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Mike D.

14+ Years Exp. Math Tutoring; Data Scientist + LookML/Python Engineer

14+ Years Exp. Math Tutoring; Data Scientist + LookML/Python Engineer

$50/hour

About Mike


Bio

Hello! I've been tutoring since 2006. I specialize in all math subjects but also handle test prep for ACT, SAT, and other tests. I am partially qualified as an actuary, having passed the first two actuarial exams (P/1 and FM/2), but I decided to become a data scientist instead. I've worked in finance and technology for all eight years of my professional career, after obtaining my bachelor's degree in Statistics, Math, and Economics as a National Merit Scholar at Northwestern University.

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Hello! I've been tutoring since 2006. I specialize in all math subjects but also handle test prep for ACT, SAT, and other tests. I am partially qualified as an actuary, having passed the first two actuarial exams (P/1 and FM/2), but I decided to become a data scientist instead. I've worked in finance and technology for all eight years of my professional career, after obtaining my bachelor's degree in Statistics, Math, and Economics as a National Merit Scholar at Northwestern University.

In high school, I received a 35 on the ACT (36 Math, 36 English, 33 Reading, 35 Science) as well as a 1490 on the SAT (800 Math, 690 Reading). I tutored about 30 students individually during my college years at a well-known, prestigious tutoring center in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, focusing on high school mathematics. My services were well-reviewed by students and parents, and I used my success there to launch my own local tutor-matching service that operated for a few years in and around the Chicago area.

I am a big math enthusiast and I strive to not only help students understand the material, but to get excited about it! When I detect that a student is struggling with a specific explanation of a concept, I keep coming up with different ways to describe the concept until the student has a breakthrough. Over time I pick up on the various learning styles a student has, and it allows us to cover a lot of ground in a short time.

For professionals who work with big data - I am a Certified LookML Developer since November 2019 and can teach you how to use Looker, the world's leading Business Intelligence software. I've been using Looker and developing in LookML since February 2015. I am also a qualified Python engineer, with a heavy focus on data applications using Pandas. In my free time I have been known to use the Django web framework to build web projects in Python.

Contact me for more information! I prefer to do lessons online, but can schedule in-person sessions as well. I am now based in Denver, Colorado, but occasionally am available for lessons in Chicago as I travel there to visit family often.


Education

Northwestern University
Stats, Math, Econ

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Subjects

Business

Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I passed the first two actuarial exams near the beginning of my career as a statistician. I am qualified to cover probability and statistics as they relate to exam P/1, as well as financial mathematics concepts covered in exam FM/2. I have never attempted the other preliminary actuarial exams but can cover certain topics from those as well.
Business,

Business

I've had the entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was a young boy trying to sell lemonade in front of his house. I've started 3 actual businesses since then - one tutor-matching service in the Chicago area in 2009, a financial technology company in 2013, and an e-commerce business in 2018. In addition to my real-world business ownership experience, I've been formally trained in accounting, corporate finance, and other relevant business topics.
Econometrics,

Econometrics

Economics was one of my three majors at Northwestern. Statistics was another one - and econometrics is the intersection of the two! I covered econometric concepts extensively in both the Econ and Stats departments of Northwestern, using tools such as Excel, Stata, and R to perform analyses across various courses.
Finance,

Finance

I worked in the financial industry for 8 years and have a deep understanding of financial mathematics. As part of my economics and statistics majors in college, I took various finance-related courses including business accounting, corporate finance, and financial statistics. Back when I thought I wanted to be an actuary, I passed the "FM/2" actuarial exam covering the topic of financial mathematics. I also once ran a startup that was an SEC-registered investment advisor firm and so I have a great deal of legal/compliance knowledge as well.
Series 3,

Series 3

As an algorithmic analyst and trader for Superfund Asset Management, I was required to pass the Series 3 exam. My license and NFA membership were issued in October 2011. The license expired in September 2014, two years after I left Superfund. I am confident I could pass the Series 3 exam today as I still maintain a strong interest in the futures market and have done my own personal day trading in the years since leaving Superfund.
Series 65

Series 65

As part of my role as CEO of PeerTrader, Inc., a former SEC-registered investment advisor, I was required to take the Series 65 exam. My exam was taken in November 2014 and was valid through November 2017 after PeerTrader closed its doors. It has been a few years but I am confident I could still pass the exam today if I needed it!

Computer

C#,

C#

My now-defunct business started with a C# application called AutoNote. I wrote about 2,000 lines of C# code that was my first automated trading software. I'm completely self-taught with respect to C# - with my Java background, learning C# was a breeze as the two languages are quite similar in many ways. I've also written some smaller C# apps for personal projects - mostly for fun.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I've been coding since I was 8 years old and discovered a little file on my parents' computer called "qbasic.exe". From there I started downloading qbasic programs from AOL, modifying them and figuring out how they worked. I went on to teach myself Java, VBA, and bits of C and C++. I later prototyped my startup's app in C#, became a Ruby on Rails developer for a while, and now use LookML and Python regularly! There are more languages I've used but these are the big ones.
DOS,

DOS

I first taught myself how to use DOS on my parents' Windows 3.1 computer as a six-year-old child. I had to use DOS to run many of the video games I used to enjoy playing, and became very familiar with the command line and how to browse around. Today I keep my DOS skills sharp with DOSBox, an emulator system that provides a very convincing DOS-like environment that runs on modern machines.
General Computer,

General Computer

I'm 30 years old and I've been the neighborhood "computer guy" since the age of 6. I started learning to code when I was 8, and have experience with most major operating systems. I've used a ton of different pieces of software for both recreational and business use, and today I use these skills to drive my e-commerce business. I also happen to be a Certified LookML Developer, if you are a Looker user who wants to learn more about Looker/LookML.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

I was raised on Windows, but have been multi-platforming since 2010. I prefer to use a Mac for my day job, and have a dual-boot Windows/Linux machine for personal use. I can help with most routine tasks on any platform!
Python,

Python

I've been using Python both professionally and for personal projects for about 7 years. I am familiar with many use cases for Python, from basic scripting, to backend web development, to data science. I am a big fan of Django and Pandas but can help with most aspects of the language in general. I've also authored a few of my own packages. I'm also a Certified LookML Developer and particularly enjoy working with Python applications that integrate with Looker for analytics!
Ruby,

Ruby

I have studied and used various programming languages throughout my life, but the only time I formally had the title of "Software Engineer" was as a Ruby on Rails developer. I worked on a loan origination platform backend for a large financial services company, helping to white-label our own software for several well-known U.S. banks. While today I usually prefer Python, I am still fond of Ruby's unique place as the backbone of many modern websites - including Wyzant!
STATA

STATA

My econometrics training at Northwestern University was heavily STATA-centric. I learned STATA before I even really started learning R, and even preferred it for personal projects for a short while before switching to R and later Python. I found the user interface to be fairly intuitive for running regressions of various types and would love to have the chance to share this technology with others!

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I've had the entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was a young boy trying to sell lemonade in front of his house. I've started 3 actual businesses since then - one tutor-matching service in the Chicago area in 2009, a financial technology company in 2013, and an e-commerce business in 2018. In addition to my real-world business ownership experience, I've been formally trained in accounting, corporate finance, and other relevant business topics.
Finance,

Finance

I worked in the financial industry for 8 years and have a deep understanding of financial mathematics. As part of my economics and statistics majors in college, I took various finance-related courses including business accounting, corporate finance, and financial statistics. Back when I thought I wanted to be an actuary, I passed the "FM/2" actuarial exam covering the topic of financial mathematics. I also once ran a startup that was an SEC-registered investment advisor firm and so I have a great deal of legal/compliance knowledge as well.
General Computer,

General Computer

I'm 30 years old and I've been the neighborhood "computer guy" since the age of 6. I started learning to code when I was 8, and have experience with most major operating systems. I've used a ton of different pieces of software for both recreational and business use, and today I use these skills to drive my e-commerce business. I also happen to be a Certified LookML Developer, if you are a Looker user who wants to learn more about Looker/LookML.
Statistics

Statistics

I've been in a variety of jobs that require a deep understanding of statistics. I've worked as an algorithmic analyst on a 24-hour trading desk for a hedge fund, and have performed analytical roles for small and large companies. Currently I am working as a data scientist.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. I've tutored students of all ages and levels of math for more than a decade. For elementary level students I enjoy helping them develop a strong ability to perform basic mental math, which will help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of success in many fields!
Spelling

English

ACT English, Spelling

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been using algebra in some form since 6th grade - nearly 20 years! I now also run a seasonings business and do a lot of cooking - algebra comes in handy for scaling up my recipes! I have also used algebra extensively in my day job in the financial industry.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been using advanced algebra ever since I first started learning it in 6th grade. Algebra was vital to success in my Mathematics major, as well as in Economics and Statistics. I also still use algebra quite frequently in my day job as a data scientist.
Piano,

Piano

I formally studied Piano for about 7 years from 1994 to 2001, learning various methods from five or six different teachers. For a year or two I was trained using the Suzuki method. While I didn't pursue music professionally, I remained engaged with the piano, playing regularly as a hobby and with a few short-lived bands in high school. During my college years I played keyboards in a rock band on my campus and have recently dabbled in electronic music synthesis with some MIDI controllers.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied algebra starting in 6th grade and went on to calculus, statistics, and earning a bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, and Economics. None of my professional career would have been possible were it not for the strong foundations I built in pre-algebra. I have tutored students in all K-12 levels of math starting with 3rd grade and feel confident with any math subject matter in that range.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied precalculus as a sophomore in high school, laying the foundation for AP Calculus BC the following year and my math major in college. The principles I learned in precalculus come up again and again in advanced mathematics. I particularly enjoy teaching precalc because of its status as a "tipping point" in STEM studies - I believe that if you can succeed in precalculus, it opens many doors later on!
Statistics,

Statistics

I've been in a variety of jobs that require a deep understanding of statistics. I've worked as an algorithmic analyst on a 24-hour trading desk for a hedge fund, and have performed analytical roles for small and large companies. Currently I am working as a data scientist.
Spelling

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I scored a perfect 36 twice on the Math section of the ACT, both times in 2006. I have been tutoring students of all ages in various levels of math since then. I have a BA in Mathematics from Northwestern University and and am highly qualified to tutor high school math in particular.
Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I passed the first two actuarial exams near the beginning of my career as a statistician. I am qualified to cover probability and statistics as they relate to exam P/1, as well as financial mathematics concepts covered in exam FM/2. I have never attempted the other preliminary actuarial exams but can cover certain topics from those as well.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been using algebra in some form since 6th grade - nearly 20 years! I now also run a seasonings business and do a lot of cooking - algebra comes in handy for scaling up my recipes! I have also used algebra extensively in my day job in the financial industry.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been using advanced algebra ever since I first started learning it in 6th grade. Algebra was vital to success in my Mathematics major, as well as in Economics and Statistics. I also still use algebra quite frequently in my day job as a data scientist.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

As an operations researcher both professionally and as a hobby, I have done much work on discrete-event simulation and queuing theory. While this is a hyper-specific example of discrete math, I've covered virtually every sub-topic of discrete math in my college courses, including set theory, combinatorics, number theory, probability, etc. Discrete math also appears frequently in my programming projects and I'm confident I can help students work through any issues they are having with this type of material.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied algebra starting in 6th grade and went on to calculus, statistics, and earning a bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, and Economics. None of my professional career would have been possible were it not for the strong foundations I built in pre-algebra. I have tutored students in all K-12 levels of math starting with 3rd grade and feel confident with any math subject matter in that range.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied precalculus as a sophomore in high school, laying the foundation for AP Calculus BC the following year and my math major in college. The principles I learned in precalculus come up again and again in advanced mathematics. I particularly enjoy teaching precalc because of its status as a "tipping point" in STEM studies - I believe that if you can succeed in precalculus, it opens many doors later on!
STATA,

STATA

My econometrics training at Northwestern University was heavily STATA-centric. I learned STATA before I even really started learning R, and even preferred it for personal projects for a short while before switching to R and later Python. I found the user interface to be fairly intuitive for running regressions of various types and would love to have the chance to share this technology with others!
Statistics

Statistics

I've been in a variety of jobs that require a deep understanding of statistics. I've worked as an algorithmic analyst on a 24-hour trading desk for a hedge fund, and have performed analytical roles for small and large companies. Currently I am working as a data scientist.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been using algebra in some form since 6th grade - nearly 20 years! I now also run a seasonings business and do a lot of cooking - algebra comes in handy for scaling up my recipes! I have also used algebra extensively in my day job in the financial industry.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been using advanced algebra ever since I first started learning it in 6th grade. Algebra was vital to success in my Mathematics major, as well as in Economics and Statistics. I also still use algebra quite frequently in my day job as a data scientist.
Piano,

Piano

I formally studied Piano for about 7 years from 1994 to 2001, learning various methods from five or six different teachers. For a year or two I was trained using the Suzuki method. While I didn't pursue music professionally, I remained engaged with the piano, playing regularly as a hobby and with a few short-lived bands in high school. During my college years I played keyboards in a rock band on my campus and have recently dabbled in electronic music synthesis with some MIDI controllers.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I studied algebra starting in 6th grade and went on to calculus, statistics, and earning a bachelor's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, and Economics. None of my professional career would have been possible were it not for the strong foundations I built in pre-algebra. I have tutored students in all K-12 levels of math starting with 3rd grade and feel confident with any math subject matter in that range.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I studied precalculus as a sophomore in high school, laying the foundation for AP Calculus BC the following year and my math major in college. The principles I learned in precalculus come up again and again in advanced mathematics. I particularly enjoy teaching precalc because of its status as a "tipping point" in STEM studies - I believe that if you can succeed in precalculus, it opens many doors later on!
Statistics

Statistics

I've been in a variety of jobs that require a deep understanding of statistics. I've worked as an algorithmic analyst on a 24-hour trading desk for a hedge fund, and have performed analytical roles for small and large companies. Currently I am working as a data scientist.

Music

Piano

Piano

I formally studied Piano for about 7 years from 1994 to 2001, learning various methods from five or six different teachers. For a year or two I was trained using the Suzuki method. While I didn't pursue music professionally, I remained engaged with the piano, playing regularly as a hobby and with a few short-lived bands in high school. During my college years I played keyboards in a rock band on my campus and have recently dabbled in electronic music synthesis with some MIDI controllers.

Other

Finance

Finance

I worked in the financial industry for 8 years and have a deep understanding of financial mathematics. As part of my economics and statistics majors in college, I took various finance-related courses including business accounting, corporate finance, and financial statistics. Back when I thought I wanted to be an actuary, I passed the "FM/2" actuarial exam covering the topic of financial mathematics. I also once ran a startup that was an SEC-registered investment advisor firm and so I have a great deal of legal/compliance knowledge as well.

Science

Econometrics

Econometrics

Economics was one of my three majors at Northwestern. Statistics was another one - and econometrics is the intersection of the two! I covered econometric concepts extensively in both the Econ and Stats departments of Northwestern, using tools such as Excel, Stata, and R to perform analyses across various courses.

Sports/Recreation

Cooking,

Cooking

I have been cooking since I was about 7 years old. My dad would always show me how to do things in the kitchen and encouraged me to experiment and learn. I have a passion for spicy food and curries, and also run a side business where I sell my own proprietary seasoning blends.
Fitness,

Fitness

I started - and finished! - the 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2018 editions of the Chicago Marathon, with a PR of 4:26. I've been running for a little over a decade, and used to play football and volleyball competitively in high school. I know what it takes to train for a variety of sports, and I know the determination, dedication, and discipline you must exhibit in order to achieve real lasting fitness.
Martial Arts

Martial Arts

I began studying martial arts around the time I was six or seven and attained my black belt from National Karate in July 2001. The style of martial arts taught by National Karate is somewhat of a hybrid, largely based on Tae Kwon Do, but having elements of Karate, Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu, and a few other martial arts. Much of my studies were under Master Cristian Nelson, a 7th degree black belt, and Master John Mazzola, a 5th degree black belt.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been using algebra in some form since 6th grade - nearly 20 years! I now also run a seasonings business and do a lot of cooking - algebra comes in handy for scaling up my recipes! I have also used algebra extensively in my day job in the financial industry.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have been using advanced algebra ever since I first started learning it in 6th grade. Algebra was vital to success in my Mathematics major, as well as in Economics and Statistics. I also still use algebra quite frequently in my day job as a data scientist.
Piano,

Piano

I formally studied Piano for about 7 years from 1994 to 2001, learning various methods from five or six different teachers. For a year or two I was trained using the Suzuki method. While I didn't pursue music professionally, I remained engaged with the piano, playing regularly as a hobby and with a few short-lived bands in high school. During my college years I played keyboards in a rock band on my campus and have recently dabbled in electronic music synthesis with some MIDI controllers.
Statistics

Statistics

I've been in a variety of jobs that require a deep understanding of statistics. I've worked as an algorithmic analyst on a 24-hour trading desk for a hedge fund, and have performed analytical roles for small and large companies. Currently I am working as a data scientist.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I scored a perfect 36 twice on the Math section of the ACT, both times in 2006. I have been tutoring students of all ages in various levels of math since then. I have a BA in Mathematics from Northwestern University and and am highly qualified to tutor high school math in particular.
Series 3,

Series 3

As an algorithmic analyst and trader for Superfund Asset Management, I was required to pass the Series 3 exam. My license and NFA membership were issued in October 2011. The license expired in September 2014, two years after I left Superfund. I am confident I could pass the Series 3 exam today as I still maintain a strong interest in the futures market and have done my own personal day trading in the years since leaving Superfund.
Series 65,

Series 65

As part of my role as CEO of PeerTrader, Inc., a former SEC-registered investment advisor, I was required to take the Series 65 exam. My exam was taken in November 2014 and was valid through November 2017 after PeerTrader closed its doors. It has been a few years but I am confident I could still pass the exam today if I needed it!
ACT English

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Fantastic Python Tutor!

I am in my first semester of graduate school and programming classes so I needed someone to tutor me who has in depth experience and understanding of Python and is not just a Python hobbyist. Then I found Mike! Mike helped me with functions, ranges, and functions in lists as I had hit a wall with this basic concept. Mike was able to work out innovative solutions to my problems and teach me exactly how Python was interpreting each line of code and what it was spitting back out. Mike also has been available outside of our lessons for quick answers to questions that I have with functions that are new to me. Mike was very professional, sincere, and easy to understand and work with. When you speak to him about programming it is apparent that he is an expert. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with Python! Thank you Mike, you’re awesome!

Nyssa, 2 lessons with Mike

Knowledgeable Python Tutor

Mike helped me with Data Analytics/Python HW assignment. He was very patient and knowledgeable with me throughout our whole session! Will def be using him again in the future!

Nyesher, 2 lessons with Mike

excellent

Mike is awesome. Helped clarify stats and probability concepts for me. Really understands the business context too. I will definitely use him again. Thanks Mike!

Louis, 2 lessons with Mike
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