My goal as a tutor is to help every student become self-sufficient and achieve long-term success.

For math students, these two important objectives are reached by identifying and resolving gaps in the student's knowledge base, and by developing essential mathematical and cognitive skills for high school and beyond.

In physics, our objectives are reached by first focussing on core physical concepts so the student is able to distill any problem into its basic pieces, analyze those pieces, then put them together in a coherent solution. Secondly, we work on the algebraic and numerical aspects of problem solving, which may also involve a review of mathematical ideas and methods.

Resolving gaps in mathematics often means taking a step or two back to reinforce fundamental concepts and practices that underlie many of the more advanced topics that the student is currently faced with and will encounter later. Note that a gap does not necessarily indicate a shortcoming of the student, but is often a symptom of disconnects in the 'instructional flow' of curriculum, textbook, teacher, classroom setting and individual practice. The subject of mathematics is especially susceptible to those disconnects and subsequent gaps, which easily cause students to lose interest and fall behind.

Completing homework and preparing for tests form the basis for lessons, and provide a starting point for more in-depth work. This involves developing problem solving strategies and aptitude, so that ultimately the student will have the confidence and ability to complete homework, and prepare for and succeed in assessment tasks on their own. Effective learning in mathematics and physics certainly depends on attaining new knowledge, but equally important is the development of logical thinking and the ability to evaluate problem solving tools, both of which are invaluable skills in life well beyond high school and the classroom.

I Offer:

    Personalized strategies and exercises
    Relevant "real world" connections to subject matter
    Interconnections between subjects
    Demonstrations and exercises with DESMOS and graphing calculators
    Neuroscience based tips for studying and learning
    Knowledge of Ontario curriculum goals and assessment

All tutoring is online via zoom. $56 for each hour, $82 for 90 minutes.

Weekly Meetings

To schedule weekly reserved appointments, please contact me at any time during the school year.

For the best times (and for the best academic results), get in touch around the end of August or early September (first semester) and around the end of January or early February (second semester).

Cancellation and Occasional Changes

Please contact me by email or text message with any changes to your schedule.

To avoid additional charges, please notify me of a cancellation at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise a fee equivalent to one hour of tutoring may apply. Changes due to occasional illnesses and emergencies are expected and understandable — no extra fees on a case-by-case basis.

Dr. Dave worked as a mathematician and physicist professionally for 20
years. He started with a BSc in Applied Mathematics at York
University in Toronto, then went on to become a geophysicist with a PhD
specializing in mathematical modelling of physical processes in
Earth's inner and outer cores, planetary magnetic fields and remote
sensing satellites. He taught Earth science, engineering
and mathematics courses at York and the University of Newcastle upon
Tyne in England.

Since 2012, Dr. Dave has been helping high school students succeed in
all core math courses and physics from the Ontario curriculum.