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Michael B.

Experienced and Effective Math Tutor

Experienced and Effective Math Tutor

$80/hour

  • 75 hours tutoring

About Michael


Bio

I have been tutoring math for over eight years. My favorite part of any tutoring session is the buildup to the "Aha!" moment. I believe that building up to that moment is the most important, as it represents the learning process. If a student excels in that buildup process, whether it's over the course of a couple hours or a couple weeks, that student excels in learning anything.

About me:
In 1st grade, I found a curiosity for math and took it all the way to my graduation from Cal Poly,...

I have been tutoring math for over eight years. My favorite part of any tutoring session is the buildup to the "Aha!" moment. I believe that building up to that moment is the most important, as it represents the learning process. If a student excels in that buildup process, whether it's over the course of a couple hours or a couple weeks, that student excels in learning anything.

About me:
In 1st grade, I found a curiosity for math and took it all the way to my graduation from Cal Poly, where I studied math and computer science. I have always been looking for new things to learn, new connections to make, different ways to see the same thing. As a result, I excelled in math, achieving perfect scores on the SAT Math, SAT Subject Math 2, and ACT Math standardized tests. This curiosity has also led me to the Putnam Exam in college, scoring among the top 3 at Cal Poly each of the three years that I took it.

My goal as a tutor is to provide a unique perspective into the world of math. Many times, students are presented a single way to solve individual problems, which I believe is the Achilles Heel of math education. Throughout my education and my experience as a math tutor, I have developed the ability to teach any concept in numerous different ways. I have found that, whenever students are troubled with a subject, they are normally troubled by the methods they have been taught. I am a firm believer in the idea that, if a student is able to form their own method of approaching a problem, as long as it conforms with the established mathematical definitions and theorems, they have found the best way.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a tutoring session, feel free to message me!


Education

California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Mathematics

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  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Folsom, CA 95630
  • Lesson cancellation: 6 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

C,

C

My first class in Computer Science was taught in C. All Cal Poly CS students are also aware of the nightmarish CPE 357, a grueling 24 hour per week commitment for a 4 unit class taught entirely in C. Needless to say, I have done a lot with the language.
C++,

C++

My qualifications for C can apply to this as well. In addition, I took a class in computer graphics, using OpenGL. All of the source code written for this subject was in C++, so I got to explore the differences between C and C++.
Java,

Java

I earned a Computer Science minor at Cal Poly. And I have 1+ years experience with Java programming.
JavaScript, Python, SQL

Corporate Training

C++,

C++

My qualifications for C can apply to this as well. In addition, I took a class in computer graphics, using OpenGL. All of the source code written for this subject was in C++, so I got to explore the differences between C and C++.
Java,

Java

I earned a Computer Science minor at Cal Poly. And I have 1+ years experience with Java programming.
SQL

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

B.S. in Mathematics, independent study of elementary math concepts and the various ways they can be represented

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

B.S. in Mathematics, 2+ years experience tutoring basic algebra concepts
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is an art that really starts as low level as counting numbers and sequences. After studying the theoretical aspects of Calculus, I've expanded my repertoire as a Calculus tutor with tons of valuable perspectives to offer on the most fundamental concepts. Calculus really comes down to a few key realizations, and my students have found great success as a result.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, and experience tutoring students in the applications of geometry to higher level math subjects.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, a strong foundation in prealgebra/algebra, and experience tutoring students struggling with algebra concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics and 1-2 years of experience tutoring precalculus.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

B.S. in Mathematics, perfect score on first attempt for SAT Math portion
Algebra 2

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Perfect score on ACT Math, consistent involvement with mathematical problem solving
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

B.S. in Mathematics, 2+ years experience tutoring basic algebra concepts
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is an art that really starts as low level as counting numbers and sequences. After studying the theoretical aspects of Calculus, I've expanded my repertoire as a Calculus tutor with tons of valuable perspectives to offer on the most fundamental concepts. Calculus really comes down to a few key realizations, and my students have found great success as a result.
Finite Math,

Finite Math

I think my expertise in finite math very heavily stems from my participation in math competitions throughout high school and college. I was a Mathlete, took the AMC and AIME, and took the Putnam Exam. These competitions have thrown an immensely diverse set of finite math problems, which can only partially represent the field of finite math. I think having a generally strong understanding of these sorts of problems, along with my love of number theory, combinatorics, etc. qualifies me to tutor this.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, and experience tutoring students in the applications of geometry to higher level math subjects.
Logic,

Logic

Math majors are required to take a class called Methods of Proof. The curriculum of this class includes a section on logical statements, truth tables, etc. This class, along with the entirety of upper division math curriculum, focuses on logical processes and proof based problem solving.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, a strong foundation in prealgebra/algebra, and experience tutoring students struggling with algebra concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics and 1-2 years of experience tutoring precalculus.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

B.S. in Mathematics, perfect score on first attempt for SAT Math portion
Algebra 2, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

B.S. in Mathematics, 2+ years experience tutoring basic algebra concepts
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is an art that really starts as low level as counting numbers and sequences. After studying the theoretical aspects of Calculus, I've expanded my repertoire as a Calculus tutor with tons of valuable perspectives to offer on the most fundamental concepts. Calculus really comes down to a few key realizations, and my students have found great success as a result.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, and experience tutoring students in the applications of geometry to higher level math subjects.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, a strong foundation in prealgebra/algebra, and experience tutoring students struggling with algebra concepts.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics and 1-2 years of experience tutoring precalculus.
Algebra 2

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

I had a perfect ACT Science score and I also have experience tutoring ACT Science.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

B.S. in Mathematics, 2+ years experience tutoring basic algebra concepts
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is an art that really starts as low level as counting numbers and sequences. After studying the theoretical aspects of Calculus, I've expanded my repertoire as a Calculus tutor with tons of valuable perspectives to offer on the most fundamental concepts. Calculus really comes down to a few key realizations, and my students have found great success as a result.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, and experience tutoring students in the applications of geometry to higher level math subjects.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

B.S. in Mathematics, perfect score on first attempt for SAT Math portion
Algebra 2

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

Perfect score on ACT Math, consistent involvement with mathematical problem solving
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I had a perfect ACT Science score and I also have experience tutoring ACT Science.
SAT Math

SAT Math

B.S. in Mathematics, perfect score on first attempt for SAT Math portion

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Knowledgeable, patient and engaging

He was quick to understand the area of concern, and guide howcto work in future to improve. Extremely patient and engaging. He had good set of questions. Worked through various problems and provided alternate solutions.

Aman, 1 lesson with Michael

Very helpful

Michael is very knowledgeable with many areas of math. I appreciated the time he takes to help when I have homework questions I am stuck on.

Kirk, 2 lessons with Michael

Very knowledgeable and helpful

Michael has done a great job helping my son understand pre-calculus. This was a subject that he struggled with and Michael helped him comprehend it in a way that connected with my son.

Ron, 7 lessons with Michael

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Michael help my daughter with Calculus. He was patient in explaining and helping my daughter understand Calculus where she has difficulty understanding in Class and also helps with her homework. Surely recommend Michael as a Math tutor.

Kah, 31 lessons with Michael

Helpful and knowledgeable tutor

Michael helped my daughter to go over some ACT Math and Science topics in preparation for the ACT. He demonstrated and explained how to solve the problems very well. My daughter has a better understanding of covered concepts now after tutoring session with Michael. He is pleasant to work with, and we plan to continue having tutoring session with Michael.

Larisa, 3 lessons with Michael

$80/hour

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Michael B.

$80/hour

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