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David F.

Princeton Math Degree, Experience Tutoring Math

Princeton Math Degree, Experience Tutoring Math

$80/hour

  • 23 hours tutoring

About David


Bio

Since discovering my love for math in middle school, I have been passionate about helping others understand and appreciate it too. In high school, I was an officer of Math Team and Physics Club and pursued research with a professor, co-authoring a published paper. After graduating with a 4.0 GPA and 1600 on the SAT, I matriculated at Princeton (an Ivy-League school) to study math. I spent two summers doing research with math professors and the other two tutoring math at a Horizons summer...

Since discovering my love for math in middle school, I have been passionate about helping others understand and appreciate it too. In high school, I was an officer of Math Team and Physics Club and pursued research with a professor, co-authoring a published paper. After graduating with a 4.0 GPA and 1600 on the SAT, I matriculated at Princeton (an Ivy-League school) to study math. I spent two summers doing research with math professors and the other two tutoring math at a Horizons summer school. I also worked for three years as a TA for Princeton's freshman real analysis/linear algebra sequence and as a volunteer tutor with a student-run community outreach org. During senior year, I began Princeton's Teacher Prep Program. After completing my math degree with a 3.8 GPA, I planned to finish that program and become a high school teacher, but I realized that going pro as a tutor would feature more of the one-on-one math conversations that I see as my greatest strength.

I work with all levels of high-schoolers and college students but am also happy to work with advanced middle-schoolers. Whatever one's math goal is, it is essential to learn to develop strategies for unfamiliar problems on the fly rather than relying on memorizing precise procedures. To do this, you'll need to not only practice solving many different kinds of problems but also practice reflecting on your strategies. That reflection process is the main thing a tutor can help you with, by using their experience to constructively criticize your strategies and by reminding you to ask the right metacognitive questions at the right times during your problem-solving until that becomes a habit.

If this philosophy sounds cool to you, please reach out with any questions. If your schedule doesn't align with my official one, I can be flexible. I currently prefer online lessons due to the pandemic, but if that does not work for you, I may be able to do in-person depending on your location and vaccination status.


Education

Princeton University
Mathematics

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: I may raise my posted rate as I get more clients, but my existing clients will always be able to stay at their original rate, because surprise rate changes sound kind of mean.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/21/2021

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Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I scored 100 on the NYS Algebra 1 Regents back in 8th grade, and I used algebra in every STEM course thereafter, up to my senior thesis. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Many of the concepts first encountered in Algebra 2 -- transformations of functions, advanced trig, and polynomial division, for instance-- appear frequently in more advanced STEM courses. This was certainly the case for my undergrad curriculum at Princeton. Using that experience, I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions at the Algebra 2 level and master the material sufficiently to be able to retain it for use in later courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

Having TAd the Princeton linear algebra and multivariable calculus sequence for three years, I have experience bridging the gap between a student's current intuition and whatever calculus concept they desire to understand. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions, so that you can both succeed on the AP and be prepared to use your skills in future STEM courses.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is often the math course in which formal proofs are introduced. Working with proofs requires fundamentally different skills from the algorithms one uses in arithmetic or algebra. Having completed Princeton's proof-based math curriculum, I can help you hone your ability to tell a valid argument from a bogus one and learn to quickly identify which information in a diagram can allow you to complete the argument you want.
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Having earned a 35 on the ACT math section and 800 on the SAT math section, I know how to approach the questions on these tests, and I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I scored 100 on the NYS Algebra 1 Regents back in 8th grade, and I used algebra in every STEM course thereafter, up to my senior thesis. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Many of the concepts first encountered in Algebra 2 -- transformations of functions, advanced trig, and polynomial division, for instance-- appear frequently in more advanced STEM courses. This was certainly the case for my undergrad curriculum at Princeton. Using that experience, I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions at the Algebra 2 level and master the material sufficiently to be able to retain it for use in later courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

Having TAd the Princeton linear algebra and multivariable calculus sequence for three years, I have experience bridging the gap between a student's current intuition and whatever calculus concept they desire to understand. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions, so that you can both succeed on the AP and be prepared to use your skills in future STEM courses.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

I began taking proof-based courses in high school, eventually taking courses at Princeton in discrete fields such as algorithms, computational complexity, combinatorics, probability, algebra, and topology. In addition, I did research in discrete math (combinatorics and discrete probability) for two summers, wrote a junior paper on coding theory, and wrote a senior thesis on discrete probability. I also tutored for three years the advanced freshman sequence in the math department, which in addition to linear algebra and multivariable calculus, included substantial elements of algebra and topology.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is often the math course in which formal proofs are introduced. Working with proofs requires fundamentally different skills from the algorithms one uses in arithmetic or algebra. Having completed Princeton's proof-based math curriculum, I can help you hone your ability to tell a valid argument from a bogus one and learn to quickly identify which information in a diagram can allow you to complete the argument you want.
Probability,

Probability

I took two courses on probability at Princeton and wrote a senior thesis in the field. I also took philosophy of probability and can help give intuition for some counterintuitive theorems.
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I scored 100 on the NYS Algebra 1 Regents back in 8th grade, and I used algebra in every STEM course thereafter, up to my senior thesis. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Many of the concepts first encountered in Algebra 2 -- transformations of functions, advanced trig, and polynomial division, for instance-- appear frequently in more advanced STEM courses. This was certainly the case for my undergrad curriculum at Princeton. Using that experience, I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions at the Algebra 2 level and master the material sufficiently to be able to retain it for use in later courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

Having TAd the Princeton linear algebra and multivariable calculus sequence for three years, I have experience bridging the gap between a student's current intuition and whatever calculus concept they desire to understand. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions, so that you can both succeed on the AP and be prepared to use your skills in future STEM courses.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is often the math course in which formal proofs are introduced. Working with proofs requires fundamentally different skills from the algorithms one uses in arithmetic or algebra. Having completed Princeton's proof-based math curriculum, I can help you hone your ability to tell a valid argument from a bogus one and learn to quickly identify which information in a diagram can allow you to complete the argument you want.
Prealgebra, Precalculus

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I scored 100 on the NYS Algebra 1 Regents back in 8th grade, and I used algebra in every STEM course thereafter, up to my senior thesis. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Many of the concepts first encountered in Algebra 2 -- transformations of functions, advanced trig, and polynomial division, for instance-- appear frequently in more advanced STEM courses. This was certainly the case for my undergrad curriculum at Princeton. Using that experience, I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions at the Algebra 2 level and master the material sufficiently to be able to retain it for use in later courses.
Calculus,

Calculus

Having TAd the Princeton linear algebra and multivariable calculus sequence for three years, I have experience bridging the gap between a student's current intuition and whatever calculus concept they desire to understand. I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions, so that you can both succeed on the AP and be prepared to use your skills in future STEM courses.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry is often the math course in which formal proofs are introduced. Working with proofs requires fundamentally different skills from the algorithms one uses in arithmetic or algebra. Having completed Princeton's proof-based math curriculum, I can help you hone your ability to tell a valid argument from a bogus one and learn to quickly identify which information in a diagram can allow you to complete the argument you want.
SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Having earned a 35 on the ACT math section and 800 on the SAT math section, I know how to approach the questions on these tests, and I will share strategies to help you tackle both familiar and unfamiliar kinds of questions.
SAT Math

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