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David H.

Fort Worth, TX

$38/hour

Private Tutoring: Mathematics or Physics

Background check passed as of 10/13/15
4.9 average from 66 ratings
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— Dana, Arlington, TX on 8/26/11

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University of Texas, Austin
Aerospace Engineering
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX
Master's
Florida Instiute of Technology
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Aerospace Engineering)

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX (Master's)

Florida Instiute of Technology (Graduate Coursework)

About David

Looking for a tutor with both knowledge and experience? A tutor who understands the academic side as well as the practical? A tutor who is patient with those who struggle with math or physics and who speaks clearly and plainly and uses a traditional approach? Or, perhaps you need someone to teach math or physics to your home school student(s) or home school group or co-op. I tutor just about anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and I do not charge for mileage. [I also offer discounts if my rate is above your expectations.]

Now, please keep in mind that while this is an unusually long “bio”, I do have a long and varied career path that includes working as a pharmacy technician, being a full-time student, an aerospace engineer, a full-time student again, a minister (church planter and preacher), middle and high school teacher, a college instructor, and a tutor. Now, let me tell you why I enjoy tutoring.

I firmly believe and can personally attest that anyone with a strong desire and commitment to learn can succeed. When I was in middle and high school I was not an exemplary student. It was not for lack of ability. My poor performance was due to lack of proper study methods and techniques that would not only help me learn concepts but also help to retain what I learned. When I discovered how easy it was to learn, my passion for math and science began to grow. When I learned how to learn I eventually graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, completed extensive graduate work in Applied Mathematics at the Florida Institute of Technology, and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages.

While having academic credentials is necessary and perhaps sufficient, I do offer a bit more. I am also well versed with the practical side of math and physics. During my early days in the Air Force I was, as I have said, a pharmacy technician for seven years. Then, after graduating from the University of Texas, I worked for over ten years as an aerospace engineer (with cryogenics (liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen, and liquid nitrogen), propulsion engines, and fuel cells) with the Space Shuttle and Delta II launch vehicles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canaveral, Florida. I assisted NASA with the launch of Discovery in 1985 and when Challenger landed at Edwards Air Force Base also in 1985.

I began teaching after I graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For eight years I was the math department head at a private Christian school here in Fort Worth. Then I taught and tutored mathematics at two public schools. While teaching there I acquired Texas State Teacher Certification in Mathematics and Physics. During my tenure at the private and public schools, I also taught part time at the Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College (TCC). Now, in lieu of teaching full time, I tutor elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. I also still teach at TCC-NE and I have added teaching math at Richland College in Garland to my part-time schedule.

If I may allow myself kudos, many of my high school students have scored a 4 or a 5 (highest score) on the College Board’s AP Calculus and AP Physics Exams one of whom was a national merit scholar. Further, my eleven plus years of teaching experience includes 5th and 6th grade mathematics, all levels of middle and high school math (both regular, honors) including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, TAKS prep, SAT prep, pre-calculus, calculus (AB and BC) and physics (B and C). At the college level I have successfully taught developmental mathematics (pre-algebra, beginning and intermediate algebra), college algebra (business and regular), business calculus, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus I, II, and III, vector calculus, differential equations, and differential equations with linear algebra.

One thing I really enjoy is showing students how easy it is to solve problems. It does not matter whether it is helping elementary kids understand least common denominators, adding or multiplying fractions, or word problems or calculus students integrate a definite integral. I enjoy seeing the "I get it" look in the eyes of students. I really enjoy seeing the sparkle of understanding in the eyes of the more advanced students when they learn how to solve problems involving limits, difference quotients, Newton's Laws of Motion, projectile motion, Mean Value Theorem, Rolle’s Theorem, Intermediate Value Theorem, critical numbers, related rates, optimization (maximum and minimum values of functions), tangent lines, differentials, integrals (definite and indefinite), and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

For me, math and physics is fun. When I teach or tutor it is like my playground. It is definitely not a chore. I have fun especially with volumes of solids of revolution (the shell method or the washer method), surface area, arc length, integration by parts, the transcendental functions (logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic) trigonometric substitution, improper integrals, L’Hosptials (or Hopital’s) Rule, hyperbolic functions, inverse trigonometric functions, polar, cylindrical, or spherical coordinates, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, infinite series, tests for convergence or divergence of series, geometric series, applications of integration (forces on submerged plates, work, volume, Maxwell’s equations, simple harmonic motion, centroids, and moments of inertia, Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, velocity, acceleration, momentum (linear and angular), waves, sound, divergence, and curl, fluid mechanics, electricity, or magnetism and much more.

I may be allowed one last thing; it is to say that I also understand the unique aspects of home schooling. My wife and I have home schooled all four of our children. Even though they did attend a private school for two years, we have essentially home schooled them for most of the years between Kindergarten and 12th grade. We now have one daughter enrolled in Tarrant County College and one daughter attending Tarleton State University as a sophomore. My twin boys are presently taking dual credit classes at Tarrant County College. Please contact me if you need someone to teach your child or a home school co-op class mathematics or physics. I can tailor a plan geared toward your financial circumstances.
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"Great Tutor"

- Dana, Arlington, TX on 8/26/11

"Very specific to our needs"

- Michael, Little Elm, TX on 1/3/11

"Very Knowledgeable Tutor. Explain subject matters in order for the student to understand them."

- Earl, Grand Prairie, TX on 12/17/10
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Algebra 2

My experience includes teaching both regular and honors algebra I and II and both regular physics and AP physics for 8 years at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth. I have also taught algebra at the Crowley ISD 9th grade campus. Further, I also have taught beginning algebra at TCC's Northeast Campus for 14 years and have been tutoring algebra students at Texas Wesleyan University since 2012.

Calculus

I have been teaching and tutoring mathematics since 1998. This includes teaching both regular and AP calculus at the high school level and Calculus I, II, and III and differential equations at the college level.

Differential Equations

When teaching and helping students with differential equations, I emphasize the practical (applications) and only include theoretical aspects when necessary to understand applications and procedures. My education background in aerospace engineering and my graduate work in applied mathematics include ordinary differential equations, vector calculus, partial differential equations, orbital mechanics, linear algebra, special functions (Bessel Functions, Legendre Polynomials), and advanced theoretical calculus. I have been teaching and tutoring mathematics at all levels including calculus, differential equations and differential equations with linear algebra at the college level for over eleven years. I am also well versed with the practical side. I worked for over ten years as an aerospace engineer (cryogenics, propulsion engines, and fuel cells) with the Space Shuttle and Delta II launch vehicles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Geometry

My experience includes teaching both regular and honors geometry for 8 years at a private school in Fort Worth. Further, I also have taught mathematics at TCC's Northeast Campus since 2000.

Linear Algebra

When teaching and helping students with linear algebra, I emphasize the practical (applications) and only include theoretical aspects when necessary to understand applications and procedures. My education background in aerospace engineering and my graduate work in applied mathematics include ordinary differential equations, vector calculus, partial differential equations, orbital mechanics, linear algebra, special functions (Bessel Functions, Legendre Polynomials), discrete mathematics, discrete math, probability, and advanced theoretical calculus. I have been teaching and tutoring mathematics at all levels including calculus, differential equations and differential equations with linear algebra at the college level for over eleven years. I am also well versed with the practical side. I worked for over ten years as an aerospace engineer (cryogenics, propulsion engines, and fuel cells) with the Space Shuttle and Delta II launch vehicles at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Kennedy Space Center, and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Physics

I am a retired aerospace engineer who has been teaching and tutoring mathematics and physics since 2000.

Precalculus

I taught both Pre-AP Calculus and AP calculus for 8 years at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth. Further, I also have taught calculus at TCC's Northeast Campus for 14 years and have been tutoring calculus students at Texas Wesleyan University since 2012.

University of Texas, Austin
Aerospace Engineering
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX
Master's
Florida Instiute of Technology
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Aerospace Engineering)

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX (Master's)

Florida Instiute of Technology (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor — David is a great tutor and is very patient. He is the reason I was able to pass physics, I had poor math skills and had not taken Trig yet but he was able to tutor me and both areas. ...

— Dana, Arlington, TX on 8/26/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $38.00

Travel policy

David will travel within 30 miles of Fort Worth, TX 76140.