Greetings! I'm Douglas, a former mathematics teacher living in Erie, Pennsylvania. I hold a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, and I absolutely love communicating math at all levels! I spent 3 years tutoring mathematics for my undergraduate institution, Allegheny College, and another 2 years after that tutoring privately while working for a medical software vendor. Following that, I spent 2 years teaching math in private high schools, and though I am now in the process of another...
Greetings! I'm Douglas, a former mathematics teacher living in Erie, Pennsylvania. I hold a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, and I absolutely love communicating math at all levels! I spent 3 years tutoring mathematics for my undergraduate institution, Allegheny College, and another 2 years after that tutoring privately while working for a medical software vendor. Following that, I spent 2 years teaching math in private high schools, and though I am now in the process of another career change, I remain deeply passionate about educating and enfranchising students in math!
My methods are that of conversational learning and working with students as they encounter difficulties, finding solutions and methods that make the most sense to the individual. I heavily employ examples and guide students by asking them questions, such that they learn math by doing it themselves rather than having it handed to them. I spend more time speaking with students who learn by listening and spend more time writing and drawing out work for those who learn visually. Private tutoring has shown me that no two students are alike, so I aim to suit my teaching style to students' individual needs and patterns of learning.
After the session is through, I assign students practice to complete before the next session: a couple targeted problems, sometimes accompanied by a handful of extra practice problems. I provide students with my cell number so that if they find themselves stuck, they can reach me for guidance. I also keep records and notes on performance to gauge progress and inform feedback, and in return, ask that my students and their guardians take time to evaluate the quality of my tutoring as often as they are comfortable doing so.
While tutoring at Allegheny, I found that half the battle is often inspiring a sense of mathematical confidence. My time spent tutoring at the college level has made me not only a strong tutor, but also a good mathematical companion. I firmly believe that math is for everyone, and I'm always eager to prove that to students who feel unable to overcome their current mathematical difficulties. Private tutoring at Allegheny is reserved for those students who need it most, and I found that work to be most rewarding. Helping a student who has all but given up and watching them grow as a problem solver is what sustains my passion for sharing math. While tutoring privately after graduation, I developed a sense for instructing students in standardized test prep, and got a feeling for the unique circumstances of working with students of lower grade levels. This motivated me to seek employment as a high school mathematics teacher, and though I could not afford to continue my work in private high schools after two years, I could never stop participating in the process of learning and sharing mathematics. The valuable skills I learned while teaching in a traditional classroom setting continue to inform my style and practice of tutoring.
I am comfortable traveling to the student's residence to work, meeting in a quiet public space, working at my residence, or even conducting lessons remotely. As well, my hourly rate is flexible and always a function of the difficulty of the material in question, so please feel free to work with me to negotiate a fair rate. If you have any questions, please reach out, and I wish you success in all your studies and academic pursuits!