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Michael K.

Buena Park, CA

$35/hour

Effective Math Tutor specializing in HS Math and Test Prep Skills

Background check passed as of 10/27/14
5.0 average from 14 ratings
Great math tutor with a heart
— Elena, Irvine, CA on 6/13/15

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Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia
MSEE
Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Master's

Education

Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia (MSEE)

Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia (Master's)

About Michael

My interest in teaching comes from several things: my love of learning, my interest in finding creative ways to explain complex concepts to others, and my commitment to helping kids succeed through education. I received my Master of Science in Electrical Engineering graduate degree from St. Petersburg University of Telecommunications in Russia.
Although my primary occupation had been as a software engineer, I started teaching and tutoring students in math part time just a few years after graduating from the university and did so for more than 16 years. After the successful completion of a postgraduate teaching program and obtaining teaching credential from the St. Petersburg Academy of Postgraduate Teaching Accreditation, I was working as a full-time math teacher for three years at a prestigious High School in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was truly the best and most rewarding job I ever had in my life.
I specialize in tutoring and teaching high school and middle school level mathematics and preparing students for various standardized tests with a math component such as SAT, ACT, AP, etc. I believe (based on feedback from my own students over the years) that my unique talent is the ability to logically explain complex subjects in simple, understandable terms and to enhance the students’ confidence by convincing them that they can do it, they can solve the math problems, and that math is one of the most interesting and fascinating disciplines in the world with many practical applications.
I hold myself to the highest standards, always ask for feedback, and will not charge for a lesson if the student is not satisfied with my tutoring. As I have told my students many times, learning math is like building a multi-story house or a tower with a solid foundation in basic concepts. Each level of that tower must be in good quality and workmanship – i.e., without any holes or cracks – before the next level can be built. So if there are any such “holes or cracks” in the student’s understanding, we need to identify and fix them before moving to the next level.
I am flexible in terms of time and scheduling but please note that I am also teaching math in one of Orange county private schools that runs an after-school program. My availability schedule reflects it. While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, makeup sessions are available. My rate is negotiable and the first tutoring session is normally introductory and free without any obligations.
I have a fully-equipped tutoring office in my house in Buena Park where my wife and I have lived for over 20 years. I am also willing to travel to another location if that is more convenient for the student.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you achieve success in your math studies!
My interest in teaching comes from several things: my love of learning, my interest in finding creative ways to explain complex concepts to others, and my commitment to helping kids succeed through education. I received my Master of Science in Read more

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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Buena Park, CA 90621
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"Great math tutor with a heart"

- Elena, Irvine, CA on 6/13/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math

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Algebra 1

I believe that most of the problems that students encounter in algebra are coming from the problems in the math foundation they should’ve built prior and how the student was taught in the past. Working with students one-on-one, first of all I try to identify major “holes or cracks” in that foundation and fix them. I am trying to explain algebra rules and formulas differently by my own way using various analogies as well as “a structured approach”. The structured approach (that, as a software engineer, I am familiar with very well), helps a lot especially with solving Word Problems, which are usually a challenge for many students. I have many successful stories and a lot of times in my practice students felt as if the fog had lifted and they could see everything clearly in front of them, which made them feel really happy. This is so rewarding and that’s why I like teaching and tutoring math so much.

Algebra 2

I believe that most of the problems that students encounter in algebra are coming from the problems in the math foundation they should have built prior and how the student was taught in the past. Basically a lot of students feel as if they are driving a hypothetical “math car’ in the dense fog and feeling completely lost. Working with students one-on-one I can identify major “holes or cracks” in that foundation and repair them. I am trying to help students to understand the syntax of math sentences, which is different from that of ordinary text. I am trying to explain algebra rules and formulas differently by my own way – for instance by using various analogies. As the result a lot of times in my practice students feel like the fog lifted and they can see clearly a road in front of them, which makes them feel really happy. This is so rewarding and that’s why I like tutoring so much.

Geometry

Geometry is very important for cognitive development. It is probably the only school subject where kids are so exposed to inductive and deductive reasoning and have an opportunity to learn elements of formal logic, and I would say just practice in logic, which is so important in our life. As a character of one TV show said: “Geometry is logic and logic is the battlefield of adulthood”. I know some successful lawyers that believe that the origin of their success is the school geometry. I often tell my students to compare a theorem proof with defending a client during a trial in court, like indirect proof with notorious “If the glove does not fit you have to acquit”.
Since school time Geometry has been one of my favorite subjects and my goal is not just improving students’ grades but making geometry their favorite subject as well.

Precalculus

It is evident that Precalculus is a course that assumes a solid knowledge of Algebra 1 and 2 courses. Unfortunately even students with good grades in those courses are struggling with Precalculus very often. For instance some students are experiencing difficulties with Algebra topics like Special Products, Exponents and Logarithms, Functions, etc. that are a math foundation for Precalculus and Calculus. So first of all I try to identify major “holes or cracks” in the math foundation and fix them. I am trying to explain mathematics rules and formulas by my own way using various analogies, to show the logic behind those formulas in order to avoid as much as possible mechanical memorization, etc. As the result a lot of times the students feeling completely lost, as if they are driving a hypothetical math car in the fog, feel like the fog has been lifted and the road in front of them is clearly seen, which makes them really happy, let alone their grades at school. This is so rewarding and that’s why I like tutoring so much!

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is very important to mathematics as an element of calculus, statistics and linear algebra. Unfortunately even with good foundation in Algebra and Geometry it can still be very difficult and shocking experience for many students let alone for students with “holes and cracks” in math foundation. In my opinion this is mostly due to a special nature of trigonometric functions and abundance of formulas that students are trying to mechanically memorize and then difficulties with applying them. Part of that is the way trigonometry is taught. I always stress the importance of the "unit circle" and its relationship to trigonometric functions. For years of teaching and tutoring trigonometry I have developed my own tips and tricks that allow better understanding trigonometric functions and overcoming difficulties I mentioned above. As the result a lot of times in my practice students feel like the fog lifted and they can see clearly a road in front of them, which makes them feel really happy. This is so rewarding and that’s why I like tutoring so much.

Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia
MSEE
Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Master's

Education

Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia (MSEE)

Saint Petersburg University of Telecomunications, Saint Petersburg, Russia (Master's)

Great math tutor with a heart — If you would like to have a teacher who is both excellent at understanding & teaching math and truly care about your child, do not look further. Yes, the tutor has a Russian accent, BUT this is a person who knows and understands math, who is kind and cares deeply about his students and passionate about teaching. Michael is well prepared, effective and innovative. I have a master degree in math ...

— Elena, Irvine, CA on 6/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Buena Park, CA 90621.