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Mike S.

Oneida, NY


Mike the Math, Computer Science and Physics Tutor

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Background check passed as of 12/15/13
5.0 Avg. Rating
86 Ratings
1 day Response Time
Great Tutor
— Joann, Fabius, NY on 4/7/14

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Michigan State University


Michigan State University (Mathematics)

About Mike

I tutor math, computer science and physics. I have experience tutoring high school and college students. I have also developed educational events (treasure hunts) for elementary school children. I earned my B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. I have 20 years experience as a mathematician, software engineer and executive for the DOD and in the financial industry.

My approach to tutoring is to work with the student to determine exactly where they are having a problem and then explain the concepts in terms that are familiar to the student. By applying abstract concepts to concrete examples in my students lives they are better able to grasp and retain the material. It is my goal to build a strong foundation of understanding for my students that is tied to their interests and can be reinforced through encounters with the concepts in their everyday lives.

Showing students how different concepts can be used outside the classroom not only helps them better understand their world, it also reinforces the concepts learned in the classroom. As students tackle more advanced math and sciences they need to rely on their understanding of these previously learned concepts. One on one tutoring provides the time necessary to tie the concepts to the students real world experience; this type of one-on-one time is difficult to get in a traditional classroom.

Students learn more when they are engaged in their lessons. Using puzzles and games to illustrate relevant points keeps things fun. And tying the lessons to the student interests also keeps them engaged with the material being taught.
I tutor math, computer science and physics. I have experience tutoring high school and college students. I have also developed educational events (treasure hunts) Read more

3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Oneida, NY 13421
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor"

- Joann, Fabius, NY on 4/7/14

"Competent with the material, easy-going "

- April , Madison, NY on 6/3/15


- Deborah, Rome, NY on 2/20/14

"Mike is Great!"

- James, Utica, NY on 1/5/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Physical Science, Physics
Computer Programming,
Computer Science,
General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th),
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics, Finance, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics

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I have over 10 years' management experience in the financial industry at Fidelity Investments, FleetBoston Financial and H&R Block. I have a strong understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and how they are used to run a real business.

Computer Programming

I have over 20 years of experience developing Object-Oriented software. I have extensive experience with Java and C++. I have designed large scale distributed systems for the DOD and private industry that adhere to The Object Group's Architectural Framework (TOGAF). I have tutored and mentored people in the use of technology throughout my career.

Computer Science

Throughout my career I have worked with virtually every aspect of Computer Science: analysis, design, development, documentation, debugging, security, maintenance and architecture. I have designed and implemented systems on mainframes, UNIX boxes, PCs and network devices. I have mentored and tutored students on these topics throughout my career.

Discrete Math

I have education in discrete mathematics and formal logic. I also have extensive experience implementing discrete mathematical concepts in a professional setting. I have utilized discrete mathematics in designing state machines, game theory, programming and cryptography.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience working with young children ages 5 and up. I utilize an interactive, hands-on approach to engage younger students. I often develop puzzles or games that demonstrate the material and provide a fun basis for a more detailed conversation about the material.

I am also familiar with the Common Core curriculum. I believe that Common Core's focus on conceptual learning provides a stronger basis for more advanced learning. This is especially true in Mathematics.

Michigan State University


Michigan State University (Mathematics)

Great Tutor — My daughter really likes working with Mike and her grades are improving. He makes it very easy for her to understand the concepts and build her confidence. ...

— Joann, Fabius, NY on 4/7/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 25 miles of Oneida, NY 13421.

Background Check Status for Mike S.

Mike S. passed a background check on 12/15/13. The check was ordered by Mike through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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