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Michael V.

Washington, DC

$135/hour

Physics Teacher and College Counselor

Background check passed as of 1/29/16
5.0 average from 47 ratings
Very impressed
— Amy, Washington, DC on 6/8/16

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Pennsylvania State University
Physics
Colorado State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Physics)

Colorado State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Michael

Unlike my classmates who left for the defense industry, I dreamed to be a physics professor. I earned a scholarship to graduate school and hoped to be a better university teacher than those that I had. But the physicists seemed to invest more in papers and journals than in their students. I exited the ivory tower for Shanghai where I would teach and where I would learn more than I had ever before.

I gravitated toward our school's most professional teachers - now my closest mentors and friends. Folders of their graduate education coursework and their teaching resources still crowd my computer. Most invaluable amongst us was a compassionate science teacher who would become my wife. To her, I am grateful for the boundless support for my education career.

In Shanghai, I taught for The Princeton Review and then CIE A-Level physics to senior high school students. In 2011, I founded Newton American Education Studio to help prepare Shanghai’s students to enter and succeed at top US universities. In 2016, I permanently relocated to Washington, DC. I am more than a math and physics teacher - my students consider me a coach and a mentor. My ten years of experience guiding students to top scores and selective universities will help me mentor you likewise.

Successful lessons come from a good relationship with your tutor! Let me assess your specific needs with an initial diagnostic. From there, we can discuss the plan of attack the works best for you.
Unlike my classmates who left for the defense industry, I dreamed to be a physics professor. I earned a scholarship to graduate school and hoped to be a better university teacher than those that I had. But the physicists seemed to invest more in papers and journals than in their students. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20009
Background Check: Passed

"Very impressed"

- Amy, Washington, DC on 6/8/16

"Great Tutor"

- Amar, Washington, DC on 5/11/16

"Helpful"

- Zach, Washington, DC on 4/3/16

"Great Tutor"

- Keith, Washington, DC on 2/21/16
Science:
Physics
English:
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
College Counseling,
SAT Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Calculus

I taught advanced math to my Chinese students in Shanghai! You will score 700+ on SAT Subject Tests or 4+ on the AP and I will get you there.

College Counseling

I founded a study abroad college counseling agency in Shanghai that I ran for four years. I assisted over thirty students plan extracurricular activities and coursework, prepare for exams, build relationships with schools, and complete applications. My students came from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets with a wide range of interests and goals. My students received offer letters from Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Penn State, Illinois, and more. My mentor was a Harvard trained admissions counselor who helped me as Director of Operations at my startup.

Physics

I led my Shanghai students to the highest A-Level Physics scores in Asia. No matter if it's AP, IB, SAT, MCAT, or GRE physics, your scores will go up. I've even had normal humans earn perfect scores!

Precalculus

We're not going to just memorize equations! For ten years, I've tutored and taught classes on math and physics in America and abroad. We will work through your pre-calc together. By the end, you'll have a solid math foundation for whatever it is you're trying to do.

SAT Reading

For ten years, I've battled the SAT around the world and picked up a lot of "tricks". 150+ on Reading is typical, even for ESL! More is common, even without (completely) blasting you with mind-numbing vocabulary.

Pennsylvania State University
Physics
Colorado State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Pennsylvania State University (Physics)

Colorado State University (Graduate Coursework)

Very impressed — Very knowledgeable, very helpful and good at explaining, very east to set up sessions with (accommodating) and was able to tutor last minute on the weekend because I had an exam. great tutor ...

— Amy, Washington, DC on 6/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $135.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20009.