what makes him an awesome tutor

I love figuring out different ways of thinking about and solving problems. This leads me to keep trying different approaches with students until I find one that they relate to. I live for that aha moment when a good analogy or different approach makes a previously difficult concept obvious.

fun facts

Life Goal: Solve a problem no one else has solved. Make the world a better place. Make it to Kona Beach.

Words to Live By: All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place. – Douglas Adams

Favourite Mathematical Weapon: Trying random numbers in equations to see if I’ve made any mistakes. E.g., Does sin(2x) = 2sin(x)cos(x)? Dunno, let’s try x=0. Yep. Let’s try x=45. Yep. Okay, good enough. 60% of the time, it works every time.

get to know david


Education: I have a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with a minor in management at McGill. I once almost finished a Master’s where I was designing, simulating, and controlling a next generation Mars rover. It was awesome.

Fave Tech device: The bicycle: relatively simple, ridiculously efficient. We’re still finding small improvements in materials and aerodynamics, but the basics haven’t changed in over a hundred years.

Fave Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – an absurd and hilarious adventure!

Fave Band: No permanent favourite. Right now I’m on a Black Keys and Fleetwood Mac kick. AC/DC or GnR to get pumped up.

Fave Song: Also changes. Right now: Gold on the ceiling/Little Black Submarines/Go Your Own Way.

Fave Outfit: Uhhh...jeans...and a shirt I guess? I hate wearing shoes and socks and would go barefoot all the time if it was socially acceptable.

Fave TV Show: Arrested Development, House, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock.

Fave Movie: The Big Lebowski. Office Space. Or Baseketball if I’m feeling silly.

When you're not crunching numbers:

Well, I’m usually crunching numbers. If not, I’m hopefully running, swimming, or biking.  Or adventuring out in the wilderness.

What's the best thing about you? (Ed note: David was too flustered by the plethora of options to choose from to answer this question. How adorable.)

nerd alert! 

I start every morning with a cryptic crossword puzzle, and will think about clues I can’t get throughout the day. This sometimes involves accidentally talking/laughing to myself out loud. On the subway. It’s a bit embarrassing. I also make sure to mix up and then solve my Rubik’s cube every now and again to stay sharp. You know, so I’ll be prepared in case there’s ever a cube-solving emergency.