I know - firsthand - the transforming power that a truly inspiring, fun-loving, creative teacher or tutor can have on a wandering mind.
Early on, I had a behavioral problem. I was bored.
With the specialized help I received from caring teachers and tutors, I went on to become the first in my coal mining family to go to college. I ended up at Harvard, Early Admission, NROTC.
One of the ways that my teachers, parents, and tutors channeled my boredom led to my greatest love: tutoring and teac...
I would strongly recommend David across the board and in particular to those preparing to take the ASVAB. David thoroughly enjoys his work and it shows. He follows up and encourages students to enjoy the journey as they prepare for the exam. I am a professional educator myself and I have been so impressed with David and how he has helped my son not only improve his test score but also increase his self-confidence tremendously. David also feels strongly about his commitment to assist those who are in the process of enlisting to serve our nation and it shows in every lesson, follow-up phone call, email, and text. As a parent, I was also so grateful for David's professionalism and the time he took to keep me abreast of my son's progress and challenges.
- Patrick S. from Arlington, VA
Very thorough and observant. We were very happy with David and his attention to detail. He takes time to decide where the strengths and weaknesses are and then focused on strengthening the weaknesses.
- Gary P. from Alexandria, VA
We were looking for a tutor to help our junior high school son to improve his reading/writing/study skills, prepare for college, and apply some of that in his daily life. He and David are off to a good start.
- Monica A. from Annandale, VA
David, with his charisma and guidance, helped tremendously in working on my son's lack of confidence. The latter has improved not only in getting a jump of more than 100 points in his SAT (turning Stretch Schools into Safety Schools), but also in the way he communicates with peers and teachers, feeling more confident in all the areas.
- Kika M. from Falls Church, VA
My son never liked working with tutors until he met David. David is very patient and puts a person at ease. My son could relate to him which made studying more enticing. I have seen substantial improvement in my son's productivity not only in his school work, but in his SAT scores. After studying with David, in preparation for the SAT, my son saw an increase of 120 points on his score. I could not be more pleased with David and not only consider him my son's tutor, but a friend.
- Stacy B. from Alexandria, VA
David has worked diligently and patiently to help our daughter recover from the many weeks of school she missed due to mono. He is a very holistic tutor, kind and caring, and works hard to bring scholastic subjects to life. He proved dependably encouraging and helped us all feel that the huge task of catching up could be accomplished. Our daughter would not have been able to continue the semester at her school without David's support. Thank you, David!
4/29/13- It has been 13 months now since we began working with David S of WyzAnt. He has become one of our daughter's greatest supporters and a significant, positive influence on her as she recovered from a multi-month illness and the ensuing academic fallout. David has seen her through the college application process and helped boost her morale and confidence, tailoring his tutoring methods to her particular learning style and making studying less onerous and tedious through her challenging catch up and keep up work. Our family has found David to be a tremendous resource; he is a natural, genuine, empathetic person who also happens to be a brilliant, gifted tutor. David doesn't see mistakes, only steps to success, and he has kept our daughter on track through various health and academic ups and downs during the past year. We feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with David and give him our highest recommendation.
- Kim B. from Arlington, VA
I am very pleased with the progress my son (in grade K) has made in just a few sessions with David. He was too scared to try reading and now is excited to try reading anything he sees. David really knows how to get through to the younger kids.
- Cathy A. from Vienna, VA
I contacted David to help my daughter improve her critical reading score on the SAT exam. I was immediately impressed by his breadth of knowledge and his deep care and support of my daughter's success. After meeting with my daughter, David immediately understood what needed to be done and after three sessions together she took the SAT exam and raised her score by 90 points!! We were so impressed with David that we also consulted with him on the college application process, getting feedback and support on the student essay portion as well as determining which schools were the best match for her interests. David's ability to inspire my daughter was an added bonus, encouraging her to reach for the moon and land in the stars. He was accessible and supportive every step of the way. Thank you David!
- Susan F. from Alexandria, VA
David is knowledgeable across the subject board. He is patient, organized and always accessible to our son, daughter and ourselves. His enthusiasm for teaching and learning is contagious. He builds confidence and success. He is also well versed in teaching to different learning styles for those with learning differences. We highly recommend him!
- Ginny M. from Alexandria, VA
I would recommend David to anyone who struggles with or fears writing. David has helped me work through my thesis, which was not an easy task. He has the capability to peel your difficulties like a onion and help you build as a better writer. Each time we met, he knew what stressed me out and what I was comfortable with. In turn, it gave him ideas of how to help me face my biggest fears. Overall, David does not make you feel judged when working with him but as an equal.
- Leslie M. from Alexandria, VA
David has been tutoring my son in AP English and History for the last two months, and we couldn't be happier with the results. My son's grades in English, the class in which he was having the most difficulty, began to improve within two weeks. My son has a hard time getting good grades in classes that don't really interest him or have relevance for him. David has done an excellent job in getting him interested and motivated in these subjects, as well as helping him grasp the subject content. David is very professional and reliable, and a thoughtful communicator who has given good feedback on each session with my son. I highly recommend him!
- Cynthia O. from Alexandria, VA
I read some reviews that he was very patient, well honestly after couple of sessions with David I must say he is extremely patient, extremely informed and makes things seem very easy. David you are phenomenal and god bless you.
- Saeed A. from Alexandria, VA
Impressed, relieved, content are just a few words that describe what my husband and I felt when David began tutoring our son in preparation to take the ASVAB test. We saw in our 19 year old a sense of motivation that we as parents, former teachers and tutors fought to see all during high school. Our son actually is learning math applications that he never gave himself the chance to comprehend in high school. As a result of David?s approach and excellent background in the ASVAB preparation, our son has a greater interest in the various career paths that the US Military can offer him. Most important is David?s approach and positive attitude which has motivated our son to have the ambition to obtain the highest score possible. We are truly grateful for David and the WyzAnt program!
- Lorrie J. from Burke, VA
I have been impressed with the time David has taken to get to know my son's strengths and weaknesses in order to fashion a study plan that works for him. My son has attention challenges, and gradually his attention span has been been increasing. My son can't wait for the days that he will be working with David. David has also made himself available to speak to my son's teacher to get her input, which is an indication of David's commitment to seeing my son succeed.
I highly recommend David as a tutor, especially for students that may appear a little harder to reach.
- Omyra R. from Arlington, VA
Over the course of a two hour session and the editing of a draft of a paper (which he helped with on very short notice and got back me to very quickly), I can not say enough how helpful, inspiring, intelligent and sincere he is. I've had many tutors in the past from both Wyzant as well as in NYC, and he proved himself, by far, to be the most helpful. He clearly has a wide knowledge base (as you can see from his profile), but beyond that he is very passionate about helping you achieve your academic goals. Lastly, I was very impressed by his dedication and interest in my studies. He went above and beyond in understanding the demands of the courses I needed help in and the style of my professors. Lastly, he makes himself very available to his students and was very prompt , direct and thorough in his response to emails--which made things much eaiser in the midst of "crunch time" or finals. 5 stars all around!
- Marissa G. from Washington, DC