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David A.

Saint Paul, MN

$40/hour

Got Physics, got Math. I can give them to you.

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Great physics tutor!
— Janene, Bettendorf, IA on 2/1/16

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Gustavus Adolphus College
Physics
The College of William & Mary
PhD

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Physics)

The College of William & Mary (PhD)

About David

My experience in education is quite extensive. I have a Ph.D. in physics, working on modifications of the theory that won the Nobel Prize in 2013. Since acquiring my doctorate, I have spent three and a half years teaching at a small liberal arts college. My specialties were physics for pre-meds and Calculus I. The latter to the point that other professors were following my lead. I have also taught upper level courses, and enjoyed the process.

However, my interests aren't limited to just physics and math. History is a particular hobby of mine, particularly the way technological developments both depend on and affect the society they occur in, often in unexpected ways. I have also tutored for quite some time, covering ages from 7 to 40+ and an enormous variety of subjects.

My preferred tutoring style involves questions and discovery. If you have questions, I'll help you discover the answers (or flat-out tell them to you if necessary). If you don't, I'll ask questions until I build up a picture of your current state of knowledge, and how best to build on it. This means that I don't bore you by covering material you are already bored with, and we can get on with learning cool new things.

I look forward to indulging your curiosity.
My experience in education is quite extensive. I have a Ph.D. in physics, working on modifications of the theory that won the Nobel Prize in 2013. Since acquiring my doctorate, I have spent three and a half years teaching at a small liberal arts college. My specialties were physics for Read more

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55116

"Great physics tutor!"

- Janene, Bettendorf, IA on 2/1/16

"Very patient and knowledgeable!"

- Greg, Eldridge, IA on 12/16/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Rick, Davenport, IA on 4/13/15

"Great explanations"

- Kelly, Davenport, IA on 3/22/15

"Great tutor, he is always available for services"

- Sharon, Davenport, IA on 7/23/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Finite Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology
English:
Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
ASVAB,
GED, GRE, SAT Math,
TOEFL
Computer:
Computer Science, General Computer, HTML, Mathematica,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer)
Language:
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading
Business:
Accounting, Finance, GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

Preparation for standardized tests, especially the ACT, is a specialty of mine. I have been tutoring this subject since 2013 with excellent success. Prior to that I was a professor, looking at the results on the other side.

ACT Science

Preparation for standardized tests, especially the ACT, is a specialty of mine. I have been tutoring this subject since 2013 with excellent success. Prior to that I was a professor, looking at the results on the other side.

Algebra 1

I have a Ph.D. in physics and have been employed as both a physics professor and a math professor. In the course of this, I discovered that frequently students were more likely to have problems with the algebra involved than the concepts, resulting in considerable practice tutoring algebra in the course of my normal work. Also, I have been using algebra daily for 20 years.

Algebra 2

While most of my classroom teaching has consisted of physics and calculus, both of these subjects rely very heavily on Algebra 2 concepts. When assisting students, I was frequently working with Algebra 2 as much as I was physics or calculus. This has led to excellent outcomes when I tutor the subject directly.

ASVAB

Standardized tests, such as the ASVAB, are a specialty of mine, and so far all of my students have succeeded in meeting their goals.

Calculus

I have a Ph.D. in Physics. Isaac Newton invented calculus to make physics easier. One side effect of this is that I have taught more calculus classes, including ten sections of the introductory class, than any other subject.

Chemistry

The aspects of Chemistry which, in my experience, students need help with are basically mathematics with a bit of physics thrown in. I have been very successful helping several students in this subject to date.

Differential Equations

I taught this course while I was a visiting professor at Albion College. Furthermore, I also taught a math methods for physics majors course which had a heavy emphasis on this subject.
My background in the subject includes not merely teaching it, but applying it daily. I have a Ph.D. in physics, you see. This is a subject that mathematicians do some proofs on and then move on; physicists apply this in our daily work.

Discrete Math

Again, I am a Ph.D. in physics, specializing in quantum mechanics which makes great use of these concepts. Furthermore, I have been employed for two years as a professor in a Math and Computer Science department. In this time, I had students in a discrete math class come to me for help, because they preferred my explanations to those of the professor teaching the class.

Finite Math

I am a Ph.D. in physics, specializing in quantum mechanics which makes great use of these concepts. Furthermore, I have been employed for two years as a professor in a Math and Computer Science department. In this time, I had students in a discrete math class (which is basically another name for the same thing) come to me for help, because they preferred my explanations to those of the professor teaching the class.

Mathematica

I used Mathematica as an undergrad. I went on to get a Ph.D. in high energy physics, which makes great use of the concepts that Mathematica was developed to demonstrate. As a college professor, I used this program as the lab portion of a combined differential equations/linear algebra course.

Microsoft Excel

I have set up a grading spreadsheet which not only adds labs, homework, and tests in the appropriate percentages, but was able to test whether to drop the lowest test and replace its percentage with the final exam percentage.

Networking (Computer)

I have set up my own home computer networks involving half-a-dozen machines, using both wireless and wired connections. I have also assisted with setting up laptops for the registration system at a convention with thousands of people attending.

Furthermore, I've had to try to explain this to my mother, who proudly admits to not being technically inclined.

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in the subject. My teaching experience includes nine 100-level lab classes and two lecture courses of introductory physics for Pre-Meds, plus more advanced classes.

SAT Math

Preparation for standardized tests, especially the SAT, is a specialty of mine. I have been tutoring this subject since 2013 with excellent success. Prior to that I was a professor, looking at the results on the other side.

Statistics

We use statistics a great deal in physics to ensure that we are correctly interpreting and reporting the experimental results, which is why I taught it as a professor. I have also tutored statistics directly, with good success.

Gustavus Adolphus College
Physics
The College of William & Mary
PhD

Education

Gustavus Adolphus College (Physics)

The College of William & Mary (PhD)

Great physics tutor! — David did a wonderful job with my son. I highly recommend him. If we ever need another tutoring session, he is the one I will seek out. Thank you so much! ...

— Janene, Bettendorf, IA on 2/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 20 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55116.