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Lisa O.

Lawrence, KS

$40/hour

Experienced Math Tutor - Caltech Graduate

Background check passed as of 12/5/11
5.0 average from 196 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, preparing for the SAT or ACT math section, or preparing for an upcoming challenging math competition or exam (such as the AMC). I find it rewarding to answer students' questions about math and help them master concepts that once seemed difficult. 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, trigonometry, geometry, precalculus, calculus, business calculus, multivariable calculus, probability theory, and more.

During tutoring sessions I like to work through problems jointly 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 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. 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.

I am accepting new students at this time, for in person tutoring or online tutoring. For in person tutoring, I can meet at your home, at a library, on campus, or at a cafe. 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 enjoy helping students reach their academic goals - such as improving performance in math coursework, preparing for the SAT or ACT math section, or preparing for an upcoming challenging Read more

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Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Lawrence, KS 66049
Background Check: Passed

"Very effective."

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

"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,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math

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Algebra 2

As you study algebra 2, you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

-conic sections: parabolas, circles, ellipses, 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 log functions
-inverse functions
-permutations and combinations
-the binomial theorem
-complex numbers

Calculus

As you study calculus, you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

- the definition of limit, how to evaluate limits, the definition of a continuous function, how to determine whether a function is continuous
- the definitions of removable discontinuity, jump discontinuity
- the definition of the derivative
- the derivative is equal to the slope of the tangent line
- evaluating derivatives of functions using the definition of derivative
- evaluating derivatives of functions using the power rule, product rule, the quotient rule, and the chain rule
- applications of the derivative - optimization problems, related rates, locating extrema / points of inflection
- Riemann sums
- definition of the definite integral
- antiderivatives
- the fundamental theorem of calculus
- using definite integrals to find the size of the area between two curves
- techniques of integration: 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

Probability

As you study probability you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and others:

- how to calculate the probability of an event occurring
- how to analyze 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
- definition of factorial, combination, permutation

I'd also be happy to help with more advanced topics, such as:

- expected value, variance, standard deviation
- probability density functions, probability mass functions, cumulative distribution functions
- continuous probability distributions: exponential, normal, chi-squared, and more
- discrete probability distributions: binomial, poisson, geometric, and more

SAT Math

As you prepare to take the math portion of the SAT it is a good idea to take some practice exams and to review the subject areas that appear on the test, including:

-arithmetic and geometric sequences
-special right triangles (45-45-90 and 30-60-90)
-circles
-percents, ratios, and proportions
-parallel lines cut by a transversal
-functions in the coordinate plane
-probability
-solid geometry
-factorization of integers

In addition to knowing the material it is helpful to practice test taking skills such as:

-using the answer choices to help (for multiple choice questions)
-process of elimination
-reading and analyzing the questions carefully
-time management during the test
-knowing when to guess

Trigonometry

As you study trigonometry you will learn about the following topics. I'd be happy to work with you to help you understand these and more:

- how to measure angles in radians and what it means for an angle to be in standard position in the coordinate plane.
- 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

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: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lisa will travel within 15 miles of Lawrence, KS 66049.