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Michael K.

Physics, Computer Science, and Math Tutor for High School and College

Staten Island, NY (10309)

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I'm a resident of Staten Island, NY but travel to New Jersey and Brooklyn regularly. I have a strong interest in teaching high school and college level mathematics, physics, computer science, business and management courses. These are my strong areas, and students will benefit greatly from the methods I use to help them learn these subjects.

I've completed my Content Specialty Exam requirements for teaching Secondary Education Physics in New York State. I've played various roles in the science and technology fields, and I'm driven to help people succeed in this globally competitive industry.

I hold the following degrees:
Associate in Engineering Science from College of Staten Island.
Associate in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University.
Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University.
Master's in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Online tutoring is also available for select subjects. Please inquire to find out if your subject is available for online lessons.

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Michael’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Writing
Science:
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, C++, Computer Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Science, DOS, Dreamweaver, General Computer, HTML, Java, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), SQL, Video Production, Web Design
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Video Production
Business:
Business, Economics, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Economics, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Business, C++, Economics, General Computer, HTML, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), SQL, Statistics, Web Design

ASVAB

Lessons for The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test prep are conducted in two different ways:

The first way is to raise a student's Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) percentile. This is accomplished by focusing on four of the nine sections that make up the AFQT score. The students are drilled on questions in:

Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Word Knowledge (WK)

Students' lessons include questions in both math and reading because a majority of the points come from the PC and WK sections.

The PC and WK sections make up what's called the Verbal Expression (VE) of the AFQT score. To compute your AFQT score, the military takes your VE score and doubles it. They then add it to your Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) raw scores. The Formula is 2VE+MK+AR. They then derive your AFQT percentile score by comparing how you did against other test takers.

The second way of preparing for the ASVAB is by drilling questions on the other sections of the ASVAB:

Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
Automotive and Shop Information (AS)
Electronics Information (EI)
General Science (GS)
Assembling Objects (AO) (New section as of 2002)

Navy applicants also complete a Coding Speed (CS) section.

The lessons in these sections will depend upon the student's method of specialties in their branch of service.

Certain specialties require minimum scores, so the lessons will be conducted to improve those scores.

For instance, two of the military services use the ASVAB for commissioning qualification. Army Applicants for Army OCS (Officer Candidate School) must score a minimum of 110 on the Army's General Technical (GT) Line Score of the ASVAB.

Marine Corps Candidates for Marine OCC (Officer Candidate Class) or PLC (Platoon Leaders Course), must score a minimum of 115 on the Marine's GT line sore of the ASVAB.

Depending upon each student's specialty of interest the necessary composite scores will be provided and a lesson plan will be customized to meet or exceed those composite scores.

C++

My college majors in Electronic Engineering and Computer Information Systems required me to learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the C++ programming language.

These fundamentals have allowed me to learn other programming languages such as Java, PHP, and T-SQL, which I use nearly every day for current project tasks.

Many students majoring in computer sciences, engineering sciences, and information technology, often find that they must also take C++ programming as part of their core requirements. For some students, this is often their first ever programming language.

My lessons are specialized with helping students get through their core programming requirements using C++. The topics I particularly help them with are basics of C++ syntax, the use of an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Microsoft Visual C++, and the use of debugger tools and techniques.

I also help students learn to develop programs that manipulate simple data structures such as arrays, as well as text files.

C++ is also a terrific language to help students learn to program with object oriented programming techniques. Within these topics I can help them learn object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Using C++ as their object-oriented programming language, I can help students design, code, test and document various business-oriented programs.

Computer Programming

My college major in Computer Information Systems required me to learn the fundamentals of computer programming - mainly using Java and C++ programming languages.

These fundamentals have allowed me to learn other programming languages such as HTML, PHP, and T-SQL, which I use nearly every day for current project tasks.

Many students majoring in computer sciences, engineering sciences, and information technology, often find that they must also take programming as part of their core requirements. For some students, this is often their first ever programming course.

My lessons are specialized with helping students get through their core programming requirements using Java or one of the other several aforementioned languages for which I'm familiar.

The topics I particularly help them with are the basics of the language syntax, the use of an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Eclipse or Borland JBuilder, and the use of debugger tools and techniques. I also help students learn to develop programs that manipulate simple data structures such as arrays, as well as text files.

Languages such as Java are a terrific language to help students learn to program with object oriented programming techniques. Within these topics I can help them learn object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Using Java as their object-oriented programming language, I can help students design, code, and test and document various business-oriented programs.

As a supplement to help students learn to solve complex problems with object oriented program techniques without getting lost in syntax dilemmas, I sometimes present exercises using a Java-based 3 dimensional application known as Alice. With the use of Alice, students accomplish visual tasks by designing a fun animation without even realizing that they are following object oriented programming techniques.

Computer Science

My college major in Computer Information Systems required me to learn the fundamentals of computer science, covering topics from, architecture of modern computers, binary systems, boolean logic, high level programming languages, and relational database systems.

Many students majoring in computer sciences, engineering sciences, and information technology, often find that they must take fundamental computer theory courses as part of their core requirements. For some students, this subject is often their first ever computer course.

My lessons are specialized with helping students get through their core computer science topics are:

Computer hardware
Boolean algebra
binary numbers
computation and algorithms
basic object oriented programming
data structures

For students seeking help with object oriented programming, languages such as Java are a terrific language to help students get started. Within these topics I can help them learn object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Using Java as their object-oriented programming language, I can help students design, code, and test and document various business-oriented programs.

As a supplement to help students learn to solve complex problems with object oriented program techniques without getting lost in syntax dilemmas, I sometimes present exercises using a Java-based 3 dimensional application known as Alice. With the use of Alice, students accomplish visual tasks by designing a fun animation without even realizing that they are following object oriented programming techniques.

Discrete Math

Part of my pursuit to obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems was to study and learn Discrete Math.

I typically help students with their intermediate-level programming and discrete mathematics courses where concepts of discrete structures are required.

Some of the topics I help students with include elementary set theory, logic, functions, relations, Boolean algebra, elements of graph theory, matrix representation of graphs, and matrix manipulations.

I can also assist with programming projects that are related to any of the above mathematical topics.

Dreamweaver

A great deal of my undergraduate courses for my computer degree included web design and web administration. These skills came in very handy on many occasions where I had to rely on my own skills as a web designer or HTML coder for many web-based products. Some of these projects may not have been completed in time if not for the use of Dreamweaver and its ability to help organize web page layouts.

The lessons I provide in Dreamweaver can be tailored to those that wish to schedule lessons as a primary training course or for those currently in some type of web design couse involving Dreamweaver courses and requires a supplemental training program.

Electrical Engineering

I have an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University and an Associate Degree in Engineering Science from the College of Staten Island. Within my professional career, I’ve focused on applying concepts and skills to real-world situations.

Some of my experiences include troubleshooting and repairing electronic equipment. Some of the equipment I've worked on include:

- high-level scientific equipment: electron microscopes, mass spectrometers

- professional audio and lighting equipment: high fidelity speakers, mixing equipment, lighting fixtures, and high-level professional turntables

Lessons for this subject provide students with an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to electrical engineering problems, principles, applied procedures, and methodologies. Lessons focus on the body of knowledge required by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as listed in the program criteria for electronics engineering technology programs contained within the TAC of ABET
Within this Electrical Engineering Subject, I cover the following topics with students:

• Electronic Circuit Analysis - focuses on electrical circuits composed of passive components (resistors, capacitors and inductors) and a DC source. Practical experience is gained through circuit simulation, construction, testing and troubleshooting using these fundamental circuits. More intermediate lessons include emphasis is on AC analysis of circuits consisting of passive elements, and coursework incorporates techniques such as total impedance and phasor diagrams. Rectifiers and power supply circuits are also covered.

• Communications Systems – analog and digital communications systems at the circuit and subsystem level. Topics include the relationship between time domain and frequency domains, bandwidth requirements of various modulation schemes, noise effects, multiplexing and transmission methods. Lessons also also covers protocols, architecture, and performance analysis of local and wide area networks.

Principles and techniques used to analyze and design wireless communication systems. Topics include electromagnetic waves, antennas, propagation and digital modulation. Mobile and cellular systems are emphasized; other selected applications such as wireless local area network (WiFi), broadband wireless (WiMAX) and Bluetooth (Wireless PAN) are also covered.
Using computer software, students are taught to simulate, analyze and solve problems.

• Signal Processing – analog signal processing and digital signal processing, control systems, digital audio processing.

• Digital Circuits and Systems - combinational and sequential logic, digital integrated circuit electrical characteristics, programmable logic devices and hardware description languages.

• Microprocessor Architecture – Lessons in assembly language and high-level programming languages are used to program the microprocessor and develop simple algorithms. Applications of the microprocessor as a computing element used with storage devices and embedded controllers are covered. Computer software tools such as assemblers, compilers and IDEs are used for program design, implementation and testing.

Students are taught how to use an embedded microcomputer to control electrical and/or mechanical systems. Students design and develop various applications involving data acquisition and control. System development and engineering tradeoffs are
emphasized to demonstrate best design practices.

Government & Politics

Some of my business education required me to learn about American Government and Politics.
Therefore, I'm able to help students that need to understand the basics of government but are not pursuing a degree in Law or Politics.

Topics include the history of government and its basic forms that exist today.
Emphasis on American government, it's structure and how that structure came about during the forming for the United States Constitution.

Some details of the Constitution including the Bill of Rights that make up the first Twelve Amendments and other Amendments that were created of the years and their importance.

Java

My college major in Computer Information Systems required me to learn the fundamentals of computer programming using Java and C++ programming languages.

These fundamentals have allowed me to learn other programming languages such as HTML, PHP, and T-SQL, which I use nearly every day for current project tasks.

Many students majoring in computer sciences, engineering sciences, and information technology, often find that they must also take Java programming as part of their core requirements. For some students, this is often their first ever programming language.

My lessons are specialized with helping students get through their core programming requirements using Java. The topics I particularly help them with are the basics of Java syntax, the use of an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Eclipse or Borland JBuilder, and the use of debugger tools and techniques. I also help students learn to develop programs that manipulate simple data structures such as arrays, as well as text files.

Java is also a terrific language to help students learn to program with object oriented programming techniques. Within these topics I can help them learn object-oriented programming concepts including objects, classes, encapsulation, polymorphism and inheritance. Using Java as their object-oriented programming language, I can help students design, code, and test and document various business-oriented programs.

As a supplement to help students learn to solve complex problems with object oriented program techniques without getting lost in syntax dilemmas, I sometimes present exercises using a Java-based 3 dimensional application known as Alice. With the use of Alice, students accomplish visual tasks by designing a fun animation without even realizing that they are following object oriented programming techniques.

Marketing

Of all the business disciplines no subject ties all the disciplines more together than marketing. As an business graduate student who's studied marketing management and as a business owner who's put marketing techniques to practice, understanding marketing is essential and a key part of helping me drive my business.

Marketing topics I can help with at high school, college, and graduate level courses are market segmentation, targeting, positioning and research; product decisions; pricing; channels of distribution; sales management; advertising; new product development; and marketing budgets.

My business experience also includes special attention to applied business research and to the roles international and ethical considerations play in making marketing decisions. These are often essential skills for those that are looking for assistance with developing a written marketing plan or to learn how to determine and integrate elements of a marketing strategy.

Microsoft Access

I have had over fifteen years of designing databases with Microsoft Access and ten years of experience designing enterprise level databases using SQL Server and Oracle platforms. I can easily explain complex concepts and methods to help students understand the fundamentals of relational databases, proper database design and how to run queries using structured query language (SQL). I also teach MS Access developers how to customize their database applications using macros and Visual Basic Editor to optimize user interfaces.

Microsoft Excel

I have supported and trained Excel users for over thirteen years. I have developed ways to help novices learn more quickly and I have seen just about every type of Excel issue that might stump the savviest if users.

The lessons that I prepare and teach for MS Excel are suitable for the following students:
- Students that are new to Excel
- Professionals that need to improve their basic and intermediate skills with Excel
- Professionals and students that require knowledge of using Excel as a tool for complex subjects or professions such as Statistics and Financial Management
- Preparing for any of the Microsoft Excel Certification Exams.

I also cover integration of Excel with other Office Suite applications, including:

- Integration with PowerPoint to include and customize graphs and tables in PowerPoint presentations
- Integration with Word to liven up a document by including and customizing graphs and tables
- Integration with MS Access by importing data into Excel from MS Access databases

Microsoft Project

Having an MBA with a concentration in Project Management allows me to show students that there’s more to Project Management than just using MS Project.
In the lessons for this subject I help students understand how to use MS Project to follow the process of a PMBOK-standard project. Uses for MS Project in this process include the teachings of the following methods:
*Creating project charters
*Creating project scopes
*Creating work breakdown structures,
*Identifying Milestones
*Creating and scheduling individual tasks
*Creating and evaluating timelines using a Gantt chart
*Creating baselines
*Creating and monitoring a project budget

This is a constantly evolving subject, so if there’s anything else that you’d like to learn and don’t see it here, send me an email and I’ll let you know if I can prepare a lesson for it.

Networking (Computer)

During the last thirteen years, I’ve taken college courses in computer networking, studied and taken networking courses to pass the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification exams, received on-the-job training, and developed years of knowledge from past work experience,

Although my current professional background in computers has been focused on database programming, much of my knowledge depends on my past experience and knowledge as a systems engineer. Systems engineers are required to have a clear understanding of networking fundamentals. This is the basis of what I offer to students with this subject.

With this subject, I help students with college (and some high school) courses that introduce them to the fundamental technologies of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet.

Topics I help them with include networking media, the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), an overview of routing and switching, and small network configuration and troubleshooting.

For students that are in more high-level courses, I can help them with Local Area Networking courses that introduce router configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting; routing protocols; and use of access control lists (ACLs) as a traffic management tool. We’ll even conduct some hands-on experience with home-networking equipment by setting up and configuring various home-based routers.

I can also help these students with subjects pertaining to Wide Area Network courses. I’m able to help them with topics relating to WAN protocol configuration and troubleshooting. Use of the following protocols and technologies is expanded or introduced:
network address translation and port address translation, dynamic host configuration protocol, point-to-point protocol authentication, integrated services digital network, dial-on-demand routing and frame relay.

Physics

Physics is the fundamental subject for many technologies such as electronics, mechanical engineering, aerospace.

Much of my Physics background has derived from earlier college study of electronics engineering. It was further expanded upon during my first real career position as a field service engineer for electron microscopes, where many concepts of physics are applied to real world technology and not only in theory.

My expanded professional training allows me to add a practical approach to these topics. This helps students understand concepts more easily and in turn, helps them solve problems on their own more accurately.

Political Science

Some of my business education required me to learn about American Government and Political Sciences. Therefore, I'm able to help students that need to understand the basics of political science but are not pursuing a degree in Law or Politics.

I consider this subject a prerequisite to topics that involve the history of government and its basic forms that exist today. Within this subject, I help students explore the American Government political system, its structure, and how that structure came about during the forming for the United States Constitution. Emphasis on the US Constitution would also focus on its changes throughout the political history of the 20th Century, current world affairs, political institutions, foreign policy, and methods of political change.

Outside of fundamental political science, my subject material can also help students explore social movements of the 20th and 21st Centuries through research and analysis. Such social movements include temperance, populism, civil rights, feminism, and environmentalism. Within this topic we also have the ability to gain insight on the movements’ tactics, obstacles and successes in changing political culture, as well as to understand complexities involved in changing society. When possible, we reference documentaries, movies, and other forms of media that are based around some of these major social movements. We even look at some foreign social movements to compare our political system to those around the world.

Precalculus

While in college, I have majored in engineering science, electronic engineering technology, and computer information systems. All required a great deal of math courses, including calculus and differential equations. Before getting to any of these courses, I had to take precalculus as a prerequisite.

The interesting thing about math is that everything you learn in high school and beyond, you will see everyday when you pursue high level math courses in college. That's why the subject of precalculus is so important.

I've found that calculus students often have the most trouble with precalculus topics. Common mistakes with precalculus topics lead to self doubt and confusion when they constantly come up with incorrect answers to the problems. Therefore, if students can master the subjects in precalculus, they'll have an easier time with the higher level courses.

Some of the topics that student will need help with are:
analyzing and graphing quadratic equations, polynomials, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, logarithmic functions, rational and exponential functions, complex numbers, inequalities, absolute value, and an introduction to analytic geometry.

SQL

Concepts and methods fundamental to relational databases, including database design and structured query language (SQL).

Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) are thoroughly covered to give students an ideal understanding of how to write SQL code.

Statistics

Subjects such as Engineering, Technology, and Business often require statistical research to aid in decision making. That’s why the mathematical subject of Statistics is so important when obtaining a degree in any of the scientific or business disciplines.
My knowledge of this course allows me to provides tools used for both descriptive statistics and inferential concepts used to draw conclusions about a population.
Research techniques such as sampling and experiment design are included for both single and multiple
sample groups.

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Education

Devry University North Brunswick, NJ (Comp. Info. Sys.)

Keller Grad School of Management/DeVry University (MBA)

Excellent Tutor for Graduate Level Cost Accounting Michael is an excellent tutor. He is very knowledgeable in cost accounting and finance. He was very prepared for each lesson and brought supplemental training material that made it easier for me to understand compared to the text book. I am a graduate student who has been out of school for about 24 years. The course I was taking was very challenging for me and with his patient & thorough tutoring ...

— Erica from Clark, NJ on 5/15/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

School Season Rates from September 7th, 2013 to June 30th, 2014: $60/hr

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Staten Island, NY 10309.

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