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My goal is to help make things accessible for the student. I want to show the student how to develop a process-based approach to problems, adapting to the student's particular needs.

I specialize in SAT and ACT test prep. My students have seen immense leaps in their scores. On average, my students' SAT scores increase by 200 points (equivalent to 6 points on the ACT). I even had one student increase her score by 350 points, achieving a 1560!

I have extensive experience tutoring the following academic subjects: Algebra 1 and 2, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus (AP and IB), Physics (AP and IB), Chemistry (AP and IB), Statistics (AP), Java programming, and chess (1850 elo).

My hobbies include video and tabletop gaming, indoor rock climbing, and watching Star Trek with my wife and two cats.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Directing and Theatrical Production

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Current Undergrad Student, Computer Science

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2250

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 750

Hobbies

Gaming, programming

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

AP Physics C: Mechanics

AP Statistics

C

Calculus 2

College Algebra

College Physics

Competition Math

Computer Science

CSS

Discrete Math

Geometry

High School Computer Science

High School Physics

HTML

IB Computer Science

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

IB Theory of Knowledge

Java

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

PC Basic Computer Skills

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Probability

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Statistics

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that the best learning takes place when the student is excited to learn. I want to help my students get excited about the material by helping them to approach it in a way that is fun and interesting to them.

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

I would get to know the student by asking them about their interests and hobbies. I would use my knowledge about the student's interests to help them approach difficult material in a way that makes sense to them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Process trumps product. A student can achieve anything when they can figure out the process on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The key is to find the approach that works for the particular student. If something isn't working, we need to find a different approach.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Break. It. Down!

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

If the material doesn't excite the student, I'll ask them what does. Then, together, we can find a way to connect the two.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

First, I'll explain the material. Then, I'll have the student watch me solve another problem. Next, I'll help the student another problem. Finally, I'll watch the student solve a problem.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Confidence is all about letting go of past frustration and focusing on current and future successes.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Getting to know the student is key. Through conversation and observation, I'll discover what each student need to be successful.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Some students might need to watch me solve a problem and others might need a visual aid. I'll work with students in a way that works for them.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I think that process is the most important thing to emphasize when working with students. Sometimes something seems easy when the tutor is with you, but what about during a testing environment? Developing a disciplined problem-solving process will make tests a breeze!

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I usually try to make a drawing of a problem so that the student can see what the equations we're writing mean in the real world. Connecting the math to their application helps cement an understanding of the concepts.


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