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Michael M.

Pasadena, CA

$40/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Caltech Grad

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/12/17
5.0 average from 11 ratings
Mike is a great tutor!
— John, Los Angeles, CA on 3/31/17

$40/Hour


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California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Computer Science

Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Computer Science)

About Michael

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
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Mike is a great tutor!"

- John, Los Angeles, CA on 3/31/17

"A Really Intelligent Tutor"

- James, Los Angeles, CA on 11/9/16
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Computer:
General Computer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

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.

Algebra 2

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.

General Computer

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.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Computer Science

Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Computer Science)

Mike is a great tutor!

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.

— John, Los Angeles, CA on 3/31/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 5 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.