$67/hour

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“**Professional. Extraordinarily knowledgeable.**”

Hi, my name is Mike! I'm new to WyzAnt, but have been a science and mathematics teacher in the Baltimore area for the past ten years. I have experience working with students of all levels from … Read more

*I can offer discounts for students working in groups. This arrangment is often beneficial, as useful questions and discussions created by one student frequently benefit the others.*

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What struck me most about Mike's tutoring is his communication abilities. He was able to take complex concepts and effortlessly break them down into usable chunks of information for me to assimilate. Difficult calculus concepts that had stumped me the whole semester were carefully explained in ways that connected the theory to reality.

Mike is also very skilled at tutoring itself. He found out exactly where I needed help, quickly formulated a plan, and then went about explaining the topics. Furthermore, he does not merely spout knowledge and expect you to pick it up yourself. Mike ensures your learning by answering material questions thoroughly and quizzing your understanding to make sure you fully grasp the concepts. I found his tutoring abilities ensured I walked away confident of the material and that it would be remembered when I need it.

If you want some serious tutoring on any mathematical concept, Mike should be at the top of your search.

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A large component of my doctoral dissertation required the use of linear algebra. My work focused on noise removal, which I approached with from a Bayesian perspective. My data sets were discrete and gigantic, meaning that not only did my solutions involve massive covariance matrices, but I also had to figure out a way to manipulate them using techniques like linear transformations and basis rotations, eigenmode solutions, PCA, and other dimensionality reduction tricks to make things compute faster. I studied the subject under a brilliant mathematician and took meticulous notes, which means that I can in short order get myself back up to speed on topics I have used less frequently like Guassian elimination, optimization algorithms, Jacobian matrices, etc.

The vast majority of my doctoral research was coded in MATLAB. I understand all of the principles of matrix and vector creation, as well as the standard operations performed upon them. I have worked with exceptionally large datasets, so I also have experience with ordering arrays for rapid computations and parallelization where allowable. I have written programs and scripts, can do file I/O, and figured out how to locate useful routines when confronted with novel problems. My knowledge of linear algebra also informs my useage of MATLAB. I probably have about 50 hours of MATLAB teaching experience, which I gained while working with a University of Maryland student in an applied mathematics course.

I am only qualified to teach the physics portion of the MCAT. I used to work for the Princeton Review, and have been certified by them as qualified to teach the exam. While I am not permitted to use any of their materials or techniques while tutoring, I learned enough teaching courses through Princeton Review to be able to tutor to the exam in my own voice. I would note that I have already passed WyzAnt's physics test, which covers a wider range of content than the MCAT.

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