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Bella S.

Patient, experienced multi subject tutor (Columbia Grad)

Highland Mills, NY (10930)

Travel radius
30 miles
Hourly fee
$55.00
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I am a Columbia University graduate with over 13 years of teaching and tutoring experience. I taught English, Spanish and French to 6th-12th graders at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco. While there, I also mentored students and worked with them one-on-one to improve their grades in history, science, and math. I also taught SAT and SSAT Prep to high school and junior high school students at the Katherine Branson School in Marin County. I also taught ESL to adults of all ages from many different countries (including Cambodia, Chile and Japan) with great success.

I've tutored now for over 8 years now with emphasis in English, Writing and Composition, SAT Verbal, SAT Grammar & Essay, SAT Reading, ACT Reading & English, ESL/ESOL and TOEFL prep, Spanish, French, and math (elementary math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and SAT Prep math). I also am able to do online sessions for students who prefer that.

I specialize in teaching study skills that help students build confidence in their subject, learn test-taking abilities, and overcome their fear in test situations. I believe everyone can be successful, no matter how challenging the subject might be. I have a track record of helping students improve their reading, writing, and grammar so that they can better express themselves to teachers, potential employers, and universities.
I've helped students go from getting Cs and Ds on their tests to an getting an A in as little as 2 or 3 tutoring sessions.

Whatever the grade level or current aptitude of the student, I focus on the specific needs of my students. I have a very personalized approach to tutoring. Above all, I am patient and committed to your child's (or your) success.

I look forward to helping you or your child be successful!

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Bella’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, 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, Anatomy, Anthropology, Biology, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
Macintosh, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music:
Music History
Art:
Art History, Art Theory , Film, Photography, Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Cooking, Softball, Tennis, Yoga
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, German, Grammar, Greek, Latin, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

ACT English

I am a highly qualified ACT English tutor with many years of experience teaching and tutoring ACT, PSAT, and SAT prep.
I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results. In addition, I have taught English to 6th through 12th graders, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) to learners of all ages.
I really enjoy teaching ACT English, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

ACT Math

I'm a highly skilled ACT Math tutor with over 3 years tutoring ACT and SAT Math. I also taught SAT Math prep classes for over 4 years.

ACT Reading

I am a highly qualified ACT Reading tutor with many years of experience teaching ACT and SAT prep classes.
I received extensive training in ACT and SAT prep, and I have worked with many high school students to improve their scores with great results. In addition, I taught English to high school students at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco.
I've tutored ACT Prep now for over 3 years and it's very gratifying to see my students improve their skills and their scores, and to achieve the success they desire.

ADD/ADHD

I am an experienced tutor who has tutored students with ADD/ADHD with great success. I also taught students with ADD/ADHD at the New Learning School in San Francisco for many years, frequently working with students one-on-one.

I also have a strong educational background with a bachelor's degree from Columbia.

Algebra 1

I am a highly qualified Algebra 1 tutor with many years of experience tutoring math to learners of all ages. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results.

In addition, I used to teach 6th-12th graders at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco. There, I mentored my students and frequently worked with them one-on-one, helping them with coursework and study skills, motivating them to overcome challenges, and providing guidance if needed.

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1 and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.

American History

I am a highly qualified American History tutor with many years of experience teaching and tutoring.
I used to teach high school students at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco. I have tutored many students successfully in this subject.
I really enjoy tutoring American History, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.

Art History

I'm a highly qualified Art History tutor with many years of experience teaching and tutoring learners of all ages. I studied Art History at Columbia University and in Paris. I have also studied painting, drawing and photography on the undergraduate level.

I have a degree from Columbia University, and taught high school and junior high students for over 6 years.

I've tutored learners of all ages for over 4 years. I really enjoy tutoring art history and writing, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.

ASVAB

I'm a highly qualified ASVAB tutor.
A former teacher, I've been tutoring now for over 4 years with great results. I've had particular success tutoring ASVAB.
I tailor the tutoring to the areas of the test that you most need assistance with, whether it be word knowledge, reading comprehension, math skills or science.
I have a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and was a teacher for over 5 years.

Basketball

I'm a highly qualified basketball coach and tutor. I played high school basketball and university-level basketball at Columbia University where I studied and was MVP and captain of the team.
I coached basketball at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco.
I enjoy coaching and teaching the fundamentals of the game: dribbling, shooting, and strategies.

Dyslexia

I'm a highly qualified tutor who's worked successfully with a number of students with dyslexia. I have a degree in English and language arts from Columbia University. I taught English and language arts at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco. Many of my students there had learning disabilities, including dyslexia. I was able to achieve great results with dyslexic students. I find it very gratifying to see my students progress and gain skills and confidence in themselves.

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm qualified to tutor Elementary (K-6th) since I used to teach 6th grade at the New Learning School in San Francisco for two years. I taught English, French and Spanish there but I also tutored students there in many subjects, including science, social studies and math. I have also tutored elementary students privately (3rd-6th graders) for more than 3 years in various subjects including math, science, and language arts. In addition, I have a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. I believe my background and all my past teaching and tutoring experiences qualify me to tutor Elementary (K-6th).

Elementary Math

I am a highly qualified math tutor with many years of experience tutoring math to learners of all ages. I taught 6th-12th graders at the New Learning School in San Francisco. I also received extensive training in teaching the math portion of SSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school students to improve their math scores with great results.

I really enjoy teaching math, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.

English

I am a highly qualified English tutor with many years of experience teaching English to learners of all ages. I have taught English to 6th through 12th graders. The subjects I am qualified to teach include grammar, composition, and literature. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results. In addition, I have taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to college students and adult learners. I have had the opportunity to work with ESL students from many different countries, including Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and many more.
I really enjoy teaching English, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

ESL/ESOL

I am a highly qualified ESL tutor with many years of experience teaching ESL and English to learners of all ages. I have taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to college students and adult learners. I have had the opportunity to work with ESL students from many different countries, including Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and many more.
I really enjoy teaching ESL, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Film

I am a multi-subject tutor who has been tutoring learners of all ages and all skill levels for over 4 years now. I am also a former teacher of English. I studied film history and filmmaking in San Francisco. I currently write screenplays here in L.A.
I love film and I would be happy to help you with this subject.

French

I am a highly qualified French tutor with many years of experience teaching French to 6th through 12th graders. I have a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and also studied language and literature at the University of Paris. I enjoyed living in France very much and it gave me an excellent grasp of the French language and culture. I really enjoy teaching French, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Grammar

I'm a highly qualified grammar tutor.

My degree in literature and language arts from Columbia University gave me an excellent foundation and strong communication skills.

I'm also a former English teacher (to 6th-12th graders) at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco where I frequently had the opportunity to work one-on-one with my students.

I've tutored now for over 4 years and I've had great success tutoring learners of all ages in English grammar and language arts.

The subjects I'm qualified to teach include grammar, composition, and literature.

I really enjoy tutoring grammar! It's very gratifying for me to see my students progress and gain the skills they need to succeed.

Greek

I studied ancient Greek for many years in high school and college. I completed advanced coursework in ancient Greek at Columbia University. I've read many great works in this language, including several books of Homer's Odyssey. I am proficient in reading and translating, and would be happy to help students learn this most interesting language.

Literature

I'm a highly qualified literature tutor with a strong literature background.
I studied Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
I taught English literature and French literature to high school and junior high school students.
I have tutored literature to learners of all ages with great success!

Phonics

I am a highly qualified phonics tutor. I have a degree in English and language arts from Columbia University. I taught English and language arts to high school and junior high school students. I've tutored phonics, writing, English and language arts to learners of all ages for over 5 years. I really enjoy helping beginning readers decode new written words by sounding them out, and blending the sound-spelling patterns. It's very gratifying for me to see my students progress and learn the skill they need to read and write successfully.

Prealgebra

I am a highly qualified prealgebra tutor with over 4 years of experience tutoring learners of all ages. I taught 6th-12th graders at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco where I frequently had the opportunity to work one-on-one with my students. I also taught the math sections of SAT and SSAT prep classes to 7th - 12th graders for many years. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results. I really enjoy tutoring prealgebra, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

PSAT

I am a highly qualified PSAT tutor with many years of experience teaching PSAT prep classes at several schools and learning centers. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results.

I have a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University where I took Latin and Greek and have a strong grasp of roots of words in English that comes in handy when teaching vocabulary and the English portion of the PSAT.

In addition, I have tutored students in math, science and many other subjects.

I really enjoy teaching PSAT prep, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Reading

I am a highly qualified reading tutor with many years of experience teaching and tutoring reading to learners of all ages. I taught English to 6th through 12th graders at the Independent Learning School in San Francisco. There I frequently had the opportunity to work one-on-one with my students.

In addition, I've tutored reading and other subjects for over 4 years. The subjects I am qualified to teach include reading, grammar, composition, and literature.

It's very gratifying to see my students succeed and gain the skills they need to be successful.
I enjoy teaching reading, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

SAT Reading

I am a highly qualified SAT reading tutor with many years of experience teaching English and SAT prep to high school students. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results. In addition, I have a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and I have also studied Latin and
Greek which help with the roots of words and their derivations.

I really enjoy teaching the SAT reading section, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

SAT Writing

I am a highly qualified SAT writing tutor with many years of experience teaching English and SAT prep to high school students. I taught English to 6th through 12th graders, as well as SAT prep to high school students. I received extensive training in PSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results.

I really enjoy teaching SAT prep and writing, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Spanish

I am a highly qualified Spanish tutor. I've tutored learners of all ages in Spanish with great results.

I studied Comparative Literature at Columbia University and have a background in French, Latin and Greek as well.

I used to teach 6th-12th graders at The Independent Learning School in San Francisco. There, I frequently had the opportunity to work one-on-one with my students, helping them with their Spanish coursework and assisting them with study skills.

I really enjoy teaching Spanish, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for this subject to my students.

SSAT

I am a highly qualified SSAT tutor with many years of experience teaching SSAT prep to learners of all ages. I have taught SAT prep classes as well as English and languages to 6th through 12th graders. The subjects I am qualified to teach include Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Verbal, and Writing. I received extensive training in SSAT and SAT prep, and I have worked with junior high school and high school students to improve their scores with great results.
I really enjoy teaching SSAT prep, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Study Skills

I'm a highly qualified study skills tutor. I have a degree in English and language arts from Columbia University. I have had great success teaching study strategies and approaches applied to learning. These skills are critical to students' success in school. There are an array of study skills which I can teach, some of which enable the process of organizing and taking in new information, some retaining that information, and others dealing with assessments. These skills include mnemonics, which aid the retention of lists of information, effective reading and concentration techniques, and efficient note-taking. I have also been successful in teaching time management and various motivational techniques. These study skills will help students in almost all fields of study.

TOEFL

I am a highly qualified TOEFL tutor with many years of experience teaching English with great success to international learners of all ages. The students I have tutored have performed well on all four sections of the TOEFL examination and gone on to study at U.S. universities. In addition, I have taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to college students and adult learners. I have had the opportunity to work with students from many different countries, including Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and many more.
I really enjoy teaching English, and I hope to convey my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.

Writing

I'm a highly qualified writing tutor with many years of tutoring and teaching experience.

I have a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

I've tutored and taught learners of all ages. I look forward to working with you or your children or students.

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Education

Columbia University

City College of San Francisco (Graduate Coursework)

Fantastic Tutor Bella is a fantastic tutor. She is patient and helpful. She does an excellent job. Bella is also timely and always has a pleasant attitude. ...

— Shelly from Santa Monica, CA on 2/25/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bella will travel within 30 miles of Highland Mills, NY 10930.

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