Elena B.

Huntington Beach, CA


GMAT/GRE, SAT/ACT and Advanced Math Expert

1750+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/22/15
4.9 average from 375 ratings
Professional, exceptional and kind tutor
— Alberto, Newport Coast, CA on 5/28/17


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Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
Civil Engineering
USC Marshall School of Business


Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Civil Engineering)

USC Marshall School of Business (MBA)

UCLA (Other)

About Elena

I have more than 15 years of experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels of education from elementary to graduate school. I am most interested in changing the way my students perceive themselves when approaching math. Throughout the years, I have had the most rewarding experience when my students, besides turning their grades around, feel empowered to the point they become a math resource to their classmates. I take my classes very personally and work together with parents to identify my students' areas of weakness. I am a strong believer that by bringing a holistic approach to tutoring, tutors are successful in changing students' views of life in the most important aspects, preparing them to face the future with more confidence. This is my approach.

To me every student is smart. If there is a difficulty, it is because the fundamentals were not learned properly. Math is like a set of building blocks. No new concept is totally independent, rather it is an extension of a previous one. Students shouldn’t simply memorize formulas, they should understand where formulas are coming from. In this process, the brain gets trained for future problem solving situations. When I work with Freshman and Sophomore students, I am conscious that I am actually preparing them for the SAT and other admission tests earlier than in their Junior year.

In terms of subjects, my expertise is in all standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE as well Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Business Calculus, and Spanish. As I instill my methodology to my students' study habits, they find themselves able to develop concentration skills to a level of solving the problems without writing.

Spanish skills: Being a native of Peru, South America, my command of the Spanish language is impeccable. This is because not only am I native but I have always paid special attention to learning the correct grammar, vocabulary and spelling, excelling at all touching points where Spanish is used. I make learning Spanish a fun experience by connecting with my students in an effective way after evaluating their needs.

My credentials include a degree in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and an MBA degree from University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business). I started tutoring when I was 15. My students have stayed in touch after more than 20 years, with most of them now successful professionals in various technical fields such as Engineering. My resume comprises my career accomplishments as International Marketing Director for a software company in the US, which provides me with strong analytic skills in order to approach my students' individual situation and craft the most effective plan of study that will help them reach levels of performance they didn't think capable of. This is my best reward. As teaching is one of my strongest passions, I would be delighted to make a difference in my students' professional careers. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy my Yoga practice, which is one of my hobbies.
I have more than 15 years of experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels of education from elementary to graduate school. I am most interested in changing the way my students perceive themselves when approaching math. Throughout the years, I have had the most rewarding experience when my students, besides turning their grades around, Read more

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Group rates: three or more students, $45/hour each

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Travels within 20 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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"Professional, exceptional and kind tutor"

- Alberto, Newport Coast, CA on 5/28/17

"Very knowledgable on AP Stats"

- Holly, Laguna Niguel, CA on 11/14/17

"Knowledgeable and Effective"

- Marissa, Scotts Valley, CA on 11/3/17

"Professional Tutor"

- Spencer, Costa Mesa, CA on 10/16/17

"Great Teacher"

- Sehrish, Garden Grove, CA on 8/22/17


- Grace, Long Beach, CA on 8/4/17


- Michelle, Newport Beach, CA on 6/26/17

"Very Patient and knowledgable"

- Marisol, Irvine, CA on 6/12/17

"Knowledgeable, patient tutor"

- Blake, Fullerton, CA on 4/3/17

"Elena is an excellent, patient tutor with a thorough knowledge of Spanish."

- Lisa, Orange, CA on 4/1/17

"Just the best. Really good energy and organization"

- Keith, Fountain Valley, CA on 2/10/17

"Patient, organized, and extremely helpful!"

- Julie, Costa Mesa, CA on 2/3/17
Elena replied on 2/7/2017

Thank you for your thoughtful feedback on what I call "engineering critical thinking" Your newly gained confidence is indeed a result of a two-way effort. Your commitment and high interest in learning through my methodology are two of the most important elements in this test training. It is a pleasure to help you succeed on your next career phase. I know you will be successful.

"Extra step"

- Tod, Huntington Beach, CA on 2/1/17

"Great Tutor!!"

- Alexandria, Long Beach, CA on 11/1/16

"Perfect for my college daughter - patient and able to explain!"

- Kathie, Aliso Viejo, CA on 10/13/16
Elena replied on 10/25/2016

Your daughter is a bright student. It is a pleasure to work with her! Also, she has a great personality. Thanks!

"First meeting with Elena"

- Jill, Huntington Beach, CA on 10/9/16
Elena replied on 10/25/2016

My meetings with your daughter have been very productive as she is a student who is eager to learn absorbing everything that is explained to her. Smart student and such a nice girl!

"Statistics Tutoring Session"

- Hannah, Irvine, CA on 10/7/16
Elena replied on 10/25/2016

It is such a delight to meet with you every week Hannah! You are so committed to learn and diligent in attending your lessons. Thank you!

"A+ GMAT Quantitative Instructor (100 percent satisfied)"

- Ross, Hermosa Beach, CA on 7/26/16

"very patient!"

- Royal, Long Beach, CA on 7/25/16

"Speaking Spanish"

- Don, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 7/14/16
Elena replied on 7/14/2016

Thanks very much Don. It is a pleasure to work with Cameron. He is so eager to learn and relates very easily to my teaching style!

"Great Tutor!"

- Andre, El Segundo, CA on 6/28/16
Elena replied on 7/11/2016

Working with Andre was such a rewarding experience in that we accomplished what he needed in such a short period of time considering that Statistics is a subject not so easy to comprehend. I am so glad he got what he needed for UCLA Anderson School of Management!

"Excellent tutor"

- Endenne, Carson, CA on 5/20/16

"Great math tutor"

- Patti, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 5/13/16
Elena replied on 7/11/2016

Kyle was a wonderful student to work with this past school year. He paid attention to all I taught him and understood the subject and my approach to Math very easily. I look forward to work with him this fall!

"Knowledgable and patient. Wonderful."

- Lise, Atascadero, CA on 3/21/16

"Very encouraging tutor"

- Joy, Puyallup, WA on 3/12/16

"I highly recommend Elena!"

- Carissa, Hollywood, FL on 7/22/15
Elena replied on 10/24/2016

Carissa, you were one of my best students in Florida. Very intelligent, committed and focused student!

"Excellent instruction, highly knowledgeable!"

- Cynthia, Naples, FL on 5/31/15

"Amazing tutor"

- Simon, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 5/28/15

"Saved us in a pinch!!"

- Beth, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 5/21/15

"Perfect combination - Knows her stuff and cares"

- May, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 5/17/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Mary, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 4/10/15

"Excellent, professional"

- Samer, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 3/20/15

"Whole Child Approach"

- Christy, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 1/27/15

"Great Tutor"

- Jim, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/18/14

"Great Value"

- Diana, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/18/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Thailin, Miami, FL on 11/3/14

"Amazing GMAT tutor!"

- Daniella, Hollywood, FL on 10/27/14

"Excellent tutor!"

- Michele, Torrance, CA on 10/22/14

"Professional and Effective"

- Kim, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 10/16/14

"Not Great"

- Hailee, San Pedro, CA on 5/12/14
Elena replied on 5/12/2014

Rachel and you hired me to help with a Modeling and Forecasting exercise. When I arrived and read your assignment instructions, these were clear as to your college professor's requirements that you should do the work on your own. On that moment, I told you that I could help you with specific questions pertaining the process but not in doing the assignment.

"Statistics Simplified!"

- Jeremy, Redondo Beach, CA on 5/4/14

"Great Tutor with a Lot of Patience!"

- Alexis, Hawthorne, CA on 4/19/14

"Smart, Excellent, Helpful Tutor"

- Alice, Torrance, CA on 2/1/14

"Great tutor, very patient"

- Gina, Lomita, CA on 10/7/13

"Wants to make sure you understand."

- Jennifer, Torrance, CA on 10/7/13


- Hiro, Torrance, CA on 10/2/13
Elena replied on 10/7/2013

I am very grateful for having students like this, who is not only smart, organized in his thinking processes but also eager to learn!

"Patient & Pleasant"

- Michelle, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 4/29/13

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Denise, Torrance, CA on 4/29/13

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Angelica, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 11/29/12

"Awesome experience!"

- Caroline, Torrance, CA on 11/6/12
Elena replied on 10/17/2014

What makes a teacher a good tutor is a great student. Caroline not only is committed to learn but is an intelligent girl who grasp concepts very quickly.

"Great tutor"

- Maria, Marina Del Rey, CA on 11/3/12

"Explain concepts clearly ! Exellant tutor"

- Linda, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 6/15/11
Elena replied on 7/27/2011

Austin is a smart boy and with such a strong desire to learn new math topics. It was a pleasure to tutor him during his summer vacation. I am looking forward to seeing him again next year!

"Very caring and responsive"

- Barbara, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 4/27/11
Elena replied on 10/17/2014

Barbara's daughter was one my first students here in U.S. and tutoring her was a very rewarding experience. She is not only a sweet girl but also very smart and showed a strong desire to learn in order to change her academic grades which she definitely did!

"Great Tutor"

- Stephanie, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 4/6/11
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Geometry,
GRE, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
SAT Math,
Civil Engineering, Physics
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Study Skills
GRE, Marketing, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

The approach I give to this subject doesn't differ too much with that for other Algebra levels. Making sure students have the fundamentals of Algebra when assessment takes place during first lesson is my major concern. From there on is a matter of building up on new concepts. Building blocks is what Algebra is about.

Algebra 2

If the student does not have the fundamentals of Algebra, this is the moment to reinforce concepts before moving on with the Algebra 2 syllabus. Important concepts such as quadratic functions and their applications in real world problems are covered in Algebra 2. Introduction to probabilities and statistics are also covered here. Concepts and Algebra properties learned in Algebra 1 are continuously applied in solving Algebra 2 problems. Algebra 2 is also a gateway to Pre-Calculus which makes this subject an interesting bridge to higher level math subjects.


Calculus is a subject that can be learned very easily. Being that PreCalc is a pre-requisite for Calculus, following our intuition and understanding the geometry and algebra behind the Calculus concepts as well as learning a few properties, makes Calculus a fun subject to learn and apply to real world situations.


Geometry is one of my favorite subjects. I teach my students where formulas come from instead of just drilling them in memorization. Application of Algebra concepts to solve Geometry problems are reviewed.


The GMAT is such an interesting and challenging test. Time is highly restricted and since it is a computer adaptive test, the test taker cannot move on to the next question until an answer has not been submitted. It is a matter of time management and a strategic approach to questions. Math knowledge for the quantitative section, in which I can help, is not expected to be no higher than High School level. Reasoning and logic will help you get to the other side. I successfully completed this test when applying to a top Business School, USC.


As a civil engineer, I have taken various levels of Physics in college. I have helped HS students improve their grades in Physics, but more importantly, I have helped them understand how Physics principles work in real-world situations. Formulas and graph interpretation become familiar and easy to understand in terms of deriving them.


This is probably the most fundamental subject in Math. Students taking Algebra 2 will have to use properties learned in pre-algebra. I enjoy teaching this subject to make sure the basics are well learned. In addition, I have vast experience working with Middle and Elementary School students.


As a building block on Algebra 2, and prior to Calculus, this is an important subject for students who want to pursue a career in a technology or science field. I have vast experience tutoring Algebra 2 not only because I have hundreds of hours with this subject but because of my engineering background.

SAT Math

Taking admission tests requires not only mastering the subject but also the test taking process. Setting a test taking strategy is crucial for success. In a test taking environment in which time is pressuring, being precise and fast at the same time requires training. SAT Math is one of my favorites.


Teaching Spanish requires a methodology as any other subject. I also use correlation with the English language. I have vast experience helping students understand conjugation of verbs as well as the application of Spanish grammar rules. In addition, I am a native Spanish speaker proud of commanding a superior level of proficiency in this language, Castillian, as it is called in South America, where I am originally from.


Statistics can be a puzzle to many students; however, when understood, it becomes fascinating. I have had the rewarding experience of tutoring college students in this subject who have been able to get through the semester with good grades. During my MBA studies, the Statistics courses I took were interesting, as we applied them to real-world situations, having worked on complex projects.

Study Skills

It is from my own student experience in undergrad and grad school that I learned what I teach my students in terms of study skills. Time Management, organization and learning methodologies are essential elements in my tutoring experience. I am a Civil Engineer, a background that helps with mental organization and analytic skills. My MBA studies certainly is recent example of mastering effective study skills!

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
Civil Engineering
USC Marshall School of Business


Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Civil Engineering)

USC Marshall School of Business (MBA)

UCLA (Other)

Professional, exceptional and kind tutor

Elena has really helped me accomplish a greater understanding of Math topics, especially in our SAT practice sessions. She refers to that practice as "critical thinking", which I now know is very important to grasp when learning about difficult subjects. She uses different exceptional approaches to connect with me as a student: targeting my strengths and weaknesses, creating a flow plan for my dev

— Alberto, Newport Coast, CA on 5/28/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rates: three or more students, $45/hour each

Travel policy

Elena will travel within 20 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92647.