California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Computer Science)
I'm Mike. I have always loved math and computers. In high school I took a math contest and finished in the top 100 nationally.
I also appreciate good teaching. I have had many teachers who conveyed the joy of learning. I've learned to apply creativity to the learning process. Study and practice can be engaging! They don't have to be tedious.
I tutor math and general computer use to high schoolers, college students, and adults. I believe people learn better when they don't feel pressured or cajoled. If you are a math student, it is likely that you are feeling confused about one or more class topics. You simply need a better explanation than you got in class and a way to break down math problems into little steps, feeling confident with each one.
If you come to me with an area of confusion, the first thing I do is back up just a bit and assess what areas you already understand well. We discover your unique style of thinking and affirm what you already do well in order to give you a confident "home base." From there I introduce baby steps. I go beyond the math book, teaching you skills such as using your eyes to recognize the visual form of equations and applying relaxation skills. You will see that moments of confusion are perfectly okay and part of the process (even Einstein felt confused sometimes!). I will give you general problem-solving and study strategies.
If you are not really that into math and mainly want to pass your required courses, we will focus on the needed material. If, on the other hand, you want a deeper appreciation of math, we can build your intuitive understanding. Over time, an intuitive understanding helps more and more as you get into advanced math classes.
My background: in high school I learned a lot of math on my own and participated in math competitions. In a national contest, I finished about 70th place nationwide. I went to Caltech for college where I majored in math and computer science. I used math for many years in my job at NASA, before leaving my programming job to pursue my goal of working directly with people to build their confidence and skills. I have trained in specialized, "outside the box" teaching techniques that apply to all subjects, including English and the humanities, in addition to math and science. I'm Mike. I have always loved math and computers. In high school I took a math contest and finished in the top 100 nationally.
I also appreciate good teaching. I have had many teachers who conveyed the joy of learning. I've learned to apply creativity to the learning process. Study and practice can be engaging! They don't have to be
Mike tutored me in Algebra 1 and he really rocked our session with what he knows. He helped me understand variables and get my head around the whole concept. I really like how Mike encouraged me all the way.
Explains problems in clear and understandable terms. I just finished my first lesson with Michael and already I have a better understanding of my studies. Michael helped me first see the big picture, then we broke things down into manageable segments, and then worked our way through these segments one by one.
Michael is very patient and when I didn't understand an example he would then explain things with another example until I could get my head around the problem. Before we would move on Michael made sure that I understood what I had just learned, and through this whole process Michael was patient, supportive, and encouraging.
I whole-heartedly recommend Michael as a tutor!
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I have a degree in math and computer science from Caltech, and ten years of study of effective teaching and tutoring techniques as they apply to algebra.
I have a degree in math and computer science from Caltech. I have taught Algebra 2 in creative ways for three years, and prior to that studied generally effective creative teaching strategies.
I have a degree in computer science from Caltech, and I worked as a programmer at NASA for 16 years. I enjoy explaining things in clear terms and breaking down a problem into baby steps. If you want to know an answer or procedure right away, I can just tell you--or we can work some examples to develop an intuitive understanding, which is often more satisfying and exciting. Computers often do things in confusing ways, but we can discuss the background and make some sense of it. I have several years of experience teaching general computer skills in both Mac and Windows.