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Isaac D.

Former Engineer Specializing in Math Tutoring

Former Engineer Specializing in Math Tutoring

$55/hour

  • 322 hours tutoring

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Hello I'm Isaac. My education background includes a bachelor's in Construction Engineering and master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University. Upon graduation I entered the workforce as a geotechnical engineer and acquired 11.5 years experience which requires high-level math and science.

I believe in order to keep students engaged in math you need to be passionate about it yourself or else they likely won't follow your lead. While some math students learn best by just "following the...

Hello I'm Isaac. My education background includes a bachelor's in Construction Engineering and master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University. Upon graduation I entered the workforce as a geotechnical engineer and acquired 11.5 years experience which requires high-level math and science.

I believe in order to keep students engaged in math you need to be passionate about it yourself or else they likely won't follow your lead. While some math students learn best by just "following the steps" and memorizing an algorithm I also understand some students need to know the answer to the question of "Why do I need to know this?". For those students I attempt to go out of my way to give real life examples of how they would use a particular mathematical principle either in their own lives or how the principle is applied and effects them in an indirect way. My hope is that by doing so they'll be able to appreciate the topic and be able to move forward in engagement. Finally, I'm a believer in the use of manipulatives (games, puzzles), to teach math concepts. This is especially true for those students that are visual learners.

Over the past 4.5 years, I've logged near 700 hours of one-on-one math tutoring experience with 53 students. A majority of these students were in high school having subjects of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. I've also tutored elementary and middle school math.

I do request that if a student's parent desires for me to guide their student through their school assigned homework, it is most helpful for me to have the teacher's assignment prior to my tutoring session so that I can review beforehand. This enables me to prepare accordingly and maximize the time I have with the student during the session. You'll find that I'm easy to get a hold of and I strive for excellent customer service in terms of attitude and response.

One of my greatest pleasures is seeing students overcome their troubles with math. I look forward to working with your student!


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Iowa State University
Construction Engineering
Iowa State University
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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include solving one/two step algebraic equations, graphing and interpreting linear equations, one/two step inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic equations, exponential functions and graphing, radical expressions and equations.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra 2 subjects to a majority of my 50+ students. My students have increased their confidence and improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) graphing functions and linear equations, polynomial and rational expressions, polynomial functions, trigonometry, quadratic functions, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, solving systems of equations, arithmetic/geometrics sequences and series, matrices, and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored single variable calculus subjects to several students. My students have increased confidence as well as improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) limits and continuity, definition of a derivative, solving 1st/2nd order derivatives by power, product, quotient and chain rule, implicit differentiation, mean value theorem, concavity and inflection points, extreme value theorem, solving integrals, using u substitution, Riemann sums, Fundamental Theorem of calculus, and finding volume using disc/washer and cylindrical methods .
Precalculus,

Precalculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored Pre-Calculus subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include complex numbers, rational functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, inverse functions, vectors and matrices, conics, and parametric and polar equations, limits and continuity, and geometric/arithmetic sequences and series .
Geometry, Prealgebra

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Over the past several years I've tutored some of my students in their preparation for their math section in taking the ACT. After working with my students they've gained increased confidence in taking the exam and have improved their test scores in the math section. Topics tutored include pre-algebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra questions; plane geometry and coordinate geometry questions; and trigonometry.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include solving one/two step algebraic equations, graphing and interpreting linear equations, one/two step inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic equations, exponential functions and graphing, radical expressions and equations.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra 2 subjects to a majority of my 50+ students. My students have increased their confidence and improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) graphing functions and linear equations, polynomial and rational expressions, polynomial functions, trigonometry, quadratic functions, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, solving systems of equations, arithmetic/geometrics sequences and series, matrices, and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored single variable calculus subjects to several students. My students have increased confidence as well as improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) limits and continuity, definition of a derivative, solving 1st/2nd order derivatives by power, product, quotient and chain rule, implicit differentiation, mean value theorem, concavity and inflection points, extreme value theorem, solving integrals, using u substitution, Riemann sums, Fundamental Theorem of calculus, and finding volume using disc/washer and cylindrical methods .
Civil Engineering,

Civil Engineering

My responsibilities during my time at 2 geotechnical engineering companies included a variety of field, laboratory and office assignments primarily related to geotechnical engineering, geotechnical analyses, construction and inspection activities, report preparation/review, and proposal preparation/review. I also was responsible for general oversight of staff engineers, geotechnical lab work and footing/earthwork observations. My experience includes soil mechanics, soil testing, subsurface exploration, geo-material stabilization, shallow and foundation analysis, geomorphology, levee investigation, pavement design, site investigation and slope stability. Master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored Pre-Calculus subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include complex numbers, rational functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, inverse functions, vectors and matrices, conics, and parametric and polar equations, limits and continuity, and geometric/arithmetic sequences and series .
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

For the past 5 years I've tutored Trigonometry to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) unit circle, right triangles, Pythagorean theorem, trig identities and equations, sum and difference identities, converting from radians to degrees, inverse trig functions, Law of Cosines/Sines, double angle identities, half angle identities, graphing trig functions and trig function transformations .
Geometry, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include solving one/two step algebraic equations, graphing and interpreting linear equations, one/two step inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic equations, exponential functions and graphing, radical expressions and equations.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra 2 subjects to a majority of my 50+ students. My students have increased their confidence and improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) graphing functions and linear equations, polynomial and rational expressions, polynomial functions, trigonometry, quadratic functions, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, solving systems of equations, arithmetic/geometrics sequences and series, matrices, and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored single variable calculus subjects to several students. My students have increased confidence as well as improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) limits and continuity, definition of a derivative, solving 1st/2nd order derivatives by power, product, quotient and chain rule, implicit differentiation, mean value theorem, concavity and inflection points, extreme value theorem, solving integrals, using u substitution, Riemann sums, Fundamental Theorem of calculus, and finding volume using disc/washer and cylindrical methods .
Precalculus,

Precalculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored Pre-Calculus subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include complex numbers, rational functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, inverse functions, vectors and matrices, conics, and parametric and polar equations, limits and continuity, and geometric/arithmetic sequences and series .
Geometry, Prealgebra

Science

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

My responsibilities during my time at 2 geotechnical engineering companies included a variety of field, laboratory and office assignments primarily related to geotechnical engineering, geotechnical analyses, construction and inspection activities, report preparation/review, and proposal preparation/review. I also was responsible for general oversight of staff engineers, geotechnical lab work and footing/earthwork observations. My experience includes soil mechanics, soil testing, subsurface exploration, geo-material stabilization, shallow and foundation analysis, geomorphology, levee investigation, pavement design, site investigation and slope stability. Master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU).

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra subjects to several students. My students have improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include solving one/two step algebraic equations, graphing and interpreting linear equations, one/two step inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic equations, exponential functions and graphing, radical expressions and equations.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For the past 5 years I've tutored Algebra 2 subjects to a majority of my 50+ students. My students have increased their confidence and improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) graphing functions and linear equations, polynomial and rational expressions, polynomial functions, trigonometry, quadratic functions, inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, solving systems of equations, arithmetic/geometrics sequences and series, matrices, and conic sections.
Calculus,

Calculus

For the past 5 years I've tutored single variable calculus subjects to several students. My students have increased confidence as well as improved grades and test scores as a result of working with them. Topics I've tutored include (but aren't limited to) limits and continuity, definition of a derivative, solving 1st/2nd order derivatives by power, product, quotient and chain rule, implicit differentiation, mean value theorem, concavity and inflection points, extreme value theorem, solving integrals, using u substitution, Riemann sums, Fundamental Theorem of calculus, and finding volume using disc/washer and cylindrical methods .
Geometry

Test Preparation

ACT Math

ACT Math

Over the past several years I've tutored some of my students in their preparation for their math section in taking the ACT. After working with my students they've gained increased confidence in taking the exam and have improved their test scores in the math section. Topics tutored include pre-algebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra questions; plane geometry and coordinate geometry questions; and trigonometry.

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My son likes working with Isaac

My son is 15 years old. Isaac helps him with Algebra 2/Trigonometry. Isaac has good energy to work with teens. We use his help a lot. He gives comprehensive explanations.

Elena, 22 lessons with Isaac

Isaac is the best!

Isaac has tutored my son for years, and has helped him from Algebra 2 through Calculus. Isaac is easy to communicate with, flexible, encouraging, and always in a good mood. He is able to explain topics from multiple perspectives so that students can really understand the material. I would not hesitate to recommend Isaac for a learner of any age.

Rebecca, 147 lessons with Isaac

Great

Great explanation, short to the point and clear! He is patient with me and the questions I ask. He is the best. Thank you.

Ziyad, 3 lessons with Isaac

Great!

Isaac has a knack for finding the exact right words to help me understand what I am learning. If one method doesn't work out, he tries another one. Extremely helpful.

Nicole, 27 lessons with Isaac
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