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Lisa V.

Raleigh, NC

$50/hr

Experienced Educator for Math and Science Tutoring

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Experienced Educator for Math and Science Tutoring

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Eureka! That word alone brings to mind the excitement of true scientific investigation, of the inquiry and discovery process that is fundamental to the development of the world, as we know it today. The basis of my teaching philosophy is to tap into this natural curiosity and help students to realize how important knowledge of science and math is in everyday life.

I have been tutoring and teaching since my time as an undergraduate student. I held a position as a peer tutor while I was in college. I tutored students in math courses ranging from basic math to calculus. I also tutored my roommate in biology and chemistry. My roommate was the first person who told me that I was great at explaining difficult concepts and that I should be a teacher.

To compliment my natural ability to explain difficult concepts in easy to understand terms, I can draw upon my very strong educational background in STEM. I have a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry with a minor in mathematics. I also have two master’s degrees: one in chemistry and the other in science education. By combining the strong content knowledge I have obtained from my education with the background in various educational methods and techniques, I am uniquely qualified to develop individualized instruction that will meet the rigors of any academic pursuit.

Lastly, I have taught courses in a variety of institutions ranging from private and public high schools, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges to research universities. These teaching experiences have exposed me to a large number of students with various backgrounds and experiences. These teaching experiences make me confident that I will be able to work with you and help you improve your understanding of math and science.

Testimonials

"A Great Tutor -- She Knows Her Stuff!!"

- Steve, Raleigh, NC on 1/23/13

"Awesome tutor! Very patient and explained very well step by step!"

- Martha, Raleigh, NC on 10/21/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, TOEFL
Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
Chemistry,
Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Study Skills
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Chemistry,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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.

ACT Math

ACT math tutoring will focus on the concepts that the test covers so that you can hone down specific math and test taking skills. The math portion of the ACT consists of 60 questions. Nine of those questions deal with intermediate algebra, nine with coordinate geometry, 14 with pre-algebra, 10 with elementary algebra, 14 with plane geometry and four with trigonometry. Using this break down as a guide, I will develop individualized tutoring sessions for you so that you can maximize your score on the ACT math exam.

Algebra 1

Algebra I covers four main mathematical concepts: (1) Number Properties, Operations, and Linear Equations; (2) Graphing and Systems of Linear Equations; (3) Quadratics and Polynomials; and (4) Functions and Rational Expressions. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student should be able to perform operations with numbers and expressions to solve problems, describe geometric figures in the coordinate plane algebraically, collect, organize, and interpret data with matrices and linear models to solve problems, and use relations and functions to solve problems. Upon mastering this material, the student will be able to pass the Algebra I end of course (EOC) test.

Algebra 2

Algebra II covers four main mathematical concepts: (1) Polynomials and Rational Expressions; (2) Quadratics, Conics, and Complex Numbers; (3) Exponents and Logarithms; and (4) Series, Combinatorics, and Probability and Statistics. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student should be able to perform operations with complex numbers, matrices, and polynomials and use relations and functions to solve problems.

Biology

Introductory Biology courses generally cover five main topics: (1) Investigation and Experimentation; (2) Cell Biology; (3) Genetics; (4) Ecology and Evolution; and (5) Physiology. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand scientific inquiry, understand the physical, chemical and cellular basis of life, understand the continuity of life and the changes of organisms over time, understand the unity and diversity of life, and understand the ecological relationships among organisms. Upon mastering this material, the student will be able to pass the North Carolina End of Course (EOC) Test for biology or any cumulative final exam in a biology course.

Chemistry

Chemistry is often called the central science because of its role in connecting the physical sciences, which include chemistry, with the life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. This connection is the reason that I love chemistry. You can use chemistry to describe so many scientific phenomena and gain a true understanding of how many processes work.

Most introductory chemistry courses cover six main concepts: (1) Investigation and Experimentation; (2) Atomic and Molecular Structure; (3) Chemistry Bonding; (4) Kinetics and Thermodynamics; (5) Chemical Reactions; and (6) Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry. The level of detail covered in high school chemistry, honors chemistry, AP chemistry or college-level chemistry (General Chemistry) varies with the difficultly level of the class but the topics remain the same.

Geometry

Geometry covers three main mathematical concepts: (1) Logic and Geometric Proofs ; (2) Volume and Area Formulas; and (3) Angle Relationships, Constructions, and Lines. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student should be able to perform operations with numbers and expressions to solve problems; describe geometric figures in the coordinate plane algebraically; collect, organize, and interpret data with matrices and linear models to solve problems; and use relations and functions to solve problems. Upon mastering this material, the student will be able to pass the Geometry end of course (EOC) test.

Macintosh

I have extensive knowledge about Macintosh computers. I first started using Macintosh computers as an college student over 20 years ago. The first desktop I purchased for myself was a Mac and I have not looked back.

If you are considering the switch from PC to Mac, I can help you learn the basics of the Mac OS. I can also help you with home networking, etc. Don't be afraid to switch to a Mac just because you have limited to no experience. I can help and you will see that using a Mac is intuitive and quite easy.

Physical Science

Physical Science courses generally cover four main topics: (1) Investigation and Experimentation; (2) Matter: Properties and Change; (3) Energy: Conservation and Transfer; and (4) Forces and Motion. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student will be able to do and understand scientific inquiry, understand motion and the relationship between forces and motion, analyze energy and its conservation, construct an understanding of electricity and magnetism, understand the structure and properties of matter, and understand the regularities in chemistry. Upon mastering this material, the student will be able to pass the North Carolina End of Course (EOC) Exam for Physical Science or any cumulative final exam in Physical Science

Praxis

The PRAXIS exams are a series of tests that are a part of the licensing procedure for public school teachers. There are two series of exams. The PRAXIS I exam is a pre-professional skills test that measures basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. In North Carolina, these tests are used to qualify candidates with SAT scores below 1100 (Verbal and Quantitative only) for entry into a teacher education program. When tutoring students for the PRAXIS I exam, I will familiarize students with the testing format and help them assess their strengths and weaknesses. With a study plan in place, I will help the student learn the necessary content as well as test taking strategies that will help them pass the PRAXIS I assessment.

The Praxis Series Subject Assessments are tests of content knowledge. They measure your understanding and skills in a particular subject area. So, you must take a test for every subject area you wish to obtain a teaching license. Multiple-choice tests measure a broad range of knowledge across your content area. Constructed-response tests measure your ability to provide in-depth explanations of a few essential topics in a given subject area. Content-speci?c pedagogy tests, most of which are constructed-response, measure your understanding of how to teach certain fundamental concepts in a
subject area. The tests do not measure your actual teaching ability, however. They measure your knowledge of a subject and of how to teach it.

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra covers three main mathematical concepts: (1) Number Sense (Rational Numbers, Exponents, Powers, and Roots); (2) Algebra and Functions; and (3) Measurement and Geometry. When developing an individualized tutoring session for the student, I work with the student to determine which concepts need to be addressed and then focus on those topics during the tutoring session. At the end of the course, the student should be able to understand and compute with real numbers, use properties and relationships in geometry and measurement concepts to solve problems, understand and use graphs and data analysis, and understand and use linear relations and functions.

Seton Hill (College) University
Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
Master's
Chatham University, PA
Master's

Education

Seton Hill (College) University (Chemistry)

The Pennsylvania State University (Master's)

Chatham University, PA (Master's)

A Great Tutor -- She Knows Her Stuff!! — Lisa has been a great teaching asset to my High School daughter. She has been tutoring my daughter in Algebra I and Honors Chemistry. After every session, my daughter always comes away with a greater knowledge and understanding of the material because of Lisa's personal teaching style. With Lisa's help my daughter was able to achieve all A's in both subjects. I credit this to Lisa's extensive know ...

— Steve, Raleigh, NC on 1/23/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lisa will travel within 30 miles of Raleigh, NC 27614.


About Lisa

Eureka! That word alone brings to mind the excitement of true scientific investigation, of the inquiry and discovery process that is fundamental to the development of the world, as we know it today. The basis of my teaching philosophy is to tap into this natural curiosity and help students to realize how important knowledge of science and math is in everyday life.

I have been tutoring and teaching since my time as an undergraduate student. I held a position as a peer tutor while I was in college. I tutored students in math courses ranging from basic math to calculus. I also tutored my roommate in biology and chemistry. My roommate was the first person who told me that I was great at explaining difficult concepts and that I should be a teacher.

To compliment my natural ability to explain difficult concepts in easy to understand terms, I can draw upon my very strong educational background in STEM. I have a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry with a minor in mathematics. I also have two master’s degrees: one in chemistry and the other in science education. By combining the strong content knowledge I have obtained from my education with the background in various educational methods and techniques, I am uniquely qualified to develop individualized instruction that will meet the rigors of any academic pursuit.

Lastly, I have taught courses in a variety of institutions ranging from private and public high schools, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges to research universities. These teaching experiences have exposed me to a large number of students with various backgrounds and experiences. These teaching experiences make me confident that I will be able to work with you and help you improve your understanding of math and science.

Testimonials

"A Great Tutor -- She Knows Her Stuff!!"

- Steve, Raleigh, NC on 1/23/13

"Awesome tutor! Very patient and explained very well step by step!"

- Martha, Raleigh, NC on 10/21/13

Education

Seton Hill (College) University
Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
Master's
Chatham University, PA
Master's

Education

Seton Hill (College) University (Chemistry)

The Pennsylvania State University (Master's)

Chatham University, PA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Raleigh, NC 27614

Lisa’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, TOEFL
Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
Chemistry,
Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Study Skills
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Chemistry,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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.


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Lisa V. passed a background check on 9/8/14. The check was ordered by Lisa through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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