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Michael T.

Jersey City, NJ

$49/hr

Knowledgeable and Experienced Math/Science Tutor

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Knowledgeable and Experienced Math/Science Tutor

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I have been tutoring biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics across a wide range of levels for about 10 years and have a B.A. in biology from Yeshiva University. I am a strong proponent of understanding, rather than memorizing, and don't simply "teach to the test." Moreover, I use the Socratic method to engage my students and keep them involved in the learning process, rather than simply lecturing. I focus on concepts, reinforce them with examples, and teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, which in many cases is the key to doing well in math and science. Over the years, I have helped many people not only improve their grades/scores tremendously, but also develop an interest for the subject and a desire to learn and understand it.

In addition to my many private students, I have also worked for a year at Mathnasium, where I did group teaching and one-on-one tutoring in math ranging from first grade to college level. Moreover, I spent my summers as a high school student at the Bergen County Academies working at a math camp with 5th - 8th graders teaching non-standard problem solving. This was certainly an experience I will never forget. Seeing the kids' eyes light up with wonder upon seeing a novel idea for the first time or understanding a difficult concept is what drew me to teaching in the first place.

Some of my other academic achievements in math and science include:
Top 10% in Chemistry I in the New Jersey Science League (NJSL)
First Place in the state in Biology II (NJSL)
Semi-finalist in the United States of America Biology Olympiad (USABO)
Qualifier for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)
Perfect Scores on the math sections of the SAT and GRE
Perfect Score on the SAT II Biology subject test and 99th percentile on the GRE Biology subject test.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Edith, Jersey City, NJ on 10/4/14
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GED,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have been preparing people for standardized tests, including the ACT, for several years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. My method is two-fold. I teach my students the relevant concepts and material, including grammar and vocabulary. But I also give them the test-taking tools they need to maximize their scores. Since many of the questions on standardized tests are variations on a theme, I teach my students how to recognize these questions and how to approach them.

ACT Math

I have been preparing people for standardized tests, including the ACT, for several years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. Moreover, math is my greatest passion and area of expertise. I not only teach my students the relevant concepts and skills, such as fractions or problem solving, but also teach them test-taking tricks that will give them the highest possible score. I show them how to recognize certain types of problems and how to approach and solve them.

ACT Reading

I have been preparing people for standardized tests, including the ACT, for several years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. I not only help reinforce the relevant concepts, such as critical reading and vocabulary, but I also teach them the test-taking tools they need to maximize their scores. I show them how to recognize certain questions that are just variations on a theme, so they will know exactly how to approach them.

ACT Science

I teach and reinforce the relevant skills and concepts, such as how to break down an experimental setup or how to read a graph. But I also make my students very familiar with the test format, so that they can recognize questions they have already seen in one form or another and know exactly how to approach them.

Algebra 1

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. Over the years, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. When it comes to algebra, I take great pride in being able to explain the concepts very thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. When students understand the material, it becomes less scary and they don't feel as though they are simply memorizing a series of disparate facts.

Algebra 2

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. In algebra 2, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. I explain the concepts thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. The more students understand the "why," rather than just the "how," the more eager they are to learn and the more motivated they are to succeed.

Astronomy

In addition to the high school and college astronomy courses that I have taken, astronomy is one of my hobbies. I have great interest in the subject, I have read a lot about it, and I have tutored several people in it. I teach my students to see the big picture, while also having an appreciation for and mastery of the details.

Biochemistry

I majored in biology in college and took a wide range of advanced biology courses, including biochemistry. Biology is my area of expertise, my passion, and my profession. Moreover, I have been successful in helping people see the big picture as well as to understand the details, both of which are important in this subject.

Biology

Biology is my field of expertise and my major in college. I have taken many advanced biology courses in high school and college and have competed successfully in competitions. Moreover, I have experience tutoring other students in this area, helping them understand both concepts and details.

Calculus

I have taken many advanced calculus courses in high school and college, including Calculus BC+, multi-variable calculus, Calculus II, Calculus III, and differential equations. I have also tutored and taught calculus to dozens of people over the years, helping them improve in their classes by a letter grade or more. I teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, which is extremely important for success in calculus.

Chemistry

I have always had a passion and talent for the natural sciences. I have taken high school chemistry, including AP chemistry, as well as organic chemistry in college. Moreover, I have successful tutored several students in high school chemistry and have competed with distinction in chemistry in the New Jersey Science League.

Differential Equations

I have taken differential equations as an undergraduate and received an A in the course. I also have a lot of experience tutoring this subject. The key to success in differential equations is not only being proficient in the various solution methods, but also knowing when to use which method and how to apply it. I give my students the tools they need to know how to approach and be able to tackle any problem that is likely to appear on a test.

Elementary Math

Mathematics is my passion and one of my areas of expertise. I have competed successfully in numerous math competitions and have even helped write one. Moreover, I have worked with younger students at a math camp teaching non-standard problem solving.

Elementary Science

Science is my passion, talent, and profession. I majored in biology in college and have always been drawn to the natural sciences. Moreover, I have competed successfully in numerous competitions and have had considerable experience working with students in this area.

GED

Math and science are my areas of expertise and are major components of the GED. I have taken many advanced math and science courses in high school and college and have competed successfully in numerous competitions. Moreover, I have plenty of experience tutoring students in math and science, as well as successfully practicing and helping others develop efficient test-taking strategies.

Genetics

I took genetics courses in high school and college and have helped out some of my peers in college who were having trouble with the course. Genetics is partly mathematical, which is one of my areas of expertise, so I can explain these parts clearly as they often give trouble to students. Finally, I majored in biology in college and the overlap from the many courses I took would be helpful here as well.

Geometry

Mathematics is my greatest passion and area of expertise. Geometry in particular is of great interest to me, and I have taught and tutored this subject to dozens of people, including a current student who is now doing very well in his class. I get my students excited about the subject and always seeking to dig deeper and understand better.

Grammar

I am very proficient with English grammar and have tutored several students in this subject. Moreover, I have scored 800 on the SAT writing section, which includes grammar. My teaching style is to focus on understanding general rules, which are then reinforced by examples.

Linear Algebra

I am a recent college graduate (biology major) who has always had a talent for math and science. I took linear algebra in high school as part of a course called "Topics in Advanced Mathematics." Conceptually, this subject is rather simple, but students often have trouble with it because it requires that one think very clearly. This is the job of the tutor, namely to teach the student how to deconstruct the concepts and think clearly and systematically, which I can do quite well.

Organic Chemistry

I have taken organic chemistry I and II as an undergraduate and have received an A in both courses. I also have a lot of experience tutoring the subject, including 2 current students, both of whom are now doing very well in their classes. I teach my students how to think clearly about the molecules and reactions, as deep understanding is especially important in organic chemistry.

Physical Science

Science is my area of expertise, my passion, and my field professionally. In addition to the physical science classes I have taken in college, I have tutored many students in physical science with fantastic results. I explain the concepts clearly and get my students excited about science, eager to learn more and understand deeper.

Physics

Physics has long been one of my biggest passions. I have helped many people improve in their classes by a letter grade or more. The problem many students have with physics is knowing which equation to use under which circumstances, a skill that I have helped many students perfect over the years. I explain the concepts clearly and thoroughly and get my students excited about physics and eager to learn more and understand deeper.

Prealgebra

I have taught and tutored math at all levels, including pre-algebra.

Precalculus

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. Over the years, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. When it comes to precalculus, I take great pride in being able to explain the concepts very thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. When students understand the material, it becomes less scary and they don't feel as though they are simply memorizing a series of disparate facts.

Probability

Probability and combinatorics are fields of great interest for me, and I am even currently going through a book on the subject. Moreover, I have tutored dozens of people in probability and have helped my students achieve the clarity of thought necessary to be able to tackle any problem. The key is knowing which approach to use under which circumstances (as a simple example, when to use combinations vs. permutations), a skill that I have helped many people develop and perfect over the years.

Proofreading

I am very proficient in writing, grammar, and proofreading. I have scored 800 on the SAT writing section, which includes proofreading. Moreover, I have experience tutoring students in this area.

SAT Math

I have taught and tutored math at all levels and have prepared students for standardized tests, including the SAT, for many years. I focus not only on explaining the math concepts, but also on fostering effective test-taking strategies and habits. I have received an 800 on the math section of my own SAT and have helped many of my students raise their scores by over 200 points.

Statistics

I took statistics as an undergraduate and have received an A in the course. I also have plenty of experience tutoring statistics and have helped a number of people succeed in this course. I explain the concepts thoroughly and teach my students how to think clearly, so they know how to approach and are able to solve any problems that are likely to appear on a test.

Trigonometry

Mathematics is my greatest passion and area of expertise. I also have plenty of experience teaching and tutoring trigonometry, and I have helped my students improve in their classes by a letter grade or more. I teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, and I place great emphasis on understanding, rather than on memorizing.

Michael’s Resources

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The volume of a rectangular box is given by V = B*h, where B is the area of the base and h is the height. Since the volume remains constant at 200cm^3, we have h = 200/B. Differentiating with respect to time and using the chain rule, we have:   dh/dt = 200*(-1/(B^2))*(dB/dt).   Now,...

Recall that slope is given by m = (y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1). In this examle, we can let (x1,y1) = (8,1) and (x2,y2) = (8,-4). Plugging this into the formula, we have m = (-4 - 1)/(8 - 8) = -5/0. However, since division by 0 is not allowed, the slope is undefined.    Notice that since...

Yeshiva University
Biology

Education

Yeshiva University (Biology)

Great Tutor — Michael is a great tutor. He is a Math wiz; very knowledgeable and knows the subject matter very well. He explains the subject well, making sure that I understand the problems well. He is very patient with me. ...

— Edith, Jersey City, NJ on 10/4/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $49.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Jersey City, NJ 07306.


About Michael

I have been tutoring biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics across a wide range of levels for about 10 years and have a B.A. in biology from Yeshiva University. I am a strong proponent of understanding, rather than memorizing, and don't simply "teach to the test." Moreover, I use the Socratic method to engage my students and keep them involved in the learning process, rather than simply lecturing. I focus on concepts, reinforce them with examples, and teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, which in many cases is the key to doing well in math and science. Over the years, I have helped many people not only improve their grades/scores tremendously, but also develop an interest for the subject and a desire to learn and understand it.

In addition to my many private students, I have also worked for a year at Mathnasium, where I did group teaching and one-on-one tutoring in math ranging from first grade to college level. Moreover, I spent my summers as a high school student at the Bergen County Academies working at a math camp with 5th - 8th graders teaching non-standard problem solving. This was certainly an experience I will never forget. Seeing the kids' eyes light up with wonder upon seeing a novel idea for the first time or understanding a difficult concept is what drew me to teaching in the first place.

Some of my other academic achievements in math and science include:
Top 10% in Chemistry I in the New Jersey Science League (NJSL)
First Place in the state in Biology II (NJSL)
Semi-finalist in the United States of America Biology Olympiad (USABO)
Qualifier for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)
Perfect Scores on the math sections of the SAT and GRE
Perfect Score on the SAT II Biology subject test and 99th percentile on the GRE Biology subject test.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor"

- Edith, Jersey City, NJ on 10/4/14

Education

Yeshiva University
Biology

Education

Yeshiva University (Biology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Jersey City, NJ 07306

Michael’s Subjects

English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GED,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading,
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

The volume of a rectangular box is given by V = B*h, where B is the area of the base and h is the height. Since the volume remains constant at 200cm^3, we have h = 200/B. Differentiating with respect to time and using the chain rule, we have:   dh/dt = 200*(-1/(B^2))*(dB/dt).   Now,...

Recall that slope is given by m = (y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1). In this examle, we can let (x1,y1) = (8,1) and (x2,y2) = (8,-4). Plugging this into the formula, we have m = (-4 - 1)/(8 - 8) = -5/0. However, since division by 0 is not allowed, the slope is undefined.    Notice that since...


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