Hello! My name is Michael. I'm an aerospace engineer by trade (yes, a rocket scientist!), but a tutor at heart! I began tutoring in college when a few family members asked me for help with their math homework. I found that I loved figuring out all the different ways my students thought about math, and I used those insights about their learning styles to help them excel in a subject they previously dreaded. A few dozen parent referrals and happy students later, and I found myself tutoring most...
Hello! My name is Michael. I'm an aerospace engineer by trade (yes, a rocket scientist!), but a tutor at heart! I began tutoring in college when a few family members asked me for help with their math homework. I found that I loved figuring out all the different ways my students thought about math, and I used those insights about their learning styles to help them excel in a subject they previously dreaded. A few dozen parent referrals and happy students later, and I found myself tutoring most nights and weekends! Thus began my 9-year (and counting) career as a part-time math tutor.
Now that I have transitioned to independent consulting in my professional life, I have the flexibility in my schedule to join Wyzant and expand the number of students I'm able to help. I want students who are intimidated by math (like I was in grade school) to feel empowered to follow their career dreams, including being a rocket scientist!
Over my 9 years of tutoring experience, I have discovered that the most common math level at which students begin to have major setbacks (and begin to doubt their ability) is the second year of algebra studies. I therefore decided to focus on Algebra 2 as my tutoring specialty, compiling many notebooks full of the most effective activities and examples, most of which are of my own design.
My tutoring style differs significantly from classroom-based learning. I keep my students' brains engaged by prompting them through the material in such a way as to make them feel that they are discovering the techniques themselves (this is known as the Socratic teaching method, named after the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates).
I encourage each of my students to put in their best effort, and help them along the way by integrating into lessons the same studying methods I used to go from C's in high school math to straight A's in college math and science courses. These studying methods include frequent connections to past concepts and to real-world applications (yes, they really will use this math when they grow up!), and repetition in the form of homework assignments.
Over the past few years, I have branched out into college entrance test (SAT and ACT) preparation tutoring after noticing that some of my students who did spectacularly in class would get SAT/ACT scores that did not reflect their ability. It's unfortunate that a single test can have such an impact on a student's future, and with the new SAT format, a student's math score is based on fewer questions - that means fewer chances to get it right. I will work closely with your student to make sure he or she gets the score(s) they deserve. Most of the students I work with see an improvement of 50-100 points on their SAT math score, and 5-10 points on their ACT math score.
I am available 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have about how I can help you or your student achieve success in math. Drop me a line and let's get started!