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New York University (Master's)
I'm a math tutor with the ability to make students understand math at any and all levels. I firmly hold to the philosophy that everyone can do math. My approach involves testing the waters, initially, and figuring out what methods work for an individual student.
Until recently, I was a math teacher in the NYC public school system. I am confident that any student would make significant progress studying with me, and my undergraduate work in psychology also makes me sensitive to individual issues that might arise, such as test anxiety. I am gentle and kind, but have high expectations that my students achieve success in math.
Above all, I find math to be fun and exciting, and I like to try to instill that enthusiasm in my students! I'm a math tutor with the ability to make students understand math at any and all levels. I firmly hold to the philosophy that everyone can do math. My approach involves testing the waters, initially, and figuring out what methods… Read more
Michal is an excellent tutor. She is not only a subject matter expert but more than that, has the patience to understand the individual and pursue strategies based on that individual's particular learning style/needs. I highly recommend her.
I hired Michal to tutor me in a lgebra and she was a great help. I have a learning disability and she was very patient. I will be using her to tutor me in statistics next semester.
Michal is very smart, clear and reliable. She teaches my daughter why things work, not just rote memorization. My daughter enjoys learning from her. Her grades have definitely improved since starting the tutoring.
Michal canceled on us twice on the same day she was due to come, citing "meetings", weather, etc. I said we'd be available anytime but she said she was too busy. My daughter has a test this Thursday and we are now scrambling to find someone to help her. Not very professional, and I'd say if you need someone you can truly depend on week to week, give this one a miss.
I appreciate the difficulty of your situation, and I certainly understand your frustration.
I would like to clarify that you often asked me to come to your house at the last minute, which I happily did, although it put a major strain on my schedule.
Most of my students find that I am extremely responsive, and often available at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, the roads were very icy one week, forcing me to cancel for the sake of safety, and the following week, I had a professional development meeting at my school (as teachers tend to have) that went late into the evening. The two hours that you were scheduled for each week were literally the only two hours I had left in my schedule.
I have a cancellation policy of 24 hours' notice, which is posted on my page, but I did not charge you for a lesson last month that was cancelled at the last moment.
I did quite enjoy working with your daughter, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Michal is very relaxed and encourages thoughtful approaches to the problems. The typical Math tension doesn't exist in her sessions, and my son is learning and not frustrated! I think Michal is a great Math tutor!
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Algebra can seem like a scary subject at first. Many students find themselves feeling intimidated by the introduction of letters into equations, and struggle with the concept of a function as a graph.
Michal can break down these ideas into simple concepts that are easy to visualize, allowing your child's creativity to shine through in solving difficult challenges.
Building on the concepts from algebra 1 and the knowledge of shapes and solids, algebra 2 will teach your child how to apply the rules of the spatial world to the coordinate plane.
When applying the idea of secants and tangents from circles to a graph of a function, students might need guidance in conceptualizing what exactly they are doing. Michal will bring out a genuine understanding, so that by the time your child completes the course, he or she will be ready to tackle Trigonometry and Precalculus.
Calculus is one of the most beautiful and elegant areas of math. Thinking of finite functions in infinite terms might feel counterintuitive, but it is the way we can find exact instantaneous figures for a constantly changing world.
The first time a student sees a derivative, it generally either makes perfect sense, or none at all. Let Michal work through the process to reach that "aha" moment with your child.
Many people wonder why geometry is taught between algebra 1 and 2. Students need to develop a basic understanding of shapes and their properties, along with the application of basic algebra to those shapes. Geometry is also the first encounter most children have with proofs.
In order to succeed in geometry, your child must develop a clear plan for approaching proofs, as well as learn how to think spatially. Michal can help develop that thought process.
With the movement from the simplicity of four functions into the idea of properties of those functions, many children might feel lost. Rather than being asked to follow a process that can be accomplished by counting physical objects, they now have to develop a deep understanding of the rules governing how numbers can be manipulated.
Rather than using memorization, Michal takes an "understand the idea at its core" approach. If a student knows the basic premise behind an idea, it can be derived every time, rather than using valuable brain space memorizing.
Precalculus is a stepping stone to understanding all the foundations of calculus. Knowing the limit of a function or how to work with sequences and series can feel a bit daunting, but these ideas are an important part of the learning process.
If your child is struggling with his or her precalculus course, contact Michal. Many of these concepts can be illustrated in real world scenarios, and Michal can explain them in a way that will make your child say, "oh, that's so simple!"
Regardless of how you might feel about standardized testing, the SATs are a real part of the college application process. In addition to knowing the material backwards and forwards, part of doing your best on the SATs is knowing how to take the exam.
Working from a review book, Michal will take your child through the chapters, one by one, and explain the concepts as they arise. She takes a very relaxed approach in order to minimize the stress that naturally comes along with this important exam.
While trigonometry is not usually taught as a separate course, it does pose its unique challenges. Many students do just fine with SOH CAH TOA, but struggle when it comes to the unit circle.
Michal sees the unit circle and the various trigonometric identities that go along with it as beautiful, and would be happy to explain them to your child in a way that illustrates their elegant simplicity.
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