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B. Michael B.

Aerospace Engineer for Experienced Math/Test Prep Tutoring

Aerospace Engineer for Experienced Math/Test Prep Tutoring

$65/hour

  • Waldorf, MD 20603

About B. Michael


Bio

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!


Education

University of Maryland, College Park
Aerospace Eng.
University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly rate: $65
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Waldorf, MD 20603
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, GED, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, PSAT, SAT Math

$65/hour

B. Michael B.

$65/hour

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