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Lizzie M.

Santa Cruz, CA


Patient and Accommodating Math Tutor and College Student

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Background check passed as of 2/15/13
5.0 Avg. Rating
49 Ratings
14hrs Response Time
— Tasha, Los Gatos, CA on 8/7/13

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University of California, Santa Cruz


University of California, Santa Cruz (Mathematics)

About Lizzie

I'm a math tutor by trade, but growing up, I hated math. I never understood it and it always frustrated me. So I know what it's like to need concepts explained and have steps written out for a student. I also know that patience is key in a tutoring situation, and it is a big part of my tutoring style. I try to make the learning environment as comfortable and casual as possible, I know math can be a stressful subject to learn. I've been tutoring math at West Valley College for 4 years now, usually I tutor groups of 4-5 students at a time, but I do have a lot of one on one tutoring experience. I'm a math tutor by trade, but growing up, I hated math. I never understood it and it always frustrated me. So I know what it's like to need concepts explained and have steps written out for a student. I also know that patience is key in a tutoring situation, and it is a big part of my tutoring Read more

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Travels within 8 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Background Check: Passed


- Tasha, Los Gatos, CA on 8/7/13

"Very intelligent and patient."

- Joel, San Jose, CA on 3/21/13
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Corporate Training:

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Algebra 1

I've been tutoring algebra students for about 3 years now. I've always tried to make math as relatable as possible for students who simply aren't math oriented. I know that Algebra is a tough subject to learn because of all of the various rules and concepts. But I also understand that algebra sets the frame work for all other higher level math classes.

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring Intermediate algebra for about a year now at West Valley College. I usually work with students who have taken the class multiple times and are often frustrated with the subject. I know that algebra is confusing, but I believe that with that a combination of real world applications and patience on behalf of the tutor, even the most difficult homework problems can be unriddled.

American History

American history has always fascinated me. I know its a lot of memorizing. I believe that when a student can put these historical figures and sites into context, they will find it fascinating too. Most are often surprised when they find out how many historical references are woven into modern society and entertainment.


I know, better than most, that biology is not an easy subject. I am well versed in general Biology, but I specialize in Human Biology. For me, and for many other students, the key to understanding the material is seeing that this class has real world applications and is not simply theoretical.


I've been working with Dyslexic students for 4 years now as a peer tutor. In my experience, patience on the part of the tutor is the best approach. I've also found that having problems read to a dyslexic student can be very helpful. I understand how frustrating it can be to do homework, take a test or even participate in class when your not reading what everyone else is reading.

Elementary Math

There is nothing more important than having a clear understanding of the basics when learn math. I've been volunteer tutoring basic mathematics for over 4 years now. I try to help by emphasizing vocabulary commonly found in word problems, along with all of the operation concepts as well as their rules.


I have been tutoring in the Language arts department for 3 years now. I specialize in content structure, literary analysis and general work with research essays. I know English does not come easy to everyone, but I believe the right tutor can make all the difference.


Geometry is the first stepping stone in the process of taking higher level math classes like calculus. The truth is, the key to mastering this subject is memorizing all of the vocabulary. And that's exactly how I tutor this class, with flash cards and a lot of practice. I can fully appreciate that this is not the easiest math class, but I believe that a solid understanding of geometric formulas and vocabulary is the best way to do well in this class.


In my experience as a tutor, students will always find algebra confusing at first. But I find that simple explanations of the concepts, step by step examples and demonstrations are the best ways to clear up any and all confusion.


Most of my experience with tutoring this class involved assisting fellow classmate both during class when they had questions and leading study groups during finals week. A lot of people underestimate just how much algebra goes into this class and i think taking an algebraic approach to pre calc is the key to doing well in the class.


Part of my job at the school is to work in the campus Writing Center. A great deal of my time is spent helping people read through their material and collect the necessary information for the writing process. I believe that annotating is the key to absorbing the reading material because it the easiest way to engage the reader.

Special Needs

For the past 4 years, I've been accommodating all kinds of Special needs students, from students with ADD, to students with physical disabilities. As a tutor with a learning disability, I know that public school can be incredibly frustrating if you haven't received adequate help, but I also know that an empathetic tutor can make a world of difference in the way they look at their education.

Study Skills

Part of my job on the West Valley College campus is to re-teach critical study skills. Most of my time is spent teaching adults to the value of organizing their lives so they can more easily complete their assignments. A big part of my tutoring style works on the importance of reviewing, that all of the lecture notes in the world wont be useful unless you learn how to apply it and look at it every once in a while. In my experience, well applied study skills can make the difference between failing a class and getting an A.


I have been tutoring this subject for a little over 6 months now, and I find it helps to first relieve the pressure by telling my students that this is the easiest and most fun math class any student will take, including and especially those who are not math minded. If taught by someone with genuine love of the subject, I believe that everyone can, not just pass, but get a good grade in this class. And go forward into Calculus with confidence.


As a tutor in the campus writing center, one of the most common problems I'm asked to focus on with my students is vocabulary. I see a lot of students who either don't know how to understand, or believe that they have no need to understand everything that they read and it starts to show in their writing. But I've found that it takes more then just flash cards to help students expand.

World History

I have always had a passion for world history. I particularly love that the marks of history can still be seen today, in music, in buildings, even people can have interpretations that change how we view historical events. I believe that having those events put into context through those physical records can make all the difference when the student is trying to learn it. History is always more interesting when it's brought to life.


For the past few years, I've been working as a Peer Tutor for the West Valley College Writing Center, no easy task for a dyslexic student. In the writing center, I specialized in content and flow. I would like to make it clear that I'm not an ideal editor for spelling, however I work very well with MLA Citations, sentence and paragraph structure, as well as the writing process.

University of California, Santa Cruz


University of California, Santa Cruz (Mathematics)

Great! — Lizzie has been a great math tutor for my son. Very patient and kind yet accomplishes a lot. My son likes her and doesn't mind doing math with her. She is getting him ready for algebra and they are a great match for each other. We tried a few other tutors and Lizzie is the only one my son liked. Highly recommend her! ...

— Tasha, Los Gatos, CA on 8/7/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

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Lizzie will travel within 8 miles of Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

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