Over 2000 tutoring hours

Rebecca D.

Palo Alto, CA


Experienced, credentialed math tutor (Stanford/M.I.T. grad)

Background check passed as of 1/12/14
5.0 average from 637 ratings
Restored my son's confidence in math.
— Terri, Palo Alto, CA on 5/27/13


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Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Notre Dame de Namur University
Graduate Coursework


Stanford University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (PhD)

Notre Dame de Namur University (Graduate Coursework)

About Rebecca

I have loved tutoring/teaching math (pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, precalculus, calculus) for over 17 years. I am a credentialed classroom teacher, but I love working one-on-one with students because it allows me to quickly figure out their learning style and to tailor my instruction to what works for them. I believe that it is necessary to teach math for understanding rather than having students memorizing procedures, and it is probably through my engineering background that I recognize that it is critical to break down problems and concepts into steps, the size of which depends directly on the needs of the student. I strongly believe that everyone can be successful at math, and my goal is to give students the tools and confidence they need to achieve success. I have loved tutoring/teaching math (pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94301
Background Check: Passed

"Restored my son's confidence in math."

- Terri, Palo Alto, CA on 5/27/13

"Knows how teachers think ..."

- Caroline, Palo Alto, CA on 10/18/16

"Knowledgable, supportive and most professional"

- Teru, Palo Alto, CA on 9/17/16

"Great help"

- Tara, Burlingame, CA on 6/9/16

"Great tutor!"

- Samantha, Redwood City, CA on 5/15/16

"Amazing Algebra 2/Trigonometry Teacher"

- Vivek, Cupertino, CA on 8/16/14

"Great tutor"

- Paola, Los Altos, CA on 7/30/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Thu, Palo Alto, CA on 7/8/14

"Exceeded our expectations."

- Ted, Los Altos, CA on 8/5/13

"Great Tutor"

- Renata, Palo Alto, CA on 5/9/13

"Great tutor."

- Maryam, Cupertino, CA on 3/27/13

"More Than Expected"

- Janet, Palo Alto, CA on 8/20/12

"Great Tutor Experience"

- Bob, Stanford, CA on 8/6/12

"Calculus to Algebra and beyond–Rebecca is Amazing!"

- Tammy, Sunnyvale, CA on 7/1/12

"Fantastic tutor"

- Cathy, Palo Alto, CA on 5/20/12

"Wonderfully articulate and brilliant teacher!"

- Marci, Palo Alto, CA on 1/22/12

"Outstanding tutor"

- Annette, Los Gatos, CA on 11/17/11


- Ken, Los Altos, CA on 11/7/11

"Exceptional tutor...would call on her again!"

- Cassie, Redwood City, CA on 8/11/11

"Excellent Tutor"

- Madhu, Fremont, CA on 7/19/11

"Excellent Teacher"

- Kathy, Mountain View, CA on 7/14/11

"Excellent tutor - you won't go wrong"

- Howard, Fremont, CA on 7/13/11
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I enjoy tutoring for the ACT because I feel that this test assesses students more on their math knowledge than on their test-taking strategy. I have had excellent results with the students I have helped (there's a review from one of them on my profile page), and my experience/familiarity with the secondary math curriculum allows me to give students a complete review of the content covered on the ACT.

Algebra 1

My years of experience tutoring students (and teaching Algebra 1 in public schools) has been invaluable for recognizing common misconceptions and developing explanations that students can really understand. I enjoy highlighting the connections between topics for students, through which they gain a deeper understanding of the math concepts. A strong foundation in Algebra 1 will serve them well for the remainder of their math education.

Algebra 2

My years of experience tutoring students (and teaching Algebra 2 in public schools) has given me an excellent understanding of the connections throughout the secondary curriculum. I am able to explain to students how their prior knowledge can be applied to new material, as well as motivate them by explaining how they'll use the information in future classes. Algebra 2 is one of my favorite courses, because students' understanding of what they learned in Algebra 1 is deepened and expanded; they begin to understand more of the "why" in addition to the "how".


I think I have more appreciation now for the beauty and power of calculus than I did when I first learned it! It's so rewarding to explain these concepts to students, and watch their excitement when things all start to make sense. Calculus is so much easier for students when they understand the physical significance of derivatives and integrals, so I spend a great deal of time working on that with them. As an engineer, it's very rewarding to be able to share the relevance of these concepts for solving practical problems such as related rates and optimizations.

Elementary Math

Before earning my secondary teaching credential, I worked as a math tutor for 3rd through 5th graders in a public elementary school. Due to this experience, I am able to explain math concepts at a level that is developmentally appropriate. I enjoy engaging students this age with fun puzzles and activities that at the same time deepen their conceptual understanding. Students who struggle with math are especially in need of a confidence-boosting experience, and they need to know that excellent mathematicians are MADE and not born.


Although a student may have excelled at algebra, geometry can often be challenging if they're not an extremely visual learner or processor. In my work with geometry students, I encourage them to look at diagrams, proofs, etc. in at least a couple of ways, finding alternative strategies whenever possible so that their "toolbox" will be more extensive for future problems.


I am currently teaching middle school Prealgebra, and I'm having a blast! I have a large library of enrichment material for those students who need/want additional challenges, and I also have experience tailoring my explanations to meet the learning style of students who are having difficulty with the content.


Pre-calculus is often somewhat of a survey course without a unified curriculum, and I have been able to help students tie together the various topics and explain how they will be important in their future math courses. Whether it's explaining the relevance of polar graphs or giving examples of trig applications, I am able to guide them through this important transition to calculus and beyond.

SAT Math

I have tutored a number of students both for the regular SAT and the SAT2 subject test. One of those students received a score of 800, and told me that I was a huge help for him in scoring that high. Although I tutor and teach all secondary courses up through Calculus, the bulk of my students are taught/tutored in pre-algebra through algebra 2, which is the major content source for the SAT. I am able not only to review the separate topics covered on the test, but also tie topics together so that students don't need to rely upon memorization.


I have extensive experience tutoring high school students in both Algebra 2 and Precalculus, where they study trigonometry at various levels. I am extremely well-versed in all of the areas of trigonometry -- unit circle, modeling with periodic functions, trig identities and equations, angular velocity. My students find that the subject makes a lot more sense after they've studied it with me; they are able to see the "big picture," i.e., how the topics are tied together.

Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Notre Dame de Namur University
Graduate Coursework


Stanford University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (PhD)

Notre Dame de Namur University (Graduate Coursework)

Restored my son's confidence in math. — After a couple of tough years of math in middle school, my son started saying, "I'm just not meant to be good at math." This past year, Rebecca has been tutoring him, and it has made all the difference. Rebecca is a skilled teacher. She explains concepts clearly and easily zeros in on areas that need more attention. She is also kind and supportive - I can tell that she really cares about my son ...

— Terri, Palo Alto, CA on 5/27/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rebecca will travel within 10 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94301.