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Michael M.

Pasadena, CA

$60/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Caltech Grad

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/12/17
5.0 average from 20 ratings
Excellent and passionate Tutor
— Chandran, Arcadia, CA on 10/13/17

$60/Hour


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California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Computer Science

Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (Computer Science)

About Michael

Hi, I'm Mike. I'm a patient, affirmative, supportive teacher of math and computers. I find many ways to use positive encouragement throughout all phases of working with you or your child.

Learning is a creative process. Even in math, it draws on your imagination and intuition, not just memorizing rules. I know lots of tricks to make things easier to remember and to make things fit with your or your child's existing intuition about the world.

I specialize in untangling the procedures of math for students who struggle. Many students first encounter math concepts in school as a kind of muddled tangle of various ideas thrown together. The teachers expect them to pick it all up at once. I can break down these ideas into individual steps and give targeted practice exercises.

I sometimes work with students who have a big test coming up. I am good at building their confidence.

A little about me: I have always loved math and computers. In high school I took a math contest and finished in the top 100 nationally. I majored in computer science at Caltech here in Pasadena and went on to work for NASA as a programmer. I have had many teachers who conveyed the joy of learning and I learned much from them.
Hi, I'm Mike. I'm a patient, affirmative, supportive teacher of math and computers. I find many ways to use positive encouragement throughout all phases of working with you or your child.

Learning is a creative process. Even in math, it draws on your imagination and intuition, not just memorizing rules. I know lots of tricks to make
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent and passionate Tutor"

- Chandran, Arcadia, CA on 10/13/17

"Knowledgable and patient"

- Gina, Los Angeles, CA on 9/24/17

"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.

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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)

Excellent and passionate Tutor

Michael is an excellent tutor, my son has been working with Michael for last few weeks and he has gained interest and confidence in solving mathematics problem and learning new concepts. He has improved on his grade and his approach towards mathematics has become very positive and passion.

— Chandran, Arcadia, CA on 10/13/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91101.