Over 1250 tutoring hours

Mark V.

Oceanside, CA


Expert Tutor for Spanish, Math, English, Writing, SAT, and ACT

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 3/14/14
4.9 average from 483 ratings
Nothing short of Amazing
— Rosey, Chicago, IL on 2/4/16


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U of San Diego
UNC Chapel Hill


U of San Diego (Accounting)

UNC Chapel Hill (Master's)

About Mark

Although my educational journey started some time ago, it’s never been more enjoyable. Along the way I’ve studied and earned degrees in Business (BBA), Spanish (BA), and Romance Language Philology (MA, Spanish concentration).

As I tracked my way toward and beyond degrees, I did a lot of tutoring, starting at the University of San Diego (math and writing labs); since then, I’ve continually applied principles that have worked within and across subjects, even as I was studying courses, such as Western Civilization.

Decades of teaching full-time, some part-time, and lots of tutoring--always--have me becoming a better teacher every day, since I’m always learning and refining. What that brings to you (or the person you have being tutored) is unmatched experience, breadth, and depth of expertise across a host of subjects. When you mix unmatched enthusiasm--just read some reviews--the student ends up with a session packed with things that -simplify- the material and studying.

Are these things missing from the classroom? Is there any teaching left in schools?

Wherever I tutor, the story is roughly the same: the “teacher” takes attendance and puts up a presentation; the students take snapshots of what’s on the screen or board; and the students break into groups to figure it all out. The “teacher?” Oh, s/he is reading the paper. And if you ask for help? Oh, there are tons of brilliant, exciting, online resources sure to dazzle and educate with no effort.

It’s not working, is it?

As has usually been the case in education, the key is to teach -how- to think, much more so than -what- to think. Included in “how to think” is using simple, reliable techniques that work all the time, make the student better, help the student study, and --oh, yeah-- save time.

In order to be the most professional educator I can be, I believe I must be a perpetual student, have real enthusiasm, and care. Within the “student” category, I’m always on the lookout for simpler expressions and technique, always open to how the student is thinking, and always ready to deconstruct something and see how it works.

If you’re ready to really learn something, practice, and make your life easier in a host of subjects, contact me, and we’ll see if there’s a good fit.

If the subject you're working on is Spanish, I assure you that I have native-like fluency and am expert in teaching grammar, pronunciation, writing, and such.
Although my educational journey started some time ago, it’s never been more enjoyable. Along the way I’ve studied and earned degrees in Business (BBA), Spanish (BA), and Romance Read more

5 hours notice required

Group rates depend on the number of students in the group.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Oceanside, CA 92057
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Nothing short of Amazing"

- Rosey, Chicago, IL on 2/4/16

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Teresa, San Marcos, CA on 1/9/17

"Positive attitude and knowledgeable"

- Augustin, Vista, CA on 12/9/16

"Improving English Comprehension and Pronunciation"

- Fr. Sharbel, Escondido, CA on 11/8/15


- Deborah, Oceanside, CA on 10/12/15

"A knowledgable and enthusiastic tutor"

- Lynda, San Marcos, CA on 10/10/15

"Engaging and Patient"

- Anne, Vista, CA on 10/5/15


- Matt, Fallbrook, CA on 8/25/15

"Amazing Methods"

- Kenny, Escondido, CA on 8/19/15

"Great SAT prep!"

- Hali, Carlsbad, CA on 6/27/15

"Mark was awesome! Great energy, knowledgeable, and got my son excited to learn!"

- Joan, Carlsbad, CA on 6/21/15

"Great for my 15 year old son"

- Lindi, Solana Beach, CA on 6/1/15

"Great first visit"

- Julie, Carlsbad, CA on 2/25/15

"Very Helpful!"

- Dana, Carlsbad, CA on 11/13/14

"Effective, no-nonsense tutor"

- Lynn, San Marcos, CA on 10/17/14

"Great tutor"

- Rhonda, Encinitas, CA on 9/15/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- John, Fallbrook, CA on 5/7/14

"Patient Tutor"

- Lane, Carlsbad, CA on 4/22/14

"Outstanding Connection"

- Genesis, Lake Elsinore, CA on 4/8/14

"Very Encouraging"

- Carolyn, Fallbrook, CA on 4/7/14

"Great tutor!"

- Anita, Encinitas, CA on 3/31/14

"Great Tutor"

- Karen, Vista, CA on 2/5/14

"Hire this man!"

- Leslie, Encinitas, CA on 12/19/13

"A patient and great tutor!"

- Ray, Temecula, CA on 12/5/13


- Austin, San Diego, CA on 11/2/13


- Veronica, San Diego, CA on 9/22/13

"Great tutor"

- ZOE, San Marcos, CA on 9/20/13

"Great start"

- Sheree, Oceanside, CA on 9/18/13

"Very good at explaining"

- Eli, San Diego, CA on 9/11/13

"One fabulous teacher!"

- Bonnie, Vista, CA on 8/2/13

"Excellent Teacher"

- Nancy, Escondido, CA on 5/8/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
American History, Geography
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary

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.


I've done all sorts of professional writing, including sports, opinion, eulogy, school, and linguistic. What they all have in common is that using the right process eliminates writer's block, which shouldn't exist.

And I show it.


I spent two seasons as an assistant JV coach under a former PGA tour professional. He asked me back for another season after the first, so I believe his recommendation would be solid.


I've been doing precalculus successfully for over 30 years, and by "successfully" I mean that I understand it simply and thoroughly, get it across well, and tailor explanations to modes of thinking.

SAT Writing

I've been tutoring for the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests for 30 years, keeping up with the changes.

What's exciting for me is that the same approaches and techniques for the test should be applied for multiple subjects in school.

There are no "tricks." I help simplify and amplify a lot of a student's academic work.


I have a master's in the language, am absolutely fluent, and have experience teaching every level.

As a student, observer, co-director, and director, I've been part of 12 study abroad programs. For one with colleagues in Spain, the Director of International Programs said that my students speak better Spanish than any other student group that visits.

U of San Diego
UNC Chapel Hill


U of San Diego (Accounting)

UNC Chapel Hill (Master's)

Nothing short of Amazing — My son was beyond thrilled with the first tutoring session with Mark. He told me after he left, that it was the best Tutoring session he has ever had! Of course I was thrilled to hear that! My son said he learned so much from Mark and that he wishes his teachers at school were as good as him. He asked me right away to book another session with Mark. I am in awe at the level of passion and dedicati ...

— Rosey, Chicago, IL on 2/4/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Group rates depend on the number of students in the group.

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 30 miles of Oceanside, CA 92057.