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Michigan State University (Mathematics)
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)
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.
Derivatives, functions with limits, limit properties, graphing, basic algebra review. Went through my assignment problems and helped me when I got stuck, showed me the right process to help me remember for future problems.
I am very happy with matching up with Mike. He is patient (and I need that for sure) and knowledgeable. Thank you!
2/20/2014 I am very pleased with Mike and i will highly recommend him to anyone.
Mike got me from preparing to throw in the towel to understanding the material enough to do it on my own. So happy I got him and glad WyzAnt found him for me.
Mike is timely, patient, professional, courteous, smart as a whip and has a wide variety of in depth knowledge.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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