Over 200 tutoring hours

Emma P.

Oakland, CA

$65/hour

Painless Test Prep & Academics

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 6/19/14
5.0 average from 92 ratings
Understanding, Nice, Funny and Very Helpful
— Julie, Oakland, CA on 1/16/16

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UC Berkeley
Economics

Education

UC Berkeley (Economics)

About Emma

Being a teenager is hard work these days. High school students are often overwhelmed by classes and extracurriculars and crunched for time. Getting the grades and test scores that will catapult them to college (and the world beyond) is a major stress point. That's where I come in!

My own great SAT scores took me to UC Berkeley, where I graduated with honors. I spent seven years working for premiere test prep companies, so I am well-trained in SAT/ACT techniques and have coached dozens of students to big score increases. I am especially effective working with students with test anxiety, a very common problem in taking college entrance exams.

I also tutor a wide range of academic subjects, breaking down concepts into bite-sized pieces and honoring the pace at which the student needs to work. Many students say I helped them finally grasp subjects they never understood in school, from coordinate geometry to pronoun use. I truly enjoy working with teenagers, so they tend to enjoy working with me, too. I meet with most of my students at my quiet home office in Oakland, which makes an ideal work environment.

I develop real rapport with students, helping them identify their goals and find internal motivation. Preparing for a standardized test can be a drag. But working from the student's own motivators makes the process painless! I don't just tutor kids to better grades and scores. I mentor them so they can reach their potential beyond the test.

Contact me for a free initial consultation so we can discuss your needs and get you on track!
Being a teenager is hard work these days. High school students are often overwhelmed by classes and extracurriculars and crunched for time. Getting the grades and test scores that will catapult them to college (and the world beyond) is a major stress point. That's where I come in!

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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I provide sliding scale rates for families who cannot afford to pay full price.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94602
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Understanding, Nice, Funny and Very Helpful"

- Julie, Oakland, CA on 1/16/16

"Patient and Skillful Tutor"

- Michelle, Walnut Creek, CA on 11/16/15

"Knowledgable and friendly"

- Molly, Union City, CA on 11/5/15

"Great ACT Review"

- Phil, Oakland, CA on 10/14/15

"Very patient..."

- Charles, Oakland, CA on 2/6/15

"Very patient, kind and smart!"

- Skylier, Oakland, CA on 2/5/15

"Great tutor!"

- Toni, Alameda, CA on 12/30/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Statistics
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, College Counseling,
COOP/HSPT,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
History:
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I have been tutoring test prep for seven years and ACT math is something I particularly love to teach. As one who once struggled with math myself, I am able to understand where students tend to get stuck. Along my journey to mastering algebra and geometry I learned some great methods for understanding math. These techniques have proven very helpful for students who do not find math intuitive.

ACT Reading

The Reading passages on the ACT present a tremendous timing & comprehension challenge for most students. Over many years of test prep tutoring I have developed successful strategies for maximizing accuracy within the time constraints.

Algebra 1

Algebra is a tough subject for many kids. A student of mine once said, "Letters just don't belong in math!" As one who struggled with math in school myself, I am able to understand where students tend to get stuck. Along my journey to mastering algebra I learned some great methods for understanding it. These techniques have proven very helpful for students who do not find math intuitive.

College Counseling

Since I've had a lot of success as a test prep tutor, many families have requested that I also work with students on college application essays. This has given me the wonderful opportunity to help students express themselves effectively in writing so that they can get into their dream schools! I know how to bring out the best in student writing without stifling the student's own voice. As someone with much experience working for publications, I'm also a crack proofreader.

COOP/HSPT

I specialize in test prep and have tutored high school entrance exams for several years. Eighth graders are usually new to such rigorous testing, so I try to ease them into the material gently. My HSPT/COOP/SSAT students see big score increases and often choose to continue working with me as they navigate high school.

English

When I was in school, English was my favorite subject. I'm passionate about reading and writing, and I think my enthusiasm is infectious. (Although my students occasionally tease me about it!) I have helped students with grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading comprehension and literary analysis. I have experience working with non-native English speakers as well.

Geometry

I have worked with many students who just don't "get" geometry when they learn it in school. This is a subject that really benefits from one-on-one explanations. Each student's mind works a bit differently, and spatial reasoning combined with math can be very challenging. I tailor my teaching to that particular student's way of learning about new concepts like shapes, planes and axes.

Grammar

Grammar is a specialty of mine, and my greatest nerdy passion. Because I enjoy it so much myself I am able to get students enthused about grammar in ways they never thought possible!

SAT Math

I have been tutoring test prep for seven years and SAT math is something I particularly love to teach. As someone who once struggled with math myself, I am particularly able to understand where students tend to get stuck. It took me many years to truly grasp algebra and geometry, and along the way I've learned a lot of great techniques for getting math concepts, useful for those who do not find math intuitive.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading was the first subject I began tutoring back in 2006, so I know the material very well. This part of the SAT is unlike the tests students usually see in school, so it requires some adaptation and new skills. Timing is crucial to success in this section, so I always have my students first learn the techniques and then gradually build speed in working through passages.

Writing

I have been tutoring writing skills for five years, working with teens and adults on college application essays, school essays and professional cover letters. I encourage students to find their own written voices, helping them express themselves more effectively. I am also a great proofreader, spotting usage errors and explaining how to fix them.

UC Berkeley
Economics

Education

UC Berkeley (Economics)

Understanding, Nice, Funny and Very Helpful — That’s how my daughter describes Emma. My daughter was *very* opposed to having a tutor but, after her first lesson with Emma, without any hesitation she agreed to more sessions. Emma has a calm persona that translates into a non-stressful learning environment. This is imperative for my daughter who gets anxious and nervous when she stumbles as she perceives that she is being judged. This bein ...

— Julie, Oakland, CA on 1/16/16

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I provide sliding scale rates for families who cannot afford to pay full price.

Travel policy

Emma will travel within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94602.