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Michael A.

Newport News, VA

$35/hour

Patient Math and ASVAB Tutor Who Delivers Results

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 89 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— James, Hampton, VA on 10/9/17

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Christopher Newport University
Mathematics

Education

Christopher Newport University (Mathematics)

About Michael

My objective is to help students comprehend and master the material, not to simply provide answers. I helped an AP calculus student who was not satisfied with her B average elevate it to an A. I helped a college algebra student who, in her own words "hated math," raise her average from a D to a B. In three weeks, I helped a failing algebra II student begin to earn A's in the class. I just helped an ASVAB student raise his score by 19 points upon re-testing after four weeks of lessons. These are just a few examples of the many students who I have helped to increase their grades and improve their test scores.

I have a magna cum laude B.A. degree in Mathematics from Christopher Newport University. My 20+ years of experience include tutoring students in pre-calculus, calculus I, and elementary statistics in the math lab at CNU. I have also worked as an instructor of pre-algebra, algebra I/II, and college algebra in the Math Emporium at Thomas Nelson Community College. As a private tutor, I have aided students in elementary math, pre-calculus, trigonometry, business calculus, calculus I, and AP calculus. I have also provided test prep skills for the SOL, STAAR, ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, AFOQT, and TEAS exams. I also have experience working with home-schooled and special needs students.

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My objective is to help students comprehend and master the material, not to simply provide answers. I helped an AP calculus student who was not satisfied with her B average elevate it to an A. I helped a college algebra student who, in her own words "hated math," raise her average from a D to a B. In three weeks, I helped a failing algebra II Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Newport News, VA 23607

"Excellent Tutor"

- James, Hampton, VA on 10/9/17
Michael replied on 10/11/2017

After just one meeting, I knew this student was going to do well on the ASVAB. He worked extremely hard, took copious notes, asked plenty of questions, and demonstrated an eagerness to learn as much as possible. He is the best student that a tutor could ask for, and I consider it a privilege to have worked with him. I am so proud of his performance, and I know that this is just the beginning of big things for this outstanding young man. I wish him well in his future endeavors.

"Professional and engaging"

- Karen, Suffolk, VA on 11/15/17
Michael replied on 11/21/2017

Your son is a very impressive young man. He is extremely well-mannered and polite. A big part of mathematics is confidence, and I work to instill confidence in all of my students. The other major part of math is repetition, and with repeated practice comes increased confidence in one's ability to solve a problem. That is what I am working with your son on presently.

"Micheal's expertise"

- Karen, Newport News, VA on 10/25/17
Michael replied on 10/28/2017

Thank you for the positive feedback. Sidney is a very polite, patient, and cooperative student. She is also very intelligent. I believe that all she needs is some extra encouragement and support to boost her confidence. It is a pleasure working with her.

"Knowledgeable!"

- Keisha, Blythewood, SC on 10/17/17
Michael replied on 10/19/2017

Thank you, Keisha. I enjoyed working with you during our initial session. I am confident that you will do well on the AFOQT.

"Knowledge"

- Melissa, Newport News, VA on 9/24/17
Michael replied on 9/28/2017

Thank you so much for the kind words. Your daughter is a very bright young lady who catches on very quickly. I look forward to continuing to work with her throughout the school year.

"Well prepared / very patient"

- Xavier, Newport News, VA on 9/17/17
Michael replied on 9/22/2017

Thank you, Xavier. There is no doubt that your daughter is a very gifted and talented student. All she needs is a little reinforcement which she may not be currently receiving in class. She has a very bright future ahead of her.

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Amanda, Portsmouth, VA on 8/11/17
Michael replied on 8/15/2017

Thank you for the kind words, Amanda. I also appreciate all of the patience that you exhibited while we experienced some technical difficulties with the online tutoring platform. I am so happy to hear that you were able to elevate your final grade in your class. It was a pleasure working with you to review for your exam. You have a pleasant demeanor, and you were very attentive and receptive during our lessons. I wish you good luck with your studies and will be happy to work with you again in the future if needed.

"Knowledgeable and Patient."

- Andrea, Carrollton, VA on 8/2/17
Michael replied on 8/5/2017

Thank you, Andrea. Bryson is a very cooperative and willing learner. It has been a pleasure working with him, and I look forward to continuing our collaboration up to when he is ready to take the ASVAB exam.

"Knowledgeable and informative"

- Sonja, San Antonio, TX on 7/2/17
Michael replied on 8/2/2017

Thank you, Sonja. Keyani is a very well-mannered student and an eager learner. She consistently asks for more challenging problems and has a wonderful attitude. It is a pleasure to work with her each week.

"Great Tutor!!"

- VIctoria, Norfolk, VA on 5/22/17
Michael replied on 5/26/2017

Thank you so much, Victoria. I have enjoyed working with you, and I am so happy that you have passed your TEAS exam. Good luck to you in your career pursuits!

"Knowledgeable and Professional"

- Debra, Hampton, VA on 5/10/17
Michael replied on 5/11/2017

Thank you, Debra. It is very rewarding to watch Daniel progress with each lesson. It is always a pleasure to work with a student who is eager to learn and receptive to suggestions.

"Great tutor"

- Christina, Newport News, VA on 5/1/17
Michael replied on 5/2/2017

Thank you, Christina. It is delightful to work with your sons. They are so polite, funny, and smart. You have done an outstanding job with them, and I look forward to continuing our arrangement.

"Patient and understandable"

- Cassidy, Hampton, VA on 4/7/17
Michael replied on 4/13/2017

It was a pleasure working with you, Cassidy. Thank you for the positive feedback!

"A pleasure to work with"

- Emma, Newport News, VA on 3/13/17
Michael replied on 3/17/2017

Thank you. Emma is a very cooperative student and is very pleasant and intelligent. She is a very quick learner. I enjoyed working with her.

"One of the greatest tutors available"

- Antonette, Newport News, VA on 3/5/17
Michael replied on 3/8/2017

Thank you. Nigel is a very eager and willing learner. He actively participates in every session, and it is a pleasure to work with him.

"GPA improvement"

- Stacy, Yorktown, VA on 2/19/17
Michael replied on 2/21/2017

Thank you, Stacy. Your daughter is a very bright, well-mannered student, and it has been a pleasure working with her.

Science:
Elementary Science, PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, AFOQT,
ASVAB,
GED,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL,
SSAT, STAAR,
TEAS
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Language:
Reading, Spanish, Writing
History:
American History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Homeschool,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

I have over twenty years of experience providing math tutoring and test prep skills for ACT Math. I have extensive knowledge in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. I can show you test-taking strategies proven to increase students' scores.

AFOQT

I have considerable experience working with individuals preparing to take both the AFOQT and ASVAB exams. I am highly skilled in the areas of arithmetic reasoning, math knowledge, verbal analogies, and table reading. I can also provide you with proven strategies that can help you to increase your score on the word knowledge portion of the test.

Algebra 1

I have over twenty years of experience as an algebra tutor. I am also a former community college algebra instructor. I have successfully worked with K-12, college, and home-schooled students in algebra I, algebra II, college algebra.

Algebra 2

I have over twenty years of experience as an algebra tutor. I am also a former community college algebra instructor. Within three weeks, I helped one algebra II student elevate his grades from F's to A's. I have successfully worked with K-12, college, and home-schooled students in algebra I, algebra II, and college algebra.

ASVAB

I have successfully worked with many individuals studying for the ASVAB. I am highly proficient in the areas of arithmetic reasoning and math knowledge. I can also offer strategies for the word knowledge and paragraph comprehension sections. I have utilized exercises from both the Kaplan and ASVAB for Dummies practice manuals to help students prepare for the AFQT portion of the ASVAB.

Calculus

For twenty years, I have tutored high school and college students in calculus I, business calculus, and AP calculus. As an undergraduate, I was a calculus tutor at Christopher Newport University. I am extremely patient, and I explain complex topics in clear, concise language. Through prompting and challenging questions, I will teach you how to determine limits, find derivatives, evaluate integrals, and more.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have considerable experience tutoring elementary K-6 students in mathematics, English, history, and other subjects. I also have experience preparing elementary K-6 students for standardized tests such as the SOL exams in Virginia and the STAAR exams in Texas. My clients include both traditional and home-schooled students.

Elementary Math

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in elementary math. I will exhibit patience and empathy with students who are beginning to learn the fundamentals of mathematics. I helped one student who was earning a solid B average elevate her grade to an A. I also provide test prep skills for the SOL and STAAR exams.

GED

I have been a GED tutor for over ten years. I am highly skilled in the areas of mathematics and language arts, science and social studies. I can assess your proficiency in these subjects by administering pretests and then offering you additional practice problems on areas of weakness. I am extremely patient and willing to work with you until you are able to independently answer any questions presented to you. Special pricing is available if you are unable to afford the hourly rate.

Geometry

I have over twenty years of experience as a math tutor. I will exhibit patience and understanding while assisting you with the quantitative and abstract reasoning necessary for geometry. I will help you learn how to solve problems involving angles, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and more.

Grammar

I have considerable experience tutoring students in proper grammatical usage. I earned A's in each of my advanced grammar courses in college. I have extensive knowledge of sentence structure and punctuation. I can help you learn how to recognize and use correct English grammar in speech and in writing.

Homeschool

I have experience working with home-schooled students at both the elementary and middle school levels. My primary focus has been with elementary math and pre-algebra students. I have utilized traditional approaches as well as those espoused by Khan Academy.

Prealgebra

I have over twenty years of experience as a pre-algebra tutor. I am also a former pre-algebra instructor at a local community college. My list of satisfied clients include K-12 as well as home-schooled students.

Precalculus

I have over twenty years of experience as a pre-calculus tutor. As an undergraduate, I worked as a pre-calculus tutor at Christopher Newport University. My list of satisfied clients include both high school and college students. I am able to help you learn to solve problems involving polynomials, logarithmic and exponential equations, matrices, and more.

Proofreading

I have over eighteen years of experience reviewing documentation for accuracy as a data entry specialist. I have an excellent command of the English language. I am highly proficient in sentence structure and punctuation, I am also a two-time spelling champion. My attention to detail is one of my greatest strengths.

SAT Math

I have experience preparing students for the newly redesigned SAT math sections, which places a greater emphasis on algebra and the introduction of trigonometry. I am a former community college algebra instructor, and I have over twenty years of experience as an algebra, geometry, and trigonometry tutor. I have taught students tips and strategies necessary to succeed on both the calculator and non-calculator portions of the test.

SOL

With over twenty years of experience tutoring students in elementary, middle, and high school, I have remained up-to-date with the curriculum framework for the SOL tests. I am particularly knowledgeable in the areas of SOL math and English. As part of my assessment of a student's aptitude, I administer SOL practice tests from previous years to gauge the individual's knowledge. During my lessons with students, I will also utilize SOL practice problems from the student's textbook to help him/her learn how to successfully solve problems on their own.

Special Needs

I have successfully worked with individuals having a range of physical and other disabilities. My portfolio of clients includes students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and cerebral palsy. I have 18 years of experience working for a behavioral health provider that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders.

Spelling

I am a two-time school spelling champion. I placed second in the citywide American Legion competition. I am very knowledgeable about the nuances of English spelling rules and can recognize misspelled words immediately upon sight.

STAAR

I have more than twenty years of experience in tutoring and test prep skills. I have successfully worked with many K-12 students to increase their confidence and improve their test scores including a current rising 5th grader preparing to take the STAAR. I have reviewed several previous STAAR exams and am quite familiar and knowledgeable in the curriculum.

TEAS

I have worked with multiple students preparing for the TEAS VI exam. I have helped students raise their scores into the seventies on the TEAS. I am especially proficient in the area of mathematics and English. I am highly skilled in algebra, geometry, conversions, measurement, statistics, punctuation, spelling, and sentence clarity.

Trigonometry

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in trigonometry. I can break down seemingly complex problems into clear, easy to language. I am very patient in my approach and will help you to learn how to solve problems involving slopes of lines, trig functions and identities, right triangles, and more.

Christopher Newport University
Mathematics

Education

Christopher Newport University (Mathematics)

Excellent Tutor

Micheal tutored my son over a 4 week period with the goal of increasing his ASVAB score. I saw my sons confidence increased after each session and the results confirmed this as his score increase by 19 points. Micheal was very meticulous and informative after each session. I highly recommend Michael for your tutoring needs. Thank you Michael, you help change a life!

— James, Hampton, VA on 10/9/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Newport News, VA 23607.