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David Y.

Portland, OR

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Professional Tutor with over 47 years experience

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Background check passed as of 12/6/13
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Univ Md College Park
Mathematics
Univ Colo
PhD
Univ Hawaii
PhD

Education

Univ Md College Park (Mathematics)

Univ Colo (PhD)

Univ Hawaii (PhD)

About David

Children's education is a parental responsibility. Most parents strive to gear their children so that they have the best chance for success in adulthood. This requires exposure of the student to numerous aspects of life including basic, core and elective education. Schools, teachers and tutors may be part of the solution, or they may be part of a problem. I am part of the solution.

Teaching is a difficult and time-intensive profession. Teachers must not only understand the subject matter, but also be able to explain the concepts in many different ways, at the levels of the students. Teachers must use every means possible in order to instill the understanding of the subject matter in these young minds.

The training of young minds is no casual matter. Teachers must be able to convey concepts to these minds correctly -- incorrect concepts, procedures, techniques, etc. do more damage than not having any at all. Unfortunately, education is not taken very seriously in this country. Most teachers learn to teach from a textbook with little understanding of the subject matter. Students learn only procedures and rote, mostly inaccurately. Concepts are seldom assimilated. Rote is no way to teach the young.

Tutoring is also often found inadequate. It does no good to reiterate the same material in the same way as in a school classroom situation. Tutoring by rote is, at best, a temporary expedient, and mostly ineffective. I teach concepts in a personalized and effective way avoiding rote whenever possible.

The understanding of concepts makes possible the derivation of a large number of procedures and techniques. Without such understanding, it is necessary to memorize thousands of procedures in order to solve problems -- a task not possible. Schools today teach students to achieve mediocrity -- that is, to pass standardized achievement tests at a minimal level. For that, a procedural approach is sometimes sufficient. With this approach, however, students cannot hope to gain a true understanding of any subject area and cannot hope to excel in academics or in life.

Analytical thinking skills (critical thinking) must be learned at an early age. At puberty, children lose the ability to learn proper thinking skills. If this occurs, they have no choice other than to use substitute skills such as memory, recall, research and rote procedure. This is one reason why most Americans are math-challenged -- without adequate understanding or competence required to proceed to the next level. A large number of high school students are actually at a 4th-5th grade level or below at math skills. Grades have no bearing on understanding - the ability to USE concepts determine ability; hence, if the student is unable to solve word problems, it is a certainty that basic understanding and prerequisite skills are lacking.

Mathematics is an essential life skill. It is also a required subject in all levels of schooling, and certainly required for admittance to higher levels of learning. It is important to understand that it is not acceptable for people not to be able to perform simple calculations quickly without the use of calculator or paper. It is not acceptable to be unable to perform simple conversions, shopping calculations, ratios and measurement calculations.
Concepts and skills must be learned correctly the first time. It is extremely difficult to correct an erroneous concept or technique once instilled. Most teachers are not expert in mathematics. They also do not have the luxury of time to review carefully every student's work in their entirety. It is therefore paramount that parents frequently review and guide their children's work to detect conceptual flaws and improper technique.

Schools today must resort to "canned teaching" for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, a combination of expertise and psychology is required to teach the fundamentals -- a tough combination to find in most schools.

I can teach and/or restore those missing skills. I can instill understanding of concepts. I can gain rapport with most students at whatever level they may be. I am well-versed in the fundamentals, theory and practice. I am expert at diagnosing problem areas. In short, I am a part of the solution for shoddy education.

I am effective. I am a specialist in developmental intelligence with credentials including multiple doctorates. I have green light certification (criminal background checks) from the National Center for Safety Initiatives.

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David Y., Ph.D., Ph.D., Sc.D.
Children's education is a parental responsibility. Most parents strive to gear their children so that they have the best chance for success in adulthood. This requires exposure of the student to numerous aspects of life including basic, core and elective education. Schools, teachers and tutors may be part of the solution, or they may be part of a Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Basic rate is for all subjects up to undergraduate 100 level courses. Additional fees will apply for higher level courses, certain learning disabilities, and out of area travel.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97224
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS,
TOEFL
Computer:
Computer Programming, Computer Science,
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE

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.

Computer Science

I have been teaching/tutoring since 1968 at various established universities, colleges, help groups, etc. I am also the CEO of a company involved in software, hardware and computer security. I have also taught computer classes in the past.

Dyslexia

I have been teaching and/or tutoring since 1968. I have 3 earned doctorates, among them one in social psychology which, as you probably know, requires extensive studies in not only social, but also in various other psychological studies and research. I have also had a number of learning-disabled students under my tutelage including those diagnosed with various forms of dyslexia. Although I have chosen not to hold a clinical practice, I am quite familiar with the theory and practice of dealing with those afflicted with this difficulty.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a professional full-time tutor with 45 years experience in teaching at various levels. I hold three earned doctorates among my qualifications, and am a specialist in developmental intelligence. I tutor students from elementary school through post-graduate studies. My approach is conceptual in nature; therefore, I am able to explain and teach the fundamentals of every subject.

Praxis

I have 3 doctorates and have been teaching/tutoring at various levels since 1968. I have already taken your qualification tests for the areas covered by Praxis I and Praxis II. I have had, and currently have, students who are in undergraduate, graduate and even one post-graduate studies.

Study Skills

I have been teaching at various levels since 1968. I am a specialist in developmental intelligence with doctorates in mathematics, genetic biochemistry, and social psychology. I approach teaching from a conceptual, not a procedural, standpoint.

TEAS

I have been a professional teacher/tutor since 1968. I have three earned doctorates and have experience teaching all core subjects at all levels.

I am well-versed in academic test preparation including, but not limited to, ACT, SAT, GRE, ASVAB, GED, TOEFL, LSAT, MSAT, Praxis, etc.

Univ Md College Park
Mathematics
Univ Colo
PhD
Univ Hawaii
PhD

Education

Univ Md College Park (Mathematics)

Univ Colo (PhD)

Univ Hawaii (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Basic rate is for all subjects up to undergraduate 100 level courses. Additional fees will apply for higher level courses, certain learning disabilities, and out of area travel.

Travel policy

David will travel within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97224.