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Duncan M.

No Nonsense Math and Statistics Tutor For HS and Adult Students

No Nonsense Math and Statistics Tutor For HS and Adult Students

$40/hour

  • 1,673 hours tutoring

  • Sacramento, CA 95821

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Bio

Over the past five years I've worked with hundreds of students in math and statistics courses. Subject matter ranges from Pre-Algebra through Calculus, Introduction/Elementary Statistics, AP and Honors HS math and statistics courses, and college (lower division) math, calculus, and statistics courses (including applied statistics courses often included in on-line B.A. programs).

I've found that most students have two basic issues to some degree:

1. They are struggling with or are looking to...

Over the past five years I've worked with hundreds of students in math and statistics courses. Subject matter ranges from Pre-Algebra through Calculus, Introduction/Elementary Statistics, AP and Honors HS math and statistics courses, and college (lower division) math, calculus, and statistics courses (including applied statistics courses often included in on-line B.A. programs).

I've found that most students have two basic issues to some degree:

1. They are struggling with or are looking to improve their understanding of subject-matter.
2. They don't have well-developed academic fluency. That is, they don't know how to apply themselves independently to address issue #1.

I work with students to help them in both areas. I believe it is important for students to not only increase their subject matter proficiency and skills; I work with students to help them become better students overall.

Typically, I will see a student weekly (in some cases, twice weekly) for a short period or over the course of an entire school term. I've had students that I see for only a few sessions (say for help with a particular assignment or to prepare for an exam). I've had students that I've seen throughout their High School career through all of their math classes.

I do work with adult students in all contexts (Junior College, University, on-line courses, test preparation, etc) for varying periods.

With all students, my first question is about identifying the goals of the student-tutor relationship. Then I work with the student to develop a plan for achieving these goals; this second step involves looking at the student's situation: grades, recent assignments, structure of coursework, etc. In short, we get organized. In this process I can quickly identify the areas that a student should prioritize and recommend discrete steps to advance towards their goals. During sessions I help with homework, preparation for exams, and reviewing past material.

Candid communication is vital in all of my tutoring relationships, and if we work together you will get calls and texts from me and I will welcome the same. This includes parents for High School students; maintaining candid dialog with parents is something I take seriously.

I see students M-F and Saturday mornings. I try to schedule HS students 3-5, 5-7, or 7-9 on weekday evenings. This allows for 90 minutes of instruction and time for me to travel between appointments. I do my best to be flexible, and I prioritize students that make and keep regular appointments.

I look forward to discussing your tutoring needs! Please email with any questions.

Thank you.

Duncan M.


Education

UC Davis
B.S. Mathematics
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: Cancellation fee at my sole discretion. I'm more likely to waive if you: 1. Call/text my phone to cancel (not email). 2. Have a 'good' reason. 3. Cancel ASAP. AND 4. Reschedule. Thanks! DM
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  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Sacramento, CA 95821
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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I've worked extensively with students on the Quantitative portion of the GRE. I'm very familiar with the types of questions that make up the Quantitative portions of the exam, and I can help you evaluate your strengths and areas on which to focus your energy. I will work with you to obtain the best materials to support your studies and help you gain the skills and confidence required to score well on these parts of the exam.

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my. Fear not! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school. Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient! Students also work with me on any number of other Statistics courses: Business Statistics, Statistics for Nursing, Applied Statistics, BioStatistics, Research Design projects, etc.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The word Algebra is Arabic in origin and refers to a system of rules used in mathematics. I tutor all levels of Elementary Algebra (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Elementary Algebra is the "rules of the road" for all of our work in Calculus and calculations related to the sciences. It's fundamental and vital to understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Algebra I is about learning **basic** skills beyond Arithmetic. It's math boot camp and we do a lot of exercises here. We learn how to be academic **and** we learn Algebra. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. This is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

First read my Qualifications for Algebra I. Algebra II starts with an extensive review and more rigorous treatment of Algebra I. Then we continue with skill development. There is lots of exercise, but Algebra II gets more 'colorful' and interesting than the basics in Algebra I. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. Here is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the Mathematical study of change. Though we are introduced to simple change in Algebra, most of science's problems are beyond the scope of Algebra. Calculus gives us the tools to study diverse processes that change over time and/or location. Most students I encounter are enrolled in High School AP Calculus courses or lower-division Calculus at a college or university as part of a math requirement for a science major. I am well-versed in the structure and content of the HS AP Calculus Exams as well as the HS and college Calculus curricula. As a Mathematics undergraduate at UC Davis, I earned A grades throughout the lower and upper division Calculus courses (6 courses total).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is the 'final wrap-up' of Algebra necessary for success with Calculus. It includes all of the material covered in prior Elementary Algebra courses (Algebras I and II) as well as extensive treatments of Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Functions, with introductions to Continuity and Limits. The rigor of Pre-Calculus courses is greater than previous mathematics courses and is often near the level of many Calculus courses. It requires a greater level of discipline and work than do the Elementary Algebras and Trigonometry courses.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I tutor students preparing for diverse exams: ASVAB, ACT, SAT, SSAT, GRE, CAHSEE, GED, etc. My strategy is to work from the best sample test materials available. All of the major standardized exams have materials available which clearly define the subject matter covered. Using these materials students can focus their time and energy efficiently. In most cases, working with these materials quickly highlights strengths and weaknesses. The work then becomes about building skill and confidence over the **entire** subject matter covered on the exam. Often exam preparation/study is done independently (out of a classroom setting) and a tutoring is about providing structure and support to ensure the students make progress and don't falter.
Statistics

Statistics

No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my. Fear not! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school. Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient! Students also work with me on any number of other Statistics courses: Business Statistics, Statistics for Nursing, Applied Statistics, BioStatistics, Research Design projects, etc.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The word Algebra is Arabic in origin and refers to a system of rules used in mathematics. I tutor all levels of Elementary Algebra (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Elementary Algebra is the "rules of the road" for all of our work in Calculus and calculations related to the sciences. It's fundamental and vital to understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Algebra I is about learning **basic** skills beyond Arithmetic. It's math boot camp and we do a lot of exercises here. We learn how to be academic **and** we learn Algebra. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. This is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

First read my Qualifications for Algebra I. Algebra II starts with an extensive review and more rigorous treatment of Algebra I. Then we continue with skill development. There is lots of exercise, but Algebra II gets more 'colorful' and interesting than the basics in Algebra I. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. Here is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Biostatistics,

Biostatistics

I am well versed in the fundamentals of Statistics and research methods involving, Study Design, ANOVA, and Linear Regression. I learned these skills through upper division study in my career at UC Davis, and by tutoring several students in upper-division and master's level Stat courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the Mathematical study of change. Though we are introduced to simple change in Algebra, most of science's problems are beyond the scope of Algebra. Calculus gives us the tools to study diverse processes that change over time and/or location. Most students I encounter are enrolled in High School AP Calculus courses or lower-division Calculus at a college or university as part of a math requirement for a science major. I am well-versed in the structure and content of the HS AP Calculus Exams as well as the HS and college Calculus curricula. As a Mathematics undergraduate at UC Davis, I earned A grades throughout the lower and upper division Calculus courses (6 courses total).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is the 'final wrap-up' of Algebra necessary for success with Calculus. It includes all of the material covered in prior Elementary Algebra courses (Algebras I and II) as well as extensive treatments of Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Functions, with introductions to Continuity and Limits. The rigor of Pre-Calculus courses is greater than previous mathematics courses and is often near the level of many Calculus courses. It requires a greater level of discipline and work than do the Elementary Algebras and Trigonometry courses.
Probability,

Probability

Typically students studying Probability do so as part of general Introductory Statistics course. Unlike most sections of Statistics, Probability is very much like other Mathematics subjects students are familiar with (namely Elementary Algebra, Finite Math, etc.). It relies heavily on Algebraic rules and is largely computational. Success here is largely dependent on working problems applying the rules of counting. There are some novel mathematical concepts here that one must master to succeed in this mostly accessible subject area.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I tutor students preparing for diverse exams: ASVAB, ACT, SAT, SSAT, GRE, CAHSEE, GED, etc. My strategy is to work from the best sample test materials available. All of the major standardized exams have materials available which clearly define the subject matter covered. Using these materials students can focus their time and energy efficiently. In most cases, working with these materials quickly highlights strengths and weaknesses. The work then becomes about building skill and confidence over the **entire** subject matter covered on the exam. Often exam preparation/study is done independently (out of a classroom setting) and a tutoring is about providing structure and support to ensure the students make progress and don't falter.
Statistics,

Statistics

No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my. Fear not! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school. Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient! Students also work with me on any number of other Statistics courses: Business Statistics, Statistics for Nursing, Applied Statistics, BioStatistics, Research Design projects, etc.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry... literally the study of Triangles. But it's so much more. We quickly use the relationships found within triangles to define new functions and we have a discrete branch of Mathematics. Trigonometric principles and features abound in and are vital to the study of Calculus. It is a major part of Pre-Calculus courses and it is also still offered as a stand-alone course in High Schools. A fun subject for many students as it combines Algebra with periodic functions and novel problem-solving techniques.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The word Algebra is Arabic in origin and refers to a system of rules used in mathematics. I tutor all levels of Elementary Algebra (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Elementary Algebra is the "rules of the road" for all of our work in Calculus and calculations related to the sciences. It's fundamental and vital to understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Algebra I is about learning **basic** skills beyond Arithmetic. It's math boot camp and we do a lot of exercises here. We learn how to be academic **and** we learn Algebra. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. This is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

First read my Qualifications for Algebra I. Algebra II starts with an extensive review and more rigorous treatment of Algebra I. Then we continue with skill development. There is lots of exercise, but Algebra II gets more 'colorful' and interesting than the basics in Algebra I. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. Here is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the Mathematical study of change. Though we are introduced to simple change in Algebra, most of science's problems are beyond the scope of Algebra. Calculus gives us the tools to study diverse processes that change over time and/or location. Most students I encounter are enrolled in High School AP Calculus courses or lower-division Calculus at a college or university as part of a math requirement for a science major. I am well-versed in the structure and content of the HS AP Calculus Exams as well as the HS and college Calculus curricula. As a Mathematics undergraduate at UC Davis, I earned A grades throughout the lower and upper division Calculus courses (6 courses total).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is the 'final wrap-up' of Algebra necessary for success with Calculus. It includes all of the material covered in prior Elementary Algebra courses (Algebras I and II) as well as extensive treatments of Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Functions, with introductions to Continuity and Limits. The rigor of Pre-Calculus courses is greater than previous mathematics courses and is often near the level of many Calculus courses. It requires a greater level of discipline and work than do the Elementary Algebras and Trigonometry courses.
Statistics

Statistics

No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my. Fear not! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school. Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient! Students also work with me on any number of other Statistics courses: Business Statistics, Statistics for Nursing, Applied Statistics, BioStatistics, Research Design projects, etc.

Science

Biostatistics

Biostatistics

I am well versed in the fundamentals of Statistics and research methods involving, Study Design, ANOVA, and Linear Regression. I learned these skills through upper division study in my career at UC Davis, and by tutoring several students in upper-division and master's level Stat courses.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The word Algebra is Arabic in origin and refers to a system of rules used in mathematics. I tutor all levels of Elementary Algebra (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Elementary Algebra is the "rules of the road" for all of our work in Calculus and calculations related to the sciences. It's fundamental and vital to understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Algebra I is about learning **basic** skills beyond Arithmetic. It's math boot camp and we do a lot of exercises here. We learn how to be academic **and** we learn Algebra. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. This is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

First read my Qualifications for Algebra I. Algebra II starts with an extensive review and more rigorous treatment of Algebra I. Then we continue with skill development. There is lots of exercise, but Algebra II gets more 'colorful' and interesting than the basics in Algebra I. Algebra I or Algebra II are where otherwise successful and capable students run astray. Here is where I see a lot of students, for the first time, faced with a subject that requires discipline and investment of time.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the Mathematical study of change. Though we are introduced to simple change in Algebra, most of science's problems are beyond the scope of Algebra. Calculus gives us the tools to study diverse processes that change over time and/or location. Most students I encounter are enrolled in High School AP Calculus courses or lower-division Calculus at a college or university as part of a math requirement for a science major. I am well-versed in the structure and content of the HS AP Calculus Exams as well as the HS and college Calculus curricula. As a Mathematics undergraduate at UC Davis, I earned A grades throughout the lower and upper division Calculus courses (6 courses total).
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I tutor students preparing for diverse exams: ASVAB, ACT, SAT, SSAT, GRE, CAHSEE, GED, etc. My strategy is to work from the best sample test materials available. All of the major standardized exams have materials available which clearly define the subject matter covered. Using these materials students can focus their time and energy efficiently. In most cases, working with these materials quickly highlights strengths and weaknesses. The work then becomes about building skill and confidence over the **entire** subject matter covered on the exam. Often exam preparation/study is done independently (out of a classroom setting) and a tutoring is about providing structure and support to ensure the students make progress and don't falter.
Statistics,

Statistics

No sub-discipline of mathematics seems to strike more fear into students than Statistics - NORMALCY, HYPOTHESIS TESTING, AND DISPERSION! oh my. Fear not! Fundamental Statistics, Introduction to Statistics, Elementary Statistics are all names for a first course in Probability and Statistics. This course is often taken as a lower division or, perhaps, a widely offered upper division college course. It may even be offered as an Advanced Placement course in high school. Whatever the course name, a comprehensive intro to Stat class will cover the same basic principles - in basically the same order! It's a tough class for sure; but not because the concepts are unwieldy. It's tough because it's new, and with some perseverance and an open mind you can be stat proficient! Students also work with me on any number of other Statistics courses: Business Statistics, Statistics for Nursing, Applied Statistics, BioStatistics, Research Design projects, etc.
GED

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

I tutor only the Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematical Knowledge portions of the exam. I am intimately familiar with the content of these sections of the exam and focus students on developing and sharpening the skills required for that content. Most of the work is within the Pre-Algebra subject matter heading, though mastery of Algebra I concepts and techniques is also required to earn high level scores in these two sections of the exam.
CBEST,

CBEST

I took the CBEST in 1997 as part of my Secondary Education Teaching Credential program. I passed the test and went on to enroll in a master's program in Secondary Education at SFSU. I then taught HS math with a California CTC Emergency Credential. I have recently reinstated my credential for substitute teaching in CA. The exam is fairly straightforward; it is (+/-) comparable to the SAT. By DM (6/29/13)
GRE,

GRE

I've worked extensively with students on the Quantitative portion of the GRE. I'm very familiar with the types of questions that make up the Quantitative portions of the exam, and I can help you evaluate your strengths and areas on which to focus your energy. I will work with you to obtain the best materials to support your studies and help you gain the skills and confidence required to score well on these parts of the exam.
PSAT,

PSAT

For my discussion on tutoring PSAT, please see my qualifications for SAT Math.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I tutor students preparing for diverse exams: ASVAB, ACT, SAT, SSAT, GRE, CAHSEE, GED, etc. My strategy is to work from the best sample test materials available. All of the major standardized exams have materials available which clearly define the subject matter covered. Using these materials students can focus their time and energy efficiently. In most cases, working with these materials quickly highlights strengths and weaknesses. The work then becomes about building skill and confidence over the **entire** subject matter covered on the exam. Often exam preparation/study is done independently (out of a classroom setting) and a tutoring is about providing structure and support to ensure the students make progress and don't falter.
SSAT,

SSAT

For my discussion of tutoring SSAT, please see my qualifications for SAT Math.
GED

Resources

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Great patient tutor

I was having trouble with graphing and writing in slope intercept form. After one session I was able to understand and grasp what he was teaching me. He was patient because it took awhile for me to grasp what he was explaining. Looking forward to next session and learning more!

Andrea, 3 lessons with Duncan

Knowledgeable and thorough tutor

Over the several weeks Duncan has been working with my son on IM1, I have noticed an increase in my son’s confidence as well as test scores. Duncan has not only helped with current math, he has pinpointed certain weaknesses in previous areas of math and has my son working on those as well to help him all around.

Danielle, 9 lessons with Duncan

Knowledgeable and easy to work with

Duncan helped our 14 year old daughter with Integrated Math 1. He was easy for her to talk to, knowledgeable and best of all she came out feeling more confident. We look forward to having another session with Duncan.

Dana, 3 lessons with Duncan

Very Knowledgeable

I was taking Elementary Statistics (math 13) online at Sierra College. The learning style was all online and the lectures were about 20+ years old. I did pretty poorly the first part of the semester and definitely needed a tutor. I worked with Duncan for 13 sessions and he was great! We met and he was willing to go over past sections with me and basically start from scratch half way through the semester. Each session he would explain the concept to me and then go over homework and help me through all my questions, no matter how many times he had to explain the concept over and over again. He was very patient and flexible about scheduling around school. I would highly recommend working with Duncan.

Rachel, 13 lessons with Duncan

Great tutor.

I really liked how Duncan did all of my problems on his own while I did mine on my own. Then he would stop and go over the problem with me. He also encouraged me to get a solid foundation in the basic concepts first before trying to do more advanced problems. If I take my time and work steadily and slowly, I will do fine in precalculus. I hope I can work with him again.

Joe, 1 lesson with Duncan

Very Knowledgeable and Helpful

Duncan is extremely knowledgeable in the math department and he is really good at being patient and bringing it to a level you can understand. He has helped me a lot in actually learning the material.

Kimberly, 6 lessons with Duncan

Knowledgeable and Prompt tutor!

Yesterday was my first tutoring session with Duncan. He is helping me prepare for the GRE. Our first lesson went great! He really showed me what to expect and some suggestions on how to help myself feel a little more at ease about the exam. He is extremely smart with the quantitative section which is great because that is not my strong suit at the moment. We did some practice problems and I noticed that I started catching on with the concepts towards the end of our session. This really showed me that the way he was explaining things to me was clicking. He suggested for me to work on a a few sections of more practice problems on my own and I have already noticed that I knew how to incorporate the concepts he taught me into them! We have already schedule another tutoring session for next week and I can wait to see how much I will progress!

Thalia, 10 lessons with Duncan

Great tutor!!

I'm currently taking business statistics at Sac State and I was struggling to understand the concepts. I had two different tutors but I still wasn't understanding. I finally met with Duncan and he really explained things in a way that I could understand. It's like a light bulb goes on every time he explains the different concepts. I'm very fortunate to work with him!

Jhanae, 5 lessons with Duncan

Great tutor!

Duncan has been a great tutor. I don't think I would survive my statistics class without him. He is able to break down the information in a way that I can understand.

Rachelle, 5 lessons with Duncan

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