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Mara F.

Knowledgeable and motivating English and writing tutor.

Walnut Creek, CA (94598)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$50.00
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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.

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Mara’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Italian, Latin, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, CBEST, CLAST, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Piano, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Career Development, GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Art:
Art History, Composition (Music)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
History:
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Botany, Microbiology, Nutrition, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
AutoCAD, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Differential Equations, 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

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have extensive experience (over 9 years) of teaching and tutoring elementary school children in all subjects, including Phonics, English, Language Arts, Writing, Math, History, Science, Art, English as a second language, Italian and Spanish. I presently work as a tutor for a tutoring company in the capacity of tutor for the No Child Left Behind program. Moreover, I work as an ESL tutor for JC Education, preparing children in English speaking, reading, writing, listening, study skills and the TOEFL test.

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.

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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)

Terrific Tutor I was lucky to have gotten Mara as a tutor. She is so knowledgeable and diligent. I am learning so much and look forward to every class. ...

— Ann from Clayton, CA on 5/8/14);

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.

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