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Michael G.

Scottsdale, AZ

$40/hour

Sophomore Computer Science Major @ ASU Barrett. Brophy HS grad '15.

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Arizona State University
Computer Science

Education

Arizona State University (Computer Science)

About Michael

I will be going into my Sophomore year at ASU Barrett, the Honors College. My current major is Computer Science, and I made Dean's list (3.5 GPA or higher) in my Fall semester.

Last semester, I took Calculus III, a class that I found to be both challenging and interesting. I went to Brophy College Preparatory for high school, and played baseball all 4 years. I found balancing a sport with rigorous academics to be a challenge that strengthened my character and my work ethic. When I graduated in May 2015, I finished with a 4.25 GPA. I am currently working as a Summer Camp Counselor at Lifetime Fitness, where I am responsible for entertaining upwards of 50 children ages 5-12 a week. It is a job that I enjoy very much and find very rewarding.

I began tutoring my Senior year of high school, and have worked with students from grades 6-11. I specialize in math, particularly Algebra and Precalculus. However, I could also be of help in proofreading essays for English, as well as developing better studying and time management habits. I tutored one student in Algebra II and Precalculus for 2 years, one in Algebra I, another two in Algebra II, one in English (mostly vocabulary as well as helping edit his essays), one in geometry, and one in Calculus I. I even helped tutor a 6th grader in Science, mainly by helping better organize the material for her and providing her with practice quizzes that I would make myself prior to our sessions.

My approach to tutoring is very simple. I will first explain the proper steps to solving a problem without doing it for them. Once I feel that they have a strong enough understanding of the concept that we are working on, I will have my students work through some problems himself. I will check both my students' work and their final answers when they are finished. If a student gets an incorrect answer, I will find and explain exactly where he went wrong in his work, and then work through the problem until he gets it correct.

We will repeat similar problem types until I feel as though the material is ingrained in the student's head so that he is completely comfortable working on them alone (I won't be present with them during their test, after all). Furthermore, I am not afraid to review past material with my students if I see that it is affecting their current work. I have found that most students struggle in math because they did not learn past concepts as well as they should have. All math builds on itself, so one will never be able to master a new lesson if they were still confused after the last one. Every student that I have worked with has improved over a semester by a full letter grade at least. I take great pride in directly helping a student improve, and will do anything ethical within my power to improve one's grade.
I will be going into my Sophomore year at ASU Barrett, the Honors College. My current major is Computer Science, and I made Dean's list (3.5 GPA or higher) in my Fall semester.

Last semester, I took Calculus III, a class that I found to be both challenging and interesting. I went to Brophy College Preparatory for high school, and
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Travels within 15 miles of Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Algebra 1

I completed Algebra 1 over 5 years ago and received an A in the class. Since then, I have tutored various students in the subject. I focus strongly upon factoring, as a firm understanding of this concept will prove very advantageous for students in future mathematics courses.

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 my Sophomore year in high school, and received an A both semesters. It is still the most enjoyable math class that I have taken, and I have the most experience tutoring in it. Just like in Algebra 1, I focus strongly upon factoring, as a large amount of concepts within this class will require students to factor polynomials using various methods.

Elementary Math

I never specifically took a class with this title, however am more than capable of breaking down these types of concepts so that students of all ages can understand. I use a step-by-step method when tackling new problem types, making sure that the student fully understands the process of one step before moving onto the next. If I still feel as though the student is struggling with a concept, I will have him/her repeat similar problem types until he/she feels comfortable.

Prealgebra

I took Prealgebra over 6 years ago, and received an A in the class. Although I have only sparsely tutored in this particular subject, I am more than aware of some of the rigorous concepts students taking this class may face. I plan on tackling them using a step-by-step method, repeating similar problem types over and over until the student feels comfortable with them. I would especially focus upon equation solving with variables, as this concept can prove to be both intimidating and difficult for new students.

Precalculus

I took Honors Precalculus at Brophy College Preparatory in my Junior year and received an A both semesters. I have tutored several students within this subject over the past few years, and have improved each of them by at least a letter grade from where they initially started. With Precalculus, I have found that new graphing concepts have proven to be very difficult for students. Specifically, the equations for graphs of circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas are often challenging and tedious, as the equations for each of these individual figures often look very similar. Repetition of these problems types, as well as approaching each of them with a step-by-step method, is how I attack these sorts of problems. As well as this, I do not shy away from reviewing concepts from previous math classes if I find that they are hindering a student's ability to understand a current concept. The most common problems with this that I see in Precalculus students are polynomial factoring issues and rudimentary graphing issues. All math builds on itself, and concepts like these must be well understood by a student if he/she intends on improving their understanding of future concepts.

Arizona State University
Computer Science

Education

Arizona State University (Computer Science)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Scottsdale, AZ 85255.