David U.

Dave the Math Tutor

Dave the Math Tutor


  • 1,038 hours tutoring

  • Land Park Sacramento, CA 95818

About David


My name is David U., but many just know me as Dave the Math Tutor. I've been a professional math tutor for over 30 years, and I can help you make sense of anything mathematical, from elementary arithmetic to pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, statistics, probability, number theory, and more, including test prep for tests like the ACT, SAT, CBEST, CSET, GMAT, and GRE. With me you can learn to master the basics, then...

My name is David U., but many just know me as Dave the Math Tutor. I've been a professional math tutor for over 30 years, and I can help you make sense of anything mathematical, from elementary arithmetic to pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, statistics, probability, number theory, and more, including test prep for tests like the ACT, SAT, CBEST, CSET, GMAT, and GRE. With me you can learn to master the basics, then bump your grade up a notch by learning the shortcuts to take, the pitfalls to avoid, and the special tricks that can make your work quicker, easier, and less prone to error.

I have a B.A. in Math and a wealth of experience working with students of all ages and levels. My students often tell me they appreciate my broad knowledge, my enthusiasm and love of math, my clear and straightforward explanations of mathematical concepts, and my patience and good humor. I'm available days, evenings, and weekends, and I'd love to help you master math.

My rates are reasonable but not low; you can easily find cheaper math tutors. Finding a better tutor, though, would not be so easy! So when quality is more of an issue than price, get in touch with me and find out just how helpful a top-notch tutor can be. I look forward to working with you.


California State Univ Sacramento


  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: My listed rate of $40/hour assumes that you will travel to me (near Sac City College). If you prefer I can travel to you, anywhere within Sacramento and nearby suburbs; the rate for that is $50/hour.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Sacramento, CA 95818
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/28/2017

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General Computer

Corporate Training

General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading, Statistics

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary


Grammar, Proofreading, Vocabulary


Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics


Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I look at differential equations as a game, and that's how I teach it: This is the objective, these are the rules, here are some helpful tricks you can use. This approach certainly worked well for me in my own studies; when I took a course in differential equations on my way to earning the degree I hold (a B.A. in Math), I understood the material so well that I scored 100% on every exam, including the final. Likewise this way of looking at differential equations seems to have worked well for the dozens of differential equations students I have tutored over the past 25 years. A good many of them have enjoyed excellent outcomes, mastering the material well and achieving high grades in their courses. It worked for them, and it can work for you too. Treating differential equations as a game makes it fun and easy!
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

Discrete math includes topics such as summation with sigma notation, mathematical induction (both weak and strong), combinatorics, and graph theory. These are all subjects I have studied extensively in a variety of settings: in courses I took on the way to receiving my bachelor's degree in math, in my work over the past 30+ years tutoring students who were dealing with these topics in their courses, and privately just for my own pleasure. I have already enjoyed considerable success tutoring these topics outside the WyzAnt system, and I am eminently qualified to pursue these topics with WyzAnt students as well.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

A linear algebra course typically begins by considering matrices as a tool for solving systems of linear equations, which is a fairly mechanical process, and then progresses to the very abstract realm of vector spaces, in which a "vector" need not involve numbers at all, and "addition" and "multiplication" may be defined as something completely different from the familiar arithmetic operations we've used all our lives. Working with this latter type of problem requires thinking outside the box. That's something I'm good at, which is why I was able to sail through the three Linear Algebra courses I took on the way to obtaining my B.A. in Math, earning A's in all three of them. I've had a good deal of success as well in helping my own Linear Algebra students master these skills, during the 25 years or so that I've included that subject in my work as a professional math tutor. Both aspects of Linear Algebra, the more mechanical operations and the more abstract problems, are important. Both by my academic training and through my accumulated experience as a tutor, I am well qualified to help students achieve mastery in this fascinating yet sometimes challenging subject.


I have been a professional math tutor for more than 30 years, and in that time I have tutored a number of students in the area of Symbolic Logic; currently I am in the process of writing an Introduction to Symbolic Logic. Logic has always come very naturally to me; I began studying it when I was 12 years old (which was a long time ago!). In the course of pursuing my bachelor's degree in Mathematics, I took (and earned A's in) two separate courses in Logic, one offered by the Math department and the other by the Philosophy department. Some of the topics covered in those courses were: Logical statements and truth values; negation; conjunction, disjunction, and implication; truth tables; De Morgan's Laws; syllogisms; conditional statements and the inverse, converse, and contrapositive; proof by contradiction (a/k/a indirect proof, reductio ad absurdum); logical equivalence and the biconditional; proof via truth tables; tautology; contradiction; and paradox (including the Liar Paradox and Russell's Paradox). I am well qualified to teach all these topics, and more.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics


Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, GED, Geometry, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation



The CBEST is an exam that's not very difficult. The math it requires is mostly just standard algebra and geometry. Any decent math tutor is sufficiently knowledgeable to tutor for this test. In my case, I have 30 years of experience in tutoring not only algebra and geometry, but also trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, statistics, number theory, and more. I have also tutored specifically for the CBEST on a number of occasions. I am highly qualified to tutor students needing help in preparing for the CBEST exam.


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Ratings and Reviews


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Friendly and Knowledgeable Tutor

My son said David was great. Very patient and explained things very well. He is flexible in either meeting somewhere or coming to our house, which is definitely a plus. Definitely will continue to use.

Robert, 2 lessons with David

Encouraging and Patient

Even though I've only been one session, David has already started to revive the confidence that I once had when it came to math. Math used to be my strong suit but in the last couple years it became a real anxiety for me, as I know it is for many. David was so encouraging and kind, and I felt very safe in our session. I am looking forward to continue working with him. I would definitely recommend him to someone feeling anxious and unable when it comes to math!

Nicole, 7 lessons with David

Great Calculus Tutor

David did a great job in explaining concepts and problems that I was struggling on before I had our first lesson. He is very patient, and is really good at breaking things down so that you end up owning it. I'm excited to keep working with him to achieve that A that I'm shooting for this semester!

Sylvia, 5 lessons with David

Personable, kind, patient, flexible, and knowledgeable!

David helped me prepare for some homework and an exam on arithmetic and geometric sequences, summation notation, and binomial theorem. I felt much more confident in these topics after our session! Highly recommend!

Jennifer, 1 lesson with David


David is remarkably knowledgeable and patient. He provided same day tutoring for my 14 year old with pre-calculus. My son took to David's methods immediately and was actually smiling doing his math, which has not been the case for sometime. We look forward to future sessions!

Sis, 5 lessons with David


"Mom, David is a math genius".that's what my daughter said to me.Thank you David for tutoring my daughter.We are super lucky to find you.

Vananh, 12 lessons with David

Awesome, Smart, and patient

David really took the time to understand my questions and problems. He taught me in a way that I could understand and tried not to complicate things. I highly recommend him.

Kyle, 1 lesson with David

It is worth every penny and more.

I am Miguel's Father. After the first meeting I noticed a big confidence change in Miguel, Miguel had taken calculus 1 before and got a D and he repeated the class this semester in the first test he got a C, after that is when he started getting tutored by David, next test he got a B and the 3rd test he got an A, Miguel met with David the day before finals to study so we're still waiting for final results. I met David that day and saw how he tutors, I like how calm and patient he is and how he knows his stuff he was not trying to figure out how to do the problems. Miguel will take calculus 2 in the Spring and he says he will see David whenever he needs help.

Miguel, 28 lessons with David

Great instruction

He has been able to check my son's foundational knowledge in algebra 1 and 2. His ability to observe, question, and challenge my son's knowledge/skill is apparent and invaluable in giving my son instructions that improve his capabilities. We will definitely continue to hire Dave in the future.

Valerie, 7 lessons with David
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