Math, Computer Science, and Music Tutor
Math, Computer Science, and Music Tutor
Don't let math or computer science be intimidating! My name is Mike, and I have a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, I worked as a math tutor in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, where the classes that I tutored ranged from introductory college-level to advanced undergraduate...
Don't let math or computer science be intimidating! My name is Mike, and I have a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, I worked as a math tutor in the Office of Minority Student Affairs, where the classes that I tutored ranged from introductory college-level to advanced undergraduate classes, in both individual and small group instruction. During college and graduate school, I also took numerous computer science classes - all of this led to my career (fourteen years) as a software engineer in the financial industry. I also currently work as a math instructor at a college.
My philosophy on tutoring (and teaching) has always been to know your audience. By knowing your audience well, you can put yourself in the shoes of the person(s) that you are tutoring, and understand their needs better. By identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the individual that I am tutoring, I can tailor the material specifically to them, and present it in as clear and easy to understand manner as possible. This approach has also helped me become successful at training people at work on complex computer systems.
I also do work on the side as a "semi-professional" musician (trumpet) in the Chicagoland area, so I am available for tutoring music theory, trumpet (and other brass instruments), and piano.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
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Mike is a great tutor for me. After 1 session with me I already feel more confident about taking on my challenge with math. He is a very patient and understanding person and that helps a lot. I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to this subject matter. But Mike took the time to get to know me some so that I could relax enough to get some instruction from him. He is a perfect fit for me. Thanks Mike.Patrice, 3 lessons with Mike
Mike helped my son prepare for the math portion of the SAT. My son reports that it was a great session and he felt more confident afterwards. They also reviewed the sample test that my son had recently taken and discussed his errors.Anne, 9 lessons with Mike
Knowledgeable and helpful
Mike was very helpful and thorough in going over the study guide material my son is currently working on. We look forward to working with Mike to improve my son’s pre-calc grade.Yvette, 14 lessons with Mike
Big improvement in grades
Mike has tutored my son in Algebra 2 Trig for the past 4 months. As a result, he's developed confidence in the material and improved his grade from struggling to A's. I'm very pleased.Dawn, 49 lessons with Mike
Mike is awesome.
Knowledgeable and patient. We use Mike for AP Calculus and Physics. Great guy. Willing to travel and meet at local library; responds to texts between sessions with additional help. No complaints. Thanks Mike!David, 30 lessons with Mike
He explained concepts and broke equations down where my learning style was accommodated. Also showed me ways to simply problems without using long draw out methods. Looking forward to my class knowing I have a great tutor!Chelsea, 9 lessons with Mike
Excellent knowledgeable patient!
Couldn't be happier to have found Mike for our daughters! He goes above and beyond in helping with their Honors Pre Calc and AP Calc AB!Catherine, 21 lessons with Mike
Knowledgeable and patient tutor.
We are very happy that Mike is working with our son. Knowledgeable and patient tutor. Great professional and teacher!Svetlana, 4 lessons with Mike
BEST Tutor We've Every Had
We are so thankful to have found Mike! He is an excellent teacher with experience and extensive knowledge in math. He explains all concepts with patience and clarity. My children enjoy working with him and never complain about doing math which they always did with me ;) We would, without reservation refer Mike to anyone who wants to see their children gain confidence and increase their math ability. In addition, Mike is able to connect with my children on a personal level. He is interested in their individual interests and goals. Anyone who hires Mike would be very lucky!Saida, 120 lessons with Mike
Willing to Find Weaknesses
I like that Mike is rewinding my son to see why he struggled in algebra 2 before pre-calculus. So stepping into pre-calc will not be so overwhelming.Michelle, 5 lessons with Mike
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