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Michael W.

Credentialed Mathematics Teacher

Diamond Bar, CA (91765)

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I have been teaching high school math for 11 years, and I am authorized to teach mathematics through Calculus. I have taught Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra, Prealgebra, and Consumer Mathematics. I have successfully tutored Precalculus and Calculus, as well as upper level college mathematics courses. I received my Masters degree in Mathematics at California State University Fullerton in May, 2012. I have tutored math since I was in high school. I believe that students learn math best by finding their own solutions. I consider that guiding the student to their own solution, via questioning, is the most effective form of tutoring, as it allows the student to think, reason, and explore as they solve problems. This helps the student to develop confidence and to mature as a learner. It guides them toward asking themselves questions as they work. This, in turn, helps them to become independent learners. I am a patient and understanding tutor, and I can help students refresh previous topics to assist in current coursework.

I am also a capable science tutor. My Bachelor's degree is in Biology, with a strong Chemistry minor. As a graduate teaching assistant, I taught Chemistry laboratory courses. My undergraduate major included three semesters of Physics.

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Michael’s subjects

Math:
English:
ESL/ESOL
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Business:
Business, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, CBEST, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SSAT
Corporate Training:
Business, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, GMAT, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Algebra 1

As a credentialed mathematics teacher, with a Master's degree in Mathematics, I am thoroughly familiar with the entire range of topics addressed in Algebra, as well as with the attendant state standards.

Algebra is the basis for most higher math classes. Students are introduced to concepts that will become the foundation for success in other classes. Success in algebra helps prepare the student for a variety of careers in medicine, engineering, technology, business and more.

Algebra introduces abstract concepts to students who may already be anxious about their math abilities. This often increases the students anxiety and this interferes with learning.

My tutoring approach with these students is to show them that most algebra is just an extension of math they already know and understand. Starting here reduces the student's fear and allows the student to learn by building on his/her own knowledge base.

Algebra 2

I teach Algebra 2 in high school and have tutored it at the high school and college levels.

Algebra 2 reviews the important topics from Algebra 1 before introducing more complex ideas. A variety of important mathematical concepts are covered. These include families of functions, absolute value functions, polynomial functions, rational exponents, radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, probability and counting methods, and rational functions.

This wide variety of topics is sometimes overwhelming for students with gaps in their mathematical learning. My tutoring approach is to assess and review any required prior knowledge, then build the new material on a more solid foundation. This repairs any gap in prior learning while helping the student to understand the current topic.

Business

I worked in industry for 28 years, including operating my own business for 18 years. I am familiar with all aspects of business operations, including, hiring & firing (human resources), purchasing, accounts payable, sales, accounts receivable, payroll, basic accounting functions, finance, production, transportation and shipping and receiving. I am also well versed in a variety of computer applications widely used in business.

Calculus

My state teaching credential authorizes me to teach secondary mathematics through calculus. I have tutored students in calculus since I was in college. In addition, I received my Master of Arts in Mathematics in May 2012, so I have used the skills recently. I can assist with both problem solving and proofs, as well as help students with conceptual understanding.

CBEST

As a credential secondary teacher in California, I am familiar with, have taken, and passed the CBEST exam. I also tutor test preparation for a variety of other tests. Testing techniques are mostly transferable from one test to another.

Chemistry

I completed a strong Chemistry minor (approx. 40 semester hours) in college and worked on a Masters (21 additional hours) for a year before deciding that I did not enjoy laboratory work. In addition, I supervised undergraduate Chemistry labs as a teaching assistant. I have tutored in Chemistry at the high school and college levels for several years.

Discrete Math

As a graduate student, I completed classes in Discrete Math and Combinatorics, and applied many of these principles in other courses.

Discrete mathematics includes a wide variety of topics relating to mathematics of discrete values, as opposed to continuous values. These include, but are not limited to combinatorics, set theory, probability, number theory and Diophantine equations, and graph theory. There are various applications in algebra geometry and calculus, and I can assist with these.

General Computer

I am authorized by the state to teach Computer Literacy and Computer Applications at the high school level. In addition, I worked in industry for nearly two decades after the introduction of personal computers, and am familiar with a variety of computer applications.

I can assist students with little or no computer knowledge in becoming more capable and comfortable with using both PC and Apple computers. Surfing the web, and using search engines to find information, products, interest groups, etc. I can assist you in learning to locate desired information, locations, directions. I can help you to learn the basic principles and commands for using word processing, spreadsheet and other programs.

Geometry

I teach high school Geometry and have tutored it at the high school and college levels.

Geometry covers a variety of topics which are built upon in subsequent courses. Triangles, circles, and trigonometric ratios are important basics that are critical in precalc and calculus. Congruence, similarity, parallelograms and other special quadrilaterals, volume and surface area, and the idea of mathematical proof are also covered in detail. In addition, geometry introduces the logic and reasoning that are the basis for mathematical proof. Logic and reasoning are skills that can be applied in many fields besides math.

The variety of topics is sometimes overwhelming for students with gaps in their mathematical learning. My tutoring approach is to assess and review any required prior knowledge, then build the new material on a more solid foundation. This repairs any gap in prior learning while helping the student to understand the current topic.

Microsoft Excel

I teach math and computer applications in high school. In Excel, I teach spreadsheet design and layout, formatting, and basic formula writing as well as use of advanced functions and graphing.

Before becoming a teacher, I used Microsoft Excel extensively in a business environment. I built spreadsheet applications for a variety of uses, including recordkeeping, bookkeeping, production management, and pricing.

Praxis

As a credentialed secondary mathematics teacher, I have prepared for, taken and passed the California equivalent of the Praxis exams, the CSET examinations in Mathematics. In addition, I have assisted several prospective math teachers in preparing for and passing these exams. Since I have received my MA in Mathematics, and my teaching credential, I am familiar with a wide variety of upper level mathematics and I am capable of teaching this material to others.

Precalculus

Precalculus covers a variety of topics important in higher math and in the sciences. Trigonometric functions and identities, the unit circle, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, matrices, vectors, systems of equations in three space, and mathematical induction are some of the topics covered in depth.

My teaching credential authorizes me to teach mathematics in California up through calculus. Having recently completed my Masters in mathematics, I am current with the material I tutor.

SAT Math

I am an experienced SAT math tutor. As a credentialed high school teacher, I have mastery of all mathematics tested on the SAT, and in addition, I can teach testing strategies that will assist students in raising their math scores.

Study Skills

I have a BS in Biology with a Chemistry minor, and am MA in Mathematics, as well as an additional 67 credit not degree related. I completed a one year teaching credential course in California, have a CA Clear Credential and have taught high school for 11 years. In addition to developing my own study habits and routines, I helped my two daughters to learn and develop their own study habits. As a teacher, I work with students of all abilities to assist them in developing and improving their study skills.

Trigonometry

I have tutored trigonometry for several years. Trigonometry builds upon foundations from both Algebra 2 and Geometry. I help struggling trig students by reinforcing the earlier foundational material on which current topics build. This is often critical to understanding the trig topics. I teach the concept behind the math, in order to make the math more understandable. In addition, I help students prepare for later courses, by identifying the important topics on which future mathematics depends.

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Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Biology w Chem minor)

CSU Pomona (Graduate Coursework)

CSU Fullerton MA (Master's)

Great Tutor — My son is feeling more confident with his Trigonometry class. Michael has been flexible with our busy schedule and gets to work right away and uses the time exceptionally. ...

— Vanessa, Pomona, CA on 2/5/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Reduced rates may be negotiated for multiple hour lessons or multiple lessons per week.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

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