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Laura M.

Patient and effective tutor with a passion for education

Patient and effective tutor with a passion for education

$60/hour

  • 96 hours tutoring

About Laura


Bio

My teaching methodology is to aid my students in developing an intuition that will allow them to easily tackle complex problems, understand underlying principles, and independently overcome difficulties when faced with challenging material.

I'm particularly passionate about teaching science to people that feel like their brains "don't do science". The best feeling is when someone initially says "I can't do this. I'm just not good at this" comes back and shares their successes with me.

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My teaching methodology is to aid my students in developing an intuition that will allow them to easily tackle complex problems, understand underlying principles, and independently overcome difficulties when faced with challenging material.

I'm particularly passionate about teaching science to people that feel like their brains "don't do science". The best feeling is when someone initially says "I can't do this. I'm just not good at this" comes back and shares their successes with me.

In 2019 I got a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally I have a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing my education, I worked as a scientist in tech for two years.

At UC Berkeley I taught an introductory fluid mechanics course, for which I obtained outstanding student reviews. In the past I have also independently tutored engineering graduate students in physics, chemistry, calculus, fluid mechanic, spanish, and programming. Besides college-aged students I've found through Wyzant that I really enjoy teaching k-12. I am available to tutor middle-school, high-school, and basic undergraduate math (algebra, geometry, pre-calc, calculus), Spanish, and programming (MATLAB, Python).

También enseño en Español.

Feel free to contact me for information about my future availability. I look forward to hearing from you!


Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mechanical Eng.
University of California, Berkeley
Masters
University of Colorado, Boulder
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: No-show, late cancellations (less than 12h ahead of time): 50% of the scheduled lesson.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

MATLAB,

MATLAB

I have over 5 years of experience using MATLAB for different applications. In the past I have tutored undergraduate engineering students on the use of MATLAB to help solve math problems. To tutor MATLAB programming I will create a series of exercises designed to show the student the specific tools that they will need for their desired application. I am a trained engineer, with an M.S. from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Python

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.
Spanish

Spanish

I grew up in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, where I took grammar and literature classes for 15 years. Since moving to the USA at the age of 19, I have been using both English and Spanish in my work and every day life, and I have tutored Spanish at multiple levels (from beginner to advanced).

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.

English

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have 15 years of experience using calculus to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex fluid mechanics problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that calculus can have as a difficult subject.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Spanish

Spanish

I grew up in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, where I took grammar and literature classes for 15 years. Since moving to the USA at the age of 19, I have been using both English and Spanish in my work and every day life, and I have tutored Spanish at multiple levels (from beginner to advanced).

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.
Spanish

Spanish

I grew up in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, where I took grammar and literature classes for 15 years. Since moving to the USA at the age of 19, I have been using both English and Spanish in my work and every day life, and I have tutored Spanish at multiple levels (from beginner to advanced).

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have 15 years of experience using calculus to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex fluid mechanics problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that calculus can have as a difficult subject.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

I have over 5 years of experience using MATLAB for different applications. In the past I have tutored undergraduate engineering students on the use of MATLAB to help solve math problems. To tutor MATLAB programming I will create a series of exercises designed to show the student the specific tools that they will need for their desired application. I am a trained engineer, with an M.S. from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have 15 years of experience using calculus to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex fluid mechanics problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that calculus can have as a difficult subject.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Spanish

Spanish

I grew up in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, where I took grammar and literature classes for 15 years. Since moving to the USA at the age of 19, I have been using both English and Spanish in my work and every day life, and I have tutored Spanish at multiple levels (from beginner to advanced).

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have 15 years of experience using calculus to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex fluid mechanics problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that calculus can have as a difficult subject.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

At 19 years old I moved to the United States and learned english. Since then, I have earned three college degrees, held multiple positions in science and tech, published multiple pieces of work in english, and tutored ESL for several years. I strongly believe that having learned English as an adult gives me a unique perspective on the English-learning process, that makes me particularly effective at teaching the language. A los 19 años me mudé a los Estados Unidos y aprendí inglés. Desde entonces, he obtenido tres títulos universitarios, he tenido multiples trabajos en ciencias y tech, he publicado varias piezas en inglés, y he sido tutora de ESL por varios años. El haber aprendido a hablar inglés a una edad adulta me ha dado una perspectiva única sobre el proceso de aprendizaje. Esa perspectiva me ayudará a enseñarte más efectivamente.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have 15 years of experience using math to solve complex engineering and science applications, from the basic principles, to complex problems. My teaching goal is for my students to gain an intuition about the subject that will allow them to continue to succeed independently, beyond our lessons. Ultimately, I hope that my lessons will help students overcome the stigma that math can have as a difficult subject.
Spanish

Spanish

I grew up in Venezuela, a Spanish-speaking country, where I took grammar and literature classes for 15 years. Since moving to the USA at the age of 19, I have been using both English and Spanish in my work and every day life, and I have tutored Spanish at multiple levels (from beginner to advanced).

Ratings and Reviews


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Present teacher

I really appreciate the emotional connection that Laura provides me with English as my second language. As a tutor, she brings this component to my learning as the missing piece that helps me to overcome my speaking struggles, and reinforce the self-confidence to feel myself fluent in English. Thanks!

Michael, 2 lessons with Laura

knowledge and patient

college algebra piecewise function. it was a great review session and will most definitely schedule her for another lesson session. she is a great tutor and will recommend others to go with her!

Jacqueline, 7 lessons with Laura

Incredibly helpful!

Laura is an excellent tutor. She is helping me with MATLAB programming, and she is very knowledgeable in the subject. She's also very flexible - willing to work on problem sets or go over fundamental MATLAB concepts and techniques. Between sessions, she makes sure that she is still reachable over email for any further questions. It's an absolute pleasure working with her and I feel more confident about my programming abilities.

Ellis, 15 lessons with Laura

Great tutor, patient and effective - highly recommended.

Great tutor, good time management and a skilled teacher. Very quick to understand my tutoring needs, knowledgeable, and patient in explaining concepts until I understood. Cheerfully cleared up my confusion over some complex concepts and also helped with maths aspects - very helpful! Highly recommended.

Sonia, 1 lesson with Laura

Great MATLAB tutor

Laura is great! She is super knowledgeable and very helpful. She can explain concepts in MATLAB very clearly and is very patient.

Sheila, 4 lessons with Laura

Excellent, helpful and passionate tutor.

I highly recommend Laura as a tutor, she is extremely helpful and patient. She is very knowledgeable in the field of water chemistry, soil physics and hydrology. She is really good about walking you through all the steps necessary, not only to solve the problem but to truly understand the process and reasoning behind the equations. Laura encourages you to think about how to set up the problem and then walks you through it. Additionally, she is not only bright but also is fluent in Spanish. I enjoyed having her as my tutor because she is very passionate about the field.

Alex, 1 lesson with Laura
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