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David F.

Seattle, WA

$45/hour

Basic to Advanced Math Instruction

Background check passed as of 11/22/13
4.9 average from 205 ratings
Reliable and dedicated tutor
— Joanna, Seattle, WA on 1/7/16

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University of Oklahoma
Physics

Education

University of Oklahoma (Physics)

About David

Hi, my name is David. I have worked as a math tutor for several years. In fact, I began my tutoring career shortly after I graduated from college. I have also worked as an assistant teacher for two colleges in the Seattle area, and I have taught English classes online. I have held a College Reading and Learning Association - International Tutor Training Program Certification, and I have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification. I really love teaching and working with students one-on-one. I think that tutoring is a very important part of the educational system. Classroom instruction often omits many important aspects of the material that students are expected to learn. A good tutor can guide a student in the right direction and save the student hours of frustration and searching online.

I specialize in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics. I explain concepts in everyday language, but I also include the necessary mathematical terminology. My first, and most important, objective is to ensure that students are able to work problems and apply reasoning skills to find solutions. It is very important to me that my students do well on homework and exams. Secondly, I want to familiarize students with the language of mathematics. Often times, when teaching, students tell me, "just show me how to work the problem." I understand that knowing how to work the problem is the most important thing, and that is what I focus on.

I approach mathematics with applications in mind. I have a B.S. in physics from the University of Oklahoma, and to me, math is a vehicle for arriving at solutions to problems, which are too complex to be solved intuitively. My hope is that my students will develop a greater understanding for the many practical uses of math and gain the discipline required to succeed in their math endeavors.

I am well versed in the use of the Ti-83 Plus, the Ti-84, and the Ti-Nspire CX CAS calculators. I own two of these models. Also, I am proficient with Microsoft Excel and have some familiarity with Minitab and SPSS statistical software.

I currently work as a tutor at a local college, in addition to my private tutoring activities. I have been honored to work with so many great people all over the Seattle metropolitan area. I have worked with students enrolled in a variety of programs including nursing, psychology, social work, business, engineering, and finance. I have also worked with many high school students over the years. Tutoring is now my primary occupation and has been for almost three years. I work with people every day on a variety of science and math problems. I hope to work with you soon!
Hi, my name is David. I have worked as a math tutor for several years. In fact, I began my tutoring career shortly after I graduated from college. I have also worked as an assistant teacher for two colleges in the Seattle area, and I have taught Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98102
Background Check: Passed

"Reliable and dedicated tutor"

- Joanna, Seattle, WA on 1/7/16

"Great Math Tutor"

- Karen, Seattle, WA on 6/6/16

"Fabulous tutor"

- Marin, Seattle, WA on 5/12/16

"Involved and Understanding Tutor"

- Jayne, Seattle, WA on 4/21/16

"Knowledgeable and very patient"

- Marvena, Seattle, WA on 3/24/16

"Very good tutor. Patient and good at explaining necessary details."

- Patrick, Bellevue, WA on 3/12/16

"My son is happy"

- Sonya, Seattle, WA on 2/10/16

"Very happy with my tutoring experience"

- Nina, Seattle, WA on 10/1/15

"Prof-like tutor"

- Abdulkreem, Seattle, WA on 3/23/15

"Super Helpful!"

- Sequoia, Bothell, WA on 10/21/14

"Helpful, Responsive Tutor"

- Catie, Seattle, WA on 2/17/14

"Very helpful tutor!"

- Violet, Seattle, WA on 12/12/13
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math

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ACT Math

ACT Math includes Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry, and Trigonometry. I am well versed in all of these subjects, and I have detailed knowledge of the structure and content of the ACT. Also, I can provide test taking strategies to help students to maximize their score.

Algebra 1

Introduction to variables, expressions and formulas. Integers and monomials. Solving linear equations and inequalities with one variable. Linear equations with two variables.

Algebra 2

Equations with two variables, Quadratic equations, Factoring complex expressions, Exponents and polynomials

Calculus

Calculus is the language of engineering and science. The two principle components of calculus are rates of change and areas or volumes under curves. When I began my undergraduate career, I tested out of two semesters of calculus and began my freshman year in calculus III which is basically multivariate and vector calculus. I am very good with this material, and it was a major part of my undergraduate curriculum as a physics major.

Geometry

Lines, Planes, Angles, Polygons

Prealgebra

Number Line, Integers, Algebraic reasoning, Fractions

Precalculus

Working with complex expressions, Complex numbers, Equations and their graphs

Probability

I have detailed knowledge of all the fundamental aspects of probability. These include, but are not limited to: addition rules, multiplication rules, independence, tree diagrams, disjoint events (mutually exclusive), conditional probability, and the application of Bayes rule. Two of my specialties at the college where I tutor are probability and statistics. Many students of nursing and behaviorial science come to the tutoring center for help with these subjects.

SAT Math

SAT math involves the subjects of algebra, number and set theory, plane and coordinate geometry, trigonometry, functions, percents, and even some data analysis, probability, and sequences. I have tutored a number of students who were preparing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. I have detailed knowledge of the subjects covered on the exam, as well as knowledge of the test format. I bring actual SAT practice problems to my test prep tutoring sessions so that students become familiar with the types of problems they will see on the test.

Statistics

Statistics is my number one specialty at the college where I tutor. Because we have so few statistics tutors on staff, I spend a significant amount of time at the college working with students on statistics. I am well versed in all aspects of introductory statistics, including probability. My knowledge includes, but is not limited to: sampling methods, types of distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, comparing two means, proportions, z and t statistics, linear regression, multiple regression, ANOVA, and nonparametric tests. I have probably spent more time as a private tutor working with statistics students than any other subject.

Trigonometry

Angle Measure, Directed Angles, Quadrants, Trigonometric Functions, Identities and various trig relationships

University of Oklahoma
Physics

Education

University of Oklahoma (Physics)

Reliable and dedicated tutor — David tutored my 16-year old son for Intro to Statistics this past fall semester. He was 100% reliable, always arriving on time and also flexible when we needed to change the time due to basketball practices, etc. David approached tutoring from a very positive perspective and was intuitive about finding the best methods to help my son - who ended up with a solid understanding of statistics and a ...

— Joanna, Seattle, WA on 1/7/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98102.