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Toni S.

Experienced tutor specializing in Biological Sciences and English

Woodland Hills, CA (91367)

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I am available to tutor Biology, Physiology, General Science and English, particularly grammar and reading comprehension. I graduated from Barnard College which is part of Columbia University. I majored in Zoology and minored in English. I also earned a Masters degree in Science Teaching from Hunter College, City University of New York and was licensed by New York State to teach General Science, Biology and Chemistry.

I have over 25 years of teaching experience in New York City schools including Friends Seminary and Riverdale Country School. At Riverdale, for example, I taught Biology including AP Biology, Chemistry, and some Middle School general science. I helped plan curriculum and served for a period as head of the Science Department.

I have been tutoring privately since relocating to California in 2011. I am also tutoring in the Adult Literacy program run by the LA Public Library and did work in the "No Child Left Behind, Learning with Laptops" program which was run by LA Unified School District.

My goal in working with any student is to understand what his or her individual difficulties are and where their interests lie and then to tailor lessons to their particular needs.

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Toni’s subjects

ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physiology, Zoology
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Biology, Chemistry, English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, MCAT, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:


I was licensed in New York State to teach Biology, Chemistry and General Science. I graduated Barnard College with a BA in Zoology and Hunter College, City University of New York with an MA in science teaching. At the time I graduated from Barnard there was no single department of Biology, rather there were separate departments of Zoology and Botany. As Zoology is considered a biological science and since I taught Biology for over 25 years at several New York City private schools, including Friends Seminary and Riverdale Country School, I believe I am qualified to tutor Biology.


I have no formal training in phonics but am currently tutoring a first grade student in reading. She did not read English when she arrived in her class mid year because she came from overseas. While fluent in spoken English she had only read in a different alphabet. I have been using phonics with her quite successfully. I also am very well read, speak well, write well, and have a very strong vocabulary; all skills which I think involve an understanding of phonics.

Study Skills

My qualifications include my own success earning a BA from a top college, Barnard, Columbia University; and an MA from Hunter Collge, CUNY while also teaching, running a household and raising two children. Study skills were involved along with organizational skill. Teaching for over 25 years also involved helping my students organize their work.


Biology at the time I did my undergraduate work was divided into separate departments of Zoology and Botany, it was not taught as a single major as it is now. My major for my undergraduate BA at Barnard College, therefore, was Zoology.

I earned an MA in teaching Science from Hunter College and was licensed in New York State to teach Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. I then taught these subjects for over 25 years. Most of this experience was teaching Biology, both introductory and AP courses, and these courses included Zoology.

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Very Helpful — Our son was receiving a low grade in AP Bio. Toni worked well with him, was very helpful and made the time to see him for several sessions in a short amount of time. As a result he passed his finals and received a passing grade in the class. ...

— Jackie, West Hills, CA on 5/24/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rates. Two students, each $20 per hour. Three to five students, $15 each per hour.

Travel policy

Toni will travel within 15 miles of Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

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