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Michael S.

Huntersville, NC

$30/hour

Math tutor

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
5.0 average from 60 ratings
Committed and Knowledgeable
— Kenya, Charlotte, NC on 6/17/16

$30/Hour


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UNC-Chapel Hill
Mathematics
UNC-Chapel Hill
Master's
UNC-Chapel Hill
PhD

Education

UNC-Chapel Hill (Mathematics)

UNC-Chapel Hill (Master's)

UNC-Chapel Hill (PhD)

About Michael

I have always enjoyed working one-on-one with high school and college students. Students have told me that I am very patient, and explain concepts in a way that they can understand. As a tutor at Davidson Day School in the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC), I have helped dozens of students improve their grades. In addition to better grades, I help students build their confidence--this is the part of tutoring I like best--and become more self reliant.

I can tutor math from pre-algebra, and algebra I up to college math courses such as calculus and differential equations. Additionally, I can tutor the math sections of the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GED.

I really care about my students, and will see that they receive all of the help and resources they need to improve their grades. My approach to tutoring requires active involvement of the student in the learning process. I do not lecture. Students are expected to apply pencil to paper and attempt to solve examples on their own; however, I work beside them to help them through the problem solving process.

Generally, I am available seven days a week. I am flexible on meeting times places. If you are looking for help improving your math grade, or standardized math test score, or if you want keep up your math skills over the summer, then I hope to hear from you!
I have always enjoyed working one-on-one with high school and college students. Students have told me that I am very patient, and explain concepts in a way that they can understand. As a tutor at Davidson Day School in the Learning Enrichment Center (LEC), I have helped dozens of students improve their grades. In addition to better grades, I help Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Huntersville, NC 28078
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Committed and Knowledgeable"

- Kenya, Charlotte, NC on 6/17/16

"Excellent Experience!"

- Anne, Charlotte, NC on 4/7/17

"Very effective and knowledgeable tutor"

- Sharilyn, Cornelius, NC on 2/28/17

"Worked at student's pace covering difficult material."

- Joyce, Charlotte, NC on 1/16/17

"very helpful and knowledgable."

- A, Charlotte, NC on 12/19/16

"Awesome tutor"

- James, Huntersville, NC on 11/6/16

"Very patient and friendly"

- Ahelina, Charlotte, NC on 10/19/16

"I listened to the reviews and found a great tutor"

- Celeste, Charlotte, NC on 10/14/16
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Trigonometry

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

I have more than 25 years experience teaching and tutoring mathematics. When tutoring algebra I or any other math subject, my approach is to work along with the student in an interactive way; he or she and I both have our own paper, pencil, and calculator. I will illustrate how to solve a problem with an example, then have the student attempt to do one or more similar problems on their own. I closely monitor the student's work, and if there is an error in their final answer, I will give them the opportunity to find the source of the error before I intervene. If a student is really struggling with a topic, and their homework assignment is not providing adequate practice, then I will provide additional examples and exercises.

Algebra 2

Currently, I tutor algebra 2 at a Day School in Davidson, NC. I have been tutoring for seven years. I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics.

Calculus

I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of NC, Chapel Hill. I have taught all levels of calculus through advanced calculus. I have tutored both high school and college students in calculus.

Discrete Math

I have taught this subject in public and private schools, and have taught it in college. This past academic year I tutored a senior taking Discrete Math at Davidson Day School in Davidson, NC. I kept her busy working examples; if we ran out of assigned examples, then I would make some up. We got along very well; she worked hard; and was exempted from the final exam, because she maintained an A average for the entire year.

Geometry

I have tutored geometry for many years, and have taught it in high school. I know the subject very well. My college degrees are in mathematics, and I continue to educate myself in mathematics. Geometry is my favorite area of math. When tutoring, I like to work along side of the student. I work examples, and have the student work examples with hints and guidance as needed. My goal is to help the student master the subject, and gain confidence in his or her ability to work independently.

Prealgebra

I have tutored middle school students in math for almost ten years, and have had a great rapport with them and their parents. I have taken and passed both Praxis exams for middle school and high school math. I give my students plenty of examples to work to help them gain confidence, and I always praise them when they do something well, or have one of those "Aha!" moments when they experience a flash of insight into an idea that had been a source of struggle.

Precalculus

I have years of experience teaching and tutoring precalculus. I can help you realize your goals: improve grades, get ahead, prepare for tests, and gain confidence. I do this by working well chosen examples, that illustrate a computation or concept, then giving you the opportunity to try an example or two for yourself; we will go over your work, so that I can provide feedback. Occasionally, there is a "trick" to solving a problem; I have seen just about all of them, and I don't mind sharing. If I feel you need more practice with a computation, then I can provide it. If you are doing well, and want to get ahead, then I will be more than happy to accommodate you!

UNC-Chapel Hill
Mathematics
UNC-Chapel Hill
Master's
UNC-Chapel Hill
PhD

Education

UNC-Chapel Hill (Mathematics)

UNC-Chapel Hill (Master's)

UNC-Chapel Hill (PhD)

Committed and Knowledgeable

Michael is flexible with scheduling and has made himself available to help my son be successful. He is just as committed to his success as we are.

— Kenya, Charlotte, NC on 6/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Huntersville, NC 28078.