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Derek W.

Innovative Va Tech BSEE and UVa MBA Grad Specializing in Math

Innovative Va Tech BSEE and UVa MBA Grad Specializing in Math

$40/hour

About Derek


Bio

I absolutely love helping people understand math better. I have been tutoring math since my sophomore year at Virginia Tech--eons ago.

I have been a 'numbers person' all my life. I enjoyed math as a kid. I majored in electrical engineering in college. I enjoyed tutoring college math, engineering, and calculus during my days at Virginia Tech. After graduation, I worked as an engineer for a few years before returning to school. Some of my favorite moments were in helping high school students...

I absolutely love helping people understand math better. I have been tutoring math since my sophomore year at Virginia Tech--eons ago.

I have been a 'numbers person' all my life. I enjoyed math as a kid. I majored in electrical engineering in college. I enjoyed tutoring college math, engineering, and calculus during my days at Virginia Tech. After graduation, I worked as an engineer for a few years before returning to school. Some of my favorite moments were in helping high school students in math and adults prepping for the math portion of professional certification tests. In graduate school, I focused on innovation and product development in high tech industries, requiring a heavy dose of quantitative courses in business, engineering, and math. It was always a pleasure helping classmates figure out tough quantitative and analytical problems. Post MBA, I worked in product development in leading technology companies. While helping create industry-leading and award-winning products, I developed an interest in US student mathematics performance. I began tutoring math more frequently and eventually taught middle school math for a few years.

Currently, I tutor middle school mathematics (math 6, math 7, math 8, pre-algebra), high school mathematics (algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, math analysis, algebra/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus), college prep (SAT math, college placement math test prep), ASVAB math prep, and college math (college math, pre-calculus, calculus).

I have been told that I am great at making the complicated and difficult easy to understand and comprehend. I am irreverent, sarcastic, and wacky. I like to 'torture' my students while making learning fun. However, I insist that my students work independently and exhaust all options before trying to use me as a crutch just because 'I can make it easy'.

Please feel free to contact me to learn more about how I may be able to assist you and to schedule lessons.


Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Electrical Engineering
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
MBA
University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Graduate Coursework

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored central Virginia students in Algebra I since 2006.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have tutored central Virginia students enrolled in Algebra 2 courses since 2010.
Calculus,

Calculus

I began tutoring calculus in 1981. In 1984, I taught calculus workshops to entering Virginia Tech freshman as an undergraduate engineering student to supplement lectures by professors and graduate assistants. I have tutored high school calculus, honors calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I have tutored college Calculus I, Calculus II, and Calculus III. I am currently tutoring Calculus I and Calculus II.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have assisted central Virginia students with Geometry since 2010.
Physics,

Physics

I have assisted students enrolled in college physics courses at John Tyler Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of North Carolina--Greensboro. I have tutored students in high school physics courses, including AP Physics 1 & 2 and AP Physics C.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I began tutoring precalculus in 1981 while at Virginia Tech. I have tutored in-person high school precalculus students in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Richmond/Petersburg/Williamsburg, and Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point areas since 2005. I taught high school precalculus in 2016. I have tutored in-person college precalculus students, at Richard Bland College, John Tyler Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College since 2007. I have tutored online a number of high school and college precalculus students throughout the country since 2015.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have taught SAT Math Prep workshops for Richmond Public School students and I have assisted individual students with SAT Math prep. Currently assisting students prepare for the upcoming SAT.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students prepare for standardized math tests since 2011, including the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored central Virginia students in Algebra I since 2006.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have tutored central Virginia students enrolled in Algebra 2 courses since 2010.
Calculus,

Calculus

I began tutoring calculus in 1981. In 1984, I taught calculus workshops to entering Virginia Tech freshman as an undergraduate engineering student to supplement lectures by professors and graduate assistants. I have tutored high school calculus, honors calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I have tutored college Calculus I, Calculus II, and Calculus III. I am currently tutoring Calculus I and Calculus II.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have assisted central Virginia students with Geometry since 2010.
Physics,

Physics

I have assisted students enrolled in college physics courses at John Tyler Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of North Carolina--Greensboro. I have tutored students in high school physics courses, including AP Physics 1 & 2 and AP Physics C.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I began tutoring precalculus in 1981 while at Virginia Tech. I have tutored in-person high school precalculus students in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Richmond/Petersburg/Williamsburg, and Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point areas since 2005. I taught high school precalculus in 2016. I have tutored in-person college precalculus students, at Richard Bland College, John Tyler Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College since 2007. I have tutored online a number of high school and college precalculus students throughout the country since 2015.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught SAT Math Prep workshops for Richmond Public School students and I have assisted individual students with SAT Math prep. Currently assisting students prepare for the upcoming SAT.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I have been tutoring Trigonometry as a part of Precalculus and Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry courses since 2009.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored central Virginia students in Algebra I since 2006.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have tutored central Virginia students enrolled in Algebra 2 courses since 2010.
Calculus,

Calculus

I began tutoring calculus in 1981. In 1984, I taught calculus workshops to entering Virginia Tech freshman as an undergraduate engineering student to supplement lectures by professors and graduate assistants. I have tutored high school calculus, honors calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I have tutored college Calculus I, Calculus II, and Calculus III. I am currently tutoring Calculus I and Calculus II.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have assisted central Virginia students with Geometry since 2010.
Physics,

Physics

I have assisted students enrolled in college physics courses at John Tyler Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of North Carolina--Greensboro. I have tutored students in high school physics courses, including AP Physics 1 & 2 and AP Physics C.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I began tutoring precalculus in 1981 while at Virginia Tech. I have tutored in-person high school precalculus students in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Richmond/Petersburg/Williamsburg, and Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point areas since 2005. I taught high school precalculus in 2016. I have tutored in-person college precalculus students, at Richard Bland College, John Tyler Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College since 2007. I have tutored online a number of high school and college precalculus students throughout the country since 2015.

Science

Physics

Physics

I have assisted students enrolled in college physics courses at John Tyler Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of North Carolina--Greensboro. I have tutored students in high school physics courses, including AP Physics 1 & 2 and AP Physics C.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored central Virginia students in Algebra I since 2006.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have tutored central Virginia students enrolled in Algebra 2 courses since 2010.
Calculus,

Calculus

I began tutoring calculus in 1981. In 1984, I taught calculus workshops to entering Virginia Tech freshman as an undergraduate engineering student to supplement lectures by professors and graduate assistants. I have tutored high school calculus, honors calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC. I have tutored college Calculus I, Calculus II, and Calculus III. I am currently tutoring Calculus I and Calculus II.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have assisted central Virginia students with Geometry since 2010.
Physics,

Physics

I have assisted students enrolled in college physics courses at John Tyler Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and University of North Carolina--Greensboro. I have tutored students in high school physics courses, including AP Physics 1 & 2 and AP Physics C.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have taught SAT Math Prep workshops for Richmond Public School students and I have assisted individual students with SAT Math prep. Currently assisting students prepare for the upcoming SAT.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students prepare for standardized math tests since 2011, including the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
PSAT,

PSAT

I have been helping students prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT since 2011... I have tutored students in one-on-one and group sessions... Recently I have worked with a number of younger students taking the PSAT, SAT, and ACT for advanced academic programs like the Duke TIP program.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught SAT Math Prep workshops for Richmond Public School students and I have assisted individual students with SAT Math prep. Currently assisting students prepare for the upcoming SAT.
SOL,

SOL

I have taught and tutored SOL subjects since 2006. I have tutored and taught extensively all math SOL subjects. I have also tutored SOL subjects in science, reading, and social studies/history.
SSAT

SSAT

I have experience preparing students for various forms of standardized tests, including the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, PRAXIS I, ASVAB, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, GED, and Virginia SOL.

Examples of Expertise


Derek has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 69 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (225 ratings)
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(202)
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Reviews


First session

This was our first session for our son. Our son was very comfortable and felt the session was very beneficial. Derek found a common denominator quickly to build a relationship upon (baseball), and that was very important as my son will not put forth effort if a relationship does not exist. Very pleased and will schedule regular sessions going forward.

Valerie, 8 lessons with Derek

Very Knowledgable and Extremely Patient Tutor

Derek has been tutoring me in calculus for a few weeks now, and without him I would not be passing this class, much less making an A. He is very knowledgeable in this subject, and he is very patient. He is also very accommodating and tries to work around my schedule as much as possible. If your looking for a tutor, I would highly recommend Derek!

Heather, 19 lessons with Derek

Excellent method!

Derek's approach to Calculus is great. No judgement. Strengthened what was already known and explained in depth with patience what needed reinforcement. EXCELLENT TUTOR!

Tatiana, 2 lessons with Derek

Patient Tutor

Taught Energy and Work for AP Physics C. Helped understand some major aspects of solving equations and help logically figure out the solution to the problem. He helped logically think through the problem set I had to do.

Marie, 2 lessons with Derek

Introduction

My son met with Derek and felt very comfortable. His session was great. We are looking forward to a successful year. My son has used other tutors and always gets discouraged.

Teronda, 16 lessons with Derek

Knows how to work with teens

Derek did a good job with my son who was reluctant to have a tutor at tall. Derek knew how to approach my son and help him see it was up to him, but would be beneficial for him. With the one other tutor my son had, he was very upset. My son was calm after Derek left and could see how this would help him...Thanks, Derek!

Dawn, 2 lessons with Derek

Very knowledgable and friend tutor

Derek is a great, down to earth teacher who is great at taking complex math theory and explaining it in everyday context. I'm working on business math derivatives and logarithemic functions and he made it seem easy. Very helpful!

Joshua, 3 lessons with Derek

Help we didn't we didn't know we needed

Derek in working with my granddaughter helped her identify where she had been making mistakes and increased her understanding of how she needed to apply what she knew to what was being asked.

Meredith, 5 lessons with Derek

Very patient, explains in great detail

Derek is a great tutor. He goes very in depth to make sure you learn the material. He’s very patient, which helps in my case since I struggle with my subject so that helps a great deal.

Ashlyn, 5 lessons with Derek
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Derek W.

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