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Vanessa B.

Alhambra, CA


Experienced tutor for all your Math and Geology needs (BS and MS)

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Background check passed as of 12/18/12
4.9 average from 60 ratings
Elementary math lesson
— Cari, Pasadena, CA on 11/22/16


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UCLA (Geology)

UCSB (Master's)

About Vanessa

Hi everyone,

My name is Vanessa B., and I just graduated from UCSB with a Master's degree in Marine Science on December 2015. Previously, I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Geology on June 2012. I first joined WyzAnt in 2013.

Before I transferred to UCLA, I was studying in Pasadena City College, where I worked as a Math tutor for two years. I have experience in dealing with different learning styles, and I learned how to shape my teaching style in accordance to someone's way of learning.

I believe that everyone learns in their own way, and that no way is better than another. I consider someone's time precious; as such, I always make sure that my students get the best out of their time.

It brings me great pleasure when students understand something they did not before, because I know that I helped them overcome their weakness, however small that may be.

I don't go easy on my students; my goal is to make sure that students come out of my tutoring sessions with confidence and understanding of the subject that I helped them with. I have the tendency to put high expectations on what I and my students can accomplish during those sessions. This, I think, greatly benefits the students.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Hi everyone,

My name is Vanessa B., and I just graduated from UCSB with a Master's degree in Marine Science on December 2015. Previously, I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Geology on June 2012. I first joined WyzAnt in 2013.

Before I transferred to UCLA, I was studying in Pasadena City College, where I worked
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Travels within 10 miles of Alhambra, CA 91801
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In-person lessons

"Elementary math lesson"

- Cari, Pasadena, CA on 11/22/16

"Wonderful tutor"

- Nicole, Sierra Madre, CA on 10/22/16

"Easy to reach, easy to talk to."

- Aaron, Los Altos, CA on 7/10/13

"Wonderful tutor - very responsible"

- Marianna, Glendale, CA on 3/29/13
Vanessa replied on 6/14/2013

Thank you Marianna! This is exactly what my goal is every time I tutor students. I realize that excellence in Math can open doors that would otherwise be closed. I was tutored myself, when I was in elementary school, and if not for those great tutors, I probably would not have been able to excel in Math. I want my students to achieve the same sense of accomplishment that I feel every time I complete solving Math problems. There is so much benefits to being good in Math.

Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Spelling, Vocabulary

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 did not come easy to me, and I had to work hard to fully grasp the subject. This is the reason why I can fully relate to students' frustration towards the subject. Algebra 1 is now my favorite math subject, and my goal is for my future students to feel the same about it.

Algebra 2

I was privately tutored as well, when I first started learning Algebra 2. As a result, I was way ahead of the class because I already started learning Algebra 2 before anybody else did. I believe that if I did not have a strong foundation in Algebra 2, I wouldn't have been successful in the Math courses that I had to take after.

Elementary Math

Math has always been that one subject that I've been fascinated about. I was a math tutor in Pasadena City College for two years and an instructor for K-12 students for a few months. I learned a lot during those years. I've dealt with different students with different study skills, so my teaching style improved while accommodating students' different learning styles. It's rewarding to see when students light up when they finally get something they did not before. I hope to help younger children get past that barrier as well, because the earlier they start liking math, the better their future can be.


Hi there,

I am proud to say that I majored in Geology as an undergrad. I cannot see myself doing some other major. I am extremely passionate about Geology. Learning about Earth's processes excites me in a special way.

I have taken multiple subjects in Geology, including, but are not limited to, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Petrology, and Oceanography. I just recently received my Bachelor's Degree in Geology, and am planning on moving on to graduate school by next year. Because of the passion I feel about it, it's easy for me to retain information I learn in class.

I enjoy talking about Geology, and I want to share this passion with other people.


I love solving Logic problems. I took a class in Pasadena City College and it came really easy to me. I think that having a strong foundation and an aptitude for Mathematics really helps in understanding Logic problems. My goal is to help those who are struggling in Logic get past that barrier by helping them understand Mathematics. I was a Math tutor in PCC for two years, and I know how to go down to a student's level to help them overcome their weakness. I have a tendency to use analogies, because I believe that examining something from a different angle helps in understanding something that might be difficult at first. I learned many things as a tutor, and I'd like to have the chance to help someone be successful in their class.


I believe that in order to have a solid grasp of Algebra, one needs to have a strong foundation in PreAlgebra. It is crucial to the success of anyone who wishes to continue advancing in Math. Looking back, I realize that the reason I love Algebra is because I'm lucky to have someone who helped me get a solid foundation on PreAlgebra. Because of this, solving Algebra problems is a skill I haven't lost, even after graduating from college. I hope to give back to the community by helping someone else achieve that strong foundation. I want to inspire students, and to let them know that Algebra can be fun.


Hi there,

I have experience proofreading other people's essays, particularly my friends' and my sister's. I have written multiple research papers, some of them exceeding 10 pages long. Proofreading comes in handy when writing any kind of essay, because content is not the only criteria that's being judged when a teacher reads an essay. I consider grammar, spelling, and the flow of thoughts when I proofread. I have the tendency to be very detailed.

As a student in PCC and UCLA, I learned to be extremely critical when it comes to writing an essay that most exhibit my level of critical-thinking. I put an equal level of work proofreading my essay and others'.


Reading has always been a part of my life. I read classic novels like "Count of Monte Cristo" and "Three Musketeers". I'm a voracious reader, and I would normally read ~4 novels during the summer months. I recently took the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), where I had to train myself in reading comprehension and vocabulary. I learned to critic passages and essays and extract conclusions and implied arguments. One of my English professors in PCC greatly helped me improve my critical-thinking skills through detailed examination of each sentence of a passage. I hope to be able to help others achieve a high level of critical-thinking skill by providing them with knowledge that I myself learned as a student.


I look at Trigonometry as just Algebra and Geometry combined. This is the reason why I believe that having a strong foundation in both Algebra and Geometry really helps in succeeding in Trigonometry. Unfortunately, not all students who take Trigonometry have such strong foundations. My goal is strengthen students' abilities in solving Trigonometry problems by honing their Algebra and Geometry skills at the same time. I am currently tutoring two students who are taking Trigonometry as part of their class, and my teaching methods are diverse, and I rely on analogies to help students' see a Math problem through a different perspective.


Reading has always been my passion. When people ask me why my vocabulary is big, I tell them that it all came about from reading. I say the same advice when people ask me what they can do to improve their vocabulary. I recently took the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) and I had to learn more vocabulary from flash cards. However, I believe that learning a word in context is more effective in retaining its meaning, rather than memorizing from a bunch of cards. I hope to help someone in improving their vocabulary, because knowing many words makes presenting your ideas that much easier, because you won't have to think too long for the right word to either say or write.



UCLA (Geology)

UCSB (Master's)

Elementary math lesson

Vanessa works with my 6th grade daughter who is afraid of math. She is wonderfully encouraging and supportive. Vanessa teaches her new concepts in a way my daughter can grasp very well, and she feels more confident after each session.

— Cari, Pasadena, CA on 11/22/16

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Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

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Vanessa will travel within 10 miles of Alhambra, CA 91801.