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Michael W.

Itasca, IL

$50/hr

Patient and Passionate Tutor for Math & Test Prep

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Background check passed as of 4/15/15
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Intuitive, Talented, Adaptable tutor!
— Amy (Parent), Hinsdale, IL on 6/14/15

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Washington University, St. Louis
Comp Sci Elec Eng
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Washington University, St. Louis (Comp Sci Elec Eng)

Northwestern University (PhD)

About Michael

Hi there! My name is Michael, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A little about me:

I grew up in Bloomingdale, graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, and returned to Itasca in 2001 to be closer to family. I married my high school sweetheart about 18 years ago and now have two daughters (7th grade and 4th grade) and our two-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Peaches.

A little about my experience:

Learning is truly my passion. I tutored advanced math through college, went on to graduate school to learn more about how people learn, and have been in the education and training field for over 15 years. I joined WyzAnt about two years ago, and in that time, I've had the good fortune of working with dozens of students, becoming one of the most active tutors around Chicago. I've tutored everything from pre-algebra through second-semester calculus, from the ACT to the SAT, and from 7th-graders to adults...with positive feedback so far!

A little about my approach:

For me, it's all about helping students figure out whatever is challenging them, and seeing their joy and confidence grow as concepts start to click. As a tutor, my job is to create an opportunity for students to learn...to guide them. I can't learn it for them, but I can ask the right questions, pick the right examples, and offer the right hints to help them unlock their potential. Learning is personal, so my goal is to connect with each and every student in whatever way is most helpful to them.


I look forward to working with you and your children!
Hi there! My name is Michael, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A little about me:

I grew up in Bloomingdale, graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, and returned to Itasca in 2001 to be closer to family. I married my high school sweetheart about 18 years ago and now have two daughters (7th grade and
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24 hours notice required

Different rates may apply to specific subjects, e.g. ACT/SAT prep, Calculus

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Itasca, IL 60143
Background Check: Passed

"Intuitive, Talented, Adaptable tutor!"

- Amy (Parent), Hinsdale, IL on 6/14/15

"Organized, patient, knows what and how to teach"

- Swati, Schaumburg, IL on 8/2/15

"Helpful "

- Peggy, South Elgin, IL on 7/22/15

"Awesome tutor. Patient, great at breaking down complex topics"

- Vickie, Moodus, CT on 7/8/15

"Always very flexible about schedule and does a wonderful job assessing strengths and weaknesses. "

- Tammy, Park Ridge, IL on 6/14/15

"Knowledgeble quick with answers"

- Mary, Seneca Falls, NY on 6/14/15

"My daughter had gained a lot of confidence because of the way he presents the material. "

- Margo, Bartlett, IL on 6/11/15

"Helpful and patient"

- Matthew, Bartlett, IL on 6/7/15

"Knowledgeable and helpful. "

- Afshi, Roselle, IL on 5/11/15

"Excellent"

- Katherine, Des Plaines, IL on 5/6/15

"Huge help with my son's ACT prep"

- Jackie, Elmhurst, IL on 4/29/15

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Dawn, Willowbrook, IL on 4/17/15

"Great tutor - very accomodating to student's schedule"

- Alex, Carol Stream, IL on 3/12/15

"Great patient and easy going tutor"

- Tina, Hanover Park, IL on 3/2/15

"Wonderful Teacher "

- Kim, Glen Ellyn, IL on 2/2/15

"Great Tutor"

- Maria, Roselle, IL on 1/6/15

"Helped my sophmore son stay in honors class"

- Barb, Lombard, IL on 11/17/14

"Fantastic"

- Geannie, Mount Prospect, IL on 11/6/14

"Very Patient with My Daughter When She Is Coming up with an Answer"

- Barbara, Addison, IL on 11/5/14

"Fantastic!"

- Chuck, Addison, IL on 10/23/14

"Great Tutor, Very Thorough!"

- Bryan, Vernon Hills, IL on 8/27/14

"Lifesaver and Great Investment"

- Zachary, Palatine, IL on 8/6/14

"Fantastic tutor"

- Jerry, Bloomingdale, IL on 8/3/14

"Wonderful tutor"

- Afreen, Carol Stream, IL on 7/25/14

"Highly Recommend"

- Anna, Mount Prospect, IL on 6/15/14

"Very patient tutor and phenomenal teacher"

- Maria, Park Ridge, IL on 6/13/14

"Great tutor. Very patient and encouraging!"

- Kim, Clarendon Hills, IL on 5/20/14

"Patient, Disarming, Thorough and Responsive"

- Nancy, Riverside, IL on 4/24/14
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading
Science:
ACT Science
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
GRE, SAT Math,
TEAS
Corporate Training:
Statistics

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ACT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). Among my ACT students so far, one of them actually jumped 4 points after just two weeks of guided preparation!

Algebra 1

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 1 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Algebra 2

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Algebra 2 before high school. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Calculus

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus as a junior in high school and getting a 5 on the AP calculus BC exam. Among my calculus students so far, I've had one student who was at risk of failing a college-level course who maintained his passing grade, and others whose test performance and confidence improved after our sessions together. In addition to tutoring calculus, I currently tutor all of the foundations for calculus as well (precalculus and trigonometry for example); with this background, I have been able to help those in calculus who might need to circle back or refresh any of the supporting topics.

GED

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving the highest possible score on the math section of the ACT and SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I have passed the WyzAnt tests for all of the math topics that are included on the math section of the GED, so there is no question that I won't at least be able to try to answer! :)

Geometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of Geometry before high school. During my most recent tutoring through WyzAnt, I have already helped numerous geometry students either maintain or improve their grade in class, which is always a delight to see. Finally, geometry is a large component of the ACT and other exams, which I also have tutored to positive reviews and positive results.

Prealgebra

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-algebra in 6th grade. I continued applying algebraic skills in high school, where I was a straight A student and completed Calculus as a junior. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using algebra ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

Precalculus

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of pre-calc as a sophomore in high school. A number of my earliest students through WyzAnt were in pre-calc, who all improved by at least one full letter grade with only a few sessions. And, pre-calc overlaps with what I cover for my Algebra 2 and Trigonometry students, with positive feedback and ratings from them as well.

Probability

I was an advanced math student, completing probability as part of my high school curriculum and then taking advanced statistics in college. As a tutor, I have helped numerous students with concepts related to probability, as part of advanced algebra courses and in preparation for taking the math portion of the ACT.

SAT Math

I was a student of standardized tests, achieving an 800 on the math section of the SAT, as well as high scores on the equivalent sections of the GRE (for graduate school acceptance). As an undergraduate engineering student, I continued to apply advanced math and logic concepts, and am an avid puzzle-solver to this day. Finally, I tutored math through college to stay fresh on the relevant concepts.

Statistics

I was an advanced math student, completing calculus in high school and then taking statistics as part of the engineering curriculum in college. I tutored math through college to stay fresh. Finally, I have been using statistics ever since, from teaching college-level physics concepts to building courses for professional auditors.

TEAS

As a math tutor, I am qualified in ACT Math, SAT Math, and all of the relevant subjects covered by those two tests (from pre-algebra through trigonometry). My math skills come from my background in engineering, which took me through advanced courses in college, where I tutored calculus. Going even further back, I was a student of standardized tests, where I achieved high scores on both the ACT Math and SAT Math tests (and then on the GRE when I went on to grad school).

Trigonometry

I was an advanced math student, completing the equivalent of trigonometry as a freshman in high school. Many of my early WyzAnt students have needed help with trig, either as part of a pre-calc class, or at the level that is sometimes covered in Algebra 2, or as a refresh during calculus. Plus, basic trig is a staple on the ACT, which I tutored for over 50 hours in just the first 6 months of 2014 alone.

Washington University, St. Louis
Comp Sci Elec Eng
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Washington University, St. Louis (Comp Sci Elec Eng)

Northwestern University (PhD)

Intuitive, Talented, Adaptable tutor! — Michael is a very gifted, intuitive, and adaptable teacher. My daughter has some health and attention issues and test anxiety. He really got to know her and how she thinks and then identified her stumbling blocks. He used humor and pragmatism to get her engaged. This guy understands teenagers! Her sample test scores jumped more than 10 points! Waiting for actual test results but her confidence ...

— Amy (Parent), Hinsdale, IL on 6/14/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Different rates may apply to specific subjects, e.g. ACT/SAT prep, Calculus

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Itasca, IL 60143.

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