San Jose State University (Meteorology)
BRANDMAN UNIVERSITY (MEd)
Although I have enjoyed many of the positions I have held throughout my professional career, I am most passionate about teaching. I pursued and achieved a degree in Meteorology, a program in which one must excel in science, math, and writing. Since then, I have applied these skills in positions with the space program, providing weather forecasts to vessels on voyages across the all of the world's oceans, and presenting research for the National Weather Service. While in school, I spent a year tutoring students in their meteorology classes. After graduation, I spent a year as a private tutor, helping a student who needed to complete 36 units in 2 semesters to graduate. I enjoyed the experience so much that I knew I eventually wanted to pursue a career in teaching. I believe I bring to students a variety of different methods for tackling their challenging coursework and practical experience in applying the skills they are being asked to learn. It is always easier to apply oneself when one understands the practical application of what is being taught.
I believe I bring a unique perspective to students...that all individuals are capable of excelling at any subject so long as they apply themselves. I am enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable. When tutoring a student, I believe in a hands-on approach. For example, throughout my academic career, I found that too often, math teachers only taught the very basics of each chapter. As a result, average students would be able to solve the basic homework problems themselves (typically the first half of the assignment) and then be lost when they worked their way into the more difficult problems in each set. I try to avoid this by working with the students through as many easy, moderate, and difficult problems as possible. This same technique can be used for a variety of subjects. Once students learn the process for tackling new problems, they can excel on their own.
Although I have enjoyed many of the positions I have held throughout my professional career, I am most passionate about teaching. I pursued and achieved a degree in Meteorology, a program in which one must excel in science, math, and writing. Since then, I have applied these skills in positions with the space program, providing weather forecasts
My son Ethan is somewhat shy and Mike made him feel comfortable right away. This has alleviated so much stress from me as a Mom, since I took this class as a kid but can't remember all of the necessary steps in showing your work. I plan to keep him on through the rest of the school year. Definitely worth every penny. Thank you Mike and thanks WyzAnt!
7/12/2012 Summer is always crazy, but Michael is very understanding with schedule changes and my son's full football schedule. He is truly helping my son gain a deeper understanding about Algebra 2. He just speaks his language, and I think is caring towards teenagers. His belief that my son is strong in math has given my son more confidence. I am very thankful for Michael, and all he has done. I am hopeful that he will improve his SAT and ACT scores the second time around.
My son is improving all of the time in his knowledge of math thanks to Michael. His on-line class will be a success, and his upcoming ACT and SAT tests will improve, I'm sure of it!
My son is grasping Trig. So much better! Wish we would have done this sooner, but I think he is going to do well on his final! Thank you!
Last night on the "last night" before his final he felt more confident than I've seen him in a long time. Michael has been so caring and understanding. He speaks my son's language in a way that he really gets it. He's had that "Ah Ha!" moment. I do hope that it is enough so that his finals will be successful. We look forward to more tutoring to tackle the ACT and the SAT! Thanks Michael, you are awesome!
Micheal was great in Algebra II and helpful in Chemistry. He really connected with my 16 year old son. My son ended up with an "A" in Algebra II and a strong "C" in Chemistry.
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