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I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon Marine Biology Institute and spent a year living in Spanish-speaking countries while pursuing my undergraduate degree. I have tutored everyone from ESL students in the Galapagos Islands to Biology majors in Eugene, Oregon, but the subjects about which I am most passionate are Math, the Life Sciences, Spanish, and SAT/GRE test prep.

I know the chaos that can be wreaked by standardized tests, and I believe that I have developed the tools to make them manageable. My educational philosophy revolves around the connection that exists, waiting to be found, between each student and the subject with which they are struggling. I believe that every student is unique and that by connecting seemingly farfetched or intimidating educational topics to something in the student's everyday life, a tutor can help that student thrive.

When I am not involved in academia, one can find me playing with my band, backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula, or reading a good book in a warm corner of a coffee shop.

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David’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology

Test Scores



SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 770

GRE Verbal: 167

GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 170


Enjoys music, currently in a band that tours. also enjoys outdoor activities: trail running, backpacking, and snowboarding. Also likes science!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

American Literature

AP Environmental Science

AP Human Geography

AP Physics 2

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US Government

AP US History

AP World History



Cell Biology


College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Level American Literature

College Physics

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish

Developmental Algebra

Drum and Percussion

Earth Science


Elementary Algebra


Environmental Science


Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

General Chemistry



GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Physics

High School World History

High School Writing

History of Science

IB Geography

IB Geography HL

IB Geography SL

Intermediate Algebra

College Math


Latin America History

Life Sciences

Linear Algebra

Marine Biology


Middle School Science

Molecular Biology


PCAT Biology

Persuasive Writing

Physical Science




Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Social Studies


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep


US History


World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each student has a slightly different pathway that they use to access and expand upon the information in a given subject. My teaching philosophy revolves around finding that unique connection and using it to elucidate difficult topics.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a first session, I generally start by moving across a broad spectrum of topics (usually in the form of practice problems), allowing my student and I to find strengths and weaknesses, and generating questions on the topic organically.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The worse thing a tutor can do is solve a problem for a student. I try, even when explaining the correct approach to a topic, to continually ask for the supporting information from my student, developing his or her own framework for the subject.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

At the end of each tutoring session, I like to focus on the small wins from that session, and then connect them to the larger picture, showing how far the student has come. Providing graspable milestones has, in my experience, made it much easier to keep moving through the material.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I believe that if a teaching strategy isn't working, there is no point in continuing it. If a student is struggling, I cycle through different approaches to the concept until one of them connects, and then move forward accordingly.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I tell my students to read over the questions following the reading passage and identify their aims in order to read the material in a more focused manner.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When starting to tutor a new student, I find it imperative to intersperse material instruction with discussion about his or her daily life. This allows us to connect future concepts with which the student might be struggling to information that is approachable.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would use connections to familiar topics in his or her life in order to make a seemingly drab topic a bit more engaging.

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