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Oberlin College, Olin College (B.A. Music, B.S. ME)
My name is Jessie and I am brilliant at tutoring! I have years of experience and am committed to helping you succeed. Let me, a well-rounded engineer, help you master math and science.
You are taking a math or science class and the concepts are starting to pile up. Maybe you don't quite understand some of the techniques, and your teacher's explanations are confusing! You have tried a number of the practice problems, but they are so complex, it's hard to know where to start! Why is this stuff important anyway? Where is this class going?
It's time to get a tutor - someone who cares about your success, who can help you understand and get back on track, and show you why this stuff is important.
I am a great tutor because I can teach from many angles and understand all sides of a problem. Seeing from a student's point of view is essential for tutoring - I make a student understand how and why a solution works so that they will remember it for the future. I also help students understand practical applications of the material so they understand its importance and want to learn it. I am a well-rounded tutor - I understand technical details AND can explain them. I love to see students succeed and appreciate that I can be part of the process. I am proud of the stars awarded to me by my students.
I have been tutoring professionally since 2004. I tutor advanced levels of math, from Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-Calc to Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, and even special math topics for advanced science classes. I also tutor in Physics and Chemistry, both high school, AP, and college-level.
I am an experienced, friendly, and patient tutor - if you've been thinking about getting a tutor for math or science, you can bet on me! And remember, you can get a full refund for the first hour session if you aren't completely happy with the results, so there is no risk for you! I would love to hear from you - send me an email and I'll get in touch asap.
Some quick logistics:
**I am only available on weekends and 4:30-7PM on weekdays (later upon request).
**My posted rate is for meeting at my apartment in West LA.** If you want to meet somewhere more convenient for you (within a 5-mile radius), my rate will increase to compensate for driving expenses (additional driving time, gas, and insurance), and sessions have to last at least one hour.
In 2006, Oberlin College of Liberal Arts and Sciences accepted me with the highest award of merit, the John Frederick Oberlin Scholarship. By 2008 I earned a B.A. in Music and was able to graduate from this 4-year institution in just 2 years!
In 2012 I graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, one of the top undergraduate engineering institutions in the country (comparable to MIT and CalTech), with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Olin only accepts about 150 students each year, and I was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. While I studied engineering, I also learned about the importance of communication and human interactions, and how to explain difficult concepts to a general audience. These skills translate directly into my tutoring style - while I understand math and science, I can also explain it to you so that you actually understand!
I currently work at Boeing as a Mechanical Design and Analysis Engineer. Everyday I use math and science for my work on airplanes, so it's great to see a direct translation of topics I studied in HS/college go straight into my work. I am very happy to be back home in Southern California! My name is Jessie and I am brilliant at tutoring! I have years of experience and am committed to helping you succeed. Let me, a well-rounded engineer, help you master math and science.
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My posted rate applies to students who come to my apartment for tutoring. I will also travel a maximum of 5 miles to your location for a rate of $120/hr
My daughter has met with Jessie twice now for help in Chemistry. Jessie has been well prepared for the sessions - in fact, she requested information ahead of time to make sure she was prepared. She has connected well with my daughter and does a great job explaining the concepts. My daughter really likes her and finds the sessions to be very valuable. She is much more confident in her understanding of the material.
Jessica was GREAT! She responded very promptly to my inquiry and was able to squeeze me into her schedule within days of me contacting her. I am so grateful for her help with my differential equations homework. Nothing was rushed, and she was really good about and explaining concepts in a way I could understand them. She's so knowledgeable, and I definitely hope to learn more from her!
The thing I notice about Jessica is that she enters the room with energy. She seems open and actually happy to see the student, and gently ready to get down to the work of it. Even when my daughter is tired- and what eleventh grader isn't tired? I notice she perks up during the lesson.
Jessica knows her subjects, she is well-versed, and my daughter feels very comfortable working with her. We signed up for more sessions.
As adolescence makes the task of the tutor ever more arduous Jessica navigates her course with little deflection: a gentle firm approach.
My daughter's grade improved by two letters in one session because Jessica cleared up her confusion in Chemistry and set her on a successful path. Thank you, Jessica! If we have issues in the future you will be our first stop!
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Algebra II is an advanced form of algebra (obviously), and it was one of my favorite classes. While basic algebra can be used everyday, Algebra II is even more applicable to real math problems you will encounter and is SO useful to know for science classes.
This is one of my favorite topics to tutor, and it is often done in conjunction with Trigonometry.
Calculus is the foundation for any future math classes, especially if you are pursuing a science, math, or engineering future.
I started tutoring calculus early on in high school, and because of its difficulty and importance, this is still the topic I get the most requests for. The material is fresh in my mind and I can share with you a number of little tricks I created to make learning calculus easier.
Chemistry is notorious for being the most difficult of the sciences (at least in high school), and its reputation is no joke. It covers a lot of material and requires you to be detail oriented. Many topics build on each other, so getting behind will cause problems later on in the course.
BUT don't fear - while chemistry topics are difficult, they are also logical! You can work it out, especially if I am your tutor. While I took chemistry (both in high school and in college) I realized little tricks to help me remember concepts or work through a problem more efficiently/accurately. If you think you might need a chemistry tutor, stop thinking and find one! The sooner the better for this subject.
I first took Differential Equations at Oberlin College as a freshman, and did very well in the class. Then when I went to engineering school two years later I tested out of Olin College's Differential Equations class and instead took Partial Differential Equations. (Clearly, I am very strong at Diff Eq and have even farther knowledge of PDEs). I've also tutored Diff Eq (and PDEs) in conjunction with advanced physics and engineering classes.
I have an incredible ear. When my a cappella group was recording in the studio, the studio engineer whispered to my friend that I could probably work there because I was so attuned to hearing a correct pitch. This skill has been developed over several years:
In high school I took AP Music Theory, during which I spent a lot of time learning how to sight sing. But this was only the beginning, because at Oberlin College I took THREE semesters of pure Aural Skills - ear training essentials. On top of this, I spent four years in a collegiate a cappella group at Olin College, where I was the Director for one year and President for two years. I helped other members learn how to hear themselves sing and how to adjust their pitch. I also volunteered to teach an intro to Music Theory course for other students at the college and gave them lessons in ear training.
At Oberlin we used the fixed-do system and the number system, so that is what I continue to use today.
I have been playing flute/taking lessons on flute for nine years and will continue for the rest of my life. As a freshman in high school I auditioned for the highest band and made fourth chair (two senior and junior were ahead of me). I continued to move up in wind ensemble as the years continued. Also I have played jazz flute as long as I have played classical. Although I have not taken as many lessons specifically on jazz flute I already have a lot of experience with jazz through saxophone. I have doubled on flute as the first alto player/baritone sax player in the jazz band (at Torrey Pines and other bands outside of school). I also qualified for and attended UCSD jazz camp on flute.
My senior year of high school I received first place in the annual San Diego Flute Guild competition. At Oberlin I studied flute as part of my Bachelors degree. I primarily focus on French classical music but have explored all genres covered by the flute.
I have been teaching flute lessons since my senior year of high school. I work especially on tone and mechanics of the student, and once the basics are covered we progress to musicality (never forgetting though!) I love working with flute students. Now is the time to bring music in to your life!
Having received a B.A. in Music Theory/History from Oberlin College, I am officially trained to teach you about music. In particular I love giving music lessons on flute and saxophone, but also basic voice lessons and aural skills. I also have a great background in arranging music (I took a few arranging courses at Oberlin College, I arranged tons of songs for my college a cappella groups, AND I did my arts capstone on arranging), so can help you if that is your interest. Let me inspire your love of music today.
Geometry is a very different subject from the majority of mathematics (pre-algebra through differential equations/numerical methods) and can often make even the brightest math students stumble. I understand because I also had difficulty when I first took this course, and math had always come naturally to me.
If this sounds familiar to you, let me tutor you/your child in Geometry - I know where they are coming from and I know how to get them to understand all the different theorems and how to write a proof. It's still math. Let's do it.
I took linear algebra through San Diego State University when I was in high school. I earned the highest grade in the class. At Oberlin College I tutored linear algebra students in the math center. In engineering school I tested out of the required linear algebra course and then proceeded to TA for the linear algebra class (included grading papers and running office hours to answer students' questions).
I have been a music student since fourth grade (11 years ago) and started learning music theory with my private flute teacher. In high school I took AP Music Theory and scored a 5 (the highest score) on the AP exam. At Oberlin my BA is *in* History/Theory so I took many many music theory classes. I took Music Theory I-IV (basic theory through avant-garde) and am qualified to teach younger students through Oberlin methods (emphasizing function and use of musical ideas rather than just defining them). In my Theory III class I wrote a paper analyzing a current piece of Romantic music that I was learning (available upon request). I also took Aural Skills I-III at Oberlin and am qualified for aural training as well as sight-singing and polyrhythms. I also took an advanced music theory course called Romantic Symphony and wrote two papers on Schubert's "Pathetique" and Mahler's "Resurrection" symphony (I can email my papers if interested).
Physics has always come naturally to me and I have taken several years of physics in high school and college. For physics I have tutored students from 9th-12th grade, primarily in mechanics but also in electricity and magnetism, across all levels (intro, college prep, honors, ap), and for classes with or without calculus. I am a successful physics tutor because I deeply understand these topics, but can also explain and show my students how to visualize what is going on.
While "Physics" covers a lot of ground (from mechanics, to electrostatics, to magnetism), I have found a lot of equations and techniques mirror each other across these categories. Let me help you understand the basics, and then reveal to you how the basics are all you need to know going forward.
Pre-Calculus is a review of all the math you have had up until this class, plus a few new things you will need to know before you head to Calculus. As a result, this class covers a LOT of material and can be a struggle for many students, particularly if they did not understand math material previously.
Let me guide you through this course, targeting areas where you might not quite remember certain techniques or rules, and I will make sure you get through unscathed. And if you plan on continuing to Calculus, I will make sure to prepare you for Day 1 of that course as well.
I took the SAT II in Math three times, and on my final time I achieved a perfect 800. The trick? SAT Practice Exams! As it turns out, my teachers neglected to cover just ONE concept that was in several problem on the exam, so all I had to do was learn it.
The example problems in a practice exam cover ALL of the material you will see on the test, (which, by the way, ONLY covers up to Algebra). So now, you just have to understand the limited number of concepts that you will be tested on.
If you choose me to tutor you in SAT Math, I recommend you buy a practice exam book (with answers, no explanations needed because I will help you understand the concepts as we go) - only about $10 on amazon, also available at a bookstore - and then take your first practice exam before getting in touch with me.
During our first session we will go over each question to make sure you understand perfectly the ones you got right and then go in to depth on the concepts you missed. We can also cover guessing strategies if necessary, but I strive to eliminate the guesswork for your testing.
I have been playing saxophone since fourth grade (11 years and counting!). I love the saxophone for its beautiful sound and its texture in a jazz big band. I have played all of the four primary saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) but primarily teach on alto sax.
In high school I auditioned for the top jazz band and qualified my freshman year. I was loyal to the jazz band for all four years in high school, sacrificing my summers to history courses so I could stay in the jazz class. I have more experience with big bands than I do small jazz ensembles but can teach students all methods of jazz and jazz improvisation. I also played alto saxophone at the UCSD Jazz Camp as well as the Berklee Jazz Camp in L.A.
I have been studying classical saxophone for nine years and even stepped in for an alto saxophone in the Wind Ensemble when no one else could play it.
At Oberlin, although my emphasis was on flute, I continued my saxophone studies primarily in jazz improvisation. I played in the amazing and talented OJE (Oberlin Jazz Ensemble - the big band at Oberlin Conservatory of Music).
I have been teaching lessons on alto saxophone since my senior year of high school. I like to mix both jazz and classical genres since they complement each other so well on the saxophone. Don't start playing the sax without a teacher! It is easy to learn but hard to re-learn if you have learned something incorrectly. A proper teacher can point you in the right direction and make you a great music student!
Singing in tune has always come naturally to me. In high school I took AP Music Theory, during which I spent a lot of time learning how to sight sing. But this was only the beginning, because at Oberlin College I took THREE semesters of pure Aural Skills - singing and listening to music. On top of this, I spent four years in a collegiate a cappella group at Olin College, where I was the Director for one year and President for two years. I helped other members learn how to get better and singing and passed on my sight-singing training. I also volunteered to teach an intro to Music Theory course for other students at the college, and helped improve their sight-singing as well.
At Oberlin we used the fixed-do system and the number system, so that is what I continue to use today. I love singing - let me help you perfect your pitch today!
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