Innovative Va Tech BSEE and UVa MBA Grad Specializing in Math
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...
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Derek has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 85 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
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Knowledgeable, Professional, and Patient
Derek is a great tutor. We have only positive things to say about him. We are fully committed to his tutoring styles. It was frustrating trying to find a tutor. However, Wyzant solved our dilemma. We were truly blessed to find an academically qualified tutor able to communicate complex mathematical concepts in an easy-to-learn format. Yes, we unequivocally recommend Derek for his knowledge, professionalism, and enthusiasm with all things math. In addition, Derek is flexible and quickly responds to requests for additional tutoring. Derek is always right on time. There has been an almost immediate improvement in course grades. This was a wonderful change in our eyes. Yes, we highly recommend Derek as a professional math tutor! With the positive momentum gained working with Derek, there is no question in our minds that this will be a long-term working relationship. The results say it all. In a nutshell, Derek’s personal style and ability to relate to and communicate effectively, his experience teaching advanced levels of math, his ability to apply math concepts to real world situations, and his flexibility in working around our schedule, are all reasons for which we greatly enjoy working with Derek.
Lady, 20 lessons with DerekTutor responded:Wow! A thank you doesn't seem an adequate response to such a heartfelt compliment and endorsement, but thank you so much! I just do what I do, and that's to try to figure out what works and then communicate what works in a way that's understood. Again, wow and thank you!
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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