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Vikki W.

Naperville, IL


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Background check passed as of 3/16/12
4.9 average from 381 ratings
Terrific and superb!
— Dotun, Oak Brook, IL on 8/17/13

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California Institute of Technology (CIT)


California Institute of Technology (CIT) (Mathematics)

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.
...I love to help.

Math is my specialty - including calculus, geometry, precalculus, and
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Naperville, IL 60540
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"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."

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

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Algebra 1

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


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.


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.

California Institute of Technology (CIT)


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: $75.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

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

Background Check Status for Vikki W.

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