Michael M.

Torrance, CA


Elementary math, science, and language arts tutor

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El Camino College


El Camino College

About Michael

I have over 15 years of experience tutoring elementary school students in math, science, language arts, and speech. I have studied child development and have acquired knowledge of teaching children from grades K-8. My professional experience includes working 17 years at an after school academy where I have developed a highly effective curriculum for writing and speech, as well as teaching language arts. I have tutored many students privately to prepare them for SAT and TOFL examinations.

My philosophy of education:

I believe that knowledge is much more than power; knowledge is enjoyment. Learning can be one of the most enjoyable experiences we have, and I impart my own love of learning onto my students so that they will continue to broaden their horizons long after they have left my instruction. Education promotes independence and a sense of accomplishment. It is one of the most powerful resources we have in that regard. Accordingly, it is one of the greatest reasons I love my work and acknowledge its importance.

My style of teaching is pedagogic. I try and find my students' greatest strengths and draw them out, while working to improve on areas where they are weaker. Wherever possible, particularly in science, I try to incorporate a hands-on learning experience by providing physical models and experiments.

I have always believed in the concept of optimal stress, wherein students are provided with a learning experience that challenges them to think for themselves without simply providing facts and answers, but without overwhelming them. Thus students learn to think and problem solve for themselves.
I have over 15 years of experience tutoring elementary school students in math, science, language arts, and speech. I have Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90501
In-person lessons
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught elementary school students at an after school program for seventeen years. I have written an effective writing curriculum for language arts students, as well as teaching a speech class for the last three years. I specialize in ESL students. I have tutored elementary students privately for the last fourteen years in subjects ranging from elementary math, science, social studies, reading comprehension, handwriting, phonics, and study skills.

Elementary Math

I have tutored students in elementary math from subjects ranging from the four basic operations, basic geometry, pre-algebra, inequalities, reading and preparing graphs and charts, statistics, fractions and all their operations, probability, units of weights and measures, linear equations, and formulas and literal equations.


I have taught ESL and ELD to students ranging from elementary to high school level for the past seventeen years. I have tutored students in preparation for SAT and TOEFL tests.


I have tutored elementary, high school, and college-level students in language arts for the past 17 years. This experience and my education has given me a good working knowledge of English and American literature in a wide variety of genres from poetry, to prose, to drama, and works of fiction. I am acquainted with the history of the English speaking world, so I have a good working knowledge of the events and personalities that shaped the authors of great works of literature.

Public Speaking

I have studied public speaking extensively under a teacher who attended the Peabody Conservatory. I am well qualified to observe and critique the aspects of public speaking such as annunciation, poise, rhythm, volume, eye contact, and styles of speech. I have successfully taught speech at an after school academy for two years at levels ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade. I have taught speech to both native speakers and ESL students. My speech curriculum has included public speaking, both with preparation and speaking extemporaneously, conversational speech, persuasive speech, drama, and poetry.


I have tutored children privately and at an after school academy for seventeen years. I have a good working knowledge of developing reading comprehension, and I have worked with children in phonics, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

Social Studies

I have studied both American and world history in college, including ancient and contemporary histories, achieving A's in every class. Being a native of California, I am very well read in that state's history and culture. I have successfully tutored students in social studies for 16 years at levels ranging from 3rd grade to senior year in high school. I'm well acquainted with the progression of social studies subjects through these grade levels. I have worked well with both students and their parents and have improved my students' grades and appreciation of social studies.


I have tutored students privately and at an after-school academy for 17 years. I specialize in language arts, and I have written and successfully implemented my own writing and speech curriculums.

El Camino College


El Camino College

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90501.