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Michael T.

Fair Lawn, NJ

$120/hour

Knowledgeable and Experienced Math/Science Teacher

100+ Hours
4.9 average from 59 ratings
Knowledgeable and Patient
— Taylor, Mahwah, NJ on 4/21/17

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Yeshiva University
Biology
Relay Graduate School of Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

Yeshiva University (Biology)

Relay Graduate School of Education (Graduate Coursework)

About Michael

I have been teaching and tutoring mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics, and preparing students for the SAT and ACT for many years. I also specialize in physics and chemistry olympiads, the biology olympiad (USABO), and math competitions (especially the AMC, AIME, and USAMO). In addition to my many private students, I have worked for several tutoring centers including Sylvan, Mathnasium, and Seed of Paramus. I have also worked for the New York City Department of Education, teaching high school science (living environment, ecology, physics, and biotechnology) at Frederick Douglass Academy IV.

I am a strong believer in an individualized approach to education. I pride myself on my ability to simplify math and science for students and explain complex ideas in a clear, straightforward, and readily understandable way. I focus on concepts, reinforce them with examples, and teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, which is key to success in math and science. Over the years, I have not only helped my students greatly improve their grades and standardized test scores, but also to develop an interest for the subjects I teach and a desire to learn and understand them.

I was first introduced to teaching when, as a high school student at the Bergen County Academies, I worked at a math camp teaching non-standard problem solving to 5th - 8th graders. Seeing the students' eyes light up with wonder upon being exposed to novel ideas and new ways of thinking is an experience I will not soon forget.

My schedule is fairly flexible. About half of my students are in Manhattan and the rest are in North Jersey, where I live. Your success means a lot to me, and I look forward to hearing from you!
I have been teaching and tutoring mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics, and preparing students for the SAT and ACT for many years. I also specialize in physics and chemistry olympiads, the biology olympiad (USABO), and math competitions (especially the AMC, AIME, and USAMO). In addition to my many private students, I have worked for Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Taylor, Mahwah, NJ on 4/21/17

"Very helpful lesson!"

- Genie, Franklin Lakes, NJ on 3/18/17

"Very knowledgeable and effective tutor"

- Ed, West Orange, NJ on 1/18/16

"Great Tutor"

- Andrew, Tampa, FL on 11/23/15

"Great Tutor"

- Edith, Jersey City, NJ on 10/4/14
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Reading

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.

ACT English

I have been preparing students for standardized tests, including the ACT, for many years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. In the past year, all of my students received a 35 or 36 on the ACT English exam. My method is two-fold. I teach my students the relevant concepts and material, including grammar and vocabulary. But I also give them the test-taking tools they need to maximize their scores.

ACT Math

I have been preparing people for standardized tests, including the ACT, for several years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. My last few students have all scored a 35 or 36 on the ACT math. I not only teach my students the relevant concepts and skills, such as fractions or problem solving, but also test-taking tricks that will earn them the highest possible score. I show them how to recognize various types of problems and approach and solve them with ease.

ACT Reading

I have been preparing people for standardized tests, including the ACT, for several years and have helped my students raise their scores dramatically. I not only help reinforce the relevant concepts, such as critical reading and vocabulary, but I also teach them the test-taking tools they need to maximize their scores. I show them how to recognize certain questions that are just variations on a theme, so they will know exactly how to approach them.

ACT Science

I teach and reinforce the relevant skills and concepts, such as how to break down an experimental setup or how to read a graph. But I also make my students very familiar with the test format, so that they can recognize questions they have already seen in one form or another and know exactly how to approach them.

Algebra 1

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. Over the years, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. When it comes to algebra, I take great pride in being able to explain the concepts very thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. When students understand the material, it becomes less scary and they don't feel as though they are simply memorizing a series of disparate facts.

Algebra 2

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. In algebra 2, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. I explain the concepts thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. The more students understand the "why," rather than just the "how," the more eager they are to learn and the more motivated they are to succeed.

Astronomy

In addition to the high school and college astronomy courses that I have taken, astronomy is one of my hobbies. I have great interest in the subject, I have read a lot about it, and I have tutored several people in it. I teach my students to see the big picture, while also having an appreciation for and mastery of the details.

Biochemistry

I majored in biology in college and took a wide range of advanced biology courses, including biochemistry. Biology is my area of expertise, my passion, and my profession. Moreover, I have been successful in helping people see the big picture as well as to understand the details, both of which are important in this subject.

Biology

I have been tutoring biology for over 10 years and have a B.A. in biology from Yeshiva University. This subject involves a lot of memorizing. But when students better understand the concepts, the details are much easier to learn because they make more sense in a broader conceptual framework. Otherwise, biology becomes just a set of random facts, which can be very daunting.

Calculus

I have been studying higher math and teaching calculus for a long time. The key to success in this subject is clear and methodical thinking, which I help foster in all of my students. I break down complex concepts into simpler ones, which are then integrated together, leading to mastery and understanding.

Chemistry

I have been tutoring chemistry with great success for many years. I explain the concepts clearly and teach my students how to think step by step to tackle any chemistry problem they are likely to encounter. With chemistry, many students tend to get lost in the calculations, but when the concepts behind those calculations is made clear, they become much better chemists because they know what they are doing and how and when to do it.

Differential Equations

I have taken differential equations as an undergraduate and received an A in the course. I also have a lot of experience tutoring this subject. The key to success in differential equations is not only being proficient in the various solution methods, but also knowing when to use which method and how to apply it. I give my students the tools they need to know how to approach and be able to tackle any problem that is likely to appear on a test.

Elementary Math

Mathematics is my passion and one of my areas of expertise. I have competed successfully in numerous math competitions and have even helped write one. Moreover, I have worked with younger students at a math camp teaching non-standard problem solving.

Elementary Science

Science is my passion, talent, and profession. I majored in biology in college and have always been drawn to the natural sciences. Moreover, I have competed successfully in numerous competitions and have had considerable experience working with students in this area.

Genetics

I took genetics courses in high school and college and have helped out some of my peers in college who were having trouble with the course. Genetics is partly mathematical, which is one of my areas of expertise, so I can explain these parts clearly as they often give trouble to students. Finally, I majored in biology in college and the overlap from the many courses I took would be helpful here as well.

Geometry

Mathematics is my greatest passion and area of expertise. Geometry in particular is of great interest to me, and I have taught and tutored this subject to dozens of people, including a current student who is now doing very well in his class. I get my students excited about the subject and always seeking to dig deeper and understand better.

Grammar

I am very proficient with English grammar and have tutored several students in this subject. Moreover, I have scored 800 on the SAT writing section, which includes grammar. My teaching style is to focus on understanding general rules, which are then reinforced by examples.

Linear Algebra

I am a recent college graduate (biology major) who has always had a talent for math and science. I took linear algebra in high school as part of a course called "Topics in Advanced Mathematics." Conceptually, this subject is rather simple, but students often have trouble with it because it requires that one think very clearly. This is the job of the tutor, namely to teach the student how to deconstruct the concepts and think clearly and systematically, which I can do quite well.

Logic

I've tutored students in propositional, predicate, and modal logic for several years. My method is to instill mastery in the basic logical forms and reinforce their application with examples. I have also taken philosophy and logic courses during my undergraduate studies.

Organic Chemistry

I have taken organic chemistry I and II as an undergraduate and have received an A in both courses. I also have a lot of experience tutoring the subject, including 2 current students, both of whom are now doing very well in their classes. I teach my students how to think clearly about the molecules and reactions, as deep understanding is especially important in organic chemistry.

Physical Science

Science is my area of expertise, my passion, and my field professionally. In addition to the physical science classes I have taken in college, I have tutored many students in physical science with fantastic results. I explain the concepts clearly and get my students excited about science, eager to learn more and understand deeper.

Physics

Physics has long been one of my biggest passions. I have helped many students improve in their classes by a letter grade or more and have prepared a number of students for the physics olympiad. One of my students recently qualified for the State Semifinal Exam and I am very proud of him!

Prealgebra

I have taught and tutored math at all levels, including pre-algebra.

Precalculus

Mathematics is my greatest passion and my area of expertise. Over the years, I have helped many people improve in their classes by an entire letter grade or more. When it comes to precalculus, I take great pride in being able to explain the concepts very thoroughly, deeply, and clearly. When students understand the material, it becomes less scary and they don't feel as though they are simply memorizing a series of disparate facts.

Probability

Probability and combinatorics are fields of great interest for me, and I am even currently going through a book on the subject. Moreover, I have tutored dozens of people in probability and have helped my students achieve the clarity of thought necessary to be able to tackle any problem. The key is knowing which approach to use under which circumstances (as a simple example, when to use combinations vs. permutations), a skill that I have helped many people develop and perfect over the years.

Proofreading

I am very proficient in writing, grammar, and proofreading. I have scored 800 on the SAT writing section, which includes proofreading. Moreover, I have experience tutoring students in this area.

SAT Math

I have taught and tutored math at all levels and have prepared students for standardized tests, including the SAT, for many years. I focus not only on explaining the math concepts, but also on fostering effective test-taking strategies and habits. I have received an 800 on the math section of my own SAT and have helped many of my students raise their scores by over 200 points.

Statistics

I took statistics as an undergraduate and have received an A in the course. I also have plenty of experience tutoring statistics and have helped a number of people succeed in this course. I explain the concepts thoroughly and teach my students how to think clearly, so they know how to approach and are able to solve any problems that are likely to appear on a test.

Trigonometry

Mathematics is my greatest passion and area of expertise. I also have plenty of experience teaching and tutoring trigonometry, and I have helped my students improve in their classes by a letter grade or more. I teach my students how to think clearly and methodically, and I place great emphasis on understanding, rather than on memorizing.

Yeshiva University
Biology
Relay Graduate School of Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

Yeshiva University (Biology)

Relay Graduate School of Education (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledgeable and Patient

Michael was really great to work with he really took the time to make sure i understood the material and i really appreciated that. I will definitely work with him again!

— Taylor, Mahwah, NJ on 4/21/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.