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Michael P.

Huntington Beach, CA

$45/hr

Mr. Mike, The Math Teacher

Background check passed as of 9/27/11
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Mr. Mike, The Math Teacher

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After teaching for two years in college (while I was earning my Master's Degree), I worked in the computer industry for almost 30 years before deciding to move into the education field where I received my Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Math. During my computer years, I worked as an individual contributor, manager, and then Director. Those years gave me wide exposure to people with different skill levels and learning styles. My employees and co-workers always saw the inner teacher in me, and knew that someday I would return to teaching.

A former college student of mine referred to me in an issue of the school's alumni magazine by saying, "He rendered into words what was at first incomprehensible". This is what I believe a teacher does. Finds the proper words to "make the bulb light up". I have a keen understanding of where math students get "stuck" and I know how to render the words that will get them "unstuck".

My life experiences also provide me with the ability to show how areas of math relate to the real world, making the mathematics "come to life".

As a tutor, the first order of business is assess which topics in math are the most problematic for the student. This can be accomplished anecdotally or with a short diagnostic quiz. Lessons are tailored to sharpen the students skills in the weak areas and tuned to the student's learning style. During our sessions, I can reteach the areas in which the student has trouble, and help them with their homework assignments, but not DO their homework.

Students with pets in the house are no problem. In fact, the more, the merrier. Just don't let your pet eat your homework!

Testimonials

"Dedicated tutor"

- Laura, Huntington Beach, CA on 6/8/12

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NY Polytech
EE
NY Polytech
Master's
National University

Education

NY Polytech (EE)

NY Polytech (Master's)

National University

Dedicated tutor — Michael has helped my son with immensely with his Algebra. He is very patient and engaging . He really takes the time to make sure that each aspect is understood. I highly recommend Michael! ...

— Laura, Huntington Beach, CA on 6/8/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92647.


About Michael

After teaching for two years in college (while I was earning my Master's Degree), I worked in the computer industry for almost 30 years before deciding to move into the education field where I received my Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Math. During my computer years, I worked as an individual contributor, manager, and then Director. Those years gave me wide exposure to people with different skill levels and learning styles. My employees and co-workers always saw the inner teacher in me, and knew that someday I would return to teaching.

A former college student of mine referred to me in an issue of the school's alumni magazine by saying, "He rendered into words what was at first incomprehensible". This is what I believe a teacher does. Finds the proper words to "make the bulb light up". I have a keen understanding of where math students get "stuck" and I know how to render the words that will get them "unstuck".

My life experiences also provide me with the ability to show how areas of math relate to the real world, making the mathematics "come to life".

As a tutor, the first order of business is assess which topics in math are the most problematic for the student. This can be accomplished anecdotally or with a short diagnostic quiz. Lessons are tailored to sharpen the students skills in the weak areas and tuned to the student's learning style. During our sessions, I can reteach the areas in which the student has trouble, and help them with their homework assignments, but not DO their homework.

Students with pets in the house are no problem. In fact, the more, the merrier. Just don't let your pet eat your homework!

Testimonials

"Dedicated tutor"

- Laura, Huntington Beach, CA on 6/8/12
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Education

NY Polytech
EE
NY Polytech
Master's
National University

Education

NY Polytech (EE)

NY Polytech (Master's)

National University


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Michael’s Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Background Check Status for Michael P.

Michael P. passed a background check on 9/27/11. The check was ordered by Michael through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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