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Michael W.

Math & Physics Tutor - UCLA Engineering

El Monte, CA (91732)

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100+ hours math & physics tutoring
AP Calc BC: 5 AP Stats: 5 AP Physics: 5
Took 40 math-intensive Engineering courses
I am a highly qualified tutor. I have a passion to help people get through academics as swiftly as possible, yet with the patience and positive reinforcement that we all deserve.

Detailed Background
I graduated high school with a 3.97 GPA (Non-weighted), and UCLA engineering with a 3.50 GPA. I have scored 5's on AP Calc BC and Physics, and continued to complete roughly 40 engineering courses which broadened my math and physics expertise. I have accumulated 100+ hours of math & physics tutoring experience through WyzAnt and other tutoring opportunities. I have worked at multiple Arcadia tutoring centers, teaching math and science for high/middle school students enrolled in highly competitive school districts. In my UCLA years, I studied teaching techniques in the California Teach Math program. In this program, I completed field work tutoring in various subjects for a local elementary school class, and I created my own math lesson plan for the class. Furthermore, I was an online tutor under the UCLA Engineering Science Corps, in which I posted math and science homework help for high school students. Even during my high school years, I privately tutored pre-calculus.

Throughout my long education, I have seen good and bad teachers. In high school, I took eight AP’s and received only one B. I studied hard and became sensitive to HOW WELL teachers did their job. There were teachers that knew the material, and there were teachers that knew the material AND had the patience and empathy to deliver it. The good ones did not merely instruct, they focused on making learning easy and enjoyable. Under the right teacher, a student works hard, quickly sees a pay-off for his/her efforts, and feels good. I have felt good and bad, depending on the teacher, and it thrills me to share with my students the "feel good" of education by being the best mentor that I can be. Rather than simply lecturing, I will meet you where you are, struggling or not, and help you master your class in an easy and enjoyable way. I believe everyone has a right to the "feel good" silver lining of education, because let's face it: school can be tough.

Why choose me? Do yourself a favor: shop around, I'm sure there's other qualified people. If you end up choosing me, you're doing OK! You are guaranteed a guy with engineering expertise and a passion to help you master your class. Look forward to meeting you. Cheers!

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Michael’s subjects

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Algebra 1

I have aced Algebra 1 in 8th grade as well as Algebra 2 in high school. I received a 780 on the math SAT II, which demands proficiency in Algebra 1. I have completed a college engineering curriculum which involves an in-depth mastery of algebra and beyond, including linear algebra, differential equations, and calculus. Consequently, I am well-versed in Algebra 1.

Algebra 2

I have aced honors Algebra 2 in high school and was inspired by a great teacher. I have completed a college engineering curriculum which heavily emphasized mathematics, including and going beyond the Algebra 2 level. For example, linear algebra and differential equations required a solid grasp of algebra. For that reason, I have a strong background in Algebra 2.


I have received a 5 in AP calculus BC, taken 2 engineering-level calculus courses at UCLA, and constantly applied calculus throughout the aerospace engineering B.S. curriculum. For example, many engineering formulas are derived using differentiation or integration. As a result, I have a solid background in calculus.

Differential Equations

I have taken two UCLA courses for differential equations, one under the math department, and another under mechanical engineering. Furthermore, going through the aerospace engineering curriculum required a solid grasp of applying and solving differential equations. For example, my feedback control systems course extended the use of differential equations to model the behavior of input-output systems. This background gives me a strong foundation for differential equations.


I have taken honors geometry in high school, tutored in pre-calculus which is geometry-heavy, and completed college engineering curriculum which rigorously applies geometry in most courses. This background makes me well-versed in geometry.


I have taken AP physics, achieved a 760 in SAT physics, and taken a year of engineering-based physics at UCLA (Newtonian physics + Electricity & Magnetism + Waves and optics). My engineering curriculum deeply emphasized a physics background, including statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity. Therefore, I have a solid background in physics.


I have aced pre-algebra as well as Algebras I and II. I scored a 780 in the harder SAT math test, which covered up to Algebra II. Having a solid foundation in pre-algebra immensely helped me in the higher level math and engineering courses in college. Numerous engineering homework and test problems involved algebraically manipulating equations in order to arrive at the final answer. As a result, I am well-versed in pre-algebra.


I have aced honors pre-calculus in 11th grade while 1-on-1 tutoring an average pre-calculus student at the same time. I have received a 5 in AP calculus BC, and continued applying calculus throughout a college engineering curriculum. For example, engineering problems often involve trigonometric functions like sine and cosine, for which pre-calculus laid the groundwork. Consequently, I have a solid background in pre-calculus.

SAT Math

I have scored 760 on SAT Math I and 780 in SAT Math II. I have aced all my courses in Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry - the topics covered in SAT Math.


I have aced Geometry & Precalculus, which emphasize trigonometry. My college engineering curriculum involved angular, oscillating, and other problems requiring trig. As a design engineer, I often found myself hand-analyzing the trigonometry of angled portions in drawings to ensure the right dimensions.

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UCLA (Aerospace Engineer)

Good Tutor Michael is a good tutor for Calculus AB. He answered all of my test questions efficiently and was overall helpful. I'd rate him nine out of ten. ...

— Kane from Monterey Park, CA on 4/24/14);

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Michael will travel within 12 miles of El Monte, CA 91732.

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