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David Z.

Personable and Effective Saxophone/Math/Test Prep Tutor

Personable and Effective Saxophone/Math/Test Prep Tutor

$25/hour

  • 158 hours tutoring

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Hi! I'm David. I tutor saxophone, math, and test prep.

Before I get into my qualifications, I want to outline my teaching philosophy that applies to all of the subjects I tutor. My teaching philosophy is that slow, consistent practice is better than fast, unfocused practice. I make sure in each of my sessions to figure out the root of the problem that the student is having, isolating that issue, and doing slow deliberate practice on that issue until it is resolved. Establishing a firm...

Hi! I'm David. I tutor saxophone, math, and test prep.

Before I get into my qualifications, I want to outline my teaching philosophy that applies to all of the subjects I tutor. My teaching philosophy is that slow, consistent practice is better than fast, unfocused practice. I make sure in each of my sessions to figure out the root of the problem that the student is having, isolating that issue, and doing slow deliberate practice on that issue until it is resolved. Establishing a firm foundation is key to learning and advancing, so that is why I focus so much on it. For every topic that I teach, I have an abundant amount of material to smooth out the issues and gain confidence. Now onto my qualifications!

I am a Music Major at the University of Pittsburgh on the Jazz Track, and my main areas of expertise are music theory, jazz, and saxophone. I have been playing the saxophone since the 7th grade, and playing jazz seriously since the 10th grade. I have a lot of experience with both classical and jazz styles, and have an abundant amount of material to help advance your saxophone skills, whether you are an advanced high school student or a complete beginner. As with the other subjects I tutor, I make sure that all of the foundational weaknesses are smoothed out with consistent, slow practice. Since practicing an instrument, in the traditional sense, is quite slow and meditative, it can disengage the student. I have found various ways of improving weaknesses that are not only slow and deliberate, but also much more fun for the student than both traditional practice and high-speed practice, keeping the student engaged for longer.

If you are looking to be tutored in the SAT/ACT, I would be a good fit. Deciding which test I would take back when I was starting my standardized test preparation I looked in depth at the components of each test, and decided that the ACT was the test for me. When I took the ACT back in my Senior Year of High School I got a 34 Composite, with a perfect 36 on the Math Section. Although mat


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University of Pittsburgh
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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

I got A's in all my Elementary Math classes, even though I was a year ahead in the curriculum. With the foundations set by these classes I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I try and teach beyond memorization, and tackle the more foundational understanding of math itself that the curriculum in these grade levels are trying to establish.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in 7th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 in 9th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took Geometry in 8th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I took Prealgebra in 6th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
SAT Math

SAT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the SAT Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many mathematical/strategical tips that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many helpful tips and tricks that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in 7th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 in 9th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took Geometry in 8th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I took Prealgebra in 6th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
SAT Math

SAT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the SAT Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many mathematical/strategical tips that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in 7th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 in 9th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took Geometry in 8th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I took Prealgebra in 6th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.

Music

Saxophone

Saxophone

I have been playing saxophone since the seventh grade, and have performed in a variety of settings. I have played for my high school concert and jazz bands, I played with an after school small jazz ensemble that performed internationally, and I have performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. I have a deep knowledge of the saxophone and will be able to help you with anything from basics, to classical and jazz repertoire.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in 7th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 in 9th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took Geometry in 8th Grade and got an A in the class. With the foundations set by this class I went on to score perfectly on the ACT Math Section (36/36) and the AP Calculus AB Test (5/5). I understand not only the equations and how to use them effectively, but also the concepts that allow these equations to work, which I teach to create a more foundational understanding of math itself.
SAT Math

SAT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the SAT Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many mathematical/strategical tips that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many helpful tips and tricks that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.
SAT Math

SAT Math

When I was in my senior year of High School, I scored a perfect 36 on the Math Section of the ACT, with a composite of 34. I have deep knowledge of the SAT Math Section, and all the concepts within. During my studying as a High School student, I gained not only the knowledge of this section, but also many mathematical/strategical tips that could improve your score beyond rote memorization of equations.

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Clear and patient tutor

David showed me an easier way to understand 10th grade Geometry. David is very easy to understand and is patient. Because of David's help I am passing my Geometry class.

Cherie, 3 lessons with David

Highly recommend!

He was very patient and was a lot of help with math and was very patient with me when I didn’t get something. -Max 12yrs. David has been able to help my son during distant learning. I honestly don’t know what we would do without him! He has made such a wonderful impact on Max and has helped build Max’s confidence back up. Thank you a trillion times for everything David!

Courtney, 6 lessons with David

great teacher

He was very patient and was a lot of help with math and was very patient with me when I didn’t get something.

Courtney, 6 lessons with David

great teacher

He was very patient and was a lot of help with math and was very patient with me when I didn’t get something.

Courtney, 6 lessons with David

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

David is very patient and upbeat with my 11 year-old. David was also very helpful and sent lots of material to study/review before the next saxophone lesson. It is obvious that David enjoys teaching and is very knowledgeable.

Elizabeth, 17 lessons with David

Great Tutor

David is actively working to help my son become comfortable with playing a new instrument. Super glad he is helping us with this. His approach to tutoring makes sense and is effective with my son.

Matthew, 46 lessons with David
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