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Dave S.

Hercules, CA

$50/hr

Award-Winning Math and Statistics Tutor

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Background check passed as of 10/5/14
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151 Ratings
 
 
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Very encouraging and determined to help even the toughest cases understand math
— Kristen, Vacaville, CA on 9/15/13

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California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Economics
University of California, Berkely
Master's

Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Economics)

University of California, Berkely (Master's)

About Dave

Hi, my name is Dave.

I have tutored hundreds of students. Although many came to me afraid of math, most of them left with a well-earned sense of confidence and mastery. You will too. I promise that you will learn what you want to know.

My style is personable, engaging, and easygoing. I have extensive knowledge of pretty much all of math through the end of college, and of statistics well beyond that. I'm good at zeroing in on precisely what's giving you trouble, and will break each problem into pieces you can understand and learn.

While a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I received the University teaching award for statistics, and my undergraduate students consistently gave me the top rating in the department. While there, I tutored professors, grad students, and undergrads in math, advanced statistics, experimental design, and analysis. I have also successfully tutored many high school students (though I prefer not to tutor students below high school level).

I have worked for both Kaplan and McGraw-Hill designing testing materials for tests such as the SAT/ACT and GRE. I know the ins and outs of how tests are constructed and how to maximize your score, and am happy to share my knowledge with you.

I thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Dave
Hi, my name is Dave.

I have tutored hundreds of students. Although many came to me afraid of math, most of them left with a well-earned sense of confidence and mastery. You will too. I promise that you will learn what you want to know.

My style is personable, engaging, and
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Policies

10% discount for lessons between 10 am and 11:45 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Hercules, CA 94547
Background Check: Passed

"Very encouraging and determined to help even the toughest cases understand math"

- Kristen, Vacaville, CA on 9/15/13

"Makes Statistics Understandable "

- Stefanie, Concord, CA on 3/1/15

"Truly a 5 Star Tutor!"

- Doris, Hercules, CA on 11/20/14

"Excellent Tutor, Very Patient"

- Leticia, Hercules, CA on 1/22/14

"Great!"

- Christina, Lafayette, CA on 7/18/13

"Goes the extra mile"

- Trevor, Rohnert Park, CA on 4/24/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Biostatistics
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Statistics

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GRE

As my student feedback shows, I am very good at finding and filling the gaps in your math knowledge, and am an expert at helping you master both conventional and unconventional ways of answering test questions.

I received a perfect score on the GRE Math and missed no questions on the GRE Analytical section. I have worked for both Kaplan and for McGraw-Hill's testing division and know the ins and outs of how tests are constructed.

Precalculus

I am very good at breaking down the concepts in Precalculus into pieces that are easy to understand and master. I will teach you not just how to solve each problem, but to understand what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how to understand it so well that you can make practical use of it later in life.

SAT Math

As my student feedback shows, I am very good at finding and filling the gaps in your math knowledge, and am an expert at helping you master both conventional and unconventional ways of answering test questions.

I have worked for both Kaplan and for McGraw-Hill's testing division and know the ins and outs of how tests are constructed, and I got every question correct on my SAT Math.

Statistics

I have taught and tutored students in statistics for eight years, and can explain even the most complicated statistical concepts simply, clearly, and effectively.

For example, my five current statistics students each came to me feeling very confused. But after a session or two, each one knew what they were doing, why they were doing it, and how to do it; it all make sense. By the end of our time together, the most frequent comment I get is, "Wow, statistics is really easy."

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Economics
University of California, Berkely
Master's

Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Economics)

University of California, Berkely (Master's)

Very encouraging and determined to help even the toughest cases understand math — Dave had his hands full with me, struggling to remember and understand math as I prepared for the GRE 13 years after taking any math courses. Not only did he very patiently teach me to understand equations and solve complex math problems, but he also helped me to understand the value of math in the context of the work I hope to do in and after graduate school. I would recommend Dave as a tutor wi ...

— Kristen, Vacaville, CA on 9/15/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

10% discount for lessons between 10 am and 11:45 am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 3 miles of Hercules, CA 94547.

Background Check Status for Dave S.

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