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

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

Derek M.
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...

Mathematics

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Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I've taught High School Algebra II for 6 years

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.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I've taught High School Geometry for 5 years

Algebra 1,
Prealgebra
Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I've taught High School Algebra II for 6 years

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.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I've taught High School Geometry for 5 years

Algebra 1,
Prealgebra,
Trigonometry
Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I've taught High School Algebra II for 6 years

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.

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I've taught High School Geometry for 5 years

Algebra 1,
Prealgebra
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.

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

I've taught High School Algebra II for 6 years

Geometry,
#### Geometry

I've taught High School Geometry for 5 years

Algebra 1
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