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Michael E.

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Wayne State University
Mathematics

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Wayne State University (Mathematics)

About Michael

From 2006 to 2010, I had taught mathematics, and since 2010 have been a full-time private tutor. I work with students on topics from Prealgebra to Calculus, whether specifically for a class, or as part of test preparation for an entrance exam. My degree is a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wayne State University's College of Science, where I did a combined curriculum with the University's College of Education for my teacher certification.

Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor, I had done the programming, installation, and training of Point-of-Sale equipment, as well as accounting functions, such as Business Personal Property Taxes. Through these experiences, I can draw on practical applications for my tutoring, as well as the abilities to be flexible, adaptable, and most of all, patient!

* Please note that I do provide online tutoring, though I use Skype for the session. If you send me a request for a 'short notice' online session, please also send me a regular email stating that Skype is agreeable to you.
From 2006 to 2010, I had taught mathematics, and since 2010 have been a full-time private tutor. I work with students on topics from Prealgebra to Calculus, Read more

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"Great teacher!"

- Ann, West Bloomfield, MI on 12/30/15

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Jonathan, Royal Oak, MI on 6/9/16

"Knows his stuff; relates well with students"

- Laura, Canton, MI on 4/11/16

"Great tutor"

- Kemal, Keego Harbor, MI on 4/3/16

"The best tutor!"

- Tom, New York, NY on 11/13/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Charlene, Beachwood, OH on 10/30/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Caleb, Dearborn, MI on 10/7/15

"Excellent educator"

- Frank, Livonia, MI on 9/15/15

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Craig, Dearborn, MI on 9/9/15

"Very accomodating"

- Nancy, Farmington, MI on 2/3/15

"Amazing tutor"

- Michelle, Ypsilanti, MI on 9/24/13

"Excellent tutor, very flexible and knowledgeable. Extremely helpful tips."

- Hanh, Franklin, MI on 9/15/13

"Very Patient, has gone above and beyond the call of duty!!!"

- Kim, Livonia, MI on 5/23/13

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Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Discrete Math, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
SAT Math
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

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ACT Math

The ACT Math covers topics from Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.

If you are in Pre-Calc, you have most likely seen all the information before.

While the test is certainly checking for content knowledge, it also checks for a certain level of ability to manipulate the material.

Though a calculator is allowed, all questions are designed to be done without, and usually with less effort or the same as typing into the calculator. Time should be set aside for practicing problems both ways.

Unless the problem indicates in some manner that you will be rounding, all answers will be exactly one of the options. If you are even a little off, it is probably not the answer.

Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra

High School Level: Algebra II
Algebra 2 is typically taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand either way before doing either, however. A large focus here is placed on parent graphs, how you can translate them, and how their corresponding equations would look. Factoring techniques are covered in depth, and quite often, a deeper look will be taken at Trigonometry, beyond SOHCAHTOA, to accommodate ACT test questions.

ASVAB

I have done tutoring for the ASVAB Math portion, which I would compare to the SAT, or the ACT without the Trigonometry, both of which I have also done tutoring.

There are two math portions on this test: Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge. The Arithmetic Reasoning portion contains word problems, while the Mathematics Knowledge portion contains algebra and geometry problems, which may or may not start off as a word problem.

Currently, no calculator is allowed, so mental calculations, and tricks for simplifying are very useful.

Calculus

Calc I: Take the formula for slope from your algebra and geometry classes, change the notation, and see what happens when the 'run' is taken to be infinitely small.

This derivative will then be used for practical applications: minimizing outputs, maximizing outputs, related rates, etc... Anything from your Alg I, Alg II, and Geom is fair game for working out a problem.

A lot of time will be spent learning the rules for finding the derivative of a function by means of: Power Rule, Product Rule, Quotient rule, and Chain Rule. Be very comfortable using rational exponents rather than radical symbols, and keep a sheet of trig identities at hand.

Calc II: Here is where you mainly learn about anti-derivatives and integrals. There will be a variety of techniques for finding the anti-derivative and integrating: Substitution, Partial Fractions, Integration By Parts, Tabular Integration, etc... Again, anything from previous math courses is fair game, and keep a sheet of trig identities handy. Typical applications are for finding the area and volume of an object.

Geometry

Most of a student's difficulty comes from writing proofs. Think of it as writing an argumentative paper, and having to cite your sources.

With the 'Given' typically as your introduction, make your argument with any supporting definitions, postulates, and/or theorems available to you at that time, and end it with what you want to 'prove' as your conclusion.

Your particular geometry text book is your source for citing, unless other material is given by your instructor. You can only cite references covered to date. No peeking ahead.

Beyond proof writing, while it may be other geometric concepts causing issues, it is probably number concepts, algebra skills, and/or mental calculations that need to be worked on.

GMAT

Depending on the University/Program you are looking to enter, you may need to take the GMAT, or GRE. Preparation for the math portions of the GMAT and the GRE are very similar in topics: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Basic Probability, and Data Analysis.
While a calculator is allowed on the GRE, it is a very basic one. For the GMAT, a calculator is allowed on the 'Integrated Reasoning' Section, but not the 'Quantitative' Section. So, while preparing for either test, you will want to practice mental and written calculations, and shortcuts for both.

GRE

Depending on the University/Program you are looking to enter, you may need to take the GMAT, or GRE. Preparation for the math portions of the GMAT and the GRE are very similar in topics: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Basic Probability, and Data Analysis.
While a calculator is allowed on the GRE, it is a very basic one. For the GMAT, a calculator is allowed on the 'Integrated Reasoning' Section, but not the 'Quantitative' Section. So, while preparing for either test, you will want to practice mental and written calculations, and shortcuts for both.

Precalculus

A further look is taken at parent graphs, how they can be translated, and the domain and range of functions are more closely kept track of.

Main things to look for when determining the domain of a function: division by zero, square rooting (or any even root) of a number.

Anything learned in previous math classes is fair game at any point, and more time will be spent on special classes of functions, and identities: logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, rational, etc...

Become very comfortable using rational exponents rather than radical symbols, and do not rely too much on the calculator for calculations which should be done mentally.

Wayne State University
Mathematics

Education

Wayne State University (Mathematics)

Great teacher! — Michael was really invaluable in helping me prepare for the GRE. He could break down things I had difficulty understanding and explain them in a way easier for me to grasp. It was also really helpful that he could assess the types of problems I was struggling with, and give me extra practice in those areas to improve. My GRE math score definitely improved thanks to his help. ...

— Ann, West Bloomfield, MI on 12/30/15

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Michael will travel within 20 miles of Livonia, MI 48150.