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Michael B.

Arlington, TX

$30/hour

Graduate Geology Student & Experienced Math and Sciences Tutor

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/27/17
5.0 average from 18 ratings
Knowledgeable and kind tutor
— Annie, Grand Prairie, TX on 1/29/17

$30/Hour


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SUNY Geneseo
Geological Sciences
(University of Texas at Arlington, BSEE, 1996
Master's

Education

SUNY Geneseo (Geological Sciences)

(University of Texas at Arlington, BSEE, 1996 (Master's)

About Michael

Hi! My name is Mike and I'm a graduate student studying structural geology and geophysics at UT Arlington. Structural Geologists study how minerals, rocks, and the Earth's entire crust are affected by stress and by which processes they deform and break! Primarily my research focuses on developing mathematical models and various experiments to study how fractures develop when a very strong force is applied rapidly to a rock (like during Earthquakes!) This particular field of research requires an in-depth understanding of many different sciences, including Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics!

While an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant and supplementary instructor for several geology courses and labs, including an introduction to geology course designed for students with little science background, and upper level courses such as geomorphology, and igneous & metamorphic petrology. Through these experiences, I've found that a place-based teaching style works best for those learning geology and I continue to rely on this method when working with students. This method goes beyond learning just the concepts taught in classes and gives students an opportunity to apply the material beyond examples learned in class!

In addition to the natural sciences, I also have experience teaching middle school through early college mathematics. Prior to discovering geology, I spent three years of my undergraduate career studying mathematics with the ultimate goal of becoming a high school math teacher. During this time, I completed my required class observation and some student teaching in a high school algebra classroom and learned many techniques which I continue to use today in making math easier to understand for my students! Even as a geologist, I continue to use math I learned, employing partial differential equations, calculus, and linear algebra in my research models! When working with students learning math, I always try to break difficult concepts into manageable parts - tackling every problem one step at a time. Once my students feel comfortable with the material, we reinforce the concepts through various applications and example problems.

I've always enjoyed working with students and being in a learning environment! I've found few things are as rewarding as seeing a student's smile and face light up when a difficult concept or idea finally clicks for them!
Hi! My name is Mike and I'm a graduate student studying structural geology and geophysics at UT Arlington. Structural Geologists study how minerals, rocks, and the Earth's entire crust are affected by stress and by which processes they deform and break! Primarily my research focuses on developing mathematical models and various experiments to Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Arlington, TX 76013
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable and kind tutor"

- Annie, Grand Prairie, TX on 1/29/17

"Awesome!!!!"

- Virginia, Fort Worth, TX on 12/8/16

"Amazing tutor"

- Jeramy, North Richland Hills, TX on 11/8/16

"Very patient! Easy to understand!"

- Shanda, Fort Worth, TX on 10/31/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Ecology, Geology,
Physical Science,
Physics
English:
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GED, GRE, SAT Math
Computer:
MATLAB,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
Geography
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

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Algebra 1

Much of my undergraduate education was in mathematics with a secondary education focus and I had the opportunity to complete my class observation and student teaching hours in an algebra classroom! I also often volunteered in my school's math learning center where I helped students with a wide variety of subjects. These experiences taught me many tricks to help make math easier to understand!

Algebra 2

A significant portion of my undergraduate education was in mathematics with a secondary education focus and I had the opportunity to complete my class observation and student teaching requirements in a high school algebra classroom! I also often volunteered in my school's math learning center where I helped students with a wide variety of subjects. These experiences taught me many tricks to help make math easier to understand!

Chemistry

My education in geology has included multiple courses in the field of environmental science, many of which had a major focus on chemistry. Additionally, I was a supplementary instructor for a geology course which focused primarily on applying chemistry to geology.

Geology

I recently completed my Bachelor's degree in the geological sciences and am currently pursuing my Master's degree in structural geology. During my undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work as both a teaching assistant and a supplementary instructor for several introductory and higher level geology classes, including a non-majors general education science course, geomorphology, structural geology, and igneous and metamorphic petrology. In these roles, I often met one-on-one with students having difficulty understanding the material and have found many ways to try and make geology easier!

MATLAB

During my undergraduate I was required to take two basic courses in MATLAB programming in the mathematics department. Since taking these courses, a large portion of both my undergraduate and now graduate research projects have required me to develop numerical models using MATLAB.

Physical Science

As part of my undergraduate coursework, I was required to take courses in a variety of science fields including physical science. Much of the information learned in these classes is useful throughout the study of geology.

Physics

A significant portion of my undergraduate and graduate geology research has required the application of physics. I primarily study the effects of forces, stress, and strain on rock deformation, and in the past have worked to model spring behavior, and apply electromagnetic theory to our studies of igneous intrusive bodies.

SUNY Geneseo
Geological Sciences
(University of Texas at Arlington, BSEE, 1996
Master's

Education

SUNY Geneseo (Geological Sciences)

(University of Texas at Arlington, BSEE, 1996 (Master's)

Knowledgeable and kind tutor

Michael is an excellent tutor. Very easy to communicate and can explain physics very well. If you are looking for a tutor, he is the one! Thank you for all your help!

— Annie, Grand Prairie, TX on 1/29/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Arlington, TX 76013.