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David F.

La Jolla, CA

$65/hour

Easy going, diligent entrepreneur for Math, Statistics, Tennis

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5.0 average from 56 ratings
Knowledgable and student-needs focused
— Jeni, San Diego, CA on 9/22/15

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UCSB
math
UCSD
Master's
UCSD
PhD

Education

UCSB (math)

UCSD (Master's)

UCSD (PhD)

About David

Hi there. I have to admit even the summary of my resume won't fit in the two paragraphs that Wyzant is allowing. :-) So here's a very abbreviated verison. I received the Ph.D. in engineering from UCSD in 1992 and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences (probability and statistics) from UCSB in 1985. I've received technical awards from various professional organizations and an honorary doctorate too. In 2009, I had the great privilege to be named one of the top-100 most influential alumni in the then 50-year history of the University of California at San Diego. Since 2010 I have found that I really enjoy tutoring in statistics and other topics in math, and also helping on the tennis court. In my career, I've tutored kids in elementary school and kids (let's call them adults) in graduate school. I also teach adults through a local university and have consistently received very positive reviews. Generally, I only take on one or two students at a time so that I can focus the time that I do have for tutoring on those students.

One of the things that I strive for in tutoring is helping the student reach a point of understanding the material so that he or she has complete confidence that "they know their stuff." Same goes on a tennis court too. I also endeavor to have every interaction be fun and light-hearted, even when studying for exams or trying to learn otherwise difficult material. I think I have a knack for achieving those goals with a wide range of people, and I look forward to helping you as well.
Hi there. I have to admit even the summary of my resume won't fit in the two paragraphs that Wyzant is allowing. :-) So here's a very abbreviated verison. I received the Ph.D. in engineering from UCSD in 1992 and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences (probability and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of La Jolla, CA 92037
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Knowledgable and student-needs focused"

- Jeni, San Diego, CA on 9/22/15

"Clear and easy to follow up"

- Clovis, San Diego, CA on 6/9/15
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Probability, Statistics
Science:
Biostatistics
English:
Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I've taught Algebra 1/2 at the college level and do so currently for one of the adult learning universities in town. I've also taught many other subjects in math. My style is relaxed and I like to ensure that students both learn the material and have a good time doing so.

Algebra 2

I've taught Algebra 1/2 at the high school and college levels, and do so currently for one of the adult-learning universities in San Diego.

Biostatistics

My BS is in statistics/probability from UCSB (1995). I took 13 classes as part of that degree. I took biostatistics as a grad student at SDSU in 1996. My Ph.D. is in engineering (systems) from UCSD (1992). From 2000-2008 I was editor-in-chief of the biology journal BioSystems (Elsevier). I have tutored students in biostats at SDSU through Grade Potential during the past 4 years.

Elementary Math

I've tutored math from grade school to grad school for a very long time. I started tutoring in high school (1979) and really enjoy helping people learn math, whether or not they're in elementary school or working on a Ph.D.

Prealgebra

I regularly teach algebra at a local adult learning university. My math experience includes a BS in math from UCSB and Ph.D. in engineering from UCSD.

Public Speaking

I have given over 200 invited lectures/tutorials in my career, including numerous events for the public at museums, universities, and for corporations. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in engineering from UCSD, where I was named one of the top-100 most-influential alumni in the 50-year history of the university (2009). I have served as editor-in-chief of two technical journals and two general audience publications, each requiring many speeches, both for technical people and the general public.

Statistics

I earned the BS degree from UCSB in math with an emphasis in probability and statistics. I took 13 p/stat courses as part of my undergrad degree (all 12 they offered plus an additional individual study course). My Ph.D. in engineering (systems) was essentially applied statistics for engineering. I've taught statistics at the undergrad and grad levels at UCSD, and also currently teach statistics for adult learning at a local university.

Tennis

I have played tennis for 36 years. I have an NTRP 4.5 rating. In 2009, I was for a time rated the #2 4.5-level player in San Diego. My best tennis wins include a victory over the #2 junior from American Samoa (1987) and a win in the LA Open Wild Card (1988). I have played numerous tournaments over the past 8 years, achieved national rankings, and have helped others at times with drills and technique, and the concept that the best tennis player is the one having the most fun.

UCSB
math
UCSD
Master's
UCSD
PhD

Education

UCSB (math)

UCSD (Master's)

UCSD (PhD)

Knowledgable and student-needs focused — David was able to explain concepts in a way I could understand them. He quickly realized my style of learning and adapted his teaching to what work best for me. ...

— Jeni, San Diego, CA on 9/22/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 20 miles of La Jolla, CA 92037.