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Michael W.

El Monte, CA

$32/hr

Math & Physics Tutor (UCLA Engineering)

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Background check passed as of 12/18/13
4.8 Avg. Rating
 
 
32 Ratings
 
 
5hrs Response Time
Excellent and Qualified Tutor!
— Jonathan, Arcadia, CA on 3/10/14

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UCLA
Aerospace Engineer

Education

UCLA (Aerospace Engineer)

About Michael

Hello! I am a long-time tutor and find this job deeply meaningful and rewarding.

--- Quick overview ---
- 300+ hr tutoring various math & physics
- Scored 5's in AP Calculus BC, Statistics, & Physics B
- Took 40 math-intensive Engineering courses
- Efficient, patient, and student-centric

--- Real Tutoring Experience ---
In 11th grade, Mrs. Hart offered me my first tutoring job. A pre-calculus student was struggling. I said OK, and I enjoyed it. As a UCLA student, I studied teaching techniques in the California Teach Math program. There, I tutored in various subjects and created my own math lesson plan for a local elementary school class, using a deck of cards to illustrate fractions. Furthermore, under the UCLA Engineering Science Corps, I posted math and science homework help for high school students. After graduating, I tutored math and physics through WyzAnt for middle, high school, and college students. I also tutored at two Arcadia after-school centers within highly competitive districts. After tutoring hundreds of hours, I have refined my methods to be more time-efficient and student-centric.

--- Motivation ---
Throughout my long education, I have seen good and bad teachers. In high school, I took 8 AP’s and received all A's except for one B. I studied hard and was sensitive to how well teachers did their job. There were teachers that did the minimum. And then there were teachers who instructed through layers of patience and empathy. The glint in their eyes reflected a sense of duty to make learning enjoyable and rewarding. Studying under these teachers was one of the most powerfully inspirational moments of my life. By experimenting with tutoring, I fell in love with the process of sharing with my students that same inspirational power to learn and succeed. To this day, being a tutor is a responsibility I consider very personal, meaningful, and something worth diving in with 100% effort. And it has been truly worthwhile.

It's always a pleasure to hear from someone new, and I sincerely look forward to meeting you (I always personally respond). Cheers!
Hello! I am a long-time tutor and find this job deeply meaningful and rewarding.

--- Quick overview ---
- 300+ hr tutoring various math & physics
- Scored 5's in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of El Monte, CA 91732
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent and Qualified Tutor!"

- Jonathan, Arcadia, CA on 3/10/14

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"Excellent tutor!"

- Serena, West Covina, CA on 3/26/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Rachel, Rosemead, CA on 3/12/14

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Arcadia, CA on 3/3/14

"Wonderful tutor"

- Sarah, Pasadena, CA on 1/11/14

"Reliable and effective"

- Anne, Whittier, CA on 12/22/13
Science:
Physics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Algebra 1

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 1. I have aced Algebra 1 in 8th grade as well as Algebra 2 in high school. I received a 780 on the math SAT II, which demands proficiency in Algebra 1. I have completed a college engineering curriculum which involves an in-depth mastery of Algebra and beyond, including Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Calculus.

Algebra 2

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 2. I have aced honors Algebra 2 in high school and was inspired by a great teacher. I have completed a college engineering curriculum which heavily emphasized mathematics, including and going beyond the Algebra 2 level. For example, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations required a solid grasp of Algebra 2.

Calculus

I have tutored many hours in AP Calculus for both AB and BC students. I received a 5 in AP Calculus BC, taken two engineering-level Calculus courses, and constantly applied Calculus throughout the aerospace engineering B.S. curriculum.

Geometry

I have tutored multiple students in Geometry. I have taken Honors Geometry in high school, tutored in Pre-calculus which is Geometry-heavy, and completed college engineering curriculum which rigorously applies Geometry in most courses.

Physics

I have tutored multiple students in Physics, including one semester-long commitment. I have taken AP Physics B, achieved a 760 in SAT physics, and taken a year of engineering-based physics at UCLA (Newtonian physics + Electricity & Magnetism + Waves and optics). My engineering curriculum deeply emphasized a physics background, including statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity.

Prealgebra

I have tutored many students in Algebras 1 and 2, which utilize the more basic topics of Pre-algebra. I have aced all three classes in high school. I scored a 780 in the harder SAT math test, which covered up to Algebra 2. Having a solid foundation in Pre-algebra immensely helped me in the higher level math and engineering courses in college. Numerous engineering homework and test problems involved algebraically manipulating equations in order to arrive at the final answer.

Precalculus

While excelling in 11th grade honors Pre-calculus, I was simultaneously tutoring a non-honors Pre-calculus student. I have since tutored other students in this subject. My mastery over Pre-calculus helped me obtain a 5 in AP Calculus BC the following year. I continued applying Pre-calculus topics throughout a college engineering curriculum. For example, engineering problems often involve trigonometric functions like sine and cosine, for which Pre-calculus laid the groundwork.

Probability

I have scored a 5 in AP Statistics. In college, I took Probability for Engineers, as well as a Probability with Application to Poker. I consider Probability one of the more fun topics in math, and I am quite well-versed in this subject.

SAT Math

I scored 760 on SAT Math I and 780 in SAT Math II. I have aced and extensively tutored in all SAT Math-relevant courses: Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. I have also tutored a student in SAT Math.

Trigonometry

I have tutored many students in Geometry and Trigonometry. I have aced Geometry & Pre-calculus, which heavily rely on Trigonometry concepts. My college engineering curriculum required much trigonometric applications such as when dealing with angular, oscillation, and complex number problems. When I worked as a design engineer, I often hand-analyzed the Trigonometry of technical drawings to ensure the right dimensions.

UCLA
Aerospace Engineer

Education

UCLA (Aerospace Engineer)

Excellent and Qualified Tutor! — Michael met the requirements that I sought in a math tutor. I tried other tutors that didn't work for me till Michael came along. He worked with me till we found the right strategy that worked. Highly recommend him if you need to pass with a high letter grade like I did! Will be contacting him for the different levels of math I will be taking in the future. ...

— Jonathan, Arcadia, CA on 3/10/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $32.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 12 miles of El Monte, CA 91732.

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