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I've been helping students understand math and science for nineteen years now. So many students don't know that the math they're learning is useful and is supposed to make sense. If they ask "Why are we learning this stuff?" the answer is always something like, "You'll need it next year when you study the next level (Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, etc.)" Math seems to them like a bunch of arbitrary nonsense put together by humorless committees of gray-haired old men with bad breath.
I explain all of all the tough concepts clearly with plenty of funny and interesting real life stories and examples. I explain why we need to learn what we're learning. I know all the places where students generally have trouble and can provide practice with carefully sequenced exercises. I include strategies for solving math word problems and real-life physics and chemistry problems. Students respond well to my witty and irreverent style, my true stories of the weirder-than-hell people who invented the math and science we use today, and my gentle patience. If I may say so, I'm one of those people with the gift of being able to understand difficult technical material -- and still talk like a human being.
I love seeing people's faces light up when they finally *get* something that has grinding them into the ground. I love learning myself and when I come up with a good way to explain a difficult subject, I understand it better too. It's a win/win!
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My daughter really likes working with Michael. He has been tutoring her in pre-calc, and she says it is extremely helpful and has removed a lot of stress. If she doesn't understand something from class, he will find an approach that makes the concept easier to grasp. We're happy we found him.
I start with what they're currently working on since that's the most up for them. As I discover gaps or areas where they're rusty, I do mini-lessons to help with that.
I've worked as a classroom teacher and I have a BA in History but frankly, I'm self-taught in math and science. I find it fascinating and my enthusiasm is contagious. Also with everything I study I'm always thinking, how could I explain this so it makes more sense? That's why I'm such a good explainer of things.
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