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Dan J.

Belding, MI

$10/hour

Tutor for Math and Science, Especially Algebra

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/25/17
5.0 average from 44 ratings
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— Gary, Abingdon, MD on 7/14/17

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(Graduated) Michigan State University
Elec. Engr. and Math
(Attended) Michigan State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

(Graduated) Michigan State University (Elec. Engr. and Math)

(Attended) Michigan State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Dan

I tutored all the way up to a senior level linear algebra course at the Michigan State University Math Learning Center for two years. I then applied for and was accepted as an undergraduate trigonometry teaching assistant leading recitation, office hours, and extensive grading with advanced student feedback.

In graduate school, I instructed a senior level lab in analog integrated circuits. My passion is to learn how you learn and show you how enjoyable it really is. Math and science as languages often require translation to enhance student comprehension. I look forward to meeting your needs.

I am personable and open to fundamental questions. I let the student know that in a tutoring session, there will be no belittling of an individual's current level of understanding. I guarantee FERPA privacy, unlike many teachers posting on Facebook to belittle their students.

Send me a message. I'll assess for 15 minutes for free where you're at and ask how far you want to go. Online tutoring is available. I do ask that for face to face tutoring, you make arrangements to get to Belding. The Belding Library is currently the best location.
I tutored all the way up to a senior level linear algebra course at the Michigan State University Math Learning Center for two years. I then applied for and was accepted as an undergraduate trigonometry teaching assistant leading recitation, office hours, and extensive grading with advanced student feedback.

In graduate school, I
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

There is a free 15-20 minute online assessment to acclimate to the online interface. Please contact me within three days of cancelling any lesson, I will work with you.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Belding, MI 48809
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"Great Job!"

- Gary, Abingdon, MD on 7/14/17

"Patient and very nice"

- Taiylar, Chicago Heights, IL on 7/2/17

"Interested in how i learn best"

- Hannah, Clackamas, OR on 6/24/17
Dan replied on 6/28/2017

It's very enjoyable exploring learning styles. There are so many different styles, and many people need sensory integration in order to retain. Some need to hear it, others need to see it, others need to do it, others need to be in the room to take in all the information, some need combinations of many of these things. It took a little trial and error, but I'm very happy to have discovered your best learning style and contribute to your education goals.

"Patient and Intelligent"

- Renee, Los Angeles, CA on 6/3/17
Dan replied on 6/6/2017

I was wondering how you did, Renee. That makes me happy that we were able to communicate and raise you up to the next level. It is the best feeling in the world to raise up others to higher heights. If you ever need another efficient session, you know where to find me.

"Patient tutor"

- Maria, Long Island City, NY on 5/15/17
Dan replied on 5/17/2017

I'm so glad that I could help you both out! I especially enjoyed getting you both to work together!

"Very Knowledgable and practical"

- Larry, Seaside, CA on 5/10/17
Dan replied on 5/25/2017

Larry was a very attentive pupil. We communicated very well. Thank you for the five star review Larry!

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Finite Math,
GED, Geometry,
GRE, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Electrical Engineering,
Elementary Science, Philosophy,
Physical Science,
Physics
Music:
Saxophone
English:
Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB,
GED, GRE, SAT Math
Language:
Writing
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Economics, GRE, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

I led a discussion classroom for Algebra 2 and Trigonometry (a branch of geometry) at Michigan State as an undergraduate. I held office hours to tutor students one on one.

ASVAB

I received a 99/99 on ASVAB in high school. High Officer Aptitude Rating test for a potential Officers Candidate School commission. I don't coach to tests, but I know the general know how needed for success.

Calculus

I successfully raised a high school senior's calculus exam scores from a C range to B+ with one two hour tutoring session. She now has the tools needed to succeed independently.

Chess

I play chess extensively online. I have invented a new 3D version of chess using the same chess board. The sixty-four squares form a square grid of 8x8, but they also form 4 grids of 4x4, adding up to 64 virtual cubes.

In traditional chess, I know the mechanics of setting traps, openings, the primacy of castling, the instances of when it is appropriate to sacrifice the queen or other critical piece for the purpose of setting a trap with a pretended blunder. I have innovative solutions to prevent chess from becoming a programmed computer to retain human ingenuity for the next generation of chess masters.

Differential Equations

I took Honors Ordinary Differential Equations, achieving a 4.0 at Michigan State University. I also took Partial Differential Equations, achieving a 4.0.

In my undergraduate honors level graduate course Linear Systems Theory, a highly theoretical applicable course in ODE systems, I achieved a 3.5

Electrical Engineering

I graduated with a 3.7769/4.0 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineer and Mathematics from Michigan State University in 2008. I was accepted as a research assistant at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory where I performed theoretical control and stability analysis.

My particular expertise is in control systems, especially Linear System Theory.

Finite Math

Finite mathematics is defined is everything before calculus. You cannot do calculus without the preliminaries. I have passed the calculus exam easily, ergo I am fully qualified to tutor the finite mathematics, especially since I tutored and lectured pre-calculus and trigonometry at Michigan State University as an undergraduate teaching assistant.

General Computer

I type 100wpm. I've assembled, repaired, and serviced many Windows computers and local home networks. I am proficient with Microsoft Office.

Geometry

I have used and applied algebraic geometry, trigonometry, classical physics, and I now study rigorous techniques of proof writing in an Archimedes compilation of classical Euclidean geometry.

Linear Algebra

I tutored Linear Algebra proof writing techniques at the MSU Math Learning Center for one year. I was a highly sought after tutor for my ability to translate abstractions into a student's language. I achieved a 4.0 in both introductory Linear Algebra and a senior level course in highly theoretical finite dimensional vector spaces using the seminal text "Linear Algebra Done Right".

MATLAB

I have performed various control systems and electromagnetics calculations, including an electromagnetic impedance matching .m file for my Michigan State University undergraduate EE curriculum. I have used Simulink proficiently for Digital Nonlinear Control in a laboratory setting for inverted pendulum control, and z transform calculations. MATLAB has been particularly useful in my private research into nonlinear induction motor control research.

Microsoft Windows

I have been servicing and updating Microsoft Windows computers since a very young age, going all the way back to Windows 3.1 on the family computer. Often, command line based corrections were necessary to test the ping of a network connection for the legacy systems. I serviced my own Windows 2000 Professional, I've updated my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 without much difficulty. I have proficient in tracking down drivers, changing registry key values when absolutely necessary, defragmentation diagnostics, recovery, and especially recovery of OEM Microsoft Windows installations on family PCs.

Philosophy

I have studied the philosophy of mathematics extensively. This goes all the way back to Plato's Theory of Forms, which connects theory of knowledge, mind, truth, reality, and even aesthetics.

Physical Science

My middle school physical science was sharpened by a Science Olympiad lab, so I do understand 7th grade education and how to prepare for it. I took physics in 10th grade and often helped the seniors. I took honors calculus physics at MSU and did collaborative projects. I can explain any degree of physical science ideas in language you can both understand.

Physics

I took 3 physics courses in algebra based physics in high school. Then I had honors physics mechanics and electromagnetics in college. Tutoring is my passion.

Religion

I continuously study the world's surviving and historical religions in research. My particular interest is the history of religion as it pertains to imperial ambitions. For instance, the Holy Roman Empire for one thousand years makes it very plain that state religion makes imperial ambition realizable. The Caliphate of the Middle Ages centered in Baghdad illustrated this as well.

Beyond the historical aspects, I study the theological aspects, such the Abrahamic concepts of what is logically consistent for a creator to perform. The aspects of supernatural believe versus belief through reason alone as the Deists practiced (such as Thomas Jefferson). The shifting linguistics of the abode of the dead, be they righteous or criminal, is ongoing research.

My specialty is leaning toward the history of religion, particularly Greco-Roman traditions before Christ, Norse and Anglo-Saxon traditions before Christ, and a recent foray into Celtic druidism before Christ.

Chinese folk tradition and Japanese Shinto as they intersect Buddhism and ultimately pre-existing Hinduism is a topic of interest. The shift to monotheism under Persian Empire's Zoroastrianism is also a topic I've explored.

Saxophone

I performed in various field shows for Belding High School as an Eb Alto Saxophonist. I learned most scales, including a chromatic scale and the circle of fifths for transposition. I performed a duet with a rival in fact as we competed for first chair, we modified the field show smartly. I was typically first or second chair throughout high school for my class level. I have instructed my nephew, a new alto saxophonist, in some of the tricks of the trade of playing sax.

Social Studies

Social Studies, or social sciences are of particular interest to me. Geography (measurement of Mother Earth in Greek) as it leads into the study of society was an auto-didactic study of mine from a very early age. I performed in the Geography Bee state finals in 8th grade after taking a simplistic test. I only failed to answer two questions incorrectly on very complex geographic topics intersection with social studies. In high school, I excelled at World History through the ages from ancient Greece to the Roman Empire, Mesoamerican empires, Mongolian intrusions into the Middle East and Russia, modern history of war, etc. I am in the process of sharpening my understanding of psychology as a social science through gender theory on a more rigorous basis.

I have a deep interest in economics as an applied social science for the stabilization of economies through currency alterations. The intersecting psychology, geography, politics, etc. of the economics social science (a social study) is continuing private research.

For Middle School social studies, I can tell you I performed independent research on the rules of order (parliamentary procedure) in 5th grade and studied the history of war extensively. Civil War historical projects on Abraham Lincoln were quite intriguing. I have had numerous study sessions and interactions with classmates for instructive purposes in AP U.S. History, whereupon I achieved a 5/5 score, the only one in the course to do so. I excelled in sifting useful information from extraneous information, and am fully capable of setting up similar exercises for students.

Trigonometry

I led undergraduate classroom discussion and office hours for MTH 116, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus at Michigan State Fall 2006. I excelled at and improved one on one student interactions.

(Graduated) Michigan State University
Elec. Engr. and Math
(Attended) Michigan State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

(Graduated) Michigan State University (Elec. Engr. and Math)

(Attended) Michigan State University (Graduate Coursework)

Great Job!

Dan is simply just an amazing tutor! There is no other way to describe how he has helped my son

— Gary, Abingdon, MD on 7/14/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $10.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

There is a free 15-20 minute online assessment to acclimate to the online interface. Please contact me within three days of cancelling any lesson, I will work with you.

Travel policy

Dan will travel within 10 miles of Belding, MI 48809.