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Tim C.

Fremont, CA

$50/hour

Get the Grade You Want in SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS

4.7 average from 74 ratings
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Manchester Metropolitan University UK / BA Combined Studies Humanities
English Literature and Creative Writing
Academy International/Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL)
Graduate Coursework
Canterbury Christ Church University/ MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
Master's

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University UK / BA Combined Studies Humanities (English Literature and Creative Writing)

Academy International/Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) (Graduate Coursework)

Canterbury Christ Church University/ MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (Master's)

About Tim

My goal is to turn students' weaknesses into strengths and to enable students to get the grade they want in exam preparation. I believe in guiding rather than instructing; by leading students on a path of discovery to learn, retain and apply, in order to avoid making the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is to say that firstly, hard graft is required to acquire a vocabulary base substantive to pass SAT. Secondly it is also required to consistently apply the strategies effectively to pass the reading. Thirdly it is needed to develop cohesion and coherence in essay writing, and to allow a structure that allows ideas to be freely expressed. So there are no short cuts to success, but the rewards are many.

Students should think of test prep as a life lesson: what you learn in the process of taking this course is going to stand you in good stead, not only in college but later in life. A good vocabulary is an asset that will enable you to impress people who you need to impress, whether you are trying to get into college, writing assignments at college or having a job interview once you have graduated.

All that I require from students is the motivation to succeed and the willingness to learn. Oh, and an infinite capacity for hard work. But you will probably be expecting that sooner rather later, and probably later as well.

Aside from having an impressive range of vocabulary at your disposal, the other key to success is recognizing the different question types, knowing exactly what you have been asked for and applying the strategies successfully.

My approach is to give new students a diagnostic to assess any areas of weakness or uncertainty. Depending on what emerges, I prepare materials to address these issues and ensure that any weaknesses were turned into strengths. With writing, I would specifically ask to see a sample of the student's writing to locate any problems. I would then concentrate on building clarity of expression, the use of asophistcated level of vocabulary, cohesion and coherence, and asense of structure.

This is what I concentrated on during the two and a half years that I worked for Huntington, tutored in a private capacity and the twenty four years that I have been teaching reading and other skills to ESL students in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I am also an IELTS speaking and writing examiner and know exactly is required to succeed.

I can assist you with:
-Preparation for success with time sensitive exams including IELTS, SAT, ACT and TOEFL that takes into account the students' needs.

-Help you develop confidence and boost your grade performance in writing, including basic sentence writing, paragraph and essay development, college applications and graduate thesis work.

-Enable you to become confident in your conversational ability. You can hold your own in conversation for both native and non-native English speakers.

-Work on all ESL skills areas.

I look forward to working with you all.
My goal is to turn students' weaknesses into strengths and to enable students to get the grade they want in exam preparation. I believe in guiding rather than instructing; by leading students on a path of discovery to learn, retain and apply, in order to avoid making the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is Read more

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Cancellation
20 hours notice required

Special rates considered for groups. If I have to travel outside Fremont and Union City, between 10 and 15 miles, the rate is $55.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Fremont, CA 94536
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"Responsible Tutor"

- Jyothi, San Jose, CA on 3/23/16

"Well structured tutor"

- Marlon, Union City, CA on 4/5/16

"Excellent tutor!"

- Morgan, Sunnyvale, CA on 1/11/16

"Tim is helpful"

- Yu, San Mateo, CA on 11/12/15
Tim replied on 11/14/2015

Thanks Alice.

"Excellent tutor who works with a plan"

- Amit, Fremont, CA on 11/10/15

"Great tutor"

- Geeta, Union City, CA on 9/24/15

"Very patient with my son and seems to have motivated him in writing."

- Ewa, Fremont, CA on 8/16/15
Tim replied on 9/24/2015

I've enjoyed working with Alex; he's bright, talented, and keen to learn.

"Helpful & Supportive"

- Ruth, Fremont, CA on 7/28/15
Tim replied on 9/24/2015

I have enjoyed working with Josh and I am pleased that he was able to regain confidence in his writing.

"This tutor knows how to bring out the best in his students"

- Rowena, Union City, CA on 7/13/15

"Patient tutor"

- Aisha, Fremont, CA on 6/24/15
Tim replied on 6/30/2015

Thank you, Aisha.

"Keeps our sophomore engaged"

- Alexander, Fremont, CA on 2/27/15
Tim replied on 3/1/2015

Thank you Alexander and William.

"Good Communicator"

- Michael, Fremont, CA on 2/17/15

"Great tutor"

- Soraya, Fremont, CA on 2/14/15

"Very helpful"

- Surya, Fremont, CA on 1/11/15

"Great tutor"

- Ahmed, Fremont, CA on 11/9/13

"Helped my son with SAT English"

- Gautam, Fremont, CA on 11/12/12
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian, Japanese
History:
European History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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ACT English

I have been helping students prepare for ACT tests for six years. By pinpointing students' needs, I am able to work with them to improve their weaker parts of their competencies, as well as reinforcing areas that they feel more confident in.

Preparing for the ACT involves learning how to read and understand questions at speed, and having the reading strategies and skills and the grammar awareness to answer in the blink of an eye. It also involves a willingness to learn a significant amount of vocabulary which will also serve the student as a resource to be used later in life, at college and when hunting for work afterwards.

ACT Reading

I have been teaching reading skills for more than 25 years and tutoring students for the specific demands of ACT reading for nearly six. ACT Reading has a different focus to that of ACT, which requires many of the same strategies has a different focus in terms of approach. Reading is essentially an interactive process in that students must actively engage with the text to understand it fully. This requires them to read proactively, predict and anticipate in order to utilize the skills they have acquired. It cannot be separated from vocabulary acquisition and both should ideally be learned in tandem if progress is to be made.

English

I have been teaching English language skills for 21 years, as an ESL professional. I can provide help with reading,writing, speaking and listening, vocabulary acquisition and study skills.

ESL/ESOL

I can help with the teaching of English as a Second or foreign language to non-native speakers, who either immigrated to an English speaking country or have re-located there to study for academic purposes.

Classes typically focus on the four main skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, involving a high degree of participation from students who must use the language in order to become familiar with it.

Private lessons for motivated individuals can explore each of these skill areas in depth with added bonus of having the tutor/teacher's undivided attention.

I have experience of teaching all ages and abilities, from children to adult learners, at junior and high school, private language school and at university. I have taught general English, business English, and exam prep (FCE and IELTS), in the Middle East, Europe, the U.S.A and Asia.

European History

I am originally from Europe and have a deep fascination with European History and interest in history in general.

I can help students prepare thoroughly for their exams.

Grammar

I have been teaching English for more than 26 years, which has included an intensive grammar focus incorporated into lessons on specific reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Grammar awareness is always intrinsic to my ESL teaching. My work would be incomplete if I neglected to focus on it because it is essential for students to to be aware of the grammar they use, when and how to use it in order to progress.

Proofreading

Proof reading is a precise skill and one that I have acquired through teaching writing for 22 years. I have that meticulous attention to detail that is required, so much so that when I read published fiction or non-fiction, I am constantly finding errors which should have been corrected at the final pre-publication stage.

Reading

I have been teaching reading strategies and reading comprehension skills for more than 20 years and I am confident that I can show you how to muster what can often seem elusive and mystifying.

The approach to understanding a passage, whether it is from a science or humanities text, a piece of journalism or an extract from fiction needs to be fine tuned to be successful.

I look forward to working with you. Let me be your guide!

SAT Reading

SAT reading involves identifying the question type, focusing on the questions and mapping the text to locate the answer. When you think you have found the answer, always predict in your own words a possible answer before looking at the questions. This will help to anticipate the best answer.

You will have to learn to read in a certain way and use your knowledge of vocabulary to answer accurately.

SAT Writing

SAT Writing involves mustering the basics of the structure of composition, understanding and recognizing typical grammar errors, and utilizing a sophisticated level of vocabulary (in the essay section).

Spelling

Spelling is an essential and integral part of learning English and a skill that must be monitored continuously in order to make progress. It is best learned in conjunction with reading and writing, so that new words can be acquired, learned and memorized according to the context in which they appear.

Study Skills

Having good studies means organizing meticulously and using time effectively. Having an MA in TESL and a BA in English indicates that I have proven study skills. Developing effective study skills requires organization, planning and prioritizing needs. I have been successfully tutoring students for eight years for exams such as SAT, ACT, TOEFL and IELTS, and teaching ESL for 25 years, which shows that I can enable students to plan their studies, work to deadlines, target weaknesses and make them into strengths, and follow through with feedback and encouragement.

Vocabulary

I have been teaching students how to learn, retain and use vocabulary as part of ESL studies for the past 25 years. Acquiring vocabulary is essential if students are to express themselves adequately and competently in another language. For native speakers preparing for SAT and ACT, I have also demonstrated the importance of learning vocabulary, which is a lifelong skill that can give students the confidence to express themselves, and lead them to be more successful in their academic and professional lives.

Writing

Acquiring effective writing skills is a something that can be learned by paying attention to basic skills and organizing a composition according to the structure of the conventional essay.

Vocabulary acquisition is also a prerequisite as is reading, students need to read to acquire ideas and they must have a firm grasp of grammar in order to express their ideas. If they can learn the basics, a sense of style may emerge, but this is more difficult to teach as it is often intuitive.

Manchester Metropolitan University UK / BA Combined Studies Humanities
English Literature and Creative Writing
Academy International/Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL)
Graduate Coursework
Canterbury Christ Church University/ MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
Master's

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University UK / BA Combined Studies Humanities (English Literature and Creative Writing)

Academy International/Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) (Graduate Coursework)

Canterbury Christ Church University/ MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (Master's)

Responsible Tutor — Tim helps with my son (who is a sophomore) for his SAT reading preparation. He is time punctual and responsible, he takes his job very seriously. He gives me detailed feedback about the class once it is done and that gives an idea in which direction the overall class is heading and also it gives the details of where exactly the challenge points are. Tim is also open for suggestions, makes i ...

— Jyothi, San Jose, CA on 3/23/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Special rates considered for groups. If I have to travel outside Fremont and Union City, between 10 and 15 miles, the rate is $55.

Travel policy

Tim will travel within 15 miles of Fremont, CA 94536.