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Michael W.

Patient and Passionate Math Tutor

Itasca, IL (60143)

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My name is Michael. I grew up in Bloomingdale, graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, and returned to Itasca in 2001 to be closer to family. I married my high school sweetheart 16 years ago and now have two daughters (5th grade and 2nd grade) and our new Golden Retriever puppy, Peaches.

Learning is truly my passion. I tutored advanced math through college, went on to graduate school to learn more about how people learn, and have been in the education and training field for over 15 years, working with audiences of all ages. For me, it's all about helping students figure out whatever is challenging them, and seeing their joy and confidence grow as concepts start to click. As a tutor, my job is to create an opportunity for students to learn...to guide them. I can't learn it for them, but I can ask the right questions, pick the right examples, and offer the right hints to help them unlock their potential. Learning is personal, so my goal is to connect with each and every student in whatever way is most helpful to them.

I look forward to working with you and your children!

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Michael’s subjects

ACT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I am qualified on Wyzant to tutor all of the math topics that are included on the ACT, so there is no question that I won't at least be able to try to answer! :)

Algebra 1

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 1 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Algebra 2

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 2 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Calculus

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus as a junior in high school and getting a 5 on the AP calculus BC exam. I went on to study engineering in college and while tackling the advanced courses, I tutored calculus on the side. I currently tutor all of the foundations for calculus as well (precalculus and trigonometry for example); with this background, I am able to help those in calculus who might need to circle back or refresh any of the supporting topics.

Elementary Math

Math has always been a strength of mine, both in school and at work. I tutored math through college to stay fresh, and have been involved in designing and delivering training and education ever since. But most of all, when it comes to elementary math, it's my two daughters, in 5th and 2nd grade, who have kept me sharp, and who I tutor on a moment's notice on whatever topic happens to cross their desk! As a tutor, it is all about finding a way to teach them to fish, and to help them learn to think through problems in fun and effective ways.

GED

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT and SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I have passed the WyzAnt tests for all of the math topics that are included on the math section of the GED, so there is no question that I won't at least be able to try to answer! :)

Geometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Geometry before high school. I continued applying geometric skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. Finally, I tutored math through college to stay fresh, and would be able to work with any student needing assistance at whatever point in their development they encounter geometry.

Prealgebra

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-algebra in 6th grade. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed Calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Precalculus

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-calc as a sophomore in high school. I continued applying those skills in high school and college, completing Calculus and then more advanced math as part of my engineering education. Even after I finished my coursework, I tutored math through college to stay fresh...and now, pre-calc is part of what I cover with my Algebra 2 and Trigonometry students, with positive feedback.

Probability

I was an advanced math student, completing probability as part of my high school curriculum and then taking advanced statistics in college. I tutored math through college to stay fresh, including calculus and logic. Finally, I have been using statistical concepts ever since, from teaching college-level physics to building courses for professional auditors.

SAT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving an 800 on the math section of the SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I tutored math through college to stay fresh on the relevant concepts.

Statistics

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus in high school and then taking statistics as part of the engineering curriculum in college. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using statistics ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

TEAS

As a math tutor, I am qualified in ACT Math, SAT Math, and all of the relevant subjects covered by those two tests (from pre-algebra through trigonometry). My math skills come from my background in engineering, which took me through advanced courses in college, where I tutored calculus. Going even further back, I was a student of standardized tests, where I achieved high scores on both the ACT Math and SAT Math tests (and then on the GRE when I went on to grad school).

Trigonometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of trigonometry as a freshman in high school. I continued applying trig skills through high school, where I was a straight A student and completed Calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, trigonometry always finds its way into my day-to-day work, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

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Education

Washington University, St. Louis (Comp Sci Elec Eng)

Northwestern University (PhD)

Very patient tutor and phenomenal teacher My daughter struggled in her math class most of the school year, but with Michael's help she was able to raise her grade in the class by one letter grade with only a few sessions. In my daughter's words "Michael was such a huge help. Not only is he very intelligent, but he is a phenomenal teacher. He was very patient and let me make my own mistakes before pointing them out, so that I could see wha ...

— Maria from Park Ridge, IL on 6/13/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

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Michael will travel within 20 miles of Itasca, IL 60143.

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