Paul K.

Southgate, MI


Teacher-in-Training for Master's ready to tutor most subjects!

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About Paul


My name's Paul, and I'm a teacher in training getting my Master's in Education and a teaching certificate through the University of Michigan. I'm located in Detroit, as I'm in a pretty novel program focusing on some nonstandard teaching methods paired with some local schools, which I'm happy to talk about in length.

My Bachelor's Degree was also through the University of Michigan in Political Science, and I consider myself quite the jack-of-all-trades in all related subjects, from History, Government, Economics, Sociology...the works. I have quite the passion for helping people understand our world and society better and would love to help pass that passion on.

I've also taken a nearly ludicrous amount of Math Classes as I very nearly was an Computer Engineer in College, so I'm great with Math and explaining how it actually relates to the real world.

As for most other subjects, I've got the teaching methods to help a student learn and adapt to anything and consider it a personal skill to keep asking questions and prompt conversation. From British Literature to Biology, I've got the skill set to help a student learn the material, plenty of resources to help flesh out the material, and the passion for education where, even if I'm not an expert, I'm someone you want advancing discussion.

As for past experience, I've spent most of the past 6 years in mentorship roles. For 3 years, I was in ROTC at the University of Michigan, a program vastly different than the ROTC at your local high schools. For 10-20 hours each week I either spent time learning to be a military officer, or in my later years, mentoring others to be military officers. I was taught, and taught discipline, service, and that sometimes you've got to sacrifice a bit of yourself to achieve something great.

For another 3 years I was a Resident Advisor in the Dorms for incoming Freshmen. There, I was the resource to help explain college, assuage worries about grades, majors, or homesickness, and point them to places where they could meet new groups of people and establish themselves on campus. Sometimes, I felt like a therapist with my couch welcoming my new students who brought problems for me to solve, and I regard those relationships as some of my most valuable from my Undergrad.

Additionally, I've had smaller short term mentorship roles. I've been a supervisor for a pool's high school age lifeguards. I've assisted with High School Drama Department shows with setbuilding and acting commentary. I've substitute taught at various schools around the state, and now I'm actively student teaching through my Master's Program.

In short, I've got the experience, I've got the drive, and I've got the knowledge to help your student take ownership of their education.

I've got a logical mind, in short. Math, in its simplest form, is really just simplifying something down to its most basic forms, and then reassembling those pieces into something new, and useful. Something like basic math is just pieces of your everyday world from money management to how businesses choose what to stock and when to stock it. I've taken classes all the way through Differential Equations, so I've got the Math background, but more importantly I can help a student understand how Math is real, and not just puzzle solving on a worksheet.

There's a common misconception about the role of History and Social Studies in schools. To some extent, yes, it's important to know who past leaders were, and when certain past events happened. But the real reason we study it is because History was caused by people. People like you, and me, who are driven by the same needs, have the same fears, and love the same things across decades and centuries. Technology and governments may change, Cultures may shift, but when we study History, when we learn how our cultures and others work, we're learning about ourselves. How someone reacted during the Civil War to the battle between brothers is just as relevant then, as to learning how families torn apart overseas in Syria, or in our hometowns with violent crime affects us now. I've spent the time with the subject material, I know where to look to flesh out any topic, and students spending time with me will be learning just as much about who they are as who their ancestors were.

I may talk a lot and use a heck of a lot of big words, but I make no claims on being the smartest guy in Detroit. Being smart is knowing that the truly smart people out there, are the people who know they will never know everything, and that the act of learning is just baby steps towards making yourself a better person, earning yourself a better life, and building a better society.

You'll find that taking tests and doing homework gets a lot easier if you can see why and how you're getting better for it, and I can provide a piece of that puzzle.

My name's Paul, and I'm a teacher in training getting my Master's in Education and a teaching certificate through the University of Michigan. I'm located in Detroit, as I'm in a pretty novel program focusing on some nonstandard teaching methods paired with some local schools, which I'm happy to talk about in length.

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Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Southgate, MI 48195
In-person lessons
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Economics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

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Travel policy

Paul will travel within 25 miles of Southgate, MI 48195.