Appalacian State University (Mathematics)
I am a former business school professor with a PhD in management science and additional degrees in mathematics and computer science. I provide personal tutoring to students from middle school through college levels - in many math and business subjects. I have received teaching awards at UTD, USC and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and have a passion for teaching and impacting students' lives.
I have been able to help 1,000’s of students transform their current performance into their true potential by clearly communicating individual purpose, focus and discipline.
In addition to math for students of all ages, I specialize in adult education/coaching in business subjects from operations management to business strategy. I also provide Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt training and focused preparation for SAT, ACT, ASVAB and other exams. Lastly, I routinely coach entrepreneurs and provide business plan support and development.
I offer sessions and learning programs throughout the week and on weekends that are customized to exceed your expectations. I am more than happy to flex my schedule to meet specific learning/development needs. I am a former business school professor with a PhD in management science and additional degrees in mathematics and computer science. I provide personal tutoring to students from middle school through college levels - in many math and business subjects. I have received teaching awards at UTD, USC and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and have a passion
Dr O. is very professional, knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. He helped me to approach geometry with great confidence and has improved my study habits to prepare for tests. His approach to teaching is amazing. I will definitely use Dr O. again.
Dr. O worked well with my daughter, he made both of us comfortable as soon as we met him. He related well with both of us and seemed to genuinely care about my daughter's progress and success. I enjoyed speaking with him. We've only had one session so far so it's hard to determine the impact the session had on her pre-calculus work, but we intend on scheduling SAT and ACT prep with Dr. Oliff in the future.
Dr. O is an excellent instructor that is patient yet focused on getting me to the next level. He continues to build my confidence in my skills to better my score on my ACT test. JS
My son struggles in math and gets very frustrated during his lessons at school and home. He was extremely nervous about his first sessions with Dr. O. When I picked him up he was all smiles and said it was fun!
Dr. Michael is an effective tutor. I have never been a super math student, but Dr. Michael makes it so much easier to understand. He taught me effective ways of factoring and polynomial usage. I will see him again for sure.
If you want to reach your goals Dr. Mickael O is the real deal. He knows how to focus in on the subject and develop you in the area you need the most help. What a blessing to see a person like this giving back to the younger generation. Proven results!
Outstanding tutor. Helped my son increase ACT score in math by 4 points. Reliable, relatable to teens. Very flexible in schedule. I highly recommend Dr. O.
Dr. Michael went over some of the practice ASVAB questions. He was patient with explains the problem and how to solve the equation by steps. I enjoyed my lesson today,when I left it actually went over some of the fractions and arithmetic problems on another practice test at home, an I was able to understand the question and solve it on my own.
My daughter came away from her session all smiles! She said she had never learned so much about Math in all of her life. She said he explained it so well that it made sense and seemed easy to her. I have never seen her so happy and confident going in to any Math test, especially an AP Geometry one.
Dr. O has been very helpful to boost our daughter's confidence. He is extremely patient and caring, always flexible to meet our schedule needs.
My daughter, Hailey, has been seeing Dr. Michael O. for pre-calculus this past year. Her first grade before seeing him was a 40. She finished with an overall grade of 85. Almost immediately, she began improving. She also was seeing him for math on the ACT and SAT prep. Her math grade for the SAT went from a 430 in her sophomore year to 600 this year. This was a significant jump and I have to say Dr. O made the difference. She began understanding the material almost immediately with his tutoring. The atmosphere was relaxed and I could hear Hailey say many times after the tutoring session, I get it! I would recommend Dr. O to anyone who needs help in Math. What a difference he made for Hailey. She became more confident and actually helped other students at school who weren't understanding the material. When you have a student that says I stink at math and within a few months helping others with that same subject, the credit must go to Michael O.
I like how you would keep me involved within the learning process, as well as explaining a situation to a bigger picture.
My daughter seemed to really understand concepts of precal better after this session. I wish we would have started tutorials earlier in the year! Thanks
According to my son Tyler, Dr. Michael O. was awesome! He came home from the tutoring session and actually thanked me. Said he felt good about his upcoming final. Will definitely be a repeat customer and have already referred a friend. Thank you, Dr. Michael O!
He did so great with my daughter. She's 12 but taking the SAT test in 2 weeks, so he is helping her prepare for math she's never been exposed to. She came away very happy and excited to have another session.
I'm a distance learning college student. Without his assistance, I would never have made it through the semester. Worth every penny!
Dr. Micheal did a wonderful job reviewing math strategies and concepts. He made the concept easy to understand and packaged them in a way them makes them easier to recall during the test. Can't wait for the rest of our lessons!
Dr. Michael was very personable. He skillfully covered my questions from the first 2 weeks of class and aided me in preparing for my 1st Pre-Calc exam. I was surprised to learn that the patterns in math have a relational quality! My work now makes sense!
He is great. He didn't just show me how to work the problem, he helped me learn the process.
We have reviewed most of the sections regarding algebra, geometry, quadratic functions, equations, roots and other test questions that I will encounter on the GRE.
My son has a much better understanding of the math concepts and his confidence has grown, he is better prepared to take the exams.
Dr. O is a Great Teacher, My son really enjoys the way Dr. O teaches Algebra II, Precal, SAT and ACT prep. My son improved a lot after attending his tutorials.
He is very patient, professional and a good communicator. He really takes time and works with the kids needs and explains the concepts well. Overall he is a great teacher with a lot of experience and I highly recommend him.
Sent my son for a couple hours to make sure he was ready for his algebra final. Tutor was great; helped him discover what he still needed to study and what he was already strong on. Great help for exam!
My son has really enjoyed his tutoring sessions with Dr. Michael O. He looks forward to his sessions and comes home very positive about what he has learned.
Dr. O is very patient and has boosted my son's confidence with his upcoming ACT test. So glad we are able to work with him.
Michael is a great tutor! He explains everything so well and is very patient with me. I love that when he teaches me techniques, he then gives me time to work out similar problems, ensuring I know what I am doing. I would highly recommend him for GRE, SAT, and similar standardized tests.
Dr. O tutored our son in geometry and helped him prepare for the exam to opt out of high school geometry. It was quite a feat to pull of in 4 months time, but Dr. O was able to hep him achieve his goal! He taught him one year's worth of geometry in a little under 4 months. We had a great experience with him as parents. He is very courteous, patient, and professional- an excellent teacher. He was always on time and has great communication!
Dr. Michael O. is tutoring my son in math for the SAT. He is knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and reports weekly on my son's progress. He encourages and recommends materials and necessary study hours. He was able to correctly pinpoint our son's current SAT level and understands what it would take to move the needle. We are so pleased to have made this connection and appreciate his help and genuine interest in tutoring our son.
Many thanks to Dr.O for his encouragement and creativity in explaining Lean Six Sigma (Business) Statistics to me in ways I can comprehend. His advanced teaching and business background is critical to my success. He prioritized our tutoring concepts based on the class goals. Our study sessions are concise and effective. Highly recommend for students seeking full understanding of mathematical and statistical topics, not simply memorization.
I was impressed that Mr. O. took a few minutes to get to know my child before jumping right into the work. This helped to make her feel at ease and settle her nerves. As I listened to their session I continued to hear positive comments from my daughter like "Oh, now I see." or "That is an easier way to work that problem." When he left after an hour her entire posture had changed, she was more relaxed and felt good about the plan they had made to help her improve her grades. It was wonderful to hear that he included her in the plan of improving her grades instead of telling her how it is going to be, he allowed her to be a part of the decision making. She feels he is going to help her succeed.
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The ACT math test requires you to answer 60 questions in 60 minutes or less. To be successful you need both math knowledge and reasoning skills. This can be much easier if you: master a few testing strategies; have the ability to recognize a dozen common types of problems given on every ACT; and are comfortable with basic algebra and geometry concepts. I focus on these three areas in each tutoring session I deliver.
As a math major in college and a management science PhD student, I can attest to the importance of mastering basic Algebra. It is one of the most important foundations you can build for both your education and professional life later. I have tutored numerous students in Algebra. More importantly, I have applied it to all types of every day problems and decisions so I am able to illustrate its value and application to both beginning and advanced students.
I have tutored numerous students in Algebra 2. More importantly, I have applied it to all types of everyday problems and decisions so I am able to illustrate its value and application to both beginning and advanced students.
As a math major in college and a management science PhD student, I can attest to the importance of mastering Algebra 2. It is a foundation for geometry, calculus, linear algebra, mathematical programming and many computer science courses. It is also very useful in preparing for SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT and other standardized exams.
I have very successful experience tutoring students for many of the standardized exams, including the ASVAB, SAT, ACT and others.
My second youngest is a lieutenant in the Army having aced the ASVAB a few years ago.
The ASVAB Math and English sections do not contain complex concepts. They test basic arithmetic knowledge and reasoning along with reading comprehension which are all fairly straightforward to learn and gain competence in. The other sections (mechanical, electronics, etc.) test a practical understanding of basic everyday concepts which can also be mastered with a the right preparation.
With a PhD in Management Science/Operations Management I have taught/tutored undergraduate and graduate business students for 25 years. I have received Outstanding Teaching Awards at UTD and USC and have been consistently ranked in the top 10% of all teaching faculty. With hands on business and consulting experience, I am able to emphasize the practical applications of business theory within business itself.
As a Professor of Management for 25 years, I have taught/tutored 1,000's of students and personally mentored and aided 100's in there career development. I have helped place up to 10 former students annually in first or second jobs after their academic program completion. With an extensive network of executives both locally and internationally, I am consistently reviewing student resumes and corporate needs for to match qualified employees.
With 25 years' experience as a University professor and administrator I have worked with thousands of undergraduate and graduate students. I have taught at half a dozen different universities and am familiar with a 100 more. I understand the different cultures and requirements various universities possess and am adept at counseling students regarding their collegiate choices.
I have worked with thousands of high school and college students over the past 30 years, both as a professor and as a tutor. with 4 children of my own, I am intimately aware that no two are alike and each responds differently in a learning environment. I am a former business school professor with a PhD in management science and additional degrees in mathematics and computer science.
Having taught geometry in college and tutored numerous other students personally in geometry, I am very comfortable with the concepts and principles that are most important in learning it.
More importantly, I have applied it to practical problems and everyday decisions, so I am able to illustrate its value and application to both beginning and advanced students.
As a math major in college and a management science PhD, I can attest to the importance of mastering Geometry. It is a foundation course for both higher math and science education. It is also very useful in several quantitative business and economics courses.
As a math major in college and a management science PhD, I can attest to the importance of mastering basic Algebra. It is one of the most important foundations you can build for both your education and professional life later. I have tutored numerous students in Algebra. More importantly, I have applied it to all types of every day problems and decisions so I am able to illustrate its value and application to both beginning and advanced students.
With a PhD in Management Science/Operations Management I have taught 1000's of undergraduate, graduate and executive students over the past 25 years. I have received Outstanding Teaching Awards at UTD and USC and have been consistently ranked in the top 10% of all teaching faculty. In addition to training over 1500 Accenture partners and managers in 25 countries...
I have provided keynote speeches and management seminars for: INSEAD in France,
IBM in the US and Belgium,Price Waterhouse in Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne.
The Young Presidents Organization University in Cannes. The Management Center Europe in Brussels. Johnson & Johnson,in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Fiat in Firenza.
Rieter in Wintertur. BP Chemicals in Reading.
Exxon Chemicals in Manchester. Jacobs Suchard in Interlaken.
Nestle in Vevey and Sao Paulo. SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp.) in Riyadh.
Bally in Zurich and New York. Audi/VW in Wolfsburg. Omega in Lausanne and Bien.
Barlow Rand in Johannesburg, Capetown and Pretoria. Texas Instruments in Dallas.
UGS in Dallas.Texas Avnet in Phoenix.
Nortel in Dallas.
As a book author I am a frequent speaker at national conventions as well.
I am booking sessions for the Spring break now.
The new SAT Math exam is radically different than the prior one. To be successful you need both math knowledge and , analytical skills.
This can be much easier if you:
1-master a few testing strategies;
2-have the ability to recognize three general types of problems given on every SAT;
•(50%) Data, Stats, and Probability: Averages, Medians, Charts, Tables and Figures ...
•(30%) Algebra and Functions: Solving Expressions, Function Graphs, factoring ...
•(20%) Geometry: Lines, Slopes, Circles, Triangles, Rectangles, Solids, coordinate geometry...
3- and are comfortable with basic algebra and geometry concepts. I focus on these three areas in each tutoring session I deliver.
Both the calculator and non calculator Math Sat sections go in order from easiest to hardest, with no penalty for missed guesses...
A specific testing strategy that includes conscious pacing will IMPROVE YOUR SCORES WHETHER YOU SPEND TIME PREPARING FOR THE TEST OR NOT!
I have been a student/teacher my entire life. Spending 10 years to acquire a bachelor's degree in mathematics, a master's degree in quantitative methods and a doctorate in management science I was compelled to develop superior study skills.
I have taught/tutored and coached 1,000's of students from middle school through PhD students and understand and can communicate the key skills required to master a specific topic/class. I focus on general strategies that apply to virtually every learning situation and specifically help to:
-Prepare students to be independent learners.
-Enable students to be make good decisions, and think critically.
-Improve standardized test scores, avoiding common “exit ramps” on the path to learning.
-Prepare students for the globally competitive job market.
Specific study skills I focus on include:
Studying for Tests
Communicating with Teachers & Parents
Writing Research Papers
As a father of 4, I have been able to impart this knowledge to each of my children as well... the youngest an honors student at Liberty High School.