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Paolo L.

Redwood City, CA


Paolo: Writing Specialist for All Ages/Levels. Basic K-12 & More

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Background check passed as of 12/29/11
4.9 average from 154 ratings
Thoughtful and Methodical
— Al, San Carlos, CA on 5/9/16

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New York University


New York University

About Paolo

Hello Everyone!

My name is Paolo and and my ultimate goal in life is pretty simple: To help others achieve their full potential.

In me, you can expect a friendly, encouraging, and positive teacher who adapts quickly to different learning styles and personalities while encouraging students to push themselves beyond their own expectations and limits. As a writing specialist, I believe that developing communication skills is essential for any kind of work and just life in general. I enjoy helping students of all ages improve their confidence in writing & other forms of communication. For every student I teach, in any subject, I ensure that he/she is prepared to confidently share what he/she knows and has learned as precisely and as eloquently as possible. I've worked 1-on-1 with a wide variety of people including children with special needs, college students, and even accountants and small business owners. I cherish every opportunity to work with students of any and all ages and backgrounds. My tutoring experience in the classroom involves everything from tutoring 2nd graders in a Sunday school, to after school physics tutoring at the high school level. I also possess experience with 1-on-1, in-home tutoring for students grades K-12 primarily teaching math (everything from basics all the way up to algebra and geometry) and English Language Arts. My experience teaching writing development mainly consists of helping individuals(primarily college students) with everything from developing basic writing skills like correct punctuation use and sentence development, to helping with the development of a personal voice and style in writing.

My approach to teaching involves a lot of communication to that I may quickly gain insight into the ways in which my students learn and the areas in which they may need help. I also look to get to know my students' interests both inside and outside of the academic world so that I may better relate to them and keep our lessons filled with topics that spark their interests and invite them to learn and grow. For example, when teaching a 5th grader for the first time, I listen for any grammatical errors in their speech as well as their writing so that we may begin to build their well-rounded communication skills. Taking a genuine interest in my students' goals and hobbies, as well as often inserting these interests into our lessons, allows me to keep each student motivated and focused on both the task at hand, and their long-term goals. For example, when helping a college chemistry or math major develop his/her writing style, he or she may seem frustrated and disinterested in learning to write more effectively. Reminding them that writing better will help them in the long-run as well as filling writing lessons with topics that interest them, helps me to keep my students motivated and engaged at any level. As I mentioned in my first sentence, my ultimate goal in life involves helping other reach goals not even they knew they could reach. That being said, my students, their ability to learn, and most importantly, their emotional wellness both within, and outside the learning environment, mean everything to me. I look forward to being a resource of both knowledge and support for anything my students may need. Thank you, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Hello Everyone!

My name is Paolo and and my ultimate goal in life is pretty simple: To help others achieve their full potential.

In me, you can expect a friendly, encouraging, and positive teacher who adapts quickly to different learning styles and personalities while encouraging students to push themselves beyond their own
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6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Redwood City, CA 94065
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Thoughtful and Methodical"

- Al, San Carlos, CA on 5/9/16

"Great communication skills"

- Jeni, Millbrae, CA on 4/18/16

"Engaging, knowledgable and fun"

- Minli, Belmont, CA on 1/12/16

"Great match for my 13 year old boy!"

- Alison, Menlo Park, CA on 8/10/15

"He's chill, has a relaxed manner which is good. I would like to continue working with him."

- Cyan, Redwood City, CA on 6/22/15

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Zulma, Redwood City, CA on 6/9/15

"Helpful Tutor"

- Marco, Redwood City, CA on 6/8/15


- Holly, Sunnyvale, CA on 7/30/14

"Great World History tutor!"

- Laura, San Carlos, CA on 4/25/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Differential Equations, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Archaeology, Astronomy, Biology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
General Music, Guitar, Music History
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling,
GED, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
American History,
Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills,
Career Development, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I have extensive experience in United States History from early settlements, all the way up to the Cold War and current events. Not only will I provide a wealth of knowledge and information, but I will also teach my student to analyze and communicate about history efficiently both in the classroom and in writing.


I have experience playing baseball both as a kid and as an adult. I have coached individually in addition to coaching Little League teams.

College Counseling

I have extensive experience working with college students (especially freshmen) as a Resident Assistant. I also have experience helping students with application essays for both undergraduate and graduate schools.

Elementary (K-6th)

I possess well-rounded skills when it comes to teaching K-6th grades and have a wealth of experience doing so. I provide a collaborative and enjoyable learning experience for students, especially those who need help focusing/gaining more efficiency in their work habits. I also try to fill lessons with things and subjects they are interested in to help keep them engaged.

Elementary Math

I have a wealth of experience teaching basic math skills and often use my students' individual interest as subjects for my lessons I design in order to keep them engaged.


I enjoy helping others with English at every level, from basic reading comprehension, to college-level English classes.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from New York University in 2010.


I enjoy sharing my love of literature with my students while helping them in the areas where they may be struggling. I am comfortable teaching various levels from students under age 10, all the way up to college-level students.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from New York University in 2010.


I enjoy helping students of any and every level improve their reading skills. I help to not only improve vocabulary and basic word recognition skills, but I also put a premium on improving reading comprehension.

SAT Math

I have a wealth of experience teaching the math included in the Math portion of the SAT test. Not only can I teach every detail behind solving each question, but I can also present useful shortcuts and strategies that can will help drastically improve efficiency while taking the test. Part of my approach includes introducing concepts and practice materials developed by various SAT prep groups/companies.

SAT Reading

I possess a wealth of expertise in teaching reading as well as experience teaching methods used to take on SAT Reading Specifically. My lessons and study materials that I provide are tailored toward greatly improving a student's knowledge and comfort taking on this section of the test though straightforward and efficient strategies. Part of my approach includes introducing concepts and practice materials developed by various SAT prep groups/companies.

SAT Writing

As a tutor that specializes in writing, I take great pride in preparing my students for standardized test essays. I teach a straightforward and easy way to tackle any question possibly included in the SAT Writing section. I will also help students break down the multiple choice section of the writing test in order to take them on more efficiently. Part of my approach includes introducing concepts and practice materials developed by various SAT prep groups/companies.


As someone who actually took this test to get into high school, I understand the difficulties and pressures of taking this seemingly daunting standardized test. I will not only teach technical ways in which to take on individual questions on this test, but also provide the tips and tricks necessary to succeed with standardized tests both now and in the future.

Study Skills

Much of my work as an in-home tutor revolves around improving the overall study skills of my students in order to better motivate them to do their work outside of our time together. By getting to know each student on a more personal level, I am able to address their concerns and their issues that may be hampering their studying. I have experience working to help motivate students from 6-year-olds, to high school students who need to find a way to personally manage all their activities and subjects.


My approach to teaching vocabulary does not simply involve learning the meanings of words, but rather learning how to use words effectively in communication. I do teach basic techniques to improve one's vocabulary for the sake of vocabulary tests, but I also specialize in teaching vocabulary for writing or reading skill development.

World History

I not only carry a wealth of World History Knowledge, but I also specialize in teaching students how to analyze and write about history.


As a tutor, I specialize in teaching writing skills. No matter the age or level of my student, (I have taught everyone from 5th graders, to college students, to business owners) I will not only teach basic writing skills that will improve efficiency, but I will also help each student develop a personal and effective writing style. Some of my students have ha their essays published. Other have used my help for college admission essays. Others have used my help to better communicate with their employees and staff.

New York University


New York University

Thoughtful and Methodical — Paolo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching approach. His background and schooling makes it easy for him to understand our kids areas for improvement and the kids love interacting and learning from him. ...

— Al, San Carlos, CA on 5/9/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paolo will travel within 20 miles of Redwood City, CA 94065.