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Derek L.

Math/CS Tutor Specializing in Algebra and Theory

Math/CS Tutor Specializing in Algebra and Theory

$40/hour

  • 89 hours tutoring

About Derek


Bio

Hi, I'm Derek! I graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a double major in Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics.

My experiences in education outside of Wyzant include the following:
Jan 2021 to present - CEO of math tutoring start up
Jan 2020 to present - instructor, team captain, and assistant center director at Mathnasium
Jan 2020 to present online - tutor on multiple online platforms
Summer 2020 online - taught youth computer science
Summer 2019...

Hi, I'm Derek! I graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a double major in Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics.

My experiences in education outside of Wyzant include the following:
Jan 2021 to present - CEO of math tutoring start up
Jan 2020 to present - instructor, team captain, and assistant center director at Mathnasium
Jan 2020 to present online - tutor on multiple online platforms
Summer 2020 online - taught youth computer science
Summer 2019 Baltimore - taught rising 9th graders math
Summer 2018/2017 NYC - taught rising 9th graders geometry and computer science
Spring 2016 - taught high schoolers how to teach middle schoolers math
2012 to 2014 - tutored in high school at academic center
2012 to 2014 - taught middle school students at summer camps

The best part about tutoring is the opportunity to best serve the student. In a classroom environment, it can be hard to pay attention to every student, but when it comes to tutoring, I can deliver content in the best possible way for the student. My favorite moment is always that "a-ha" moment when the student finally understands the material. As a computer science major, I constantly practice breaking down tasks into smaller pieces, so I try to present material in small chunks as well. I know that this form of task analysis helps students understand material better. With my experiences, I also love to find different ways to teach every skill. Since some students understand material in different ways, I make sure that I have a diverse portfolio of methods to teach a skill to ensure mastery. As always, I love getting to know my students, to first treat them as a person. This strong relationship is a foundation to building mastery in a new skill together.

I look forward to getting to know you, and to help you build a better understanding in any subject. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions or to schedule a lesson!


Education

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
CompSci Eng and Math
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: Cancellations > 24 hrs - no cost; 4-24 hrs - half the cost of the lesson; < 4 hrs - entire cost of the lesson; Rates are subject to change based on availability and subject difficulty.
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

C++,

C++

Most of my courses in undergrad were completed using C++. I have used C++ in the foundational courses on data structures and algorithms. I have also used C++ to create a search engine in a class.
Computer Programming, Java

Corporate Training

C++,

C++

Most of my courses in undergrad were completed using C++. I have used C++ in the foundational courses on data structures and algorithms. I have also used C++ to create a search engine in a class.
Java, Statistics

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Homeschool

Piano,

Piano

I've been playing piano for 17 years. I have also taken the Certificate of Merit exams in California, completing grades 1-10 and advanced I and II. I have also studied music theory and history during those times.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics

Math

Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I have taken a discrete math course in college within the computer science major. I received an A in the course and have also tutored many other students in the contents of that course. I have also taken classes on algorithms, graph theory, combinatorics, and probability, which are all covered in most discrete math courses. I have also gotten A's in most of those courses as well.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Piano,

Piano

I've been playing piano for 17 years. I have also taken the Certificate of Merit exams in California, completing grades 1-10 and advanced I and II. I have also studied music theory and history during those times.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Music

Piano,

Piano

I've been playing piano for 17 years. I have also taken the Certificate of Merit exams in California, completing grades 1-10 and advanced I and II. I have also studied music theory and history during those times.
Music Theory

Summer

Piano,

Piano

I've been playing piano for 17 years. I have also taken the Certificate of Merit exams in California, completing grades 1-10 and advanced I and II. I have also studied music theory and history during those times.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, SAT Math, Statistics

Test Preparation

ACT Math, SAT Math

Examples of Expertise


Derek has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Patient, Accommodating and Brilliant

Derek helped me with a few concepts I was struggling with in Discrete Math. He was approachable, extremely knowledgable on every aspect of discrete math and accommodating- even going as far as looking over my lecture notes before our session even started so he could understand what I need help with. I will definitely be working with Derek again in the future due to how personable and intelligent he is!

James, 1 lesson with Derek

With you every step of the way

Derek is great for explaining things in multiple ways and making sure you understand concepts before moving on. He was quite helpful in Java assignment and I look forward to guidance in the future.

Michael, 10 lessons with Derek

Kind and able to make the complex easy to understand

Derek maintained an upbeat and encouraging coaching-style of teaching. He was able to break down some topics I was really struggling with for my Java class at university until I could understand them. He did not make me feel dumb or like "why can't you get this?". Highly recommend.

Lucie, 18 lessons with Derek

Excellent teacher

excellent , very patient and helped me a lot with fingering and remembering what to play . We worked on the song called “I want you back”

Arthur, 2 lessons with Derek
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