MICHAEL S.


MICHAEL S.

Tutor

Fairfield, CA 94533

Will travel 35 miles

$50 per hour.

4.95 136 ratings

SCIENCE AND MATH HELP

Learning has always been a passion in my life. Academic learning, life experience, motivational books. Just name it. I have helped and tutored grade levels from elementary to college, where I majored in Chemical Engineering. I took time to understand concepts and extended these understandings to different subjects. I took AP science, math, history and social science courses in high school and continued my intellectual pursuits in college. I have usually tutored math and science subjects in i... [more]


Algebra 1

I teach Algebra with the same structure that I used when I learned it. I have helped middle school and high school students alike with success. It takes patience because there are mathematical manipulation and deals with the abstract concept of a variable. Once we can get past these areas, we can get to more complicated topics more comfortably.


Algebra 2

I am able to teach and help students understand topics from algebra to calculus. Often times, algebra is rushed through without the proper framework. With the right structure, it can definitely be learned. I have assisted many students in identifying any underlying deficiencies math fundamentals, which often make learning algebra more difficult than it should be.


American History

I have worked with individuals and groups of history students learn about our nation?s past. American history has been a recent interest of mine, especially with the tumultuous economic and political environment both domestic and global. I seek to connect the past to current events to help understand the often quoted phrase, ?History doesn?t repeat, but it rhymes.?


Biology

I took AP Bio in high school. In college, I took one year of lower division and upper division courses in advanced genetics, biochemistry, bioenergetics.


Calculus

I have taken calculus on three different levels: high school (AP Calculus Score = 5), community college (A+), and university level (B+, A, A). I have delved into differential, integral, multivariate and vector calculus with applications in engineering. I have taught students and taken them through both the theoretical and practical applications. Theory is important to understand how to visualize. Applications are critical for hands-on understanding and to build the mathematics into our physical world. After all, calculus was developed to help communicate and model the world around us. Nerdy aside: what piqued my interest in this subject was when I was awestruck to find out that y = x^2 and y = 2x were related. How could a parabola and straight line be possibly related? Answer: Calculus!


Chemistry

I've taken AP Chemistry in high school. My college prerequisites were (Honors) General Chem, Organic Chem and Physical Chem. I've worked on research projects in chemistry. I have been able to teach many peers in all chemistry subjects, from theory to lab application.


Microsoft Excel

I first encountered Excel in college behind many of my engineering peers. After seeing the importance of Excel in labs and in the workplace, I began to commit hours to learning how use formulas and macros. In my professional career, I broadened my scope to make user-friendly spreadsheets that were both functional and visually appealing.


European History


Geometry


Microsoft Word


Physics

I have taken AP Physics C in high school, Physics at UC Davis (PHY 9HA, PHY 9B-D).


Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint sprung into my life when I was in an undergrad research program and had to learn it to make research posters. After noticing its usefulness, I began to apply PowerPoint in other areas like in automated (timed) professional presentations, dynamic crowd-engagement tools, and fun, memorable slideshows for family events. I have worked with co-workers and cohorts to show them the basic and intermediate level PowerPoint functions. They have often taken those core elements and explored their creativity, often surprising and impressing their audiences.


Prealgebra


Precalculus

I have helped numerous students through Precalculus. Please keep in mind that different schools define Precalculus differently. Usually, it includes advanced algebra, analytic geometry, etc. I can help through students through all.


Trigonometry

I have used trigonometry extensively in multiple applications, especially in math and engineering settings. It is used heavily in physics. I make it a priority to flesh out trig using examples.


Astronomy


Statistics

I took AP Stats in high school. I also took elementary, business and applied Econ statistics. I applied a lot of it in my professional life and in research.


Geography


Government & Politics


Anatomy


SAT Math


World History


Differential Equations

Differential Equations is a critical tool for engineers. Many of their further engineering courses are dependent upon differential equations to describe the phenomena that they will be studying. I have taken DE in my engineering program, plus I have studied PDEs and ODEs. I have worked with Diff Eq students who have both excelled in their coursework.


Finance


Physical Science


GMAT


Probability

I have worked with many stats students deciphering concepts in laws of probability, conditions probability, expected value, continuous and discrete probability distributions.


ACT Math


Elementary Math


Political Science


Managerial Accounting


Financial Accounting


Macroeconomics

I have taken multiple classes in economics. In high school, I aced both AP Macro and AP Micro exams. I continued to develop a fascination and appreciation for both macroeconomics (inflation, GDP, money supply, unemployment) and furthered my studies in upper division microeconomics.


Microeconomics

I have taken multiple classes in economics. In high school, I aced both AP Macro and AP Micro exams. I continued to develop a fascination and appreciation for both macroeconomics (inflation, GDP, money supply, unemployment) and furthered my studies in upper division microeconomics.