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David T.

Castle Rock, WA

$40/hour

Experienced Math and Physics Tutor

Background check passed as of 1/22/16
4.8 average from 12 ratings
Could Not Have Done It Without Him
— Karen, Saline, MI on 3/12/14

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Humboldt State University
Applied Mathematics
Portland State University
Master's

Education

Humboldt State University (Applied Mathematics)

Portland State University (Master's)

About David

I am a certified tutor (recently re-certified at Portland State) and have more than 10 years of experience tutoring students of all levels: kindergarten through graduate school. I have experience with a wide variety of learning styles and challenges, including disabilities, and I am more than happy to accommodate them.

I have been a home school teacher, where I taught middle school math and science. I have worked in a elementary school (K-7) while in Americorps. I have tutored college level material since 2003 (with a bit of a break during grad school). I have tutored preparation for the SAT and GRE, both in content and technique. I have experience with group and individual tutoring arrangements. I have run midterm/final exam prep sessions for a number of courses. I have had the opportunity to learn a variety of educational and study skill techniques that I will share in addition to our primary content.

I primarily tutor math and physics, but I have also tutored a variety of other topics.

Frequent Courses/topics/specializations:

Math: Algebra, Functions, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus (all), Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, Proof writing, Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Dynamical systems, Analysis, Group Theory, and Geometry

Physics: Intro physics sequence (mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics, materials, etc.), Mechanics, Astronomy, E&M, Modern Physics, Quantum, and Relativity

Other: Intro Chemistry
I am a certified tutor (recently re-certified at Portland State) and have more than 10 years of experience tutoring students of all levels: kindergarten through graduate school. I have experience with a wide variety of learning styles and challenges, including disabilities, and I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required

First in person lesson is FREE (1 hour). Less travel will reduce my rates. I am happy to tutor online (reduced rate). Please contact me for special cases. I am happy to work with your needs.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Castle Rock, WA 98611
Background Check: Passed

"Could Not Have Done It Without Him"

- Karen, Saline, MI on 3/12/14

"Great lesson."

- Karen, Novi, MI on 1/9/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Geology, Philosophy, Physics
Test Preparation:
GRE
Computer:
C++,
MATLAB,
Microsoft Excel
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have been the go-to person for challenging student situations for both places I've tutored long term. I have had specific training in disability support both at Portland State and during my Americorps term. I have tutored a number of students with ADHD successfully, including a home-school student for about 9 months (December-August): we covered about 2 school years worth of middle school material (math and sciences), and he was able to enter high school that following September.

I look forward to helping more students utilize the benefits, as well as overcome the hurdles, associated to ADHD.

C++

I have now been programming with C++ and related languages for several years. I have helped a number of people develop their skills in C++, for coworkers wanting to develop advanced mathematics techniques to classmates trying to figure out how to format their code correctly.

Linear Algebra

I have previously tutored Linear Algebra at Portland State University and privately for many years. In addition to Linear Algebra, I have taken a number of subsequent courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This gives me a wide range of insights and previous tutoring situations to draw from to help a Linear Algebra student.

Logic

I have a philosophy minor (Ethics) that included a Logic class. I am primarily a mathematician by training. From the perspective of philosophy, mathematics is "applied Logic" and so it is not unreasonable to suggest that I have a great deal of Logic background (proof writing in particular).

When tutoring Logic I make a particular effort to discuss how the techniques are relevant to daily life, and how the fallacies are used in public discourse.

MATLAB

I started learning MATLAB in my Calculus classes. I don't really think of it as a skill anymore. It's a pervasively useful item on my desktop. Teaching MATLAB is basically a user friendly version of teaching any programming framework. There's syntax and data structure. But most important is the Help Menu! It works (unlike most programs) and provides insight, too.

I find teaching MATLAB kind of like going to a playground. It's a lot of fun (results are easy to demonstrate) and there are a bunch of really neat toys (programs, etc.) already there for you and your student to play with.

Physics

I have been tutoring physics since 2003. I have a strong background in physics through both coursework and independent reading and research. I have helped dozens, if not hundreds, of students succeed in their physics courses.

Statistics

I have been tutoring Statistics since I completed my Theory of Mathematical Statistics class as an undergraduate. As a (applied) mathematician I have been trained in advanced statistical theory (including measure theory).

Humboldt State University
Applied Mathematics
Portland State University
Master's

Education

Humboldt State University (Applied Mathematics)

Portland State University (Master's)

Could Not Have Done It Without Him — David not only is a helpful math instructor, but he calms my anxiety about it too. My grade has gone up 10% in just 4 weeks! He shows up on time and is ready to hit the books immediately. I appreciate that. It shows respect for my time and money. Soon Algebra will be a distant memory, but because of David I will have finally finished my degree! He has made a life changing opportunity possible for ...

— Karen, Saline, MI on 3/12/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

First in person lesson is FREE (1 hour). Less travel will reduce my rates. I am happy to tutor online (reduced rate). Please contact me for special cases. I am happy to work with your needs.

Travel policy

David will travel within 40 miles of Castle Rock, WA 98611.