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Larry M.

Lombard, IL

$50/hour

Don't merely treat symptoms, solve the root problem.

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Great AP Stats tutor
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Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
Mathematics
(1) University of Southern California
Master's
West Virginia University
MBA

Education

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (Mathematics)

(1) University of Southern California (Master's)

West Virginia University (MBA)

About Larry

I am a fun-loving, pragmatic, task master. I believe in making math fun through the use of computational tricks and short cuts that are often no longer taught in schools. I recognize that some students are handicapped when their learning style does not match the style of their teacher; so I adapt. I believe that understanding the "why" and "when" is perhaps more important than the "how".

I have graduate degrees in Systems Management, Business Administration, and Industrial Engineering. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Supply Chain Analyst. I have received two Outstanding Instructor awards for throwing away the standard material and substituting better examples presented in a logical manner.

I insert some "tidbit" of non-academic material into every tutoring session. For elementary students, I often teach them finger multiplication. For middle school students, I often show them how to multiply without using the multiplication tables. For older students, I have a "tool bag" of interesting brain teasers and exercises that are no longer taught in school.
I am a fun-loving, pragmatic, task master. I believe in making math fun through the use of computational tricks and short cuts that are often no longer taught in schools. I recognize that some students are handicapped when their learning style does not match the style of their teacher; so I Read more

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4 hours notice required

Depending on your location and flexibility, I can adjust my rates. Contact me to discuss group lessons that can reduce your costs and provide an enhanced learning environment for you or your child.

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Travels within 15 miles of Lombard, IL 60148
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"Great AP Stats tutor"

- melina, Pompano Beach, FL on 9/24/16

"Patient and thorough"

- Anne, Willowbrook, IL on 12/2/15

"Explains calculus with ease and patience."

- Sheila, Downers Grove, IL on 11/30/15

"Flexible to students' needs"

- Barb, Villa Park, IL on 11/8/15

"Great tutor"

- Diane, El Cerrito, CA on 10/12/15

"Very knowledgeable and very patient"

- Tony, Plainfield, IL on 8/24/15

"Very Helpful"

- Timothy, Naperville, IL on 3/20/15

"Great tutor!"

- Joana, New York, NY on 12/16/14

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Horacio, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/26/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Shelia, Chicago, IL on 10/6/13

"Very Good Tutor"

- Chandola, Lombard, IL on 6/7/13

"Very prompt and patient"

- Marian, Paris, TX on 5/3/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Andrea, Chicago, IL on 2/11/13

"Very patient, personable and knowledgeable."

- Michael, Mount Prospect, IL on 12/28/12

"Very personable"

- John, Evergreen Park, IL on 12/15/11
Science:
Physics
Business:
Economics, Microsoft Excel

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Algebra 1

Algebra I is the entry point into the vast world of Mathematics. While it is primarily a Mathematics subject, it also teaches real world lessons in problem identification, logical thinking, and exploration of alternatives.

I am old enough to have first learned Algebra before the advent of computers in the classroom. I can offer some of the "old" fashioned approaches which may be simpler and easier than the methods being taught currently.

I personally enjoy Mathematics and have a repertoire of short cuts and tricks which I use for a brief change of pace when a student's attention lags.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is where the power of Mathematics begins to become evident. While Algebra 1 typically deals with linear relationships, Algebra 2 introduces the non-linear relationships that can better model the business and physical worlds. With the right perspective, it can be a mind-broadening experience.

Calculus

Calculus is the mathematics of change and variation which is fundamental to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. It is also fundamental to a deeper understanding of finance, marketing, and economics. Differential Calculus leads directly into Integral Calculus and eventually to the Differential Equations which can be used to model just about any continuous function or process.

Differential Equations

My freshman honors course involved analog solution of first and second order differential equations. I took two quarters of differential equations during my sophomore year and a course in advanced differential equations during my junior year leading to a BS in Mathematics. I used my knowledge of differential equations in electrical engineering courses to model the performance of non-linear devices. My final project for my MS in Industrial Engineering degree involved simulation of differential equations.

Discrete Math

I have taken Discrete Mathematics courses as part of my undergraduate degree in Mathematics. I have used Discrete Mathematics as a foundation for my Finite Mathematics courses at Lewis University and the University of Phoenix.

Fortran

FORTRAN is my native computing language. I learned and used FORTRAN throughout my undergraduate work and subsequently used FORTRAN to write subroutines for the SLAMII models that I created for a former employer.

Geometry

Geometry is one of the earliest branch of Mathematics. The Greeks believed that every fully educated person would have some knowledge and talent in Geometry. Today, high school Geometry not only present the knowledge that the Greeks developed, but it also serves as a course in logical thinking, problem identification, and problem solving.

Linear Algebra

I had a beginning course in Linear Algebra in my freshman year at Rose-Hulman and took a second, quite rigorous, in my junior or senior year. I have used linear algebra concepts in the finite mathematics and operations research courses that I have taught.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is, in my opinion, the star of the Microsoft Office Suite. It is a wonderful application. When used properly, it can do some amazing things. It is particularly useful when taking a Statistic course.

I have used Excel to analyze everything from the statistics in support of a doctoral dissertation to tracking shipments of DVDs and CDs to WalMart to analyzing the Air Force's strategic lift capabilities.

Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and is the foundation of chemistry and other life sciences. While Newtonian Physics have been around for several centuries, relativistic physics, thanks to Albert Einstein, has had a profound impact on the world in the past century. Now research into quantum mechanics and string theory is poking holes into our current knowledge.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is an interesting class. It is the gateway to the broad world of Algebra upon which much of the modern economy is based. I am old enough to know how calculations were done before the advent of hand held calculators, so I like to show students some short-cuts that are no longer taught in school.

Precalculus

Pre-calculus is a neat subject. Pre-calculus is the doorway to the world of Calculus. Calculus is the mathematics of change and variation which is fundamental to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. It is also fundamental to a deeper understanding of finance, marketing, and economics. Since pre-calculus covers a variety of topics, there is enough variety in the material to keep things interesting and fun.

Probability

Probability is a fun subject. We all use it every day whether we realize it or not. Sometimes we rely on "empirical" probabilities as when we estimate which route to work in the morning will most likely be the fastest. Other times we have to resort to "subjective" probabilities when we make picks for a World Series or Super Bowl.

With the proper approach probability is actually overly difficult.

SPSS

SPSS (Statistics Package for Social Sciences) is a premier statistical analysis package from IBM. One of its greatest features is that it is quite comprehensive. One of its greatest drawbacks is that it is so comprehensive as to sometimes be intimidating. I recommend developing an understanding of the question to be answered and arriving at what would seem to be the right answer before using SPSS (or other package) to work the statistics in detail.

Statistics

Statistics can be viewed from several perspectives. In one sense, Statistics is the best tool for extracting usable and actionable information from the masses of data that exist in most ERP, CRM, and POS systems. From another perspective, it is an effective tool to support managerial and personal decision making. In this year of a Presidential election (polls), it can be a very interesting subject.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the study of triangles, but it becomes much more. It is a foundation for understanding Physics, Chemistry, and the various flavors of Engineering. I have found knowledge of trigonometry to be of great value and usefulness in my career.

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
Mathematics
(1) University of Southern California
Master's
West Virginia University
MBA

Education

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (Mathematics)

(1) University of Southern California (Master's)

West Virginia University (MBA)

Great AP Stats tutor — Larry helped me with exponential and power models, which I had been stuck on for a while. After talking me through it in under an hour, I finally understood the material and felt confident in my ability to solve such problems on my homework. Thank you. ...

— melina, Pompano Beach, FL on 9/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Depending on your location and flexibility, I can adjust my rates. Contact me to discuss group lessons that can reduce your costs and provide an enhanced learning environment for you or your child.

Travel policy

Larry will travel within 15 miles of Lombard, IL 60148.