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 Physics from Harvard University, I have worked to help students of all ages and at all
My 14 year old son has learned more math from David in a few tutoring sessions than in months at school. David is responsive, clear, and kind, and also helped him with other subjects as well.
we worked on rotational motion and torque and went home and i got the rest of the problems on the first try.
My goal was to study for the SAT Subject Tests in Physics and Math Level 2. We only had five weeks to do this, and David was extremely helpful. He was always prepared and had multiple ways of explaining things in order to ensure that I would understand. Only having one year of an IB Physics course under my belt, I was completely in the fog about everything besides Newtonian Mechanics. David was extremely knowledgeable in all things Math and Physics and taught me all the physics that I had not already learned. He was extremely easy to reach through the phone (text or call), and worked well with my schedule.
I took the tests one time on November 7th, and received an 800 and 790 in Math Level 2 and Physics respectively. I am very happy with my scores, and David was extremely helpful.
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