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Derek D.

Master Teacher Tutoring on the Side

Master Teacher Tutoring on the Side

$60/hour

About Derek


Bio

I have been an educator since 2005, first in writing centers at the University of Texas, then in middle and high schools up and down the east coast, and now here in the Twin Cities. I have worked in under-served and under-resourced communities as well as with college students and gifted and talented students. I have helped students with various disabilities become successful, and I am supremely confident that I can help you or your child with any challenge whatsoever.

I have taught AP...

I have been an educator since 2005, first in writing centers at the University of Texas, then in middle and high schools up and down the east coast, and now here in the Twin Cities. I have worked in under-served and under-resourced communities as well as with college students and gifted and talented students. I have helped students with various disabilities become successful, and I am supremely confident that I can help you or your child with any challenge whatsoever.

I have taught AP World History for many years and have had students score highly on the exam. I have also taught both modern and ancient world history courses at middle and high school levels.

My specialty is the writing process. Editing, proofreading, making both macro- and line-edits are the skills I have worked hardest to hone in my education and career. I can help with writer's block, ideation, organization, concision, and just about any other thing related to writing.

More than simply academics, I believe tutoring should involve understanding the whole student. I make a real effort to understand the social and emotional components of learning and help alleviate any obstacles you or your student may have between them and success.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you're interested in my services. I am eager to please.


Education

The University of Texas
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Art

Adobe Photoshop

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have performed both scripted and improvisational scenes on stages in the US and abroad. I have a clear understanding of body language, vocal projection, and anxiety reduction techniques to help you succeed. I am also a trained expository writer who can help your organize your thoughts before we even address the speaking engagement directly. This is a passion of mine, and I'd love to help it become one of yours as well.

Computer

Adobe Photoshop

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have performed both scripted and improvisational scenes on stages in the US and abroad. I have a clear understanding of body language, vocal projection, and anxiety reduction techniques to help you succeed. I am also a trained expository writer who can help your organize your thoughts before we even address the speaking engagement directly. This is a passion of mine, and I'd love to help it become one of yours as well.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I was trained by journalists, academics, and teachers during college to help any student with any skill level become a better writer. I've been tutoring writing for over a decade, and it is one of my passions. I have helped hundreds of students with personal statements and moved whole classes multiple points on their college entrance exams (ACT and SAT).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have performed both scripted and improvisational scenes on stages in the US and abroad. I have a clear understanding of body language, vocal projection, and anxiety reduction techniques to help you succeed. I am also a trained expository writer who can help your organize your thoughts before we even address the speaking engagement directly. This is a passion of mine, and I'd love to help it become one of yours as well.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing for 15 years in various contexts. My students have outperformed their peers on nationally-normed exams (ACT, AP Tests, etc.). My students have gotten into Tier 1 colleges and universities. My students have began to see themselves as writers. I am trained in micro and macro editing, journalistic writing, fiction and non-fiction, and legal writing.
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary

History

World History,

World History

I have taught AP World History multiple times in a high school setting with passing rates that outpace the national average. I have helped students who were not skilled readers or writers find success in the course. I studied history in college and have pushed students to think like historians and take their knowledge beyond the classroom walls.
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Studies

Homeschool

English,

English

I was trained by journalists, academics, and teachers during college to help any student with any skill level become a better writer. I've been tutoring writing for over a decade, and it is one of my passions. I have helped hundreds of students with personal statements and moved whole classes multiple points on their college entrance exams (ACT and SAT).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing for 15 years in various contexts. My students have outperformed their peers on nationally-normed exams (ACT, AP Tests, etc.). My students have gotten into Tier 1 colleges and universities. My students have began to see themselves as writers. I am trained in micro and macro editing, journalistic writing, fiction and non-fiction, and legal writing.
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.

Math

Algebra 1, Prealgebra

Most Popular

English,

English

I was trained by journalists, academics, and teachers during college to help any student with any skill level become a better writer. I've been tutoring writing for over a decade, and it is one of my passions. I have helped hundreds of students with personal statements and moved whole classes multiple points on their college entrance exams (ACT and SAT).
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing for 15 years in various contexts. My students have outperformed their peers on nationally-normed exams (ACT, AP Tests, etc.). My students have gotten into Tier 1 colleges and universities. My students have began to see themselves as writers. I am trained in micro and macro editing, journalistic writing, fiction and non-fiction, and legal writing.
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.
Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Science

Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ELL classes in multiple contexts from Houston to Boston to Minneapolis. My students have been native speakers of multiple languages, and I have watched them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening as measured by WIDA scores. I have also helped connect the ideas of language and thought, so that students can blossom linguistically as well as academically.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you are disorganized or confused about how to study effectively, I can help. I was that way myself, but since having a child and starting a charter school, I have removed the chaos in my own life and learned how to put it all together. I have read many self-help books and attended "Together Teacher" workshops to help me distill my principles into practice, and I can help you become a better version of yourself without having to change everything.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught writing for 15 years in various contexts. My students have outperformed their peers on nationally-normed exams (ACT, AP Tests, etc.). My students have gotten into Tier 1 colleges and universities. My students have began to see themselves as writers. I am trained in micro and macro editing, journalistic writing, fiction and non-fiction, and legal writing.
Algebra 1, GED, Reading

Test Preparation

ASVAB,

ASVAB

I have taught the academic portions of the ASVAB for over a decade. I am well versed in the test prep literature and test taking best practices. I personally took the ASVAB and got a perfect score, a $20,000 dollar signing bonus and a military intelligence assignment (full disclosure-I did not accept and am not a veteran).
GED

Examples of Expertise


Derek has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Knowledgeable and communicates well

Derek is very knowledgeable. He has helped my son better understand World History. He goes over the review sheet with my son. Thanks to Derek my son has improved his test scores.

Sonia , 4 lessons with Derek

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Talked about staying on task rather than trying to bulldoze through as many questions as possible and getting frustrated and keeping track of time put into it vs how fast I’m going we’re going to meet when we have a time that works for both of us

Jackson, 15 lessons with Derek

Great Teacher

Derek D. really helped me to understand the concepts and problems of what we were working on and provided me with multiple helpful practice tests to help me get ready for the ASVAB

Liam, 3 lessons with Derek

Excellent maths tutor/ ASVAB

I'm studying for the ASVAB and was looking for a tutor that could break things down to a level where I could understand the material. Derek got straight to the point, identified my weak areas, and developed a plan. He also recommended resources that would help me outside of the tutoring sessions. He was very thorough, and I barely felt the need to interject as he was explaining a concept because he didn't speak above or below my level of understanding. He is also very knowledgeable regarding the layout of the test and focuses specifically on the areas relevant to the test material. I would highly recommend choosing Derek if you need help in Maths/ASVAB material.

Lovee, 11 lessons with Derek

Wonderful and thorough

Derek was thorough with the information and patient while explaining to my daughter. Would definitely recommend. Will be booking future lessons.

Megan , 1 lesson with Derek

Great Tutor

Derek gave me good feedback on my essay. He was helpful in giving me the help I needed to write it.

Gabriela, 1 lesson with Derek

Experienced and knowledgeable tutor

Derek has taught my daughter public speaking for several weeks. He is very experienced in training young kids public speaking skills, and my daughter enjoys his class!

Frank, 4 lessons with Derek

Patient and Compassionate

Derek was amazing. He was very patient with my son. He spoke and taught him at the learning level he needed. He provided excellent prep for his ASVAB exam. I would highly recommend Derek.

Thad, 9 lessons with Derek

Great tutor.

Derek began teaching me the intricacies of slam poetry and helped me learn the process of distinguishing between good and bad poetry. He is a great help and is very eloquent and winsome in his delivery. I look forward to being coached by him.

Robert, 2 lessons with Derek
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$60/hour

Derek D.

$60/hour

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