California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Computer Science)
I enjoy helping students feel more at ease about learning. Part of what I do is explain math facts in a clear way, but even more important, I support you in discovering how to make learning easier. I support you in discovering your unique learning style, and even in using mindfulness and anxiety reduction strategies if those interest you. I believe that learning proceeds better when you are relaxed and when you can trust yourself.
There are challenges involved in learning. Everyone gets confused and makes mistakes sometimes. But the great thing is that you can pick yourself up and try again, and get more and more confidence over time. I put a lot of emphasis on encouraging you to discover what you do well, and I want you to leave a tutoring session feeling good about your abilities and potential.
My experience in math is that I have a degree in computer science from the California Institute of Technology and worked at NASA as a programmer for 16 years. For about three years now I've been tutoring math students privately, and I really love it. I like working with people better than sitting behind a desk.
I also have extensive experience in mindfulness meditation and I integrate it into my tutoring. I have training in an educational method that works with "outside the box" teaching strategies, called the Feldenkrais Method.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, and mindfulness/anxiety-reduction strategies
I encourage you to contact me and see if I'm the right tutor for you. I enjoy helping students feel more at ease about learning. Part of what I do is explain math facts in a clear way, but even more important, I support you in discovering how to make learning easier. I support you in discovering your unique learning style, and even in using mindfulness and anxiety
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 computer science from Caltech, and I worked as a programmer at NASA for 16 years. For most of those years I taught groups of scientists to use the software we were working on. I developed an ability to explain things in clear terms and to break the subject matter into steps, working toward a complete understanding. I have several years of experience teaching general computer skills in both Mac and Windows.