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Tom D.

Redwood Estates, CA

$70/hour

Patient Tutor Emphasizing Relaxation, Real Understanding, and Fun

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New College of Florida
Experimental Psych
U. of Oklahoma
PhD

Education

New College of Florida (Experimental Psych)

U. of Oklahoma (PhD)

About Tom

I help students go beyond mere rote learning of facts and mechanical performance of procedures, so that they understand the reasons and patterns behind all that. I help them build mental structures to ease their recall and use of those facts and procedures. In that and other ways I reduce students' frustration, confusion, and feeling of being overwhelmed by rivers of seemingly random information.

As an undergraduate student, often I helped my classmates one on one in those ways. As a graduate student, I taught undergraduate and graduate students both one-on-one and in classes from small to large. In my professional career, I invent and teach methods for designing things--methods that use the same principles of providing structure to ease the memory and use of facts and procedures.

I love seeing students relax when suddenly they see, understand, and act within patterns and knowledge structures that make sense.

My BA and PhD studies included algebra, calculus, linear algebra, probability, and statistics.

I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology, focused on the study of memory, attention, learning, decision making, and thinking in general--all background for understanding and tutoring study skills. In all of my teaching of classes regardless of the topic, I have covered study skills along with the class topic. I follow my own advice!

Please contact me to explore how I might help you achieve your goals!
I help students go beyond mere rote learning of facts and mechanical performance of procedures, so that they understand the reasons and patterns behind all that. I help them build mental structures to ease their recall and use of those facts and procedures. In that and other ways I reduce students' frustration, confusion, and feeling of being Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Redwood Estates, CA 95044
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics
Science:
ACT Science,
Biostatistics,
Psychology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Public Speaking, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science,
Career Development, College Counseling, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Web Design
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Science

I have bachelors, masters, and doctorate in scientific experimental psychology (cognitive science--not counseling). I have a broad science background, having taken classes in chemistry, biology, physics, algebra, calculus, linear algebra, statistics, scientific research methods, and more. I have taught undergraduate and graduate science classes.

Algebra 1

I tutored my daughter in math from grade school through college. My own education in math is extensive, up through college calculus, to graduate classes in matrix algebra and statistics.

Biostatistics

About 1/3 of my PhD education was in quantitative psychology, mostly statistics as applied to behavioral and life sciences. I am a scientific research methodologist, which means that I have studied not just statistics in isolation, but statistics as applied to behavioral and other life sciences, including experiments, quasi-experiments, and non-experimental methods. I taught an undergraduate lab class in psychological research methods. I attended the U. of Oklahoma, which at the time had one of the top 5 quantitative psychology PhD programs in the country. I published research on test validation.

Statistics

Much of my college and graduate courses were in statistics. I have taught large and small classes of college statistics, and as the teacher have tutored students individually. I tutored my daughter for her high school statistics class.

Study Skills

As a PhD student, I taught undergraduate and graduate classes from as many as 100 students in a class to as few as 20. As their teacher, I also tutored them one on one during my office hours. I also informally tutored other graduate students. Both in my class lectures and in both kinds of tutoring, I covered study skills. I also tutored my daughter through all grades up through college, and was careful to address her study skills in nearly every lesson. I have a formal background that well prepared me for tutoring in study skills, because my PhD is in cognitive experimental psychology, focused on memory, attention, and knowledge.

New College of Florida
Experimental Psych
U. of Oklahoma
PhD

Education

New College of Florida (Experimental Psych)

U. of Oklahoma (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tom will travel within 25 miles of Redwood Estates, CA 95044.