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“**Patient, helpful and connected with my daughter very well.**”

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

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Michael helped my daughter to practice and prepare for the Math section of the ACT. Along the way, he was able to identify math concepts that may have been missing from her high school teaching-so it was learning that she can use in the future, too. We are so thankful for this!

Michael is quick to delve into the math and relates very well to my son. I'm very pleased with his service. He is always available on short notice, and that is nice for a teenager that has no thought for the lives of other people, especially someone that is two time zones away!

Online Skype Session.

Helped with these topics:

Solving Equations Involving Radicals

- may have to square both sides once or twice

- check for extraneous solutions

Rationalizing the Denominator

- when there is a radical there

Graphing Polynomials

- Domain, VA, Holes, HA, x and y Intercepts, OA

Factoring Quadratics

Long Division of Polynomials

Synthetic Division

- with complex numbers

Michael was always prepared, and would easily explain any math question and run through it step by step until I fully understood it. Also used a whiteboard on online sessions which was very useful

Michael goes above and beyond for his students. He gives extra worksheets to help make you understand. I highly recommend him for anyone who really wants to learn and understand the math concepts.

Great job! Def Recommend! Michael was very attentive and asked me multiple times if I was good of I needed re-explaining which some students are scared to ask for.

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Michael is very patient, and he as able to breakdown math in a way that was easy for my child to comprehend. He makes himself available at all times (even on a Sunday at 8:00 at night). I definitely would recommend him, and I plan on using his services again in the future.

I asked Michael for a crash course GMAT review session the day before my exam. He was quick to respond, accommodating to my situation, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him!

Michael was able to help with some test prep and was very available to meet scheduling needs. He is very prepared, so it was easy for my son to understand his teachings. We will be using Michael again to help with math needs. He is highly recommended!

I was very happy with his way of teaching.

He is clear and does his job in a very professional way.I strongly recommend him.I will work with him again if needed.

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.

Michael is a true mathematician and great in the world of problem solving.

Michael knows all parts of mathematics inside and out. He showed me the beauty of calculus and mathematics!

My son really likes Michael's math tutoring. Michael answered my urgent math tutoring request and responded promptly and took the task in very short notice. He communicated very well with my son and is very knowledgeable and knows how to hit the right point. What a relief to hear my son says so often: Oh! I got it! Thanks, Michael!

Chose Michael to prep for the GRE. I haven't used the math needed in years and do not enjoy it. Michael has made the process much easier though. Very patient, extremely sharp, and always helpful. Highly recommend.

Michael is an excellent educator. He not only knows mathematics but also knows how to communicate and relate to people.

Michael is a great tutor. I have used him multiple times now and will continue to use him when needed. I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for a math tutor.

Thank you Michael for fitting Logan into your schedule at the last minute and for working with him extra hours. We appreciate your assistance.

Very amazing tutor. Makes complicated concepts fully understood, takes time makes you feel confident in your abilities. Look no further this is one of best tutor's on this site.

Michael is an excellent tutor. He is knowledgeable, and very flexible. He provides extremely helpful tips and will meet your need to help you understand the materials and be prepared for your test. We are fortunate to know him. Thank you Michael.

Thank you Mike. You have been wonderful with our daughter, who is suffering of "Senioritus" right now. Thank you so much for the extra effort and time you have given to her. I am sure that she will be skyping you from Cornell for online tutor sessions! I would highly recommend you to anyone, as a matter of fact, I will be needing you for our son this fall for Algebra, entering 7th grade.

Thanks for all the help. I appreciate your expertise in math and your flexibility in working with my schedule.

Michael has been very helpful and accommodating. My son's grade has improved by two letter grades. We couldn't be happier.

Always answers questions quickly and very accommodating. Working with my son has made a big difference in both his high school calculus and college calculus understanding.

Michael was very knowledgeable, patient and kind. He did not make me feel "stupid," or try to talk down to me. I am 40 and appreciated his "lets do this!' approach to algebra. I would use him again and refer him to anyone who is struggling with math on any level.

Math:

ACT Math,
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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