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Lisa O.

Lawrence, KS

$60/hour

Caltech Graduate Tutoring Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra, Trigonometry

1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/5/11
5.0 average from 303 ratings
Very effective.
— Thomas, Santa Monica, CA on 12/11/12

$60/Hour


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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 in high school and college math courses such as algebra, algebra 2, college algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, business calculus, and probability theory. I began tutoring math when I was in high school, and have tutored during many of the years since.

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!

If you are considering online tutoring, I encourage you to try it! Most of the tutoring I do now is online and I really love the convenience and flexibility that it allows for me and my students. Scheduling is easier and you never have to worry about transportation to and from tutoring appointments. Wyzant's online tutoring platform includes a whiteboard where both student and tutor can write, draw pictures, type text, type equations, graph functions, screen share, video/audio chat, and upload files. I use a tablet and stylus that connects to my computer to make writing on the whiteboard easier. You can write with a mouse or trackpad but it is a bit slow and difficult. For students who have a tablet and stylus already, I recommend that they use them during online tutoring sessions. Most of my online students don’t have a tablet and stylus so they sometimes use the equation editor to write, or they will write with pencil and paper while I am writing on the whiteboard and we talk through the problems together. This works pretty well, but those who would like to can get a tablet and stylus from a company called Wacom (for about $80) that would allow them to write easily on the whiteboard. You can access tutoring from your home or wherever you happen to be, as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. The tutoring platform works best when you connect using Google Chrome on a laptop or desktop computer.

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 in high school and college math courses such as algebra, algebra 2, college algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, business calculus, and probability theory. I began tutoring math when I was in high school, and have tutored during many of the years since.

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3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Lawrence, KS 66045
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"Very effective."

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

"Calculus"

- Christy, Mc Lean, VA on 3/9/17

"Love her. She is incredibly effective with my kids"

- James, Manhasset, NY on 2/14/17
Lisa replied on 2/20/2017

Thank you for that very nice review. I'm glad that your kids have found our sessions helpful. I enjoy working with them on calculus and algebra.

"Knowledgable and flexible hours"

- Don, San Jose, CA on 1/8/17

"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:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability,
Trigonometry
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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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.

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: $60.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

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