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Andrea R.

Los Angeles, CA

$100/hr

Ten year teaching veteran, plus I'm smart!

Ten year teaching veteran, plus I'm smart!

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Sometimes you just need a new way of looking at something. I have taught elementary school since 2001 at LAUSD. One of my great frustrations with public school was their tendency to just keep on chugging along, teaching a series of lessons, in order to stay on some calendar target. When I took over my first 2nd grade class it was a class made up of all 3rd grade aged students held back for failure to meet grade level standards. They had behavior issues and learning issues. But in my first quarter with them, their collective math scores shot up 20 points, from failing to satisfactory. The principal was shocked! "What did you do?" she asked. I didn't do anything that I considered revolutionary. They were scheduled to learn multiplication. But they were very weak with adding and subtracting. So we went backwards to go forward. As far back as we needed to go.

My specialty and my philosophy are one and the same, and really pretty simple. What is holding you up? What is standing in your way? Nothing you are being asked to learn is too far out of your ability to master it. But you have to work on the right piece of the puzzle. There was no point drilling multiplication with students who needed a firm grasp of addition. And I believe that lesson applies to every subject. If you are studying algebra, you must be fluent in arithmetic. If you are studying writing, you must know grammar and punctuation.

And the extra bonus of this method, is that you work first on a subject that is easier than the daunting one which you are having trouble mastering. You build your confidence one step at a time and when you arrive at your trouble spot you may see it with brand new eyes, and it really isn't as incomprehensible as you first believed.

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Speech
History:
American History, Religion, Social Studies
Art:
Drawing, Painting, Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Cooking

A life long foodie and gourmet, I graduated from the professional course at New School of Cooking in Culver City four years ago. Since that time I ran a small catering company, sold gourmet sandwiches from a basket, taught children's cooking classes at Piccolo Chef in West LA and have worked for the highly acclaimed LA Food Works and Chicks with Knives.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught (as a long term sub) ten years in the LAUSD and am very familiar with Open Court, most of the math systems that they use, and the general standard required for each grade.

I also taught concurrently at Pressman Academy the private school of Temple Beth Am in West L.A.

My knowledge of the various possible needs of elementary students in Los Angeles is unsurpassed.

Public Speaking

I am a professional Actress with 20 years of experience teaching acting and related dramatic game classes. I have completed a program in personal essay performance as well, and will be teaching public speaking in the spring at Pressman Academy.

Tufts University

Education

Tufts University

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

100/high school 85/elementary 4th&5th 75/elementary 3rd and younger

Travel policy

Andrea will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046.


About Andrea

Sometimes you just need a new way of looking at something. I have taught elementary school since 2001 at LAUSD. One of my great frustrations with public school was their tendency to just keep on chugging along, teaching a series of lessons, in order to stay on some calendar target. When I took over my first 2nd grade class it was a class made up of all 3rd grade aged students held back for failure to meet grade level standards. They had behavior issues and learning issues. But in my first quarter with them, their collective math scores shot up 20 points, from failing to satisfactory. The principal was shocked! "What did you do?" she asked. I didn't do anything that I considered revolutionary. They were scheduled to learn multiplication. But they were very weak with adding and subtracting. So we went backwards to go forward. As far back as we needed to go.

My specialty and my philosophy are one and the same, and really pretty simple. What is holding you up? What is standing in your way? Nothing you are being asked to learn is too far out of your ability to master it. But you have to work on the right piece of the puzzle. There was no point drilling multiplication with students who needed a firm grasp of addition. And I believe that lesson applies to every subject. If you are studying algebra, you must be fluent in arithmetic. If you are studying writing, you must know grammar and punctuation.

And the extra bonus of this method, is that you work first on a subject that is easier than the daunting one which you are having trouble mastering. You build your confidence one step at a time and when you arrive at your trouble spot you may see it with brand new eyes, and it really isn't as incomprehensible as you first believed.

Education

Tufts University

Education

Tufts University


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
5 hours notice required

100/high school 85/elementary 4th&5th 75/elementary 3rd and younger

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046

Andrea’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Speech
History:
American History, Religion, Social Studies
Art:
Drawing, Painting, Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Public Speaking

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.


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