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Michael W.

Itasca, IL

$50/hour

Patient and Passionate Tutor for Math & Test Prep

Background check passed as of 4/15/15
5.0 average from 1185 ratings
Best math instruction I have ever received!
— Shaun, Rolling Meadows, IL on 12/18/15

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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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Cancellation
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

"Best math instruction I have ever received!"

- Shaun, Rolling Meadows, IL on 12/18/15

"Extremely knowledgable"

- Frances, Glen Ellyn, IL on 7/11/16

"Best interest of student"

- Christina, Roselle, IL on 6/6/16

"Fantastic ACT Tutor -- highly recommend!!"

- Emily, Elmhurst, IL on 6/3/16

"Geometry Finals Cram session a success"

- J, Schaumburg, IL on 5/31/16

"Patient and flexible"

- Lisa, Bartlett, IL on 5/17/16

"Explains difficult concepts in plain words and graphics"

- Yvonne, Elmhurst, IL on 5/12/16

"Very knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Rose, Wood Dale, IL on 4/22/16

"Reality-Checker"

- Emily, Syosset, NY on 4/17/16

"Great tutoring experience for my son"

- Dan, Bartlett, IL on 4/6/16

"Great tutor."

- Adil, Streamwood, IL on 3/23/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor!"

- Linda, Bensenville, IL on 3/16/16

"Great Tutor"

- Laurie, Park Ridge, IL on 2/16/16

"Great tutor!"

- Anna, Tallahassee, FL on 1/19/16

"Great tutor. Very flexible and knowledgeable."

- Robert, San Francisco, CA on 1/19/16

"Wonderful experience.."

- Lechell, Mckinney, TX on 12/18/15

"Knowldegeable and Patient"

- Roma, Oak Brook, IL on 12/8/15

"Simplified Calculus"

- Anna, Elk Grove Village, IL on 11/30/15

"Michael is very knowledgeable and patient."

- James, Phoenix, AZ on 11/27/15

"Amazing and knowledgeable tutor"

- Willie, Chicago, IL on 11/13/15

"Thorough and strategic ACT tutor"

- Rowena, West Chicago, IL on 11/10/15

"Great Tutor"

- Benjamin, Niles, IL on 10/5/15

"Life Saver"

- Julie, Palatine, IL on 9/23/15

"Pans out to bigger picture, helps to understand the details"

- Judi, Ware, MA on 9/12/15

"Brilliant!"

- Jennifer, Lakeland, FL on 9/9/15

"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

"Intuitive, Talented, Adaptable tutor!"

- Amy (Parent), Hinsdale, IL 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 6/8/15

"Knowledgeable and helpful."

- Afshi, Roselle, IL on 5/12/15

"Excellent"

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

"Huge help with my son's ACT prep"

- Jackie, Elmhurst, IL on 4/30/15

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Dawn, Willowbrook, IL on 4/18/15

"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 10/24/14

"Great Tutor, Very Thorough!"

- Bryan, Vernon Hills, IL on 8/28/14

"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 6/16/14

"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
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GRE

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ACT English

I have recently worked with a dozen ACT English students, from students in the teens wanting to get a score in the 20's, up to students who are already in the high 20's looking for even more. Using the strategies we discuss and with consistent practice, I've had students approach ACT English with new ways of thinking, and positive results to show for it.

ACT Math

Over the past two years alone, I have worked with dozens of ACT Math students with a wide range of goals, both one-on-one and in classroom settings. With targeted and consistent effort, I've had students approach ACT Math with greater confidence and ability, with significant score improvements to match.

ACT Reading

I have worked with a dozen ACT Reading students, from students with a 19 look for a 23, up to students in the high 20's looking for more. With the variety of students I have helped and with my background in learning theory, I am able to bring personalized and unique strategies to every situation.

ACT Science

In the last two years, I have worked with dozens of ACT Science students, in classrooms and in one-on-one sessions. (I even make sure to take their practice tests along the way, practicing what I preach and making sure that I'm staying sharp!) Because ACT Science is more about analysis than the underlying science principles, my focus is on the format of the test and the particular approaches that work best for each individual student...with positive results and feedback so far!

Algebra 1

In the past few years alone, I've worked with over a dozen students taking Algebra 1, including high school and college-level courses. More often, though, I'm reviewing the foundations of Algebra with my ACT and SAT students, so I leverage that perspective to help my younger students build specifically for what they'll need down the road.

Algebra 2

Over the past two years, I have spent over 300 hours tutoring students in Algebra 2; there's no problem that I either haven't seen or can't work with your student to figure out! Beyond the pure math, Algebra 2 is featured on the ACT and SAT, where I've worked with dozens more students specifically in test prep.

Calculus

In the last two years alone, I've worked with dozens of calculus students, from AP Calc AB to college-level business calculus, from students looking for a 5 on the Calc BC test to college students at risk of failing. (And yes, I did get a 5 on the BC test and then took multiple years of college-level math as an engineering major.) The results and feedback have been positive so far!

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

For many of my young teens battling geometry, an hour a week of tutoring is a break from the insanity, an opportunity to get a fresh perspective on whatever problems are challenging them...and heck, even a chance to laugh along the way as we improve their skills or their grade. Having helped dozens of students in geometry over hundreds of hours, I'll bring unique experience and perspective to any problem your student is facing.

GRE

My GRE expertise is specifically on the Quantitative side. I tutor all of the separate math subjects that are covered, and as a 99th percentile scorer on the GRE, ACT, and SAT, I have the problem-solving experience to help you come up with efficient and effective ways of approaching any question that they can throw at you.

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've recently worked with a few dozen precalculus students, from the basics in high school to the advanced materials sometimes covered in college. The more advanced the math gets, the less real it can seem...so my goal with precalc is to keep it as real as possible and be honest about what will be useful to them and what won't. With an advanced math background and undergraduate degrees in engineering, I have the perspective to help my calculus-bound students build the right foundation...and the sense of humor to keep it fun along the way.

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 have worked with a handful of SAT Math students (including work on the Math subject test), and I've had students approach SAT Math with greater confidence and ability. I am a student of standardized tests, with an 800 on the math section of the old SAT.

Statistics

Over the past few years, I have worked with a wide range of statistics students...from high-schoolers in AP stats to college students filling a math requirement, from local to online. My statistics experience comes from my graduate work, which required that I learn how to communicate and interpret statistics to support my own research results! Statistics has real-world applicability that many of my students can relate to, so my goal is connect my students' intuitions about statistics with the formal math that they need to succeed in their courses.

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

In the last two years, I've worked with students from algebra 2 to calculus, covering trigonometry along the way. Plus, I have helped dozens of students prepare for the ACT and SAT, which both include trigonometry. I can help students sort through what they need and when they'll need it, keeping it practical...and even a little fun.

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

Education

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

Northwestern University (PhD)

Best math instruction I have ever received! — Michael was able to teach me algebra like I have never been taught before. I've struggled with math for a very long time and put off tutoring as long as possible. Michael is extremely patient and very outgoing. My only regret is that I didn't go to Michael for help at the beginning of the semester. Because of the tutoring I was able to pass my final exam and get a grade that I never imagined possi ...

— Shaun, Rolling Meadows, IL on 12/18/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $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.