Michael W.


Michael W.

Tutor

Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Will travel 20 miles

$80 per hour.

4.82 238 ratings

ACT & SAT Tutor - BS, MA, MBA tutor

I mostly work with students now on the ACT & SAT. For the ACT, we will go over content that you must know for English & Math. For ex, there are specific reasons when to use a comma. Most likely, you were never taught that. In order to improve your score on the English section, you must learn and study that content. We will work on specific strategies for the Reading and Science sections. Once you feel confident with that information, we will work on concepts such as time management, ... [more]


Algebra 1

I took many math classes in high school and calculus in college.


Algebra 2


American History

I took AP US History in high school. I continue to read on the internet about historical events and have very good recall to go over with students.


Vocabulary

By helping students study for various entrance exams, I have increased my overall vocabulary of the English language. I can come up with easy memorization tools for students to learn and recall new vocab words.


Grammar

Thru WyzAnt, I have tutored students on various writing assignments and different entrance exams. Grammar plays an important role for one to accurately comprehend the writer's meaning. I can help you review grammar in your assignment and give you tips to correct it when needed.


General Computer

I have been playing with computers since the IBM PC Jr came out many years ago. I stay on top of new technology related to software and hardware content.


Geometry


Prealgebra

I took many math classes in high school and calculus in college.


Reading

I enjoy reading and writing. I have a strong grasp on grammar, spelling and other related issues to English.


Writing

I used to write spec scripts, screenplays, fiction stories, along with essays for school and work related subjects. I can help you write strong statements based on what you are passionate about or what you have to write for a school project.


English

I have a strong grasp of the English language in issues related to grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. I also continue to learn new languages so I can further see how they compare to English.


LSAT


GRE

I enjoy reading and writing. I have a strong grasp on grammar, spelling and other related issues to English. I also have taken many entrance exams over the years such as GRE, LSAT, etc.


Proofreading

I will review your writing assignments for issues like spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the general meaning/idea of what you intended.


GED

I have completed high school and earned 3 college degrees. I am also taking additional science courses, computer science, and language learning as time permits. I can help you pass high school related courses.


SAT Reading

For many students, the challenge here is on older passages. You'll find one or two passages written prior to World War 2. Many students struggle on these passage types because of the way people used to speak and write back then. We will discuss how you can annotate these passages to improve your understanding. Then, I'll have you do a passage untimed as if it's a school assignment. Once I know your score on that passage, we will determine whether to focus on the time aspect of the test or general understanding. If it's the latter, then we'll go over methods to improve your reading ability. Once you feel confident with that, we'll discuss ways to focus on the timing. Once you feel confident with that, we'll focus on back-to-back passages, endurance, and being a careful reader.


SAT Writing

I have a strong background in writing in the school setting along with creative writing. I can help you form essays using an agenda, thesis statements, concluding summary, etc.


GMAT

I took the GMAT in order to get into a MBA school. I do well on test taking strategies like time management, process of elimination, reading comprehension, math, etc. I can review these with you.


Spelling


ACT Reading

First, I'll have you do a passage untimed as if it's a school assignment. Once I know your score on that passage, we will determine whether to focus on the time aspect of the test or general understanding. If it's the latter, then we'll go over methods to improve your reading ability. Once you feel confident with that, we'll discuss ways to focus on the timing. Once you feel confident with that, we'll focus on back-to-back passages, endurance, and being a careful reader.


ACT English

We will go over comma rules (there are at least 6 you must know), semi-colons, colons, apostrophes, dashes, and hyphens. We will discuss strategies such as active voice, conciseness, word choice, vocabulary, tone, being specific, rhetoric, and other related concepts. We willl go over the structure of the English section.


ACT Math

If you don't like math or find it challenging, then you really need a confidence boost to help you get the score you want. In school, you probably are trying to get A's and B's on your tests. You can follow a similar process here, but you aim for a C+. What does that mean? Each test is difference, but if you can get about 47 of the 60 questions right, then you should be around the 29/30 score range for math. Can you get a C+ on this section? Of course you can!!! Nearly 40% of the test is pre-algebra/Algebra 1 type questions. You can get almost all of those right. You probably forgot it. The remaining part consists of Algebra 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. If you're a junior, then you are currently taking this area of math or just recently did. There may be a few problems you don't know how to do on the test. That's ok, We need to work on your recall of prior sections and reduce your silly mistakes. It does take practice, but you can get there!!!


ACT Science

Some students find the Science section challenging. It's the last test, and many test takers are tired by then. I will show you how to do the chart/data parts of the test. All of my student have found it much easier and interesting compared to how they complete it now. There's another section that is very similar to a reading passage. We'll go over ways to organize your questions here to save you time, energy, and probably get more of the questions right.


Elementary Math

I enjoy working with kids and have good background in higher level math and science courses.


Elementary Science

I enjoy working with kids and have good background in higher level math and science courses. I further my studies by taking chemistry and biology classes in high school and college.


Study Skills

I have taken many tests over the years. I had to balance work, family, and other issues in order to successfully pass these tests. I have 5 insurance designations which composed about 30 tests. I have 2 graduate degrees and a bachelor's degree. Over that time period, I took various tests in many subjects and successfully completed them. I have excellent time management skills and can help provide strategies to students to pass tests. It will include hard skills (math, science) and soft skills such as ways to approach tests, how to pick answers on multiple choice tests, how to write essay exams.


Business

I have an MBA in marketing and finance, started my own business, and have worked in sales, marketing, HR function.


Career Development

In college, I worked in the career counseling center where we would help students and alumni create and improve their resume, mock interviewing, and career searches. My HR experience allowed me to review resumes, conduct real interviews with candidates, and discuss how they could help our company.


College Counseling

I provided college and career counseling at the University of IL. We would discuss with students issues such as entrance exams, placement tests, enrollment procedures, CLEP/AP exams, ratings of schools, essay writing, and mock interviewing.


Marketing

I have an MBA with a focus in marketing. In my sales job, I have to constantly market myself and our products/services in order to achieve work related and financial goals.


Series 63

I have 8 years of experience selling financial and insurance products. We are required to be licensed and I took the 63. I had to study for this test and do continuing ed.


Series 7

I have been in the financial/insurance industry for almost 9 yrs. I have taken Series 6, 63, and 65 tests and passed. I have earned 5 insurance/financial related designations. I have tutored a student on Series 65 and helped him pass the exam.


Speech

Over my career, I have had to give training presentations in small and large groups. I have performed in Second City student shows. I now have to present information to clients in order to educate them about their insurance products. I feel very comfortable speaking in front of a group and can pass on these skills.