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Ateneo de Manila (BA Economics)
Hello, my name is Rhona, and I originally started my American K-12 and Adult Multi-Subject Tutoring career as a wonderful part-time vocation back in 2002, when I first got in California my lifetime CBEST Certification as a K-12 Substitute Teacher, alongside my comprehensive certified training as a volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor with the Pasadena Public Library System and as a Mental Health Paraprofessional (geared towards Social Work Case Management) trained by Pacific Clinics (one of America's leading behavioral health providers) and Pasadena City College (one of North America's top 3 community colleges that serves as a feeder school to top-notch universities such as its neighboring institution, the California Institute of Technology/CalTech).
Prior to that, I was a Grades 1-3 Sunday School teacher for the children of the multi-cultural congregation of Union Church of Manila (Philippines), and I also spent a semester as an Experiment in International Living cultural exchange program High School teacher in Asian Studies in Cork and Dublin at the Republic of Ireland in 1999.
My undergraduate degree is from one of Asia's leading Jesuit institutions (Ateneo de Manila University, akin to Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Fordham, Marquette, etc.) is in Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, a Sociology and Economics hybrid that trains professionals for the non-profit sector, and I also sat in as a guest student in an summer-long Asian American Studies Seminar at the University of California in Los Angeles/UCLA in 2001.
After earning my CBEST Certification, I trained and worked directly with K-12 multi-subject teaching professionals (alumni of noteworthy colleges and universities such as Azusa Pacific University and California State University of Northridge) in their respective private tutoring services in Covina and North Hollywood.
In Nevada, I was also one of The Uceda Institute's first GED/SAT Test Prep Teachers for their regular weeknight classes geared towards mostly late life and immigrant learners.
Aside from being an on-call tutor, my primary vocation is in the world of Marketing and Media Management, steadily working as a TV Series Producer for content seen in a diverse range of educational and entertainment networks such as Ion Media Networks (formerly PaxTV), Oxygen, American Life Network, DirecTV, Dish, ABC, CNBC, and the like; Social Media Series Producer on Facebook, YouTube, UStream; and also a Radio Series Producer for syndicated programs heard on independent AM and FM stations. I also help small-to-medium-sized businesses launch their new brands of products and services in niche chains such as Whole Foods, Fry's Electronics, and more.
All of my Knowledge Management or Intellectual Property-driven professional work over the years have helped many children and adults appreciate the various academic subject fundamentals' applicability and relevance in real life, thus enabling them to successfully tackle a wide variety of major standardized testing, including: ISEE, GED, CBEST, ASVAB, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and the like.
I view Tutoring not just as a paying job, but also as a highly interactive vocation for both the Tutor and the Student to learn from each other and more about themselves.
I know that there are generally three/3 ways students of any age learn: By Sight (ex. Reading), By Sound (ex. Listening), and by Act (ex. demonstration).
Helping adults with standardized testing that can help them acquire further professional education, licensing and credentials is something I can deeply empathize with, having recently passed for myself with flying colors (92 out of the perfect score of 100) the rigid US Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery/ASVAB test to successfully qualify in the higher-paying and critically-skilled Water Purification Unit of the US Army National Guard.
Even in the worlds of Business, Media, and the Military, I have always patiently customized the way I teach and communicate with how my clients and students can best absorb and process information.
Now that my independent Marketing/Broadcast Media/Mentoring consultancy practice will base me in Los Angeles majority of the time, while on occasion I may be called on out of state field work such as in my nearby home state of Nevada, I look forward to continuing my tutoring here with a wide range of potential clients. Hello, my name is Rhona, and I originally started my American K-12 and Adult Multi-Subject Tutoring career as a wonderful part-time vocation back in 2002, when I first got in California my lifetime CBEST Certification as a K-12 Substitute Teacher, alongside my comprehensive certified training
Seems to know exactly what my daughter's grade level is/has covered at school. My daughter really enjoys her sessions. Rhona is very patient and explains things in language a child understands. Thanks.
Rhona has been tutoring our daughter for over 4 months and we are very pleased with her Algebra I tutoring lessons. She is very patient and has a genuine desire to teach and reinforce the skills and lessons that are being taught in the classroom. Her tutoring style shows that she really enjoys teaching Algebra; it's actually fun for her and she teaches Algebra in a very simplistic manner. The main aspect of Rhona's tutoring style that we like is that she reinforces in a manner in which she has the student verbally walk through the problems and show their work so that the student knows whether or not they are understanding the lesson instead of just seeing the tutor solve the problems. As our daughter walks through the problems and receives guidance/ correction/reminders, it has made her more more confident in approaching math problems. Math is a challenge for our daughter therefore we sought help in obtaining a tutor that could reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. We have witnessed the mental block of "math being hard" going away! Thank you Rhona for your patience and dedication.
Rhona gets right down to business, is patient, friendly, and zeros in on what our son needs in Algebra. She has restored his confidence in just a few sessions, and now he feels he is understanding the subject better, as he was missing some key concepts. She contacts quickly and works out a time that suits us.
I think the earlier tutoring time is a better fit for Kirsten's schedule. She seemed to take more in and ask more questions earlier in the day. Thanks for making the most of her math tutoring!
Rhona was a perfect tutor for my son. He really needed someone to take control. Rhona was very organized and got down to business right away. She has an authoritative style but at the same time was very kind and patient. She was very helpful and informative. My son really liked working with her. I truly think she is a perfect match for our needs.
Rhona was wonderful to work with and very thorough. There are very few like her and that is why she is a special individual who is very knowledgeable and has great insight into what is needed for any assignment that passes her way. I would highly recommend her and will use her again if need be.
I would recommend Rhona to any guy who is trying to pass a test or is needs help passing the ASVAB. I'm a step by step learner and Rhona has been teaching me everything I need to know in a way that I would understand it, which is a long process. She has a lot of patience teaching me and can be flexible with you schedule. I have had to move my schedule to a different time the same day of the lesson and she understood and meet up later with me. Thanks Rhona!
The minute I received an original email from Rhona I knew she was the tutor my daughter needs. Her organization, a wide range of knowledge and experience, pleasant and fun manner makes it easy for my daughter to focus and learn. Just after a few sessions I see the positive change in her study interest, understanding of the material and work habits. Rhona is always on time and very easily reachable. After each lesson she emails a detailed review of what was done within that time period. I am finally at ease and confident that my daughter is in good hands.
I had an awesome experience working with Rhona, she showed professionalism, patience, and was knowledgeable in all mathematical areas. She pushed me beyond any other tutor and gave me the confidence necessary to pass the math section on the cbest. I will forever be grateful and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a quality well experienced tutor. Thanks again Rhona!
I worked with Rhona for two months straight for the ASVAB. I was so pleased with my 67. Seriously Rhona has the insight on how this test works. A+++ tutor
Rhonda helped me so much in my asvab prep that I could not have scored so high without her! Initially I was skeptical about this website and the tutors that are on here, but after Rhonda came promptly and on time showing me why she is the best tutor for the job, I felt at ease. Throughout the few weeks of great tutoring leading to my asvab test, she gave me great resources to study on and pointed out my certain weaknesses. She made me comfortable in a test taking situation so that when I took the actual test, I did not sweat one bit. I can't stress enough what a valuable resource she was. She was on time, got straight to the point and most of all very friendly. If I had to take another big test again, I would not think twice on who to call for. Thanks Rhonda! I couldn't have done it without you!
Hi, I recommend Rhona to everyone! She always helps me in reading and writing for my test called CBEST. For example, she corrects the grammar for me on CBEST vocabulary sentences, and she tests me to speak them out verbally. I'm planning to get help on my transfer essays as well. All her students love her!!
I would highly recommend Rhona. At our first phone meeting she asked many questions concerning our needs. She is easy to contact and easy to schedule tutoring sessions. Rhona guided us toward the right direction for our concerns. She is very knowledgeable in her field of tutoring in all subjects. Her experience in the military with ASVAB is a added plus. We saw a good connection and improvement right away.
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Typically for most pre-teen students onwards, Algebra can prove daunting because it moves beyond mere computation and now involves a lot of critical thinking in translating word problems into equations that can be manipulated into workable formulas offering ranges of realistic solutions. Thus, as I work with any student in attaining higher fluency in Math (as the world's most universal language - everybody has to count, after all!) through solid Algebra literacy, I aim to close any learning and practice gaps that a conventional group classroom setting may not always address for individual learners, based on the person's individual dominant learning style (visual, auditory, tactile), to make Algebra more relevant to real-life usage (ex. money, time management) and fun.
I have been in the US Army National Guard since 2008 as a Part-Time Water Treatment Specialist in their Quartermaster Unit.
I passed with ASVAB myself with flying colors (92 out of the perfect score of 100) in June 2008, which is why I immediately qualified to serve in the higher-compensating Critical Skill role of Water Purification.
I have also been teaching various major test preparation classes for Adults (including The Uceda Institute's newest branch in Las Vegas for their GED & ASVAB class, primarily serving Immigrants and Late Life Learners going back to College or for Trade/Licensing Certification Requirements) as well as one-on-one tutoring for GED and ASVAB also for select clients in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Prior to my military vocation, I also passed with flying colors years ago the California Basic Educator Skills Test (CBEST) in 2002 to become a life-long Substitute Teacher for the USA's largest state. From this I have always been exercising my teaching & tutoring skills throughout CA & NV over the years through various public & private organizations.
This is why I come to any client fully experienced & resourceful not just with proven teaching skills, but also w/ great empathy about the real challenges one needs to overcome when taking any major standardized test :)
All that said, I look forward to serving more clients through Wyzant.com who are aiming to join the US Armed Forces and other major law enforcement & government agencies (including major city Police Departments, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, Citizenship, etc.), starting with doing one's very best in major tests such as the ASVAB.***
Practically all of my jobs since my college graduation in 1999 involve managing and developing the Human Resources of any organization (non-profit, for-profit, government, etc.) - including recruitment, retention, and counseling personnel with ongoing training needed to adapt well to rapidly changing times. Thus, having been on both sides of the hiring table (whether as an applicant or as the hiring party), I have developed key insights on what makes an on-target Resume (which is not just a functional biodata, but should be a professional's custom marketing piece competitively justifying why they are best fits for a position), Interview Style (which is supposed to be a mutually insightful, solutions-oriented dialogue), and more.
I earned my lifetime CBEST certification as a State of California multi-subject teacher in 2002, passing all my CBEST subjects on my first try, while I was still working and training as a tutor. Over the years, my CBEST certification has not only helped me in my as-needed work assisting public schools, libraries, and non-profits with their learning programs, but more importantly it also helped me start my own diverse multi-subject tutoring practice catering to K-12 students and even adult learners in both the public and private school setting. Thus, I would be more than happy to help any aspiring teacher earn his/her CBEST credential as a solid first step towards a meaningful teaching/tutoring vocation.
A person's lifetime habits and values when it comes to quality multi-subject learning and work have their start in the K-6 years, and I come to your household armed with CBEST-certified skills, almost 2 decades of both classroom and one-on-one teaching experience in Asia, Europe, and North America, and customized tutoring according to the student's dominant learning style (visual, auditory, and/or tactile), personality, and character.
Given the flexibility of my freelance marketing/media/mentoring practice, I have been able to help many generations and ranges of students across ethnicities, socioeconomic class, and more, may it be for after-school weekday tutoring, weekend refresher/enrichment work, or even homeschooling.
Let's talk and text as soon so we can get to work!
Elementary math is not just about mere computation alone, but more importantly it's also about understanding how to translate word problems into applicable equations and operations. Math is the world's most universal language, so as a tutor I teach the basics with the same creativity and enthusiasm as one would approach learning a new musical instrument or foreign language, while at the same time emphasizing how practical it truly is, for anything from money to cooking and more.
I used to be a part of Mad Science (Radioactive Rhona) and have had to brush up on science for various work assignments, such as when I would help launch new USDA organic or LEED-certified products/services/brands through my freelance Marketing & Media practice, as well as through field work with the US military. Elementary Science will actually require the student (whether K-12 or adult) to apply multiple disciplines, such as Reading Comprehension, Math, and multi-sensory/tactile movements to best understand and use scientific concepts in real life. Thus, whether you plan to be a rocket scientist or just want to apply common sense to everyday chores or problems so you don't have to over-pay anyone to figure out at least basic logical outcomes to physical health, running your car, dealing with a new climate while traveling, cooking with new ingredients, and more, getting thoroughly drilled on scientific concepts and principles is always a plus!
I have had the privilege of learning up close and participating in the government and political affairs of more than one country i.e. my native Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, having been a Far Easter Economic Review Review-In-Education Scholar during my college years and later on working as a Public Opinion Pollster for political organizations; my adopted home country of the USA, where as a TV producer and soldier, I have been thoroughly exposed to both the civilian and military sides of governance; and even witnessing the European Union Parliamentary elections during my cultural exchange program stint to the Republic of Ireland, so coupling this engaging lifetime practical experience with the academic foundations I got as a Development Studies graduate (double-majoring in Sociology and Economics), I aim to make any serious student more grounded in understanding Government and Politics as a truly interactive subject.
A child's character, lifetime work ethic, and even quality friendships are molded not necessarily in college, but at the K-12 level, which is why for families who fortunately have the means and foresight to do so, investing in placing your children in ISEE-accredited schools is an added edge. I am a certified teacher who happens to be a product of world-class private schools myself (as well as being a stepmom to children who attend a wide range of them). I have helped many families over the years prepare their children not only for the ISEE, but also for the unique demands and challenges of quality private schools like Campbell Hall, Army and Navy Academy, and the like. I thus look forward to getting to know your children and work with your family to strategically prepare them for the well-rounded education ISEE-accredited schools have to offer.
For someone like me who has relatively awful handwriting (thanks to past carpal tunnel syndrome issues) yet still has to effectively and efficiently use Word Processing to get work competitively done in my freelance Marketing and Media career, I have learned over time to make the most out of MS Word without injuring myself further, so I am open to helping others out there who are not as familiar or comfortable with MS Word to make the most out of it too.
Pre-Algebra competency applies not just to middle schoolers, but even to teens and adults looking to move on in academic and professional lives as they have to be better armed to translate real life word problems into workable equations and solutions, so I am here to help make it fun and effective for anyone.
Whether you need to present your graduate school dissertation, prepare for a panel job interview, speak at a town hall meeting or any similar public assembly (ex. church gathering, parent-teacher association meetings, etc.), make a live or taped televised appearance, or even just preparing to give a wedding toast, being organized and engaging in your public speaking skills is a must!
My own public speaking training first started when I was very young - having been educated in a K-12 school well-known for producing public figures in media broadcasting, politics, and the like as alumni (including broadcast journalists now seen reporting for CNBC, ABC, etc.), then also learning from Toastmasters International as I took on more leadership positions leading student business organizations and representing my university and country at various international conferences.
As I started to work full-time in the Marketing and Public Relations field in Asia (Harris Polls, Livewire Productions) and the USA (independent TV and Webcast productions geared towards Investor Relations, Recruitment, and Sales/Marketing with DirecTV, Dish, CNBC, Ion, Oxygen, etc.; prepping CEO's presenting their talks at various Las Vegas trade shows and conventions such as in CES, NAB, etc.), it has always been part of my managerial duties to help clients research, draft, edit (with interactive feedback from test audiences), and present their speeches while also helping them think of their feet in case of any surprising Q&A's that may emerge.
I have had to speak in public in various languages (my native Tagalog/Pilipino and English) for various audiences, and have adapted the multi-sensory theoretical teaching techniques I have learned from past teaching mentors (alumni from University of Michigan, CSUN, Azusa Pacific University, University of Chicago, etc.) with the practical real-time, social media-friendly techniques I have picked up from various jobs I have held in Marketing, Media, Education, and even my military experience.
So, whatever the topic is, whatever your intended audience, and whatever your personality type, I am reasonably confident I can help any budding public speaker to maximize the latest cutting-edge multi-media technologies (nowadays a lot of people have to speak while using PowerPoint, Prezi, even reading off teleprompters to maximize airtime and minimize mistakes that may lead to anything from innocent misunderstandings to out right lawsuits) alongside tried-and-true psychological and writing techniques to prepare for any public speaking opportunity.
I learned first hand to be a Reading tutor specifically for adults when I volunteered at the Pasadena Public Library years ago, and over time I have also extended my one-on-one reading tutoring practice to children, so this way anyone will not have to be left out or left behind in reading literacy that is crucial to academics, work, and quality of life enjoyment. I am aware that those who struggle with reading (especially in the at times confusing sight word-ridden English language) need discreet help, since our fast-paced multi-media society may at times tend to not have the patience or understanding with those who still need some extra reading help, so consider me your trusted effective and efficient reading tutor so you won't have to feel odd or frustrated at all in being a better and happier reader.
I was educated for 18 years in liberal Roman Catholic schools under the Augustinian and Jesuit orders (learning about every Worship, Moral, and Doctrine aspect of the Roman Catholic Church even beyond Vatican II encyclicals) while at the same time being active as a Sunday School student and teacher in the Presbyterian Church (maximizing my knowledge of various major Protestant and evangelical sects in the Worldwide Council of Churches based in Geneva, Switzerland), and had even served as a Church Contact Coordinator for an international non-denominational Christian non-profit (TeachOverseas.Org), and through my personal & professional life have been exposed thoroughly to other major world religions, such as Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Animism, etc., such as for example through my continuing volunteer work as an Arts Council President at California's Pacific Asia Museum (one of only 4 North American institutions solely devoted of Asian and Pacific Islander culture), so I am eager to share with others who have never had a Religion or Theology class in their life more academic and intuitive insight into matters of different confessions of faith.
The first academic competition I ever won was way back in 2nd grade when I won my school's spelling bee, taking on the many challenging English sight words around. Over the years, I have further cultivated my spelling skills by extensive multi-disciplinary reading and constantly applying these skills to my diverse career in Marketing, Media, and Education - fields where misspellings are obviously never tolerated. Practicing proper spelling signifies that a student or professional has the maturity and discipline to express oneself and understand other's written work in clear and concise context, so I look forward to working with motivated students who need and want to cultivate their spelling skills, so one never needs to be at the mercy of flawed machine-driven spell check alone.
I have a lifetime CBEST Certification as a K-12 Substitute Teacher. Studying - the ability to meaningfully process, for long-term memory use (including, but not limited to: standardized academic or professional certification testing; preparing for major interviews; transitioning into new careers or organizational cultures; etc.), large quantities of complex layers of qualitative information within limited amounts of time, space, and other resources - is a skill that not only applies to K-12 or college/university students, but also to working adults who have to competitively keep up with the rapidly changing times, in terms of constantly upgraded skills and knowledge needed to stay relevant and ahead in one's industry. Most individuals have a dominant learning style (visual, auditory, and/or tactile) and effective studying involves recognizing one's dominant learning style and other environmental factors first, so one can creatively sustain the studying process even under pressure and distractions. Today's wide range of mobile on-demand information technology plus old-school brick-and-mortar studying tools and methods can be customized for any person to learn at even paces as needed, so I look forward to helping any motivated learner upgrade and adapt their study skills as needed.
I have learned and even in my own way participated in World History both inside and outside the classroom on three continents (Asia, Europe, North America) all my life, and have always made it fun for my one-on-one students using my proven story-telling skills as a Marketing and Media producer, so feel free to call on me to fill in the gaps and help you express your own critical thoughts on World History in very effective ways!
Writing in the English language for either creative or technical purposes can be daunting for anyone, may they be home-grown Americans or ESL learners, given the evolving rules behind such (ex. MLA, APA) and the growth of information technology and social media that has its own emerging protocols and mores that may prove confusing. Thus, as someone who is a Marketing and Media professional of proven cross-cultural and multi-industry competency, I am here to help anyone make writing less of a dreaded chore, and more of a fun worthwhile task that comes with everyday learning and life.
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