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Michael F.

Northridge, CA

$40/hour

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20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/15/14
4.9 average from 7 ratings
A natural teacher!
— Jennifer, Alhambra, CA on 3/7/17

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UC Berkeley
Cal State, East Bay
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley

Cal State, East Bay (Master's)

About Michael

I have more than 10 years of experience as a personal one on one in-home tutor. Specifically I have worked with students to help them succeed in both standardized test prep (SAT I, SAT II, ACT) and a wide variety of academic subjects within the Mathematics/Statistics/Physics domain. Specific courses include: pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP Statistics. I was a National Merit Semifinalist my senior year in high school, which just means I scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT I test. (I am probably more proud of my 680 Verbal Score than my 760 Math score!). I feel extremely confident that I can help ANY student raise their standardized SAT I or ACT math scores significantly. I am also somewhat unique in my very strong Statistics background. Many students have more difficulty with Statistics than even, say, Calculus, (even though the mathematics required in a basic statistics course rarely goes beyond Algebra I techniques) because it is the concepts that can be so difficult to understand without effective explanations. My academic background includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1988 and a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in Statistics from Cal State East Bay - Hayward campus earned in June of 2007. In addition, I have completed all coursework for Master's Degree in Mathematics - also from CSUEB - Hayward. I have worked as an Engineer in Silicon Valley, including a short stint working for NASA. At this point I am making my career as a Professional Tutor and you can depend on both my quality and sense of Professional Responsibility. Tutoring is not a game for me ... although I have a pretty good sense of humor and the best part of the job is having fun with the students I work with while at the same time helping them improve their skills and knowledge. I look forward to introducing myself to you in person and being able to help you. I know the subjects that I tutor so my main focus will not be on impressing you with my knowledge but rather to help YOU improve YOUR abilities in a subject or subjects that you might currently be struggling with. The best motivating story I can tell you is about a high school friend of mine who failed Algebra I and had to go to summer school to retake it. But ... a couple of years later I ran into him in the summer between our freshman and sophomore years in college and, to be quite honest, was quite surprised when he told me he was working towards his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, which requires pretty hardcore math for many courses. Obviously, through his own hard work, and likely a little help from others, he "figured out" what had previously caused him to fail Algebra and was able to become an Engineer which means, for all extents and purposes he became a Professional Applied Mathematician ... pretty neat! The Story's Moral: It is NEVER too late to learn even if you are struggling now. I have more than 10 years of experience as a personal one on one in-home tutor. Specifically I have worked with students to help them succeed in both standardized test prep (SAT I, SAT II, ACT) and a wide variety of academic subjects within the Mathematics/Statistics/Physics domain. Specific courses include: pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Read more

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Travels within 30 miles of Northridge, CA 91324
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"A natural teacher!"

- Jennifer, Alhambra, CA on 3/7/17

"Excellent tutor!"

- Tatiana, Los Angeles, CA on 3/3/17
Math:
ACT Math, Actuarial Science, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry,
GRE, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability,
SAT Math, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biostatistics,
Chemistry, Physics, PSAT
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SSAT
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra I is the foundation for essentially all the mathematics courses that follow. I really enjoy teaching Algebra I and bringing in my extensive knowledge and experience of more advanced math courses to help students understand WHY Algebra is important and to MOTIVATE them to see its VALUE. In many schools Algebra I is a "gatekeeper" course but it is taught very mechanically and can leave many students bored and uninterested. I try to provide many examples of how Algebra I ideas can be used in the REAL WORLD on a DAILY basis! I also emphasize the cumulative aspect of learning Algebra I. When there are "gaps" in a students knowledge that have kept them from understanding the more difficult material - that is what I try to overcome and emphasize so that the student can gain confidence and have the belief that Algebra I is a "doable" subject once they have the required solid foundational background.

Algebra 2

The Algebra II and Trigonomety course builds on the foundations developed in both Algebra I and Geometry. I have an extensive level of knowledge and expertise in all of these subjects. In addition, my knowledge of even more advanced subjects such as Calculus and Linear Algebra can be used to provide additional motivating contexts for learning this challenging subject.

Biostatistics

I have an M.S. in applied statistics from California State University East Bay (CSUEB). I have a substantial amount of experience tutoring statistics from the basic to more advanced levels. I specifically enjoy tutoring statistics. I am passionate about the subject. I work with students at THEIR level of comprehension and always demonstrate how they can use the sometimes difficult concepts of Statistics to solve practical problems.

Calculus

I have a lot of experience both as an instructor/tutor and as a Statistician implementing the techniques of Multivariate Calculus. I work with my students where they are at in terms of their current knowledge and skill levels and patiently help them understand the new ideas so that they can meet all of their learning challenges and goals.

Geometry

Extensive experience tutoring Geometry both at High School level and at level tested upon by the SAT and ACT exams. Geometry can be difficult "conceptually" for some students and my "philosophy" with respect to the subject is to focus on making sure the underlying concepts are clear. Once that is accomplished you will be surprised at how much easier the subject will be for you.

Prealgebra

Because Algebra - as the gateway course to all advanced mathematics - is most likely the most important mathematics course anyone takes. It seems reasonable that getting a solid background in PRE-algebra is also very important. I have an extensive background working with students at the middle school level BOTH in the standard PRE-Algebra course (typically taken by 7th graders) and the standard Algebra course (taken by 8th Graders). I work with students at their level and use a variety of pedagogic methods to both motivate and to help the student acquire new skills. Students respond to me because I keep things real and try to make it as fun as I can without minimizing the hard work required to gain mastery of the subject.

Precalculus

I have tutored many students effectively in Precalculus. I work with the student's way of learning and gently guide the student to the most optimal form of reasoning to be successful.

Probability

Probability although an independent subject is actually also the Foundation of the Subject of Statistics. I have an M.S. in Statistics which includes knowledge of the subject of Probability. I have years of experience working with students helping them to understand Probability and how it can be applied in many Statistical situations.

Statistics

Very experienced statistics tutor. It is my favorite subject. Maybe that's the reason I studied and earned a Master's Degree in Statistics!

I have taught the standard High School AP Statistics course and I have also worked individually with many students at both the high school level and college students taking the typical entry level "required" statistics course.

The value I bring as a tutor is the ability to explain the sometimes confusing statistical "ideas" one has to learn in the typical high school or college statistics course. Although, usually, the "math" in a stats course is not really all that difficult (adding, subtracting, multiply, dividing, using exponents) it is how one needs to "set up" and solve problems that can be both confusing and frustrating for students. I can help you gain the insight you need to NOT be frustrated!

UC Berkeley
Cal State, East Bay
Master's

Education

UC Berkeley

Cal State, East Bay (Master's)

A natural teacher!

I am a graduate student who needed some additional practice and explanation in statistics and Michael has been a great help. He is very thorough in his instruction and very well organized, punctual and efficient. I am confident that my grade will be greatly improved by the end of the semester because of Michael's help! I highly recommend his tutoring.

— Jennifer, Alhambra, CA on 3/7/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 30 miles of Northridge, CA 91324.