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Lisa O.

Lawrence, KS

$50/hour

Caltech Graduate Tutoring Calculus, Algebra, Trig, SAT/ACT/GRE Math

Background check passed as of 12/5/11
5.0 average from 218 ratings
Very effective.
— Thomas, Santa Monica, CA on 12/11/12

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California Institute of Technology
mathematics
Indiana University - Bloomingon, IN
Master's

Education

California Institute of Technology (mathematics)

Indiana University - Bloomingon, IN (Master's)

About Lisa

I enjoy helping students reach their academic goals - such as improving performance in math coursework or preparing for the math section of a standardized test like the SAT, ACT or GRE. I began tutoring math when I was in high school, and have tutored during many of the years since. I have many hours of experience tutoring students taking high school and college math courses such as algebra, algebra 2, college algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, business calculus, and probability theory.

I can tutor in person or online. For in person tutoring, I can meet at Anschutz, Watson, Spahr, the KU student union, the Lawrence Public Library, or another location if you prefer. If you have any questions for me or would like to set up a tutoring session, please send me a message. I would be happy to hear from you!

I had an early interest in numbers and math was my favorite subject in high school. I attended college at Caltech in Pasadena, California where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I worked as an actuarial analyst at WellPoint and passed three actuarial exams (lots of probability and statistics). I attended graduate school at Indiana University and earned a Master's degree in Mathematics. I worked as a teaching assistant for several semesters while I was in graduate school.

During tutoring sessions I like to work through problems together to help students gain a greater understanding of what is being asked, and which techniques are available to solve the problem. I always strive to provide good analogies and real world examples and context - that is, I take something which might initially seem foreign and strange and explain how it is really a natural extension of material the student is already familiar with. I make sure that students get the practice they need to learn and remember the techniques they are using and to choose the best technique for a given problem. I encourage students to become more comfortable with basic calculations and numerical estimation. I will occasionally describe the history behind certain mathematical advances so that students may become more aware of the evolution of mathematical knowledge over time.
I enjoy helping students reach their academic goals - such as improving performance in math coursework or preparing for the math section of a standardized test like the SAT, ACT or Read more

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Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Lawrence, KS 66045
Background Check: Passed

"Very effective."

- Thomas, Santa Monica, CA on 12/11/12

"Focused"

- Jason, Lawrence, KS on 12/5/16

"Knowledgeable, Flexible, and Patient"

- Julia, Burlingame, CA on 11/16/16
Lisa replied on 11/18/2016

Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you found our time together helpful. That was a fun programming challenge we worked on.

"Lisa O is Great!!!!"

- Courtney, Pasadena, CA on 1/24/13

"Great tutor for Calculus"

- Claudia, Beverly Hills, CA on 1/10/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE

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Algebra 2

I can help with: parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas; finding zeroes of polynomials of degree greater than 2; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; finding zeroes and asymptotes of rational functions; solving rational equations; solving 2x2 and 3x3 linear systems of equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; inverse functions; permutations and combinations; the binomial theorem; complex numbers.

Calculus

I can help with: evaluating limits; continuous and discontinuous functions; removable, jump, and essential discontinuities; the definition of the derivative; using the derivative to find the equation of the tangent line; computing derivatives using the power rule, product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule; optimization problems; related rates; locating extrema / points of inflection; Riemann sums; indefinite and definite integrals; antiderivatives; the fundamental theorem of calculus; finding the area between two curves; techniques of integration such as u-substitution, integration by parts, trig substitution; determining the volume of a solid of revolution; determining arc length of a curve and the area of a surface of revolution; determining convergence / divergence of infinite series; power series; parametrically defined functions; polar coordinates.

Precalculus

I can help with: real and complex numbers; solving inequalities and equations; conic sections such as parabolas, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas; finding zeroes of polynomials of degree greater than 2; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; solving systems of equations; and more.

Probability

I can help with: calculating the probability of an event occurring; analyzing standard probability scenarios like drawing cards from a deck, rolling two six-sided dice, and drawing marbles from a bag; the definition of independent events and dependent events; calculating the probability of A and B occurring, or A or B occurring; conditional probability; definition of factorial, combination, permutation; expected value, variance, standard deviation; probability density functions, probability mass functions, cumulative distribution functions; continuous probability distributions such as exponential, normal, and student's t distribution; discrete probability distributions such as binomial, poisson, and geometric.

SAT Math

I can help with: percents; ratios and proportions; probability; solid geometry; factoring integers; sets; sequences and series; properties of exponents; solving systems of equations; solving quadratic equations; properties of parallel and perpendicular lines; area and circumference of a circle; test taking tips such as using the answer choices to help (for multiple choice questions), process of elimination, reading and analyzing the questions carefully, and time management during the test.

Trigonometry

I can help with: measuring angles in radians or degrees; definitions of the six trig functions - sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant, co-secant; finding the domain and range of trig functions; solving trig equations; trig identities; graphing trig functions; period, amplitude, horizontal and vertical translations; double angle formulas and half angle formulas; inverse trigonometric functions, and more.

California Institute of Technology
mathematics
Indiana University - Bloomingon, IN
Master's

Education

California Institute of Technology (mathematics)

Indiana University - Bloomingon, IN (Master's)

Very effective. — My daughter's understanding of calculus -- and her grades in the class -- improved immensely with Lisa's help. I recommend her highly. She didn't just explain the concepts--she had a nice way of getting my daughter to work through the problems herself so that she understands the concepts more deeply. ...

— Thomas, Santa Monica, CA on 12/11/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lisa will travel within 10 miles of Lawrence, KS 66045.