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Helen Y.

Patient, Experienced, and Effective Multi-Subject and Test Prep Tutor

San Francisco, CA (94134)

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Helen's Tutoring Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.
Math:
ACT Math
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Calculus
Geometry
Prealgebra more »
Precalculus more »
SAT Math
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English
ACT Reading
English more »
Public Speaking more »
SAT Reading
Science:
ACT Science
Astronomy more »
Physical Science
Physics more »
Language:
French
History:
American History more »
European History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Special Needs:
Special Needs more »
Business:
Career Development more »
GRE
Public Speaking more »
Homeschool:
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Calculus
Elementary (K-6th) more »
English more »
French
Geometry
Physics more »
Prealgebra more »
Precalculus more »
SAT Math
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
Career Development more »
College Counseling more »
COOP/HSPT more »
GRE
SAT Math
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Career Development more »
College Counseling more »
French
Public Speaking more »

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American History

As an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz my focus in history was United States history. My areas of research were bottom-up history (I enjoy Howard Zinn's writing), telecommunication and broadcasting, and the history of science. I despise simply memorizing dates and figures, and I love discussing history within a memorable context. I also attempt to make learning about history enjoyable (there are some very entertaining figures and events in our nation's history!).

Astronomy

I spent several months teaching week-long, intensive astronomy and astrophysics classes to children between the ages of five and twelve. I have also worked as an astronomy tutor for several introductory college courses, primarily performing examination preparation.

Career Development

I have performed undergraduate advising for students at a number of universities around the United States and advising for high school students on a number of different subjects (primarily getting into and paying for college), and I continue to provide educational and career advice to a number of individuals in many different fields.

College Counseling

I've personally designed college graduation schedules for more than fifty students at more than twenty colleges and universities throughout the country and have years of experience making recommendations on where my students should consider going to school and preparing them for the process.

COOP/HSPT

I recently prepared a student for the HSPT, meeting once a week for roughly two months. Initially, while taking diagnostic tests, she was scoring 30% on math and 70% on the other sections. After our time together I had her take a timed practice exam to make sure that she was ready for the test, and she scored a 98%. We weren't able to view her final results on the actual HSPT, but my student was accepted to every high school she applied to, so her family and I are all pretty sure she performed well (we're also all looking forward to the results of her upcoming math placement exam at the new school).

Elementary (K-6th)

I spent a year working at a public elementary school through an educational program associated with my honors program at UC Santa Cruz, primarily assisting fifth graders (many of which were ELD students) and kindergartners with basic math and reading comprehension. I also have several years of experience teaching different scientific concepts to children between the ages of four and twelve years old.

English

I have impeccable grammar and extensive writing experience due to my work as a student of the humanities.

Physics

Most recently I worked with a high school senior enrolled in a physics course with students of different mathematical backgrounds (making it difficult for him to keep up with the more mathematically advanced students). After six sessions with me my student went from failing a number of quizzes and exams in the class to receiving a 29/30 and 19/20 on his most recent quizzes, raising his overall course grade to an A.

The majority of my experience in tutoring physics has occurred during intensive examination preparation group sessions. To be more specific, as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, I would often receive frantic phone calls from a friend or group of friends who had failed an exam and/or quiz and were attempting to increase their understanding and performance enough to ace an upcoming exam (to compensate for their previous performance). Depending on the size of the group, to my knowledge, almost all of my students (in the least) received a passing grade on the exam and frequently were able to raise their cumulative grade in the class.

I also spent approximately a year occasionally assisting one of my high school mock trial students with his physics homework. His dyslexia made completing relatively long problems difficult, so we primarily worked on a strategy that would allow him to arrive at the correct solution.

Prealgebra

I spent most of the previous school year working with a 7th grader to raise her overall grade in prealgebra from a C. After approximately two months of tutoring, she began receiving A's on her exams, and, by the end of the year, she was able to raise her cumulative grade to an A-. Because of my proven results in this area, I am very confident that I can be of assistance.

Precalculus

I've had several precalculus students over the past few years, and I have proven results, evident in their cumulative grades. One of my previous students, a student athlete with practice almost every day, went from receiving two consecutive F's on his quizzes to an A on a quiz covering material that we discussed during our first session.

Public Speaking

I spent roughly four years coaching high school mock trial and one year coaching college mock trial. I have also competed in quiz bowl competitions on television and have years of experience performing public speaking in a number of different settings, ranging from career panels to scientific outreach.

Special Needs

I have years of experience working with students with a number of disabilities, including ADHD, Autism, and dyslexia, and I've learned how to deal with these students through a variety of techniques. I have also worked with a certified "genius" student and a number of other high-functioning individuals and have spent time researching their specific needs, although these needs (for all of my students) obviously vary depending on the student.

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Approved Subjects

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