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Dean M.

Science and Math Expert

Science and Math Expert

$45/hour

  • 68 hours tutoring

  • West Chester, PA 19380

About Dean


Bio

I have spent the last 25+ years in industry, where I have found myself mentoring and coaching younger science and sales professional who are at the beginning of their career. To augment that, I have been involved with the Scouting program in the West Chester area for over 25 years. During my 23 years as Scoutmaster, and multiple years as an Assistant Scoutmaster, I would always review each scout's report card to see if there were any areas where he was struggling. My goal was to make sure...

I have spent the last 25+ years in industry, where I have found myself mentoring and coaching younger science and sales professional who are at the beginning of their career. To augment that, I have been involved with the Scouting program in the West Chester area for over 25 years. During my 23 years as Scoutmaster, and multiple years as an Assistant Scoutmaster, I would always review each scout's report card to see if there were any areas where he was struggling. My goal was to make sure each scout not only remained academically eligible for school sports, but also helped them understand how different subjects relate to each other. For example, I have heard many students say they are "good at math, but bad at science." After a conversation, they begin to understand that math and science are related at almost every level- it just might not be "in plain sight" of the student.

After working through different levels of math in college and graduate school, I find that most students- including my own children- tend to make "simple" mistakes. These mistakes can usually be eliminated by having the student write out the steps to solve each problem. By focusing on the steps, and not skipping over to the answer, each student develops a deeper understanding of the subject. I try to get the students to understand that the formulas used in math are there to function as tools. Just like any other "tool" in a "toolbox", the student should be able to look at a given problem and go to their own mental "toolbox" to determine the best method to solve the problem.

I have taught science at the high school level (9th and 10th grade), and I find that most students fall into one of two categories: 1) they love science and 2) they "hate" science. Teaching the first group is usually easy and they usually need some refinement in their approach to problems. The second group can pose a challenge, usually because the student didn't receive a basic understanding of science, and now views science as a foreign concept. In reality, when you begin to work with these students and point out the areas of their daily lives where science has a direct and significant impact, they begin to understand that this is not a foreign as they once believed. I try to relate as many of the concepts that the students are working with in the textbook to the "real world". For example, to help students understand why there are different types of sunlight receptors in leaves, I have taken tree leaves and ground them up using some distilled water. After that, I put drops of the mixture on paper and use a mobile phase that allows the mixture move up the paper where the different receptors deposit at different sections. The student can "see" the different colors on the paper, and how this relates to the composition of the leaf. I am certified to teach biology, chemistry, and general science.

If you are a student, or the parent of a student, who is struggling in math or science, I can help. I encourage both of you to review the homework, tests, quizzes, and other assignments look for patterns in the work. I am available to help, either in-person or on-line. My goal is to help you understand, achieve, and succeed with concepts and applications of math and science.


Education

Grove City College
Biology
West Chester University
Masters
Villanova University
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Rate details: My typical rate is listed above; however, if you require multiple sessions, i.e. more than 1 hour, I can make adjustments to the posted rate.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of West Chester, PA 19380
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/22/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored my own 4 children in algebra, as well as having had multiple levels of higher math (Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc.) in graduate school. This understanding of "how" a student looks at an algebra question (problem), gives me the ability to focus on the areas that need to be strengthened. My goal is to have the student develop a "math tool box", so they can use these different techniques to solve multiple types of problems.
Biology,

Biology

I taught biology at the high school level as part of the process in being certified in Pennsylvania. Additionally, I tutor the scouts in my Troop who are having trouble understanding the basic concepts of biology. I have found by reinforcing the "theoretical" part (typically, the textbook and classwork) with real world experience and examples, the "theory" becomes "practical knowledge", that can be used to solve different problems. An example would include moving from a textbook reading of photosynthesis, to a lab where the student grinds up some leaves and does a simple paper chromatography to "see" the different types of receptors present in the leaves.
Chemistry

Chemistry

I am certified in Pennsylvania to teach Chemistry at the High School level. Additionally, I hold an M.S. in Chemistry, from West Chester University (American Chemical Society- ACS- qualified). In order to achieve this designation, I had to pass the ACS qualifying exams in multiple areas of Chemistry.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

My approach to tutoring ACT math is quite simple. First, what is the student's background in math, and how comfortable are they with the use of basic math formulas. From there, I focus on helping the student understand how the test is designed; simply stated, 60 questions in 60 minutes. This means the student must grasp what the problem is asking, and use their "math toolbox" to apply the correct formula or technique.
Algebra 1

Algebra 1

I have tutored my own 4 children in algebra, as well as having had multiple levels of higher math (Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc.) in graduate school. This understanding of "how" a student looks at an algebra question (problem), gives me the ability to focus on the areas that need to be strengthened. My goal is to have the student develop a "math tool box", so they can use these different techniques to solve multiple types of problems.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored my own 4 children in algebra, as well as having had multiple levels of higher math (Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc.) in graduate school. This understanding of "how" a student looks at an algebra question (problem), gives me the ability to focus on the areas that need to be strengthened. My goal is to have the student develop a "math tool box", so they can use these different techniques to solve multiple types of problems.
Biology,

Biology

I taught biology at the high school level as part of the process in being certified in Pennsylvania. Additionally, I tutor the scouts in my Troop who are having trouble understanding the basic concepts of biology. I have found by reinforcing the "theoretical" part (typically, the textbook and classwork) with real world experience and examples, the "theory" becomes "practical knowledge", that can be used to solve different problems. An example would include moving from a textbook reading of photosynthesis, to a lab where the student grinds up some leaves and does a simple paper chromatography to "see" the different types of receptors present in the leaves.
Chemistry

Chemistry

I am certified in Pennsylvania to teach Chemistry at the High School level. Additionally, I hold an M.S. in Chemistry, from West Chester University (American Chemical Society- ACS- qualified). In order to achieve this designation, I had to pass the ACS qualifying exams in multiple areas of Chemistry.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

The science section of the ACT exam is based, primarily, on deductive reasoning. The student must read the problem and look at the data available to determine the best solution. As the questions are not "directly math related", the student needs to carefully read the problem, as well as any associated diagrams, to determine the correct answer.
Biology,

Biology

I taught biology at the high school level as part of the process in being certified in Pennsylvania. Additionally, I tutor the scouts in my Troop who are having trouble understanding the basic concepts of biology. I have found by reinforcing the "theoretical" part (typically, the textbook and classwork) with real world experience and examples, the "theory" becomes "practical knowledge", that can be used to solve different problems. An example would include moving from a textbook reading of photosynthesis, to a lab where the student grinds up some leaves and does a simple paper chromatography to "see" the different types of receptors present in the leaves.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I am certified in Pennsylvania to teach Chemistry at the High School level. Additionally, I hold an M.S. in Chemistry, from West Chester University (American Chemical Society- ACS- qualified). In order to achieve this designation, I had to pass the ACS qualifying exams in multiple areas of Chemistry.
Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

I have an M.S. degree in Chemistry from West Chester University. As part of the Master's process, I had to take and pass the ACS (American Chemical Society) qualifying exams. I also had to write and defend my Master's thesis, which dealt with organo-metallic chemistry. Additionally, I have over 10 years' experience in the laboratory, as well as several patents and 1 peer-reviewed paper that was delivered at a technical conference. Additionally, I tutor the scouts in my scout troop who are having trouble in Chemistry, at the high school level. Finally, I am also a Chemistry merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored my own 4 children in algebra, as well as having had multiple levels of higher math (Calculus, Quantum Mechanics, etc.) in graduate school. This understanding of "how" a student looks at an algebra question (problem), gives me the ability to focus on the areas that need to be strengthened. My goal is to have the student develop a "math tool box", so they can use these different techniques to solve multiple types of problems.
Biology,

Biology

I taught biology at the high school level as part of the process in being certified in Pennsylvania. Additionally, I tutor the scouts in my Troop who are having trouble understanding the basic concepts of biology. I have found by reinforcing the "theoretical" part (typically, the textbook and classwork) with real world experience and examples, the "theory" becomes "practical knowledge", that can be used to solve different problems. An example would include moving from a textbook reading of photosynthesis, to a lab where the student grinds up some leaves and does a simple paper chromatography to "see" the different types of receptors present in the leaves.
Chemistry

Chemistry

I am certified in Pennsylvania to teach Chemistry at the High School level. Additionally, I hold an M.S. in Chemistry, from West Chester University (American Chemical Society- ACS- qualified). In order to achieve this designation, I had to pass the ACS qualifying exams in multiple areas of Chemistry.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

My approach to tutoring ACT math is quite simple. First, what is the student's background in math, and how comfortable are they with the use of basic math formulas. From there, I focus on helping the student understand how the test is designed; simply stated, 60 questions in 60 minutes. This means the student must grasp what the problem is asking, and use their "math toolbox" to apply the correct formula or technique.
ACT Science

ACT Science

The science section of the ACT exam is based, primarily, on deductive reasoning. The student must read the problem and look at the data available to determine the best solution. As the questions are not "directly math related", the student needs to carefully read the problem, as well as any associated diagrams, to determine the correct answer.

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very best tutor u can get.

Mr. Dean is a very patient, experienced tutor, u can get in west chester area. The detailed chemistry, sessions were useful, fruitful for my daughter. The tuition fee is considerate, the eight sessions made ahuge impact in my my daughter's chemistry class.

Thendral , 7 lessons with Dean

Subject matter expert and patient tutor.

My son who was previously struggling in algebra now has a good understanding. Mr.Dean focuses on getting the math foundation strong by relating math to my son's daily activities. This helps my son relate to math easier than before

Andrill, 13 lessons with Dean

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