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PrepNow Tutor - Michael E.

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Michael's Bio

In high school, Michael scored in the top 10 percent in Arizona's state math contest. As a senior economics major at Arizona State University, he was awarded a scholarship from BankOne and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then earned his master's in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked as a teaching assistant in many courses, including financial economics, which he found he really enjoyed.

Michael is fluent in both Spanish and French, languages he mastered on his own "due to each being an important part of my heritage," he says. With his French language skills and his interest in finance raised from his work at Berkeley, he decided to do a joint Master's program in International Finance at California State University, Stanislaus, and the Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, outside Paris. He earned master's from both universities (an MSBA in California and a master 2 in France). To conclude the program, he did a summer internship involving statistical analysis of mutual fund returns. A few years later, he expanded his expertise yet again with a master's from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in international economics.

Michael was a teaching assistant for many economics courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and has since taught economics at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay area. He worked for many years as a supplemental educational services tutor. He has taught review courses and tutored for the GMAT and developed economics content for a web-based study guide program for college-level economics. He has also independently tutored college students in economics, finance, statistics, and accounting.

Michael began tutoring economics at Arizona State because it was his first opportunity to use his academic skills professionally. "I like helping students gain confidence with material about which they previously felt clueless," he says.

Michael describes himself as "a patient and knowledgeable man with an international background." His patience comes through in his methodical style. "I find that students get lost if steps are skipped," Michael says. He remembers experiences of his own trying to learn from teachers who were tough to follow and is careful to avoid the same mistakes. He believes that students ought to seek out challenges, as those are likely to do the most to increase their knowledge.

In high school, Michael played third base on the JV baseball team and goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team. In college, he played intramural softball and soccer.

These days, he enjoys watching his favorite major league baseball and NBA teams, and also visiting aquariums and zoos. Fun fact: When Michael was young, he skateboarded "intensely"!