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Tracy S.

Can-Do MathTutor - elementary to college and beyond

San Diego, CA (92106)

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Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant business. After some years, I was frustrated with my inability to communicate with customers, so I enrolled in an ESL class and studied very hard. Later, with encouragement from my ESL teachers, I took community college level writing classes and, with much persistence, gradually improved my English. Ten years later, I have not only an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies with a GPA of 3.6 from the University of California, San Diego. I finished with honors, which allowed me to be a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honor Society.

How did I do it? Some people say that I was smart, but I say I was smart in terms of how to help myself to master every subject along the way towards my degrees. In doing so, I attained very good study skills. I led many study groups at Palomar College and UCSD and helped my classmates in their test preparations. Many of my classmates expressed to me that I explained the material in a better and easier way than the professors. From this type of feedback, I realized that I have a talent for teaching and that I really enjoy helping others to learn something--no matter how simple or hard it is. I believe that if I can do it, you can do it too!

I have helped many students to attain their high school diploma while tutoring at the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education. While there, I worked with students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems, etc. This was challenging, but extremely rewarding. Nothing pleases me more than the moment when a student has a light bulb go off in his or her head and says, "I understand"! I love to see students' confidence grow!

Although I have worked primarily with adults, I love working and communicating with children as well. I believe that I can help anyone that is struggling with Math!

Past students and classmates of mine have expressed how easy I made the learning process for them. I understand the problems associated with performance and test anxiety, so I keep the learning environment fun and relaxed. I do this by being patient and explaining problems in different ways by using real-life examples that make sense to the individual. In this way, the student is at ease, which allows a good frame of mind for learning. Learning math can actually be fun and stress free!

As I have alluded to, Math is one of my strongest suits and I am passionate about helping others to understand it and maybe even like it! I am constantly searching for new ways of explaining concepts that can make learning come more easily for students. I can help students to understand the Math skills required for such things as the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT exams.

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Tracy’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Chinese, Economics, ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Golf, Swimming
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Economics, GMAT, GRE
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills
Language:
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Writing

ADD/ADHD

I worked for the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education for 1.5 years. While there, I tutored students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems.

I also taught General Education Development (GED) at the U.S. Court. U.S. Probation Department for one year and four months. Most of my students had learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse.

I have been tutoring students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse privately for the past three years and have helped them raise their grades.

Chinese

I am a Chinese. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I moved to United States when I was 27 years old. Mandarin is my first language and the official language of Taiwan. I love the Chinese literature. In addition, I have a BA degree in Chinese Studies from University of California San Diego. My pronunciation and tones are perfect. I have helped my UCSD classmates in Chinese pronunciation and grammar.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies. For 2 years I have tutored 12 students with different types of learning difficulties, from age 5 to 12. Subjects include math, reading, English, Chinese, and study skills.

What I have learned from my students is that some children have very short attention spans, and they can sometimes become bored easily. As a tutor, I work to engage the students and to help them learn to focus on the task at hand. At times, I must go with the flow, making adjustments as students' energy and focus changes.

With love, respect , patience, and the ability to improvise, we can achieve not only the academic goals but also life skills!

Elementary Math

I worked for the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education for 1.5 years. While there, I tutored students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems.

I also taught General Education Development (GED) at the U.S. Court. U.S. Probation Department for one year and four months. Most of my students had learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse.

I have been tutoring students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse privately for the past three years and have helped them raise their grades.

ESL/ESOL

Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant business. After some years, I was frustrated with my inability to communicate with customers, so I enrolled in an ESL class and studied very hard. Because I did so well in my ESL classes, teachers often asked me to help other ESL classmates. For example, after the tests, teachers would ask me to explain to the class the reasons that I chose the correct answers. From this, many ESL classmates saw me for help after the classes. By helping my ESL classmates, I realized that not only do I like to help people to learn English, but also I am good at explaining English grammar to international students. Later, with encouragement from my ESL teachers, I took community college level reading, writing, spelling, and grammar classes, and with much persistence, gradually improved my English. Ten years later, I have not only an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies with a GPA of 3.6 from the University of California, San Diego. I finished with honors, which allowed me to be a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honor Society.

Study Skills

One of the biggest reasons that I was able to graduate from UCSD with a GPA of 3.5 at the age of 46 years old is that I developed outstanding study skills. English is not my first language, so the challenge was not easy. I took a class, College Success Skills, at Palomar College before I attended UCSD. This class helped me to learn many study skills and to devise a plan for achieving success in college.
For example, before enrolling in a class I would interview the instructor to gain a clear understanding of the requirements needed for success. I previewed the course material before taking the class. During the class, I tape recorded the class lecture so I could listen to it again and again. After the class, I used the tape to improve my notes. I made 3x5 and 5x7 flashcards. I kept them handy so I could read them whenever I wanted. Whenever I was driving my car, I listened to the class tapes. I focused on and understood the material rather than just memorizing. In this way, I trained my brain to make connections and became a critical thinker through this type of active learning. I can help others to learn the study skills I developed and used myself.

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Education

University of California, San Diego (Economics, ChinaStud)

Accomodating, responsive and patient Tracy was quick to respond to my initial email, in which I inquired on ASVAB tutoring services for my son. Tracy was also attentive to my son’s schedule and tutoring needs. She was very accommodating and made herself available within a day’s notice to meet-up for the first tutor session. After my son’s first tutoring session, he had good things to say about the tutor. In fact, my son was studyi ...

— Ben from San Diego, CA on 2/1/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $59.00

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Multiple student rates: 2 students- $70 per hour. 3 Students- $90 per hour.

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Tracy will travel within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92107.

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