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Michael

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I recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering, and have helped many undergraduate students succeed in rigorous math and science-based courses. I tailor each session to the student's needs and focus on a multi-faceted approach to explaining abstract concepts. Connecting topics to the real world is what has made engineering fun for me, and I hope to inspire that in the people I work with. In addition to math and science, I have a strong foundation in writing and reading skills, so I can fulfill all test-prep needs if desired.

Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Nuclear Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Masters, Environmental Engineering

Hobbies

Running, yoga, making music


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning is more than memorizing facts. I aim for a deeper understanding that you can connect to the real world, and which you can retain much longer. This approach needs to be tailored to the individual, which is why I believe tutoring is so beneficial.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Discuss goals and expectations, areas which you want to focus on, and verify our schedules. Icebreakers or any kind of atypical small talk is also a great way to break down apprehensions about tutoring, and allow for a better tutor-student relationship, because most importantly, we should get along!