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Michael W.

Itasca, IL

$45/hr

Patient and Passionate Tutor for Math & Test Prep

Background check passed as of 12/9/13
Usually responds in about 1 hour

Patient and Passionate Tutor for Math & Test Prep

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Hi there! My name is Michael, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A little about me:

I grew up in Bloomingdale, graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, and returned to Itasca in 2001 to be closer to family. I married my high school sweetheart about 17 years ago and now have two daughters (6th grade and 3rd grade) and our one-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Peaches.

A little about my experience:

Learning is truly my passion. I tutored advanced math through college, went on to graduate school to learn more about how people learn, and have been in the education and training field for over 15 years. I joined WyzAnt about a year ago, and in that time, I've had the good fortune of working with dozens of students, becoming one of the more active tutors around Chicago. I've tutored everything from pre-algebra through second-semester calculus, from the ACT to the SAT, and from 7th-graders to adults...with positive feedback so far!

A little about my approach:

For me, it's all about helping students figure out whatever is challenging them, and seeing their joy and confidence grow as concepts start to click. As a tutor, my job is to create an opportunity for students to learn...to guide them. I can't learn it for them, but I can ask the right questions, pick the right examples, and offer the right hints to help them unlock their potential. Learning is personal, so my goal is to connect with each and every student in whatever way is most helpful to them.


I look forward to working with you and your children!

Testimonials

"Fantastic!"

- Chuck, Addison, IL on 10/23/14

"Helped my sophmore son stay in honors class"

- Barb, Lombard, IL on 11/17/14

"Fantastic"

- Geannie, Mount Prospect, IL on 11/6/14

"Very Patient with My Daughter When She Is Coming up with an Answer"

- Barbara, Addison, IL on 11/5/14

"Great Tutor, Very Thorough!"

- Bryan, Vernon Hills, IL on 8/27/14

"Lifesaver and Great Investment"

- Zachary, Palatine, IL on 8/6/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Jerry, Bloomingdale, IL on 8/3/14

"Wonderful tutor"

- Afreen, Carol Stream, IL on 7/25/14

"Highly Recommend"

- Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 6/15/14

"Very patient tutor and phenomenal teacher"

- Maria, Park Ridge, IL on 6/13/14

"Great tutor. Very patient and encouraging!"

- Kim, Clarendon Hills, IL on 5/20/14

"Patient, Disarming, Thorough and Responsive"

- Nancy, Riverside, IL on 4/24/14
English:
ACT Reading
Science:
ACT Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
GRE, SAT Math,
TEAS
Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). Among my ACT students so far, one of them actually jumped 4 points after just two weeks of guided preparation!

Algebra 1

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 1 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Algebra 2

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 2 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Calculus

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus as a junior in high school and getting a 5 on the AP calculus BC exam. Among my calculus students so far, I've had one student who was at risk of failing a college-level course who maintained his passing grade, and others whose test performance and confidence improved after our sessions together. In addition to tutoring calculus, I currently tutor all of the foundations for calculus as well (precalculus and trigonometry for example); with this background, I have been able to help those in calculus who might need to circle back or refresh any of the supporting topics.

Elementary Math

Math has always been a strength of mine, both in school and at work. In my early experience with WyzAnt, I've already helped a handful of students build their foundation in math at the 6th and 7th grade level. But most of all, when it comes to elementary math, it's my two daughters, in 6th and 3rd grade, who have kept me sharp, and who I tutor on a moment's notice on whatever topic happens to cross their desk! As a tutor, it is all about finding a way to teach them to fish, and to help them learn to think through problems in fun and effective ways.

GED

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT and SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I have passed the WyzAnt tests for all of the math topics that are included on the math section of the GED, so there is no question that I won't at least be able to try to answer! :)

Geometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Geometry before high school. During my most recent tutoring through WyzAnt, I have already helped numerous geometry students either maintain or improve their grade in class, which is always a delight to see. Finally, geometry is a large component of the ACT and other exams, which I also have tutored to positive reviews and positive results.

Physics

As an engineering student, I was exposed to physics at the college level after an introduction in high school. These days, I help a number of my calculus students with physics-related problems, when the two topics overlap. Motion problems, interactions of forces... when physics depends on advanced math, those are the areas where I can assist the most.

Prealgebra

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-algebra in 6th grade. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed Calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Precalculus

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-calc as a sophomore in high school. A number of my earliest students through WyzAnt were in pre-calc, who all improved by at least one full letter grade with only a few sessions. And, pre-calc overlaps with what I cover for my Algebra 2 and Trigonometry students, with positive feedback and ratings from them as well.

Probability

I was an advanced math student, completing probability as part of my high school curriculum and then taking advanced statistics in college. As a tutor, I have helped numerous students with concepts related to probability, as part of advanced algebra courses and in preparation for taking the math portion of the ACT.

SAT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving an 800 on the math section of the SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I tutored math through college to stay fresh on the relevant concepts.

Statistics

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus in high school and then taking statistics as part of the engineering curriculum in college. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using statistics ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

TEAS

As a math tutor, I am qualified in ACT Math, SAT Math, and all of the relevant subjects covered by those two tests (from pre-algebra through trigonometry). My math skills come from my background in engineering, which took me through advanced courses in college, where I tutored calculus. Going even further back, I was a student of standardized tests, where I achieved high scores on both the ACT Math and SAT Math tests (and then on the GRE when I went on to grad school).

Trigonometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of trigonometry as a freshman in high school. Many of my early WyzAnt students have needed help with trig, either as part of a pre-calc class, or at the level that is sometimes covered in Algebra 2, or as a refresh during calculus. Plus, basic trig is a staple on the ACT, which I tutored for over 50 hours in just the first 6 months of 2014 alone.

Michael’s Resources

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Diar,   So, we're good on the Domain, because when you put in x = -1 into the original function, it's undefined.   Then, you reduced the original function to y = x - 1.  Which means that it's a line, alllllmost.  What you're describing is a "removable discontinuity"...

Hey everybody, new to blogging, so here we go!  I joined WyzAnt at the end of last year, and in 6 months, I've somehow managed to be one of the more active tutors in my area.   Part of my approach with my students is to reeeeeally make the session into a dialogue.  I tutor math.  As an example of what I mean, if I have a student who is about to learn formulas for the... read more

Washington University, St. Louis
Comp Sci Elec Eng
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Washington University, St. Louis (Comp Sci Elec Eng)

Northwestern University (PhD)

Fantastic! — Michael is fantastic. My freshman daughter had been reduced to tears more than once by her honors geometry assignments, but Michael showed her better ways of thinking that have helped her dramatically within the first week! ...

— Chuck, Addison, IL on 10/23/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Different rates may apply to specific subjects, e.g. Calculus

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Itasca, IL 60143.


About Michael

Hi there! My name is Michael, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A little about me:

I grew up in Bloomingdale, graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, and returned to Itasca in 2001 to be closer to family. I married my high school sweetheart about 17 years ago and now have two daughters (6th grade and 3rd grade) and our one-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Peaches.

A little about my experience:

Learning is truly my passion. I tutored advanced math through college, went on to graduate school to learn more about how people learn, and have been in the education and training field for over 15 years. I joined WyzAnt about a year ago, and in that time, I've had the good fortune of working with dozens of students, becoming one of the more active tutors around Chicago. I've tutored everything from pre-algebra through second-semester calculus, from the ACT to the SAT, and from 7th-graders to adults...with positive feedback so far!

A little about my approach:

For me, it's all about helping students figure out whatever is challenging them, and seeing their joy and confidence grow as concepts start to click. As a tutor, my job is to create an opportunity for students to learn...to guide them. I can't learn it for them, but I can ask the right questions, pick the right examples, and offer the right hints to help them unlock their potential. Learning is personal, so my goal is to connect with each and every student in whatever way is most helpful to them.


I look forward to working with you and your children!

Testimonials

"Fantastic!"

- Chuck, Addison, IL on 10/23/14

"Helped my sophmore son stay in honors class"

- Barb, Lombard, IL on 11/17/14

"Fantastic"

- Geannie, Mount Prospect, IL on 11/6/14

"Very Patient with My Daughter When She Is Coming up with an Answer"

- Barbara, Addison, IL on 11/5/14

"Great Tutor, Very Thorough!"

- Bryan, Vernon Hills, IL on 8/27/14

"Lifesaver and Great Investment"

- Zachary, Palatine, IL on 8/6/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Jerry, Bloomingdale, IL on 8/3/14

"Wonderful tutor"

- Afreen, Carol Stream, IL on 7/25/14

"Highly Recommend"

- Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 6/15/14

"Very patient tutor and phenomenal teacher"

- Maria, Park Ridge, IL on 6/13/14

"Great tutor. Very patient and encouraging!"

- Kim, Clarendon Hills, IL on 5/20/14

"Patient, Disarming, Thorough and Responsive"

- Nancy, Riverside, IL on 4/24/14
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Education

Washington University, St. Louis
Comp Sci Elec Eng
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Washington University, St. Louis (Comp Sci Elec Eng)

Northwestern University (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Different rates may apply to specific subjects, e.g. Calculus

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Itasca, IL 60143

Michael’s Subjects

English:
ACT Reading
Science:
ACT Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
GRE, SAT Math,
TEAS
Corporate Training:
Statistics

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

Diar,   So, we're good on the Domain, because when you put in x = -1 into the original function, it's undefined.   Then, you reduced the original function to y = x - 1.  Which means that it's a line, alllllmost.  What you're describing is a "removable discontinuity"...

Hey everybody, new to blogging, so here we go!  I joined WyzAnt at the end of last year, and in 6 months, I've somehow managed to be one of the more active tutors in my area.   Part of my approach with my students is to reeeeeally make the session into a dialogue.  I tutor math.  As an example of what I mean, if I have a student who is about to learn formulas for the... read more


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