Tame The Math Demon

Tame The Math Demon

5.0 (7)
12 hires on Tutors.com
1 employee
20 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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7 Reviews


  • Nihal M

    Michael is an excellent tutor whom I would highly recommend! He has a knack for explaining concepts in a very simple manner that makes it easy for students to understand and apply. He follows up every session with notes and recording, which is very helpful for review purposes. Lastly, he does a great job of keeping parents apprised of their kid's progress in the tutoring sessions.

  • Mason Hensler

    I am in high school and there are some things that I learn there that can be quite confusing. My pre Calc teacher didn’t explain something very well and Michael was able to clear it up for me in minutes! All around he is a great tutor and would recommend him for anyone who needs help.

  • Ariel Shakesnider

    Explained physics in a way that was easily understood and very patient. As an adult learner whose been out out of college for about 10 years, I had a hard time recalling algebra and geometry concepts. Michael reviewed these concepts thoroughly. Would highly recommend.

  • Heidi T

    Michael did a great job explaining math concepts to my teens. He teaches a variety of subjects. My teens both loved how he taught and he set them up for success.

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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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