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Mara F.

Walnut Creek, CA

$50/hr

Knowledgeable and motivating English and writing tutor.

Background check passed as of 10/5/13
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Knowledgeable and motivating English and writing tutor.

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Hello, students. I am an English as a second language and Italian teacher and a tutor in English, reading, writing and math. If you have challenging issues in school or college, I can help you determine your goals, study step-by-step, and achieve your academic potential. I especially love to motivate you to discover what you do best and utilize your strengths for academic and professional achievement.

I have advanced interdisciplinary degrees, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. Please, let me know what your challenges are, and I will help you overcome them.

Testimonials

"A great tutor."

- Nuria, Walnut Creek, CA on 11/10/13

"Terrific Tutor"

- Ann, Clayton, CA on 5/8/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology,
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian,
Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
History:
Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Music History, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Songwriting
Art:
Art History, Composition (Music)
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, CBEST,
CLAST, GED, GRE, PSAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TEAS, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, 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.

ACT English

I have extensive experience teaching test preparation in English, Science and Social Sciences in a variety of college preparatory tests.

Anthropology

I have a BA in Anthropology Magna cum Laude from the University of South Florida (1998) and I have pursued my graduate studies in Consciousness Studies and Psychology with an eye to anthropological issues. I have conducted extensive research on the Genome Diversity Project and ethnological research such as How Hindu People Live their Religion at a Hindu Temple and Yoga Consciousness at a Yoga Studio for my Honors Thesis, to name a few. I know Cultural Anthropology and can teach or tutor in the subject.

CBEST

I have taken the CBEST test with high scores in all sections. I can comfortably teach both the subject areas of reading, writing and math in the test and the strategies required to pass the test successfully.

English

Writing is my passion and my daily focus as I teach this subject to many students and I progress through my doctorate in Educational Psychology that requires countless written assignments. I have experience in creative and expository writing, TOEFL test preparation and numerous school assignments and projects. I also teach strategies to improve style and content. Please, contact me and I will transmit my love of writing to you too!

ESL/ESOL

I have taught and tutored in ESL for over 9 years in all skills, including reading, listening, writing, speaking, test-taking and study skills. I also trained teachers to teach ESL and other languages while working in the capacity of Instructional Supervisor at Berlitz San Francisco. I have experience with corporate, adult, college, high school and elementary school students. I teach all levels of proficiency.

Grammar

I am an ESL teacher and K-12 tutor. I have extensive experience in teaching grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary and study skills, among other subjects.

Italian

I am an Italian native speaker who taught Italian at Berlitz and privately. I can teach all skills, all levels. Arrivederci!

PSAT

I have extensive experience in preparing students to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT and TOEFL college prep tests. In order to do well on these tests, students have to develop a critical understanding of the material and the accompanying strategies that will allow them to be successful. That is what we learn in class, along with grammar and focused reading comprehension in all subjects. I can certainly help students reach their goals!

Religion

I have a BA degree in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of South Florida, Magna cum Laude, and have extensive research experience in many topics of religious and spiritual nature such as Yoga Consciousness, Hindu Religion, Buddhist Philosophy and Consciousness Studies, to name a few. Moreover, I have obtained a Master's degree in Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysics in Studio City, CA. I have practiced as a spiritual counselor for 3 years.

SAT Reading

I have extensive experience in preparing students to take the SAT, ACT and TOEFL college prep tests. In order to do well on these tests, students have to develop a critical understanding of the material and the accompanying strategies that will allow them to be successful. That is what we learn in class, along with essay writing, grammar and focused reading comprehension in all subjects. I can certainly help students reach their goals!

SAT Writing

I have extensive experience in preparing students to take the SAT, ACT and TOEFL college prep tests. In order to do well on these tests, students have to develop a critical understanding of the material and the accompanying strategies that will allow them to be successful. That is what we learn in class, along with essay writing, grammar and focused reading comprehension in all subjects. I can certainly help students reach their goals!

Study Skills

I have substantial experience teaching Study Skills to individual students and groups. I was extensively trained at Score and continue to apply my knowledge with all my students, specifically devising plans for students with learning disabilities and those who prepare to take academic tests such as TOEFL. Moreover, I teach study skills to my ESL students to maximize their study habits.

TOEFL

Experienced ESL teacher, taught TOEFL preparation for over six years. Focus on subject matter and strategies to learn the material and do well on the test.

Writing

Have you ever wondered how you can improve your writing skills, express your feelings, answer complex test questions or write down your dreams, poems and precious memories in an unforgettable way? If all of this is familiar to you, then you have found the right person. I love writing and can help you find the inspiration to express your art in words. Please, contact me so that you can start writing!

Yoga

I have BA degrees in Religious Studies, Anthropology and MA degrees in Consciousness Studies and Metaphysics that included extensive study of different Yoga philosophies at the intellectual level. I also have years of experience in Yoga as a form of physical exercise that connects body postures with the depth of understanding of the mind. I can help students who want to do more in depth research of the philosophical issues dealt with in Yoga philosophy.

University of South Florida
Anthropology - Relig
John F. Kennedy University Consciousness Studies
Master's
Walden University - PhD Psychology (in progress)
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of South Florida (Anthropology - Relig)

John F. Kennedy University Consciousness Studies (Master's)

Walden University - PhD Psychology (in progress) (Graduate Coursework)

A great tutor. — Mara is a great teacher. She explains everything very well, prepares all the classes and gives a big advantage if you want to improve your level of English. For example, I am preparing the TOEFL with her and she is teaching me all the strategies in order to get the highest score. Besides she is a very friendly and a very good person. ...

— Nuria, Walnut Creek, CA on 11/10/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Discounted rates for groups in ESL and ACT and SAT series test preparation.

Travel policy

Mara will travel within 15 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94598.


About Mara

Hello, students. I am an English as a second language and Italian teacher and a tutor in English, reading, writing and math. If you have challenging issues in school or college, I can help you determine your goals, study step-by-step, and achieve your academic potential. I especially love to motivate you to discover what you do best and utilize your strengths for academic and professional achievement.

I have advanced interdisciplinary degrees, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. Please, let me know what your challenges are, and I will help you overcome them.

Testimonials

"A great tutor."

- Nuria, Walnut Creek, CA on 11/10/13

"Terrific Tutor"

- Ann, Clayton, CA on 5/8/14
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Education

University of South Florida
Anthropology - Relig
John F. Kennedy University Consciousness Studies
Master's
Walden University - PhD Psychology (in progress)
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of South Florida (Anthropology - Relig)

John F. Kennedy University Consciousness Studies (Master's)

Walden University - PhD Psychology (in progress) (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Discounted rates for groups in ESL and ACT and SAT series test preparation.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Mara’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology,
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian,
Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
History:
Anthropology,
European History, Geography, Music History, Religion,
Social Studies, World History
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Songwriting
Art:
Art History, Composition (Music)
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, CBEST,
CLAST, GED, GRE, PSAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TEAS, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, 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 Mara F.

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