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David W.

Portland, OR

$65/hour

Physics Ph.D. ready to tutor!

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4.6 average from 14 ratings
Good tutor
— Cole, Portland, OR on 12/2/15

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About David

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach students at multiple levels. From tutoring in my neighborhood during high school, to peer advising and outreach at U.C. Davis, to working as a teaching assistant while achieving my Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, I have worked to help students of all ages and at all levels improve their skills and gain confidence in their abilities in math and the physical sciences.

I specialize in teaching physics and math for success from elementary school through college, including test prep for the SAT, GED, and GRE. I believe the key to being a successful teacher is recognizing that everyone learns differently, and I will work hard to tailor my instruction to each student based on what is most effective, using different methods of instruction and keeping a constant dialogue with the student to make sure that whatever I’m doing is working.

Math is the backbone of physics, and a fundamental understanding is required to excel in the physical sciences. I have been using math, from geometry all the way through differential equations and linear algebra for the past two decades in my undergraduate and graduate coursework and my research experience in and outside of the university environment.

I have a deep passion for the physical sciences and the way that they can help us fundamentally understand the world around us. I graduated with high honors from the University of California Davis School of Engineering with a B.S. in Optical Science and Engineering in 2005, and completed my masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2013.

I have flexible hours and a car, and am willing to meet in any convenient location. For locations outside of Portland, I would prefer to work at times that avoid rush-hour traffic. I request a 24-hour notice of change or cancellation, but can work to reschedule with you should you ever need to cancel last minute. I am also willing to do small group tutoring at a discounted rate. In my spare time, I can often be found biking, baking, backpacking, or building crossword puzzles. As a recent Portland transplant, I am excited to begin tutoring in the Portland community.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach students at multiple levels. From tutoring in my neighborhood during high school, to peer advising and outreach at U.C. Davis, to working as a teaching assistant while achieving my Ph.D. in Applied Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Portland, OR 97213
In-person lessons

"Good tutor"

- Cole, Portland, OR on 12/2/15

"Amazing Tutor, Extremely Helpful!"

- Garrett, Portland, OR on 11/29/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science

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Good tutor — we worked on rotational motion and torque and went home and i got the rest of the problems on the first try. ...

— Cole, Portland, OR on 12/2/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 8 miles of Portland, OR 97213.