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Hello there, prospective tutees!

I love math and breathe physics, and work to infuse some of that enthusiasm into you, or your student. I have been tutoring in some form or fashion for over a decade, from the physics tutorial lab at my university, to a weekly community "smart night" for high- and middle-school students, and several

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Michael has been tutoring my daughter who is homeschooled since September. He is a fantastic teacher. He knows how to teach and bring the excitement of the topic alive to the student. He is extremely professional and very positive in all his interactions. My daughter has excelled in learning with Michael and I recommend him with the highest accolades in all ways.

Thank you so much for the kind words! Helping your daughter succeed in math and science has been a pleasure and privilege.

He really helps with different ways to solve certain problems and gives me tips and shortcuts to help me remember formulas with point-slope and others.

- Reviewed by Haley

First tutor session made our daughter feel comfortable asking for help, and not stupid. We are very happy that she has found someone she can understand and relate to.

Thank you very much! I look forward to continuing to help her however I can!

Michael works with my children on Calculus, Algebra 2 and Geometry. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and dependable. He is timely and has an excellent depth of knowledge. He has worked on SAT and ACT prep as well. I recommend him highly!

Michael was very kind and efficient and I hope for him to be our math tutor for a long time

Thank you! I hope to serve your needs for as long as needed!

Michael was very clear and helpful. He worked through my questions and helped to clear up my confusion. I would definitely recommend him.

Thank you for your kind words Heather!

I needed to get specific applications ( that were explained by Michael) at a level that I can understand. Previously other physics teachers or informants would go off on a tangent and would not really address the question or problem I was presenting.

Very glad I was able to help!

I have been in the dark all year and with Michael's help, after only one lesson, I am beginning to see the light.

Wow! I'm so very glad to hear that our work is already having a positive effect. Look out stats, here we come!

Michael appreciated the help in understanding the problem he missed on the last test. It will help in the final. Thank you for your time!

My pleasure, so glad I was able to clarify a few things!

Thank you so much Michael for all your time & care, I don't know how we'd get through Algebra II w/out you!

My pleasure, thank you for the comment!

In 1 session Michael was able to help me learn the basics of physics (vectors, conversions, etc.). I look forward to continuing my sessions with Michael, he makes it so easy to understand!

Thank you for the feedback! So glad I was able to clarify these things!

I'm in my second year in college physics and Michael is extremely helpful in trying to connect previous material into the new chapter. He explains the concepts and how they relate to each other, so it doesn't seem so abstract. Very helpful!

Thank you Kaley!

My son was very impressed with Michael's knowledge and patience. Math with Michael was fun. My son said if his teacher was as good as Michael, he would enjoy math.

I'm very glad to hear it's going well already! The adventure is just beginning!

When I texted Mike that my son needs him after we had cancelled him he found a way to see him. He had made a good rapport with my son.

Michael is a fantastic tutor! My son was not doing good at all, he had a c- average, now his average is a+! He wasn't understanding his 7th grade math at all. With Michaels tutoring, he went above any expectations I had! I recommend him!

Thank you! I'm thrilled to hear of his success!

My daughter said he did a great job of helping her with AP physics and explaining it. When I asked her how it went she said great and that she actually understood it.

That is wonderful to hear! Happy to help!

Michael is so great at what he does. He is professional and knowledgeable, and because of his excellent tutoring skills, my son got an A in his Calculus class! Thank you so much for all your help, Michael!!

You're welcome! I'm so thrilled to hear of his success!

Since my son has been working with Michael he is at the top of his Physics class! Michael is very knowledgeable and patient. He makes learning Physics interesting and fun. He is a professional, always prompt, and an expert in the field of Physics.

Thank you for the feedback! It is always a thrill to hear that my students are succeeding!

My daughter was able to finish off the semester with an A thanks to the help she received from Michael in Algebra. This year it's Geometry and Chemistry help we will be seeking from Michael. Best tutor we've had!

So glad to hear it! I look forward to working with her again this year!

Michael is a very patient tutor. Perhaps a bit "steelier" (harder) would work for my daughter; however, she doesn't grumble about Michael coming!

Thank you! She has made great progress since we started!

My son has really been on top of his game in algebra since starting his sessions with Michael about a month ago. He has gone from a C in 8th grade algebra 1 to an A.

That is fantastic to hear! Thank you!

Michael is such a great tutor. He's incredibly knowledgeable and can answer any questions that arise about the material. He's very patient and easy to talk to, and doesn't make you feel nervous or intimidated by the subject. I managed to pass a precalculus math 126 class with him, just about at the top of my class. Math is by far my worst subject, and I never would have passed without him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone, especially someone like me who doesn't have a math brain. If he helped get me through precalculus with a passing grade, he can help anyone pass a math class. He is also very punctual and organized with his scheduling. I have no complaints! All around great tutor, someone I'm glad to have learned from this semester. I would recommend him to anyone looking in my situation!

Thank you Michael!

Thank you for your very kind remarks! Very glad to help!

Michael has been very diligent in helping me. I really was lacking in math skills and he has really helped me to understand things that I didn't understand before.

I am thrilled to hear that our work together is showing benefits!

I had issues with my homework but walked away knowing what to do. Thank you so much for all your help bringing up my Calculus AP grade.

I'm so glad to hear that!

Only a couple sessions in with Michael, my 9th grader received a 100% on her Algebra quiz after months of struggling and low test scores. We couldn't be happier with Michael and the results we're already seeing!

I am thrilled to hear of her progress! Thank you for sharing the news!

Michael is the best tutor we have had. Michael's flexibility on time and availability is very professional and accommodating. We had instant results and continue to improve dramatically. We would never hesitate to recommend Michael. Communication is an A+!

How very kind of you to say! I am so proud of your daughter's improvement!

Very likable man. The only thing I would suggest for improvement is that he looked at his watch often. I am not sure Michael even realized he was doing this but it sent the message to his mother that he was concerned about the time or maybe his next appt.

I will try to be mindful of that. Thanks for the feedback!

Michael is absolutely amazing with his ability to reach the kids and get them excited about math at all levels. Both of our kids look forward to their weekly tutoring session with Michael.

Thank you very much! Working with your children is one of my weekly highlights!

My son's grades have shown a marked improvement this year over last year. He has stated he believes Mike's tutoring to be a primary factor in this. My son is enthusiastic about his school work and his tutoring sessions with Mike; he appears to be enjoying learning. I believe Mike makes the process interesting and the information accessible.

Thank you! Always a pleasure to work with such a bright student!

Michael was amazing. I was in a bind and needed assistance within a 24 hrs time period for my final math project. Micheal came to the rescue not only did he give me a call to offer his assistance promptly but he helped me in less time than I had expected which saved me money and he did all of this on a Friday night after he had worked all day. Talk about commitment, thanks Micheal I owe you one.

Thank you Corey! Hope your project goes well!

Michael tutored me in my College Physics 1 class and helped me to raise my grade by a full letter in only 3 weeks. 2 weeks into my 5 week summer course I realized I was in over my head, I emailed Michael on Friday afternoon and we met Monday morning. He was patient and knowledgeable. He knew how to do every problem I brought to him and often showed me shortcuts, tricks, or ways to make it make more sense. He made sure I understood what I was doing and not just going through the motions. I highly recommend Michael!

Thank you very much Ashley! I am very glad to hear of your success!

Hard working, patient, great tutor! Since I started with Michael I noticed great improvement in my memory. Math become part of my life! Thank you all Wyzants!

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I got a perfect score on the math portion of the ACT, and of course I have learned much since then. I also know a thing or two about standardized tests so can give you some strategic pointers.

Algebra is the basis of all symbolic variable mathematics, in which the exact value of one or more unknown quantities is obtained by logical, methodical manipulation of known relationships. Algebra 1 introduces the rules governing this manipulation, as well as other mathematical ideas you may not have seen yet. (Turns out you CAN take the square root of a negative number!)

On a personal note: believe it or not, I didn't think I was very good at math until I took algebra in the eighth grade. Perhaps you, too, have found math up to this point pointless and boring--how many times must one regurgitate 5 x 6 = 30? Trust me, it gets a lot more exciting. And ironically enough, it was in taking algebra that basic arithmetic became easy. (Such is the general pattern--one doesn't really master algebra until calculus.)

Algebra 2 picks up where the first installment leaves off. Think of it as one of those movie sequels that are actually as good or better than the original (like Toy Story). For example, here we deal with solving systems of equations with multiple unknowns--turns out there are actually several ways of doing this.

I took and aced "Algebra 2: Return of the X" my freshman year in high school. Loved it.

Astronomy is the study of objects in the sky, mostly the night sky, and bumps up against the physics of the entire universe. It includes the planets and moons of our own solar system, the stars and constellations, the structure of our galaxy and others, and of the universe as a whole.

The ASVAB consists of a number of tests in subjects ranging from general science, to math knowledge and arithmetic, to vocabulary, to mechanical comprehension. I have not taken it, but was asked a few months ago to work with somebody who was preparing for it, and (in his words), he "learned more than [he] ever did in school." I can refresh your algebra skills and show you tricks to speed up your calculations, especially in the context of a multiple-choice test. I can explain most of the science and mechanical knowledge questions too, as well as the word knowledge and paragraph comprehension.

How do you find the slope at any point on a curve that is constantly changing direction? How can you find the area of a region not bounded by the nice straight lines that make up rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids? Calculus! Calculus slices the mathematical world into itty bitty pieces called differentials. Comparing differentials gives you slopes. Adding them up gives you areas. And that's just scratching the surface. All of your math studies to this point have been laying the foundation for calculus.

I was exposed to calculus in my first algebra class just as a lark or random tangent by the teacher, and was immediately hooked. After completing Algebra 2, I taught myself calculus over the summer, pausing only when I encountered trig, which I didn't yet understand.

I took a chemistry course in high school and again in college. Much of chemistry overlaps with physics, and that's where I'm most comfortable. I also really love stoichiometry (both doing it and saying its fun name).

Differential equations are equations involving one or more derivatives of an unknown function. A variety of slick techniques exist to solve for the unknown function, depending on the exact type of differential equation presented.

As a Master of physics, I have significant exposure and experience in dealing with ordinary and partial differential equations. Alas, opportunities to practice are few and far between, so I would love to keep that sword sharp by helping you with your ODE or PDE problems.

Geometry, from the Greek for earth-measure, is one of the oldest branches of mathematics. It deals with the properties of lines, angles, and shapes, often deriving rigorous proofs from relatively few self-evident axioms. Analytical geometry puts the ideas from geometry into the context of algebra, specifically the x-y plane.

I took a geometry class my sophomore year in high school and excelled.

Matrices, determinants, and eigenvalues, oh my! Linear algebra explores the world opened to view when in Algebra 2 you extracted the coefficients of systems of linear equations, put them in a matrix, and shook out a solution.

As part of my coursework in college I took a semester of linear algebra (in which, as usual, I earned an A). Additional studies of physics drove home the key points of this type of math, moving it from the abstract to the "real world."

I am self-educated in the use of Excel, picking up my skills in the course of performing incidental job functions. As such, I know most of the basic features and rules, plus a few neat tricks.

In two words or less, physics boils down to "things move."

I have been a physics guy since my freshman year of high school, when I took an eagerly-awaited Conceptual Physics class. After getting a 5 on the AP my senior year, I dived right into physics as my university major, completing a BS and an MS in the subject. Currently I teach physics at a community college and derive much joy and satisfaction therefrom.

Prealgebra, true to its name, prepares you for algebra. Math begins to move beyond the basic arithmetic skills to the powerful thinking tool it will become as you move forward.

As prealgebra is to algebra, so precalculus is to calculus. Here the acquired disciplines of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry come together to prepare the student for the rigors of calculus. There even tantalizing sneak peeks into calculus itself.

Now, true confession: I did not take a "precalculus" class as such (my school didn't offer it, and I didn't need it anyway). However, since living in Las Vegas I have had many opportunities to successfully tutor students struggling with one aspect or another of precalc.

Probability is really cool, as it manages to take something as strict and predictable as math and apply it to things that follow no defined rule (or else rules far too complex to be dealt with directly). Probability tells us what will generally happen if we repeat the same experiment over and over, such as drawing cards from a deck, or rolling dice, without specifying the outcome of any particular instance.

As a stand-alone class, probability was never part of my curriculum. However, the principles thereof have been part of courses I have taken, from prealgebra to thermal physics to quantum mechanics.

Math is math no matter the specific standardized test, and I know math. I have been teaching and tutoring everything from pre-algebra to partial differential equations for several years. Helping you study for the PSAT math portion would be well within my abilities!

I scored very well on the math portion of the SAT. The SAT, like the ACT, samples the math courses you have taken from the beginning of your education. You will need to read graphs, think logically, and have a variety of mathematical tools at the ready.

Trigonometry (affectionately known as "trig") begins as an intense look at right triangles but quickly becomes about much more, from general triangles to complex numbers to waves.

I taught myself trigonometry when I encountered trig on my way to learning calculus. I also took a trig class in high school. And naturally the classes I took in my major kept my skills sharp.

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