Tame The Math Demon

Tame The Math Demon

5.0 (11)
16 hires on Tutors.com
1 employee
21 years in business

About this tutor

Work online via Zoom with an outstanding and funny explainer.  When the session is done, you'll get a PDF of all the notes we took and a link to a free recording of the session that you can download and keep.

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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Piedmont, CA 94602
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Dhriti Mohan

    We have been so fortunate to have found Michael on Tutors.com for teaching PreCalc to our sophomore. His passion and knowledge of the subject are reflected in the way he conducts his lessons, and makes even the complex concepts not just easy to grasp, but also enjoyable. He is extremely patient, approachable and organized. We would highly recommend Michael to anyone who’s looking for help in Math.

  • Ava

    - takes time to explain concepts (and does so in an in-depth way) - does extra practice problems within the sessions to ensure you understand the topic

  • Aaron Lai

    Michael explained all the concepts in a concise and thorough manner that made it easy to digest.

  • Katia V.

    Michael has been teaching my 9th grader math for the past two months. He is not only a great tutor but also an excellent teacher. I can’t say enough about his methods and organized teaching style. He is enthusiastic about the subject and effective. My son is able to obtain a deep understanding of the problems/concepts taught every week. Michael has a pleasant, fun personality and my son really enjoys working with him. Highly recommend!


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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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