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Michael A.

Newport News, VA

$35/hour

Patient Tutor Specializing in Math and Test Prep

100+ Hours
5.0 average from 44 ratings
One of the greatest tutors available
— Antonette, Newport News, VA on 3/5/17

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Christopher Newport University
Mathematics

Education

Christopher Newport University (Mathematics)

About Michael

I have always had a passion for math and thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them better understand mathematics. I graduated magna cum laude from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. degree in Mathematics. I have over 20 years of experience as a tutor in Christopher Newport University's math lab, as an instructor at Thomas Nelson Community College's Math Emporium, and as a private tutor.

I specialize in K-6 math, algebra I/II, pre-calculus, trigonometry, calculus I, and test preparation for the SOL, GED, and ASVAB. I have considerable experience with the ALEKS online tutoring and assessment program. I enjoy working with all levels of students from K-12 to college level and adults.

My objective is to help students comprehend and master the material, not to simply provide answers. Ultimately, I will teach students to determine the solutions to math problems on their own.

I am available for online tutoring each day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. I will meet students for in-person tutoring at a public place such as the library anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. My base rate is $35/hour. There will be a 20% cancellation fee in the amount of $7.00 for any lessons canceled without giving 24 hours prior notice.

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I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Together, we will increase your confidence, improve your test scores, and achieve your goals for success. Thank you in advance for your business!
I have always had a passion for math and thoroughly enjoy working with students to help them better understand mathematics. I graduated magna cum laude from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. degree in Mathematics. I have over 20 years of experience as a tutor in Christopher Newport University's math lab, as an instructor at Thomas Nelson Read more

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

"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.

"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.

"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.

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, TEAS
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Homeschool,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I have over twenty years of experience providing math tutoring and test preparation for the ACT and SAT. I have extensive knowledge in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. I can assess your comfort level with each of these topics and provide you additional practice problems on any areas of weakness.

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, paragraph comprehension, and word knowledge. I administer practice tests to determine students' skill level, and I offer additional homework problems for areas where the individuals may need reinforcement. I can also provide you with strategies proven to increase test scores.

Algebra 1

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in Algebra. I am a former algebra instructor at a local community college. I provide detailed instructions in simple to understand language, not just the answer, in order to help you master the material.

Algebra 2

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in algebra. I am a former algebra instructor at a local community college. I will patiently guide you through each problem step-by-step in simple language rather than just provide you with the answer.

ASVAB

I have successfully worked with many individuals studying for the ASVAB. I am highly proficient in the following areas: arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mathematics knowledge. I am also knowledgeable about topics in general science. I will administer preliminary tests to assess your comfort level with each of these subjects and assign additional practice problems on any areas of weakness.

Calculus

For twenty years, I have successfully worked with high school and college students in business calculus, calculus I, and AP calculus. I am a former calculus tutor at Christopher Newport University. I am extremely patient, and I explain complex topics in clear, concise language.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring elementary school students for over twenty years. I specialize in K-6 math. Additionally, I have volunteer experience reading to elementary school students to enrich their language skills. I am proficient in spelling and am a former spelling bee champion. I provide worksheets, drill exercises, and more to enhance students' comprehension of the material presented in class. I am extremely patient and detailed in my approach.

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 can teach tips and strategies to make seemingly challenging problems appear simple.

GED

I have successfully worked with many individuals preparing to take the GED exam. 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 answer any questions you may have.

Geometry

I have over twenty years of experience as a math tutor. This includes a strong background in geometry. I will exhibit patience and understanding while assisting you with the quantitative and abstract reasoning necessary for this subject.

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 also provide you with strategies to improve and increase your vocabulary.

Homeschool

Within the past year, I have concurrently worked with two students who are being homeschooled. One of the children is in the fourth grade, and the other student is in the seventh. I have assisted them with K-6 math, including the four basic operations, as well as various topics in pre-algebra. We have conducted sessions both in-person and online with equal success.

Prealgebra

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in pre-algebra. I am also a former pre-algebra instructor at a local community college. I am extremely patient in my approach with students. My explanations will be clear, concise, and easy to follow.

Precalculus

I have over twenty years of experience working with pre-calculus students in high school and college. I can transform seemingly complex problems to simple ones by providing detailed, yet easy to follow instructions. I am extremely patient in my approach with students.

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.

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 prepare for the examination.

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.

TEAS

I have prior experience providing test prep for the TEAS VI exam. I recently worked with an individual who scored a 58 on her initial attempt. After only one 90-minute, online session with me, the student subsequently earned a passing score on the test. I am especially proficient in the area of mathematics and English. I am highly skilled in algebra, measurement, punctuation, spelling, and sentence clarity. I can administer practice tests to determine your areas of strength and weakness. Based on those results, I can then provide you with additional practice in areas that need reinforcement.

Trigonometry

I have over twenty years of experience tutoring students in trigonometry. I can break down seemingly complex problems into clear, easy to follow steps. I am very patient in my approach and will speak in terms that you can understand.

Christopher Newport University
Mathematics

Education

Christopher Newport University (Mathematics)

One of the greatest tutors available

Michael A. Has really helped me succed in algebra 2 i had a f in math cause i wasnt receiving the right attention within a 3 week span i have a 92,A hes very patient and always has a positive attitude towards helping you.

— Antonette, Newport News, VA on 3/5/17

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.