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Rachel J.

Oakland, CA

$50/hr

English (reading, writing, ESL), Spanish

Background check passed as of 2/27/14
Usually responds in about 12 hours

English (reading, writing, ESL), Spanish

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Wherever I go in the world, I find myself in a teaching role: from English tutor and proofreader in Bangkok, Thailand to sharing horticultural knowledge in Portugal, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I traveled and worked abroad for four years after graduating from UC Davis, which I attended with a Regents Scholarship and where I participated in the Integrated Studies Honors Program.

At Davis I completed significant coursework in linguistics before discovering the breadth, depth, and applicability of landscape architecture. It revived my love of geometry, opened the door to the world of botany, and unleashed an artist and designer. I love talking about color and space, thinking about society and circulation, and I can never get enough of the wonders of the natural world and the science behind their incredible processes.

My linguistics coursework ties strongly with my personal study of languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, German, and Hindi) and helps me teach English. As a speaking/pronunciation coach, reading tutor, and writing tutor, I've worked with native English speakers as well as English learners to improve grammar, style, and communication of ideas. I edited papers for journal submission for a professor at one of the top universities in Bangkok as well as a Masters candidate thesis submission and assisted a Thai PhD student in preparing for the English competency exam.

My other experience reflects my interests: broad and varied. I've supported math students in their studies from addition/subtraction to algebra, geometry, and through high school-level calculus and statistics, and science students from elementary through chemistry, physics, and biology. I volunteered as a beginning clarinet teacher at local elementary schools with fledgling after school music programs, and in my college marching band, I led sectionals as clarinet section leader. I was also a marching teaching assistant. I've sung in choral performances.

Whether I'm explaining the very basics of using a computer or trading shortcuts and new ways to use tools in design software, using computers and the internet is a prime example of continuous shared learning and teaching. Study skills and organization are critical for a consistent path to success, and I enjoy finding or creating a system that works for a student to ensure progress.

I pride myself on being an articulate, patient teacher. I strive to understand a student's way of thinking and to provide fun, accessible instruction. Each challenge is a puzzle, and asking the right questions is our best tool. I prefer to guide a student to an answer, rather than me simply supplying it. For editing/proofreading, it is important to me that the student understands the principles behind changes I suggest, and I am not comfortable handing back a document I've been through without discussing my corrections.

Since I have a small travel radius, I am able to be quite flexible with my time, although I do have a 4-hour cancellation policy. Your challenge is our quest! I'm excited to jump in, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Botany
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Portuguese, Spanish
Music:
Clarinet, General Music
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Architecture
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Portuguese, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe InDesign

InDesign was covered in my landscape architecture classes in college, and we used it to compose large-format boards for presentations, including text, photos, and graphics. My current portfolio was composed in InDesign. I'm familiar with page layout and graphic design principles that guide successful use of this program. I have experience teaching a variety of computer applications, and can teach to a technical/advanced student or a beginning one.

UC Davis
Landscape Architectu

Education

UC Davis (Landscape Architectu)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94607.


About Rachel

Wherever I go in the world, I find myself in a teaching role: from English tutor and proofreader in Bangkok, Thailand to sharing horticultural knowledge in Portugal, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I traveled and worked abroad for four years after graduating from UC Davis, which I attended with a Regents Scholarship and where I participated in the Integrated Studies Honors Program.

At Davis I completed significant coursework in linguistics before discovering the breadth, depth, and applicability of landscape architecture. It revived my love of geometry, opened the door to the world of botany, and unleashed an artist and designer. I love talking about color and space, thinking about society and circulation, and I can never get enough of the wonders of the natural world and the science behind their incredible processes.

My linguistics coursework ties strongly with my personal study of languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, German, and Hindi) and helps me teach English. As a speaking/pronunciation coach, reading tutor, and writing tutor, I've worked with native English speakers as well as English learners to improve grammar, style, and communication of ideas. I edited papers for journal submission for a professor at one of the top universities in Bangkok as well as a Masters candidate thesis submission and assisted a Thai PhD student in preparing for the English competency exam.

My other experience reflects my interests: broad and varied. I've supported math students in their studies from addition/subtraction to algebra, geometry, and through high school-level calculus and statistics, and science students from elementary through chemistry, physics, and biology. I volunteered as a beginning clarinet teacher at local elementary schools with fledgling after school music programs, and in my college marching band, I led sectionals as clarinet section leader. I was also a marching teaching assistant. I've sung in choral performances.

Whether I'm explaining the very basics of using a computer or trading shortcuts and new ways to use tools in design software, using computers and the internet is a prime example of continuous shared learning and teaching. Study skills and organization are critical for a consistent path to success, and I enjoy finding or creating a system that works for a student to ensure progress.

I pride myself on being an articulate, patient teacher. I strive to understand a student's way of thinking and to provide fun, accessible instruction. Each challenge is a puzzle, and asking the right questions is our best tool. I prefer to guide a student to an answer, rather than me simply supplying it. For editing/proofreading, it is important to me that the student understands the principles behind changes I suggest, and I am not comfortable handing back a document I've been through without discussing my corrections.

Since I have a small travel radius, I am able to be quite flexible with my time, although I do have a 4-hour cancellation policy. Your challenge is our quest! I'm excited to jump in, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Education

UC Davis
Landscape Architectu

Education

UC Davis (Landscape Architectu)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94607

Rachel’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Botany
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign,
Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Portuguese, Spanish
Music:
Clarinet, General Music
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Architecture
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Portuguese, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

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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