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Fred W.

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Berkeley, CA (94704)

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$75.00
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I have helped students pass courses and standardized tests for the past 10 years, tutoring suburban private middle school students, urban public high school students, Ivy League college students, and everyone in between. I have been teaching middle and high school math and science full-time for 9 years, and before grad school, I taught in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

If you are concerned about passing a test or a course in any of the following subjects, or would just like some extra help and support, I can help you master what you need, and leave the anxiety behind.

I also provide general support for test-prep, resume writing, grant proposal, business proposals, learning/improving computer skills, and other help. I give discounts for extended tutoring, multiple subjects, or small groups.

I'm looking forward to helping you pass with flying colors!

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Fred’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, CBEST, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
Government & Politics
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geology, Microbiology, Physical Science, Zoology
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL, Public Speaking, SAT Reading, Vocabulary

Algebra 1

While tutoring and teaching math and science for over 9 years, I have tutored students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 1.

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 2 for over 9 years. For the past two years, I have been teaching a math enrichment class.

Biology

I have been teaching Biology and related Life Sciences for most of the past 9 years, mainly high school Biology, but also college Field Biology (at Cornell University) and AP Environmental Science. I have also taught other related Life Sciences, including creating and teaching courses in Genetics, Bioethics, Ornithology and Ecology.

CBEST

I took the CBEST on 08/21/10 and achieved a total passing score of 217. Specific section scores include: Reading - Scaled Score: 77; Mathematics - Scaled Score: 65; Writing - Scaled Score: 75.

Genetics

I teach Genetics every year as part of my Biology or Life Science classes, and have also included Genetics units in a Bioethics course I used to teach. I also taught a Genetics independent study course to a high school senior.

Linear Algebra

I have been teaching middle and high school math for the past 10 years, including various levels of pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, as well as other math classes (esp. trigonometry, geometry). I also teach various linear algebra skills and concepts in the science classes that I teach.

Macintosh

I have been using Mac desktops, laptops, and software for more than two decades, since even before they were called "Mac." I currently use a MacBook Pro for all of my professional, teaching, studies, and personal use, and have helped countless students learn how to use Mac software, including customizing and problem-solving.

Microsoft Access

In addition to teaching full-time 7th and 8th grade Life Science and Physical Science, I supplement my far-insufficient salary by working evenings and weekends as the Circulation Manager for Inquiring Mind Magazine. I manage their mailing list of 7,400 individual subscribers, plus group and international subscriber lists, using a series of Microsoft Access databases. I manage the databases, including creating new Access files, editing the existing ones, altering formats and views, generating reports, printing mailing lists and labels, etc.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows since getting my first PC in 1990 with Windows 3.0. Since then, I have owned, used, and even managed and maintained work/school computers running Windows 95, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and 7, and will be helping backstop tech support for the new computers running Windows 8 that were recently acquired by the school where I teach. Though my current personal computer is a Mac, I still use Windows almost daily at work and on my family's computers.

Prealgebra

I have been teaching a pre-algebra Math Enrichment course for the past two years, and have been tutoring middle and high school students in pre-algebra and other math and science subjects for the past 9 years.

Spanish

I have tutored Spanish for much of the past 9 years. I have also worked as a court-appointed translator and have taught have Bilingual Biology (in Spanish).

I lived in 3 Spanish-speaking countries for a total of 4 years (including 2 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and another year doing Master's research in Costa Rica), and have led student travel in 3 Latin American countries. I currently teach in a 90% Latino school where almost all of my communications with parents are in Spanish, and where the school administration often requests my written and oral translation assistance.

Study Skills

As a full-time classroom teacher for 9 years, I have advised and/or mentored hundreds of students, helping them establish, maintain, and improve personalized systems that help them organize, prepare, and master their course work. I have taught study skills as a major component of test prep tutoring, and full-year test prep "Community" classes for my 6th-8th grade students, preparing them for the full suite of state-mandated STAR tests. I even taught a one-year elective "Academy" class on organization.

Swimming

I have been teaching swimming to 6th through 8th graders as a volunteer at the Hilltop YMCA in Richmond, CA once a week for the past 10 months. Previously, I worked several summers lifeguarding and teaching swimming from 1987-1990.

Zoology

I have two degrees in Natural Resources (B.S. from University of Michigan, M.S. from Cornell University), and did my Master's Thesis on avian ecology in Costa Rica. I also worked on a project studying antbirds and army ants in the Peruvian Amazon, and volunteered for 7 years at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, spending almost all of that time tending to animals or explaining them to the general public. I also lead birding outings and other natural history field trips, and have guest lectured on birds and other animals.

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Education

University of Michigan (Natural Resources)

Cornell University (Master's)

Great help for tests My daughter has really enjoyed working with Fred. He is tutoring her in IB Math Studies, where she has struggled to C's on tests. She says he is very good at explaining math concepts and she has been able to raise her test scores. ...

— Chris from Berkeley, CA on 1/5/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Discounts available for multiple subjects, shared/group sessions, or committing to an extended period (e.g. a whole semester).

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Fred will travel within 5 miles of Berkeley, CA 94704.

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