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John K.

Arcadia, CA


SAT English/TOEFL/IELTS/ACT/ESL/ELD/Homework help -- Results oriented

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Background check passed as of 4/13/16
4.9 average from 301 ratings
Words are not enough to describe this tutor's help
— Dina, Glendale, CA on 10/14/14

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California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills
English Literature


California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills (English Literature)

About John

I work primarily with high school students, college students, test takers, and adults, with an emphasis on setting goals and meeting them. I have 25 years of teaching experience, and have specialized in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) for the last ten. I teach all the strategies that you can use to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, grammar, listening, time management, etc. Most of my students would describe me as funny, easy-going, easy-to-understand, and effective.

Most of my work now is centered in the Arcadia - San Marino - Pasadena - Monterey Park - San Gabriel - Temple City - Rosemead - El Monte area, although I will travel as far as Burbank, Glendale, USC, Rowland Heights, Pico Rivera, and Diamond Bar when my schedule permits me to. I also work with many PCC students.

I have worked with a diverse mix of English speakers from dozens of countries, from every continent. I work easily and comfortable with people from any culture or language background, any level of fluency, and any age. Many of my current students are from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Armenia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, India, Turkey, and the U.S.

I also taught for eight years in Japan. I have been working through Wyzant for five years.

Please take a look at the testimonials from previous students to get a sense of my lessons and their effects on your test scores.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals. Together, we can do it!
I work primarily with high school students, college students, test takers, and adults, with an emphasis on setting goals and meeting them. I have 25 years of teaching experience, and have specialized in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 16 miles of Arcadia, CA 91007
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Words are not enough to describe this tutor's help"

- Dina, Glendale, CA on 10/14/14

"very great teacher"

- alvin, Whittier, CA on 4/16/16


- Alfonso, Whittier, CA on 3/14/16

"Great Tutor for Toefl!!!!"

- Kristy, Duarte, CA on 12/31/15

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Eddie, Alhambra, CA on 11/8/15

"He is the best tutor"

- Talin, Glendale, CA on 7/27/15

"Great teacher"

- Ilona, Monrovia, CA on 6/11/15

"Great TOEFL Tutor"

- Arin, Burbank, CA on 3/31/14

"Best Tutor"

- Dolly, Alhambra, CA on 12/1/13

"I was fortunate in having a good teacher"

- JIHYE, Los Angeles, CA on 10/28/13

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Alvard, Glendale, CA on 7/5/13

"A very good tutor and very helpful"

- Zhuolin, Los Angeles, CA on 3/8/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Tina, Walnut, CA on 1/20/13
Test Preparation:
GRE, ISEE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Elementary Education:

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All general English skills, including writing, speaking, grammar, vocabulary building, listening, pronunciation, test preparation. For native speakers and ESL students.


ESL is my specialty. I have worked with students of all ages, from over 30 different countries, from absolute beginners learning their very first words to advanced students seeking an additional edge. I have a variety of effective and fun techniques that make learning English easier. I tailor my lessons to meet the needs of each individual student. I help students overcome shyness, pronunciation difficulty, and forgetfulness. I am proud of my record of success on two continents with my ESL students.


Basic grammar through advanced grammar, for native speakers and ESL students. I offer special techniques for understanding how grammar works, applying grammar properly, and checking your own grammar.


Proofreading for test taking, essay writing, and technical writing. Learn the most common mistakes made by writers and how to avoid them. Understand the function and effective use of punctuation. Learn how to analyze a sentence so that errors are easy to spot.


Reading skills for children and adults, native speakers and ESL students. Depending on the needs of the student, I focus on elementary reading ability, standardized test prep, how to read more efficiently and effectively, and speed reading. I approach reading with the notion that reading can be fun, even if it is part of a test. I am very patient with those just beginning to read, and offer creative techniques for improvement.

SAT Reading

SAT reading can be challenging for most adults, let alone young people whose vocabularies are still developing. I offer practical ways to analyze written passages, accurately infer meaning, see their structure and organization, and eliminate incorrect answer choices. There are systematic ways to improve SAT reading scores, and my lessons will familiarize you with all of them.

SAT Writing

SAT writing can be confusing for adults, let alone high schoolers who are still developing a familiarity with college level writing. I can help students analyze sentences, avoid errors, apply grammar appropriately, and outline and organize essays efficiently. Writing is crucial for success in college; preparing now can give a student a significant edge when test day arrives.


TOEFL is a specialty of mine. Students will understand how the TOEFL tests work, what TOEFL looks for in the written and speaking sections, how to find answers in the reading section quickly an accurately, and how to use selective note-taking to do well on the listening section. I also focus on time management, and how to avoid common mistakes. I also show you how taking TOEFL can actually be fun, and should not be feared. If you are facing a TOEFL test soon, or just want to improve your overall skills, please don't hesitate to make an appointment.


For native speakers and ESL speakers. I offer effective vocabulary techniques that can help you speak English better and more accurately, help you pass your standardized test, improve your reading skills, or give you an edge in business. I can help you determine meaning from context and determine meaning from prefix, suffix, and root. A strong vocabulary makes your writing and speaking much more effective, and helps you get your point across with eloquence.


I offer writing lessons to suit every need. We cover structure, organization, essay formats, style, and effective word choice. These skills may be applied to standardized tests, such as TOEFL or SAT. I also offer practical advice and technique for those who would like to write effectively in English in business, correspondence, and even creative writing.

California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills
English Literature


California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills (English Literature)

Words are not enough to describe this tutor's help — Despite the fact that I only took 4 classes during two weeks with him I was able to achieve my TOEFL IBT score with a dramatic improvement. My score jumped from 85 with 22 in speaking to 97 with 28 in speaking. I'm speechless and very grateful for you. You really deserve the best. Thank you in heaps. ...

— Dina, Glendale, CA on 10/14/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $47.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 16 miles of Arcadia, CA 91007.