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Kristy V.

Experienced University Instructor Focusing on Computers and Math

Experienced University Instructor Focusing on Computers and Math

$35/hour

  • 700 hours tutoring

About Kristy


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I hold a PhD in Computer Science and MS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. As a university professor and lecturer, I have taught several courses in computer science, computer programming, web development, and mathematics at the university level for more than 15 years. I continue to apply my experience and skills in online tutoring environments.

My web development courses have involved basic web design (HTML, CSS), client-side web programming (JavaScript), and server-side web...

I hold a PhD in Computer Science and MS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. As a university professor and lecturer, I have taught several courses in computer science, computer programming, web development, and mathematics at the university level for more than 15 years. I continue to apply my experience and skills in online tutoring environments.

My web development courses have involved basic web design (HTML, CSS), client-side web programming (JavaScript), and server-side web programming (PHP, SQL). Programming languages I have taught include Java, C++, Visual Basic, and AppInventor. Java is the programming language with which I have the most experience. I continue to learn new topics, programming languages, and web technologies to widen the array of subjects I am able to teach. I enjoy writing a program or designing a webpage and then watching it come to life.

While not actively tutoring in these subjects, my background also includes advanced topics in computer science such as data structures, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and graphical user interface design, as well as software such as MS Excel and MS Access.

Mathematics courses that I have taught include discrete math, algebra, and pre-calculus. As a student, I have taken a number of advanced discrete math courses, achieving high grades in all of them. Discrete math is my favorite area of mathematics and I especially enjoy the counting problems.

My experience also includes working as a graduate teaching assistant in both Computer Science and Mathematics. These experiences were very enjoyable for me. I earned an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award in Computer Science at both the University of Tennessee and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

My teaching methods involve detailed step-by-step explanations, working through examples, and live coding and problem solving. I am also skilled in tracking down errors in student programs, as well as suggesting ways to improve coding style and organization. The teaching settings in which I work best are one-on-one interactions with students and online environments.

On the Wyzant platform, I have worked with a variety of students. Some were taking a college course and needed assistance with a programming assignment or exam review. Others were enrolled in an online coding bootcamp and learning web development languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jquery, PHP, and mySQL. Still others wanted to independently learn a programming language such as Java.

When I work with a student on Wyzant, I ask them to send me any assignment instructions and code files so I can be best prepared for the lessons. I like to actually work through the programs myself in advance so that my lessons can be smoother, more efficient, and more effective. I guarantee student satisfaction. If a lesson does not go well, or if I am not able to help fix a student's coding issues, then the student will not be charged for the lesson.

I am eager to work with students to assist with homework completion, exam preparation, and learning a new subject. Contact me for more information and to schedule a lesson!


Education

University of Minnesota Duluth
Comp Sci, Math
University of Minnesota Duluth
Masters
University of Tennessee Knoxville
PhD

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Computer

CSS,

CSS

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. One of my web development courses involved basic web design with HTML and CSS. The course also included lessons on good web design principles and how to design a website that is appealing and user-friendly. I included a discussion about the concepts of CSS and its advantages over inline styles in the HTML. Students designed a small website as a final project, where they were required to follow good design and use style sheets in CSS throughout their website. I also taught a more advanced course in client-side web programming which involved more advanced CSS techniques, such as animations and drop-down menus.
HTML,

HTML

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. One of my web development courses involved basic web design with HTML and CSS. Students designed a small website as a final project. I have mastered the use of basic HTML tags, such as links, images, and lists, as well as more complex web page elements, such as tables and forms. I have over 20 years of HTML experience, including teaching classes, coding my personal website, and working on larger-scale websites. I enjoy designing and coding a webpage and then watching it come to life.
Java,

Java

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several computer programming courses at universities. My strongest programming language is Java. My teaching experience includes both introductory and advanced Java courses taught multiple times. I have mastered the basic concepts, such as if-else, loops, and arrays, and I am also familiar with more advanced concepts, such as string methods, inheritance, and GUIs. I especially enjoy teaching how to program GUI applications. I also have experience with programming Java in an Eclipse environment.
JavaScript,

JavaScript

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. One of my web development courses was a course in client-side web programming with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. More than half the course focused on JavaScript. It started with students programming several basic JavaScript programs (using loops, arrays, strings, etc.), and later writing JavaScript programs involving user input validation, event handling, and even creating a drawing program. I have also done some volunteer web programming for relatively large websites; one being educational, and another being database-driven.
PHP,

PHP

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. One of my web development courses was a course in server-side web programming with PHP and SQL. More than half the course focused on PHP. It started with students programming several basic PHP programs (using arrays, strings, etc.), and later writing PHP scripts to interact with a database and display results on a webpage. Students were required to implement a hotel reservation system (involving a database) as part of the homework exercises. I have also done some volunteer web programming for relatively large websites; one being educational, and another being database-driven. Both involved writing PHP code to query a database and display results on a webpage in an organized manner.
Web Design

Web Design

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. My web development courses have involved everything from basic web design (HTML, CSS) to client-side web programming (Javascript) to server-side web programming (PHP, SQL). Students designed a small website as a final project, and also programmed several scripts as homework exercises. Also included in my basic web design course is a lesson on good web design principles and how to design a website that is user-friendly. I have also done some volunteer web programming for relatively large websites; one being educational, and another being database-driven. I enjoy designing a webpage and then watching it come to life.

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HTML,

HTML

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. One of my web development courses involved basic web design with HTML and CSS. Students designed a small website as a final project. I have mastered the use of basic HTML tags, such as links, images, and lists, as well as more complex web page elements, such as tables and forms. I have over 20 years of HTML experience, including teaching classes, coding my personal website, and working on larger-scale websites. I enjoy designing and coding a webpage and then watching it come to life.
Java,

Java

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several computer programming courses at universities. My strongest programming language is Java. My teaching experience includes both introductory and advanced Java courses taught multiple times. I have mastered the basic concepts, such as if-else, loops, and arrays, and I am also familiar with more advanced concepts, such as string methods, inheritance, and GUIs. I especially enjoy teaching how to program GUI applications. I also have experience with programming Java in an Eclipse environment.
Web Design

Web Design

I have taught or been a teaching assistant for several web development courses at universities. My web development courses have involved everything from basic web design (HTML, CSS) to client-side web programming (Javascript) to server-side web programming (PHP, SQL). Students designed a small website as a final project, and also programmed several scripts as homework exercises. Also included in my basic web design course is a lesson on good web design principles and how to design a website that is user-friendly. I have also done some volunteer web programming for relatively large websites; one being educational, and another being database-driven. I enjoy designing a webpage and then watching it come to life.

Math

Discrete Math

Discrete Math

My experience includes teaching two courses in discrete mathematics at universities, as well as serving as a teaching assistant and homework grader multiple times for discrete math courses. Discrete math is my favorite area of mathematics and I have mastered the main topics of the subject, including logic, proofs, induction, sets, functions, relations, and counting. I have also taken advanced courses such as graph theory and combinatorics, earning high grades in each.

Examples of Expertise


Kristy has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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great tutor

Was very patient and very helpful.will definitely recommend her. She helped me tackle some assignments that where just giving me a difficult time.

Jiovanie, 1 lesson with Kristy

Knowledgeable and patient

I needed to add comments to the code that I did with another tutor. Having no previous computer class she was very patient and helped me understand what every line means and why it’s written that way so I can understand better. As she was helping me with comments I was impressed with how she can see very little mistakes like spelling in my code. She is very detailed. She pays close attention to some details. I’ve been working with another tutor and going forward I would like to have her as my main tutor.

Assatta, 1 lesson with Kristy

Kristy knows her stuff! She is great!

Kristy was prompt and ready to go for each session! She explained everything making it easy to follow along. I felt that I was able to better understand the application of why she was doing by the way she presented the information. She is patient and has a sense of humor! She likes blue apples (insider)! Lol! Thank you Kristy for two wonderful sessions. We received A grades on the project we were working on!!!

Bianca, 2 lessons with Kristy

React assignment learning JavaScript in a coding boot camp

Kristy had me send her my assignment details in advance of our meeting and she studied the topic and prepared so she was able to help me complete my assignment when we met. Very nice.

Carolyn, 1 lesson with Kristy

Knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient!

I feel Kristy and I connected fairly quickly as to topics at hand, my skill level, and progress to be made together! Kristy was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. We completed what was needed, and I learned along the way! A complete pleasure to work with.

Tim, 1 lesson with Kristy

Excellent Tutor

One OF THE best tutors on Wyzant and I had a feeling she wouldn’t disappoint and she did not. She walked me through the work step by step and was very patient throughout the whole entire process.

Jeremy, 9 lessons with Kristy

Outstanding tutor

Without Kristy's help, I wouldn't have passed my web design class. She was very patient with me and every time I had a question, she had an answer for me. I feel like I finally understand what I am doing and will be able to do even better in my next class. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Shannon, 14 lessons with Kristy

Well-versed in programming

After a couple hours of troubleshooting on my own, Kristy came in and was able to identify the issues almost immediately. Upon making the slight changes she recommended, the program worked. Thank you!

Corey, 8 lessons with Kristy

Expert Tutor

Kristy V. did an excellent job of leading me through some tricky problems in the Java language. Also, she helped me out by giving me pointers on how to visualize my code based on key words in the homework assignment.

Raul, 14 lessons with Kristy

Patient Tutor

Kristy was able to explain the subject matter in a way that I could understand. Has patience and her step by step approach is outstanding. If you're looking for a tutor that knows what they're doing and can explain the material, pick Kristy.

Michael, 7 lessons with Kristy
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