Mr. Michael A.
Bachelor in Computer Science & Math · specializes in Algebra, Pre-Calculus · 41-50 years old male
"The first hour of tutoring is free with no obligation so you'll see just how well you're going to like me and you won't hesitate to pay me for great tutoring results! You will find that I am friendly, patient, and easy-going. I take sessions at a relaxed and comfortable pace so students don't feel nervous and pressured. I joke around a little bit and get to know students and build a bit of a relationship more...
"The first hour of tutoring is free with no obligation so you'll see just how well you're going to like me and you won't hesitate to pay me for great tutoring results! You will find that I am friendly, patient, and easy-going. I take sessions at a relaxed and comfortable pace so students don't feel nervous and pressured. I joke around a little bit and get to know students and build a bit of a relationship before just jumping in and getting more serious about the subject material. But there's plenty of time to get things done.
If you watch me closely during our sessions, you can see me secretly paying keen attention to you and how you learn best. For example, you might say, "It LOOKS like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! LOOKS. Maybe you're a visual learner. On the other hand, you might say, "It sounds like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! sounds. Maybe you're an auditory learner and like to hear things explained clearly and specifically. Or maybe you'll say, "I FEEL like they want me to factor here" (as you tap the problem with your pencil). And I'll think, "Aha! FEEL. Maybe you need to just jump in and work a problem or two with me step-by-step and discover the pattern of what's going on and pick up the FEEL of it. See, I understand. Listen, I understand. If you feel what I'm saying, I get it. I know how to get the point across based on how you learn.
I understand what it feels like not to understand a subject very well. In fact, I wasn't good at math in high school. It wasn't until college that I got a really outstanding teacher who knew how to teach so that everyone who went to class and did their homework (like they should) understood…and from then on, math was easy for me. And now things are about to get easier for you, too. When a tutor first meets a student, the tutor has to estimate the student's background knowledge of a subject. Don't worry. I will very quickly have a feel for what you know and what you don't…and what you urgently need to know. Bring everything to your first session so I can get a snapshot or a feel for how your instructor determines your grades: textbook, laptop computer, and notebook (notes, homework, labs, projects, and quizzes &tests especially), and materials you ordinarily need (calculator, ruler, protractor, compass, colored pencils)." less...
|fee:||$45 (for 60 min)|
|years of tutoring:||10 and more|
|students tutored:||100 and more|
|travel distance:||20 miles|
|meeting type:||either in-person or online|
|member for:||2 years and 3 months|
|references:||Mike is an amazingly caring and trustworthy person. He goes out of his way to do things for others and is always willing to help. He is easy going and laid back which makes for an excellent tutor. Mike puts students at ease and makes them comfortable to ask any question. He is incredibly brilliant. I have always thought it takes true superior intelligence to be able to break down complicated subjects in an easy way and make them understandable for others. He brings this skill to life. He is a great communicator and all around quality person. I have no hesitation recommending him as a teacher. --Lisa Andruscavage, MD|
Education and Qualifications
|school:||Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA|
For the last 23 years, it has been so fulfilling working for three colleges and tutoring independently over 1,000 students of all ages in all areas of math and computer science, as well as college writing, adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). I have a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science and am internationally-certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. I love tutoring more every year I do it.
Roanoke, VA 24015
full address is on file
|Elementary & Junior High School|
|Computer Basics||Elementary Math|
|Computer & Internet|
|Microsoft Excel||Microsoft Office|
|Microsoft Outlook||Microsoft Windows|
|Chemistry (General)||Creative Writing|
|General Chemistry||Life Coach|
|Term Paper||Writing Composition|
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rating and Reviews
"Guaranteed To Pass Your Course"
I've been through plenty of tutors over the years and I've never had the feeling that I'd for sure pass the course I was in. There always was a level of uncertainty with all of the others. With Michael it's almost a guarantee that you will pass your course, granted you have to put in the time, but Michael is who you need to succeed!