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Mike C.

Math or Physics Getting You Down?

Math or Physics Getting You Down?

$70/hour

  • 91 hours tutoring

  • Centreville, VA 20121

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It doesn't have to be this way. Stop being lost in a pile of operations. Start getting command of the situation.

Most class work focuses on the procedures, the what, to perform, but completely misses the 'why'. It's like teaching home building by demonstrating how to use a hammer and a saw. There's a much bigger picture. When you understand the bigger picture, you understand why it's the thing to do, then the 'what to do' flows naturally. Learn not only how to think about math...

It doesn't have to be this way. Stop being lost in a pile of operations. Start getting command of the situation.

Most class work focuses on the procedures, the what, to perform, but completely misses the 'why'. It's like teaching home building by demonstrating how to use a hammer and a saw. There's a much bigger picture. When you understand the bigger picture, you understand why it's the thing to do, then the 'what to do' flows naturally. Learn not only how to think about math visually, but also how to leverage the visual system in your own brain when solving problems. Find out what you are really supposed to be focusing on, in particular become aware of the language of mathematics as a separate item to pay attention to.

I'll teach you the real skill of problem solving, which involves a willingness to try different options, as well as skill in taking things one step at a time. In other words eminently teachable, and valuable in the larger world. With Physics, ironically, the thing to do is NOT to think of it as math with different words. Rather to learn the physical concepts as separate ideas, and then begin to see how the mathematics implements those ideas. In other words, you will learn how to 'think physically', which leads to immediate successes, and a much simpler process of actually doing the problems. Start working with these subjects the way a pro does, not the way someone who vaguely remembers it from their own high school days does.

I've had many students from the very gifted, to those who have had a tremendous uphill struggle. Of course different emphasis and focus is needed for different students, but one student in particular stands out. She was from a different country and had learned procedures that were somewhat different from what the American schools were teaching, which was frustrating for her, but also as it turned out didn't have a real command of the material. Luckily, she was eager to learn, and willing to trust in the process, and because of her background was willing to back up a bit, and get a more solid command of more basic material. It's amazing how much of higher math comes down to having a solid command of arithmetic. She asked questions regularly, and eventually even became willing to correct me when I made a mistake -- which is one of the great things about math and science education that one gets to do this. It shows the teacher that the student is alert and engaged. Long story short, I worked with her for four years, from Geometry through Calculus. She went from a solid 'C' to routine A's by the end of the first year. Her command of Geometry and Arithmetic then made Algebra completely transparent, and when it came time to do Calculus she was able to go beyond the basics of the course work to explore deeper aspects of the material in a fashion that was much more advanced than those around her. She's gone on to a very good school and is doing very well.

My name is Mike. Let me take you on the journey to real command of math and physics, whether that be getting high grades, or great SAT results, or even pointing toward the deeper, college level aspects of the subject. I am very good at explaining advanced concepts in simple terms, and also helping the student get command of the fancy language at the same time. I train you in how to utilize the natural functionality of your brain in doing Math and Physics.

I have a BS in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and MS in Electrical Engingeering (Semiconductor Device Physics and Optical Information Processing) from the University of California at San Diego. I spent 10 years doing signal processing software for startups in Silicon Valley, and worked with the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study in Neuroscience at George Mason University. My research has been at the intersection of Mathematical Physics, Computer Science, and Dynamical Systems with an application in the study of the mind, and I look forward to helping you reach your goals in Math and Physics.


Education

University of California, Santa Barbara
Physics
University of California, San Diego
Masters
George Mason University
Masters

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have done graduate work in Algebra, Differential Equations, Topology, Logic, Graph Theory, and Category Theory. I have a BS Physics and MS in EE.
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have done graduate work in Algebra, Differential Equations, Topology, Logic, Graph Theory, and Category Theory. I have a BS Physics and MS in EE.
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have done graduate work in Algebra, Differential Equations, Topology, Logic, Graph Theory, and Category Theory. I have a BS Physics and MS in EE.
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics

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Physics

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have done graduate work in Algebra, Differential Equations, Topology, Logic, Graph Theory, and Category Theory. I have a BS Physics and MS in EE.
Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics

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An Excellent Tutor, Highly Recommended

Mike teaches AP physics to a STEM oriented high school student. Very knowledgeable, engaging, explaining deep concepts, teaching through a conversation, asking intellectually stimulating questions, and making a student thinking and coming to conclusions. We are lucky to find Mike!

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Mike C.

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Response time: 11 hours