Search

Mike S.

Baltimore, MD

$57/hour

Johns Hopkins Ph.D. Offers Ed. in Physics, Math, SAT, GRE, and More

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 12 ratings
Professional. Extraordinarily knowledgeable.
— Philip, Ellicott City, MD on 7/27/16

$57/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Mike will reply soon.

Response time: 2 hours

Contact Mike

Boston University
Physics andAstronomy
Johns Hopkins University
Master's
Johns Hopkins University
PhD

Education

Boston University (Physics andAstronomy)

Johns Hopkins University (Master's)

Johns Hopkins University (PhD)

About Mike

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 grade school (as a course instructor for the Center for Talented Youth program, for example) through high school (through independent tutoring with many local private schools for AP exams, SATs, science courses, etc.) and college (e.g. course instructor at JHU, MCAT instructor through Princeton Review). I have also helped professionals strengthen and sharpen their skills.

I started teaching college debate while in school in Boston and then transitioned into a (mostly) private physics and mathematics tutor in Baltimore after beginning graduate school. I enjoy tutoring a great deal, and so decided to continue after completing my Ph.D. in astrophysics.

I am a student of educational theory and have traveled across the country attending talks on effective methods of science education. I understand that students learn best when they actively engage the material. For that reason, my tutoring approach is a combination of lecturing to introduce the main concepts, followed by a period of directed inquiry. My goal is to help students cultivate a mathematical/scientific mindset through which they don't simply arrive at correct answers by memorizing equations, but discover entire classes of solutions to be self-evident given more fundamental principles.

I also understand that tutoring services can be expensive. As someone who grew up without access to great educational resources, I can certainly empathize. As a result, I personally work to ensure that my tutoring services are both accessible and efficient. After all, it's not about how many hours you work at something; it's about how smartly you work at it.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. If you believe that some aspect of my services is a limiting factor for you, please send me a message and I'd be happy to discuss further. All the best!
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 grade school (as a course instructor for the Center for Talented Youth program, for example) through high school (through independent tutoring with many Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

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.

Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Baltimore, MD 21212
Background Check: Passed

"Professional. Extraordinarily knowledgeable."

- Philip, Ellicott City, MD on 7/27/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Physical Science, Physics
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, GRE, MCAT,
PSAT, SAT Math
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, MATLAB,
Photography
History:
Geography, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Linear Algebra

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.

MATLAB

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.

MCAT

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.

Boston University
Physics andAstronomy
Johns Hopkins University
Master's
Johns Hopkins University
PhD

Education

Boston University (Physics andAstronomy)

Johns Hopkins University (Master's)

Johns Hopkins University (PhD)

Professional. Extraordinarily knowledgeable.

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 e

— Philip, Ellicott City, MD on 7/27/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $57.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

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.

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 3 miles of Baltimore, MD 21212.