Derek Henig

Derek Henig

5.0 (14)
Best of 2020
3 hires on
1 employee
8 years in business

About this tutor

I've been tutoring professionally for ten years now! What makes me great at what I do is the fact that I'm interested in everything. I love learning and exploring new things on my own. In my free time, I'm a writer, musician, podcaster, an avid reader, and I love martial arts too. This makes it easy and natural for me to connect with students as I'm genuinely interested in what they love, and I want to know more about that as much as I want to teach them about math and science. This makes my lessons fun, enjoyable, and of course, instructive! My service is also a life lesson in goal setting, planning, working towards something, and achieving the goal. Then, when they reach that goal... it's priceless! I know that when students walk away from our lessons, they feel more confident and at ease with their studies and excited about their future.

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The best thing about what I do is making education fun and enjoyable--because it should be. I love learning, and I never stop doing so! I also enjoy helping my students see that they are truly capable of anything they set their mind to, and how that lesson can pour over into whatever it is they're passionate about doing in their life. It's all about setting my students up to achieve in life, as well as in Geometry and Chemistry!

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Garden City South, NY 11530
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14 Reviews


  • Denise Addington

    Derek was an absolute pleasure to work with as I made arrangements with him be my son's tutor for Honors Chemistry. Derek's professionalism and ability to connect with my son was beyond any expectations I could've dreamed of. Immediately, after the first session, my son couldn't wait to book another one. Derek has a way of not only explaining the work but he also encourages his student to truly think through the concept being discussed. He wants to ensure that his student has a full understanding of the subject. As a parent, I was so impressed with Derek's dependability and flexibility to meet my son's schedule. My son's test scores improved immediately after our tutoring sessions began. I know that without Derek, my son wouldn't have passed the class. Frequently, I listened in and would be amazed at Derek's knowledge of the subject. I truly couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of my son's final grade and we were both in agreement, that it had everything to do with Derek's tutoring. I would highly recommend Derek to be your tutor and again, cannot say enough about his passion towards seeing you succeed.

  • Iris Gao

    Derek is an incredible tutor. I often got frustrated with my assignments because I struggled to master the material, but Derek was always very patient and has literally never gotten annoyed with me. He always did his best to try to help me while also encouraging me to try to think through questions/problems for myself. Whether it was Calculus or SAT/ACT prep, Derek was always a big help in making me a better student and test taker. He also gave me great career & life advice that I still abide by into my college years. Can’t go wrong with him as your tutor 😄

  • Elyse

    Derek has been tutoring me for years. He is patient, understanding, and takes his time to get to know his students and how they learn best. If I struggled to understand something, he would find a new way to explain it to me until it made sense. There’s a reason whenever I needed help I would always ask Derek, he truly is an incredible tutor and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help!

  • Keely Sanders

    I used Derek as my tutor for various subjects as well as SAT/ACT prep for 5 years. He tutored me in both high school and college level courses ranging from regular to AP style difficulty. Without him, I would not have successfully passed any the subjects or have been able to graduate both high school and college Magna Cum Laude. I would recommend Derek to everyone and anyone!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It's essential that the first session is fun and informative and who I'm working with leaves feeling confident that they really can do well in their class. When education is boring, it's harder. When our effort isn't moving us forward, it's frustrating. That's what the first session and every session after that is all about. Making education fun, and reassuring that the extra effort my students put in with me will absolutely pay off!

I also like to find out a little background from my student, such as past grades, how their teacher structures their class, and their overall impression of the class. Doing this helps us set goals together about what they want from their classes and myself. Not everyone wants an A, but I, of course, challenge my students just a bit beyond their comfort zone to help them see how capable they truly are. 

In those first few sessions, I want to get as much information about why a student is struggling so I can fix those issues. Sometimes someone is just having trouble connecting with their teacher, so they need different examples and explanations to learn the topic from a different angle. Other times it's that the student is missing some major concepts from years previous when the struggle actually started. Now my job is about filling those holes while also keeping them up to pace with the current lessons.

Tutoring definitely requires a case by case, student by student approach, and I can adapt to anyone's needs, challenges, and goals! 

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

I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and have been a professional tutor since 2010. I consider myself an expert problem-solver, which is what initially attracted me to Engineering. I love solving problems, but I didn't discover that the problem I wanted to solve was Education until after College. Since then, I've dedicated my life to that mission of improving education and one of the ways I get to do that is by working with students to make their educational experience more enjoyable. And get the grades they want and need, of course! I've helped hundreds of students to get over the hurdles in the classroom so they can get pursuing their passions and dreams.

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

Sessions are $89/hr and I also offer the opportunity to purchase packages of 5 or 10 hrs worth of sessions which can bring the price down to $80.10/hr. I also offer group sessions where the cost is as low as $30 an hour. My prices are determined from my years of experience and the results I always achieve with my students. With my rate, I try to ensure I only take on a certain number of students at a time. I tutor FULL TIME. So, you know that you're getting someone who will be energetic and ready to go for your lesson. Also, each student gets a FREE recording of our sessions. I come prepared, and I set goals with my students so we can be sure we're moving forward. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've been teaching since High School in a way; from helping friends to running study groups in college. When I left college not really wanting to do what I went to school for, I went in search for what really made me passionate. Teaching was it and I set out to do it in the way I thought best. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students from Elementary school up to College level math (Calculus). I've worked with students who were really struggling to just pass their class, and I've worked with students who wanted to go from a 95 to a 100. Every student is different to me and I explain things in a way that works best for whoever is in front of me. That's why it's important to get to know my student's interests a little so I can use those as examples and analogies in the concepts I'm explaining. I also just like getting to know people and I'm genuinely interested in what my students are interested in. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I just got married : )

I started a Podcast (More Than A Story)!

I wrote a novel! (Fictional Mystery... next step is to get it published!)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It's all about the fit. Don't hire someone who you can't have a general conversation with. I know with tutoring there's an agenda to get things done and learn as much as possible, but if you can't enjoy your time with whoever you're working with, you're going to dread every minute and that will just add to the feelings of annoyance and frustration towards that subject. That just won't help.

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

Think about your goal. The question I will ask a student on our first session is, "what has to happen by the end of the year, or this quarter, etc. to make you feel like these sessions were a success?" If you have an answer to that, you'll be able to find questions to ask teachers about how they will make that happen. "How can you help me raise my grade from an 85 to a 95?" I hope that helps!

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