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Michael K.

Math Tutor For High School Students and Adults

Spanaway, WA (98387)

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I have tutored adults and high school students in algebra, with good results. I am available during the week from 10am - 3pm, and Saturdays. I like to use visualizations (I have created a Pythagoras puzzle from acrylic). I also bring enthusiasm to the table, because I am a hobby mathematician. I am enrolled at Western Governor's University. My hope is to teach high school mathematics some day.

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Michael’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, German, GMAT, HTML, Java, Latin, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Spanish, SQL
Test Preparation:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Spanish
GMAT, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
German, Latin, Spanish, TOEFL
Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics
Computer Science, General Computer, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Linux, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), PHP, SQL
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Algebra 2

Rote memorization of some basic identities is a great help, but not slavish adherence to all your teacher's methods. I teach rote memorization of the three binomial formulas, and of the multiplication table, because sometimes students are pushed through the system without even this basic tool. After that, motivation of inequalities and polynomials with real-world problems is key - after all, why would you want a tool you will never use?


I enjoy calculus, because it is an exploration and not a rote exercise. I like to use a historical approach from Euler, Leibniz, and Newton, leading from infinite series to integrals, and discovering the derivative as the rate of change over time, which of course is velocity (speed).


I am intimately familiar with triangle geometry, and enjoy making puzzles that teach geometric proofs. I also teach compass-and-ruler construction.


I am working on a web application called "Algebra Helper".


I am working on a web application called "Algebra Helper".

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Bates Technical College (Software Development)

Passed Compass He passed his Compass Test. He ended up taking a completely different test that started with the harder stuff and did well, I think its more the basics that he was struggling with. He thought he didn't pass and they explained that once he had done will enough it moved him into college level. So that was all he needed. He is ready to apply for his apprenticeships. Thanks! ...

— Teresa from Auburn, WA on 8/28/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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Michael will travel within 30 miles of Spanaway, WA 98387.

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