Search

Daniel S.

White Plains, NY

$125/hour

SAT/ACT, Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus Specialist

800+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/30/17
4.9 average from 243 ratings
Great tutor-- dedicated, knowledgeable and responsive.
— Mary, Yonkers, NY on 6/8/15

$125/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Daniel will reply soon.

Response time: 47 minutes

Contact Daniel

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics,Applied Math

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Physics,Applied Math)

About Daniel

Life is short! Make learning fun to keep your student interested! Competition for collegiate placement is at an all time high. Don't let your student slip on an important subject due to lackluster education. Invest in your student with additional structural support in the most competitive areas to improve position. I am a 2010 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alum who has been tutoring since the age of fourteen. I have tutored for the US Navy, but I haven't yet tutored for YOU! Life is short! Make learning fun to keep your student interested! Competition for collegiate placement is at an all time high. Don't let your student slip on an important subject due to lackluster education. Invest in your student with additional structural support in the most competitive areas to improve position. I am a 2010 Rensselaer Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

If you cancel within 24 hours of start time, an $80 fee will be assessed. If “no call no show,” I will call and wait 20 minutes. If the student is still not present, the entire tutorial is due.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of White Plains, NY 10601
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor-- dedicated, knowledgeable and responsive."

- Mary, Yonkers, NY on 6/8/15
Daniel replied on 6/8/2015

I am thrilled that your son felt such an immediate relief after our first tutorial. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence and your acclaim!

"Very knowledgeable and encouraging tutor"

- Sarah, Greenwich, CT on 2/9/17
Daniel replied on 2/13/2017

Thank you for the lovely feedback! It's a pleasure working with you both and your daughter has already improved substantially. See you soon!

"Extraordinary! Calculus Genius! Gifted Teacher! Very Responsive!"

- Betty, White Plains, NY on 8/8/16
Daniel replied on 8/16/2016

Oh my goodness, Thank you for the amazing feedback! Your son is a very gifted student and picked up material quickly and effectively to have succeeded so thoroughly, congratulations!

"Highly knowledgeable and personable tutor!"

- Elyse, Pleasantville, NY on 1/3/16
Daniel replied on 1/5/2016

Thank you very much for your appreciable review! It's a pleasure working with your student.

"Excellent teacher"

- Maria, Chappaqua, NY on 2/25/15
Daniel replied on 3/3/2015

I am VERY impressed with Danielle's improvement in her AP Physics class. I am so grateful to you for your review of our tutorials together. It's in moments like this that I feel fulfilled. Thank you for allowing me to help Danielle with this opportunity.

"FABULOUS Tutor!"

- Deborah, Ardsley, NY on 10/22/14
Daniel replied on 10/23/2014

Thank you so much for your review! Your son worked diligently and I'm very proud of him for improving his score so drastically. Thank you in advance for your recommendations!

"Awesome!"

- Margaret, Spring Valley, NY on 10/14/14
Daniel replied on 10/16/2014

Thank you for your feedback! I truly enjoy working with your grandson, and he IS a capable learner. You just made my day.

"Highly Effective"

- Julie, New Rochelle, NY on 7/9/14
Daniel replied on 7/9/2014

I'm elated that your son scored one of the highest grades in his cohort! He is a dedicated and caring student. Thank you very much for your review; I'm very grateful for it.

"Committed tutor, outstanding results"

- Francisco, Hastings On Hudson, NY on 6/28/14
Daniel replied on 6/28/2014

I am thrilled with your daughter's performance and dedication. I am proud that your daughter is committed to continue her excellent work in math and science. It is a pleasure working with her. Thank you for your compliment, it makes me feel fantastic.

"Amazing tutor!!"

- Emily, Irvington, NY on 3/29/14
Daniel replied on 3/30/2014

Thank you so much Emily for your fantastic review. I'm very glad your son has achieved so much. It is a pleasure working with him.

"Great tutor"

- Eugene, Nyack, NY on 1/30/14
Daniel replied on 1/31/2014

I'm so glad you and your daughter are pleased with our tutorials. Thank you for your honest feedback, it makes me feel wonderful.

"Knowledgable and easy to work with"

- Serena, Croton On Hudson, NY on 1/24/14
Daniel replied on 2/24/2014

Thank you very much for the excellent review! I'm so glad that your daughter felt that our tutorials were helpful. I'm looking forward to working with her again.

"Great tutor - amazing improvement!"

- Susan, Woodcliff Lake, NJ on 1/14/14
Daniel replied on 1/15/2014

Thank you for the glowing review. I'm thrilled with your daughter's progress and I'm very proud of her. It is a pleasure working with her.

"Very helpful!"

- Shah, Westwood, NJ on 12/25/13
Daniel replied on 12/30/2013

Thank you so much for your thoughtful, candid feedback. I am truly pleased that you felt we were a good match. It was a pleasure working with you and your daughter. Thanks again.

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Common Core,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Chemistry,
Elementary Science, Physics,
PSAT
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
Common Core,
COOP/HSPT, GED, ISEE,
PSAT, Regents, SAT Math,
TAKS
Special Needs:
Common Core,
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary Math, Elementary Science

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

The ACT English section is arguably the section able to be improved the most on the ACT. Its questions are comprised of basic usage including comma usage, compound sentence punctuation, subject-verb agreement, and possession rules as well as stylistic rules such as the rhetorical purpose of a passage, paragraph, sentence, or transition word.

I teach your student the critical rules of usage necessary for the ACT and specific strategies for tacking rhetorical questions raised by the exam. Once a student has mastered these topics, there is very little keeping them from scoring very well on this first of the "big four" sections of the ACT.

Each student is given a binder which will archive all of the exams taken and catalog the errors they've made with specific notes about the topic like "comma usage" or "rhetoric of a transition word" instead of broad generalizations made by many other tutoring companies. Lessons are given on the topics with which they struggle most and additional assignments are provided to ensure they retain and can use the information they've been given. Their progress can be tracked over time, and their score progression can be a very rewarding sign of their progress!

ACT Math

The ACT math section is a broad-ranging examination and includes topics from Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, and a small bit of Pre-Calculus. Though answering sixty questions in sixty minutes sounds like a daunting task, time can be managed more effectively on the ACT because of the test's ability to be manipulated, or "hacked."

All diagrams on the ACT are drawn to scale, a calculator is allowed throughout the entire section, and all questions are multiple choice. For many of the questions it is possible (and even more efficient) to get the question correct using a particular technique rather than doing the problem in a pure mathematical way. I have extensive experience in teaching both the strategy of this section and the pure math for those students who are looking to score exceptionally.

Each student is given a binder which will archive all of the exams taken and catalog the errors they've made with specific notes about the topic like "direct variation" or "circle geometry" instead of broad generalizations made by many other tutoring companies. Lessons are given on the topics with which they struggle most and additional assignments are provided to ensure they retain and can use the information they've been given. Their progress can be tracked over time, and their score progression can be a very rewarding sign of their progress!

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section consists of four passages, three of which can be effectively skimmed for content. I teach your student how to ask "SO WHAT?" while reading which will allow them to quickly and reliably determine the author's message. I also show them how to abuse the author's punctuation to get a faster sense of the purpose of a paragraph. When they read in this manner, they are more prepared to answer the questions and spend less time searching for the necessary information.

Each student is given a binder which will archive all of the exams taken and catalog the errors they've made with specific notes about the topic like "primary purpose" or "rhetorical goal of a paragraph" instead of broad generalizations made by many other tutoring companies. Lessons are given on the topics with which they struggle most and additional assignments are provided to ensure they retain and can use the information they've been given. Their progress can be tracked over time, and their score progression can be a very rewarding sign of their progress!

ACT Science

The ACT Science section can seem very scary to those unfamiliar with the ACT because a the highly recognizable name brand SAT contains no science section. Though the science section on the ACT contains higher level science than what is classically taught in high school, this section turns out to be very manageable.

I encourage students to keep six things in mind while they read one of the seven passages in the science section:

What are the independent variables?
What are the dependent variables?
What are the controlled variables?
Is there a control group?
Were any assumptions made during the design of the experiment?
What do the different experiments have to do with one another?

By attempting to answer these questions during the student's reading time, they come to understand the experiment in greater detail and are well prepared for the questions at the end of each group of six questions or so.

Each student is given a binder which will archive all of the exams taken and catalog the errors they've made with specific notes about the topic like "table reading - read between the lines" or "identify the assumption" instead of broad generalizations made by many other tutoring companies. Lessons are given on the topics with which they struggle most and additional assignments are provided to ensure they retain and can use the information they've been given. Their progress can be tracked over time, and their score progression can be a very rewarding sign of their progress!

Algebra 1

Algebra I is a very important subject to learn well, as future success in Math hinges upon it. Many students become disinterested in math as a subject due to Algebra I, second only to Algebra II. It is critical to have a solid understanding of Algebra I if any type of math is in your future.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is a critical junction in high school that unfortunately many students struggle with. It is the number one math class that gets students off of the math train. I've scored a 780 on the Math portion of the SATs, which is very heavy on Algebra II and Trigonometry.

Calculus

My degree is in Applied Mathematics and Physics and I've taken courses in Calculus I, II, Multivariable Calc and Advanced Calc. I've tutored calculus for collegiate students and for the US Navy. Please consider me as a very serious candidate for this opportunity.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the first mathematics based science students are exposed to and can either make a student passionate about math and science or extinguish their flame for it. I had two wonderful Chemistry teachers in high school and I can convey that same enthusiasm to you.

Common Core

Politics aside, Common Core is now the accepted curriculum in the State of New York. The transition has involved significant changes to high school Algebra I, Algebra II & Trigonometry, and Geometry courses.

Algebra I students are expected to be able to explain facets of their equations like the slope and y-intercept of a line in the context of a problem.

Algebra II / Trigonometry students face major changes including a more rigorous introduction to statistics including discussions about sample means, which many students find especially confusing.

Geometry students face more elaborate word questions and vocabulary.

I have experience teaching many students over several years in both the previous New York Regents curriculum and the new Common Core standards and I can help explain topics that are not always well understood (be it by the teacher or the student).

Differential Equations

I took Differential Equations I in college, as well as partial differential equations, and how to model differential equations in C.

Differential equations aren't so much unlike normal calculus problems in which one solves for an unknown, except that the unknowns in this case are other functions entirely. Instead of having just the variable in the equation, you have the function and derivatives of that function.

Although it is sometimes found in Calculus, a large topic in DiffEq is to standardize whatever function you are solving for with initial conditions, or constraints.

There are several different methods one can use in order to find the function in question, the most common of which is to guess and check. However, there is a more sophisticated way to guess and check by applying coefficients to each guess to determine if it fits into your equation.

Unlike most other math disciplines, DiffEq can have more than one answer. This it a really profound conclusion, as it finally provides a "gray area" of math. It is a worthy subject indeed.

Geometry

Geometry is best explained using LARGE pictures. Small pictures can lead to a lack of available work space and ultimately to confusion. It is very important to explain math simply and consistently.

ISEE

I have already tutored students in the ISEE for the lower level, middle level and the upper level exams. This test has five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement and the un-scored Essay portion.

The verbal reasoning section is almost entirely a vocabulary based section. Depending on the level, about half of the questions are synonyms, and the other half are sentence completion. It is important in the sentence completion portion to find the important word in the sentence. For example: "ALTHOUGH Daniel is an excellent math student, his recent test scores in Calculus were ________." with Although being the important word instructing the student to choose an adjective which describe not being an excellent math student.

The reading comprehension section is difficult to tutor for, and it is really helpful for students to read the newspaper in order to get used to reading about topics that they do not know well. This will help them practice their ability to analyze the information given in the article. It is also very helpful to look at the specific words that are used in the passage when asked a question about it. The question may ask for what word best describes a sentence from the selection. Commonly, the previous sentence introducing the sentence in question will include a word that is a synonym for the correct answer.

Both of the Mathematics sections are similar, with one section containing a comparison portion in which the student has to choose which column is bigger, or if they are equal, or if you can't tell either way. Although this seems like a very different question type, it is still testing the same subjects. Common math subjects (again, depending on the level of the test) are: fraction simplification, calculating percentages, converting percentages to decimals, probability, converting ratios, laws about exponents and negative exponents, factoring, inequalities, summation of the sides of a triangle leading to information about the length of the third side, areas, circumferences, volumes, and even a bit about imaginary numbers and roots of an equation. Each topic can be prepared for if it is identified which area the student needs most help with and then sufficient enough time is given in order to learn the topics.

Please consider me as a very qualified applicant for this exam.

Physics

Physics is my favorite subject because I love teaching HOW things work. I have a degree from RPI in Physics and Applied Mathematics and I've tutored privately at RPI for fellow Physics majors as well as the US Navy. Tutoring Physics is what I'm best suited to do.

SAT Math

The SAT is said to be the most important pre-collegiate test. A ten point difference can mean acceptance or rejection by any institution, not to mention the sizable difference in financial aid packages. I scored a 780 on my Math portion of the SATs, and I can help maximize your score.

Fortunately, the Math sections of the SAT include question topics which can be learned and practiced. Unlike the verbal portions for which one is expected to learn a large quantity of vocabulary words, techniques can be learned for each type of question in the mathematics sections, improving the score by a larger degree than in the verbal sections.

TAKS

The TAKS exam is very similar to the upper level ISEE exam. It too consists of verbal and mathematical sections. The math sections also include information about learning sequences.

The verbal reasoning section is about half straight definitions, and the other half are sentence completion. It is important in the sentence completion portion to find the important word in the sentence. For example: "ALTHOUGH Daniel is an excellent math student, his recent test scores in Calculus were ________." with Although being the important word instructing the student to choose an adjective which describe not being an excellent math student.

The reading comprehension section is difficult to tutor for, and it is really helpful for students to read the newspaper in order to get used to reading about topics that they do not know well. This will help them practice their ability to analyze the information given in the article. It is also very helpful to look at the specific words that are used in the passage when asked a question about it. The question may ask for what word best describes a sentence from the selection. Commonly, the previous sentence introducing the sentence in question will include a word that is a synonym for the correct answer.

The Mathematics section contain common math subjects: fraction simplification, calculating percentages, converting percentages to decimals, probability, converting ratios, laws about exponents and negative exponents, factoring, inequalities, summation of the sides of a triangle leading to information about the length of the third side, areas, circumferences, volumes, and even a bit about imaginary numbers and roots of an equation. Each topic can be prepared for if it is identified which area the student needs most help with and then sufficient enough time is given in order to learn the topics.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the mathematical study of the relations of angles to side lengths. Trigonometry commonly is taught with Algebra II, which is a subject many high school students find difficult already. It also arises on the New York Regents Exams. I've been teaching Trigonometry privately since 2005 and I find it easiest to comprehend when it is broken down into a few different sections. Please consider me as a strong candidate for tutoring this subject.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics,Applied Math

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Physics,Applied Math)

Great tutor-- dedicated, knowledgeable and responsive.

After my son's first session with Daniel, he immediately felt more confident about his ability to do well in Physics. Daniel gives great feedback and is extremely responsive and accommodating. I highly recommend him.

— Mary, Yonkers, NY on 6/8/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $125.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

If you cancel within 24 hours of start time, an $80 fee will be assessed. If “no call no show,” I will call and wait 20 minutes. If the student is still not present, the entire tutorial is due.

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 10 miles of White Plains, NY 10601.