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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Graduate Coursework)
I graduated cum laude from UCLA and attended Cardozo Law School in New York City on a dean's scholarship. I have over 15 years of experience teaching SAT, ACT, TOEFL, ISEE, SSAT, writing, ESL and drums, both in classrooms and one-on-one.
I'm an an experienced, professional tutor. I took my first tutoring job 15 years ago at Santa Monica College, where I received an award for excellence in tutoring writing, grammar and literature. A couple years later, while attending UCLA, I worked as a teaching assistant, grading student essays, leading weekly review sessions and supervising the work of other teaching assistants.
I've learned a lot about teaching since I first started, but my basic approach hasn't changed: my teaching style is personable, interactive and student-centered. That means no boring lectures and no judgmental attitude. My goal is always to help students feel confident and help them make measurable progress right away.
More about my experience:
AS AN SAT / ACT TUTOR:
I have been helping students improve their standardized test scores for over ten years, both as a classroom teacher and private tutor. My approach to teaching the SAT/ACT differs from that of many tutors but has proven highly effective - my SAT and ACT students consistently enjoy significant gains in their scores when they adopt my strategies, attend lessons regularly and do the work.
If you need a tutor who produces results, look no further. Here's some of what students learn in my test prep tutoring sessions:
*The single key that unlocks the answer to every reading question on the SAT / ACT
*A simple system for identifying the 5 most common grammar errors students are asked to recognize on the SAT and ACT
*A 4-step approach to quickly acquire and retain the college-level vocabulary that students must know to perform well on the SAT & ACT
*A highly effective 5-Step method for writing a top-scoring SAT / ACT essay
I'd welcome the opportunity to discuss with you in person more about what I have to offer as an SAT / ACT tutor. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or to set-up an initial consultation.
AS AN ESL TEACHER:
I taught TOEFL, writing, pronunciation, grammar and reading for several years at one of the largest ESL schools in Los Angeles, where I also worked as academic supervisor and teacher trainer. I have also tutored ESL at after-school learning centers and taught ESL at a private university in Los Angeles.
As an independent business English tutor, I have worked with clients including CEOs and other high-ranking executives from companies such as Cathay Bank, Los Angeles Philharmonic, URi, Walt Disney, UCLA Medical Center and the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA).
In my time teaching and tutoring, I've gained extensive experience working with international students. I have worked with students from (in no particular order) Japan, Libya, China, Spain, Iran, Switzerland, Mongolia, Germany, South Korea, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Thailand, Iraq, Russia, Argentina, Hungary, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Venezuela, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Ecuador, France, and Czech Republic, among others. I am very interested in learning about different cultures and always enjoy the opportunity to interact with people from across the globe.
AS A DRUM TEACHER:
When not busy teaching, I enjoy playing music. I have been playing for over 20 years and have logged thousands of hours as a professional drummer for studio sessions and live performances. I studied music performance at both Musician's Institute and the Los Angeles Music Academy and have a strong background in rock, R&B and jazz. Currently, I lead my own jazz band, which features a noted guitarist and performs regularly in the Los Angeles area. I'm also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences who has co-written songs featured in productions such as "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the movie "Five Aces" starring Charlie Sheen and Tia Carrere.
AWARDS & OTHER EXPERIENCE:
I received a Certificate of Excellence from Santa Monica College for my work there tutoring students in writing, grammar and literature. While in law school, I interned in New York City's appellate law department, writing briefs and appeals. My work experience also includes stints in IBM's marketing division and as an assistant to billionaire entrepreneur Eli Broad - the only person to found two Fortune 500 companies in different industries.
To find out more, get in touch! I look forward to helping you achieve your goals! I graduated cum laude from UCLA and attended Cardozo Law School in New York City on a dean's scholarship. I have over 15 years of experience teaching SAT, ACT, Read more
It has been said that good teachers make the best of a pupil’s means and great teachers foresee a pupil’s end and David falls into the category of what a great teacher is supposed to look like. My son had just taken his first attempt at the SAT’s and wasn't happy with his score. David came in and was able to provide my son with strategy concepts and the confidence he needed to substantially raise his SAT score the second time around. He has shown to be very knowledgeable, supportive, and patient in his teaching ability as he took the time to thoroughly explain and give my son great tips on how to seek out the best answer to tricky SAT questions and clarify for him why one answer would excel over the others.
Out of the three tutors my son had during this season, my son has expressed that although they were all great, David was by far his absolute favorite. His way of engaging him in a fun and enthusiastic manner has made an impact on how he has started to take exams in other subjects as well. His display and genuine concern over my son’s advancement has been much appreciated. I would highly recommend David W. to anyone who would like to see their child succeed!
When my professor returned my essay ungraded and asked me to rewrite it, I hit a hard wall of desperation. This was a class I was taking specifically to transfer to a UC! However, David helped me immensely. I am not a native English speaker and wasn't ready for an intense winter-semester English class. I had good ideas, but lacked organization and grammar. David helped me with his patience and great experience. The end result was not only a perfect grade, but also my improvement in writing.
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I have been teaching English, ESL and test prep for over 10 years. In 2000, I was recognized by Santa Monica College for excellence in tutoring writing, grammar and literature. My hard-working test prep students regularly achieve significant gains in their scores.
The "Science" portion of the ACT test is largely a test of English reading comprehension, focused on science-oriented content. I am no stranger to scientific texts and have been teaching English, ESL and test prep for over 10 years. In 2000, I was recognized by Santa Monica College for excellence in tutoring writing, grammar and literature. My hard-working test prep students regularly achieve significant gains in their scores.
I am a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences who has co-written songs featured in productions such as “Beverly Hills, 90210? and the movie “Five Aces” starring Charlie Sheen. I have logged thousands of hours as a professional drummer, taught hundreds of students and studied music performance at both Musician’s Institute and the Los Angeles Music Academy. I currently lead my own jazz band, which features a noted guitarist and has a weekly residence at a restaurant in Monrovia.
I have 10 years of experience teaching ESL and TOEFL, both privately and in the classroom. I have worked as an academic director and teacher trainer at one of the largest private English schools in Southern California and have also worked as a private "language coach" to high-ranking executives at major corporations.
I have been helping students prepare for the ISEE for several years. I have taught ISEE at some of the most highly regarded tutoring centers in Southern California. My ISEE students typically see significant increases in their scores when they consistently attend lessons, do the work, and apply my strategies. If you are seriously interested in gaining admission to top private elementary or secondary schools, you may need to take the ISEE. I can help you get the highest score you're capable of achieving!
I have extensive experience teaching the "Critical Reading" portion of the SAT, both as a private tutor and a classroom instructor. This portion of the test is a test of reading comprehension. I teach students the "close reading" strategies they need to identify the correct answers.
I have extensive experience teaching the Writing section of the SAT, both as a private tutor and a classroom instructor. This portion of the exam is a test of grammar and "SAT Style". I teach students the grammar basics and SAT stylistic idiosyncrasies that enable them to identify the correct answers.
I have extensive experience tutoring the SSAT. Additionally, I have been teaching English, ESL and test prep for over 10 years. In 2000, I was recognized by Santa Monica College for excellence in tutoring writing, grammar and literature. My hard-working test prep students regularly achieve significant gains in their scores.
I have extensive experience teaching the TOEFL, both as a private tutor and a classroom instructor. I taught TOEFL and worked as a TOEFL teacher supervisor at one of Southern California's largest private English schools.
I first started tutoring nearly 15 years ago at Santa Monica College. While working there, I was formally recognized for excellence in tutoring English writing, grammar and literature. I've helped many students with their writing since then, both in private lessons and in classrooms. I've taught everything from introductory to advanced writing. I absolutely love helping people get their writing together. Writing well is thinking clearly!
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