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Learn How to Learn: Ivy League Multi-subject Tutoring

Learn How to Learn: Ivy League Multi-subject Tutoring

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I've taught adult learners in many subjects not listed on Wyzant's platform including business administration, business analysis, geopolitical analysis, competitor intelligence, new product concept and development, technical writing, proposal & grant preparation management, project, and program management. In addition, I've been a substitute teacher for high school and middle school in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, physics, earth science, history, English (including ESL/ESOL), business,...

I've taught adult learners in many subjects not listed on Wyzant's platform including business administration, business analysis, geopolitical analysis, competitor intelligence, new product concept and development, technical writing, proposal & grant preparation management, project, and program management. In addition, I've been a substitute teacher for high school and middle school in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, physics, earth science, history, English (including ESL/ESOL), business, and world history/civilization. Further, I've edited papers, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations for graduate-level students to improve readability, uniformity, and consistency.

I am very patient yet focused and will work with each student to help find their own best way to learn a given subject. I draw upon my own experiences freely to help motivate students to love learning and demonstrate the relevance of a given topic in their lives and their dreams for a productive and happy future.

I have 40+ years of experience as an engineer, senior executive leader and manager, and high technology business consultant in multiple fields including aerospace, electronics, manufacturing, biotechnology, research & development, business administration & management, intelligence collection, and analysis. U.S. Navy veteran. My current hobbies include amateur radio and electronics troubleshooting.

I speak English, some Mandarin, and Spanish with a smattering of many other languages. I have an extensive world travel experience to Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales), Ireland, Canada, Egypt, Bahrain, and a few other places.


Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
BS, Mechanical Engineering
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Masters
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
MBA

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Subjects

Business

Business,

Business

I am an engineering and management consultant with 29 years' experience. Before starting this business, I was an aerospace engineer and program manager for 15 years. I have an MBA (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), M. Aerospace Engineering (Cornell University) and a BS (Mechanical Engineering) also from Cornell University.
Finance,

Finance

I have an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and 26 years experience as a management and engineering consultant.
Marketing,

Marketing

I have an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1981), which included significant marketing coursework. In addition, I am an entrepreneur and have operated my own consulting practice since 1990. Further, I have helped many clients with their business plan creation, which includes a comprehensive marketing plan. In addition, I have 37 years of knowledge, skills and experience preparing management and technical proposals for companies that include a commercialization plan for their product offerings.
Project Management,

Project Management

I have over 44 years of direct experience managing projects from $50K to $52M in high technology, multi-discipline environments. I've been a program manager for an aerospace manufacturer and was responsible for five product lines and over sixty different products. In addition, I've run a successful management consulting company for over 29 years helping clients improve their business processes and project management. Further, I was a senior officer (O-6) in the Navy Reserve and Navy for over 30 years and was competitive board-selected for four major commands supporting programs for 12 different national-level organizations. In addition, I served as the chairman of a Government source selection and evaluation board to review, evaluate and select a qualified contractor for a $30 million contract.
Microsoft Word

Computer

Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

I use MS Outlook for email, meetings, reminders, and organizing my work. Used effectively, Outlook can save significant time and reduce workload. Further, Outlook can integrate with other Microsoft applications and third-party extensions to improve work efficiency and coordination with others.
Microsoft Project,

Microsoft Project

I have used Microsoft Project in my work as both a professional project and later a program manager since it was first released back in 1984. It uses a critical path method to compute start and finish dates based on the input provided. I advise my clients to first learn project management concepts before using MS Project so they will better understand its benefits and limitations. MS Project will NOT teach project management to a beginner. This skill requires knowledge and experience and I have over 40 years of both.
Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I am an engineering and management consultant with 29 years' experience. Before starting this business, I was an aerospace engineer and program manager for 15 years. I have an MBA (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), M. Aerospace Engineering (Cornell University) and a BS (Mechanical Engineering) also from Cornell University.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Finance,

Finance

I have an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and 26 years experience as a management and engineering consultant.
Microsoft Project,

Microsoft Project

I have used Microsoft Project in my work as both a professional project and later a program manager since it was first released back in 1984. It uses a critical path method to compute start and finish dates based on the input provided. I advise my clients to first learn project management concepts before using MS Project so they will better understand its benefits and limitations. MS Project will NOT teach project management to a beginner. This skill requires knowledge and experience and I have over 40 years of both.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is a careful examination of written text to find and correct typographical errors, grammatical mistakes, inconsistent writing style and, of course, spelling. I have proofread many doctoral dissertations, masters theses, business plans, proposals and thousands of reports resulting in superior communication of the ideas and information they contain. Let me help you achieve your goals through improving your written work.
Grammar, Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Building a strong vocabulary is essential to developing one's ability to communicate clearly. Possessing and using a strong vocabulary allows us to have many tools in our intellectual toolbox to address various communication requirements; some subtle and nuanced, others terse and obvious. Further, a strong vocabulary is fundamental towards becoming a truly educated person and developing as a functioning and effective member of a civilized society. Therefore, I include vocabulary development as part of all tutoring assignments regardless of topic.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is a careful examination of written text to find and correct typographical errors, grammatical mistakes, inconsistent writing style and, of course, spelling. I have proofread many doctoral dissertations, masters theses, business plans, proposals and thousands of reports resulting in superior communication of the ideas and information they contain. Let me help you achieve your goals through improving your written work.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Building a strong vocabulary is essential to developing one's ability to communicate clearly. Possessing and using a strong vocabulary allows us to have many tools in our intellectual toolbox to address various communication requirements; some subtle and nuanced, others terse and obvious. Further, a strong vocabulary is fundamental towards becoming a truly educated person and developing as a functioning and effective member of a civilized society. Therefore, I include vocabulary development as part of all tutoring assignments regardless of topic.
Writing,

Writing

Developing one's ability to write clearly, uniformly and consistently is an essential skill in any culture. However, few people take time to develop their writing abilities. Those who do, often achieve greater success in their careers. Clear writing develops clearer thinking. However, learning to write well takes practice. I help my students learn to think clearly, which helps them write their thoughts clearly.
Grammar, Reading

History

American History,

American History

American History is a continuum of many events and ideas. America is the first country in history that was founded based on the idea that all people are created equal. However, studying American History shows that achieving the goal of true equality in reality has been a continuous and often difficult struggle. There have been many steps forward, backward and sideways as the states stagger in different directions at different times; unsynchronized in their actions unless compelled to alignment by judicial decision. This is the American way of democracy, awkward, yet successful.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I am an active citizen who is engaged in the helping our democracy succeed. I've had direct experience working within the Federal Government as a senior Navy officer with 30 years of service. I've travelled all over the world and observed different forms of government in practice. Often, I've had to keep my political opinions to myself. However, I do have opinions about governance, decision-making and the impact of politics on society. I have seen what works and does not work and the reasons why. I enjoy helping my students analyze and attempt to understand different cultures and their forms of government; some effective and others less so.
World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I use a different approach to teach my students Algebra. I help the student develop competence and self-confidence then build towards subject mastery without knowledge gaps. This preparation provides a truly solid foundation for learning more advanced mathematics later on.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the study of instantaneous change using a variety of methods to solve many different kinds of problems. We can use calculus as a framework to model the real world to help understand how it behaves under different circumstances. Of course, calculus is a mathematical tool set that we use for this and other purposes. One of the benefits of studying calculus is it will greatly improve one's other mathematical skills, such as algebra. Mastery of calculus provides a solid basis for understanding more advanced mathematics and rigorous analytical thinking.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.
Writing,

Writing

Developing one's ability to write clearly, uniformly and consistently is an essential skill in any culture. However, few people take time to develop their writing abilities. Those who do, often achieve greater success in their careers. Clear writing develops clearer thinking. However, learning to write well takes practice. I help my students learn to think clearly, which helps them write their thoughts clearly.
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I use a different approach to teach my students Algebra. I help the student develop competence and self-confidence then build towards subject mastery without knowledge gaps. This preparation provides a truly solid foundation for learning more advanced mathematics later on.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the study of instantaneous change using a variety of methods to solve many different kinds of problems. We can use calculus as a framework to model the real world to help understand how it behaves under different circumstances. Of course, calculus is a mathematical tool set that we use for this and other purposes. One of the benefits of studying calculus is it will greatly improve one's other mathematical skills, such as algebra. Mastery of calculus provides a solid basis for understanding more advanced mathematics and rigorous analytical thinking.
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. In addition, I have 40+ years of experience as a consulting engineer and senior manager. My clients are high technology companies seeking to create new products and technologies for both government and commercial applications.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I use a different approach to teaching trigonometry. I help the student develop competence and confidence. Understanding trigonometry means learning to recognize many different patterns and build solutions using a variety techniques. I am a strong advocate of Khan Academy where the student learns the lessons as homework and works with the tutor on solving problems. This is different from most public school approaches, which have mixed results.
Physics, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I use a different approach to teach my students Algebra. I help the student develop competence and self-confidence then build towards subject mastery without knowledge gaps. This preparation provides a truly solid foundation for learning more advanced mathematics later on.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the study of instantaneous change using a variety of methods to solve many different kinds of problems. We can use calculus as a framework to model the real world to help understand how it behaves under different circumstances. Of course, calculus is a mathematical tool set that we use for this and other purposes. One of the benefits of studying calculus is it will greatly improve one's other mathematical skills, such as algebra. Mastery of calculus provides a solid basis for understanding more advanced mathematics and rigorous analytical thinking.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.
Writing,

Writing

Developing one's ability to write clearly, uniformly and consistently is an essential skill in any culture. However, few people take time to develop their writing abilities. Those who do, often achieve greater success in their careers. Clear writing develops clearer thinking. However, learning to write well takes practice. I help my students learn to think clearly, which helps them write their thoughts clearly.
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading

Music

Drums

Drums

I've played classical and jazz percussion for over 50 years. I was a student of Art Peretta, drummer for the Tony Pastor Orchestra (1940s era big band with singer Rosemary Clooney). Art taught me studio percussion techniques, music sight reading, and the business of music.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Finance,

Finance

I have an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and 26 years experience as a management and engineering consultant.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I am an active citizen who is engaged in the helping our democracy succeed. I've had direct experience working within the Federal Government as a senior Navy officer with 30 years of service. I've travelled all over the world and observed different forms of government in practice. Often, I've had to keep my political opinions to myself. However, I do have opinions about governance, decision-making and the impact of politics on society. I have seen what works and does not work and the reasons why. I enjoy helping my students analyze and attempt to understand different cultures and their forms of government; some effective and others less so.
Marketing,

Marketing

I have an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1981), which included significant marketing coursework. In addition, I am an entrepreneur and have operated my own consulting practice since 1990. Further, I have helped many clients with their business plan creation, which includes a comprehensive marketing plan. In addition, I have 37 years of knowledge, skills and experience preparing management and technical proposals for companies that include a commercialization plan for their product offerings.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.

Science

Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. In addition, I have 40+ years of experience as a consulting engineer and senior manager. My clients are high technology companies seeking to create new products and technologies for both government and commercial applications.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

I've been a practicing engineer for well over 30 years. I enjoy tutoring students, as my time permits, to help them appreciate the world through their new physics and mathematics skills. Students gain self-confidence and pride in accomplishment as their understanding of these fundamental subjects improves over time.
Physics

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I use a different approach to teach my students Algebra. I help the student develop competence and self-confidence then build towards subject mastery without knowledge gaps. This preparation provides a truly solid foundation for learning more advanced mathematics later on.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is the study of instantaneous change using a variety of methods to solve many different kinds of problems. We can use calculus as a framework to model the real world to help understand how it behaves under different circumstances. Of course, calculus is a mathematical tool set that we use for this and other purposes. One of the benefits of studying calculus is it will greatly improve one's other mathematical skills, such as algebra. Mastery of calculus provides a solid basis for understanding more advanced mathematics and rigorous analytical thinking.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native American English speaker and have helped over ten immigrants master the nuances and improve their pronunciation of the American English language and idiom. I've studied other languages (e.g., Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and understand the difficulties of learning a foreign language's phonemes.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I assist my students to develop their focus by identifying and eliminating distractions, establishing and maintaining a routine, having a positive mental attitude, develop organizational skills, engage their brain to improve memory and analysis skills, take better quality notes, improve time management and avoid procrastination. I reinforce helpful skills through effective practice and frequent observation and testing while addressing student's weaknesses through honest discussions and specific feedback.
Writing,

Writing

Developing one's ability to write clearly, uniformly and consistently is an essential skill in any culture. However, few people take time to develop their writing abilities. Those who do, often achieve greater success in their careers. Clear writing develops clearer thinking. However, learning to write well takes practice. I help my students learn to think clearly, which helps them write their thoughts clearly.
Physics, Reading

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Executive level tutor!

I work full time and attend law school part-time. I hired Michael to help me stay organized and focused on my studies. I am extremely grateful for all of the guidance and direction he has given me in order for me to succeed in both my studies and my job (he was also helpful regarding work-related advice). Thank you Michael!

Jeanine, 8 lessons with Michael
Tutor responded:

Your will to succeed is inspiring to me, Jeanine! I look forward to working with you again!

Executive Functioning Tutor

As a student living with ADHD, Mike has gone above and beyond in helping me to manage my coursework through focusing specifically on executive functioning tools and different management styles. Michael is delightful to learn from, and I am grateful to have his support while I focus on my work in graduate school. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for a tutor!

Ashley, 4 lessons with Michael
Tutor responded:

I'm glad I could help you, Ashley! I hope to work with you again!

Excellent teacher

As an engineer, I highly recommend you to have a lesson with him. He teaches English including not only business but also some science. Because he can discuss the diverse topic, it will be helpful to enlarge the quantity of new vocabulary. I highly recommend this excellent tutor.

AJ, 3 lessons with Michael
Tutor responded:

Thank you, AJ!

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