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Mark C.

Expert in Test Prep and Teaching Chinese-Native Speakers

San Francisco, CA (94112)

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When a student starts with me he is usually very behind in the subject. After a few months she is almost always in the top quarter of her class.

I specialize in those who do not learn well in the traditional lecture & memorize format.

These students do not usually have disabilities. They are often bored out of their minds by the way the way material has been presented to them. A more innovative approach is needed.

The goal is not more hours pounding the books, but rather greater retention of the facts studied in the same number of hours.

Toward this end, I make audio recordings for students as part of the hourly fee (no additional charge). These reinforce the lesson contents in a way that the student is more likely to actually go back and review after the tutoring session.

Making PowerPoints with timed audio clips for each slide has also been effective.

The goal is to keep trying different formats until we find one rhat the studenr enjoys. This usually is the format that also best helps the student remember the material he or she must master.

In 2012 and 2013, I tutored and taught at Berlitz and Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai. In 2006 and 2007, I taught and tutored while attending Beijing's China Foreign Affairs University.

If the student does not cancel 24 hours ahead of time, I do offer a makeup class.

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Mark’s subjects

ACT Math, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Perl
Chinese, ESL/ESOL, German, Latin, TOEFL
American History, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Salsa Dancing
Salsa Dancing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Finance, GMAT, GRE, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Tax Preparation
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Basketball, Bodybuilding, Fitness, Lacrosse, Salsa Dancing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Chinese, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Finance, General Computer, German, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Bible Studies

One of my majors in college was Religion.
I studied theology in Germany, where many feel the greatest theologians originated (Luther, etc.)
I study Biblical Greek (Koine), but am by no means an expert in it.
One must have some appreciation for the underlying Greek and Hebrew in order for one to be doing authentic Bible study.
All courses were in German.
I wrote my Bachelor's thesis for my religion degree on Karl Barth's Confessing Church (Bekennendekirche). This church alone took a stand against Hitler within the German-speaking world.
I have led Bible studies since high school, and was the Christian Activities Network head in college.


I have done English as a Second Language teaching in Europe, Asia and the US.

Job #1: Pronunciation
Reason: If we do not improve it first, all learning you do thereafter will be practicing, but practicing with incorrect pronunciation.

You will be impressed by how much more native your English pronunciation is after the third session. I guarantee it.

I use diagrams showing how you currently use your throat, mouth and tongue.

Next, I diagram for you how native English speakers use them.

Finally, I train you in how to use your throat, mouth and tongue like a native speaker.

After pronunciation we move on to using English in an idiomatic way. The focus is on your oral expression.


German is the foundation of English.
Anyone who understands some German can piece together how English came together.
It is a big advantage in dealing with Germans too. German speakers enjoy, as a group, the highest wage rates in the world. Speaking their language pays off.
I learned German as an adult, as well.
It requires different techniques from those of a school age kid. For instance, the relevance of each vocab/grammar item has to be declared ahead of time. Adults rarely want to learn things just for the academic value.
German is a really fun language, also, because I did not find anything really impossible mentally after learning German grammar.
Let me know what other considerations and motives you have for learning.
Best regards,


Lawyers have used me as a paralegal.
I can assist you in your writing needs.
To assist in writing and test prep does not require one have a license to practice law.

Would be practicing attorneys most need help on the following, in my experience...
1. conditional clauses,
2. the conjunctive voice,
3. simplified structure to avoid run on sentences.

US legal writing places a premium on prose transparency.

My assistance pertains to legal English and prose.

Matters specific to the Cal Bar Exam are more economically obtained from texts and test prep resources, of course.

Submit me a writing sample and I will reply with pointers. You can decide where to take it from there.

SAT Math

I scored in the top 1% on the SAT Math test and the tope 7% of the math section of the GMAT. I am not good at math. But I found a way to win on these tests.

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St. Olaf College (Economics)

china foreign affairs university (Other)

University of Paderborn, Germany (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $37.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 hour minimum, $27/hr thereafter. You may combine with a nearby student for 4 total hours = $128 total, $32/hr.

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 35 miles of San Francisco, CA 94112.

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