Michael J.

East Elmhurst, NY


Effective High School STEM Tutor & CUNY Math Peer Leader

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/29/15
5.0 average from 4 ratings
able to guide you through a problem and clear up any confusion
— Raymond, South Ozone Park, NY on 4/17/17


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CUNY - New York City College of Technology
Mechanical Engineering - BTech


CUNY - New York City College of Technology (Mechanical Engineering - BTech)

About Michael

It is time to go back to school so you can learn a new concept or skill. The day is going well and you understand everything that your teachers give lectures on, until you have to take that “dreadful class.” That is right, by “dreadful class,” I am talking about math. You already mastered the basics such as addition and subtraction, but it gets difficult from there. You have to deal with word problems that you have not a clue on how to solve. In fact, you have not a clue on what the problem is asking. Now, your grade level increases and you have to deal with equations and graphs. You ask yourself, “why is there a letter in the equation? Math is all about numbers. I am so confused.” I also know that graphs can be confusing. You believed that the x-coordinate was the vertical axis and the y-coordinate was the horizontal axis when in fact they are quite the opposite. Then those equations that looked simple before, becomes more complex. To sum this all up, math becomes more difficult as you progress. Here is the good news; I will cure your math anxiety. I am here to make all those areas understandable, so you will be able to master them before your next test and get that 100%.

I enjoy the subjects of math and science because they allow me to put my problem-solving skills to the test and apply them to the real world. Wherever in the world you and I are, we are surrounded by math and science. Finances, measurements, calendars, and telling time are associated with math and we use these four concepts everyday. Going outside to enjoy nature and going to the doctor on a regular basis are associated with science. Math and science are the reasons why we can thrive and they help explain how things happen and why. It is also my interest in these subjects that influenced me to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. I can apply all of the math and science concepts I have learned and transform them into a physical entity. I have completed my bachelors courses and will receive my degree by June 2015.

When I was a high school student at Flushing High School, I worked as a math and science peer tutor from February 2010 to June 2010 at the school I attended, where I helped students in these subject areas. After many years have passed, I returned to my high school to continue helping students in these subjects. When I tutor students, I often ask them questions that will guide them in the right steps rather than just giving them the answers. I believe that when students are able to understand the procedures in solving a problem, they will be able to apply those methods to solve any kind of problem. In addition, I was a member of the National Honors Society of High School Scholars. As a high school student, I maintained a B+ average in both of these subjects and received high marks in my math and science Regents exams. My favorite science subject is physics because I am able to connect both math and science concepts. I started off my freshman year at New York City College of Technology taking Pre-Calculus because my math level was very good in high school. Some of the math courses I have taken throughout college were challenging, but I managed to earn A's in Calculus 1 and Differential Equations.

As for engineering, I enjoy using the various design software mostly used in the field. I know 2D & 3D AutoCAD and am proficient in SolidWorks because I earned A's in courses that taught them. I use SolidWorks all of the time. I am even preparing myself to take a possible certification exam in order to be recognized as a professional user or an associate of the software. If anyone is interested in improving their knowledge in applied statics analysis, I can assist you in that area as well.
It is time to go back to school so you can learn a new concept or skill. The day is going well and you understand everything that your teachers give lectures on, until you have to take that “dreadful class.” That is right, by “dreadful class,” I am talking about math. You already mastered the basics such as addition and subtraction, but it gets Read more

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Travels within 7 miles of East Elmhurst, NY 11369
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"able to guide you through a problem and clear up any confusion"

- Raymond, South Ozone Park, NY on 4/17/17

"Patient tutor"

- Roman, New York, NY on 12/16/16
Geology, Mechanical Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
CBEST, Common Core,
GED, GRE, Regents,
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Solidworks
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 and algebra 2 are connected. Algebra 1 is learning the basics, whereas algebra 2 is applying the basics in solving intermediate problems.

Algebra 2

I am an expert in simplifying mathematical expression, solving equations (both linear and quadratic), translating word problems into equations, solving systems of equations (2 equations that consist of more than one variable), and graphing functions.

I have passed the 2008 Math A Regents with a score of 82.

I have passed the 2010 Math B Regents with a score of 84.

Math A and Math B were former names of the math courses. They were replaced with Integrated Algebra.


I have received A- in AutoCAD, A in Autodesk Inventor, and A- in SolidWorks. I have assisted others in my university who needed help in using AutoCAD. I also participated in an internship at NASA where I used SolidWorks in an assigned project to increase manufacturing efficiency. In addition, I used SolidWorks in my Senior Design class to assemble a gear mechanism for a trash compactor using different mating constraints such as gear mates. In addition, for anyone who is interested in manufacturing, I have experience in using Mastercam. Mastercam is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) program that applies manufacturing processes to AutoCAD applications.


I took this course in college in Spring 2012 semester and received an A- in the class. I am currently guiding students through the concepts of this subject matter in weekly workshops that I help facilitate at New York City College of Technology. The workshops focus on the fundamentals of calculus and covers the following key topics such as limit definition of derivative, rules of derivatives, continuity and limits, derivative tests to graph functions, optimization, and fundamentals of integration.

Common Core

I am currently preparing high school students to take the Algebra 1 (Common Core) regents exam. The test asks questions on topics they would normally learn in 4 years, but is compacted into 1 year. I have reviewed with them the number system and different types of numbers in that system, in which they will apply when solving equations. This will help them to understand why the solution to a problem is valid. I have also explained to them different types of graphs and how each one is named as such. For example, linear graphs are given that name because when you connect all the points on the graph, you get a straight line. I am doing more than just showing them how to solve a problem. I am explaining to them why we choose a certain approach to solving that problem. When they understand which approach to use, they can apply it to establish an equation and find a solution with ease.

Differential Equations

I received an A- when I took Differential Equations in Spring 2013 . When I took Dynamics and Vibrations of Machines in Fall 2013, I had to use differential equation concepts to solve every problem. I understand first order and second order differential equations and each type of equation can be homogenous or non-homogenous. For first order, you must first find the integrating factor and then multiply the original equation by that factor. Second order differentiation requires that you establish a characteristic solution and find the roots. Unlike first order, second order includes a second derivative term.

Elementary Math

Mastery of the following:

Long multiplication
Long division
Order of operations (PEMDAS)
Word problems

General Computer

I am familiar with Windows Operating System.


Finding the measurements of different types of angles
Finding the interior and exterior angles of a polygon
Proof Theory


I received an A- when I took the course in Spring 2011 semester. I know how to write the syntax for a matrix & compute the sum, difference, cross product and element by element product of two matrices. I am familiar with the plot functions, finding the roots of a polynomial & finding the polynomial when the roots are known. I have also used MATLAB in my materials testing lab course when required to write reports in during Fall 2013 semester.

Mechanical Engineering

I majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology and I have a Bachelor's degree in this field of study. I received an A- in Applied Statics and Strengths of Materials, which is one of the most important topics covered in mechanical engineering. I understand the static equilibrium equations when you have the sum of the moments equal to zero and the sum of the forces equal to zero. I can even calculate the inertia of simple geometric shapes using the transfer formula. I also understand the Bernoulli concept in Fluid Mechanics which is the conservation of energy of a fluid flowing through a pipe. I received a B+ in this class.


Percents (used in sales tax)

I have passed High School math regents.


I understand:

Logarithmic functions
Composition of functions
Dividing polynomials (fundamental and synthetic methods)


I have an Advanced Regents High School Diploma that I received when I graduated Flushing High School in June 2010. My math regents scores for Math A and Math B were 82 and 84 respectively. My science regents scores for Living Environment, Earth Science, and Physics were 94, 84, and 79 respectively. As for history, I received an 87 in Global and a 90 in United States.


This is my favorite AutoCAD software. I find it to be the most simplistic one for 3D modeling and assembling. The first time I took the course in learning this software, I received an A-. After successfully completing the course, I applied this AutoCAD software to complete my assignment in my NASA internship and complete a project in my senior design class. You can read more about this in my AutoCAD qualifications section. I have even exposed myself to the CSWP exam, in which the test emphasizes on configuring your 3D model and applying equations to manage your dimensioning. Other than that, I can also create pipes and vents using 3D sketching mode and more advanced 3D modeling techniques.


Knowledge in:

Pythagorean theorem
Sine, Cosine, and Tangent functions
Law of Sine and Law of Cosine
Converting degrees to radians
Angles in a coordinate system
Proving trigonometric identities

CUNY - New York City College of Technology
Mechanical Engineering - BTech


CUNY - New York City College of Technology (Mechanical Engineering - BTech)

able to guide you through a problem and clear up any confusion

Michael demonstrated the methods of solving algebraic expressions,equations,absolute values and a linear problem. He was able to recognize each problem,explain each part of them and clarify any confusion. I would recommend his tutoring for people that want a expert.

— Raymond, South Ozone Park, NY on 4/17/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 7 miles of East Elmhurst, NY 11369.