Samantha from Oakland, CA on 8/26/12
Denise is a truly wonderful tutor. I am a returning student, who hadn't done any real math in 12 years and because of that I had developed somewhat of a "math phobia." With the help, support, and guidance of Denise I have been able to slowly gain confidence, bring back lost skills, and learn new ones. She has a patient and calming demeanor which I find to be very important when tackling a tough task. She works through each math problem with you in a clear and straightforward manner, making it all that much easier to understand. She is always reachable, which is just another added bonus. I would highly recommend her if you need help and want to succeed!
"Fantastic teacher with a passion for math and science!"
Jane from San Ramon, CA on 1/21/14
Denise has tutored my daughter in both statistics and advanced math/pre-calc. She is an AMAZING teacher. She is prepared, but has a very gentle, disarming approach. My daughter had several pre-test "holes", and aced both tests after spending a couple of hours with Denise.
"Most irresponsible tutor!"
George from Albany, CA on 1/3/14
Denise is the most irresponsible tutor I have ever encountered in the USA. She tutored my daughter just twice and then disappeared. Before the second tutoring, we made two appointments. She didn't show up for appointments and I called her several times and left many messages, worrying about her safety. It turned out that she was ok but just didn't want to come for some unknown reasons. The most horrible things are that she didn't call me back, neither reply to my phone calls, messages, and emails sent to her, to explain why she didn't come for appointments.
Denise replied on 1/17/2014:
I am not sure how our communication failed, as I did email George that I had a death in the family and would be gone for at least one week. I received one phone message, not several, and upon my return, I emailed him to set up another session with his daughter but never heard back from him (this was in October). On the day I was to leave for winter break (Dec. 17), I received a call from wyzant that George was checking on my well-being and upon my return from vacation (Jan. 7), I had a "Most irresponsible tutor!" review.
I have many students that I have worked with for more than one academic year, and have never missed appointments unless for illness or other uncontrollable circumstances (death in family, once for traffic accident). I take pride in my work and value my student's time as much as I value my own.
Sonam from Berkeley, CA on 10/30/13
Denise was the perfect tutor for TEAS. I was lucky to find a tutor who could guide me in all the sections of TEAS: English, math, science. I had a 60% in my reading section earlier in English and improved to 90% in my next attempt. I got 90% in my science. She was very helpful in trying to give me other materials to improve my reading. I would definitely recommend her to practice for the TEAS. Thank you Denise.
"Very Effective Tutor"
Leila from Orinda, CA on 6/27/13
Denise provided effective sessions that made a big difference in my daughter's understanding of the subject matter. Denise's tutoring probably made a full letter difference in her grade. It was easy to arrange lessons via text. I highly recommend Denise.
Valerie from Greenbrae, CA on 5/24/13
Can't say enough great things about Denise!! She is an amazing tutor, really knows her stuff and is full of helpful ideas about how to get through tough classes. I started seeing Denise at the end of my semester in microbiology and wished I would have found her sooner!! She was the only reason I got through this class and changed my C- to a final grade of a B in the course with a terrible micro teacher!! If you are having trouble with a class she is your solution!!
"Watch out: dropped the ball twice"
Andrew from Oakland, CA on 5/12/13
The first 2-3 sessions with Denise were great, and then one Sunday she cancelled at the very last minute for a medical reason. This left our son hanging, but we gave her the benefit of the doubt. The following Sunday she was a complete no-show. There was no phone call, text or email until five days later due to an emergency medical condition where she apparently had no internet access or contact information available. She reportedly has taken steps to be able to contact clients ASAP if this type of situation occurs again. I don't mean to kick someone when they are down, but if you are looking for reliability, I'd beware of this tutor for now. She has outstanding reviews, but it seems something is amiss. She really let our son down when there is a lot riding on his performance in this class.
"Great with kids!"
Monica from Seattle, WA on 4/28/13
We LOVED Denise with our Kindergarten girl. She was very patient, had creative ideas to learn addition and subtraction, and was so thoughtful and sweet at the end of our two weeks. I highly recommend Denise for her creative ability and patience. We hope to see her again at some point. Thank you Denise!
Jackie from Alameda, CA on 2/4/13
Denise is extremely patient and very knowledgeable with the subject matter. She is very engaging. My son, after just 3 wks working with Denise improved tremendously on his grades. I highly recommend Denise.
"Great tutor for TEAS!"
Anja from Half Moon Bay, CA on 1/23/13
My daughter was tutored by Denise specifically for the TEAS test. TEAS tutors are extremely difficult to find so we were thrilled to have found Denise. Denise and my daughter concentrated on her weaker areas of study once that was determined. Denise made more material available for study. Denise very much helped her "learn" to take the test. My daughter scored very well on her TEAS which she took shortly after the tutoring ended. Communication was easy with Denise. She also made it so that she and and my daughter could travel to SF to meet since they were both living in different locations. Overall my daughter learned a lot, enjoyed her tutoring, and did well. Denise is intelligent, able to communicate well, and mostly - able to teach well. Thank you for a good experience.
"Fantastic in all senses. Accessible, fair, extremely honest, punctual, enthusiastic!"
Manuela from Oakland, CA on 1/9/13
Thank you so much! You have been a fantastic presence in my daughter's life, so much so that when I was printing the lessons today and was saying about the geometric ones that I had a hard time with them she responded "Really? They're kind of fun. They're like puzzles!" I have never heard words like fun, math/geometry and games coming out of her mouth in relation to math. That is so fantastic! You are a great professional and an exceptional teacher, able to transmit your enthusiasm towards a subject you clearly love to your students. That is what makes an exceptional teacher and one that leaves a mark forever. We are so lucky to have found you!
"Amazing Teas Test Tutor "
Jessica from San Leandro, CA on 8/13/12
Denise was my tutor to help me prepare for the Teas Test and she was a great help! I had already taken the Teas test once and failed so I asked Denise for help tutoring. She always came prepared for our meeting with worksheets that she would make to help me specifically on areas I needed more help. After only 5 tutoring sessions with Denise I was able to pass the Teas test! I would definitely recommend Denise as a tutor!
"Denise is the bomb diggety!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Laura from Walnut Creek, CA on 5/2/12
I could not be happier with my selection to work with Denise. A couple of months ago I was a nervous wreck about a Math portion of a test I need to pass for CA teacher certification that I had already failed, and since I've worked with Denise not only did I pass the test, but she helped me regain my confidence and alleviate my anxiety about Math and find its rhythm. I have nothing but good things to say about Denise. She is compassionate, humble, patient, steadfast, wicked smart, funny, and reliable. Denise is a the gem that sparkles the brightest amongst all of the shiny gems. Need I say more?
"Very patient and experienced tutor"
Catherine from Orinda, CA on 3/30/12
Denise is very patient with my son who is 10 years old. She is able to direct his attention to his work and at the same time teach him how to organize his work. We are very happy with her. She always answers to e-mails and calls the same day.
Amy (Mom) from San Leandro, CA on 3/6/12
I am so very happy that Denise has come into our lives. She is so dedicated to her students. She continuously amazes me how well she interacts with my daughter helping her with her Intermediate Algebra online course and now last minute study review for microbiology. I wish we met her sooner..
"great first meeting"
Roger from Alameda, CA on 2/27/12
I am happy to have met Denise. She is very patient and understanding of my trouble understanding chemistry. She was on time which is a big deal with me. I will definitely rely on her for this crazy semester.
I really like Denise. She is very personable, patient, and understanding of my trouble with chemistry as a new learning experience. She makes it enjoyable. I wish I could take her to class with me, but I feel more confident, even though I've had two meetings with her, and have some new tools to get me through this class! You are great!
"Denise is extremely patient!!!!"
Tinamarie from Alameda, CA on 1/16/12
I am currently going through my last math classes with my University, and I was having a lot of trouble in Algebra. Now that I have been working with Denise, my outlook on Algebra has been a lot different, I'm not as scared as I used to be. Denise is very patient and fun to work with. She walks through every topic, from beginning to end to ensure that I understand. If I happen to miss something, she is happy to go over it again and again, until I am 100% confident that I can perform the equation after she leaves :)
Thank you soooo much Denise!!!!!
Martin from Walnut Creek, CA on 1/11/12
Denise is a wonderful person and a great tutor. We recommend her highly. She is caring, professional and flexible. We recommend her for chemistry and other subjects as well.
"Excellent way of teaching"
Denise from Oakland, CA on 11/22/11
As an adult student, coming back to school after many years was intimidating. Algebra was even more intimidating and I was taking an online course without much guidance. I had worked for almost 6 hours on a set of problems that Denise helped me figure out in less than one hour. She explained things clearly and caught the areas I was making mistakes in. Wonderful tutor, I will definitely call again as needed.
Robin from Canyon, CA on 10/25/11
She was very friendly and competent, but just didn't show up for 2 lessons! Didn't call. Didn't email. I should have known better, since she missed an earlier lesson (without calling or emailing, but explained it away with what seemed to be a reasonable excuse). And when I contacted her by phone this evening to see if she was on her way, she really didn't seem to care!
Denise replied on 10/27/2011:
Actually, I was quite horrified that Robin had not received my email about a family medical emergency that had me out of town. I accept full responsibility for the situation, as I learned earlier that there is a delay in the wyzant email system. I did not have Robin's phone number, so any communication was through the wyzant server. I should have had her contact number.
I did offer to hold a skype session since I was not in town, but I completely understand her frustration with me. I did have a flat tire three weeks previously and she did not receive notice until later in the evening of the appointment. Again, I should have had her phone number available.
Orlando from San Ramon, CA on 9/19/11
In just one lesson to our 14 yr. old daughter we can see a huge change. Denise actually teaches!! Highly recommend!! You won't be disappointed!! Thank you!!
Jenna from Berkeley, CA on 9/14/10
Denise has tutored me in chemistry and I have found her to be phenomenal. I primarily needed help in order to do well on a midterm and in less than a week she has me feeling fully confident that I will excel. She has always come to our sessions on time and exceptionally prepared. She is very knowledgeable and definitely more than competent in her fields (although I can only speak for chemistry). Her confidence in what she does makes me confident in what I'm trying to do. She provides outside resources and uses her own time (outside) of sessions to make sure that that you will receive the best help possible. She is very kind and friendly. She is easy to talk to and her teaching methods are easy to follow. She breaks down the material in a way that makes it easy to comprehend and remember for future use. She helps me through problems step by step and gets me to use my knowledge to arrive at the right answer, in that way I feel as though I am actually learning and not just being told the answer. She explains everything very thoroughly and is very encouraging to questions. She's also very patient, which worked out very well for me since I essentially knew nothing about chemistry and I now feel fully prepared for a college level exam. I enjoy my sessions with Denise very much because not only is she a fantastic tutor, but she is also a wonderful woman and her company is always most enjoyable.