Duncan McDougall Biography
Duncan was born and raised in Quebec where he attended Champlain Regional College (DEC) and Bishop's University specializing in Mathematics.
He began his teaching career in 1978 teaching mathematics in the Gaspé Coast area of Quebec.
After obtaining his teaching diploma from McGill University, Duncan and his family moved to Fort McMurray in Alberta where they lived for seven years.
Duncan spent that time teaching math and calculus, finally moving to Victoria in the late 1980s.
A short time later he purchased TutorFind and has worked as a Professional Tutor ever since.
McDougall, D. (2016) Fast Fractions: A Student's Workbook. ISBN 9780995219809
A complete and self-contained workbook, designed to help any learner (middle-school, and onward) master all aspects of calculations with fractions. It is full of explanations, and lots of examples on with which to practice. It has already been tested in the classroom with great success. © 2016, By Printorium Bookworks
McDougall, D. (2010) Curve Sketching Part II: A Closer Look at Critical Points. Vector Winter 2010, Volume 51, Issue 1.
The discussion of critical points warrants a look at extrema (candidates for maxima and minimum) as well as vertical asymptotes and vertical tangents.
McDougall, D. (2008) Methods of Integration. Vector, Spring, Volume 49, Issue 1.
Designed for students with some experience in Calculus, this article depicts the four classical and analytical methods of integration along with the best time to use them, what to look for in the integrand, and calculation tricks to reduce the processing.
McDougall, D. (2007) Diophantine Polynomials. Vector, Spring, Volume 48, Issue 1.
This article lists all the cubics, quartics, and quintics whose polynomials are all monic and factorable in the integers and whose derivations are all factorable in the rational numbers. It also describes the reasons for creating them and how the process was accomplished.
McDougall, D. (2007) A refined algorithm for solving polynomial equations. Delta-K 44(2), June.
McDougall, D. (2006) Reducing Fractions and its Application to Rational Expressions. Vector, Summer, Volume 47, Issue2.
When it comes to limits, factoring can be problematic. It is much easier if we know that there exists a common factor with which to reduced the expression to lowest terms. This approach is explored in detail with numerical examples.
McDougall, D. (2006) Factoring trinomials: A student's perspective and reducing fractions and its application to rational expressions. Delta-K 44(1), December.
McDougall, D. and Alerasool, R. (2005) Factoring Trinomials: A Student's Perspective. Vector, Summer, Volume 46, No.2.
The story behind a student's discovery in the area of factoring trinomials. This method is simple and appealing because it s direct and reduces guess work.
McDougall, D. (2005) GCF: The Silent Partner. Volume 44, No.2, Dec.
An article designed to answer questions such as why we cannot reduce some fractions any further, why we can "cross-multiply" to get equivalent fractions when adding or subtracting fractions or rational expressions, and why we cannot add or subtract unlike radicals, and more. Believe it or not, it all has to do with the greatest common factor.
McDougall, D. (2004) Curve Sketching: An Eight Step Menu for Polynomial and Rational Equations. Vector, Fall, Volume 45, No.3.
The topic is not new nor are the components, but the order of processing is new and very effective. It was originally designed for beginners but has blossomed into a method used by practiced students. Illustrations and examples are provided.
McDougall, D. (2003) GCF: The Silent Partner. Vector, Fall, Volume 44, No.3.
McDougall, D. (2002) Radical Radicals. Vector, Summer, Volume 43, No.2.
The operations of radicals are all streamlined with the introduction of the greatest common factor. There is only one set of rules for all four operations and the processing is cur in half by simply calculation the gcf.
McDougall, D. and Willoughby, R. (2007) Solving Polynomial Equations - Reducing the Number of Factors. Ontario Mathematics Gazette, Sept, Volume 46, No.1.
McDougall, D. (1991) Reducing fractions: A different way. International Junior Math Education and Science Technology, Volume 22, No.4, pp. 690-691.
An alternative way of reducing fractions to lowest terms; this method involves taking the difference between numerator and denominator and stating the factors of that difference. It works because the only factors which can reduce the given fraction came from the difference of the numerator and denominator.
Duncan is amazing at how he helps people learn.
He can get a sense of where the student is coming from and fit the material so that the student understands.
He has worked with many people who have an autism spectrum disorder, and has been able to show them how to lean effectively.
Counsellor at Katherine Paxton Counselling Services and Mental Health Director at Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions
November 19, 2013
Duncan is passionate about teaching math and inspiring all those who are fortunate to find and have him as a tutor.
He has the rare element of knowing how to not only teach the curriculum but design it to the learning style of each individual student.
My daughter took those same learning tools given to her in her high school studies and used them to excel through completion of her University courses.
President and Board Member at Godin Rock Resources Inc.
March 19, 2016
I had a great experience with my tutors, Duncan and Ryan.
They are fantastic, knowledgable mentors. My confidence in math and physics increased drastically!
Great teachers explain things in such a way that make complex subjects easy to follow
I am so pleased to have discovered TutorFind and its CEO, Duncan McDougall.
My daughter has been attending tutoring sessions with Duncan for the last two months for Pre-Calculus 11 and 12.
The results have been fabulous!
She is confident and feels comfortable asking him questions in order to clarify her understanding of the concepts.
Duncan is patient, kind, knowledgeable, and passionate about what he is teaching.
He cares about my daughter’s success and teaches with encouragement and positive reinforcement.
With Duncan’s continued efforts with my daughter, I have no doubt that she will complete Pre-Calculus 12 to a high standard.
Perhaps, some of his passion for the subject will transfer to her!
July 19, 2016
Tutor Find threw me a life line when I was drowning in self-doubt and treading on the thought of giving up.
I booked a session with Duncan as recommended by a former student regarding a Calculus II course that was standing between me and my long term goal to obtain a designation as a Professional Geoscientist.
Duncan not only taught me the course material but he taught me what was possible when you dig deep and see your own potential. He understood my learning style and catered to my specific needs providing different approaches when something wasn't “clicking”.
As a working professional, he worked with my schedule and made it work. Duncan doesn’t just tutor his students but he brings out the best in each and everyone of them to help them achieve their goals and understand their potential to achieve.
I would send anyone looking for course assistance to Duncan or anyone on his team in a heartbeat.
Environmental Geoscientist/ Environmental Consultant with TerraWest Environmental Ltd
July 26, 2016
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