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I'm currently a Ph.D student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering studying Chemical Engineering. I have a strong background in calculus and related math courses. My goal at Varsity Tutors is to work with other students to overcome challenges they may face in their high school or college math courses. My math is tested every day as a Ph.D student so my math skills remain very sharp.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Biological Systems Engineering

Graduate Degree: Polytechnic Institute of New York University - Current Grad Student, Chemical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1980

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 610

SAT Writing: 640

GRE: 311

GRE Quantitative: 161

GRE Verbal: 150

Hobbies

Kayaking, Cooking, Electric Cars

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The first thing I plan on telling students is to be very organized and neat while working out math problems. In my experience, a lot of wrong answers stem from simple mistakes, like forgetting a negative sign or forgetting an additional term. Second, I plan on teaching students how to recognize which techniques are required to be applied to a specific problem. From there, the problem can be broken down into parts, and the correct techniques can be applied to each part. Then, putting all the pieces together should lead to the correct answer.

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

I usually take 5-10 minutes to discuss personal hobbies and interests. This way, the student and I can have a personal connection and feel more comfortable during the session. After this, I would ask the student to perform a self-assessment of his/her math skills, including areas of weakness. From this, I can cater the tutoring session to spend more time on skills that may need improvement.


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