Over 1250 tutoring hours

Tracy S.

San Diego, CA

$55/hr

Can-Do MathTutor - elementary to college and beyond

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Background check passed as of 5/21/15
4.9 Avg. Rating
 
 
330 Ratings
 
 
4hrs Response Time
Great, dedicated, and patient tutor!!
— Cristina, San Diego, CA on 5/5/15

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University of California, San Diego
Economics, ChinaStud

Education

University of California, San Diego (Economics, ChinaStud)

About Tracy

Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant business. After some years, I was frustrated with my inability to communicate with customers, so I enrolled in an ESL class and studied very hard. Later, with encouragement from my ESL teachers, I took community college level writing classes and, with much persistence, gradually improved my English. Ten years later, I have not only an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies with a GPA of 3.6 from the University of California, San Diego. I finished with honors, which allowed me to be a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honor Society.

How did I do it? Some people say that I was smart, but I say I was smart in terms of how to help myself to master every subject along the way towards my degrees. In doing so, I attained very good study skills. I led many study groups at Palomar College and UCSD and helped my classmates in their test preparations. Many of my classmates expressed to me that I explained the material in a better and easier way than the professors. From this type of feedback, I realized that I have a talent for teaching and that I really enjoy helping others to learn something--no matter how simple or hard it is. I believe that if I can do it, you can do it too!

I have helped many students to attain their high school diploma while tutoring at the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education. While there, I worked with students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems, etc. This was challenging, but extremely rewarding. Nothing pleases me more than the moment when a student has a light bulb go off in his or her head and says, "I understand"! I love to see students' confidence grow!

Although I have worked primarily with adults, I love working and communicating with children as well. I believe that I can help anyone that is struggling with Math!

Past students and classmates of mine have expressed how easy I made the learning process for them. I understand the problems associated with performance and test anxiety, so I keep the learning environment fun and relaxed. I do this by being patient and explaining problems in different ways by using real-life examples that make sense to the individual. In this way, the student is at ease, which allows a good frame of mind for learning. Learning math can actually be fun and stress free!

As I have alluded to, Math is one of my strongest suits and I am passionate about helping others to understand it and maybe even like it! I am constantly searching for new ways of explaining concepts that can make learning come more easily for students. I can help students to understand the Math skills required for such things as the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT exams.
Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant Read more

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Multiple student rates: 2 students- $60 per hour. 3 Students- $75 per hour.

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Travels within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92107
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great, dedicated, and patient tutor!!"

- Cristina, San Diego, CA on 5/5/15
Tracy replied on 5/9/2015

Hi Cristina, Thank you for the detailed and positive feedback. I really enjoyed working with you and sharpening your math abilities and skills because you are a such hard worker and a super nice person!. It is rewarding to have helped you achieve your goal! I am not surprised that you passed the test with flying colors. You have proven my belief that anyyone can learn math with hard work and determination. You are ready for College Algebra class now! I am always here for your academic success. Again, thank you for the positive feedback and opportunity! Love, Tracy

"Very knowledgeable and patient ! "

- Lin, San Diego, CA on 6/7/15
Tracy replied on 6/9/2015

Hello Lin, Thank you for the positive review. Your daughter is a very bright and creative young lady. I want what is best for her!! Thank you for letting me be a member of her team. I am looking forward to working with her this fall. Love, Tracy

"Perfect fit! "

- Cameron, San Diego, CA on 5/20/15
Tracy replied on 5/23/2015

Hi Nancy, Thank you for the positive and heart felt review, recognizing my teaching style and appreciating my teaching ability! It is my mission to raise my students' confidence in math. I want people to think math is not hard. We are doing math unconsciously on a daily basis. I really enjoyed working with your son. He is a sweet and intelligent young man, who learns fast! He is lucky to have such a supportive mother! See you next week! Love, Tracy

"Excellent Tutor"

- Dana, San Diego, CA on 4/30/15
Tracy replied on 5/1/2015

Hi Dana, Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Your trust in me that I will do my best to improve your son's education is highly appreciated and embraced. You let your son and I decide where and when to meet for lessons; this flexibility allows him to relax and learn! You are a wise man, who raised a smart, well-mannered, hard working and sincere young man. I have really enjoyed working with your son. Thanks again for letting me be a member of his team! I am looking forward to working with you and helping him to achieve his goals this summer. Love, Tracy

"Great"

- Shaneice, San Diego, CA on 4/2/15
Tracy replied on 4/3/2015

Thank you for the awesome review! It is a pleasure to work with you because you are smart and willing to work hard! I am glad to hear that your math confidence has increased after our first meeting. I am looking forward to many more lessons with you!

"Great Tutor! "

- Anna, San Diego, CA on 2/25/15
Tracy replied on 3/2/2015

Hi Anna,
Thank you for your positive and detailed review. I love your family! You are an awesome mom! Your passion for your son's formal and informal education is reflected by your statement, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I really appreciate the fact that you allow me to teach him uninterrupted until he masters the materials. That is the reason that he was able to get an A on his chapter test. Your son is a very smart, gentle and sensitive person. He learns like a sponge. He just told me that I explained things much better than his teacher, and that he understood everything I said. I really enjoy going to your home and tutoring him. I feel blessed to have met your family!! I am looking forward to many lessons!
Love,
Tracy

"Always great disposition "

- Lindsay, San Diego, CA on 5/22/14
Tracy replied on 5/31/2014

Hi Lindsay,

Thank you very much for the positive feedback! It is a great pleasure to work with you, your son, and your family. You always treat me so well. I appreciate your kindness. I am glad that your son finally listens and follows my instructions. Thank you for having me as a team member! Your support for your son in having a quality education is respectable. I am looking forward to continue working with you and your son.

"Tenacious & Patient"

- Suzan, San Diego, CA on 11/29/13
Tracy replied on 11/29/2013

Hi Suzan,

Your positive feedback is very much appreciated and reinforcing. Your willingness to help carry out your son's promise and our study plan for the final makes my job easier. He is an intelligent and easygoing young man, and you are the best hostess. I REALLY enjoy every session at your home. I am always here to help and be an active team player for his education and future as well.

"Timely and helpful"

- SHEILA, San Diego, CA on 10/3/13
Tracy replied on 10/9/2013

Thank you Sheila for the update and positive review! It is my goal to help students to understand what they are learning and connect it to what they already know. In this way, they are motivated to learn more by themselves. You are a wise lady and I appreciate our rapport. Your daughter is so smart and easygoing which makes our sessions a pleasure. Thank you again for having me as her tutor! I look forward to our next session!

"Great tutor"

- Sabrina, San Diego, CA on 9/20/13
Tracy replied on 9/22/2013

Hello Sabrina,

Thank you for the awesome and positive review, recognizing my teaching style and appreciating my teaching ability! However, it takes two to tango. The teacher is only as good as the student. Thank you for being a good student yourself and giving me the opportunity to work with you! I look forward to many more sessions!

"Very patient and fun tutor."

- Jo, San Diego, CA on 8/12/13
Tracy replied on 8/13/2013

Hi Jo, thank you so much for your positive feedback. It is a pleasure to work with you and your family. I couldn't have done it without your full support! You're a wonderful mom and team player! Your daughter is an intelligent and sharp young lady. She will reach her goals in life.

"Great Tutor"

- Nicholas, San Diego, CA on 5/18/13
Tracy replied on 9/22/2013

Hello Mary, Sorry for the belated response. Thank you for your detailed and positive feedback, one last April and one this May. It has been a wonderful experience working with you and your son. He is a bright and kind young man with focus and determination! And you, thank you for being such a supportive mom driving him around the town to meet me whenever and wherever. Thank you again and see you soon!

"Really Knows Her Geometry!"

- Akida, San Diego, CA on 4/29/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Diana, San Diego, CA on 2/6/13

"Beyond amazing!"

- Vanessa, San Diego, CA on 1/3/13

"Quick to respond."

- Christian, Chula Vista, CA on 12/26/12

"Very patient"

- Yazeed, San Diego, CA on 12/10/12

"Awesome Tutor, Flexible with scheduling and knowledgeable"

- Preston, San Diego, CA on 11/11/12

"An Excellent and Patient Tutor"

- Michael, San Diego, CA on 5/26/12

"Amazing tutor!"

- Austin, Solana Beach, CA on 5/9/12

"Wonderful"

- Carole, San Diego, CA on 4/14/12

"Accomodating, responsive and patient"

- Ben, San Diego, CA on 2/1/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, Writing
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Golf, Swimming
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADD/ADHD

I worked for the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education for 1.5 years. While there, I tutored students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems.

I also taught General Education Development (GED) at the U.S. Court. U.S. Probation Department for one year and four months. Most of my students had learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse.

I have been tutoring students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse privately for the past three years and have helped them raise their grades.

Chinese

I am a Chinese. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I moved to United States when I was 27 years old. Mandarin is my first language and the official language of Taiwan. I love the Chinese literature. In addition, I have a BA degree in Chinese Studies from University of California San Diego. My pronunciation and tones are perfect. I have helped my UCSD classmates in Chinese pronunciation and grammar.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies. For 2 years I have tutored 12 students with different types of learning difficulties, from age 5 to 12. Subjects include math, reading, English, Chinese, and study skills.

What I have learned from my students is that some children have very short attention spans, and they can sometimes become bored easily. As a tutor, I work to engage the students and to help them learn to focus on the task at hand. At times, I must go with the flow, making adjustments as students' energy and focus changes.

With love, respect , patience, and the ability to improvise, we can achieve not only the academic goals but also life skills!

Elementary Math

I worked for the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education for 1.5 years. While there, I tutored students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems.

I also taught General Education Development (GED) at the U.S. Court. U.S. Probation Department for one year and four months. Most of my students had learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse.

I have been tutoring students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and substance abuse privately for the past three years and have helped them raise their grades.

ESL/ESOL

Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant business. After some years, I was frustrated with my inability to communicate with customers, so I enrolled in an ESL class and studied very hard. Because I did so well in my ESL classes, teachers often asked me to help other ESL classmates. For example, after the tests, teachers would ask me to explain to the class the reasons that I chose the correct answers. From this, many ESL classmates saw me for help after the classes. By helping my ESL classmates, I realized that not only do I like to help people to learn English, but also I am good at explaining English grammar to international students. Later, with encouragement from my ESL teachers, I took community college level reading, writing, spelling, and grammar classes, and with much persistence, gradually improved my English. Ten years later, I have not only an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies with a GPA of 3.6 from the University of California, San Diego. I finished with honors, which allowed me to be a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honor Society.

Study Skills

One of the biggest reasons that I was able to graduate from UCSD with a GPA of 3.5 at the age of 46 years old is that I developed outstanding study skills. English is not my first language, so the challenge was not easy. I took a class, College Success Skills, at Palomar College before I attended UCSD. This class helped me to learn many study skills and to devise a plan for achieving success in college.
For example, before enrolling in a class I would interview the instructor to gain a clear understanding of the requirements needed for success. I previewed the course material before taking the class. During the class, I tape recorded the class lecture so I could listen to it again and again. After the class, I used the tape to improve my notes. I made 3x5 and 5x7 flashcards. I kept them handy so I could read them whenever I wanted. Whenever I was driving my car, I listened to the class tapes. I focused on and understood the material rather than just memorizing. In this way, I trained my brain to make connections and became a critical thinker through this type of active learning. I can help others to learn the study skills I developed and used myself.

University of California, San Diego
Economics, ChinaStud

Education

University of California, San Diego (Economics, ChinaStud)

Great, dedicated, and patient tutor!! — Hi my name is Cristina I'm in the Coast Guard and I have been trying to switch to the Aviation field for a couple of years now. In order to do that I have to retake my ASVAB test which consists of two of my weakest subjects Arithmetic Reasoning and Algebra. I've struggled with math all my life and it was hard for me to try and relearn these subjects on my own. Tracy has been able to help me immen ...

— Cristina, San Diego, CA on 5/5/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Multiple student rates: 2 students- $60 per hour. 3 Students- $75 per hour.

Travel policy

Tracy will travel within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92107.

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