The Roaming Scholar

The Roaming Scholar

5.0 (3)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this tutor

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When it comes to Tutoring I place a strong focus on understanding and teaching the "why?" of things. Why does a formula work? There are of course times when the answer might be too complex, but I believe that the more we really understand something, it becomes easy to memorize and utilize. I also believe education and learning are supposed to be a fun and positive experience so I am always bringing this kind of energy to our sessions and helping to remove some of the pressure that I find most students are overwhelmed by. 

All Tutoring is done over the computer and since many have not tried this yet, I offer a FREE 30 Minute Session to any new student to give it a try and see how amazing it is. Online lessons give us a huge advantage in terms of convenience of scheduling and also tools available to us. For instance, all my students get a FREE recording of every session so they can not only look back at the notes I send them (via an online white-board) but can also see the steps happening in the recording. There are a lot of other tools and features that I would love to explain further as well. So, reach out and let's have a talk to see if my service is right for you. 

You can also check out my YouTube Channel, Blog, and Podcast by searching for The Roaming Scholar. 

I love inspiring students to pursue their dreams. I love working with a student who hates math and all of a sudden says something like, "Oh, that's cool!" during a session. For everything we learn or can learn, there is something cool and interesting in it and with the burden of testing and trying to keep up in a class we are struggling in, it can be easy to lose sight of this and also lose interest in education as a whole. I love being a part of turning that around. 

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Garden City South, NY 11530
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3 Reviews


  • Teresa D.

    Struggling students and parents...? That was us three years ago. My son was described by his teachers as a very bright boy, but the test scores did not reflect his knowledge. Extra help in school created more frustration. Things changed drastically after just few sessions with Derek!!! Not only the grades went up but the confidence of my son :) If you need tutoring, working with Derek will give you PEACE OF MIND.

  • Brett Garvey

    It was an excellent experience. Derek is the nicest guy you could ask for and very intelligent. His use of technology to have all your work right there in front of you is really helpful. He does a good job of making the online tutoring sessions very organized. He is also very well rounded and is able to help in many subjects. So far I’ve used him for ap physics and geometry and I’ve made massive improvements because of it. I will definitely see him for more sessions in the future.

  • Glinda149

    I’ve worked with Derek for about 3 years now and he’s made things so much easier for me! We started with Algebra II, then SAT Math along with test strategies, and now he’s helping me with Calculus. The best thing to say is that I got the grades and scores I wanted and needed because of him and our sessions were always fun which is saying something because I’ve always hated math! The online sessions are great too. I was hesitant at first, but after the first session I was hooked. Getting the free recording and notes, plus the convenience of being at home made it great. Derek was always there to answer questions even outside of our sessions as well which was amazing. Sometimes you just need help on that one homework problem and he’d always help through text or email. Can’t say enough how happy I am that I chose to work with Derek.

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

It's important that the first session is fun and informative and my student leaves feeling confident that they can really do well in their class. 

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. 

I want to get as much information about why a student is struggling so I can better help 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 schools from years previous when the struggle really started. Now my job is about filling those holes while also keeping them up to pace with the current lessons. 

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 a professional 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 like you to make your educational experience more enjoyable. 

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

Sessions are $85/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 $76.50/hr. My price is determined from my years of experience and the results I always achieve with my students. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've always been teaching since High School helping friends, to running study groups in College, so 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 (The Roaming Scholar Podcast)!

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 whatever else you might have towards that subject. As I said, learning is supposed to be fun. It's not always going to be that way with how our school system is structured, but we can always find a little enjoyment in everything we do... even Math! 

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

Think about your goal. The question I will ask a student 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. 

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