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U of San Diego (Accounting)
UNC Chapel Hill (Master's)
Although I'm a recent returnee to Southern California, I've taught for over 20 years, a career that began by accident when I tutored both math and English at the University of San Diego. I worked in the math lab and the writing center, the former for work-study money and the latter for credits. I finished my degree in business and tried the accounting field briefly, but my heart was in teaching.
I've taught all levels of math and Spanish in secondary schools, with some experience in middle school and universities (including being a teaching fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill). While I have a thorough knowledge of the material, it's even more important that I have experience in seeing how students think and reacting and crafting lessons and explanations accordingly. I never teach "in a vacuum," meaning that wherever possible and appropriate I tie in the current knowledge with previous topics and with an eye to the future.
Just this past year I tutored groups of students in SAT preparation, both in math and verbal, and a few years ago I tutored English for an organization in San Diego. Altogether, I've been tutoring for standardized tests for 30 years and know the patterns and concepts that are tested quite thoroughly. I am confident that I can get the material across in simplified, understandable, fashion.
Final note: I am usually available one or both weekend days. Although I'm a recent returnee to Southern California, I've taught for over 20 years, a career that began by accident when I tutored both math and English at the University of San Diego. I worked in the math lab and the … Read more
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Mark made such a difference for us. In a short amount of time he had my son able to pass the Mira Costa Algebra Placement exam the first time. He saw other tutors but having someone relaxed who made him feel capable and confident made all the difference. It's not just about the content, it's about being motivated to keep going and that's what Mark brings to the table. We'll definitely use him again for the upcoming algebra class.
When Mark left my daughter said he was the first tutor that really explained things. She wants to have him back!
He helped me understand that knowing short cuts in math will help me be more successful on the SAT. Mark is energetic, which helped me pay attention. He made learning fun.
Mark has amazing methods of test taking and school studying in general. After only a few short lessons I already feel like I'm improving.
Gives great SAT strategies in short order. My teen son related well to him. Animated style holds his attention. Very encouraging and builds confidence.
Mark helped my son with ACT/SAT prep. He gave great test taking tips, and made my son who isn't a great student or test taker feel that he can really improve his score. I absolutely was so impressed after only one class.
Mark taught my son exactly what he had asked for. My son has expressed disappointment with tutors in the past but Mark established a good rapport with him, and my son would like to see him again
Great first visit. Our son was visibly relieved after the session with Mark. Mark has already figured out how our son thinks and how best to help him understand the material. He is looking forward to meeting with Mark again next Tuesday. Thank you.
Mark has been very helpful in preparing my daughter for the SAT! He has a lot of test taking strategies and she is feeling more confident about it now.
Engaged Mark's services for remedial work in prep for SAT. He quickly established a rapport with our grandson which permitted correction of the existing blocks promptly. We highly recommend him.
It was great to have Mark back after the summer break. My daughter requested him because of his great ability to help her understand and his enthusiasm!!
My son enjoys learning geometry with Mark. At the completion of his lesson he is interested in scheduling the next lesson. Very positive experience.
This was our first time using a tutor so we were a little unsure what to expect. Mark was prompt and easy to talk to. My son seemed to understand the lesson and appreciated Mark's willingness to patiently explain the basic concepts of Geometry. Of course we will need to see how our son can now apply these concepts to his work. I'm hoping that there will be a little less apprehension and a lot more understanding.
Mark has worked with my daughter and her two friends to prepare for their calculus exams. Their teacher told them quite openly at the beginning of the year that she would not teach them the material but will expect them to figure the work out for themselves. After working with Mark, these girls' eyes were opened and they all clear on all of their math, acing their final semester exam.
Mark connected with the girls very well, added a little humor, and made them feel comfortable. He knows his subject extremely well and most importantly, he broke it down for them so that they almost knew it as well as he did by the time they left. I would recommend to anyone with a challenge.
Mark has been extremely encouraging in helping my daughter to better her ACT score. He takes much of the mystique out of the test which allows for more relaxed test taking. We are hopeful that this will translate into better scores!
Mark works really well with my 13 year old son for Honors Algebra. He knows how to explain concepts and methods of solving the problems in a way that makes the subject interesting.
Mark was great. He helped prepare my son to take the SAT for the first time. Mark really connected with my son and kept him motivated. I would highly recommend Mark!
Mark is a great tutor who is very positive and works well with teenagers. We recommend him to anyone who is looking for help -- we are grateful for his time and commitment!
Mark is a wonderful tutor for all aspects of the SAT. I was initially looking for a SAT Math tutor only but ended up using his skills to help me improve for the entire SAT. I will miss being tutored by him and know my score will reflect the effort he put into our sessions. I highly recommend selecting Mark as your tutor! You will not be disappointed!
Mark has been an excellent tutor for my son, he has been patient, and most of all encouraging. His enthusiasm for learning and making things "easy" has been very beneficial. He has also been very accessible. My son has a fantastic memory, and had memorized his way through school. Mark is now helping him to understand "why" things are the way they are in Math. Now that is learning!!!
Mark is a very well rounded and great tutor that knows the in's and out's of the SAT and ACT. His teachings and simplistic ideas for math make the math section more doable and easier for the students. His passion and commitment for the students to succeed is through the roof. He doesn't let the students get lazy and is pushing them to do their very best. Tutoring sessions are never boring because he keeps the students entertained and always working. Mark is an awesome tutor that will accommodate every student's needs and does his very best to achieve their ultimate goal.
Mark has done a great job preparing my son for his upcoming ACT Test Saturday, 9/21/13. They both have worked hard over the past month and I'm confident his score will reflect their efforts! We will continue to utilize Mark's tutoring talents to achieve his goals.
Thank you Mark! I am so impressed how you connected with my son. He has in the past been resistant to tutoring, but sure seems happy with your instruction. Thanks again!
Mark is very good at explaining how two seemingly different problems can be solved the exact same way. He's good at showing how to solve a problem the fastest way possible avoiding calculator use when not necessary. Mark is very energetic and patient and he's good at not only teaching how to solve a problem, but to use prior knowledge and apply it to different problems.
Mark worked with an adult ESL student on the skills needed to pass the difficult TOEFL test, a requirement for graduation at Tech de Monterrey. He established immediate rapport, using humor and his ability to converse in the student's native language. His knowledge of the test requirements and his skills as a grammarian were evident immediately, and not one precious moment was wasted during the sessions. His ability to explain concepts in Spanish and relating the two languages made a real impact in the time at which new concepts were absorbed. The student's confidence was built tremendously through the positive input given by this personable, and talented tutor. We were so fortunate to have found Mark!
Mark did an excellent job with my son reviewing for a quiz and helping him solve the problems. He gives good feedback to the parents also.
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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.
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