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Elisa G.

History Ph.D. and Writing Expert

Oakland, CA (94618)

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Elisa speaks five languages and has a Ph.D. in History from Brown University. She has worked and studied in three different continents. She taught or served as teaching assistant for history classes at community college and Brown University. Elisa also spent a year teaching high school students with learning differences in Marin County. She has been tutoring students with disabilities, helping prepare high schoolers for the SAT, and tutoring immigrants in ESL for more than four total years.

Elisa feels strongly that good teaching requires responsiveness to individual student needs. An expert in history, she is also an excellent writing tutor, handy at helping with college essays, and enjoys teaching algebra and analytical skills.

Reading and cooking are important to Elisa, who is passionate about organic farming. She also loves the outdoors, and backpacked part of the Appalachian Trail as her post-dissertation trip. She bikes and does yoga regularly.

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Elisa’s subjects

Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish
American History, European History, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Hebrew, Proofreading, Russian, Spanish

College Counseling

I have helped students prepare for the SAT and GRE, advised them about college and graduate school admissions, and helped students brainstorm, organize, write, and edit admissions essays for more than a year.


I have tutored ESL to immigrants on a volunteer basis for 3+ years, working with native Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese speakers.


I began studying Hebrew in elementary school and eventually studied for more than one year in Israel. I can tutor beginning Hebrew.


I studied Russian in university, graduate school, 2 language schools in Russia and while interviewing farm workers in Russia for my doctoral research. I can tutor beginning to intermediate Russian and especially help with reading comprehension and grammar.

Special Needs

I taught high school for students with special needs for a year in Marin County, learning a great deal from the head teacher and various specialists and doing extra reading to grow my skills. I have also tutored students with special needs for 2+ years.

Study Skills

I learned formal study skills as a graduate student, taking a course from a business coach and getting certified to teach. Since then I have tutored a number of high school and college students in study skills. I can help students organize their homework, studying and test preparation, showing them how to break down large goals into smaller tasks and schedule work on their daily, weekly, and monthly calendars.

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Brown University, Providence, RI (PhD)

Brown University, Providence, RI (Master's)

simply AMAZING. she is the epitome of what every tutor should be like — She is the epitome of what every tutor should be like. I cannot suggest a better tutor, she is just the best. She is so amazingly organized, well prepared, and helpful. ...

— Hanna from La Jolla, CA on 12/18/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elisa will travel within 20 miles of Oakland, CA 94618.

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