"The best tutor ever!"
Claudine from Morgan Hill, CA on 5/3/13
Tess has been helping my son for several months now. His writing has improved so much. Tess is extremely patient and has a wonderful sense of humor. My son is in 4th grade and has ADD. Tess has really been able to help him to focus more. His teacher has mentioned that he's improved a lot in class. I highly recommend Tess for tutoring. She's very kind, and has very creative ideas to keep her students motivated and involved. I give Tess an A+ rating!
"Artful Tutoring "
Brenda from Santa Clara, CA on 3/24/14
Tess is an excellent tutor. She clearly loves to help kids learn; she is very enthusiastic. She is very resourceful when it comes to finding ways to interest my highly distractible son. Many times she motivates him by having an art activity as a reward for getting work done. I highly recommend her.
"Very good with kids"
Philippe from Saratoga, CA on 4/28/13
Tess knows how to make her students comfortable and makes learning enjoyable. Our son really likes working with her
"Just the right balance!"
DeeDee from Sunnyvale, CA on 3/29/13
Tess is the perfect balance of calm, supportive, thorough, focused, and fun! When she is working with our son, who is 9 years old and in the third grade, she keeps him going on school work for an hour or longer, which is not an easy task, since is easily distracted and wants to try to get through his work quickly.
He looks forward to his time with Tess and wants to talk to her about things he is doing (baseball) or things he is proud of. Her cheerful way works well with him, but she can be firm when he gets too off-track or silly. We feel it is time and money well spent. Our son is getting extra reading and writing help and building a solid relationship with someone who explains to him that learning and practicing are very important for his future.
"Creative Tutor but not what we expected"
Cheri from San Jose, CA on 2/19/13
After giving this a trial period we were of the opinion that she did not have as much experience as was stated working with learning differences, preparing lesson plans, and listening to the parents and child’s educational needs.
Please check out the educational web sites that are used and recommended by your tutor before they are viewed by your child. You might disagree that they are educationally appropriate for your child's situation.
Tess replied on 2/22/2013:
The guardian of this child retained and directed me to run an educational program that she had put together with school books she purchased on her own. She has a disabled grandchild whom she is homeschooling with these materials. Most of these materials are for a child that can perform at 8th grade level, with the exception of a high school history text and abridged novels that are more in line with the child's reading level, which is 4th or 5th grade. She insisted that her grandchild could perform at 8th grade level, sometimes, but that he does not test well. I found the child performed closer to 4th grade level and he has significant deficits in his education and many behavioral quirks. I do not see the logic in making a child work with educational materials that are way beyond his abilities.
In addition to using materials that are beyond the child's understanding, Cheri had irregular teaching practices that she instructed me to follow. Her methods were designed more to keep the child calm, i.e., he needs to get everything right, rather than offering him any real opportunity to learn. Being cooped up in the house all day doesn't help. It may serve the grandson better to receive some training in life skills outside of the home.
Up until the last day, I tried to find workable solutions that would benefit the child while meeting Cheri's daily changing objectives and constant interference.
The last day, within earshot of her grandson, she berated me for not bringing lesson plans when she had never required them before and asked if I understood the CA standards for 8th grade. I informed her that her grandson can barely understand the concept of a map much less understand a high school level history text and, since the child can't perform at 8th grade level, he should be evaluated so that proper materials can be provided for him. I was alarmed by the manipulation she subjected this boy to. When we attempted to work he was so upset by what he overheard that he was unable to concentrate on the lesson.
I acknowledge that Cheri has taken on a huge task in attempting to educate her disabled grandson, but her methods are flawed. Her intimate understanding of the child's disabilities and her many 'accommodations' actually impede the child from making any meaningful progress. My hope is that she can get a qualified special education teacher to assess the child's educational level so that he can start using materials that will be useful for him. I wish both of them success.
"Patient and fun tutor for kids"
Michi from San Jose, CA on 4/5/12
Tess has been tutoring my son in 5th grade math. She was able to assess where his problem areas were and is helping him to strengthen those areas. In the beginning, she got in touch with my son's teacher to get her input on what he needed to focus on. Every time, Tess arrives promptly, ready and excited to work with my son. Her energy is great for kids because she makes it seem more like fun than work. She also brings her own material to work with in addition to any you may want to provide. She finds creative ways and little tricks to convey the concepts she's teaching. Tess is not a clock watcher. She cares more about accomplishing the tasks she set forth for that day. Since math only gets more complicated from here on, it's important to make sure his foundation is solid. I'm happy to have Tess continue working with him to do that.
"What I like about Tess"
Day from San Jose, CA on 3/12/12
I was a student of Miss Tess. I'm in 3rd grade and I needed help on math and so she helped me by doing some games withe me and flash cards. She made it fun and interesting and now my cousin has her as a tutor and he's in high school.
Tess replied on 3/13/2012:
Thanks Aliya. It was a pleasure working with you! Wishing you all the best in your new school.
Kavitha from San Jose, CA on 2/6/12
I have found Tess to be patient, willing to listen and be well prepared for her session. I liked the fact that she was willing to learn from things that did not go well in the session and modify it for the next session. Overall a great tutor.
Victor from San Jose, CA on 1/8/12
Tess has been one of the best tutors I have ever had. She was very helpful and patient. Everything went well, she was right on time with our appointment and was very nice. I would recommend this tutor to anyone who needs help.
Tess replied on 1/25/2012:
It was fun working with you, Victor. I hope you were inspired to continue with your studies in this subject.
"Good, creative & artistic tutor"
Christina from Sunnyvale, CA on 1/2/12
Tess is helping my son who is a 4th grader in reading and writing. She is a patient tutor. She reviews the vocabulary words with him over and over again. She reviews the writing assignment at her personal time so that she can spend more time to read with him. She also teaches him to create a model for a school project that I am very impressed by. She is very responsive when I have questions and concerns. She comes up with a plan to help him improve his writing and reading comprehension, and I look forward for his improvements in the near future.
Tess replied on 1/25/2012:
It is a pleasure working with your child! Highly intelligent and motivated.