Michael D.


Michael D.

Tutor

Arlington, TX 76012

Will travel 20 miles

$45 per hour.

4.96 529 ratings

Math/Accounting/Business/Social Studies and Test Prep Tutor

I am a certified secondary math teacher (State of Texas) who also had a long, successful career in business administration with an emphasis on finance and accounting. I have been the coach of my High School's UIL accounting team, which won its District meet, and I have had over a decade's experience in tutoring students for the SAT, the PSAT, ACT, TAKS and STAAR in all sections of those tests. As a grandfather, with 6 grandchildren, I have a great deal of experience and patience in dealing wi... [more]


Algebra 1

I have taught hundreds of Algebra I students, who have been successful, during the last several years. I help my students achieve success by simplifying the subject so my students are able to understand the "why things are true", rather than just the "what is true" in Algebra. Understanding how math works allows students to see how learning math prepares them for real life. I have tutored algebra to students of all ages, from middle school through adults in their careers.


Algebra 2

I am a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher who has successfully taught hundreds of Algebra II students during the last few years. Additionally, I have tutored many Algebra students from middle school through graduate school for over 17 years. I have studied how students learn (recent continuing education at UTA and through the FWISD), so that I can make algebra logical and simplified, so that my students can learn why things work, not just memorize formulas and procedures, which make math overly complicated. I believe that the better the instruction, the simpler the material becomes and the longer the material will be retained. I also make efforts to engage my students in the learning process by relating the math to the real world, not just to abstract concepts.


American History

As a Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I was required to pass the State Tests to qualify me as a teacher. That required a knowledge of social studies, in addition to math and general pedagogy. I have been a student of social studies as a natural part of my life. I have tutored social studies both within the AISD and FWISD, as well as privately, for over 13 years. Most elementary and middle school students that I tutor also require support in all core subjects.


Vocabulary

As a published writer of more than 200 non-fiction articles, I have had the opportunity to develop a relatively large vocabulary and, more importantly, the ability to understand the variety of usages of many individual words. I successfully completed a variety of English language subjects as an undergraduate and while studying business administration in graduate school. I have also served as an editor of several magazine type publications in college, as well in my subsequent business career.


Geometry

As a State Certified (and background checked) Secondary Math Teacher, I have been involved in teaching and tutoring Geometry for over 17 years. I have learned that Geometry has to be taught for "understanding", not just for memorization of formulas and methods that can be quickly forgotten if the basic understanding has not occurred. I have successfully tutored geometry to support students in their normal classes, for STAAR, PSAT, SAT and ACT test prep, as well as for students requiring Geometry knowledge for other subjects. As I also tutor reading and writing (as well as other core subjects), I help my students learn how to read and understand word problems, as well as to interpret the questions they are trying to answer. Reading comprehension as a very important part of mastering mathematics.


Prealgebra

As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have not only passed the State competency exam that includes pre-algebra, I have had the opportunity to teach and tutor the subject for over 16 years. My experience includes students through the AISD and FWISD, as well as individual tutoring students, including those through WyzAnt that I have been privileged to support.


Precalculus

I have tutored pre-calculus for about the last 16 years. As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, who had full time classrooms in Algebra II (and other subjects), I had to pass a certification exam including all secondary math subjects through pre-calculus and calculus. Additionally, I have covered pre-calculus classes on a part time basis in the FWISD.


Reading

In the course of my formal education, as well as my careers in private enterprise and Education, I have learned to be an avid reader and a writer of numerous published non-fiction articles, speeches and essays. Since I began tutoring, over 15 years ago, I have always focused on literacy, in addition to the teaching of mathematics, accounting and business. I have taught reading and writing as stand alone subjects, as well as for SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, TAKS, STAAR and other standardized test preparation. I have worked with students of virtually all age groups. I have had additional training, at UTA and the FWISD, in meeting both the needs of the "Gifted and Talented", as well as the needs of students with various handicaps.


Geography

In addition to my educational background, I have had the opportunity to travel to all of the 48 mainland States, most of the Mexican States, most of the Canadian provinces, various Caribbean countries, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. I have done business in most of the above locations plus Asia and Australia, which has given me a deep understanding of each areas natural resources, history and Government. I have successfully tutored geography for over 16 years.


Government & Politics

I have had considerable experience in Governmental activities, including testifying before Senate committees, causing bills to be introduced in Congress. I have also interacted with the White House OM&B, as well as the department of HHS and many of its sub-agencies. I have also been active in a variety of elections (Federal, State and Local and had personal meetings with many members of the Federal congress (both houses). I have had the opportunity to tutor US Goverment, US history, economics and politics and I have published and spoke on these subjects.


SAT Math

As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to prepare students for SAT exam through both my school system and privately. I have successfully supported many students in their preparation for all aspects of the SAT and ACT exams, as well as for other standardized tests. In addition to my focus on math, I have supported students in reading and writing preparation, including the creation of persuasive essays.


World History

I have been a student of history and social studies for my entire career. As an avid collector and reader of world history, US history and geography books, I have remained up to date with my knowledge. Naturally, I have been required to be knowledgeable in social studies to be an effective State Certified Secondary Teacher. I have tutored a variety of social studies students both within the FWISD and AISD, as well as privately during the last 16 years.


Finance

Prior to my second career as a teacher and tutor, I had a very successful business career for over 40 years. I started and was the CEO for several public and private companies. I have been the chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors for a wide variety of companies, and I still serve in that role for two companies. I have lead several SEC approved public offerings for both debt and equity, as well as numerous private placements. I have led and advised bank negotiations, as well as data disclosures to a variety of lenders. I have hired, trained and supervised hundreds of accounting and finance personnel, as well as recently tutoring accounting and finance at the college level, graduate students, and individuals already in careers who needed to learn accounting and finance.


GED

As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to assist students who (for one reason or another) have been unable to complete their normal high school education. I have also tutored for more than the last 14 years. My test preparation tutoring (GED, SAT, PSAT, ACT, TAKS, STAAR) covers all subject areas (not just math) and is geared to the specific needs of my individual student. No two students are the same and sometimes "classes" do not provide the opportunity to meet the specific learning needs of the individual student. My students are successful because of their hard work, supported by my dedication to find the ways to connect all new learning to what they already confidently know.


PSAT


ACT Math

As a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, I have had the opportunity to prepare students for all aspects of their ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED and other standardized exams. I have also tutored privately for more than the last 14 years. My tutoring includes math, English Language Arts, essay writing (when appropriate) and specific subject improvement. I also work with my students to help them become better "test takers", as many lack the careful reading skills and strategies to demonstrate their achievement on standardized exams. All of my tutoring is geared to the individual needs of my students.


Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary math to students for over 17 years, both privately, as well as for the AISD and FWISD. Usually, this tutoring activity included all elementary subjects, not just math. Because I provide FREE voice phone support between scheduled lessons, I am able to properly support the development of daily homework and study habits for my students. Naturally, I have passed the State certification exams, which include Pedagogy K-12, in addition to my certification in secondary math. Recently, I also successfully completed the UTA Summer Institute training in the Gifted and Talented, as well as well as similar training and special recognition provided by the FWISD. During this year, I have had the opportunity to frequently work with Special Education Students attending FWISD schools.


Managerial Accounting

During a long business career after my formal education, I developed deep expertise in accounting. I have served on many Boards of public and private companies as the Chairman of Audit and Finance. I still serve in that role for two companies. I have hired, supervised and trained hundreds of accounting and finance personnel during my pre-teaching career. I have also managed several successful SEC approved Public offerings.


Financial Accounting

During a long business career after my formal education, I developed deep expertise in accounting. I have served on many Boards of public and private companies as the Chairman of Audit and Finance. I still serve in that role for two companies. I have hired, supervised and trained hundreds of accounting and finance personnel during my pre-teaching career. I have also managed several successful SEC approved Public offerings.


Macroeconomics

Prior to my second career as an educator, I spent over 40 years developing and managing several major enterprises, including public companies, private companies and non-profit organizations. My major areas of developed expertise were corporate finance, accounting, economics, and business management. I have operated businesses in North America, Europe and Australia and developed expertise in both micro and macroeconomics. My formal education included studying math, industrial engineering, economics, accounting and finance, as well as psychology and education. I have had experience tutoring economics since I have entered my second career as a state certified secondary teacher.


Microeconomics

Prior to my second career as an educator, I spent over 40 years developing and managing several major enterprises, including public companies, private companies and non-profit organizations. My major areas of developed expertise were corporate finance, accounting, economics, and business management. I have operated businesses in North America, Europe and Australia and developed expertise in both micro and macroeconomics. My formal education included studying math, industrial engineering, economics, accounting and finance, as well as psychology and education. I have had experience tutoring economics since I have entered my second career as a state certified secondary teacher.


Elementary (K-6th)

Although I am a certified secondary math teacher, I worked as a substitute and tutor for the AISD from 2000 to 2011. The majority of that work was for K-6 students. Since 2011, I have become a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher working for the FWISD and tutoring students of all ages. Additionally, I have privately tutored K-6 students for Wyzant for many of those years. In order to obtain my Texas Secondary Certification, I also was required to pass the State Exam in Pedagogy, which covers K-12. I have taken all of the required continuing education to become certified by the FWISD for Gifted & Talented students, as well as the continuing education that has permitted me to work with special needs students during the last several years.


Study Skills

I am a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher, with over 16 years of successful experience in tutoring students in all core subjects, as well as focusing on their study skills and habits. I have been specifically trained (and received certificates) in Gifted and Talented Teaching by both the UTA summer institute and the FWISD program. I currently teach in a variety of areas, including working with the FWISD in the handling of Special Education Students and Behavioral Improvement Classes. I provide FREE voice phone support in the evenings and weekends between regularly scheduled lessons as part of my program to make studying and homework a daily habit for my tutoring clients.


Business

I have been a director of about 30 different Corporations and CEO of 6 of those companies. I am currently still the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of ADA Enterprises, Inc of Northwood, IA. and non executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARS Enterprises, Inc of Sante Fe Springs, CA. I have been a guest lecturer in the graduate schools of management at St Louis University (Healthcare Administration) and the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in Healthcare Administration. I am a former director of Professional Examination Services of New York City, having served 6 years as a Director of that Nationwide Non - Profit Organization responsible for testing and certifying numerous credentialed professionals in all 50 States.


Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra is the study of linear equations and their applications. I have taught and tutored linear algebra (for the last 13 years) at a variety of levels including pre - algebra, algebra I, Algebra II, pre - calculus and college algebra. I hold my BS degree as a math major, and I am currently a State of Texas Certified Secondary Math teacher.


TAKS

I have specifically worked in TAKS tutoring as an extension of my certified high school math teaching for the FWISD. Although my primary tutoring for the FWISD was in math and accounting, I also had to support the reading/writing testing program, particularly for my Language Center and Transition students. I have also tutored privately for TAKS math and ELA for the last several years. All tutored students ultimately passed the TAKS exams.


STAAR

In addition to being a State Certified Secondary Math Teacher who has prepared hundreds of students for math STAAR exams, as well as being trained to administer those exams, I have tutored students for TAKS, STAAR and EOC exams in math, social studies and English at various grade levels for over 16 years. I have also tutored students for SAT, PSAT, GED, ACT and other standardized tests for the same number of years.