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Michael H.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

$60/hour

Mobile Academic Instruction - Specializing in Math and Science

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Background check passed as of 6/22/15
4.9 average from 158 ratings
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— Alane, San Pedro, CA on 6/3/16

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University of Southern California (USC)
Kinesiology

Education

University of Southern California (USC) (Kinesiology)

About Michael

Hello, my name is Michael, and I am a currently licensed teacher with a California clear credential and over 8 years of classroom experience. I have experience tutoring almost every subject and grade level, although I specialize in teaching high school biology, physiology and marine biology. I love math almost as much as science, and I have a passion for music. Prior to my classroom teaching career, I spent over a decade as a professional musician writing, recording and performing with my band, World Tribe. This eventually lead to an opportunity to teach guitar lessons, which I can also provide to children and adults. I specialize in teaching acoustic, bass and electric guitars, and helping students to read music and understand basic music theory.

For whatever subject I am teaching, I focus on the individual needs of each client. I will find the most efficient and effective way to get improved results in your specific areas of concern, for example:
* Academic vocabulary/reading comprehension
* Graphs/tables
* Note-taking/homework
* Studying/testing
* Labs/projects

If you live in or near the South Bay, please consider me when you or your child needs tutoring in the comfort of your home.
Hello, my name is Michael, and I am a currently licensed teacher with a California clear credential and over 8 years of classroom experience. I have experience tutoring almost every subject and grade level, although I specialize in teaching high school biology, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Motivating tutor"

- Alane, San Pedro, CA on 6/3/16

"WOW! Amazing Impact From Just 1 Hour"

- Evan, Torrance, CA on 12/3/15

"Excellent!"

- Laura, Redondo Beach, CA on 9/23/15

"Patient, fun, knowledgeable, flexible"

- Rachel, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 6/23/15

"Excellent tutor and very thorough"

- Rick, Torrance, CA on 6/21/15

"He has been a pleasure to work with and would highly recommend him."

- Katy, Redondo Beach, CA on 6/18/15

"Positive, knowledgeable, and patient tutor"

- Sondra, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 6/12/15

"Great tutor"

- Alice, Torrance, CA on 1/29/15
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy,
Biology,
Dentistry, Genetics,
Physiology
Music:
Guitar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

During my initial teacher training, I was undecided between math and science. This led me to prepare for my credential in either subject. At some point, I needed to dedicate my efforts to one subject, and I finally chose science. I actually spent six months as a student teacher for a high school algebra 1 class. Now, with over seven years experience teaching high school students, I'm certain I can help anyone improve their comprehension of math. I have spent many hours tutoring my students at Fremont Senior High School, and I am aware of the problems that many students have when it comes to understanding algebra and geometry. I love coming up with creative ways to explain mathematical concepts!

Algebra 2

By making a connection to familiar concepts and formulas from Algebra 1 and Geometry, I have helped many students understand Algebra 2. My academic background includes studying Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus at PV High School, and studying Calculus while attending USC. I have helped students better understand parent functions, transformations, quadratic equations, imaginary numbers, polynomials, synthetic division, graphing, exponents and logarithms.

Anatomy

Understanding human anatomy can lead to very successful carries in health and medicine. It is practical information that can improve the quality of one's life. However, many students struggle with the subject. I can teach anatomy to anyone by breaking down vocabulary, organizing information and making connections between all the structures of the human body.

Biology

I hold a CA clear credential for secondary biological science. Over the last 8 years, I have taught high school biology here in Los Angeles. In addition, I have taught classes in marine biology and physiology. I have spent many hours tutoring my students during lunch and after school, in addition to assisting with science fair projects.

Genetics

I hold a current CA clear credential for secondary biological science. During my 7 years at John C. Fremont Senior High School in Los Angeles, I taught Integrated Coordinated Science (ICS), biology, chemistry, marine biology and physiology. One of the largest, most important units of any biology course is focused on genetics. I have a strong background in defining the terminology, explaining the math, solving problems and making predictions related to the study of genetics. I have already created numerous custom worksheets, games, projects and labs in an effort to explain genetics to my students.

Geometry

Geometry is all about understanding the mathematics behind shape and proportion. It is one of the most practical applications of math, although it can be difficult for some students. By using visual elements and defining relevant terminology, I can take the mystery out of geometry for my clients.

Guitar

I spent over a decade as a professional musician. Writing, recording and performing with my band, which eventually led to an opportunity to teach guitar lessons. For many years prior to earning my secondary science teaching credential, I taught acoustic, electric and bass guitar lessons privately and at the Hermosa School of Dance and Music (Dan Galitzen, proprietor). During the 7 years I spent teaching high school biology, I also started a guitar club and provided lessons to any of our students.

Physiology

Including junior and senior level physiology classes, I have been teaching high school biology for over the last 8 years. I have years of experience creating lessons to teach students about the various structures and functions of the human body. My previous career as a surgical assistant gives me a clinical application of physiology that I can relate to my students.

Prealgebra

As a high school teacher, I've had many students come to me for help at lunch and after school. By defining mathematical terms and explaining solutions step-by-step, I have been able to assist numerous students with their pre-algebra and other math classes. Understanding exponents, fractions, percentages, radicals and reciprocals and triangles is critical to success with pre-algebra.

University of Southern California (USC)
Kinesiology

Education

University of Southern California (USC) (Kinesiology)

Motivating tutor — Michael is awesome he has assisted my son on increasing his problem solving skills. My son would become frustrated and unmotivated. Working with Michael has changed that. Great tutor! ...

— Alane, San Pedro, CA on 6/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 5 miles of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.