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Michael S.

Math PhD Student, tutoring all ages

Math PhD Student, tutoring all ages

$35/hour

  • 6 hours tutoring

  • Westmont, IL 60559

About Michael


Bio

I'm a recent graduate from U of I with bachelor's degrees in math and philosophy. I'm beginning a PhD program at UC Irvine this fall, intending to specialize in mathematical logic. I love the puzzlelike nature that math has and the way everything seems to fit together and relate.

I started tutoring on and off back in high school. Since then, I've also taken jobs tutoring math and teaching the math part of the ACT through Sylvan; I've been a grader for a math class in college; I've done...

I'm a recent graduate from U of I with bachelor's degrees in math and philosophy. I'm beginning a PhD program at UC Irvine this fall, intending to specialize in mathematical logic. I love the puzzlelike nature that math has and the way everything seems to fit together and relate.

I started tutoring on and off back in high school. Since then, I've also taken jobs tutoring math and teaching the math part of the ACT through Sylvan; I've been a grader for a math class in college; I've done online mentoring and grading for Calculus; and I spent a summer as a counselor/TA at a math camp for bright young students.

I love getting to tutor math because I think a lot of people see math in a negative light. They see it as just number crunching and rule following, whereas it's really about exploration and puzzle solving. When a student finally truly grasps a concept, I know I've done my job well, and the look on their face and their excitement is honestly the best reward.

I've specifically had experience tutoring ACT Math (I got a 36) and calculus (I got a 5 on the AP). I have taken a lot of different math classes during undergrad, and I'm reasonably confident tutoring most undergraduate courses. I'm especially interested in mathematical logic, so any introductory logic courses a breeze for me, and I can explain the underlying concepts and philosophy behind all of it. I'm also just super passionate about math and helping others to find their mathematical confidence.

Send me a message if you're interested in learning more! I'm happy to work with all grade levels and meet you at your own pace. If money is an issue, we can talk. I look forward to hearing from you!


Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Math and Philosophy
University of California - Irvine
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Policies

  • Hourly rate: $35
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Westmont, IL 60559
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/19/2018

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Computer

Mathematica

Mathematica

I've been a part of a research project in my undergrad career which relied on the use of Mathematica. This included basic coding techniques such as loops, if then statements, and arrays, but also included more Mathematica specific coding such as Plotting and exporting graphics. I've since used Mathematica in a lot of other more independent mathematical research, and was a mentor for an online Calculus course through the U of I which used Mathematica as the major portion of student submission of homework. I had to not only know how to use Mathematica for this, but also troubleshoot student issues and provide guidance.

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar

English

ACT English, Grammar

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

I took Calculus in high school and got a 5 on the AP. Recently finished an undergraduate degree at UIUC in pure mathematics (graduated with distinction). I have experience tutoring Calc, acting as an online mentor for Calc, taking a course at UIUC that was basically proving Calc, and I'll be a TA in the fall at UC Irvine likely for a Calculus course.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took high school geometry in 8th grade and got an A. I later learned even more about geometry through math team practices and competitions. My senior year, I won my school's mathematics department award. I then was a math major at UIUC and graduated with distinction. While there, I took a class on Non-Euclidean Geometry, which, while not everything is super applicable to a high school course, much of my geometrical understanding was strengthened, and I think working with different branches of geometry has made me more capable to teach normal Euclidean geometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I don't recall what my score was for the math section of the SAT, but it was near perfect, and my score for the math section of the ACT was perfect. I was a math major at UIUC (graduated with distinction), and am about to begin a mathematics PhD program. I have tutored the math ACT section at a Sylvan Learning Center, and done plenty of other mathematics education, though not usually pertaining to specific standardized tests.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

When I took the ACT in high school, I got a 36 on the math section. Since then, I've completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics (graduated with distinction), have been an online mentor for Calculus, and tutored ACT Math at a Sylvan Learning Center.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took Calculus in high school and got a 5 on the AP. Recently finished an undergraduate degree at UIUC in pure mathematics (graduated with distinction). I have experience tutoring Calc, acting as an online mentor for Calc, taking a course at UIUC that was basically proving Calc, and I'll be a TA in the fall at UC Irvine likely for a Calculus course.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took high school geometry in 8th grade and got an A. I later learned even more about geometry through math team practices and competitions. My senior year, I won my school's mathematics department award. I then was a math major at UIUC and graduated with distinction. While there, I took a class on Non-Euclidean Geometry, which, while not everything is super applicable to a high school course, much of my geometrical understanding was strengthened, and I think working with different branches of geometry has made me more capable to teach normal Euclidean geometry.
Logic,

Logic

I have taken an undergraduate course on Logic covering various logical systems (Propositional Logic, First Order Logic, Sequent Logic, Modal Logic, et al.) and various meta-theoretic proofs (Grade: A). I then took a graduate level course on Mathematical Logic covering topics in Model Theory, Computability Theory (AKA Recursion Theory), and we proved various famous results such as Godel's Completeness and Incompleteness Theorems, the Los-Vaught Test, and discussed things about Complete theories, Provability Logic (including Lob's Theorem), and quantifier elimination (Grade: A). To supplement this course, I've recently been working through David Marker's book on Model Theory published by Springer Graduate Texts in Mathematics. I've also taken a graduate class on Axiomatic Set Theory, including topics in Forcing. This is less in the pure logic realm, but still very logically based.
Mathematica,

Mathematica

I've been a part of a research project in my undergrad career which relied on the use of Mathematica. This included basic coding techniques such as loops, if then statements, and arrays, but also included more Mathematica specific coding such as Plotting and exporting graphics. I've since used Mathematica in a lot of other more independent mathematical research, and was a mentor for an online Calculus course through the U of I which used Mathematica as the major portion of student submission of homework. I had to not only know how to use Mathematica for this, but also troubleshoot student issues and provide guidance.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I don't recall what my score was for the math section of the SAT, but it was near perfect, and my score for the math section of the ACT was perfect. I was a math major at UIUC (graduated with distinction), and am about to begin a mathematics PhD program. I have tutored the math ACT section at a Sylvan Learning Center, and done plenty of other mathematics education, though not usually pertaining to specific standardized tests.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

I took Calculus in high school and got a 5 on the AP. Recently finished an undergraduate degree at UIUC in pure mathematics (graduated with distinction). I have experience tutoring Calc, acting as an online mentor for Calc, taking a course at UIUC that was basically proving Calc, and I'll be a TA in the fall at UC Irvine likely for a Calculus course.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took high school geometry in 8th grade and got an A. I later learned even more about geometry through math team practices and competitions. My senior year, I won my school's mathematics department award. I then was a math major at UIUC and graduated with distinction. While there, I took a class on Non-Euclidean Geometry, which, while not everything is super applicable to a high school course, much of my geometrical understanding was strengthened, and I think working with different branches of geometry has made me more capable to teach normal Euclidean geometry.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Other

Philosophy

Science

ACT Science, Philosophy

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

I took Calculus in high school and got a 5 on the AP. Recently finished an undergraduate degree at UIUC in pure mathematics (graduated with distinction). I have experience tutoring Calc, acting as an online mentor for Calc, taking a course at UIUC that was basically proving Calc, and I'll be a TA in the fall at UC Irvine likely for a Calculus course.
Geometry,

Geometry

I took high school geometry in 8th grade and got an A. I later learned even more about geometry through math team practices and competitions. My senior year, I won my school's mathematics department award. I then was a math major at UIUC and graduated with distinction. While there, I took a class on Non-Euclidean Geometry, which, while not everything is super applicable to a high school course, much of my geometrical understanding was strengthened, and I think working with different branches of geometry has made me more capable to teach normal Euclidean geometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I don't recall what my score was for the math section of the SAT, but it was near perfect, and my score for the math section of the ACT was perfect. I was a math major at UIUC (graduated with distinction), and am about to begin a mathematics PhD program. I have tutored the math ACT section at a Sylvan Learning Center, and done plenty of other mathematics education, though not usually pertaining to specific standardized tests.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

When I took the ACT in high school, I got a 36 on the math section. Since then, I've completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics (graduated with distinction), have been an online mentor for Calculus, and tutored ACT Math at a Sylvan Learning Center.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I don't recall what my score was for the math section of the SAT, but it was near perfect, and my score for the math section of the ACT was perfect. I was a math major at UIUC (graduated with distinction), and am about to begin a mathematics PhD program. I have tutored the math ACT section at a Sylvan Learning Center, and done plenty of other mathematics education, though not usually pertaining to specific standardized tests.
ACT English, ACT Science, GRE

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