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Vikki W.

Naperville, IL

$85/hr

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Background check passed as of 3/16/12
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...I love to help.

Math is my specialty - including calculus, geometry, precalculus, and statistics!

I have a Bachelor's of Science from California Institute of Technology (CIT), an incredibly challenging university.

My teaching style is one of:
* LISTENING to see what your student is doing; to learn how he or she thinks.
* ENCOURAGING students to push a little farther; to show them what they're really capable of.
* EXPLAINING to teach what students need, in ways they can understand and remember!

I have over eight years of experience tutoring math. My students have ranged from middle school to college.

I pride myself on being able to push past any difficulty a student is faced with.

Testimonials

"Terrific and superb!"

- Dotun, Oak Brook, IL on 8/17/13

"Appreciate her flexibility"

- Marlyn, Naperville, IL on 9/11/14

"Knowledgeable and Reliable"

- Denise, Downers Grove, IL on 7/28/14

"Professional, patient."

- Stephanie, Hinsdale, IL on 1/2/14
Vikki replied on 1/7/2014

I actually drove away from that session impressed with your son's negotiating ability & self-awareness. He spoke positively, told me what change he wanted, gave clear reasons, and then we got down to work. I can think of few people who would handle a tense negotiation (where they have that much at stake - he really wanted to do well on the trigonometry quiz) as effectively he did - props to him!

"Great tutor!"

- Hali, Naperville, IL on 8/9/13

"Very accommodating and quiet, patient teaching style"

- Carolyn, Hinsdale, IL on 12/30/12

"Fantastic tutor!"

- Kathy, Naperville, IL on 10/24/12

"Excellent Tutor"

- Giulia, Wheaton, IL on 5/14/12

"Must have Tutor"

- Laura, Naperville, IL on 5/5/12

"Responsive and thorough tutor!"

- Melissa, Wheaton, IL on 2/6/12

"Excellent communication with student and very nice!"

- John, Evergreen Park, IL on 12/12/11

"very nice and patient"

- Tanya, Woodridge, IL on 11/8/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry
Computer:
General Computer
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Study Skills
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
General Computer, GMAT, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

Patient with introducing variables, and a systematic way of thinking.

Calculus

I love this subject and am extremely competent teaching it.

I have dozens of creative ways to help students get past their barriers in understanding it.

Differential Equations

I completed a semester course on Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE's) at Caltech.

My course textbook was Elementary Differential Equations, by Boyce & DiPrima

My recent tutoring experience has been in working with the Wronskian, the method of Variation of Parameters

Discrete Math

I completed a Discrete math course (included formal logic, graph theory, etc.) in college, and computer science courses that handled automata theory, finite state machine, etc.

Geometry

I'm very capable in this subject - proof-based geometry requires students to think like mathematicians or lawyers.

I already have a mathematicians' intuitions, and I know so many ways to push students to greater understanding.

Linear Algebra

I covered higher-dimensional Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory in these courses:
Vector Calculus / Calculus III at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and Math 1b and Math 2a at Caltech (California Institute of Technology), Pasadena, CA.

Study Skills

I recently received teacher training at a commercial tutoring center.

They are experts at teaching study skills for the long-term; I have been applying these methods for the past few months, with dramatic results.

These methods include:
* Taking notes, and having students follow along, copying the full notes for themselves.
* Frequently stopping to have students explain what they understand in their own words.
* Breaking problems down into step-by-step plans - even students who struggle with the material can handle this.
* Strategizing about how best to conquer long-term goals.
* Training students in self-correction.

These methods are nothing unusual, but on the part of the teacher, they require a great deal of self-discipline, and willingness to "push" the students.

Vikki’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Vikki. View all of Vikki’s resources

Every person has their specialties - whether it's music, math, drawing, languages, cooking, sports, karate - or several things! As you watch kids grow up and discover their specialties ... you notice they put more time into skills they are good at. But as people practice, they don't just get better at the skill. They get better at getting better at that skill. They don't just get... read more

California Institute of Technology (CIT)
Mathematics

Education

California Institute of Technology (CIT) (Mathematics)

Terrific and superb! — Four words. Five out of Five. I'm a British university student having a vacation (but had to study as well, bummer!) and while we didn't spend much time that I have hoped for, she was brilliant in all lessons I had with her. Learned new things and cleared some things I had confusion with DFA and NFA. Oh and she is very nice and kind! Highly recommend this tutor to anyone doing Discrete Math. ...

— Dotun, Oak Brook, IL on 8/17/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $85.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Vikki will travel within 6 miles of Naperville, IL 60540.


About Vikki

...I love to help.

Math is my specialty - including calculus, geometry, precalculus, and statistics!

I have a Bachelor's of Science from California Institute of Technology (CIT), an incredibly challenging university.

My teaching style is one of:
* LISTENING to see what your student is doing; to learn how he or she thinks.
* ENCOURAGING students to push a little farther; to show them what they're really capable of.
* EXPLAINING to teach what students need, in ways they can understand and remember!

I have over eight years of experience tutoring math. My students have ranged from middle school to college.

I pride myself on being able to push past any difficulty a student is faced with.

Testimonials

"Terrific and superb!"

- Dotun, Oak Brook, IL on 8/17/13

"Appreciate her flexibility"

- Marlyn, Naperville, IL on 9/11/14

"Knowledgeable and Reliable"

- Denise, Downers Grove, IL on 7/28/14

"Professional, patient."

- Stephanie, Hinsdale, IL on 1/2/14
Vikki replied on 1/7/2014

I actually drove away from that session impressed with your son's negotiating ability & self-awareness. He spoke positively, told me what change he wanted, gave clear reasons, and then we got down to work. I can think of few people who would handle a tense negotiation (where they have that much at stake - he really wanted to do well on the trigonometry quiz) as effectively he did - props to him!

"Great tutor!"

- Hali, Naperville, IL on 8/9/13

"Very accommodating and quiet, patient teaching style"

- Carolyn, Hinsdale, IL on 12/30/12

"Fantastic tutor!"

- Kathy, Naperville, IL on 10/24/12

"Excellent Tutor"

- Giulia, Wheaton, IL on 5/14/12

"Must have Tutor"

- Laura, Naperville, IL on 5/5/12

"Responsive and thorough tutor!"

- Melissa, Wheaton, IL on 2/6/12

"Excellent communication with student and very nice!"

- John, Evergreen Park, IL on 12/12/11

"very nice and patient"

- Tanya, Woodridge, IL on 11/8/11
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Education

California Institute of Technology (CIT)
Mathematics

Education

California Institute of Technology (CIT) (Mathematics)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Naperville, IL 60540

Vikki’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry
Computer:
General Computer
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Study Skills
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
General Computer, GMAT, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Vikki’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Vikki. View all of Vikki’s resources

Every person has their specialties - whether it's music, math, drawing, languages, cooking, sports, karate - or several things! As you watch kids grow up and discover their specialties ... you notice they put more time into skills they are good at. But as people practice, they don't just get better at the skill. They get better at getting better at that skill. They don't just get... read more


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