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Derek M.

Specialty in teaching kids (like me) that struggled with math!

Specialty in teaching kids (like me) that struggled with math!

$40/hour

  • 3 hours tutoring

About Derek


Bio

Hi! My name is Derek, & I love teaching. Thank you for supporting me!

Does your student ask for help only to have the teacher tell them to look at their notes? Is online learning anything but? Does your student follow the 'steps' but has no idea WHY they're supposed to be doing what they're doing?

Then I'm the teacher for you.

Too often math teachers know their subject, but don't know how to teach it. They can do all the math without even thinking – and that’s the problem. That's why I...

Hi! My name is Derek, & I love teaching. Thank you for supporting me!

Does your student ask for help only to have the teacher tell them to look at their notes? Is online learning anything but? Does your student follow the 'steps' but has no idea WHY they're supposed to be doing what they're doing?

Then I'm the teacher for you.

Too often math teachers know their subject, but don't know how to teach it. They can do all the math without even thinking – and that’s the problem. That's why I became a math teacher; I've been through what your student is going through, & I said ENOUGH.

I remove all the meaningless memorization, & don't just focus on getting the right answers, but on understanding WHY we're even doing what we're doing! I believe that math is something that should make sense, not a bunch of steps to be blindly followed, & that students are right when they say that traditional mathematics education is boring, useless, & altogether arbitrary. Math doesn't have to feel this way!

When students truly understand, it's not because they've memorized the steps, or drilled the information into their brains; it's when they can make connections & use old information to create new. If the traditional methods of "drill & kill" haven't been working for you, you're not alone. Math is best when it MAKES SENSE. Let me help you find the understanding you've been missing.

Credentials
I have a degree both in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University, & in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and have been teaching K-12 music & high school mathematics both online & in-person in public schools for over 10 years. Recently, I began tutoring with Cignition, a tutoring company specializing in online education, & in the summers I work with K-6 students as an “inclusion companion”, specializing in assisting kids with occupational defiance disorder, autism, & various learning disabilities.


Education

Northern Illinois University
Mathematics

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: Scheduling in advance can reduce the overall cost of lessons, and, as always, the first lesson is 75% off!
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/16/2021

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

Taught AP Calculus at the high school level before ever having a math degree (crazy story!). I then went to two colleges at once in order toaccomplish completing a mathematics education degree in less than two years. In general, there are two things that get kids stuck in Calculus. 1) Algebra HARD. Usually algebra is where things go wrong, and 2) Calculus is the first real class that really requires a conceptual understanding of what you're doing, and not just memorization. Since most math classes prepare you for the latter, not the former, this can be quite the difficulty curve for students. I specialize and emphasize that conceptual understanding so that students will feel confident in what they're doing rather than constantly feeling lost and randomly guessing.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

Taught AP Calculus at the high school level before ever having a math degree (crazy story!). I then went to two colleges at once in order toaccomplish completing a mathematics education degree in less than two years. In general, there are two things that get kids stuck in Calculus. 1) Algebra HARD. Usually algebra is where things go wrong, and 2) Calculus is the first real class that really requires a conceptual understanding of what you're doing, and not just memorization. Since most math classes prepare you for the latter, not the former, this can be quite the difficulty curve for students. I specialize and emphasize that conceptual understanding so that students will feel confident in what they're doing rather than constantly feeling lost and randomly guessing.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

Taught AP Calculus at the high school level before ever having a math degree (crazy story!). I then went to two colleges at once in order toaccomplish completing a mathematics education degree in less than two years. In general, there are two things that get kids stuck in Calculus. 1) Algebra HARD. Usually algebra is where things go wrong, and 2) Calculus is the first real class that really requires a conceptual understanding of what you're doing, and not just memorization. Since most math classes prepare you for the latter, not the former, this can be quite the difficulty curve for students. I specialize and emphasize that conceptual understanding so that students will feel confident in what they're doing rather than constantly feeling lost and randomly guessing.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Music

Drums

Drums

I have marched with the Rosemont Cavaliers Blue Thunder Drumline, toured the Midwest and Canada as a drummer in multiple bands, and have a degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Music Education. I specialize in teaching pop, jazz, latin, orchestral, and marching band techniques for all drums, including drumset.

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

Taught AP Calculus at the high school level before ever having a math degree (crazy story!). I then went to two colleges at once in order toaccomplish completing a mathematics education degree in less than two years. In general, there are two things that get kids stuck in Calculus. 1) Algebra HARD. Usually algebra is where things go wrong, and 2) Calculus is the first real class that really requires a conceptual understanding of what you're doing, and not just memorization. Since most math classes prepare you for the latter, not the former, this can be quite the difficulty curve for students. I specialize and emphasize that conceptual understanding so that students will feel confident in what they're doing rather than constantly feeling lost and randomly guessing.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

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$40/hour

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