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Ray B.

Los Angeles, CA

$24/hour

Homework/Writing Help from Native English Speaker

Background check passed as of 9/16/16
4.8 average from 53 ratings
Very Responsive
— Haleh, Los Angeles, CA on 2/22/16

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San Francisco State U.
Poli Sci
U. of So. CA
Master's

Education

San Francisco State U. (Poli Sci)

U. of So. CA (Master's)

About Ray

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.
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 Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Discount for on-line lessons!

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046
Background Check: Passed

"Very Responsive"

- Haleh, Los Angeles, CA on 2/22/16

"Great tutor"

- Scott, Tarzana, CA on 12/11/16

"Nice approach & attitude"

- Sara, Los Angeles, CA on 11/20/16

"Patient and Fun for the kids"

- Toni, Los Angeles, CA on 9/13/16

"Ray is very knowledgeable and patient."

- Marianne, Mission Hills, CA on 3/2/16
English:
ACT English, English,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
European History, Geography,
Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary

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.

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.

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.

Geography

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

San Francisco State U.
Poli Sci
U. of So. CA
Master's

Education

San Francisco State U. (Poli Sci)

U. of So. CA (Master's)

Very Responsive

Ray is a pleasure to work with as he is very responsive, caring, and thoughtful. We are thankful and appreciative of our sessions with him.

— Haleh, Los Angeles, CA on 2/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $24.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Discount for on-line lessons!

Travel policy

Ray will travel within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046.