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Francesca P.

Castro Valley, CA

$48/hr

College and High School Physics and Math

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College and High School Physics and Math

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I have been tutoring unofficially since third grade. Now over thirty, I can say with confidence that it is the one job in which I am most successful and most myself.

Tutoring is an act of observation. It succeeds where normal instruction fails because it is geared toward a student's particular strengths. My best experiences as a tutor have been with the students who needed me most, learning how they needed to learn.

Regarding my areas of expertise, as an undergraduate I was a teacher's assistant in English, German and Astronomy, a grader in Calculus and a tutor in Physics for scientists and engineers. I have continued to tutor Physics and Math ever since, including during my brief stint in the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialling program.

Testimonials

"Now I Love Physics!"

- Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/4/14

"Great tutor!"

- Aaron, Union City, CA on 11/8/14

"Going Really Well! "

- Siri, Union City, CA on 11/3/14

"Great tutor"

- Iva, San Leandro, CA on 10/31/14

"Very patient!"

- Lupe, San Lorenzo, CA on 10/21/14

"Above and Beyond"

- Dianne, Hayward, CA on 5/12/14

"Wonderful tutor."

- Johanna, Castro Valley, CA on 12/21/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Tom, Castro Valley, CA on 6/19/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Kumi, San Leandro, CA on 6/11/13

"Excellent Tutor and Role Model"

- Bob, Castro Valley, CA on 5/10/13

"Thank you Francesca!"

- Yolanda, Danville, CA on 3/19/13

"Very helpful."

- Andrea, Castro Valley, CA on 1/22/13

"So Grateful for Francesca!"

- Sam, Castro Valley, CA on 12/20/12

"Very patient and very good."

- Ray, Hayward, CA on 12/3/12

"Very good teacher"

- Brian, Alamo, CA on 10/1/12

"Very cooperative and helpful"

- Japjot, Union City, CA on 8/15/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Writing
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C++,
MATLAB,
Python
Music:
Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
C++,
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

I have taught this subject to students from ages 13 to 57, and I realize how difficult it can seem. So I work on improving not only students' understanding of the subject but also their confidence in it, to ensure that what they learn they will also retain for future use.

C++

I first started programming in C++ in high school in 1999. Since then, I have used the language in college during labwork and for personal amusement, but not professionally. I am capable at teaching the basics of logic and translating specific problems into code. I would not be the best choice for the experienced, but may be ideal for a beginner.

CBEST

I took the CBEST as part of joining the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialing program and passed without studying on the first try. I regularly tutor almost all of its topics at an equal or higher level than they are presented in the exam.

MATLAB

MATLAB is the primary programming resource used by my university's physics program. As a result, I have used it a great deal, both as a basic mathematical tool and for more complex physical system modelling and signal analysis. I would a good match for beginning students, but perhaps not for those with years of experience in other languages.

Physics

As my degree subject, Physics is my primary tutoring subject. I take a particular joy in teaching it with direct connections to a student's own experiences, using the world to make sense of the math, and using the math to make sense of the world.

Francesca’s Resources

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This is what I call The Chart. The Chart organizes the basic rules for resistors and capacitors together for reference and reinforcement. I’m usually adjusting it for circumstances, but very little of it really changes. C is capacitance, R is resistance, Q is charge, I is current and V is voltage. Ceq is the variable for the equivalent capacitance of a group of capacitors, Req the equivalent... read more

Santa Clara University
Physics
Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Santa Clara University (Physics)

Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program (Graduate Coursework)

Now I Love Physics! — It's taken me awhile to write the review, but here it is. Francesca was incredibly helpful and her love of physics is quite contagious, so beware! I ended up with a B in my class though my goal was to earn a C. I was ecstatic with a B. I am a returning student and having to go back to school was a big shock to my system. I was getting so behind in Physics and Francesca gave me the motivation to ke ...

— Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/4/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $48.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: up to half the planned session. Discounts available if need can be proven. Will work with 2 students simultaneously for 60/hr. Larger groups negotiable, 5 student max.

Travel policy

Francesca will travel within 20 miles of Castro Valley, CA 94546.


About Francesca

I have been tutoring unofficially since third grade. Now over thirty, I can say with confidence that it is the one job in which I am most successful and most myself.

Tutoring is an act of observation. It succeeds where normal instruction fails because it is geared toward a student's particular strengths. My best experiences as a tutor have been with the students who needed me most, learning how they needed to learn.

Regarding my areas of expertise, as an undergraduate I was a teacher's assistant in English, German and Astronomy, a grader in Calculus and a tutor in Physics for scientists and engineers. I have continued to tutor Physics and Math ever since, including during my brief stint in the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialling program.

Testimonials

"Now I Love Physics!"

- Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/4/14

"Great tutor!"

- Aaron, Union City, CA on 11/8/14

"Going Really Well! "

- Siri, Union City, CA on 11/3/14

"Great tutor"

- Iva, San Leandro, CA on 10/31/14

"Very patient!"

- Lupe, San Lorenzo, CA on 10/21/14

"Above and Beyond"

- Dianne, Hayward, CA on 5/12/14

"Wonderful tutor."

- Johanna, Castro Valley, CA on 12/21/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Tom, Castro Valley, CA on 6/19/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Kumi, San Leandro, CA on 6/11/13

"Excellent Tutor and Role Model"

- Bob, Castro Valley, CA on 5/10/13

"Thank you Francesca!"

- Yolanda, Danville, CA on 3/19/13

"Very helpful."

- Andrea, Castro Valley, CA on 1/22/13

"So Grateful for Francesca!"

- Sam, Castro Valley, CA on 12/20/12

"Very patient and very good."

- Ray, Hayward, CA on 12/3/12

"Very good teacher"

- Brian, Alamo, CA on 10/1/12

"Very cooperative and helpful"

- Japjot, Union City, CA on 8/15/12

Education

Santa Clara University
Physics
Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Santa Clara University (Physics)

Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: up to half the planned session. Discounts available if need can be proven. Will work with 2 students simultaneously for 60/hr. Larger groups negotiable, 5 student max.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Castro Valley, CA 94546

Francesca’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Writing
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C++,
MATLAB,
Python
Music:
Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Grammar
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
C++,
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Francesca’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Francesca. View all of Francesca’s resources

This is what I call The Chart. The Chart organizes the basic rules for resistors and capacitors together for reference and reinforcement. I’m usually adjusting it for circumstances, but very little of it really changes. C is capacitance, R is resistance, Q is charge, I is current and V is voltage. Ceq is the variable for the equivalent capacitance of a group of capacitors, Req the equivalent... read more


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