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Case Western Reserve University (Master's)
I achieved a perfect score on the Math sections of the ACT, SAT, & GRE, plus a 4.0 GPA in Chemical Engineering, so I was awarded National Science Foundation and Tau Beta Pi National engineering fellowships for graduate school, where I completed a MS in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve U. I've coached students from coast to coast (D.C., L.A., N.Y.C., Phoenix, Boston, etc), and in subjects ranging from 3rd grade Math Olympiad competitors all the way to accelerated college calculus & chemistry students. I taught physics and meteorology at a private San Diego college, and last year was recruited into the adjunct professor pool at 2 Christian colleges in Phoenix.
I am a FUN and FOCUSED facilitator of learning for talented young minds wanting to achieve new levels of insight. My goal is to move my students and their parents past surface knowledge to deep understanding and mastery of subjects. I am excited to spark all of you math and science students yearning to break FREE into the LIGHT of understanding. I also believe each person has a specially designed purpose, and I seek to motivate their journey to discovering it!
Achieving success in learning science and math is much like excelling in track and field. When I was in high school, I participated in high jump and long jump, and the KEY to clearing the bar and soaring to new distances was all in a disciplined, methodical, and practiced approach, coupled with the bold confidence and energetic enthusiasm instilled by my coach!
I'm asking you to give me the privilege of being your academic and career coach now. So let's get started!
Often teachers, even good ones, have to focus so much on lecturing over broad topics that they don't have time to FOCUS on each student's areas of strength and weakness so that they can pinpoint areas they're stuck and help them over their specific hurdles.
When I tutor in math/science, I observe where a student is stuck, ask them probing questions that don't "give away" they answer so they have to wrestle with and attempt to integrate various pieces of what they've learned in class. Once they know the fundamentals and my "tricks of the trade," they can derive the solution to more advanced and complex problems by breaking them down methodically.
I have been tutoring my classmates, especially in match and science, all through school starting with 1st grade! Maybe that's because God graciously gave me a gift with numbers from an early age. In fact, I wrote the numbers from 1 to 4,436 when I was three years old! I achieved a perfect score on the Math sections of the ACT, SAT, & GRE, plus a 4.0 GPA in … Read more
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I absolutely could not stand the Science or Math sections of the ACT when I was working on them on my own. My scores were great in English and Reading, but Science and Math were weighing me down to the point that I considered just taking the SAT instead. That all changed when I met Professor Mark. It was like he gave me a Rosetta Stone that unlocked ACT Science and broke it down into its most simple components. I realized that I had been studying for it all wrong; valuing quantity over quality. As a very right-brained high schooler, I never thought that I could possibly do so well on the Math and Science sections of the ACT, 33 and 36 respectively, but that's the beauty of the way Professor Mark teaches; he takes your mental weaknesses and translates them into your areas of strength. It's not just that he's intelligent, a lot of people are intelligent, but he works to understand the way you think and instructs you from a standpoint of familiarity with this new found knowledge. As someone who has tried both of these other options, I can say that he is eons better than the Kaplan class and the Princeton Review class. Simply put, there is not a better ACT resource out there than Professor Mark!
Mark looks to be able to deliver on the promise of higher math aptitude and, of course, higher scores. Already things appear to be "a little easier to see."
I had a very limited amount of time to try to get my quant scores up before my GRE, and in just two lessons, Mark helped me get my score up about 26 points higher than what I was averaging on practice tests.
Mark tutored our daughter in chemistry. He was readily available and accommodating to her needs and schedule. He made great use of our daughter's time, trying to squeeze as much material as possible in a way that she could understand the subject and gain confidence. With Mark's help, she became much more comfortable with the subject and got an A.
Mark was so excited to help give my daughter back the confidence that she needs to be successful in the classroom. We are happy to have found such a great resource. We look forward to working with him the next few months.
Mark is very patient and understanding to what my daughter needed to improve. He is very entertaining and keeps my daughter's attention.
Mark has met several times with both my sons during this Fall semester. He helped them with AP Chem and Algebra 2. Both boys brought their semester grade up. He helped them with understanding the concepts better and organizing their work. We will definitely schedule more sessions in the future.
Mark is a gem of a tutor. He is invested in his students and that translates into success. Under his instruction, our son's ACT in math jumped 5 points. Mark is very professional and keys into the learning style of the student to get results.
Mark has been a great tutor for preparing my daughter for her ACT exam. He got right to the point in finding where she needed the most help to boost her scores. He has given her test taking strategies as well as review in all subject areas. He helps her stay focused and utilizes the full amount of time in each session. He is friendly and quick to respond to email requests. My only regret is that we didn't find him sooner. I would highly recommend his services to anyone interested in raising their ACT scores!
Update 10/9/2013: Mark helped my daughter raise her ACT score from a 29 to a 31 in just 7 sessions over the course of 2.5 weeks! We are very pleased with the results and will definitely contact him again to help our younger daughter's studies.
My high achieving A student had struggled in Algebra I for the first 3 quarters last year - each grade worse than the previous. After numerous conferences with his teacher and spending additional time with him at home with no results - we were at our wits end. Enter Mark, who quickly accessed where my son was and knew exactly where he had to go in order to achieve the results we all wanted. Within 2-3 lessons, my son's confidence started to return, quiz and test scores began to climb and after 6 lessons in 6 weeks, his grade went from a low C in the third quarter to an A his last quarter! We were SO happy and grateful to have found Mark. He gave us our son back and his regained confidence was reflected in ALL of his classes! Mark is truly a gifted teacher and an amazing individual whom we are proud to refer to others!
Mark can be considered on the best tutors I have come across. After using two separate tutors for my son, and with little success, I was somewhat skeptical whether there is a tutor who can bring some old fashion "get down to the detail" focus that was required. Mark has changed my perspective and brings a robust process to help students to succeed. Mark spent the first session with my son and was able to quickly motivate him to excel and stay focused. After every session, Mark was able to instill self belief and highlight his weakness on the ACT areas. Correcting them and showing him short cuts is the magic sauce that was needed to help my son enhance his ACT score. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark to anyone who is motivated to succeed. He will definitely show you ways to improve not only your score but give you the self belief. I will be recommending him to many of my friends
Well done Mark!
My child's ACT science score jumped 10 points! Mark is prompt, patient, and professional. He was very accommodating with our hectic schedule. Very pleased with his services.
I learned more from Mark in 5 sessions than I did in an entire semester from my in class teacher. In just a couple of weeks, my test grades increased from 40's and 50's to high 70's and low 80's. He was extremely accommodating and flexible when it came to meeting times and places. He was patient and thorough in his teaching methods. I felt comfortable asking questions or asking him to repeat a previously covered concept. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for extra help. He is an amazing teacher and an awesome person.
Mark knows the material very well and was a huge help. He made the information easy to understand. I definitely recommend him to anyone needing help in physics.
I just completed a summer course in calculus based physics and needed some help towards the end of the semester. When I tried the tutoring services offered at school out of all the math/science tutors there nobody could help me with the subject material.
I contacted Prof Mark and met him at the local library for a couple of sessions.
First of all I would say that it was apparent to me that Prof Mark had an in-depth knowledge of the subject material I was studying which made it easy for him to explain the concepts to me. He did not just show me how to do the problems but approached problems in a manner for me to really understand the principles and integrate the information in a way that really enhanced my understanding therefore greatly increasing my confidence.
Throughout my sessions I could see that Prof Mark has a high level of integrity and really enjoys helping people. I had a positive experience and would recommend Prof Mark to friends.
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I achieved a perfect score on the ACT Math test, PLUS I can teach you how to analyze problems quickly for yourself. I have relevant tutoring experience in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.
My last ACT Math student achieved a 10-point increase after just 5 sessions with me & faithful practice in between.
Work with me and you'll soon be on the FAST track to Math mastery!
I can take you from Confused to Confident with only 2-4 sessions!
Wise Strategies designed around your individual strengths, practiced faithfully, & executed on-the-fly with focused Time Management consistently yields 3-6 point JUMPS for my clients! Don't let those oh-so-sneaky test-makers throw your Science score under the bus.
Work with me on new strategies for prioritizing & attacking the Science section, and you'll be extremely pleased with your results!
Algebra is the KEY building-block skill that opens the door for success in pre-calculus, calculus, & all equation-based sciences. I achieved a perfect score on the ACT, SAT, & GRE Math tests, but ONLY AFTER I overcame the challenging hurdle of mastering algebra. I know ALL the common places students get stuck and can help you overcome!
Algebra 2 introduces some non-intuitive concepts such as logarithms, coordinate geometry with function graphs, imaginary numbers, absolute values, & complex polynomials. Algebra is the KEY building-block skill that opens the door for success in calculus, & all equation-based sciences.
My systematic approach with proven tips will lead you to breakthrough. I achieved a perfect score on the ACT, SAT, & GRE Math tests, but ONLY AFTER I overcame the challenging hurdle of mastering algebra.
Contact me for steady help or "crisis intervention"!
I graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Chemical Engineering (undergrad) and Chemistry/Biochemistry (graduate school), so I can help you with General, Physical, Biochemistry, Biophysical, and Inorganic classes. Once you master the fundamentals Math, Geometry, & Trigonometry, you will quickly catapult to a new level.
The only chemistry I don't tutor is organic.
I absolutely LOVE to tutor elementary school kids in math, & they love me because I'm creative & fun-loving. Ask me about the always-smash-hit, "Skittles Math"!
I currently have a 1st & 3rd grader who I've helped progress over the last 3 months from being behind their Montessori classmates, to being ahead by 1/2 grade level. Their parents are delighted & we will be continuing through the summer.
I completed both the GRE Chemistry & Engineering subject tests, scoring in the 97th percentile. I also have extensive experience tutoring AP & early college level Chemistry & Physics, which are typically the most challenging sections of the MCAT. Finally, I have tutored 3 MCAT students & 1 PCAT student in the past year, and they were well pleased with our tutoring sessions.
I have taught & tutored college-level physics, both calculus-based and algebra/trigonometry-based. Topics have included force statics & dynamics, kinematics, conservation of energy & momentum, fluid statics & dynamics, LIGHT & optics, electrostatics, thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, & nuclear decay.
Work with me so I can put you on the FAST track to physics success!
I achieved a perfect score on the SAT Math test, PLUS I can teach you how to analyze problems quickly for yourself. I have relevant tutoring experience in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Work with me and you'll soon be on the FAST track to Math mastery!
I recently taught a trigonometry-based physics course at the college level, with students ranging from pre-med to aviation. I also tutored a student who was rusty on his trig and after 1 session he achieved a perfect 100 on his next 2 quizzes!
Work with me and you'll soon be on the FAST track to Math mastery.