I have been told that I am great at making the complicated and difficult easy to understand and comprehend. I am irreverent, sarcastic, and wacky. I like to 'torture' my students while making learning fun. However, I insist that my students work independently and exhaust all options before trying to use me as a crutch just because 'I can make it easy'.
Currently, I tutor middle school mathematics, high school mathematics (Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, math analysis, algebra/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus), college prep (SAT math, college placement math test prep), ASVAB math prep, and college math (college math, pre-calculus, calculus).
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I absolutely love helping people understand math better. I have been tutoring math since my sophomore year at Virginia Tech--eons ago.
I have been a 'numbers person' all my life. I enjoyed math as a kid. I majored in electrical engineering in college. I enjoyed tutoring college math, engineering, and calculus during my days at Virginia Tech. After graduation, I worked as an engineer for a few years before returning to school. Some of my favorite moments were in helping high school students in math and adults prepping for the math portion of professional certification tests. In graduate school, I focused on innovation and product development in high tech industries, requiring a heavy dose of quantitative courses in business, engineering, and math. It was always a pleasure helping classmates figure out tough quantitative and analytical problems. Post MBA, I worked in product development in leading technology companies. While helping create industry-leading and award-winning products, I developed an interest in US student mathematics performance. I began tutoring math more frequently and eventually taught middle school math and high school math for a few years.
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Derek has a vey warm personality. Coupled with that he understands Math and the challenges it presents to the young student. He has helped my son tremendously after a very short time.
I chat with a new student to get a sense of how their studies are going... During the chat we talk about strengths, challenges, and goals... Then we dive right in because the best way to learn math is to do math...
I have been involved with numbers and technology for most of my life... Therefore, tutoring math and physics comes naturally for me... My education, training, and experience enables me to speak in plain language rather than mathspeak and helps me provide real world examples to make the numbers come to life...
I have a BSEE in Electrical Engineering... I have an MBA with an emphasis on Innovation and Technology Management... I've worked for innovative technology-based companies like Honeywell, AT&T, HP, Corning, and IBM as an engineer, market analyst, and product manager... I've tutored math and science students ranging from elementary schoolers to graduate students and adult learners... I've taught math in middle school and high school...
I use all that education, training, and experience to offer narratives which make concepts relevant... It seems to be working...
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