MT Associates

Sherman Oaks, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I don't charge by the hour, but by the lesson. I stay until my student knows what I planned on teaching. I'm stubborn. I don't leave until my kids know their stuff.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love working with kids. When their eyes light up when a concept is learned, that's more than money can buy.


Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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5 Reviews
  • Emily W. Jan 18, 2014
    Reading and Writing Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Michael Thal is a life saver! He is the best tutor I have ever had and I am so grateful I found him. He has helped my writing so much, and I now look forward to getting assigned essays so I can work with Michael.
  • Yehuda B. Nov 21, 2013
    Writing Services
    Verified Review
  • Jennifer A. May 31, 2013
    ESL students, Michael Thal assessed my English abilities and based on my score prescribed a plan. All I needed to do was follow his plan and I eventually reached my goal(English fluency) in the shortest amount of time! He was always on time and prepared. At the end of each class, I was more eager to learn. I'm really happy that I was lucky to have him as my tutor.
  • Ishiqa M. Nov 9, 2011
    Mr. Michael is an amazing personality. He is willing to help anyone at any point. I called him all the way from India to help me out with my essay writing and some editing work, he quickly agreed without knowing who I was. He delivered excellent work much before the scheduled deadline. I highly recommend him.
  • Koren T. Oct 12, 2011
    Michael tutored me in history when I was in the 5th grade. I hated history with a passion. Michael sat me down with my books 3 times a week and not only helped me ace my exams, but taught me what there is to love about history. Now I'm in law school, reading about the history of law every day! I highly recommend Michael as a tutor.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It's pretty simple. If you come to me, I charge $40 per lesson. Remember, a lesson is the time needed to get a concept over to the student. An average lesson is about 90 min. If I drive to your home, I charge $50.00. I'm flexible, so call and we can negotiate.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All the time. I read articles on education and parenting as well as write an advice column for parents and kids for the Los Angeles Examiner at:
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a summer camp counselor when I was attending college. I loved the kids and thought spending a career working with them would be a fun job. I wasn't disappointed.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Helping children with their math homework seems to be the most requested job I'm asked to do.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A high school student working on her personal statement for college wrote a great essay, but the grammar and syntax needed work. After editing her piece, she submitted her college application and was admitted.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure your tutor doesn't watch a clock. His prime concern should be a student's acquisition of knowledge; and understanding the child's way of learning.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm hard of hearing. It doesn't affect my ability to teach, but clients should know about my hearing impairment.