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Michael E.

College and High School Math for Classes and Test Prep

College and High School Math for Classes and Test Prep

$70/hour

About Michael


Bio

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...

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!

Tutoring sessions take place at my office in Livonia, MI.

For online sessions, we can use either the Wyzant Whiteboard, or Skype.


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Wayne State University
Mathematics

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Business

GMAT,

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. For the GMAT, hold off on doing the 'Data Sufficiency' questions. For the GRE, hold off on the 'Quantitative Comparison' questions. Be sure to have the basics, and the other question types down first.
GRE

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. For the GMAT, hold off on doing the 'Data Sufficiency' questions. For the GRE, hold off on the 'Quantitative Comparison' questions. Be sure to have the basics, and the other question types down first.

Corporate Training

GMAT

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. For the GMAT, hold off on doing the 'Data Sufficiency' questions. For the GRE, hold off on the 'Quantitative Comparison' questions. Be sure to have the basics, and the other question types down first.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra is equivalent Algebra 2. Many college students are taking this class online. Quite a few problems arise from just trying to figure out how to enter the answer into the online program. Whether due to this, or problems with the material directly, please message me, and we will get started. High School Level: Algebra 2 Algebra 2 is traditionally taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand 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.
Calculus,

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 Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry 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,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Precalculus,

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.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT 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. This is one area where the SAT likes to do more of that the ACT. Starting with the 2016 testing, the Math portion now has a calculator and non-calculator portion. Though for a large part of the calculator portion, just about all questions can 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.

Math

ACT Math,

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 1,

Algebra 1

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra is equivalent Algebra 2. Many college students are taking this class online. Quite a few problems arise from just trying to figure out how to enter the answer into the online program. Whether due to this, or problems with the material directly, please message me, and we will get started. High School Level: Algebra 2 Algebra 2 is traditionally taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand 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.
Calculus,

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 Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry 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,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Precalculus,

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.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT 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. This is one area where the SAT likes to do more of that the ACT. Starting with the 2016 testing, the Math portion now has a calculator and non-calculator portion. Though for a large part of the calculator portion, just about all questions can 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.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Whether taking this as a class of its own, or as part of some other class, you will want to know your unit circle, and be able to prove various trig identities. Learn how to graph polar coordinates and use formulas like de Moivre's formula. The basics of Trigonometry tend to be taught in Geometry and/or Algebra II, but you will need it throughout Precalculus, and Calculus.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra is equivalent Algebra 2. Many college students are taking this class online. Quite a few problems arise from just trying to figure out how to enter the answer into the online program. Whether due to this, or problems with the material directly, please message me, and we will get started. High School Level: Algebra 2 Algebra 2 is traditionally taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand 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.
Calculus,

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 Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry 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,

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.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Precalculus

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.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra is equivalent Algebra 2. Many college students are taking this class online. Quite a few problems arise from just trying to figure out how to enter the answer into the online program. Whether due to this, or problems with the material directly, please message me, and we will get started. High School Level: Algebra 2 Algebra 2 is traditionally taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand 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.
Calculus,

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 Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry 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.
GED,

GED

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
Geometry,

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.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT 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. This is one area where the SAT likes to do more of that the ACT. Starting with the 2016 testing, the Math portion now has a calculator and non-calculator portion. Though for a large part of the calculator portion, just about all questions can 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.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

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.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I have done tutoring for the ASVAB Math portions, 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.
GED,

GED

Having trouble solving for 'x'? Not sure if you should be adding or subtracting from both sides of an equation, or multiplying or dividing on both sides? Do terms like 'radicals' or phrases like 'rational expressions' make you wonder if you are still talking about math? Please message me when ready to start tackling these items, or any others, which may be giving you trouble.
GMAT,

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. For the GMAT, hold off on doing the 'Data Sufficiency' questions. For the GRE, hold off on the 'Quantitative Comparison' questions. Be sure to have the basics, and the other question types down first.
GRE,

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. For the GMAT, hold off on doing the 'Data Sufficiency' questions. For the GRE, hold off on the 'Quantitative Comparison' questions. Be sure to have the basics, and the other question types down first.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT 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. This is one area where the SAT likes to do more of that the ACT. Starting with the 2016 testing, the Math portion now has a calculator and non-calculator portion. Though for a large part of the calculator portion, just about all questions can 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.

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Patient and very helpful

Helping with word problem, algebra math problems fit for a test. He is available, patient and very helpful. I would recommend him to others. Always able to work around schedules.

Julie, 10 lessons with Michael

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Micheal tutored both my sons for Algebra 1 and Geometry. His knowledge on the subject is very good and surely is a good tutor. He knew to teach based on the child's requirement. My kids were very comfortable with him. I would surely reach out to him for tutoring on need basis in the future.

Lavanya, 73 lessons with Michael

Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor

I am preparing for the GRE and Michael is helping significantly with my preparation for the quantitative section. I have always struggled with math in general, Michael has been very supportive as well as patient with my pace of learning the material. He has shown me helpful strategies for completing problems in a more efficient and timely manner. I would highly recommend Michael tutoring services.

Jessica, 7 lessons with Michael

Great tutor!

We reached out for a last-minute prep session before a quiz for my HS sophmore son. Michael was accommodating and walked through all the info my son needed to know to be confident going into that test.

Chris, 7 lessons with Michael

Understanding and patient

Michael tutored my 18 year old granddaughter on preparing her to retake the Math portion of the GED. After the tutoring session, she said she no longer felt ‘lost’ when doing math. She said: “he is so nice, patient and very, very smart!” I would highly recommend Michael!

Renata, 2 lessons with Michael

Patient, Extremely Helpful

A good family friend highly recommended Michael and I am extremely grateful to have my 9th grader work with him on various Algebra 2/Trig topics. Michael is very patient and helpful, and my son likes working with him. I look forward to continue working with him to help my son. Thanks again, Michael!

Janet, 15 lessons with Michael

Excellent

Michael tutored my daughter in Algebra 1. He was not only an expert in the subject, but he was a clear communicator, efficient and patient. He is an excellent teacher whom I highly recommend. I also appreciated his accessibility in scheduling and quick response time.

Lisa, 2 lessons with Michael

Always helpful, always fun!

My Son met with Michael twice before taking the ACT Math and increased his score by 5 points! He was very knowledgeable, helpful, and personable. My Son felt totally at ease with Michael and felt he gained a great deal of information to help him with the material. He just saw him again for one session, and re-took the ACT in another effort to score even higher! We highly recommend Michael and will return whenever any math clarification is needed!

Conor, 3 lessons with Michael

Excellent Honors Algebra II tutor

Michael is patient and explains concepts so my son could understand and ensures true comprehension. Best decision we made to decrease stress of Honors courses.

Julie, 14 lessons with Michael
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