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Michael S.

Carrboro, NC

$40/hr

Math Tutor--ACT Prep, GRE Prep, High School and College Math

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Background check passed as of 8/12/14
5.0 Avg. Rating
 
 
27 Ratings
 
 
6hrs Response Time
Excellent and intuitive tutor!
— Crystal, Athens, OH on 8/15/13

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Malone University
University of Akron
Master's
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Graduate Coursework

Education

Malone University

University of Akron (Master's)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Graduate Coursework)

About Michael

I am a math tutor looking to help both high school and college students master concepts in many areas of mathematics. I also am willing to help students prepare for standardized math tests, such as the ACT/SAT or GRE general test. In 2013, I graduated with a Master's degree in mathematics and in 2014 I started a Ph.D. program in mathematics. In both programs, I gained teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant and consistently received above average satisfaction ratings from the students I taught. I am based in Carrboro, North Carolina, but I am willing to travel within the research triangle area.

As a teacher, I have been careful to identify the best teaching method for the situation at hand. For instance, when lecturing, I carefully plan my notes and visualize how I will present the material to the class. In one-on-one tutoring situations, however, the methodology I use is modified. My philosophy with mathematics in general is that students must actually do math to learn math; accordingly, as the tutoring session goes on, I give my students problems to complete while I am sitting with them, and I carefully evaluate their progress to make sure they are gaining an understanding of the material. During this exercise, I answer questions that may arise. After the problem is completed, I evaluate whether to move on or to spend more time on this particular subject based on their comfort level with and knowledge of the material. Often, I may require the student to verbally explain their solution to me so that I can accurately gauge their understanding. In this way, I at first act as a "safety net" to ensure comprehension. When the lesson is completed, I will often assign problems (similar to the ones we completed together) to do before the next tutoring session so the student can try some on his/her own. This method has proven to me to be very effective, as each student I have had has demonstrated significant improvement in the subject matter.

I recently moved from Ohio to the research triangle area, so I am looking to build a new base of students. Please contact me if you are interested in my profile.
I am a math tutor looking to help both high school and college students master concepts in many areas of mathematics. I also am willing to help students prepare for standardized math tests, such as the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Carrboro, NC 27510
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent and intuitive tutor!"

- Crystal, Athens, OH on 8/15/13

"Great tutor"

- Jessica, Durham, NC on 7/23/14

"Excellent tutor in all respects"

- Linda, Bremen, OH on 7/23/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

On top of being extremely familiar with the subject matter as a result of my educational background, I have taught Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 material at the college level through my graduate teaching assistantship during my Master's program. I consistently received above average student satisfaction ratings for my teaching style.

Algebra 2

On top of being extremely familiar with the subject matter as a result of my educational background, I have taught Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 material at the college level through my graduate teaching assistantship during my Master's program. I consistently received above average student satisfaction ratings for my teaching style.

Calculus

As a mathematics graduate student, I led recitation sections for Calculus 1 and Calculus 2. Students consistently gave me positive feedback and thanked me for helping them understand the subject matter. Even though I was not the lead instructor, some students even went as far as to tell me that I far surpassed the teaching ability of the lead instructor for the course, and that they learned the most during my weekly recitations.

Discrete Math

I have taken Discrete Mathematics at the undergraduate level and have taken 3 semesters of combinatorics and graph theory at the beginning graduate level, receiving a grade of A in all courses taken. I am familiar with counting principles, algorithms, relations and functions, mathematical induction, logic, sequences and series (including those recursively defined), and graph theory, among other topics.

Linear Algebra

I have taken two formal courses in Linear Algebra at the undergraduate and beginning graduate level, respectively, and received a grade of A in both courses. Topics I am familiar with include row reduction, determinants, matrix operations, dot products and cross products, vector spaces, subspaces, linear transformations, inner product spaces, basis and dimension of vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, canonical forms, and others. While taking the classes, I consistently helped other students in the class with homework assignments, gaining tutoring experience in this subject while taking the courses.

Logic

I have taken courses at the undergraduate level in Discrete Mathematics (which covers logic) and Modern Logic, and have received a grade of A in both courses. Holding both a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics, I have long been familiar with logical principles of proof.

Precalculus

In the past, my tutoring of Precalculus helped a struggling student go from a failing grade to an A- in this subject. From function theory to trigonometry and everything else involved with Precalculus, I have the experience to be a patient, effective tutor.

Malone University
University of Akron
Master's
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Graduate Coursework

Education

Malone University

University of Akron (Master's)

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent and intuitive tutor! — It's clear that Michael has taught, and taught well. He understands the difference between telling and teaching, doing and learning. Michael really is able to measure the student's abilities, and how and when to move forward or review. The student learns and gains more confidence with the material and his/her ability to master it. You cannot go wrong with Michael! ...

— Crystal, Athens, OH on 8/15/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 35 miles of Carrboro, NC 27510.

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