Over 1250 tutoring hours

Francesca P.

Castro Valley, CA

$50/hour

College and High School Physics and Math

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/21/15
4.8 average from 290 ratings
Now I Love Physics!
— Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/5/14

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Santa Clara University
Physics
Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Santa Clara University (Physics)

Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program (Graduate Coursework)

About Francesca

I have been tutoring unofficially since third grade. Now over thirty, I can say with confidence that it is the one job in which I am most successful and most myself.

Tutoring is an act of observation. It succeeds where normal instruction fails because it is geared toward a student's particular strengths. My best experiences as a tutor have been with the students who needed me most, learning how they needed to learn.

Regarding my areas of expertise, as an undergraduate I was a teacher's assistant in English, German and Astronomy, a grader in Calculus and a tutor in Physics for scientists and engineers. I have continued to tutor Physics and Math ever since, including during my brief stint in the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialling program.
I have been tutoring unofficially since third grade. Now over thirty, I can say with confidence that it is the one job in which I am most successful and most myself.

Tutoring is an act of observation. It succeeds where
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: up to half the planned session. Discounts available upon negotiation in person. Will work with multiple students simultaneously for a higher rate we can discuss.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Castro Valley, CA 94546
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Now I Love Physics!"

- Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/5/14

"Best. Tutor. Ever"

- Gregory, San Leandro, CA on 3/15/16

"Great tutor - knows her alphas and omegas"

- Max, Berkeley, CA on 1/11/16

"Awesome!"

- Cecilia, San Leandro, CA on 11/12/15

"Great tutoring session!"

- Kim, Castro Valley, CA on 11/9/15

"Great teacher very patient and personable"

- Siobhan, New York, NY on 11/3/15

"Perfect fit for my son"

- Nathan, Oakland, CA on 7/26/15

"Amazing teaching skills!"

- Gretchen, Castro Valley, CA on 6/17/15

"Great tutor"

- Parisa, Fremont, CA on 3/5/15

"Very polite, smart and patient"

- Kevin, Hayward, CA on 2/4/15

"Very knowledgeable"

- Jessica, Livermore, CA on 12/19/14

"Great tutor!"

- Aaron, Union City, CA on 11/8/14

"Going Really Well!"

- Siri, Union City, CA on 11/3/14

"Great tutor"

- Iva, San Leandro, CA on 10/31/14

"Very patient!"

- Lupe, San Lorenzo, CA on 10/21/14

"Above and Beyond"

- Dianne, Hayward, CA on 5/13/14

"Wonderful tutor."

- Johanna, Castro Valley, CA on 12/21/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Tom, Castro Valley, CA on 6/19/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Kumi, San Leandro, CA on 6/11/13

"Excellent Tutor and Role Model"

- Bob, Castro Valley, CA on 5/10/13

"Thank you Francesca!"

- Yolanda, Danville, CA on 3/19/13

"Very helpful."

- Andrea, Castro Valley, CA on 1/23/13

"So Grateful for Francesca!"

- Sam, Castro Valley, CA on 12/20/12

"Very patient and very good."

- Ray, Hayward, CA on 12/4/12

"Very good teacher"

- Brian, Alamo, CA on 10/2/12

"Very cooperative and helpful"

- Japjot, Union City, CA on 8/16/12
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Music:
Voice (Music)
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Writing
Test Preparation:
CBEST,
SAT Math
Computer:
C++,
MATLAB,
Python
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 2

I have taught this subject to students from ages 13 to 57, and I realize how difficult it can seem. So I work on improving not only students' understanding of the subject but also their confidence in it, to ensure that what they learn they will also retain for future use.

C++

I first started programming in C++ in high school in 1999. Since then, I have used the language in college during labwork and for personal amusement, but not professionally. I am capable at teaching the basics of logic and translating specific problems into code. I would not be the best choice for the experienced, but may be ideal for a beginner.

CBEST

I took the CBEST as part of joining the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialing program and passed without studying on the first try. I regularly tutor almost all of its topics at an equal or higher level than they are presented in the exam.

MATLAB

MATLAB is the primary programming resource used by my university's physics program. As a result, I have used it a great deal, both as a basic mathematical tool and for more complex physical system modelling and signal analysis. I would a good match for beginning students, but perhaps not for those with years of experience in other languages.

Physics

As my degree subject, Physics is my primary tutoring subject. I take a particular joy in teaching it with direct connections to a student's own experiences, using the world to make sense of the math, and using the math to make sense of the world.

Santa Clara University
Physics
Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program
Graduate Coursework

Education

Santa Clara University (Physics)

Santa Clara University Teacher Credential Program (Graduate Coursework)

Now I Love Physics! — It's taken me awhile to write the review, but here it is. Francesca was incredibly helpful and her love of physics is quite contagious, so beware! I ended up with a B in my class though my goal was to earn a C. I was ecstatic with a B. I am a returning student and having to go back to school was a big shock to my system. I was getting so behind in Physics and Francesca gave me the motivation to ke ...

— Barbara, San Mateo, CA on 8/5/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: up to half the planned session. Discounts available upon negotiation in person. Will work with multiple students simultaneously for a higher rate we can discuss.

Travel policy

Francesca will travel within 20 miles of Castro Valley, CA 94546.