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Michael V.

Los Angeles, CA

$95/hour

Translating Abstract Ideas Into Concrete Reality

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/29/16
5.0 average from 71 ratings
Excellent tutor!
— Jennifer, Sherman Oaks, CA on 12/9/17

$95/Hour


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Pennsylvania State University
Physics
Colorado State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Physics)

Colorado State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Michael

After earning a B.S. in Physics from Penn State, I studied briefly as a PhD student in particle astrophysics before moving to Shanghai to teach high school physics. I later founded and managed Newton American Education Studio to help prepare Shanghai’s top students to enter and succeed at America's most selective universities. After relocating to the US, I've taught high school math at the prestigious Landon School outside Washington, DC, and am now in Los Angeles, CA where my wife Jenny teaches middle school science and where I am working to finish my PhD.

I have been more than a teacher to my students - many of whom I've stayed in contact with through their years in university and beyond. My over ten years of experience tutoring, teaching, and guiding my students to not only top scores and selective universities but actual conceptual understanding and peace of mind with some complicated subjects gives me the confidence that I can help mentor you likewise. I look forward to a discussion about making a plan that works best for you.
After earning a B.S. in Physics from Penn State, I studied briefly as a PhD student in particle astrophysics before moving to Shanghai to teach high school physics. I later founded and managed Newton American Education Studio to help prepare Shanghai’s top students to enter and succeed at America's most selective universities. After relocating to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Special rates may be available for certain subjects, locations, long-term tutoring, and other considerations. Please message me for more information.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90049
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor!"

- Jennifer, Sherman Oaks, CA on 12/9/17

"Amazing!"

- Rachel, Studio City, CA on 10/13/17

"Very impressed"

- Amy, Washington, DC on 6/8/16

"Great Tutor"

- Amar, Washington, DC on 5/11/16

"Helpful"

- Zach, Washington, DC on 4/3/16

"Great Tutor"

- Jackie, Washington, DC on 2/21/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Physics
English:
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Calculus

I taught advanced math to my Chinese students in Shanghai! You will score 700+ on SAT Subject Tests or 4+ on the AP and I will get you there.

Differential Equations

As a physicist, teacher, and tutor, I have nearly 10 years of experience with differential equations. I have tutored advanced high school students and university students in methods of ordinary and partial differential equations.

Linear Algebra

I also have 10 years of experience with linear algebra. I have tutored linear algebra to advanced high school students as well as computer science and engineering students at the university level.

Physics

I led my Shanghai students to the highest A-Level Physics scores in Asia. No matter if it's AP, IB, SAT, MCAT, or GRE physics, your scores will go up. I've even had normal humans earn perfect scores!

Precalculus

We're not going to just memorize equations! For ten years, I've tutored and taught classes on math and physics in America and abroad. We will work through your pre-calc together. By the end, you'll have a solid math foundation for whatever it is you're trying to do.

SAT Reading

For ten years, I've battled the SAT around the world and picked up a lot of "tricks". 150+ on Reading is typical, even for ESL! More is common, even without (completely) blasting you with mind-numbing vocabulary.

Pennsylvania State University
Physics
Colorado State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Physics)

Colorado State University (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor!

My son got off on the wrong foot in Physics this year and had just about convinced himself that he could not get the hang of the subject. In just a few sessions, Michael helped him regain his confidence and strengthened the areas where he was shaky. My son is feeling good about his upcoming semester final, and I could not be happier!

— Jennifer, Sherman Oaks, CA on 12/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $95.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Special rates may be available for certain subjects, locations, long-term tutoring, and other considerations. Please message me for more information.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 30 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90049.