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Michael P.

El Cerrito, CA

$50/hour

Berkeley Grad for Science and Spanish Tutoring

Background check passed as of 11/1/16
4.9 average from 20 ratings
He makes chem understandable!!
— Chayla, Alameda, CA on 11/4/16

$50/Hour


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UC Berkeley
Integrative Biology

Education

UC Berkeley (Integrative Biology)

About Michael

I am a Berkeley graduate (summa cum laude) with more than five years of tutoring experience. My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning, and I’ve seen firsthand how hard work and dedication to learning can pay off.

I got my start tutoring as Homework Club volunteer in high school, working one-on-one with struggling students to help them catch up and find their academic footing. During my time at Berkeley, where I majored in Integrative Biology and minored in Spanish, I was an undergraduate student instructor in biology and chemistry lab courses, helping students in class and during office hours to facilitate and understanding of a variety of difficult concepts. In this time between my college graduation and my matriculation to med school, I’ve tutored in a range of different subjects, focusing on Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, and English. I also enjoy facilitating test prep in each of the above fields, and have experience preparing students to tackle AP exams, the SAT (including relevant Subject Tests), and the MCAT. I have achieved perfect scores on the Verbal section of the SAT and scored in the 99th percentile on my MCAT exam prior to my recent admission to medical school.

While I have worked with exceptionally naturally gifted students, I’ve also worked with a number of students with learning disabilities, assisting them in their individualized goals, both in the classroom and in standardized exams. My experiences as an undergraduate instructor, volunteer, and hired tutor have helped me find the best way to help each pupil excel. Ultimately, whatever the grade level or current aptitude of the student, the success of the individual is my primary objective, and I am focused on the specific needs of the person I’m trying to help.

One of my goals for each session is to keep the student challenged, but not overwhelmed. I’m on your side, and I’m here to assist you. I understand that you’ve sought out tutoring because a particular subject is difficult and/or daunting for you. I get academic intimidation--I’ve been there, having attended a very competitive undergraduate school myself. I also recognize which instructors and mentors were able to help me, and which were not. In turn, I’ve learned how to emulate the teaching habits I know to be effective.

I am happy to answer any questions. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies!
I am a Berkeley graduate (summa cum laude) with more than five years of tutoring experience. My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning, and I’ve seen firsthand how hard work and dedication to learning can pay off.

I got my start tutoring as Homework Club volunteer in high school, working one-on-one with struggling
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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of El Cerrito, CA 94530
Background Check: Passed

"He makes chem understandable!!"

- Chayla, Alameda, CA on 11/4/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology
English:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
MCAT,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

MCAT

On my own MCAT, I scored a 42, with a perfect 15 on the Biological Sciences section, putting me in the 99th percentile. Since then, I've tutored several other students, raising one pupil's score from a 26 to a 34.

UC Berkeley
Integrative Biology

Education

UC Berkeley (Integrative Biology)

He makes chem understandable!!

Michael made my son so much more comfortable with chemistry. So happy he knows how to break it up so he can understand & remember for tests. Thank you!

— Chayla, Alameda, CA on 11/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of El Cerrito, CA 94530.