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Rene R.

Palmdale, CA

$25/hour

Experienced Math / English with a B.A. from Berkeley

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/28/16
5.0 average from 15 ratings
Very patient and understanding
— Gabriel, Palmdale, CA on 7/8/17

$25/Hour


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B.A. UC Berkeley
English
Antelope Valley College AA Degree
Other

Education

B.A. UC Berkeley (English)

Antelope Valley College AA Degree (Other)

About Rene

Hello everyone,

I am a recent Berkeley graduate Cum Laude with a Degree in English. My passion is tutoring English and Math because I believe in the power of education and its ability to inspire lives for the better. I have tutored Math and English for the past four years at Antelope Valley College and the University of California Berkeley. During my fours years, I have taken courses on how to effectively teach students to remember and understand challenging material. I have tutored disabled students, undocumented ESL students who only spoke Spanish (I am fluent in Spanish), gifted students, and at risk youth. Working with a diverse set of students taught me that each tutee has a specific set of needs and preferences, and I adjusted my tutoring style accordingly to each of my students’ needs. As a result, I learned a wide range of teaching methods based on a student’s academic and motivational level. With this diverse tutoring experience, I developed into a very communicative, organized, punctual, and devoted tutor.

At Antelope Valley College, I was an in-class math tutor, working with students of all levels in elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, and algebra. There, I engaged with students one on one with clear explanations and practical examples. I adjusted my tutoring style accordingly depending on what students’ preferred. If a student was having trouble grasping the material then I would slow down the pace, show them an example and not bombard them with information. On the contrary, if a student understood the basic concept, I would challenge them and push their knowledge so they would be prepared for more complex versions of the material. As a result, I won the best math tutor award for the 2013 Fall semester. At University of California Berkeley, I worked with elementary, middle school, and high school students all in different levels of algebra. This experience gave me the opportunity to further perfect my tutoring skills as I helped children to reach their academic goals. During this time, I perfected my elementary math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2 skills. program where I helped

Also at Antelope Valley College, I became a very effective English tutor for my college peers. I worked one on one with students with their essays. Depending on which stage my students were in the writing process. If they were in the early stages of writing, I helped them brainstorm ideas, develop a precise thesis that will allow them to create smooth transitional sentences. If they were in latter stages of their essay, I edited their drafts to correct grammatical errors and improve the cohesiveness of their papers.

While achieving my BA in English at UC Berkeley, I continued to refine my English skills, and I landed a job for the university’s newspaper, The Daily Californian. There, I edited articles written by other Berkeley students from a wide range of topics from college sports to groundbreaking research. Reading over ten to fifteen articles a week gave me the invaluable opportunity to perfect my grammatical and writing skills. With that, I tutored other Berkeley students' on their papers. I helped them accordingly depending on which stage they were in the writing process of their essays.

Tutoring Math and English for the past four years has been an incredible experience, helping students reach their academic goals and seeing the joy of fulfillment on their faces reminds me why I love tutoring. I believe Wyzant will give me the opportunity to work with more students who may be confused or discouraged to study a particular subject. From my experience and expertise, I believe I can bring a student into the light and show them the treasures and opportunities that could be unlocked with the power of education. I am excited to work with what I love, English and Math. I am looking forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading my profile.
Hello everyone,

I am a recent Berkeley graduate Cum Laude with a Degree in English. My passion is tutoring English and Math because I believe in the power of education and its ability to inspire lives for the better. I have tutored Math and English for the past four years at Antelope Valley College and the University of California
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Palmdale, CA 93550
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very patient and understanding"

- Gabriel, Palmdale, CA on 7/8/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Antoinette, Palmdale, CA on 4/22/17
English:
Grammar
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar

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Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra 1 to middle schoolers and underperforming high schoolers for the past four years at my community college and university. In 2013, I was named the best math tutor of the year due to my effective tutoring approach. Regardless of age and academic performance, I review the entire lesson with each student at their preferred pace, and I will not proceed to the next concept until they understand the first concept completely.

Algebra 2

I have tutored Algebra 2 to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students for the past four years at my community college and university. At Antelope Valley College, I helped many underperforming students from all ages. Many of them succeeded in their classes and as a result in 2013 I was named the best math tutor of the year. At UC Berkeley, I volunteered for a teaching program, and I continued my same teaching approach. I taught many students the fundamentals of Algebra 2 at their preferred pace, and I would only move on to more complicated subjects until they were ready. Fortunately, many students liked my approach and all of them excelled in their Algebra 2 classes.

Elementary Math

As an in-class math tutor at Antelope Valley College, one of the major subjects I taught was elementary math. Many of the students’ I taught ranged from troubled teens to senior citizens who were attending school for the first time. I taught basic arithmetic like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division along with essential geometry concepts. It was important to understand each student’s level and their understanding of the concept, or a student would fall behind and run the risk of losing motivation. As a result, every student in the class passed and moved on to more challenging math. At UC Berkeley, I volunteered at an elementary school and I taught elementary math to struggling students. I used the same techniques I learned at Antelope Valley College, I would not allow a student to fall behind because elementary math builds on each concept.

Grammar

Grammar is one of my personal favorite subjects. As a writing tutor at Antelope Valley College, I corrected grammar and spelling mistakes for student essays. My students were impressed with my understanding of punctuation marks like the semicolon, colon, hyphen, ellipses, apostrophes, parentheticals, etc. At UC Berkeley, I was an editor for the university’s school newspaper, The Daily Californian. It was an incredible experience as my knowledge on grammar soared to new heights. Due to Berkeley fast pace environment, I edited ten to fifteen articles each week before they were published. As a result, my ability to catch grammar and spelling mistakes grew tremendously.

Prealgebra

During my time at UC Berkeley, I volunteered in an after school program for troubled high school school students. My twelve students specifically struggled with Pre-Algebra, when they should have been in Algebra 2. I taught them the metric system, prime numbers, slope intercept formula, etc. It was important to explain each concept thoroughly and maintain their motivation. As a result, all of my students passed Pre-Algebra that year with an A, and ten of my twelve students tested out of Algebra 1 and began the upcoming school year in Algebra 2. It brought me absolute joy to help these high school students conquer a subject they have had so much troubled with.

B.A. UC Berkeley
English
Antelope Valley College AA Degree
Other

Education

B.A. UC Berkeley (English)

Antelope Valley College AA Degree (Other)

Very patient and understanding

Rene thought me some algebraic concepts relating functions and graphing. We reviewed the y=mx+b format. We also reviewed domain and range and square root problems. Rene is very patient and finds a way to explain things in a understanding manner. He's very professional and always on time since our last session. I'd highly recommend him to any student who is struggling with algebra 2.

— Gabriel, Palmdale, CA on 7/8/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rene will travel within 15 miles of Palmdale, CA 93550.