Dan The Man Tutoring

Dan The Man Tutoring

5.0 (3)
6 years in business

About this tutor

My skillset is unique to tutors in that I balance academic experience with an understanding of what it means to be a young student; I am a PhD student with an honest love for all things scholarly, and yet it was not so long ago that I was a student in these classes too. At 22 years old, I haven't yet forgotten what it felt like to drag myself to school early in the morning, nor the frustration felt when teachers seem not to understand. As a result, I bring both competence and empathy to my tutoring sessions in a way that I hope not only empowers students to succeed in their classes, but also encourages them to see the beauty in what they are studying.

I have been a tutor for about 6 years, both as a volunteer and a paid worker at tutoring centers. I have won national awards in writing, graduated with a degree in biochemistry and mathematics, and have a pretty encyclopedic brain in general. And yet, I do not consider any of those to be my strongest qualifications: I consider my greatest strength to be the fact that I genuinely love learning, and I hope I can help you see things from my perspective too!

My pedagogical stance is that there are generally two forms of learning: those that encourage rote memorization and process-following, and those that encourage students to truly, critically examine the topics and problems that they face. I believe that encouraging students to think critically, rather than automatically, is nothing short of the key to building a better world and a better future.

In my extensive time in school, I have seen how great of a difference learning to think critically can make. I believe that this quality is the only fruit of education that is applicable regardless of what path in life students take. Therefore, I see tutoring, and specifically tutoring that encourages this way of thinking, to be a critical public service: the more thoughtful people we have out there, the better the world becomes. I see tutoring as a way in which I can, in my own way, help make the future a little brighter.

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Berkeley, CA 94708
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3 Reviews


  • Michael Alfonso

    Dan tutored me in calculus off and on for a few terms. Dan has been tutoring math for a long time and has seen a wide variety of common mistakes and barriers to comprehension in his work. With this experience, Dan is able to identify why his students do not understand the material and provide his students with a clear explanation of the material that addresses each student's specific challenges.

  • Ethan Breitenbach

    Dan singlehandedly got me through college calculus and was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had!

  • Olivia Lang

    Dan has a true enthusiasm for teaching and learning. He uses that to help guide his students, understand how they think, and help them develop their own way of thinking about study material. He never makes you feel stupid for asking questions and actually enjoys the content. Could not find a better tutor if you tried.

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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

-Bachelor's degree with honors in biochemistry and mathematics, graduate study in biophysics.

-6 years of tutoring experience in math, english, and chemistry, primarily at the high school and college level.

-National awards in creative writing, advanced college classes in the humanities.

-Excellent scores on the SAT, SAT subject tests, GRE, and the MCAT, generally in the 99th percentile.

-7 years of experience in competitive debate.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Graduate school preparatory tests prep: $40 /hour

College course: $35 /hour

High school class: $30 /hour

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with high school and college students from all backgrounds and all skill levels--I have tutored students struggling to make it through the class as well as aces just trying to brush up before a final. I also have experience working with students who are the first in their family to attend college. 

I've also tutored a wide variety of students: from business to biology, or from astrophysics to accounting, I have a sufficiently broad base of knowledge to help you with whatever material you might be struggling with.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

-Do you need help working through exercises and assignments, or do you want explanations and lectures?

-Are you looking to truly understand the material, or do you just want to pass with a good grade? It's important to have our objectives clearly in mind.

-What is preventing me from doing well in this class?

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