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Michael S.

Patient Tutor with expertise in Math and US History

Palatine, IL (60094)

Travel radius
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I am recently retired. After graduating in 1977 from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A degree (1976) and M.A. degree in 1977, I spent 33 years in the telecommunications industry. I am now looking to use the skills I have honed during my career to help students find their way thru the fog of understanding their school work.

During my career, I have had multiple opportunities to train fellow employees. When teaching others, I believe in the Socratic method of teaching. For you parents that can remember the movie "Paper Chase", I would paraphrase a key scene by saying I can take your students mind and change it from a container of mush, to a vessel of knowledge. I believe in asking the students questions related to why they are doing something, not just how.

I can help you with a number of subjects; from basic math to simple algebra; reading and writing; United States history; and Microsoft Excel and Word.

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Michael’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Reading
American History, Government & Politics
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing

ACT English

The key to responding to ACT English questions is understanding what is being asked, and the context of the written material.

I can help you break the material down, which will enable you to better understand what is being addressed, and allowing you to respond to the ACT questions.

ACT Reading

Using examples for the Reading section of the ACT, I will work with the student to understand what he/she should be concentrating on as they read the individual passages

American History

I am well read in American History, plus I completed numerous classes in American History back when I completed my undergraduate degree. I am also an accomplished writer, having done a significant amount of writing as part of my prior job responsibilities.


I can help you with your writing to enable you to better express yourself. Issues such as punctuation and context can be improved, and I can help you do so.

Microsoft Excel

I have spent numerous years working with Excel, having used it for spreadsheet analysis. I can show you how to maneuver around the spreadsheet, as well as to perform such functions as "If statements" and VLookup.


I have been playing for 40+ years. I am well versed in the strategies, and able to explain the basics of the game(s), including identifying which hands are superior.

Public Speaking

I have completed my Competent Toastmaster training. During my career, I have given presentations before large groups of fellow employees. I spent 6 years representing the company I was working for before State Regulatory Commissions.


Reading comprehension is based on understanding the context of what is written. The first step is to understand what the author is trying to convey. That applies to the individual paragraphs, as well as the overall text. I can help the student better understand what they are reading, by first breaking the material down to understand what each sentence is attempting to say.

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Eastern Illinois University .

Eastern Ilinois Unversity . (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Palatine, IL 60074.

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