students to learn. It leads to higher retention of material and better understanding of concepts. When time is of the essence, I teach students more rapidly by showing how to do the problem or what they did incorrectly, then have them show their understanding by completing another example problem.

Thank you for your time and good luck on your journey to success!
About Me:

I am a lifelong learner and love to help others not only understand the material they are learning, but also enjoy learning about it and applying it to the real world. I have a Bachelor of Science in biochemical engineering and have been tutoring students for eight
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Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Tempe, AZ 85282
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Excel
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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.

Algebra 1

Many students struggle when they first take algebra because this course requires a new way of thinking. Instead of having defined numerical answers, students must try to grasp the concept of a variable. Most students whom struggle with algebra, trigonometry and calculus have difficulty with recognizing patterns.

This is the most common course people ask me for tutoring in. I have developed several methods for helping students understand the new concepts while developing pattern recognition skills for future courses.

Chemistry

Many students struggle when they first take chemistry because this course does not really build upon any of their previous courses. Most students whom struggle in chemistry have difficulty taking in a flood of new information all at once.

My chemistry students benefit most by developing memorization skills. Students tutored in chemistry also see improvement in biology, calculus, and even foreign language.

Chess

I am a master ranked United States Chess Federation chess player with experience in teaching chess. This last year I was paid to teach a 4th grade chess club after school every Thursday. I am extremely patient and focus on teaching my students how to leverage their strengths though unique play styles.

Geometry

Many students struggle when they first take geometry because this course does not directly build upon any of their previous courses. Most students whom struggle in geometry have difficulty with visual pattern recognition.

My geometry students benefit most by expanding their memorization and visual skills. The knowledge and study skills developed during geometry tutoring help students in physics, advanced chemistry, trigonometry, art and racquet sports.

Study Skills

When I first meet a student (independent of the course) my first goal is to determine the root cause for them struggling in that subject. The three primary areas my students tend to struggle with is pattern recognition, memorization and identifying the type of problem. Once I understand how my student thinks, I develop a study strategy for them that is unique to how they process information.

Colorado School of Mines
BioChemical Engineer

Education

Colorado School of Mines (BioChemical Engineer)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Derek will travel within 20 miles of Tempe, AZ 85282.