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MICHAEL S.

Fairfield, CA

$60/hour

SCIENCE AND MATH HELP

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300+ Hours
4.9 average from 107 ratings
Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor
— Sonja, Fairfield, CA on 2/26/17

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University of California, Davis
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER

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University of California, Davis (BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER)

About MICHAEL

Learning has always been a passion in my life. Academic learning, life experience, motivational books. Just name it. I have helped and tutored grade levels from elementary to college, where I majored in Chemical Engineering. I took time to understand concepts and extended these understandings to different subjects. I took AP science, math, history and social science courses in high school and continued my intellectual pursuits in college.

I have usually tutored math and science subjects in individual and group settings. I spent the majority of my time in high school tutoring as part of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). In college, I was a leader in Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honors Society). I enjoyed teaching numerous students in both lower and upper division math, science, and engineering courses.

I was also part of a UC research program where I learned and Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. I expanded upon my knowledge base with these applications in my professional life.

I'm here to help you understand and hopefully have mastery over a topic. I don't believe in memorization to succeed. Yes, it's needed at times. But you'll have a much better time in school understanding it conceptually. I've been there. And yes, it's frustrating. But there are many ways to learn.

This is a team effort. Learning takes effort from both the student and the mentor. Let's learn together!
Learning has always been a passion in my life. Academic learning, life experience, motivational books. Just name it. I have helped and tutored grade levels from elementary to college, where I majored in Chemical Engineering. I took time to understand concepts and extended these understandings to different subjects. I took AP science, math, history Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Fairfield, CA 94533
In-person lessons

"Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor"

- Sonja, Fairfield, CA on 2/26/17

"Knowledgeable and nice guy"

- Brock, Danville, CA on 2/16/17

"Helped to clarify some misunderstandings I had"

- Karen, El Cerrito, CA on 1/28/17

"Great Chemistry teacher!"

- Carlos, Vacaville, CA on 1/11/17

"5 stars!! He knows his stuff!"

- Jessica, Sonoma, CA on 12/2/16

"Amazing tutor"

- George, Vacaville, CA on 11/6/16

"Tutor with Social and Intellectual Properties"

- Armanda, Martinez, CA on 10/22/16

"Good job!"

- Annie, Dublin, CA on 10/2/16

"preparing for quiz"

- Talib, Walnut Creek, CA on 9/14/16

"Knowledgable and good teacher."

- Jennifer, Davis, CA on 8/21/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry,
Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Computer:
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Political Science
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
Finance, GMAT, GRE, Macroeconomics,
Microeconomics,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, Tax Accounting

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.

Algebra 1

I teach Algebra with the same structure that I used when I learned it. I have helped middle school and high school students alike with success. It takes patience because there are mathematical manipulation and deals with the abstract concept of a variable. Once we can get past these areas, we can get to more complicated topics more comfortably.

Algebra 2

I am able to teach and help students understand topics from algebra to calculus. Often times, algebra is rushed through without the proper framework. With the right structure, it can definitely be learned. I have assisted many students in identifying any underlying deficiencies math fundamentals, which often make learning algebra more difficult than it should be.

Biology

I took AP Bio in high school. In college, I took one year of lower division and upper division courses in advanced genetics, biochemistry, bioenergetics.

Calculus

I have taken calculus on three different levels: high school (AP Calculus Score = 5), community college (A+), and university level (B+, A, A). I have delved into differential, integral, multivariate and vector calculus with applications in engineering.

I have taught students and taken them through both the theoretical and practical applications. Theory is important to understand how to visualize. Applications are critical for hands-on understanding and to build the mathematics into our physical world. After all, calculus was developed to help communicate and model the world around us.

Nerdy aside: what piqued my interest in this subject was when I was awestruck to find out that y = x^2 and y = 2x were related. How could a parabola and straight line be possibly related? Answer: Calculus!

Chemistry

I've taken AP Chemistry in high school. My college prerequisites were (Honors) General Chem, Organic Chem and Physical Chem. I've worked on research projects in chemistry. I have been able to teach many peers in all chemistry subjects, from theory to lab application.

Macroeconomics

I have taken multiple classes in economics. In high school, I aced both AP Macro and AP Micro exams. I continued to develop a fascination and appreciation for both macroeconomics (inflation, GDP, money supply, unemployment) and furthered my studies in upper division microeconomics.

Microeconomics

I have taken multiple classes in economics. In high school, I aced both AP Macro and AP Micro exams. I continued to develop a fascination and appreciation for both macroeconomics (inflation, GDP, money supply, unemployment) and furthered my studies in upper division microeconomics.

Microsoft Excel

I first encountered Excel in college behind many of my engineering peers. After seeing the importance of Excel in labs and in the workplace, I began to commit hours to learning how use formulas and macros. In my professional career, I broadened my scope to make user-friendly spreadsheets that were both functional and visually appealing.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint sprung into my life when I was in an undergrad research program and had to learn it to make research posters. After noticing its usefulness, I began to apply PowerPoint in other areas like in automated (timed) professional presentations, dynamic crowd-engagement tools, and fun, memorable slideshows for family events. I have worked with co-workers and cohorts to show them the basic and intermediate level PowerPoint functions. They have often taken those core elements and explored their creativity, often surprising and impressing their audiences.

Physics

I have taken AP Physics C in high school, Physics at UC Davis (PHY 9HA, PHY 9B-D).

Precalculus

I have helped numerous students through Precalculus. Please keep in mind that different schools define Precalculus differently. Usually, it includes advanced algebra, analytic geometry, etc. I can help through students through all.

Statistics

I took AP Stats in high school. I also took elementary, business and applied Econ statistics. I applied a lot of it in my professional life and in research.

Trigonometry

I have used trigonometry extensively in multiple applications, especially in math and engineering settings. It is used heavily in physics. I make it a priority to flesh out trig using examples.

University of California, Davis
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER

Education

University of California, Davis (BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEER)

Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor

Michael is very knowledgeable in anatomy and patient too. He is dedicated to helping me understand all aspects of the class. including the lab portion. which is wonderful! I'm feeling much more confident about anatomy class now. Thanks.

— Sonja, Fairfield, CA on 2/26/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

MICHAEL will travel within 35 miles of Fairfield, CA 94533.