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Michael D.

Newburgh, NY

$55/hour

Do you need help in Science? Math? Regents or SAT? Ask a Geologist!

1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/13/14
4.9 average from 275 ratings
Extremely Patient
— Endora, Newburgh, NY on 2/11/16

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SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz
A.S. in Physics and B.S. in Geology

Education

SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz (A.S. in Physics and B.S. in Geology)

About Michael

Greetings parents and students. I graduated SUNY Orange with a degree in physics, and with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from SUNY New Paltz. Much of my research involves analyzing the geometries of geological structures, and how the chemistry of their composition changed throughout geologic time in order to get a glimpse of the environmental changes taking place during their formation. With my knowledge, I help students learn and master the sciences of the physical world: Geology, Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry. Aptitude in advanced mathematics is a requirement in my field, which is why I include math tutoring in my services. Generally when tutoring I recognize what each students individual needs are and I help them practice effective studying methods based on various Educational-Psychological Studies as well my own experiences as a successful college graduate. After meeting a student I quickly assess what they are lacking in that subject and will do whatever is required to make sure the student learns what they need to know, enjoying themselves in the process. I take great pride in getting to know my students and their interests, as this enables me to teach them more effectively. In Regents Exam Prep I use copies of old Regents exams as the framework of my lessons. I do not have them take the exam, but I rather go over the test and material with them. I teach them not only the information they need to know for the exam, but methods on how to take the exam successfully. After being tutored by me, I assure that not only will each student be more competent in the subject they are troubled with, but they will have learned valuable studying and learning techniques that will help them in the future.
I believe in a fun yet hard-working learning environment based on the individual needs of each student, which is why I have been one of the most successful tutors in my region.
Greetings parents and students. I graduated SUNY Orange with a degree in physics, and with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from SUNY New Paltz. Much of my research involves analyzing the geometries of geological structures, and how the chemistry of their composition changed throughout geologic time in order to get a glimpse of the Read more

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Cancellation
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1. Group rates : a) 10% discount per student on 2 student sessions b) 15% discount per student on 3 student group sessions 2. Online Sessions receive $5 discount

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Newburgh, NY 12550
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"Extremely Patient"

- Endora, Newburgh, NY on 2/11/16
Michael replied on 1/9/2017

Your twins are very hard working kids, and it is a pleasure working with your family.

"Helpful SAT Prep"

- Vanessa, Washingtonville, NY on 7/19/17

"Great math teacher"

- Ron, Fishkill, NY on 2/5/17

"Professional and Consistent"

- Zoya, Wallkill, NY on 9/27/16

"Great Tutor"

- Damaris, Walden, NY on 8/21/16

"Knowledgeable and extremely patient."

- Elizabeth, Walden, NY on 7/21/16

"1st Session"

- Karen, Wallkill, NY on 7/8/16

"First Session was great!"

- Christina, Wappingers Falls, NY on 1/23/16

"Patient and knows his geometry!"

- Susan, New Windsor, NY on 1/12/16

"Great experience"

- Chris, Wallkill, NY on 1/12/16

"Very patient and knowledgeable."

- Gina, Poughquag, NY on 11/24/15
Michael replied on 11/29/2015

Thank you Gina. I can tell your son is a VERY hard working student, and is very cooperative. I look forward to working with him again.

"Patient and Prepared"

- Kathleen, Highland, NY on 10/12/15

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Kathy, Fort Lee, NJ on 10/8/15
Michael replied on 10/10/2015

Thanks Kathy. I can tell she is a good hardworking student, and isn't afraid to ask questions, which is very important. I'm looking forward to teaching her more.

"Great Tutor"

- Kym, New Windsor, NY on 8/20/15

"Knowledgeable, Timely and prepared."

- Mary, Newburgh, NY on 6/1/15

"Very knowledgeable"

- Jackie, Harriman, NY on 5/30/15

"Very patient"

- Paula, New Windsor, NY on 5/14/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Shawenicwa, Newburgh, NY on 2/3/15

"Good Tutor"

- Ivor, Newburgh, NY on 2/2/15

"Thorough and patient"

- Jazmin, New Windsor, NY on 7/28/14
Michael replied on 8/12/2014

Thank you! It was a pleasure. He was an excellent student.

"Great tutor - exactly what we were looking for!"

- Mary, Monroe, NY on 7/10/14
Michael replied on 2/2/2015

It was a pleasure Mary, if he needs help in the future, let me know!

Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy,
Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Science,
Geology,
Physical Science,
Physics
English:
English,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, Common Core,
GED,
Regents,
SAT Math,
SSAT
Language:
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Environmental Geochemistry. In my degree path I have taken up to college level Calculus, as Physics and Geology are heavily math dependent. Due to the requirements of my degree, I had to be proficient in college level mathematics and have tutored over 300 hours of algebra alone.

I find algebra to be the most essential tool not only in science, but in everyday life. I often find myself asking, at the most basic level, "Why not know how to solve basic equations by the 5th grade?" as most students already have the tools to do so. All it takes is "self reflection," the term i use to describe math, and an effective instructor/tutor to help them.

Algebra 2

I have an associate's degree in physics. I am currently working on my bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. In my degree path I have taken college level Calculus, as physics and geology are heavily math dependent. I have tutored various forms of math and science, with over 300 hours in tutoring algebra alone.

American History

I am a student currently working on my degree in Teaching Certification. I have an extensive background in college history as that was at one time my area of study. I specialize in essay writing, which is critical for success in History classes. My methods will include Document Based Question (DBQ) analysis, general history review and Essay Writing practice in order to prepare students for their History Regents Exams.

Astronomy

I have an associates degree in physics, and I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. While studying physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics were a major focus for me. I have also been an amateur astronomer for 10 years.

Astronomy is merely the application of Physics and Trigonometry to interpret the behavior of objects too far to study directly. There is nothing more fascinating than space and the mechanics that drive all we see when we look up in the sky. I like to imagine Galileo thinking the same thing when he shook the paradigm by doing nothing more than seeing Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto through a crude lens.

Common Core

I am currently being trained to teach Common Core by the SUNY New Paltz Department of Education. I have studied the new Common Core methodology of problem solving extensively, to assure my students get the full benefit of my services. I have tutored over 150 hours of Common Core alone. The methods of Common Core prove challenging for many students, so they need quality one on one instruction by someone who understands why it is important to learn these concepts. Common core teaches the students a critical thinking approach to problem solving, which is more applicable in the real world.

Elementary Math

I received my Associates in Physics at SUNY Orange Dept. of Engineering, and I am currently working on my Bachelors of Geology at SUNY New Paltz. In my degree programs, I have been successful in collegiate Calculus. I have also been tutoring Mathematics for over a year.

Elementary Science

I have an Associate's Degree in Physics, and am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. I am also well schooled in college level Biology and Ecology. I have extensive experience working with children. Several of my current students are elementary students. I find the best way to engage children is by involving the important subject matter with their personal interests, keeping the lesson fun but hard working.

English

As a requirement of my college, every student must take Freshman English 1 and 2. I passed both with a 3.0 or B. I am also transferring into Education Certification which means I must be proficient in English by New York State Law. I have the most experience tutoring writing.

GED

I have tutored various high school courses. I am currently working on a teaching certification in Science and Mathematics. My degree in physics was very math intensive.

Geology

Geology is a study of history; the history of what is below us interpreted by Geometry and Chemistry. World historians find what they seek in doctrines and writs; while I find my evidence by going back into the archives of the bentonite laden Devonian siltstone. Conflicts during the history of the Earth do not end with treaties; they end with the entire island arcs being thrust atop a continent, while Cyclothems prove the Sloss Cycles, which tell us the sea has invaded and retreated from North America six times since the Cambrian.

I help students with lower and upper level geology courses. Much of my research has been in the Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Petrology of The Eastern North American Margin during the Middle Paleozoic, as well as its metamorphic petrology, with my most recent research resulting in two publications and presentations at the Geological Society of America's September 2016 and March 2017 conferences. Some of my other research has been on the igneous/metamorphic petrology of the Grenville Orogeny, specifically by studying Storm King Mountain Granitic Gneiss and Amphibolite. I also help students with Mineralogy and Crystallography.

Geometry

I have an associates degree in Physics. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. In Geology, Geometry is a fundamental skill, especially in mineralogy. I have over 100 hours of tutoring math alone.

Physical Science

I graduated with an associates degree in Physics and I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. The basic Components of Physical Science is Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy. I have had great success in taking all of these subjects in college for both of my degree paths and have been an amateur astronomer for over 10 years. I currently tutor Earth Science and physics and so Physical science would be an area of expertise for me.

Prealgebra

I have an associates degree in Physics and am working on my Bachelor's in Geology. I have taken college level calculus, and have tutored math for over two years. This being said, Prealgebra is well within my ability to tutor.

Regents

I graduated high school with an advanced regents diploma. I have a degree in Science/Math and I am transferring into Education Certification program at my new college. I also have in experience tutoring regents prep already. My methods for Regents prep include using copies of old New York State Regents Exams which are provided by the school district to review material and break down effective test taking skills with the students. I tutor Regents Earth Science, Regents Living Environment, Regents Physics, Regents Geometry, Regents Algebra 1 and Regents Algebra 2/Trigonometry.

SAT Math

I took and did well on my SAT Math section in high school. I have an associates degree in Physics. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. In my degree path I have taken up to college level Calculus, as Physics and Geology are heavily math dependent. I have tutored various forms of Math and Science, with over 100 hours in tutoring Math alone and are well accustomed to how the SAT examinations are set up. With each student I will begin by working on their general high school/pre-collegiate Math skills as well as go over practice SAT exams with them, followed by administering a final Practice SAT Examination of which I will go over with them.

Social Studies

I am a college graduate. I have taken college level US history, Western European History, and Renaissance. I have also taken various Sociology and Psychology classes as required by my degree program in education certification. I have past experience tutoring social studies.

Spelling

I am a High School Regents diploma graduate. As a part of my college degree requirements, I needed to take a year of college level English. I am certainly more than capable of tutoring Spelling to Elementary/Junior High/High School students.

Trigonometry

I have an associates degree in Physics. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Geology with a minor in Chemistry. In my degree path I have taken up to college level Calculus, as Physics and Geology are heavily math dependent. In my pursuit for my degree in physics, my skills in trigonometry was a vital skill and is used in calculating all things in the universe. Trigonometry is well within my ability to tutor.

"Trigonometry is a sine of the times" - Author Unknown

Many take for granted how much easier a solid background in trigonometry makes everyday life. You may respond, "How much easier?'' My response would simply be that you already use it with out knowing. Every time you make an estimate on whether your car would fit through an underpass when driving, you are using trigonometry. Whenever you decide to cut straight through a field to save time as opposed to walking around it on the sidewalk, you are using trigonometry. Shooting the basketball perfectly into the net is simply Trigonometry. Many of these concepts are already wired into logical thought, it just takes a bit of ''self reflection'' (my phrase for the study of Mathematics) and an enthusiastic instructor to bring it out onto paper.

Writing

As a requirement of my college, every student must take Freshman English 1 and 2. I passed both with a 3.0 or B. I am also transferring into Education Certification which means I must be proficient in English by New York State Law. I have had the most experience tutoring writing.

SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz
A.S. in Physics and B.S. in Geology

Education

SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz (A.S. in Physics and B.S. in Geology)

Extremely Patient

Michael tutors my 11 year old twins. My son can be very unfocused at times, but Michael is extremely patient with him and he has a good system to get through to him. It definitely works because he has soared with Michael's tutoring. Both of my kids are doing well in school but Michael has enhanced it. their grade point average has increased since working with Michael and he is such a nice person

— Endora, Newburgh, NY on 2/11/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

1. Group rates : a) 10% discount per student on 2 student sessions b) 15% discount per student on 3 student group sessions 2. Online Sessions receive $5 discount

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 18 miles of Newburgh, NY 12550.