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Ray B.

Homework/Writing Help from Native English Speaker

Homework/Writing Help from Native English Speaker

$23/hour

  • 2,407 hours tutoring

About Ray


Bio

I am a patient person who likes to get results. You will benefit from my writing and analytical skills that I have acquired during a long career in government and the private sector. Specifically, I have been a manager with significant editing and proofreading skills. My career has been varied, having worked in management consulting, legislative analysis and city government administration. In city government, I honed my writing and editing skills through my tenure with the City of LA,...

I am a patient person who likes to get results. You will benefit from my writing and analytical skills that I have acquired during a long career in government and the private sector. Specifically, I have been a manager with significant editing and proofreading skills. My career has been varied, having worked in management consulting, legislative analysis and city government administration. In city government, I honed my writing and editing skills through my tenure with the City of LA, where I wrote/edited reports to the Mayor and City Council in the City Administrative Office and the Dept. of Cultural Affairs. I retired from a director-level position at LAX, where I had I have a high level of trust and responsibility.

My approach to tutoring is to simplify tasks through clarity and directness. I place a great emphasis on phonics as it relates to speech and presentations. I believe it is currently underutilized but pays off in many ways. Further, my approach is Socratic, as I place a premium on the dialog with the student, as well to encourage an exchange through questions and answers. One of the most important tools I bring to this arena is a finely developed sense of professional and fact-based(minimizing hyperbole and conjecture)writing that recognizes the value of logical flow, where one thought leads clearly to another. Another strength I offer is the economy with which I use words, which is a treasured commodity. Finally, I will demonstrate an appreciation for humor while learning, which has proven benefits when deftly applied!

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Intergovernmental Management from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University and have a solid educational foundation through my initial 12 years of private schooling.


Education

San Francisco State U.
Poli Sci
U. of So. CA
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $23
  • Rate details: Prefer to work with high school students and older, including adults.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/16/2016

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Subjects

Business

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

For two years as a Management Consultant for the San Francisco Bay Area firm, I conducted management audits of public safety organizations. Such audits focused on the staffing, organization and effectiveness of police and sheriff's departments in California. In addition, I reported on criminal justice issues for public sector clients as a legislative analyst in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento for 6 years. My BA in Political Science and Master's degree in Public Administration provided the foundation to succeed in the social science arena, including criminal justice.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

I currently tutor a Wyzant student in grammar. We use a method whereby he reads aloud and I follow along on my copy of study material and we discuss different grammar matters. My approach is to impart guidance on the rules of grammar and just as important, the exceptions to the rules. Previously, I tutored a Master's student in grammar regarding the presentation of her thesis. In general, I will attempt to simplify the process of understanding grammar so that it is accessible and understandable to the student.
Proofreading

Proofreading

My experience in proofreading has been gained through my 15 years as a director for the City of Los Angeles in multiple depts. My expertise is in administration and budgetary support documents, but due to my attention to detail, I have been frequently called upon to proofread documents outside of my subject area mastery, such as public relations-related material. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I currently tutor a Wyzant student in grammar. We use a method whereby he reads aloud and I follow along on my copy of study material and we discuss different grammar matters. My approach is to impart guidance on the rules of grammar and just as important, the exceptions to the rules. Previously, I tutored a Master's student in grammar regarding the presentation of her thesis. In general, I will attempt to simplify the process of understanding grammar so that it is accessible and understandable to the student.
Reading,

Reading

I have a lifelong love affair with reading and I am happy to share that with others. I read at least two hours every day and my mind is wide open to various forms of literature. I believe reading is enhanced by discussion with others and hence, the popularity of book clubs. One of the things I think will keep students interested in reading is finding intersections with their lives. This is something I can facilitate as I have a knack for making these connections. Isn't it interesting how one can read something one day and the next day find a compelling connection with something that relates to what you just read? I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Spelling,

Spelling

Learning how to spell is a function of understanding phonics (sounding out words) and reading. My mastery of spelling comes about by virtue of paying close attention to these two functions. Yes, memorization is involved with learning how to spell. In addition, a good tutor imparts how to employ phonics and reading to make sense of English spelling. We will get comfortable with the many exceptions to spelling rules. It will be frustrating at first, but then patterns will begin to emerge. We will be further challenged by new usages that come about through email/texting and other modern communication modes. I know this sounds crazy, but spelling can actually be fun! I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed. A significant part of my career has involved writing and communication, the foundation of which involves skills in English, grammar, proofreading, spelling and vocabulary.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

As a highly rated tutor in the Wyzant system, I have imparted guidance on blending the right amount of focus to quickly answer English questions in the limited time ACT provides, while figuring out how to spend a little more time on the more challenging questions.
English,

English

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed. A significant part of my career has involved writing and communication, the foundation of which involves skills in English, grammar, proofreading, spelling and vocabulary.
Grammar,

Grammar

I currently tutor a Wyzant student in grammar. We use a method whereby he reads aloud and I follow along on my copy of study material and we discuss different grammar matters. My approach is to impart guidance on the rules of grammar and just as important, the exceptions to the rules. Previously, I tutored a Master's student in grammar regarding the presentation of her thesis. In general, I will attempt to simplify the process of understanding grammar so that it is accessible and understandable to the student.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

My experience in proofreading has been gained through my 15 years as a director for the City of Los Angeles in multiple depts. My expertise is in administration and budgetary support documents, but due to my attention to detail, I have been frequently called upon to proofread documents outside of my subject area mastery, such as public relations-related material. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.
Reading,

Reading

I have a lifelong love affair with reading and I am happy to share that with others. I read at least two hours every day and my mind is wide open to various forms of literature. I believe reading is enhanced by discussion with others and hence, the popularity of book clubs. One of the things I think will keep students interested in reading is finding intersections with their lives. This is something I can facilitate as I have a knack for making these connections. Isn't it interesting how one can read something one day and the next day find a compelling connection with something that relates to what you just read? I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Spelling,

Spelling

Learning how to spell is a function of understanding phonics (sounding out words) and reading. My mastery of spelling comes about by virtue of paying close attention to these two functions. Yes, memorization is involved with learning how to spell. In addition, a good tutor imparts how to employ phonics and reading to make sense of English spelling. We will get comfortable with the many exceptions to spelling rules. It will be frustrating at first, but then patterns will begin to emerge. We will be further challenged by new usages that come about through email/texting and other modern communication modes. I know this sounds crazy, but spelling can actually be fun! I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed. A significant part of my career has involved writing and communication, the foundation of which involves skills in English, grammar, proofreading, spelling and vocabulary.
Writing

Writing

Writing is my strongest area of expertise. I have honed these skills through the creation of legislative reports during my time in government in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I have written highly technical reports as a management consultant for local governments while working in Bay Area. Continuing this experience, I have written and edited all kids of reports, memos and correspondence during my 22 years in as an analyst and director in Southern California municipal government. I will use this experience to guide students in their writing endeavors. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.

History

American History,

American History

My professional background in public affairs provides the necessary structure to understand American History.
European History,

European History

My approach is to recognize patterns throughout history so that events make sense even if you do not know a lot about European History.
Geography,

Geography

My concentration in geography is not just about memorizing place names, it is about understanding human and other connections in the world!
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

I recently retired from a career in large City government, rising near the top of the management chain. I rounded out my career in Washington, D.C. and a major State capital to provide a breadth of experience that is hard to duplicate!
Political Science,

Political Science

I have a BA in Political Science from San Fran. State U. ('83) & a Master's degree in Public Admin, concentration in Intergovernmental Management from the U. of So. Ca ('85). I worked as Governmental Relations Analyst for 2 yrs. in Sacramento, 4 yrs. as a Legislative Analyst in Wash., D.C. & was a management consultant for 2 yrs. doing management audits of public sector agencies. I was a Management Analyst for a small city for 2 yrs. & recently retired at the 2nd highest level of civil service from the City of LA after a career of 24 yrs. I avidly read current & historical affairs and want to share my knowledge with students.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

Before I entered the Wyzant program, I successfully tutored two students in social studies, using memory techniques that personalize subject matter. My BA in Political Science and Master's degree in Public Administration are closely related to the field of Social Studies. I have held numerous positions in the public and private sector that interacted with the discipline of social studies. These jobs have been analytical and managerial at all levels of government: federal, state and local. I have capped my career at the 2nd highest level of civil service with the City of Los Angeles. In serving the public, I've drawn on social studies concepts such as diversity and urbanization to better implement program goals.
World History

World History

My approach to World History is practical, in that I will show how to make sense of the world by understanding the motivations behind human interactions; then it all comes together.

Homeschool

English,

English

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed. A significant part of my career has involved writing and communication, the foundation of which involves skills in English, grammar, proofreading, spelling and vocabulary.
Reading,

Reading

I have a lifelong love affair with reading and I am happy to share that with others. I read at least two hours every day and my mind is wide open to various forms of literature. I believe reading is enhanced by discussion with others and hence, the popularity of book clubs. One of the things I think will keep students interested in reading is finding intersections with their lives. This is something I can facilitate as I have a knack for making these connections. Isn't it interesting how one can read something one day and the next day find a compelling connection with something that relates to what you just read? I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Spelling,

Spelling

Learning how to spell is a function of understanding phonics (sounding out words) and reading. My mastery of spelling comes about by virtue of paying close attention to these two functions. Yes, memorization is involved with learning how to spell. In addition, a good tutor imparts how to employ phonics and reading to make sense of English spelling. We will get comfortable with the many exceptions to spelling rules. It will be frustrating at first, but then patterns will begin to emerge. We will be further challenged by new usages that come about through email/texting and other modern communication modes. I know this sounds crazy, but spelling can actually be fun! I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Writing

Writing

Writing is my strongest area of expertise. I have honed these skills through the creation of legislative reports during my time in government in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I have written highly technical reports as a management consultant for local governments while working in Bay Area. Continuing this experience, I have written and edited all kids of reports, memos and correspondence during my 22 years in as an analyst and director in Southern California municipal government. I will use this experience to guide students in their writing endeavors. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.

Most Popular

English,

English

I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed. A significant part of my career has involved writing and communication, the foundation of which involves skills in English, grammar, proofreading, spelling and vocabulary.
Reading,

Reading

I have a lifelong love affair with reading and I am happy to share that with others. I read at least two hours every day and my mind is wide open to various forms of literature. I believe reading is enhanced by discussion with others and hence, the popularity of book clubs. One of the things I think will keep students interested in reading is finding intersections with their lives. This is something I can facilitate as I have a knack for making these connections. Isn't it interesting how one can read something one day and the next day find a compelling connection with something that relates to what you just read? I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Writing

Writing

Writing is my strongest area of expertise. I have honed these skills through the creation of legislative reports during my time in government in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I have written highly technical reports as a management consultant for local governments while working in Bay Area. Continuing this experience, I have written and edited all kids of reports, memos and correspondence during my 22 years in as an analyst and director in Southern California municipal government. I will use this experience to guide students in their writing endeavors. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.

Other

Geography,

Geography

My concentration in geography is not just about memorizing place names, it is about understanding human and other connections in the world!
Government & Politics

Government & Politics

I recently retired from a career in large City government, rising near the top of the management chain. I rounded out my career in Washington, D.C. and a major State capital to provide a breadth of experience that is hard to duplicate!

Summer

Reading,

Reading

I have a lifelong love affair with reading and I am happy to share that with others. I read at least two hours every day and my mind is wide open to various forms of literature. I believe reading is enhanced by discussion with others and hence, the popularity of book clubs. One of the things I think will keep students interested in reading is finding intersections with their lives. This is something I can facilitate as I have a knack for making these connections. Isn't it interesting how one can read something one day and the next day find a compelling connection with something that relates to what you just read? I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U. These degrees provided me with the analytical tools I needed to succeed for a career in government and consulting, including a mentoring role for numerous staff whom I have managed.
Writing

Writing

Writing is my strongest area of expertise. I have honed these skills through the creation of legislative reports during my time in government in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I have written highly technical reports as a management consultant for local governments while working in Bay Area. Continuing this experience, I have written and edited all kids of reports, memos and correspondence during my 22 years in as an analyst and director in Southern California municipal government. I will use this experience to guide students in their writing endeavors. I possess a Master's degree in Public Administration from the U. of So. Cal. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State U.

Test Preparation

ACT English

ACT English

As a highly rated tutor in the Wyzant system, I have imparted guidance on blending the right amount of focus to quickly answer English questions in the limited time ACT provides, while figuring out how to spend a little more time on the more challenging questions.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (1,872 ratings)
5 star
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4 star
(19)
3 star
(5)
2 star
(5)
1 star
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Reviews


Ray is a very kind and accurate tutor

He wants to find out what Joshua's difficulty is and tries to teach from Joshua's point of view, very carefully. He does not teach him mechanically but he wants to find the best method and level for Joshua.

Garden, 1 lesson with Ray

A excellent tutor

Ray is organized, Pleasant, and very motivating, He has wonderful explanations and great illustrations that highlight main points. As an adult learn with a learning disability I found him to sensitive and helpful. He is knowledgeable and is someone I would readily recommended .

Erin, 1 lesson with Ray

I cannot say enough of this man !!!! HE IS AMAZING ASK FOR RAY ON BLIND EYES HE IS THE BEST !!!!

Ray is very helpful, kind, amazing, Knows everything like everything he is awesome. Believe me, I was lost in my writing course and I did ask for help from two different tutors but they didn't help me like Ray. Thank you for every second you spent with me.

Vivian, 11 lessons with Ray

great tutor.

I had a very productive lesson with Ray, and one thing I’ll say is that it’s definitely worth your money.

Solomon, 6 lessons with Ray

Patient and Great Tutor!

Ray’s tutoring style is so interesting and he has ways of making my son want to learn. Chad is coming along nicely and really enjoys the time spent with his tutor. Chad normally has a slight level of anxiety when it comes to spelling but that wall has been removed since taking spelling classes with Ray. I listen to the lessons and Chad really enjoyed the Would You Rather exercise while he actually learned! Each session strengthens his ability to spell correctly and I am so happy I was able to pair my son with a reliable, friendly, pleasantly firm, experienced and professional tutor!!

Stacia, 11 lessons with Ray

great teacher and very patient and helpful!

Ray B. is an amazing tutor who is very patient and fast working. He is highly recommended and is really good!

Tova, 2 lessons with Ray

Fantastic tutor with

Ryan was fantastic tutor becaause He helped me alot in grammar and sentence structure ,so It was a great experience to working with him. I really recommend working with him .

Lama, 1 lesson with Ray

Ray went above and beyond what I expected him to do. He was very polite and a true professional. i would love to work with him again.

Ray taught me a lot about grammar, punctuation and the use of the word "you". Ray help me revise my entire final paper. He showed mw ways to improve and ways to make the paper flow better.

William, 1 lesson with Ray

Review for Ray B.

Something I really appreciate about Ray is aptitude for problem solving in a proactive way. Ray did a great job. One of the things I admire about Ray is ability to manage a lessons clearly.

Alli, 23 lessons with Ray
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$23/hour

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Response time: 48 minutes