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Menaka M.

Oakland, CA

$90/hour

Dynamic, experienced tutor w/ PhD! *SAT/ACT/GRE/writing*

200+ Hours
5.0 average from 109 ratings
Best tutor I have ever had!
— Vika, Arlington, VA on 12/2/14

$90/Hour


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University of California
B.A., Int'l Studies
University of Miami
Master's
University of Miami
PhD

Education

University of California (B.A., Int'l Studies)

University of Miami (Master's)

University of Miami (PhD)

About Menaka

I have nearly 15 years of experience with tutoring, teaching, and training. As a result, I am comfortable interacting with many audiences (including students from primary to university levels, parents, teachers and professors, and candidates for public office) on many subjects (such as math, critical reading, essay composition, data analysis, public policy, and political economy).

I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. At the University of Miami, I taught undergraduate classes as a Teaching Assistant (in an existing introductory course) and as a Lecturer (in a new course I designed and taught independently). Other professional teaching experiences include curriculum development workshops for Miami-Dade public school teachers and policy training workshops in a governmental setting.

Throughout the years I have developed a dynamic personal teaching style that balances encouragement and toughness. I observe and interact with my students to diagnose and correct areas of confusion, provide clear explanations and examples, and engage and challenge students to reach their highest potential through practice. When preparing students for standardized tests, I ensure that students learn, practice, and apply test-taking strategies to achieve results on test day. Finally, I take care to work with parents and teachers in a professional and productive manner. In the past, parents have told me that their child learned more in our sessions than in school and that their child's confidence and work ethic improved over time in response to my teaching style. University student reviews praised my ability to inspire interest in the topic, my emphasis on understanding and critical thinking, and my personal demeanor.

My passion for education is evident not only in my teaching endeavors, but also in my own academic career. I pursued higher education at strong institutions and committed myself fully to learning. I earned a B.A. from the University of California and received a full tuition scholarship and Research/Teaching Assistantship to complete my M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Miami. I finished course requirements with high marks (GPA: 3.98) and successfully defended my doctoral dissertation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutor profile. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you or your son/daughter. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
I have nearly 15 years of experience with tutoring, teaching, and training. As a result, I am comfortable interacting with many audiences (including students from primary to university levels, parents, teachers and professors, and candidates for public office) on many subjects (such as math, critical reading, essay composition, data analysis, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Online lessons: 1 hour minimum. In person lessons at a public location: 1.5 hour minimum. *Add $15/hr. for in-home tutoring

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94611
Background Check: Passed

"Best tutor I have ever had!"

- Vika, Arlington, VA on 12/2/14

"Helpful."

- Max, Oakland, CA on 2/19/16

"Highly recommended!"

- Kim, San Francisco, CA on 2/19/16

"Fantastic!"

- B., San Francisco, CA on 10/17/15

"Always prepared"

- Jennie, Brighton, CO on 9/29/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Sara, San Francisco, CA on 9/26/15

"Patient and responsive!"

- Jeff, Alexandria, VA on 3/1/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Geometry, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
History:
Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Reading, Spelling, Writing
Business:
Economics, ESL/ESOL, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Writing

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience as a volunteer afterschool tutor for elementary school students. I also taught an afterschool SSAT middle school class to a group of 20-30 students. My teaching style is encouraging and creative. I use tactile teaching methods when appropriate in math lessons, which I have found especially effective in working with younger students. In reading, writing, and spelling I come up with games and activities to keep students engaged and improve retention.

SAT Math

I have a PhD and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. I have also taught classes at the undergraduate level.
I have worked with over 100 students on standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Writing

-15 years of tutoring experience
-Research/writing coach and editor for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students

University of California
B.A., Int'l Studies
University of Miami
Master's
University of Miami
PhD

Education

University of California (B.A., Int'l Studies)

University of Miami (Master's)

University of Miami (PhD)

Best tutor I have ever had!

Menaka is an excellent tutor, and I would recommend her to anyone. I needed help boosting my GRE math score and we worked together for two months, created an in depth plan, and met two times a week until my test. She found a convenient meeting place and was on time and was easily reachable. I increased my score by 6 points and enjoyed my time with Menaka. She is friendly, patient, and a creati

— Vika, Arlington, VA on 12/2/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Online lessons: 1 hour minimum. In person lessons at a public location: 1.5 hour minimum. *Add $15/hr. for in-home tutoring

Travel policy

Menaka will travel within 5 miles of Oakland, CA 94611.