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MizLiz S.

Saratoga, CA

$70/hour

Just Physics and Math :) Concepts, techniques, habits, fun

100+ Hours
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— Heidi, Saratoga, CA on 7/19/17

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California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, CA
Electronic Engineering
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (Computer Engineering)
Master's

Education

California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, CA (Electronic Engineering)

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (Computer Engineering) (Master's)

About MizLiz

I have my undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in electronic engineering from Cal Poly SLO, my masters degree in computer engineer from Santa Clara University, and ten years of industry experience at Hewlett-Packard (presently Agilent Technologies) Instrumentation Division. My college coursework also includes mechanical engineering classes (statics, dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials engineering, and 2+ years of "hand" drafting). I currently teach high school Precalculus and Trigonometry. I get energy from teaching and tutoring physics and math! I have fun trying to explain concepts in a way relevant to my students, by connecting ideas to something they are familiar and have fun with. My tutoring routine requires students to provide me their problems 24 hours in advance so I can "prepare" and make tutoring sessions as efficient as possible.

Anyone who has ever mastered an ability, whether it be piano or basketball, understands the importance of technique and how habits ultimately affect "technique". This idea applies directly to math, science and engineering. Good habits develop into technique, and good technique guides the analysis (problem-solving). I was fortunate to have been taught very good techniques and habits at a very young age and through my college years by a cherished private tutor, my father, who was a self-taught engineer, a scientist, and an exceptional teacher who understood the importance of technique and was able to effectively, creatively and patiently communicate. When you have good habits and techniques, you can thrive in math, science and engineering and the reasoning skills acquired in those subject areas transfer to other coursework and life skills.

BTW, the first time I tutored was in junior high (math, algebra). I was regularly finishing my math early, and my teacher had to find something for me to do. She had me tutor those who struggled the most in math - I loved it! Tutoring my friends and fellow classmates was so rewarding that it actually became my incentive toward getting my work done as quickly as I could. During my college years, I was hired as a math tutor for a special program in one of the college of engineering programs and as a grader for the electronics classes. In addition, I have ten years of home school experience teaching one-on-one to my own children (currently in high school and college) and to small groups of students.

There are two things I love about tutoring: (1) the "ah-hah" the student receives when he finally "gets it", and (2) "passing the baton" - that is, passing along the techniques, habits, tips and insights that were given to me. I enjoy helping students who have a long-term interest in math, science and engineering because my tutoring includes knowing "why" not just "how" to do problems; the latter is short-sightedness even if you are acing those math and science tests. Math, in particular, is a foundational course. Each year, sometimes each lesson or chapter, builds upon prior understanding. This is why it is easy to quickly fall behind and why some "A" math students suddenly find themselves struggling. Possibly, they never mastered the concepts, only mastered a "copy process". If you are committed to the math, science and engineering fields, it is critical that you understand that the work you put in toward UNDERSTANDING CONCEPTS in step with mastering the mechanics will pay off in your future coursework.

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I have my undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in electronic engineering from Cal Poly SLO, my masters degree in computer engineer from Santa Clara University, and ten years of industry experience at Hewlett-Packard (presently Agilent Technologies) Instrumentation Division. My college coursework also includes mechanical engineering classes Read more

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24 hours notice required

Online rate $50/hour

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Travels within 30 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070

"Great teacher!"

- Heidi, Saratoga, CA on 7/19/17

"Knowledgeable And Accessible"

- Rona, Saratoga, CA on 9/6/16

"Highly knowledge in electricity-related contents"

- Tyler, Campbell, CA on 4/13/16

"Great Tutor! MizLiz!!"

- Jackie, San Jose, CA on 3/3/16

"Patient and encouraging!"

- Brennan, Saratoga, CA on 11/17/15

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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 2

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite math levels because it introduces 2-dimensions to the students after many years "stuck on a number line"! Often, a student needs various reinforcements in this area and repeated insight on what "the math means" - yes, the coordinate plane does have real-life meaning :D!

Algebra 2 may challenge the student in new ways with word problems; students who are troubled with math word problems at this level may never have mastered the "translation" routine or techniques moving from the English sentences to the math sentences.

I have excelled in math through all my years in high school and college, mastering and enjoying both concepts and applications and having the mechanics down pat. My success was, in part, due to the enjoyment of getting the deeper insight from some awesome math teachers, and some extra insight boosts from my own private tutor. Tutoring math to share the insights, tips, and techniques is equally enjoyable! Thanks for reading my qualifications.

Calculus

I completed first and second year required math engineering coursework (calculus series, differential equations, linear algebra and multi-variable calculus).

Electrical Engineering

Educational Background: 1988 B.S. degree with honors in Electronic Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, various electronic and electrical coursework including analog and digital circuits and systems and some microwave. 1997 M.S. degree in Computer Engineering.

Professional Experience (10 years): hardware and software electrical engineer, Hewlett-Packard instrumentation, hands-on design, development, test and troubleshooting at PCB, product, and system level. Products were high-resolution, high precision motion control digital signal processing boards, frequency and time analyzers and counters.

Mechanical Engineering

Educational Background: About 1-1/2 years of mechanical engineering lower division college coursework (average GPA ~3.7) including complete coursework in statics, dynamics, complete physics series plus solid state physics, heat transfer, thermal dynamics, materials engineering, motors, and 2-1/2 years mechanical drawing ("drafting").

Professional Experience (10 years): Worked extensively with mechanical engineers and product designers (typically mechanical engineers) for variety of mechanical engineering issues impacting product development, design, testing, and packaging. Very familiar with mechanical engineering topics, lingo, shop, fabrication, tools, and processes.

Physics

Greetings! I have an MS and BS degree that covered two years of college physics plus various related engineering courses related to physics topics in greater detail and depth (such as heat transfer, thermodynamics, motors, materials engineering, statics, and dynamics). Additionally, I have over two years of drafting experience that lends itself well to physics diagrams. The "extra" undergraduate courses in these engineering "physics" related courses were acquired when I majored first as a mechanical engineer before transferring my major to electronic engineering at Cal Poly SLO.

Of all my science and engineering classes, physics is at the very top of my favorite subjects. Physics is fun. It is a fascinating way of understanding the world around us using applied math. I realize many high school students, like myself, won't major in physics, but I do hope that any tutoring services I provide might help develop an appreciation for science, applied math, and an insight into general analysis and problem solving that students can take with them into any academic field of endeavor.

Precalculus

I am a double-degreed engineer. I completed many high level math courses and currently teach Trigonometry-Precalculus part-time. My added value in tutoring this particular subject is helping students understand in ways relevant to them; this might include applications in the real world that help them understand the meaning of math, or use comparisons to what they already understand or have mastered in previous math courses.

Trigonometry and Precalculus can be quite a jump for some math students, and the trouble areas are often common problem areas with new notation like f(x), forms of polynomial functions which can become daunting, or the numerous trig formulas or identities. I try to present views of such trouble areas so that the student can better understand and organize the concepts in their mind and progress more comfortably and successfully.

Trigonometry

I am a double-degreed engineer. I completed many high level math courses and currently teach Trigonometry-Precalculus part-time. My added value in tutoring this particular subject is helping students understand in ways relevant to them; this might include applications in the real world that help them understand the meaning of math, or use comparisons to what they already understand or have mastered in previous math courses.

Trigonometry can quickly become dry or challenging when the student does not master the initial right triangle ratio concept and basic usage of formulas and identities. I emphasize carefully drawing the triangles out on a coordinate plane during the first few weeks to reinforce these basic concepts, and remembering where the basic formulas and identities come from rather than just using them. Students have a much better start when they invest these techniques up front and early on.

California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, CA
Electronic Engineering
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (Computer Engineering)
Master's

Education

California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, CA (Electronic Engineering)

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (Computer Engineering) (Master's)

Great teacher!

MizLiz is patient, proactive, through, and focused on customizing to exactly what the student needs. She diligently researches what knowledge they have and what they will need to master to be successful in the specific university program that they are moving on to. She sets high expectations for good work habits to ensure that students show all of their thinking. She is easy to talk to and quickly

— Heidi, Saratoga, CA on 7/19/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Online rate $50/hour

Travel policy

MizLiz will travel within 30 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070.