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Rice University, Bachelor of Arts
University of Colorado - Boulder, Leeds School of Business (MBA)
University of Michigan - Strategic HR Planning Executive Education (Other)
I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing my passion for learning with others. I enjoy teaching and I'm patient with students. I focus on coaching students on the learning process as well as the content. I believe that every student is unique and work with each to find approaches to learning, studying and academic success that are attuned to their individuality.
I attended a private college prep high school. I took 7 AP courses in high school and work with students taking AP classes. I earned a B.A. from Rice University and have an MBA from CU-Boulder. Most of my career has been as a Management Consultant, IT Consultant, or Technical Sales Rep to companies and government agencies.
I took the ACT in June 2013 and scored 32 overall ("Composite", 98th percentile) with subscores of 34 in science, 32 in Reading, 31 in Math, and 29 in English.
I tutor students in Middle School and up through high school, college, graduate school, as well as executives. Parents are welcome to participate in meetings if their schedule allows.
I taught math, science and reading in a Denver Public School High School in the 2012-2013 school year. I taught math and science in a private school in the 2013-2014 school year. For the past two school years I've been tutoring full time. If you're a high school senior or college student with open periods/time during the day, we may be able to find a time during the day to meet.
I've helped a number of people enlist that would not otherwise be able to by helping them increase their ASVAB scores significantly.
My mindset in working with students is that through my mentoring and coaching I provide my students with an essential freedom: the "freedom to choose" their future, rather than have it chosen for them, as free will is one of the many God-given gifts we all receive. I believe that students, parents and educators have an obligation to discover and develop the many gifts with which students are born. I see my role as that of a mentor and coach in the art and science of learning, and when the opportunity arises, providing life coaching to students at a critical time in their life.
For students looking for help in developing their writing, I've written two books (through CreateSpace) that can be found on Amazon: "5 Big Ideas for Cradle Catholics" and "Do You Want to Get Well?" Each book is available as a free PDF download. If interested, contact me for the download website. I've started writing a third book, tentatively titled "What is Love? A How-to Guide".
Here are subjects I've tutored quite a bit recently:
College-Level Study Skills Development for College and High School Students (all students)
Pre-Calculus/Trig, AP Calculus AB/BC, College Calculus, Business Calculus (Metro/CU-Denver)
College Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry (high school and college students)
Statistics & Probability (high school AP and college students)
Physics, AP Physics
ACT/SAT Prep / ASVAB Prep
A Note on Communications:
I strive to respond to every email, text and voicemail within 24 hours (that is an unwritten expectation in the business world we would all be wise to honor). I avoid responding to electronic communication when I am with a student (with the exception of calls from my wife), and as a result it may take longer to respond to your text or email. I'm sure you understand as you would want the same when I am meeting with you. If you send an email or text on a Sunday or even on a Saturday, you may not receive a response until Monday. We are designed by God to work diligently for 6 days and then rest on the seventh day. I recommend the same for you, as it is within your design specs too. :) Take one day off each week and rest. We are not designed to be 7x24 machines. Enjoy the gift of a day of rest and the positive impact it will have on your outlook in life and the positive impact it will have on your work the other 6 days of the week. :)
*** I'm a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing my passion for learning with others. I enjoy teaching and I'm patient with students. I focus on coaching students on the learning process as well as the content. I believe that every student is unique and work with each to find approaches to learning, studying and academic success that are attuned to their
ASVAB and Former Military Transitioning to Civilian Life rate: $30/hr. ***Students with only one parent providing financial support: $27/hr.
We have found Patrick to be an excellent tutor. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding testing methods, content, etc, and has been able to determine our grandaughter's mode of learning. He is timely, responsible, kind and thorough and has been of great help. He is the best tutor we have ever had and we are very pleased and feel confident that he has helped our granddaughter immeasurably.
My son went from sort of getting Chemistry to a 96% on the final and an A in the class. Thank you Patrick!
First meeting went well. Patrick made a real effort to get to know our student and mentor him on what it takes to be a good math student.
I'm the parent of a student who has been working with my son for a year. He continues to plug along with my son at my son's pace, and I cannot believe how much my son is understanding and growing! He started working with him on ASVAB, but recently has just been focusing on Algebra with him with bits of other ASVAB material thrown in. He has a great ability to make a subject very understandable, is super calm, patient, and relates to kids very well without being patronizing. I recommend him highly.
Patrick has worked with my son off and on for a couple of years. He is really making a difference in my son's life. We hope to use him through college.
Great tutor/coach, gets down to the point and explains in a great way that is easy to understand. He focuses on learning style of the student and then uses that to get the subject to be more easily understood. Excellent resource.
Patrick is very patient with my slow learning pace and is a great tutor. I now see him weekly for my summer courses because it's definitely helpful
He has taught me many things. He also has helped me build up skills I have not used in a very long time. For example, long division with decimals numbers, and mixed number, as well as improper fractions.
Almost a year ago, my son began working with Patrick. We selected Patrick because of the extraordinarily positive feedback and consistently high ratings he had received on the WyzAnt website. Our selection of Patrick proved to be a very positive and life-altering decision for my son.
Patrick offers an extraordinary and unusual combination of talents. First, he is a consummate educational professional. He has absolute mastery of the subjects he teaches. Of equal importance, he possesses a remarkable capacity for truly reaching and connecting with young people. In fact, I believe that it was Patrick's empathy, patience and genuine investment in my son that made their academic progress possible. My son had years of built up frustration with academics and there were some real obstacles to getting started. With the trust and respect that Patrick established, they began to work very productively together.
Patrick's work with my son resulted in his increased self-confidence in his academic potential, learning work ethic, learning skills and techniques - not too mention the large strides that were made in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, reading comprehension and test prep for the ACT.
At forty-eight years old, I have never encountered someone so committed to kids and their learning. Patrick never treated his sessions as simple transactional interactions. He wanted, and built, a relationship with my son. All of his efforts clearly showed my son that he genuinely cares about him. One wonders if our schools had more committed, caring people like Patrick available to teach, coach and inspire them...
We plan to remain in touch with Patrick until our son completes college. My only regret is that I did not find Patrick sooner.
For those reading this review, I cannot more highly recommend Patrick. You would be blessed to have him work with your son or daughter.
My sophomore son is responding well to Patrick. I am most impressed with the summary info and to-do lists that he writes up for each lesson. They are very detailed so I am able to keep up with my son's lessons and assignments. Patrick spends quite a bit of his own time putting this info together. Also, while not tutoring him in Spanish, he keeps with my son's assignments in order to help him with his study habits.
Patrick is an excellent tutor. I highly recommend him for your tutoring needs. He made my daughter feel comfortable and confident during her tutoring sessions. Patrick showed her how to maneuver through each subject of the ACT exam. My daughter was given websites to go to for practice drills as well as he taught her how to really think a problem through to get the correct answers. During each practice test that was given to her by Patrick, improvement was shown, he took the time to review each test taken and went into detail on each incorrect answer. Arranging sessions was also convenient and easy to schedule. Patrick is a very knowledgeable, extremely nice individual. I would not hesitate to call him again for my daughter tutoring needs.
PS: my daughter felt really confident when she took the ACT test for the second time thanks to Patrick
My son met with Patrick for first time on Sat 9/6 and felt much better about his stats test. He has confidence in Patrick and feels that the tutoring will be very helpful. Patrick did a great job!
Patrick worked with my son for a month and helped him to significantly raise his ASVAB score so that he now qualifies for some of the navy jobs which really interest him. Patrick's kind and patient manner helped to hold his interest in subjects (math) that he struggled with in the past. We highly recommend Patrick!
Very accommodating. I've had to switch some times and he has been flexible. He is also willing to meet downtown. Lots of knowledge of math. Provides me with lots of opportunities to practice difficult math concepts as I prepare for the GMAT. Also has given me a study plan to help me schedule GMAT studying during my busy weeks.
Patrick is the best tutor. He takes the time and special attention that is needed for his students. We would highly recommend him!
Patrick demonstrated a very unique skill which many of us lack – the ability to communicate with maximum effect! Patrick and my 16 y/o son work exceptionally well together. Patrick had a unique calm but very caring leadership style. His personal uplifting was instrumental in my son acquiring more self-esteem while working through Honors Geometry problems. By providing critical support to my son in a time-sensitive environment (just prior to mid-term exams) Patrick worked tirelessly and drove a long distance (Approximately 80-miles round trip) to work with my son to in preparation for his midterm exam which he took with increased accuracy/results.
While tutoring, Patrick performed flawlessly and was always on time!
It is my privilege, and without reservation, that I give my strongest recommendation for parents to call on Mr. Patrick M. to work with their children under this tutoring program.
Patrick was tremendous. Since a lot of what I was having issues with in the economics class was calculus based he started with a calculus lesson. This widening of the subject helped me to understand why I needed to apply the calculus in the first place. He had a very good demeanor and was highly knowledgeable on the specific economic topic. He helped me with the topic, the calculations and how to structure in excel.
Not only did he help me during the lesson, but when I was completing the assignment later I had a question and he didn't hesitate to respond. I would highly recommend him and will schedule lessons in the future when the need arises.
We have been very impressed with Patrick's thoroughness and willingness to research items related to our daughter's study issues. He's done a great job.
Patrick helped me with a difficult statistics project, explaining concepts and making sure I understood the material. I will definitely contact him again if I need help.
Patrick really works hard and goes the extra mile to teach my son Geometry. I am extremely grateful to have him around.
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I took the ACT in June 2012 and scored 32, which is the 97th percentile. There were a few questions that I didn't get to as I ran out of time. I did not guess on those, although I would recommend guessing to my students as there is no penalty on the ACT for guessing.
My approach to coaching for all standardized tests is holistic: content for sure, but also strategy, guessing, calculator selection and usage, nutrition and sleep.
Algebra is the on-ramp to college and the professions, and it is a subject that I began teaching in the middle of Spring Semester 2012 and will continue teaching.
Robert Moses calls math and algebra the ticket to 21st century citizenship, and I would agree. It is the foundation upon which all other secondary and college math and science success will be built, so it is of strategic importance to every student.
I focus on working with students to understand the "why" not just the "how", so the "how" will stick.
My goal is to help students master the subject so that it is a source of strength for their academic and professional career, not a weakness that hinders their future.
If you would like to get into the military but struggle with the ASVAB or believe it may be a hurdle to military entrance I can help you. If you are shooting for eligibility of a specific career I can also help.
I recently worked with one high school grad and increased her ASVAB score 25% in one month.
I have tutored many students in Statistics. Some of those students have been in the biosciences field, so by necessity I have tutored students on the application of statistics to the biosciences; that is, biostatistics.
I have a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado's flagship university.
I have started more than one business, at least one of which is successful, and consulted a number of Fortune 500 business as a management consultant.
I can help you understand Calculus and even learn to enjoy it. Whether you are in College and taking Calculus or High School taking AP Calculus, I can get you from the point of struggling to being ahead of the class, comfortable with the class and your abilities, and, in the case of AP Calculus, prepared for the test.
I have developed proprietary materials and methods to help you quickly go from where you are now to where you need to be.
For example: I have just developed materials to help English Language Learners learn AP Calculus.
I teach chess to middle school students as an elective as there are substantial benefits to students from a behavioral and mathematical perspective. My teaching is rigorous and includes Algebraic Chess Notation, all allowable moves (en passant, castling, etc.), strategy, tactics, pattern recognition, etc. My focus is on getting students who have never played chess to the point where they can begin playing in tournaments, at which point they can find another teacher to take them to the advanced/expert level.
I can help students struggling with Singapore Math understand how to build models to solve problems.
I can help students increase their "Mental Math" capability that will enable them to do more math, more quickly, and more reliably.
I can administer a diagnostic test that helps me identify a particular student's math strengths, weaknesses, and gaps. I then develop a custom plan to fill in the gaps and shoring up the weaknesses.
I can provide challenge to elementary (and high school) students that are not being challenged, introducing them to Calculus, Statistics, Probability, etc. in a way that they can understand given their current understanding of math.
I have an MBA and can tutor any of the typical graduate level or college level Finance classes:
Corporate Finance: Present Value, Net Present Value, Bond Pricing, Bond Duration, Internal Rates of Return, Calculating Expected Returns, Portfolio Variances, Covariances,Calculating Beta, WACC, etc.
Derivatives: Rocket science level math to model derivatives, swaps, futures, etc.
I scored 720 on the GMAT after being away from school for 20 years and have developed a specific approach to preparation which can help you increase your GMAT score. While the approach is the same for each individual, I tune it based on the requirements of each student for maximum impact.
I have worked with a number of International Students to help them prepare for this test.
I recently passed the PRAXIS math test for Secondary School Math Teachers (High School and Middle School) at the score required to pass in the State of Colorado, which is the highest score requirement of any state. I used the same standardized test strategies, techniques and approaches to pass this test in the first attempt that I use with students.
I have just completed a graduate school course in teaching reading. As a result of the course I have developed a strategy to help students of all ages build their ability to read and write in English.
While our brains are genetically wired to learn to speak languages, reading and writing must be taught, as there is no genetic wiring for reading or writing.
English is one of the most difficult languages to learn how to read and write for a few reasons: 1) the English vocabulary is much larger than most other languages. Researchers at Harvard and Google just calculated the English language at 1,022,000 words and growing by about 8,500 words per year, 2) English spelling is a mess, with more than 1,100 spelling rules (compare that to Spanish's 46). These challenges don't arise when listening and speaking a language but arise when reading and writing.
My strategy for improving English reading capabilities takes into account these challenges as well as each student's specific background, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. The solution harnesses modern technologies to address the challenges, taking into account strengths and weaknesses, and achieving goals in a novel and engaging way.
Developing good study skills become increasingly important as students progress through school. I help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and work with them to develop a plan for learning that fits their individual traits. I also teach students specific approaches that are used by the best students to 1) increase memorization capability, 2) focus on what is important, and 3) increase their proficiency in taking standardized tests.