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Michael D.

Redwood City, CA

$60/hour

Math-Physics-Computer Help from a Skilled, Communicative Tutor

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Background check passed as of 3/24/15
4.9 average from 36 ratings
Incredibly kind and patient tutor!
— Christina, Burlingame, CA on 9/22/16

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Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Math-ComputerScience
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA -- Physics
PhD

Education

Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Math-ComputerScience)

Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA -- Physics (PhD)

About Michael

I'm enthusiastic about tutoring -- I've been teaching and tutoring, as time permitted, starting when I was a graduate student.

My BA is in Maths and Computer Science, my PhD is in Physics, I did postdoctoral work in Biophysics, I was on the Physiology faculty at a university in Canada, and now I work in the Biotech field here in the Bay Area.

My approach when tutoring is to find a way to bring the student to that "aha" moment when things become clear. Not just to become clear for its own sake, but clear enough that the student can solve problems. Sometimes we must dig around the topic until its secret becomes clear, and that is the core of the tutoring process for me.

Every student is different, and I tailor my approach to the individual. Though I am hardworking and diligent in my efforts to help the understanding process, I am also patient and good-humored, as learning is less frustrating if one is in a good mood.

I can tutor in English, Spanish and German.
I'm enthusiastic about tutoring -- I've been teaching and tutoring, as time permitted, starting when I was a graduate student.

My BA is in Maths and Computer Science, my PhD is in
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Contact me if a lower rate is preferred for some reason, as I can be flexible.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Redwood City, CA 94061
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Incredibly kind and patient tutor!"

- Christina, Burlingame, CA on 9/22/16

"Personable, professional and adaptable to student's level"

- Sondra, Redwood City, CA on 7/6/16

"Knowledgeable and informative tutor"

- Mi, Mountain View, CA on 6/7/16

"Very Accommodating"

- Robert, San Mateo, CA on 5/4/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Physics
Computer:
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
DOS,
Fortran,
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Business:
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Computer Programming

I have used Computer Programming extensively for my work in physics, maths and biophysics, and have taught classes in selected areas. My experience includes a number of computer languages, as well as algorithms and methods for the use of computers to solve practical and numerical and control problems. I enjoy the subject, and would be happy to help others who are taking classes in this discipline.

Computer Science

My undergraduate degree is in Computer Science, and I started the graduate program in this field before I returned to finish in physics. As the subject matter has evolved with time, it would be best to ask me if I can help with a particular topic.

Differential Equations

I have worked with differential equations extensively throughout my career in maths, physics and biophysics. I would be happy to help others learn and achieve in this most important branch of mathematics.

DOS

I have been using DOS for years with all kinds of projects related to PC-type computers. I can very likely help with any questions or topics that arise in this subject.

Fortran

I have extensive experience in Fortran based on my physics research years, both on mainframe and personal computers. I also have a degree in computer science.

Microsoft Windows

As a side project, I maintain a fleet of some 100 Windows computers at a local K-8 school, and have experience in many aspects of practical and theoretical issues.

Physics

My PhD is in elementary particle physics, and I have extensive learning and teaching experience in the major areas of physics at up to the university graduate level.

Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Math-ComputerScience
Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA -- Physics
PhD

Education

Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Math-ComputerScience)

Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA -- Physics (PhD)

Incredibly kind and patient tutor! — Michael is the best tutor we've ever had. He helped my daughter raise her grade in precalculus in a very patient, kind and understanding manner. Our schedule was very crazy, but Michael always managed to help her when needed. Two thumbs up! ...

— Christina, Burlingame, CA on 9/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Contact me if a lower rate is preferred for some reason, as I can be flexible.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 25 miles of Redwood City, CA 94061.