Devin S.

Portland, TN


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200+ Hours
4.9 average from 76 ratings
Great Math Tutor!
— Laura, Gallatin, TN on 8/7/15


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Transylvania University


Transylvania University (Mathematics)

About Devin

My Motto: With each concept I did not know, there’s always a journey. Even if I don't know something, I will strive to learn it. This motto has proven to be very invaluable… even early on throughout high school as I received a full academic scholarship to a well respected and prestigious university.

It's an important quality for someone to know a lot, but I find that the most important quality is an undying motivation to help a student get better and to find a common ground so that a student can relate and retain the information.

This is what I bring to the table.

As a graduate of Transylvania University, I understand the struggles that school life presents. Either the teacher doesn't explain things in a way the student understands, or the student happens to lack the motivation necessary to be successful in that class. Keeping this in mind, I will provide the best structure, information, and strategy(ies) possible to give your student ultimate success in their math class.

I have tutored various levels of math at various ages/abilities. My tutoring first started when I was in high school in an after school program. Mainly, I would help with algebra (1 and 2) and Geometry. Occasionally, I would venture over to the adjacent middle school to help with pre-algebra related issues. When I entered college, I sought purpose. I decided to continue tutoring.

After that, I have been a tutor for college students at Transylvania University helping with more and more subjects as I progressed through my major (Mathematics). Currently, in addition to high school level subjects, I can help with Calculus (I,II,III), Linear Algebra, and most Mathematics topics in general.
My Motto: With each concept I did not know, there’s always a journey. Even if I don't know something, I will strive to learn it. This motto has proven to be very invaluable… even early on throughout high school as I received a full academic scholarship to a well respected and prestigious university.

It's an important quality for
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Travels within 25 miles of Portland, TN 37148
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"Great Math Tutor!"

- Laura, Gallatin, TN on 8/7/15

"Very kind and patient tutor."

- Elizabeth, Louisville, KY on 3/6/17

"Help with Calc 3"

- Patricia, Nashville, TN on 2/25/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Carl, Madison, TN on 11/4/15

"Great tutor."

- Tiffany, Portland, TN on 8/23/15

"Great Help for ACT Math"

- Anne, Chattanooga, TN on 4/16/14

"Great tutor"

- Alexandra, Nashville, TN on 4/2/14

"Great tutor!"

- Maylee, Richmond, KY on 2/13/13
Devin replied on 2/13/2013

One of my favorite students to work with. She is very proactive in making sure that she is sufficiently prepared well in advance for the class. Here's to hoping there are others out there with the same inspiring work-ethic and drive.

"Excellent tutor!"

- Annetta, Lexington, KY on 12/29/12

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Trish, Lexington, KY on 12/27/12
Devin replied on 12/27/2012

Thanks, Trish! I always enjoyed working with your son as he is a bright kid with a lot of initiative. I truly felt by the end of the semester that he thoroughly understood Calculus as evidenced by our last review session. I hope to hear of many future successes.

"Excellent instruction"

- Stacy, Lexington, KY on 2/29/12
Devin replied on 2/29/2012

Your comment is very much appreciated. Your daughter has and continues to be a pleasure to work with. Not often do I get a student who is so engaged in the work. Her recent success in the classroom is not only a tribute to how hard I've worked with her, but more importantly: how hard she has worked with me. A student like Jess is a reminder of why I love to do what I do.

ACT Math,
Actuarial Science,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Econometrics, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Finite Math, GED, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, Grammar, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ASVAB, GED, Praxis,
SAT Math
C, C++,
Computer Programming, Computer Science, General Computer, HTML,
Java, Linux, MATLAB,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Perl, Python, SAS, SQL, Web Design
Special Needs:
ADHD, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Spelling, Study Skills
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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Approved subjects

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ACT Math

60 challenging math questions and only 60 minutes to take it. Need help? The areas covered in this test range from pre-algebra to pre-calculus.

Actuarial Science

I am studying to be an actuary. I have passed exam P with an 8 and exam FM with a 9. I can tutor in either of these subjects. I would prefer to tutor exam P as it is more conceptual.

Algebra 1

Explore the first step in mathematics in high school. Algebra allows you to take problems (even word problems) and assign variables to solve for unknowns.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is a continuation of Algebra I where functions are bumped up from linear ones to quadratics (and all polynomials), rationals, and logarithmic.


Following my Computer Science minor, I have had a lot of experience with C++. Using Linux with a G++ compiler, I've learned the basics of C++ such as iteration, recursion, project/output files, and much more.


Find the limit, differentiate and integrate functions in this college level subject.


Learn two-column proofs, axioms and postulates, and area and volume formulas.


Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is the integrated language within IE that allows you to, from your very own notepad, create simplistic websites.

Linear Algebra

I took Linear Algebra at Transylvania and got an A in the class. I have also worked with matrices on MATLAB as well as the BASIC language for Texas Instruments.


I have tutored MATLAB at Vanderbilt University. I understand the basic functions as well as the more advanced features with MATLAB such as data tracing. I feel confident I can assist anyone in this subject.


While I have not taken the Praxis test, I have tutored it before to a graduate student at WKU (Western Kentucky University); she is currently a Special Needs Educator for Warren Co. School System and she passed all parts of her Praxis except for math the first time. After working with me, not only did she pass; she passed with flying colors.


I have lots of experience with verb tenses (conjugation) and a moderate amount of vocabulary.

Study Skills

I have worked with students in the K-6 grade level who had trouble with organization and study skills. As one might imagine, the two go hand in hand. Being prepared and organized lends well to having good study skills. The tutor can give the student the tools to succeed, but without good study skills, a student is not going to do well. I understand this and emphasize it in my teaching.

Transylvania University


Transylvania University (Mathematics)

Great Math Tutor!

Going in to his senior year, our son had never really been challenged in school. That all changed with calculus. After failing the first two exams, we called Devin for help. With Devin's help, our son not only finished AP calculus with a B+, he also made a 4 on the AP exam, giving him college credit for Calculus I at Belmont University!

— Laura, Gallatin, TN on 8/7/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Devin will travel within 25 miles of Portland, TN 37148.