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Luis S.

Rohnert Park, CA

$50/hr

Diverse tutoring in two languages (your choice)

Background check passed as of 10/21/14
Usually responds in about 38 minutes

Diverse tutoring in two languages (your choice)

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Born and raised in Spain, I attended the Spanish Merchant Marine Academy, where I obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once I settled in U.S.A., I studied undergraduate philosophy at UCLA and graduate at UC Berkeley, and also worked in the Information Technology field at Pac Tel and Bell Labs, among others.

Today retired, I have been teaching all levels of Spanish at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and tutoring for over 12 years. I derive great pleasure tutoring, given the opportunity it offers to observe immediate results.

Having moved to my current residence recently, I look forward to continue applying my diverse knowledge base and many years of experience to help others reach their academic goals.

To transform a student's initial insecurity into a joyful and well-founded confidence is always both my aim and chief reward.

Language:
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

Being bilingual (English/Spanish) has been a great help to enhance my competence in both languages. It has been much more than just having had the opportunity to practice them. I have graduate degrees in Spanish (Madrid) and English (Cal) and am certified to tutor in both languages.

Additionally, all my submitted articles for publication reached such end.

Grammar

My knowledge of English Grammar reflects the benefit of the elaborate process that anyone learning English academically as a second language must pass through.

Before studying in American institutions (UCLA and UC Berkeley), I studied English for three years in the Spanish Merchant Marine Academy, given that English is the internationally accepted language among merchant mariners all over the world.

Once I settled down in the U.S., I studied and used English at the college level for many years. Philosophy being my chosen field, writing was a constant task. By the time I obtained my M.A. at UC Berkeley, I felt it had been worth every minute of study and writing I devoted to it. Not only did I pour time and effort into it, but I did it most enthusiastically, for my acquired knowledge of English leads the list of academic rewards I value.

Reading

Besides having been an avid reader since my early school years in Spain, my studies of philosophy at both undergraduate and graduate levels (UCLA and Cal, respectively) have contributed very effectively to my reading concentration and comprehension of the material.
Philosophy is, above all, critical. This requires a thorough comprehension of the material being criticized. Else, the reader will quickly find a more appealing alternative.

SAT Reading

The fact that I was educated (at the graduate level) both in Europe (Spain) and in the U.S.A. has contributed enormously to my acquisition of a very diverse vocabulary. Additionally, my studies in this country (UCLA and Cal) were in the humanities in general and philosophy in particular. It meant many years of analysis and writing. Today, I feel most comfortable when engaged in linguistic immersion, whether in English or Spanish.

Spanish

Having tutored students of Spanish (all levels) for over 15 years, I feel most confident I can provide the guidance a student of Spanish needs to learn effectively and happily.

Study Skills

I believe that my personal studying style has played a key role in my studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels in more than one field and country.

I find that teaching the student to differentiate between the essential material and the supporting one often suffices to accomplish a lot more with a lot less effort.

Fortunately, such ability can be learned through guidance and repetition. Once acquired, it becomes a most natural, and powerful, part of the student's arsenal.

TOEFL

Born and raised in Spain, I soon started to study English in the Merchant Marine Academy (English is the international maritime language). After obtaining my Master in Spain, I sailed in American companies. Once I settled in Southern California, I earned my B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and my M.A. in the same field from Cal. I have also taught Spanish for many years, and still do, as well as English to foreign students.

Additionally, I have never submitted an article in English to a newspaper than wasn't published.

Languages are my thing!

Writing

In addition to my graduate studies in philosophy (writing, writing, and more writing), any pieces I've sent to newspapers have been published. Being able to write in more than one language has given me the opportunity to appreciate how powerful the English language is in its written form. Not only I do it, but I love it ... as well.

Spanish Merchant Marine Academy/UCLA
Navigation-Philosoph
Spain's Merchant Marine Academy
Master's
Philosophy-UCBerkeley
Master's

Education

Spanish Merchant Marine Academy/UCLA (Navigation-Philosoph)

Spain's Merchant Marine Academy (Master's)

Philosophy-UCBerkeley (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Luis will travel within 20 miles of Rohnert Park, CA 94928.


About Luis

Born and raised in Spain, I attended the Spanish Merchant Marine Academy, where I obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once I settled in U.S.A., I studied undergraduate philosophy at UCLA and graduate at UC Berkeley, and also worked in the Information Technology field at Pac Tel and Bell Labs, among others.

Today retired, I have been teaching all levels of Spanish at The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and tutoring for over 12 years. I derive great pleasure tutoring, given the opportunity it offers to observe immediate results.

Having moved to my current residence recently, I look forward to continue applying my diverse knowledge base and many years of experience to help others reach their academic goals.

To transform a student's initial insecurity into a joyful and well-founded confidence is always both my aim and chief reward.

Education

Spanish Merchant Marine Academy/UCLA
Navigation-Philosoph
Spain's Merchant Marine Academy
Master's
Philosophy-UCBerkeley
Master's

Education

Spanish Merchant Marine Academy/UCLA (Navigation-Philosoph)

Spain's Merchant Marine Academy (Master's)

Philosophy-UCBerkeley (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Luis’s Subjects

Language:
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
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.


Background Check Status for Luis S.

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