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R P.

English/Writing teacher has taught at USC/CSULB

Torrance, CA (90504)

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Hello, I am a 15 year veteran licensed and credentialed teacher. I am available to teach one on one or to a pair of students. Students who want to get a "jump" on their next level, students who are preparing for writing exams (i.e. SAT/TOEFL) and professionals who need help for business or on resumes. I am currently teaching English 101 (Advanced Writing) and ESL at the college level.

I am available to "review" your writing, as on a daily basis I am teaching a test prep class to HS students. I am available in small blocks of time - 1 day of class or 2 quick sessions during the school year (until June) will help you score your best on exams and get the right job!

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R’s subjects

ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Career Development, CBEST, GED, NCLEX, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, NCLEX, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Career Development

I have been working with several students both at my college and privately on their resumes. I have taught several workshops in which I discuss the appropriate vocabulary of a resume and a cover letter. I have had several international students who ask for business role playing (ie use of correct idioms) as well. In my Public Speaking class students practice mock interviews.


I have been teaching a standardized test review at my school for the past 3 years. I teach a 1 month orientation that focuses on: study skills review, reading comprehension practice, writing the essay and HS math review. I currently have a student in my school that I am teaching and practicing with, particularly the "how to's" of constructing the CBEST essay. We also spend a great deal of time examining vocabulary by practicing synonyms, antonyms and descriptive language.

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 3rd,5th and 6th grade for ten years in a public school in California. I am licensed and credentialed.

Elementary Math

I have taught from 3rd-6th grade Math in the Little Lake school district. I believe all students can succeed in Math, if they have a one-on-one teacher that shares simple strategies. Most of the elementary Math is about building skills in Math concepts.


I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.


I have taught anatomy, medical terminology and NCLEX test prep for the past 3 years to nursing students at CBD College in L.A., a vocational school. I have adapted medical textbooks and taught a 1-hour medical textbook review to each module in each semester.

Public Speaking

I have taught English 102- Public Speaking to college students studying for their AA degrees at CBD College in Los Angeles for 3 years. I also taught a "truncated" 5 week version of the course to HS students preparing for college entry at USC, through their Upward Bound program.

Social Studies

I have taught Social Science as part of a block at the middle school along with language arts. I always incorporate various forms of writing for students to gain comprehension. In 8th grade, students are studying American History.For example when teaching 8th graders, they had to write a persuasive essay from the perspective of Lincoln and justify the reasoning for the Civil war.


As an ESL language teacher with over 17 years of teaching experience, I teach pronunciation and tongue positions to all my ESL students. It is imperative for these students, for example, to understand that the "th" blend in English that occurs in words such as "this, that," "other, mother," and "south, north" requires their tongue to push out and come out of their mouth when saying the "th" for correct pronunciation.

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.


I have tutored several students on various standardized exams including the SAT, PSAT, NCLEX, TOEFL and TEAS. As part of a 1 month orientation at CBD College in L.A. I prepared students for the basic skills exam. the TEAS is an aptitude test which asks for differentiation of vocabulary, study skills, math skills and most of all critical thinking skills. I teach every student how to be a proficent reader and writer and how to make note and be aware of academic testing language. The students at WyzAnt will be well served by my writing, reading and test prep review.


The TOEFL is a standardized exam that is a test of the students English proficiency. I have taught and tutored many students in both standardized exams prep and in TOEFL prep. I believe the key is practicing writing and conversation. The writing will strengthen your vocabulary and reading comprehension. Practicing conversation is an essential skill needed to be successful on the exam.

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USC (Critical WritingComm)

CSUDH/Education (Master's)

Teaching Credential-Certified (Master's)

Great tutor — Richard is a professional tutor and always well prepared. He also has a good personality. I could learn English, American culture and even techniques for leaning through the lessons with enjoyment. One of the impressive words I was taught was that to learn effectively is to be a good listener. I would highly recommend this great tutor! ...

— Kazuo, Torrance, CA on 9/21/12

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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R will travel within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90504.

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