UC Davis (B.S. Mathematics)
San Francisco State University (SFSU) (Graduate Coursework)
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.
Duncan M. 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
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
In efforts to preserve my GPA, I previously withdrew, twice, from Statistics for Social Sciences due to failing grades. I found WyzAnt and Duncan. With Duncan’s tutoring, I went from two failed attempts to a strong A with a 96% and preservation of my overall GPA.
I am now working with Duncan in the next level of statistics, Statistics for Psychology. I received an A, 93%, for my first homework packet and have the confidence I will close this academic degree with another A, due to Duncan’s soft skills and dedication. He possesses the ability to meet his students in their own communication style that helps them reach understanding. Duncan also possesses the skill of observation, allowing him to pinpoint areas where you are weak to assist in understanding and excelling process.
Duncan is also flexible with scheduling with proper notice, and is very easy to work with. His rates are realistic and reasonable for most, to include college students on their own. I highly recommend Duncan as a great tutor who will assist you in going far in your pursuit of higher education.
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!
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.
Duncan's proficiency in mathematics has helped me grasp precalculus. Having gaps in my knowledge base is difficult, but he has helped fill those in and then expose me to new ways of thinking. Duncan is an exceptional tutor who never disappoints.
Duncan continues to keep Tyler on track and a little more motivated. Thank you very much for your patience and communication. We're hopeful this will make a difference with HS and beyond.
My son found Duncan to be extremely helpful in guiding him to understand a very complex subject (Calculus). He tries to highlight the important concepts and make it fun at the same time. Duncan is extremely talented and loves what he does best.
Our daughter was struggling in her AP Stats class last semester, and attempts to get help with her teacher before and after school were not successful at all. With no tutors available through our school system we turned to WyzAnt, and found Duncan, an upbeat, very positive and knowledgeable tutor. After his first meeting with her, his assessment of our daughter's situation was spot on. Grade recovery was our goal, and that's exactly what he was able to do with her. She went from a very shaky C- to a B.
Duncan was very engaged in conversation with our daughter and made sure she truly understood the work she was doing. My husband and I loved hearing him ask her "why?" and "how did you get that answer?" on multiple occasions. Her confidence went up with each meeting and she was thrilled with her final grade of B in the class. We highly recommend Duncan, and plan to harass him as we approach AP Calculus with the same daughter next year, as well as Integrated Math 3 with our younger one.
Thank you for meeting with us today to discuss the situation with Charles. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter!
Duncan is a great instructor. He confirms objectives, and he listens to the needs and expectations of his clients. He has a pleasant demeanor and sense of humor which makes learning fun. He is clear, patient, and very knowledgeable. It is obvious that he truly cares about helping his students. I highly recommend him.
My daughters first lesson with Duncan went very well. He knows the subject matter (pre-calculus) very well and had no problem with communicating his knowledge. He was great about giving her opportunities to find the answer herself. Looking forward to the next lesson and to improved test scores!
Duncan is a great tutor. I waited until the last minute to get help, but Duncan was able to come to my house on time within a 24 hour notice. He tutored me for two days for my Statistics final. I had a B in the class, and I needed to get a 95% average on my final to get an A in the class. We went over all my old tests and I felt very confident the two days of my final. Duncan knows what he's talking about, and when I wasn't sure of something, he was able to explain it so that I understood it *and* remembered it. I ended up getting an A in the class, which means I did get at least a 95% average on my final. I would definitely recommend Duncan if you need a Statistics tutor :)
My daughter met with Duncan for the first time for help with AP Statistics. Duncan has already made her feel more comfortable and confident with the subject matter. He is a calming influence and his style makes it easy to feel relaxed and open to learning.
I was completely lost in Biostatistics and was getting NO help from my online professor. I thought this class would prevent me from obtaining my PhD that I already worked hard on for a year and a half, but Duncan has been able to help me with all of my homework and I actually am beginning to understand the concepts. He breaks it down in a way that makes it understandable, and he uses everyday analogies so the information makes sense. After a while, I just started to understand the information and was able to tell him which equations we would use and I have only met with him twice so far...I will post another at the end of the tutoring but I would HIGHLY recommend him for anyone serious about learning statistics or anything he tutors. He completely understands the topic so he can explain it in multiple ways until you begin to understand it. He's amazing!
Duncan is helping me with the math portion with the asvab andhe is helping me so much for the test. I am confident I'll ace the asvab with his help. Great tutor
Duncan definitely knows his Statistics! He helped me gain a concept of understanding of Analysis of Variances (ANOVA and MANOVA), along with Linear Regressions. Duncan helped me increase my grade which was very important to me!
Our 5th grader was falling behind on the concepts of fractions, percentages and decimal operations. We started working with Duncan one day a week. He worked with our son to ensure understanding of the weekly concepts and worked on improving his skills that would correlate with his weekly homework. After each session we received a detailed review of our son’s strengths and areas that needed improvement. With each passing week our son’s confidence in Math improved immensely. By the end of school, his final grade for the last trimester was a 3+, out of a 1-4 scale.
Our son’s confidence and abilities grew immensely with Duncan’s support. For that, we are very thankful and would not hesitate to use Duncan again.
We are just getting started. At the beginning of the meeting I was unclear as to what and where to begin. During the initial tutoring session we identified what I knew, and what I would need to know for the final exam. I now have focus areas, a study plan and a goal in place.
Duncan was able to figure out what our son needed in short order and put together a plan that worked to perfection with a quick turnaround of 3 weeks. Lifesaver!
My fist impression of Duncan is that he is intuitively versed in and knows a great deal about mathematics. He has been very helpful in the instruction of my son as he continues to gain a greater sense of Geometry. My son and I are happy to report that he has given some keen insight into how to approach Geometry and helped him to master some of the more difficult concepts when it comes to proofs. We will continue with this tutor and we as excited to see how much further he can push our son.
Duncan is exceptional with his work. As unenthusiastic when it comes to math with my son, Duncan can make it more workable for Him is a tremendous feat. I would not hesitate to recommend Duncan to anyone.
Duncan was very thorough in determining what we were looking for in a tutor - someone to introduce the concepts of calculus prior to taking CalcAB this fall. I particularly appreciated that he asked if my son was "on board" with summer tutoring. In the initial session, he evaluated the current level of my son's math skills, introduced him to new concepts, and helped set some goals. They met once a week during the summer to review the assignment for the previous week, clarify any issues, and move on to new material when deemed appropriate. Although my son hasn't mastered Calculus, he is familiar with the concepts and will enter his class in the fall with confidence. This is exactly what we had hoped for, and Duncan achieved this goal with patience, enthusiasm, and some useful practical advice. Expectations met! Thank you Duncan.
Duncan is a great math tutor. I am studying for the GRE and he broke down the math problems in an easy way that I could understand.
Since my son started working with Duncan, he finally gets the concept of math. Duncan is wonderful in every way. He has also become a mentor to my son in other subjects. My son is actually learning how to study with Duncan's guidance. He has slowed down and his work is organized for the first time. Duncan is a treasure.
I have been tutored by Duncan for a few months now and he has been a great help to me in my college algebra class that I've been taking. He always goes at my own pace and helps me to understand the concepts that I'm having trouble with. He's always able to meet me near my home and is available to meet with me weekly or more often if I need extra help that week. I would recommend Duncan for any math student who wants an approachable, knowledgeable tutor to help them with their math work.
Duncan is a lifesaver. My daughter had given up in her trigonometry class. It's been 30+ years since I've taken any type of math and was never good at it. My daughter's grade was an F. She now has a solid B and has confidence. I would highly recommend Duncan to anyone who has a struggling math student. He was recommended to me by a parent. I am so happy that he was able to help my daughter.
Duncan is doing great helping my daughter. He has helped her understand some of the lessons and the material that she didn't understand. She re-took a test and said she felt really good about the material. Thank you, Duncan.
Duncan was able to get my son to engage in learning high school algebra without spoon feeding him the answers. My son learned during every lesson and was able to apply the material into his classroom assignments. His understanding improved as well as his grades.
Duncan has a way to keep our son's attention to what is being explained. He knows the subject matter. He is also good at dealing with teenagers, he relates to them in a way that makes math not seem a threat to them.
Duncan was very on top of things! He made a huge effort to look over my lab homework prior to our meeting as well as pointing me in the right direction to get additional on-line assistance. If he were unsure of a concept (because this was biostatistics), he admitted that he was unsure and proceeded to look into my book further until it came together. The concepts were explained clearly and I think he will be extremely helpful in guiding me through this difficult course.
His patience, friendly demeanor, and energy were fantastic!
Duncan is great. He listens and thinks very quickly, responding to the situation with agility. My daughter is a great deflector, but he doesn't let her get away with any shenanigans. For instance, after going over Geometry proofs he asked, "Do you get it?" and she said, "Yeah." Most tutors at this point are drawn into her complacency by her smile, but Duncan challenged her to prove that understands the concept by working a problem on her own. I am impressed by anyone who can see past the facade of understanding she props up.
Duncan was great. He was patient and made learning much easier. He explains things in a way that helped me understand. I think the homework helped as we would go over it and this would help both of us figure out where I needed the most help. I would recommend for sure.
Our son has improved significantly thanks to his work with Duncan. We find Duncan to be very effective and flexible. We highly recommend him.
Excellent Tutor. He reviews the material & prepares for each session. My college daughter's grade has improved greatly! And now she can move on herself as she understands the statistics course. Thank you Duncan!
My son Michael and I would like to thank Duncan M. for his help in preparing Michael to take the ASVAB test. Duncan had a great rapport with Michael and was there for him to answer any question while doing homework. Michael received a high enough score to join the Army and we thank Duncan for his time and effort to make Michael's dream come true. He couldn't have done it without Duncan and we would recommend him to anyone.
We had Duncan work with both of our high school kids in math, as they were struggling. He was very patient, organized, and diligent in covering the material needed to help them pass the class. Both kids worked well with him. We will be contacting Duncan in the fall when school resumes to help keep them up to date on math going forward.
Duncan helped our son prepare for a entrance math exam for the WECA Electrical apprentice program which he passed with flying colors. We couldn't have done it without Duncan. Thank you Sir!
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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.
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.
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 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 an undergraduate, I earned A grades throughout the lower division Calculus courses at UC Davis. I also completed the upper-division Advanced Calculus courses with B and B+ grades.
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)
For my discussion of tutoring GRE, please read my SAT Math qualifications.
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.
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.
For my discussion on tutoring PSAT, please see my qualifications for 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.
For my discussion of tutoring SSAT, please see my qualifications for SAT Math.
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... 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.