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David M.

Mount Pleasant, SC

$50/hour

Experienced Tutor in Algebra and Chemistry (Honors, AP, IB)

100+ Hours
4.8 average from 56 ratings
Very knowledgeable
— Crystal, Huntersville, NC on 11/8/12

$50/Hour


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Bucknell University
New York University Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business
MBA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Other

Education

Bucknell University

New York University Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business (MBA)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Other)

About David

After a career in the banking industry, a decision to change careers led me to a sequence of Chemistry, Biology and Math courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After the highly successful completion of my first Chemistry course, I was hired as a Group Leader for the Supplemental Instruction program. I ran four 1-hour sessions per week in both semesters of first-year college Chemistry, and my tutoring career had begun. Because I was successful and enjoyed working with the students, I continued in this role throughout my UNCC years.

Since I did not have an undergraduate teaching degree, I enrolled in the NCTeach program, a graduate-level program to license otherwise qualified teachers who did not have teaching certification. Following NCTeach, I passed the Praxis exams and received a teaching license in Comprehensive Science.

I taught Chemistry at Academic through Advanced Placement levels, along with Physical Science and Algebra, achieving high levels of proficiency on the NC End of Course (EOC) exams. I continue tutoring these subjects following my retirement, not only because I enjoy the material, but also because I find working with individual students to be an even more rewarding experience than classroom teaching.
After a career in the banking industry, a decision to change careers led me to a sequence of Chemistry, Biology and Math courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After the highly successful completion of my first Chemistry course, I was hired as a Group Leader for the Supplemental Instruction program. I ran four 1-hour sessions Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

"Very knowledgeable"

- Crystal, Huntersville, NC on 11/8/12

"explains it in a more understanding way"

- Dacy, Mount Pleasant, SC on 5/29/16

"Great first experience"

- Victoria, Cornelius, NC on 5/21/13

"Great Tutor,"

- Nicholas, Huntersville, NC on 9/26/12

"David"

- Ronald, Huntersville, NC on 6/2/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
ASVAB,
GMAT, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math,
SSAT
Business:
Finance, 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.

ACT Math

The ACT Math test is often considered to be more straightforward than the SAT, but it also covers a range of topics from pre-algebra through Geometry and Algebra II. In preparing students for this test, I have found that there is a need to refresh course material, but I also help students to develop strategies to solve problems accurately and efficiently, given the time constraints.

ACT Science

The ACT Science test includes questions from Biology, Earth Science, Physics and Chemistry. I had a Comprehensive Science teaching license (NC) and taught much of this material before my retirement. Since retiring, I have continued to tutor Science and Math subjects, both independently and through Wyzant (Chemistry).

Algebra 1

I am a retired Chemistry teacher who has also worked in the classroom to prepare high school students for End of Course (EOC) Algebra exams. Following my retirement as an active classroom teacher, I have continued to tutor students in Algebra I and II, along with the Math sections of the ACT and SAT exams. I have an appreciation of what students need to know to be successful in these areas and a successful record of preparing them for the success they seek.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is in a period of transition. Individual state curricula are in the process of being replaced by a "Common Core", a national standard of topics to be included. As an experienced Science and Math teacher and tutor, I have had to be familiar with the current NC curriculum, while preparing myself for the Common Core standards. These include probability and statistics, analytical geometry, and other topics currently taught in precalculus. I work with students on calculator usage along with the primary subject material, so that topics such as logarithmic and exponential functions and modeling can be less intimidating to the student.

ASVAB

I have taught Chemistry, Physical Science and Algebra, and I continue to tutor high school students in these subjects. I am now a retired public school teacher and earned a license in Comprehensive Science, qualifying me as a teacher in all High School (and lower) Science subjects.

As a Vietnam era veteran, I took the precursor to the present-day ASVAB to qualify for more advanced training options for my time of military service. I am therefore familiar with the nature of the test, as well as the importance of the test for the individual prospective enlistee.

Chemistry

Chemistry has been called "the central science", having interrelations with physics, biology, and earth/environmental science. A successful chemistry student comes to grips with both conceptual relationships and mathematical calculations. A retired Chemistry teacher, I have worked with students at the University level and with high school students in academic, honors, IB and AP programs. I continue to enjoy the challenge of helping students be successful in what many find one of the most difficult courses in their academic experience.

Physical Science

Physical Science in North Carolina is an to full courses in Chemistry and Physics. Historically, it was an EOC course. Although that is no longer the case, the Reference Tables which were incorporated in the EOC are still available and provide a good base from which to launch consideration of both Chemistry and Physics topics. I like to integrate the use of these Tables as a way to keep students from getting lost in what for many is unfamiliar territory.

Physics

I have a Comprehensive Science NC teaching license and taught physical sciences. Since my retirement in 1998 I have continued to tutor Chemistry, Physics and Math subjects, as I have also worked as a substitute teacher in these subjects. I have also recently completed Massive Online Open Courses in Introductory Physics and Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity to keep my knowledge current.

Praxis

As a former teacher in North Carolina, the Praxis series was prerequisite to teaching in the public schools. I did not take Praxis 1, as I took the track through NCTeach, a graduate level teacher certification process for lateral entry teachers. However, in the process of being licensed in Comprehensive Science, I took the Praxis II for Science and the Pedagogy section for Physical Sciences, scoring near maximum in both.

SAT Math

As a NC public school teacher (Comprehensive Science license) I was called upon to run a year-end review session for the NC EOC (End of Course) test. As a primarily Chemistry tutor, I was frequently called upon by my students to help them with their Algebra II. Following my retirement, I have continued to work as a substitute teacher. I have almost exclusively worked in Science and Math areas, including Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. I am comfortable not only with the material but also with presenting it successfully to students.

Bucknell University
New York University Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business
MBA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Other

Education

Bucknell University

New York University Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business (MBA)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Other)

Very knowledgeable

David has helped my daughter tremendously as she had fallen behind in Chemistry. He is very personable and easy for her to understand.

— Crystal, Huntersville, NC on 11/8/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 10 miles of Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.