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Michael M.

Mountain View, CA

$55/hr

30+ years experience – Middle School math through Pre-Calculus

Background check passed as of 9/10/12
Usually responds in about 3 hours

30+ years experience – Middle School math through Pre-Calculus

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I have been teaching mathematics in middle school and high school for 35 years. I enjoy working with students one-on-one.

It is important to me that my students understand what they are learning. Rote learning in the mathematics classroom is of value only up to a point. Ultimately I want to help a student reach success in math by fostering their ability to master mathematical concepts, to see how those concepts are linked, to be able to think critically, and to effectively apply concepts in problem solving. Despite the fact that particular mathematics skills may never be used in the “real world,” the thinking skills that underlie them certainly will. I expect to be involved in education in some form for the rest of my life. I love teaching. It’s exhilarating to witness the spark that occurs when a student “gets it.”

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Gary, Menlo Park, CA on 6/2/14

"Very good tutor."

- Rosane, Menlo Park, CA on 6/5/13
Michael replied on 6/14/2013

Thanks for writing the great review, Rosane! I'm going to send you a letter soon about some other matters. Have a great summer!

English:
English,
Grammar
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics-editing software program, part of the Adobe Creative Suite. A variety of tools with multiple image-editing functions are the key elements of this software. These tools typically fall under the categories of drawing; painting; measuring and navigation; selection; typing; and retouching. Photoshop is a powerful tool which can be used to do much more than retouch photographs. The user has the ability to manipulate graphic images and type. Files can be saved in a wide variety of formats.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 expands and builds on the concepts learned in Algebra 1. Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically and think critically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.

Elementary Math

Elementary mathematics consists of mathematics topics frequently taught at the primary school level. The most basic topics in elementary mathematics are number sense, arithmetic and geometry. Students learn basic operations and are expected to memorize math facts such as common sums or products. Long division is learned during the primary years and an introduction to basic problem solving is also included. Elementary mathematics is used in everyday life in activities such as making change, cooking, and buying in a store. It is also an essential step on the path to understanding science. In elementary mathematics, the student begins to learn how to think mathematically and correctly interpret data.

English

Mastering the basics of using the English language is essential for any student, or any speaker of another language who hopes to be gainfully employed.

I am competent in teaching writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, syntax and spelling.

Geometry

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes such as rectangles or circles (plane geometry) or 3-D solids in space (solid geometry) and their properties. It also includes learning deductive proof – which requires the student to be able to think linearly and employ supporting statements when justifying an argument. Example: demonstrating that two triangles are congruent (or similar) using given information, plus supporting postulates or theorems.

Grammar

Grammar is the structure and system of a language. In English, there are eight parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections). Grammar also includes what is called syntax, which is a set of rules related to the way words and phrases are arranged in a sentence, in order for it to make sense.

Macintosh

I am very experienced in use of a Macintosh computer, having used one for over 20 years. I am an expert in understanding and use of the operating system, OS X. I can effectively guide any new users, or users switching from Windows. I am also qualified in supporting users in the use of all built-in Apple applications (Mail, Contacts, Preview, Calendar, Dictionary, iPhoto, iTunes, System Preferences, etc.).

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most commonly used "word processor" software in the world. Word processing is a very powerful way to compose and edit any written task you have to accomplish. There are basic skills to be learned at the start – with these you can begin to use the software right away. But Word has many powerful features that can be added on as you wish, as you proceed to learn how to use the software. These include things like tables, columns, and inserting graphics. You can even use Word to do what is called a "Mail Merge" – personalizing form letters with each recipient's name, address and other information.

Prealgebra

Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus builds upon Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry, and lays the groundwork for advancing into Calculus. The topics include, among others: coordinate geometry, polynomials, functions, logarithms, polar coordinates, conic sections, vectors and determinants, probability and statistics. Finally, the introduction to Calculus introduced the concept of the limit.

SAT Math

The SAT Math Level 1 test is a one-hour multiple choice test given on algebra, geometry, basic trigonometry, algebraic functions, elementary statistics and a few miscellaneous topics. A student chooses whether to take the test depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools in which the student is planning to apply. The SAT Math Level 2 test covers more advanced content.

Study Skills

To be an effective student, it is important to have a complete set of tools in your student "toolbox." These tools include keeping your materials organized and always appearing in class with all the necessary requirements. Tools also include an organized system of study. This can differ greatly with the subject matter being studied. In all subjects, knowing key terms is essential. Paraphrasing key ideas is also a must. Studying should begin with getting a quick overview of the section at hand, then going back and reading the material section by section. Use of a highlighter or taking notes is helpful.

Michael’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Michael. View all of Michael’s resources

Antoinette, from the way you've typed in the expression, it looks like the exponent is two tenths (one-fifth).  So, it's not a whole number – in fact it's less than one.  When the exponent in an expression is less than 1, the result will always be smaller than the base you started with...

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee
Mathematics
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Master's
Holy Names University, Oakland CA
Master's

Education

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (Mathematics)

St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Master's)

Holy Names University, Oakland CA (Master's)

Great Tutor — Michael did a great job working with my son to help him with high school math. Michael was very flexible on his scheduling and worked around times when my son needed him to study homework and prepare for tests. Michael made sure that my son understood the overall concepts as well as how to do the problems, and was very patient and thorough. My son enjoyed working with him and I recommend Michael f ...

— Gary, Menlo Park, CA on 6/2/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

There will be no charge for lessons cancelled the day before.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Mountain View, CA 94040.


About Michael

I have been teaching mathematics in middle school and high school for 35 years. I enjoy working with students one-on-one.

It is important to me that my students understand what they are learning. Rote learning in the mathematics classroom is of value only up to a point. Ultimately I want to help a student reach success in math by fostering their ability to master mathematical concepts, to see how those concepts are linked, to be able to think critically, and to effectively apply concepts in problem solving. Despite the fact that particular mathematics skills may never be used in the “real world,” the thinking skills that underlie them certainly will. I expect to be involved in education in some form for the rest of my life. I love teaching. It’s exhilarating to witness the spark that occurs when a student “gets it.”

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Gary, Menlo Park, CA on 6/2/14

"Very good tutor."

- Rosane, Menlo Park, CA on 6/5/13
Michael replied on 6/14/2013

Thanks for writing the great review, Rosane! I'm going to send you a letter soon about some other matters. Have a great summer!

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Education

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee
Mathematics
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Master's
Holy Names University, Oakland CA
Master's

Education

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee (Mathematics)

St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Master's)

Holy Names University, Oakland CA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

There will be no charge for lessons cancelled the day before.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mountain View, CA 94040

Michael’s Subjects

English:
English,
Grammar
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Michael’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Michael. View all of Michael’s resources

Antoinette, from the way you've typed in the expression, it looks like the exponent is two tenths (one-fifth).  So, it's not a whole number – in fact it's less than one.  When the exponent in an expression is less than 1, the result will always be smaller than the base you started with...


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