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Gwen R.

Los Angeles, CA

$80/hr

I like to see the lights go on! All ages, math, science, reading, SAT.

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Background check passed as of 3/25/15
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Experienced and Caring Geometry Tutor
— Susan, Los Angeles, CA on 1/14/15

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Biology
UCLA
Master's

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USD (Biology)

UCLA (Master's)

About Gwen

My emphasis is on student understanding as opposed to memorization. I've had 25 successful and rewarding years of experience teaching math and science at the high school level. I've worked in public schools and private schools. I also have an extensive background in working with elementary and middle school students in all subjects. I have a Master's degree from UCLA in education, and I've taught methods classes to beginning teachers.

Over the years I've used many strategies and techniques and I have a good sense of how to reach a variety students by tapping into individual learning styles. Many of my former students say that my approach, which emphasizes visual learning and use of physical models, has enabled them to do well in geometry. The fact that many of my students have gone on to become teachers is my best recommendation.
My emphasis is on student understanding as opposed to memorization. I've had 25 successful and rewarding years of experience teaching math and science at the high school level. I've worked in public schools and private schools. I also have Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I will charge a GROUP RATE of $100/hour for up to six students who are 1. studying the SAME MATERIAL for an exam or 2. Doing the same HW assignment or project.

Travel Radius
Travels within 16 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90020
Background Check: Passed

"Experienced and Caring Geometry Tutor"

- Susan, Los Angeles, CA on 1/14/15

"In-depth and Personable"

- Kori, Kennebunkport, ME on 5/1/15

"Very experienced and charismatic Math teacher that is passionate about her subject!"

- Juan, Los Angeles, CA on 4/18/15

"Wonderful Experience"

- Jed, Santa Monica, CA on 3/27/15

"Patient and Caring"

- Jane, Burbank, CA on 3/25/15

"Amazing, Patient and Kind Tutor"

- Skye, Los Angeles, CA on 1/29/15

"Fantastic tutor!"

- Kayla, Los Angeles, CA on 12/1/14

"Great mathematics teacher"

- Leo, Redondo Beach, CA on 1/19/14

"Complete transformation in my 10 year old son with his reading!!"

- Nancy, Glendale, CA on 11/20/13

"Turned an "F" in math in the 6th grade to a "B" in math so far in the 7th grade"

- James, Beverly Hills, CA on 9/10/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Discrete Math, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
SPSS, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy,
Anthropology, Astronomy,
Biology,
Botany, Ecology,
Genetics, Geology, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Science,
Physics,
Physiology, Zoology
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft Word, SPSS
Language:
Latin, Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, Classics, European History, Geography,
Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
ASVAB,
CBEST,
CFA, CLAST, GED,
GMAT, GRE, ISEE,
MCAT, NCLEX, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Chess,
Poker
Corporate Training:
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar,
Latin, Microsoft Word, NCLEX, SPSS, Statistics

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ACT English

There is a shift away from obscure vocabulary, so the time that used to be spent on memorizing word lists can now be spent on comprehension and meaning. Since there is no penalty for wrong answers, I can give you tips on which questions to answer, which to guess and which type to skip altogether, as well as some general test-taking strategies.

ACT Math

The name and scoring have changed several times since I’ve been teaching. There is no penalty for wrong answers. and I can help you decide which questions to skip. First, I do some diagnostic work and then design a schedule for study. I give attention to individual learning styles.

ACT Science

I will so some diagnostic evaluations to determine if we need to focus on physics, say, as opposed to biology. There is no penalty for wrong answers; I can give you some general test-taking strategies. I give attention to individual learning styles and specific learning gaps. I will design a schedule for you, including which subjects you feel you are most weak in.

Algebra 1

I've taught groups of teachers at UCLA how best to present Algebra and Geometry to their students. I've also been a classroom teacher for over 30 years and presented many of my original lessons at conferences.

Algebra 2

I have a Master's degree in Mathematics Education from UCLA and I have taught Algebra 2 for over 25 years, in public school and in private school. In addition, I've presented original material at more than 10 NCTM conferences. I've also worked with groups of teachers (professional inservice) teaching them the Common Core approach to mathematics.

American History

I cover all aspects of American History including geological history, indigenous people, early colonization, westward movement and development of democracy and establishment of government. I can also help with recents history and current events (which will become history soon enough).

Anatomy

My undergraduate degree is in Biology and I studied comparative anatomy. In my first year of medical school I studied human anatomy and (like everyone else) dissected a human cadaver.

Astronomy

Historically, astronomy was an early introduction to science, and sky-watching fascinated me as a child and led to my study in the sciences. Simply put, I have been a long-time student of astronomy and my teaching shows my passion!

ASVAB

I've helped many students do well on this test! I will do some diagnostic work to reveal any learning gaps you may have and I can teach any concepts you need to learn. I have practice tests and other materials and I can help you with general science, math, work knowledge; what ever you need.

Biology

I've been teaching high school science classes (Biology, Physics, General Science and Environmental Science at the high school level for years. I've presented at the annual National Science Teachers Conference many times. In college, I ran several labs in Biology as a TA. My Histology, Embryology and Human Anatomy credits are from Medical School.

Calculus

I have a MS in Mathematics Education and I've taught Calculus in both public and private schools for over 20 years. I also use "Visual Calculus" a book co-authored by Tom Apostol (Caltech math prof. emeritas). I am familiar with most graphing programs as well.

CBEST

I was a Field Supervisor of teachers-in-training at UCLA for four years; during this time I helped many going into teaching study for and do well in the CBEST. I've also worked with many private students to prepare for this test. I am familiar with all topics on the CBEST.

Chess

I have been playing tournament chess and have a USCF rating of 1600. I have taught chess as an ofterschool enrichment class for over 12 years and I've been the head of the chess club at several different high schools.

Dyslexia

I have read extensively on the Orton-Gillingham approach and have used it with success over the years. It includes guidelines for reading readiness, lessons, and student assessments. I've had 12 hours of professional development in How to Reach Students with LD (learning disabilities), I have 8 credits from UCSD in the first level O-G approach, and I am currently enrolled in the on-line course at the Dyslexia Training Institute (San Diego).

I have been a classroom teacher in both private and public schools (over 30 years) and I have always had private students; in schools students are tested for learning disabilities and given an IEP (Individualized Educational Program). I have always had a few students in my classes with IEPs and I have worked closely with counselors and experts to develop strategies for teaching dyslexic students. I have had much success teaching students how to read and how to decode words; in addition I have had much success in teaching how to read to learn (which comes into play in the upper elementary grades).

Ecology

I am a Biology major and in my opinion ecology is one of the important branches of biology! It's a course of study in itself (relationship of organisms to one another and to their environment) AND it's also a political movement that seeks to protect the environment, especially from pollution. I tutor this subject with a passion; I'm personally involved in the movement!

Elementary (K-6th)

I work well with K-6th children. I am a certified Montessori Teacher PreK-8 from UCSD. I taught high school for over 25 years so I know how to prepare students. I know what's coming so I know what to emphasize.

Elementary Math

I have been working with the teacher training program at UCLA giving future teachers techniques and methods of teaching elementary mathematics.

Elementary Science

I have given presentations at national teachers' conferences on teaching elementary science, with or without a lab.

English

I've taught the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare, and the major poets. I'm familiar with most of the assigned reading for HS students as well as contemporary authors. I can guide you in logical writing. I have published several articles in academic journals.

GED

Success with ALL students who have studied with me!

Geography

I focus on human geography AND physical geography AND Environmental geography, including climate change and pollution and the future of life on earth. Human geography includes history of maps, explorations and migrations and can help explains many of the reasons for wars. Physical geography studies the natural environment, and how organisms, climate, soil, water, and landforms interact. Environmental geography combines the physical and the human geography, and looks at the interactions between the environment and humans! I feel this is very important and I teach it with a passion, because it affects all of us includes the future of life on earth. I can teach study of climate change, extinction, pollution, all current topics.

Geometry

High school geometry teacher for over 30 years.
Created and led teacher-training in geometry at UCLA.
Present original work at many mathematical conferences, including NCTM.

Grammar

English grammar is based on the Latin; and I have a university minor in Latin! I teach grammar using the beautiful prose of powerful authors so my students are exposed to beautiful, exciting use of the English language, and most of my students develop an increased interest in reading.

ISEE

I have a California teaching credential and a Masters in Mathematics Education from UCLA. I taught high school math and science for over 30 years. I taught several years in elite private schools and I'm familiar with the private school requirements and curriculum. I've helped over 20 students over the years prepare for the ISEE test with 100% success rate in acceptance to various private school in the Los Angeles area.

Literature

I love to read! I have taught many (adults too!) to learn to read. And I've taught many kids the difference between reading and reading LITERATURE. To me, the words of the great writers have the lessons of life set in the language of the heart.

Macintosh

I was part of the Apple Vivarium Project under Alan Kay, where I got my first Mac (1984). I’m familiar with ALL of the versions of OS X, from Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks to Yosemite, the current operating system. I can show how to get started with a new Mac or how to get used to a Mac if you started with a PC. I can show how to use the finder, the menu bar, title bar, toolbox, dock and how the graphical interface (drag and drop) works in general. I can get you started with gestures, shortcuts, iPad, iMovie, iPhone as well. I’m familiar with many browsers (Google, Chrome, Firefox etc) and I can get you started using Email and also some of the more popular applications. Obviously, my expertise is with Apple products but I can get you started with other computers as well.

Phonics

I teach Phonics first by doing some Diagnostics; does the student hear and identify sounds (phonemes)? Can she recognize the "look" of the corresponding letters and patterns (graphemes) that represent them? I start by working on these skills. Then I teach students to decode the words on the printed page by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. I do believe that the "whole language" approach to reading is important! Reading students good literature and stressing meaning are both important to comprehension. The whole language emphasis on identifying new words using context is crucial. After all, learning to read is not the only goal; I teach students to appreciate language.

Physical Science

I'm qualified to teach most high school science classes and the math that goes along with them.

Physics

I have a strong math background I tutor physics with solving problems in mind. I've taught HS physics for several years.

Poker

I've played poker all of my adult life. I have competed in several Texas Hold 'em tournaments and have a plus score. I have taught fundamentals of probability using poker as a means.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the beginning course in mathematics; I can get students off to a great start! I know what's coming so I know which topic to stress in this first course. I am an active tutor in all levels of mathematics, and I have taught HS math including BC Calculus.

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is the beginning of higher math and the foundation for Calculus. I can give you a good solid foundation in the different functions you need to understand. I'm familiar with several computer programs and graphing calculators to help you visualize concepts. I've presented original techniques at many NCTM Conferences.

Reading

I am familiar with the entire book lists for schools (both public and private) in the LA area! I'm skilled in the Montessori approaches and have worked with many beginning readers with much success.
I use both whole language and phonetics to teach. I can recommend books for all ages; books that will encourage students to WANT to read.

SAT Math

I am an approved tutor in SAT preparation. Are you wondering why you should take the SAT? Here is why:
Almost all colleges and universities accept the SAT.
When compared with a student's GPA, his or her SAT results will confirm the student's readiness for college and
taking the SAT might give you the opportunity to access to scholarships and other benefits; doing well allows you
to bypass introductory college courses. The name and scoring have changed several times since I’ve been teaching. The latest changes will be spring 2016: a shift away from obscure vocabulary, and the removal of penalty for wrong answers. I use Khan Academy videos, and I give attention to individual learning styles.

SAT Reading

I am well qualified to teach all SAT topics, and my students usually do much better than they expected to do. I help with the academics and I also teach general test-taking skills.

SAT Writing

Grammar, spelling, logic, vocabulary and sentence structure are all elements of writing that I can teach. I can teach essay writing, persuasive writing and expository writing. Better readers make better writers; I use examples of writing from literature and journalism. Are you wondering why you should take the SAT? Here is why:
Almost all colleges and universities accept the SAT.
When compared with a student's GPA, his or her SAT results will confirm the student's readiness for college and
taking the SAT might give you the opportunity to access to scholarships and other benefits; doing well allows you
to bypass introductory college courses.

Study Skills

I created and taught a 4 hour class for parents as part of an Park and & Recreation community outreach. It was called Study Skills: How to help students have success in school. The class was very well received and eventually over 400 parents attended; the feedback was very positive.

Study skills have a lot to do with organization, which can be learned. I can teach students to get in the habit of using an assignment book, planning ahead, and using time wisely. Other skills that I emphasize are how to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment, how to prioritize, how to proofread, and how to predict test questions. I teach effective reading techniques such as SQ3R and how to take class notes.


Trigonometry

I've taught Trigonometry for over 30 years, in public high school, in private high school and to groups of teachers in the UCLA teacher-training program. I've presented several times at the annual NCTM conference. I've developed many visuals and manipulatives and models to help students really understand the concepts linking Algebra 2 with Geometry and Trigonometry.

Vocabulary

As students progress as readers, vocabulary increases almost automatically; however, for some students, reading alone does not result in increased vocabulary. For those students I usually begin a study of Greek and Latin root words and have them list related words. It's very helpful to have students first read a text carefully, paying attention to unfamiliar words, and try to analyze these as for as the etymology. Those words can be examined with their meanings and spellings in mind. A large vocabulary has two main components; correct spelling and accurate definition(s).I have presented original material at many educational conferences: one of my most successful talks was how to integrate reading across the curriculum. I have an extensive collection of children's literature and I am familiar with the books lists for K-12. Because I love reading, my students often catch my enthusiasm and become eager readers! An eager reader will develop an extensive vocabulary.

World History

My field of study is math and science: the search for patterns and generalizations. I became curious about why certain discoveries happened when; I wanted to know about the sequential development of human knowledge, which led me to the study of World History, which also examines patterns, but specifically common patterns that emerge across all cultures. The diversity of the human experience and the integration of knowledge (how people across time and distance are linked together in search of knowledge) fascinated me. I discovered the that World History is a study of exactly that! I read the Story of Mankind and The Outline of History, which prompted me to take formal classes, and later to teach classes in World History.

Writing

I am very familiar with books that students consider their favorites and I've helped many translate their happy experiences with reading (and being read to) into writing about their own interests. For fiction writing or descriptive writing, I use the well-known "Five Elements of a Story": Setting, Plot, Conflict, Characters and Resolution" for beginning writers. For writing reports, reviews and analyses, I use the Guidelines for Convincing Expositions, among other resources. Most of my experience is with elementary, middle school or high school students and many of my former students tell me that our time together has paid off in their college courses.

USD
Biology
UCLA
Master's

Education

USD (Biology)

UCLA (Master's)

Experienced and Caring Geometry Tutor — Gwen was a highly competent and experienced geometry tutor. She had a creative and engaging method of presenting the material and was able to hold the student's interest for two-hour sessions. She had clear goals for each session and was committed to the student achieving them. She was personable and accommodating to the student's schedule. ...

— Susan, Los Angeles, CA on 1/14/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I will charge a GROUP RATE of $100/hour for up to six students who are 1. studying the SAME MATERIAL for an exam or 2. Doing the same HW assignment or project.

Travel policy

Gwen will travel within 16 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90020.

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