Erica W.

Oakland, CA


Effective English and Spanish Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 1/13/15

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UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley

About Erica

I have a passion for tutoring and for providing academic support to students K-12th grade. In the past, I have had experience working in after school programs tutoring students k-3rd grade in all subjects, and most recently have worked with high school students, including students with special needs. During my time at UC Berkeley, I volunteered a couple of hours a week at the writing center helping out other fellow peers with some of their papers for subjects within the majors of Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology and English Literature. While working on my degree, I also spent six months in Argentina (my native country) studying abroad, and got to expand my tutoring skills further by working with people of all ages and walks of life as an English Instructor. I primarily worked with students 6th-12th grade and college students (ages ranged from 18-50).

In addition to academic support, I focus on developing successful study/homework skills. Organization and prioritization are just as important as understanding the content of the subject of study. I provide tips and guidelines as to how to approach a project, understanding what it entails--what one is being asked to do, and seeing it through until completion. I believe that embracing healthy study skills will not only make the subject a bit easier to tackle, but also help a student develop more self confidence in their work and ability.

My academic areas of strength include English (writing/reading/grammar), Spanish (I am a native speaker), and World History (with an emphasis on US history). I also feel very comfortable tutoring Science and Math for grades k-8th. Doing your work can be fun! Let's work together to understand it and get it done!
I have a passion for tutoring and for providing academic support to students K-12th grade. In the past, I have had experience working in after school programs tutoring students k-3rd grade in all subjects, and most recently have worked with high school students, including students with Read more

24 hours notice required

$65 hourly rate when working with students that have special needs.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Oakland, CA 94610
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Elementary Math
Anthropology, Archaeology
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Cosmetology
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Autism
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I have experience working with high school students diagnosed with autism on all subjects, with an emphasis on English (developing critical thinking skills, vocabulary & grammar), Spanish 1-4, US History, Government and Politics. In addition, I provided assistance with fostering organizational and prioritizing skills.


I currently work with a nonprofit organization twice a week teaching basic English skills to some of the workforce whose first language is not English. The majority of the people I work with are native Spanish speakers with the exception of two who speak Cantonese. It's been almost a year now, and it is truly gratifying to see how much some people have improved. Being able to help people develop confidence in a new language is one of my passions. I love what I do and would love to be able to be of service.

Public Speaking

I have eight years of experience in public speaking skills. Public speaking relates to preparing information to be presented in front of an audience. My experience entails numerous hours of public speaking - presenting work in an office/professional work environment (PowerPoint presentations) as well as in an educational setting (presenting my own written work in lectures). As a tutor, I would prep a student with different techniques and methods to help develop effective presentation/communication skills. Some of these techniques include: reading out loud, expanding vocabulary, recording & playback, and practicing in front of a mirror. In my previous role as an English Instructor, I helped many students overcome fears about public speaking by developing fun exercises and working in different techniques to promote effective public speaking and presentation skills.


I have experience working with elementary and middle school aged children in developing reading and English comprehension skills. My method includes establishing monitoring comprehension-an assessment that allows me to see what children do and do not understand from a passage that is given to them to read, incorporating metacognitive strategies to teach students how to think about and have control over what they read, using graphic and semantic organizers to teach children how to organize the ideas being read, summarizing passages, and encouraging the ability to generate and answer questions based on the reading. All of these methods combined have proven to be very effective in helping children further develop reading and English comprehension skills.


I am a native Spanish-speaker. While in high school, I enrolled in a native Spanish class in order to reinforce what I already knew, as well as refresh my grammar skills. Since college, I have tutored in Spanish on and off. In the past two years, I have tutored one to three students at a time in high school and college level Spanish courses.

Study Skills

I have several years of experience developing effective study skills. I have incorporated different methods and techniques in my own academic career, as well as with the students I have tutored throughout the years. Study skills entail learning time-management, how to be better organized, how to prioritize, how to create outlines/notes for written work and overall how to stay focused on any one given project and seeing it through until the end--staying focused on the process.

UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$65 hourly rate when working with students that have special needs.

Travel policy

Erica will travel within 10 miles of Oakland, CA 94610.