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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

$67/hour

  • 1,347 hours tutoring

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, high school mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math Analysis, Algebra/Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC), college prep (SAT Math, college placement math test prep), and college math (College Math, Precalculus, Calculus 1/Calculus I, Calculus 2/Calculus II).

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

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.
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.

Math

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.
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.

Most Popular

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.
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.

Summer

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.

Examples of Expertise


Derek has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 85 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (361 ratings)
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Reviews


Patient tutor

Derek helped me review calculus and he was very patient and excellent at explaining. He is very funny and made the learning very exciting even when I was getting frustrated at myself, he helped me figure out how to be more confident about my math skills!

Genesis, 1 lesson with Derek

Connects well with our son

So far after 2 lessons Adam has come away understanding a bit more. We are adding an additional day per week to hopefully work on Chemistry a bit too. Can't wait to see how it progresses.

ANGELA, 7 lessons with Derek

great tutor

derek really helped me understand precalculus & was very understanding when i had to cancel one time when i was sick. he helped me cover a lot of material within a short window of time. i liked doing a combo of online and in person lessons. he has a very good approach working with students who are not stem majors or math-minded. he is very easy going and funny which makes the lessons fun. if i had to recommend one tutor to anyone it would be derek!!

Danielle, 13 lessons with Derek

Knowledgeable and patient instructor, the best!

Mr. Derek is the best with precalculus and trig, he helped my daughter with her math to better understand it, I would highly recommend him for precalculus and trig. He also helped my oldest daughter with her college math, he's amazing, very knowledgeable something that is rare with most of the tutors I came across. He is also patient, he wants to make sure the student understands it. He's the best tutor we ever had. We plan to continue using him for my youngest when she starts college.

Sheri, 67 lessons with Derek

Great Tutor!

Derek is a great tutor! My son has been using him for his AP Calculus and Physics class. We have used Derek many times and will continue using his services! My son has his AP exams coming up and I am hopeful he will score very high with Derek's help!

Amanda, 5 lessons with Derek

Review of Derek

Derek is helping me with calculus 2. He knows the topic well and is open to any questions you might have. He is able to explain the ideas behind the math and is more than willing to have you succeed

Jack, 8 lessons with Derek

Enthusiastic thumbs up

When I asked my daughter how her session with Derek went, she replied, "I love him!" A pretty strong endorsement. Derek helped my daughter with a project for her Honors Geometry/Trig class. She commented that he made the lesson fun and wants to use him again next time she needs help with math. Thank you, Derek.

Rhiannon, 4 lessons with Derek

Knowledgeable and very helpful tutor

Derek provided tutoring for my physics class. He’s very good at simplifying concepts and meeting students where they are. Highly recommend!! Derek is flexible in arranging tutoring sessions - a big plus.

Evan, 10 lessons with Derek

Knowledgeable, Friendly, Patient, Flexible

Derek was patient and took all the time needed to help our son understand the complex process of precalculs. He has a great personality and put our son at ease with asking questions. Our son's grade improved by 14 points and a full letter grade. Derek's schedule was always flexible. I highly recommend him.

Shannon, 35 lessons with Derek
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