Over 20 tutoring hours

Dave J.

Grand Rapids, MN


Expert tutor for personal statements, academic essays, stat, and more!

Background check passed as of 2/20/14
5.0 average from 21 ratings
Best Stats Tutor!
— Daniel, Philadelphia, PA on 5/14/14

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About Dave

I'm a former financial analyst and graduate of Harvard College who enjoys tutoring students of all ages. I specialize in admissions essays, academic essays, statistics, and Microsoft Excel, and have over six years' experience teaching in both one-on-one and group formats.

I offer very flexible scheduling and locations. Feel free to shoot me a message if you'd like more information on me, my tutoring style, or my subjects (some further details are in my 'Tutoring Subjects' section).

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to working with you!
I'm a former financial analyst and graduate of Harvard College who enjoys tutoring students of all ages. I specialize in admissions essays, academic essays, statistics, and Microsoft Excel, and have over six Read more

8 hours notice required

Group rates: 2-3 people = $30/person/hr 4 people = $25/person/hr 5+ people = $20/person/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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"Best Stats Tutor!"

- Daniel, Philadelphia, PA on 5/14/14

"Great tutor"

- Lisa, Garden City, NY on 9/21/15

"Smart, knowledgeable, and professional"

- Tomoko, Philadelphia, PA on 6/3/14

"Great Tutor!!!"

- Catrina, Philadelphia, PA on 5/12/14

"Very Knowledgeable"

- Gloria, Merion Station, PA on 4/18/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
ACT Science, Philosophy
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word

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College Counseling

Now more than ever, being chosen out of the hundreds of applications that admissions committee members review requires more than just test scores. An original, well-structured, and articulately written personal statement is the key to standing out.

As a high school senior, I crafted my own successful applications to Harvard and Stanford, and over the last six years as a tutor, I've helped many students create their own successful applications to selective colleges and medical schools.

My involvement in the writing process is tailored to each individual. I can help with everything, from brainstorming to drafting to revising (and re-revising). Or, I can simply offer a final proofread on an already well-polished essay. Whatever the stage of your personal statement, I can help you get it submission-ready.

We can work however you prefer, whether in face-to-face meetings, by exchanging drafts over email, or in any combination.

Choose me as your admissions counseling tutor, and I'll help you uncover your own unique and powerful writing voice, so you can make your most memorable impression and get accepted!

Microsoft Excel

I worked extensively with Microsoft Excel throughout my time in the finance sector (something which also helped me apply my knowledge of statistics to the real world!), so if you need help learning Excel--for the basics up to Monte Carlo financial modeling or as a part of a general business analytics course--get in touch. I am eager to spread the fun of this powerful tool!


If you are looking to make sense of a statistics course, I can help.

I have enjoyed the many hours I've spent making statistics more intuitive for Philadelphia's students, from CCP and UPenn undergrads to SJU and Temple MBAs. (And if your program uses Pearson's online statistics course, I am very familiar with that!)

I especially enjoy teaching stat to groups, so if you and some classmates are all looking for some help, a group session is a fun and cost effective way to go.

Get in touch if stat is giving you trouble, I love to help clarify this easily-confusing (but powerful and rewarding) subject!


I have years of experience brainstorming, outlining, writing, and editing essays on a myriad of academic subjects, from political science to English literature to anthropology, and from the high school to the PhD level.

I truly enjoy assisting with any or all parts of the writing process. Whatever stage you're at, I can help.

We can meet in person, exchange drafts over email, or consult over the phone or Skype--however you work best!

Social Studies


Harvard (Social Studies)

Best Stats Tutor! — I needed Dave's expertise for a statistics course, and he was excellent in every way. He knows the topic well and is able to translate it in a way that made doing the problems so much easier. He was always punctual, very responsive to emails, and he's a very pleasant person to be around. I couldn't have asked for someone better! ...

— Daniel, Philadelphia, PA on 5/14/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Group rates: 2-3 people = $30/person/hr 4 people = $25/person/hr 5+ people = $20/person/hr

Travel policy

Dave will travel within 10 miles of Grand Rapids, MN 55744.