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Hi, I'm Derek! I graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a double major in Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics. I am currently taking a break from graduate coursework for a teaching degree at Johns Hopkins. Last summer in Baltimore, I taught rising 9th graders to prepare them for the coming school year. For the two summers before that, I taught Geometry and Computer Science in the Bronx of NYC to help students get ahead for the school year ahead. I have also taught high school students to teach middle school students math skills in fun and engaging ways. Finally, I have also taught at summer camps while in high school. As for tutoring, I tutored for 3 years in high school in the academic center to help fellow students understand material better. I have also tutored in college because of my strong math ability.

The best part about tutoring is the opportunity to best serve the student. In a classroom environment, it can be hard to pay attention to every student, but when it comes to tutoring, I can deliver content in the best possible way for the student. My favorite moment is always that "a-ha" moment when the student finally understands the material. As a computer science major, I constantly practice breaking down tasks into smaller pieces, so I try to present material in small chunks as well. I know that this form of task analysis helps students understand material better. With my experiences, I also love to find different ways to teach every skill. Since some students understand material in different ways, I make sure that I have a diverse portfolio of methods to teach a skill to ensure mastery. As always, I love getting to know my students, to first treat them as a person. This strong relationship is a foundation to building mastery in a new skill together.

As a math major, I have had a lot of coursework done in understanding mathematics. I have scored an 800 on SAT Math, an 800 on SAT Math II, and a 36 in ACT Math. Math is the subject that I most prefer to teach since I know that my understanding of math is strong. Proofs, number sense, and algebra all come very naturally to me.

I look forward to getting to know you, and to help you build a better understanding in any subject. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions or to schedule a lesson!

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Derek’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

Test Scores

ACT Math: 35

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1480

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 700

Hobbies

Piano, Teaching, Tutoring, Running, Bouldering, Singing, Traveling

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Music Theory

AP Physics 2

Basic Computer Literacy

C

C++

College Computer Science

Computer Programming

Computer Science

Computer Theory

Discrete Math

Elementary School Math

Finite Mathematics

High School Computer Science

HTML

Java

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

MATLAB

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Music

Music Theory

Piano

Python

Science

SQL

Technology and Coding

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