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Ray B.

Homework/Writing Help from Native English Speaker

Homework/Writing Help from Native English Speaker

$23/hour

  • 3,298 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 1/23/2022

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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 (2,319 ratings)
5 star
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4 star
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3 star
(6)
2 star
(5)
1 star
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Reviews


Patient and knowledgeable

I would definitely recommend Ray, he is a great tutor, my high school daughter is feeling much more confident about her English writing skills. Thanks Ray for your help and being so patent.

Saeed, 3 lessons with Ray

Knowledgeable and Patient tutor.

My 9th grader felt so empowered after his first session with Ray that he cleaned up his desk and backpack for the first time this school year! He is looking forward to his next session.

Laurel, 5 lessons with Ray

Knowledgeable

Very good teacher. Has lot of patience. My son didn’t like writing before but now he is writing well. He also learned some important tips. He observed my son while he was giving him ideas and my son uses them well.

Swapna, 16 lessons with Ray

Awesome tutor

Ray is a awesome tutor! He is patient and knowledgeable. Always preparing great topics (the lastest news )for my kids and discuss current affairs with them. Appreciate his hard work and flexible schedule. Looking forward to seeing him next week!

TINGTING, 70 lessons with Ray

Awesome tutor

Ray is a awesome! He is patient and knowledgeable. Always preparing good topics for my kids. Appreciate his hard work!

TINGTING, 70 lessons with Ray

Enders game essay

Ray was attentive to Sam’s needs and helped him through the writing process. We will definitely schedule another session with Ray.

Beth, 2 lessons with Ray

Great tutor!

Ray is a great tutor. He is patient and knowledgeable. Always preparing good topics for my kids. Appreciate his hard work!

TINGTING, 70 lessons with Ray

nonjudgmental and very patient

I'm not sure if Ray taught me anything, but he did open my eyes to a couple of things that I didn't realize were so important. One! even though you come from a tradesmen background, you should learn to speak well. Two! Ray help me realize by listening to our recorded lesson that I have a problem with sentence structure. So thank you, Ray!

Rodney, 2 lessons with Ray

Good energy, pleasure to work with.

Ray replied very fast and we were able to schedule the session right away. He helped me with my first assignment for my history class, and I'm planning to continue working with him. Usually I stress out too much about my writing assignments, but he makes it easy and enjoyable. I definitely recommend him.

Irina, 6 lessons with Ray
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Response time: 33 minutes