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Well-versed tutor: K-12 English, History, Math, Sciences, College Apps

Well-versed tutor: K-12 English, History, Math, Sciences, College Apps

$45/hour

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I own a B.A. in Liberal Studies-Teacher Education, and 16 years' experience teaching students in all grades K-12 as a: tutor (9 years), substitute teacher (9 years), lead teacher (11 years), teaching assistant (4 years), and full-time volunteer (1 year)--in public, independent private (co-ed, and single-sex for both genders), parochial, cooperative, immersion, and charter schools.
I am also an author of three nonfiction books--published in 2012, 2015, and 2018. My second book examines...

I own a B.A. in Liberal Studies-Teacher Education, and 16 years' experience teaching students in all grades K-12 as a: tutor (9 years), substitute teacher (9 years), lead teacher (11 years), teaching assistant (4 years), and full-time volunteer (1 year)--in public, independent private (co-ed, and single-sex for both genders), parochial, cooperative, immersion, and charter schools.
I am also an author of three nonfiction books--published in 2012, 2015, and 2018. My second book examines children with special needs, compares the roots of various learning differences revealed in unique life scenarios analyzed over time, and emphasizes the importance of music in education. My third book provides insight on different types of schools in America, and is a memoir of my own years of schooling as a student and work as a teacher.
My YouTube channel contains original videos featuring math curricula for students in elementary and middle school (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry) and written descriptions of the given math content.
In 2014, I was featured in a news story about Wyzant on San Francisco's KRON 4 NEWS. In 2020, I was ranked in the top 10% of all tutors on Wyzant's platform.
As an educator, I enjoy showing students the beauty of the academic concepts they learn. I deliver my instruction through a call-and-response methodology. I ask students questions pertaining to the academic content at hand by relating what they are learning to elements of everyday life on the whole and have them draw their own comparisons and realizations. I promote academic creativity by encouraging students to connect what they are learning to their own interests to make new discoveries as they take in knowledge through hands-on experience. Overall, I emphasize the importance of correlating elements of different academic core subjects to help widen the spectrum of knowledge and enhance student understanding of what they learn.
Note: I currently offer online tutoring only. Please be aware of my rate and payment policies up front. A


Education

Dominican University of California
Liberal Studies-Teacher Education

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Grammar,

Grammar

From analyzing and developing good sentence structure, to speaking with and using correct language in writing, maintaining a strong sense of and skill with grammar is essential to smooth communication around the world. Henceforth, we will be focusing on singular and plural tenses of words (the letter "s" is a powerful, profound member of the 26-letter English alphabet in these scenarios), along with possessives and contractions (apostrophes say and show it all herein). Correcting improper grammar both orally and literarily shows enormous growth in an important linguistic department. Therefore, we will also be examining sentences and wording that need a little fine tuning. That includes developing one's own written craft, and correcting one's own language skills every step of the way. Using everyday literary resources (electronic and textual) can help cure the wrongs with the rights all the time--as long as you know WHY such a written mechanical repair needs to take place.
Proofreading

Proofreading

Proofreading is the essential final finishing touch on a written work of high-quality caliber. After cranking out a rough draft, it is time to examine the literary elements of its product. From a quick SpellCheck (sans AutoCorrect and the Grammarly App) to an actual line-by-line hands-on examination of careful thought and understanding, ensuring proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation helps to improve one's writing ability tremendously. I continually emphasize the importance of checking to make sure there is one space after a comma, colon, or semicolon, with two spaces after a period. Explaining the symbolic meaning of quotation marks, parentheses, and brackets can make, instead of break, a great paper. For, it is the little things that count in the bigger picture of things. Always remember to indent the first line of a paragraph, and capitalize the first letter of the first word at the beginning of a new sentence (as well as the first letter of all proper nouns). Remember: always be sure to proofread your work extensively before you: save, print, or e-mail a Microsoft Word document. Preview your PowerPoint presentation one time all the way through to make sure it is 100% intact on a literary level. As the title states, proofreading is PROOF that you READ your work before submitting it in any capacity.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Owning a B.A. in Liberal Studies--Teacher Education from Dominican University of California, I have worked with elementary-age children for 15 years and counting. During this time, I have served the following instructional roles: full-time classroom volunteer in a public elementary school (2005-2006); substitute teacher (Grades K-8) in private and independent K-8 schools (2005-2008; 2012-present); teaching assistant for Grades 1-3 and 6-8, as well as that of a Science Lab Assistant in Grades 6-8, Geography Lead Teacher in Grades K-5, Technology Lead Teacher in Grades K-8, and afterschool tutor for Grades K-8--all within four years (2008-2012) at one private school in San Francisco (the same location as other schools where I have worked). In each of these teaching roles, along with my sideline role as a self-employed tutor from 2012-present, I have taught and tutored elementary and middle school-age students in Math, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, and History/Geography, specializing in different levels of each subject according to the students' given grade levels of instruction. I have taught and tutored students with a variety of learning styles and needs (including special-needs students of all different ages), emphasizing project-based learning and differentiated instruction all the while. I also have recurring experience teaching P.E. and Spanish to students in Grades K-8.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I can tutor all of the following areas of elementary math (including Common Core Math at the elementary school level): Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division); long division (this includes remainders); solving word problems; borrowing and regrouping (for double-digit addition, subtraction, and multiplication); fractions (in terms of: adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, improper fractions and mixed numbers, reducing fractions into lowest terms/simplest form and finding equivalent fractions); decimals (adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as converting into fractions and vice-versa); money math; telling and writing time (on any type of clock). I am able to help students complete homework assignments, study for tests, or simply practice exercises involving any of the above mathematical concepts and operations to help strengthen their corresponding skills and abilities.
Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

Science in the elementary grades mainly focuses on Earth Science and Life Science. This includes (but is not limited to): the animal kingdoms (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, etc.), and examples of animals from each. Habitats and environments (such as marine life and wetlands) also appear. The same can be said for the different types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic). Don't forget the water cycle (precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, condensation) and the different types of weather it brings (rain, snow, sleet, hail). Speaking of weather, we have: wind, heat, sunlight, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, the greenhouse effect. Science is definitely a fascinating subject. Check it out today!
Grammar,

Grammar

From analyzing and developing good sentence structure, to speaking with and using correct language in writing, maintaining a strong sense of and skill with grammar is essential to smooth communication around the world. Henceforth, we will be focusing on singular and plural tenses of words (the letter "s" is a powerful, profound member of the 26-letter English alphabet in these scenarios), along with possessives and contractions (apostrophes say and show it all herein). Correcting improper grammar both orally and literarily shows enormous growth in an important linguistic department. Therefore, we will also be examining sentences and wording that need a little fine tuning. That includes developing one's own written craft, and correcting one's own language skills every step of the way. Using everyday literary resources (electronic and textual) can help cure the wrongs with the rights all the time--as long as you know WHY such a written mechanical repair needs to take place.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I have homeschooled elementary, middle, and schoolchildren in Math and Reading, helping them to grasp deeper understandings of the significance of the content they are learning and the work they are carrying out. I lead one-to-one discussions with each of my students based on the literary elements of the learned material at hand to help them improve their overall comprehension of the content covered. I give my students routine assignments in the areas of sets of math exercises to complete, essays to write, and books of their choice to read for followup discussion. I always follow up on my students' progress so as to ensure their growth every step of the way in furthering their education.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension questions take away your natural love and strength in gaining food for thought! The longer the book, the more in-depth the story and characters in it. Often, you may find that reading one paragraph at a time and thinking about the people, places, and events that developed in that cluster of descriptive language--this includes describing those features orally, and/or taking notes thereof on paper--will help you better understand the plot and meaning behind certain introduced concepts. Piecing together the puzzle ahead of time can help you brainstorm ideas for written interpretations later on. When it comes to reading aloud, words may appear unusual at first, if you have never seen or heard them before. But by expanding your vocabulary through routine practice--perhaps with someone at your side carrying out the very same activity--you will likely find it easier to grasp the way words sound and look, as well as their definitions and contextual connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the content!
Spelling

Spelling

There are many tricks of the trade to help you achieve the task of writing words out in full, one letter at a time, to complete and utter perfection. English is a tricky language, with letters sounding and looking different than they should on paper in terms of their placement in various words. By practicing with parts of speech that have similar sounds and spellings, but completely opposite definitions (i.e. "there, their, they're"), the tool of transforming spelling words into vocabulary words by using them in self-penned sentences helps to further one's own ability with language. Vowels and consonants sometimes overlap and conflict. But by remembering such sayings as "'i' before 'e' except after 'c'", and utilizing the beauty of words that rhyme in songs and poetry, language simply comes alive every minute of the day. After reading, writing, speaking, and listening to words that look and sound familiar, your spelling skills and strategies will never be the same again; they will be BETTER!

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English Exam focuses on the basics of English, Writing, and Language Arts at the late high school/early college level. From correcting spelling, grammatical, and punctuational errors to creating your very own essay, it is important to act upon preparing for the ACT English Exam in careful steps so as to gain all the skills and information not only for succeeding on the test, but also building your own individual literacy! In an effort to properly prepare for what lies ahead, we will focus on are some exercises from various ACT English reading resources, and practice writing of our very own to better understand the numerous components of the ACT, as well as the subject of English itself. Along with writing mechanics comes reading comprehension, involving making connections among contextual excerpts and general thematic ideas. The tactic of reading something more than once can help introduce another helpful perspective on a concept of tremendous depth and curiosity. Plus, learning how to edit a paragraph or short essay to make the writing flow more smoothly from one point to another will be covered in the lessons. Good luck! I know you will a-c-e the ACT!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I can help students grasp the techniques for mastering the reading portion of the ACT through practice reading exercises (including passages and followup comprehension questions pertaining to the content at hand). Discussions about the read content and its literary contextual significance are also included in the preparation process.
English,

English

From upholding the utmost importance of: identifying parts of speech to writing paragraphs, correcting sentences' writing mechanics to citing bibliographic resources, English covers quite a bit of ground in the world of literacy. As an educator, English is my strongest, and therefore favorite, academic subject to tutor. I can help students who are struggling with sentence structure by having them fulfill practice writing exercises involving parts of speech in sentences from textbooks, as well as open-ended writing prompts designed by the tutor. Additionally, reading excerpts from fictional novels or nonfictional encyclopedic resources aloud, listening to poetry or song lyrics and following along on paper, helps students gain a better sense of language flow. In terms of self-penned writing: I enjoy showing students the importance of proofreading rough drafts of essays, in addition to polishing short-response paragraphs and completing reading comprehension questions. Creating rough drafts and then turning them into pristine final drafts shows ultimate personal growth and expertise in literary composition. Most importantly, I encourage students to write on their own (often taking the form of writing assignments for homework)--about absolutely anything at all that comes to mind. That is the best way to be your own editor. And in turn, it helps build creativity and express emotion in a clever, crafty fashion. Happy writing!
Grammar,

Grammar

From analyzing and developing good sentence structure, to speaking with and using correct language in writing, maintaining a strong sense of and skill with grammar is essential to smooth communication around the world. Henceforth, we will be focusing on singular and plural tenses of words (the letter "s" is a powerful, profound member of the 26-letter English alphabet in these scenarios), along with possessives and contractions (apostrophes say and show it all herein). Correcting improper grammar both orally and literarily shows enormous growth in an important linguistic department. Therefore, we will also be examining sentences and wording that need a little fine tuning. That includes developing one's own written craft, and correcting one's own language skills every step of the way. Using everyday literary resources (electronic and textual) can help cure the wrongs with the rights all the time--as long as you know WHY such a written mechanical repair needs to take place.
Literature,

Literature

Literature allows readers to examine the English language in greater depth than non-fiction editorials, magazines, or news articles. By telling fictional stories through symbolism via the main characters, readers can begin to relate their own lives and characteristics to those belonging to the characters in the story. The exquisite language used by authors of various literature (novels, plays, even short stories found in textbooks of academic literature) helps depict visual images in a manner strong enough to envision the series of events occurring within a given chapter or section of any literary work, let alone the story in its entirety. Apart from provoking the reader's literary awareness, reading and discussing a written work in great detail will expand the reader's vocabulary not only in regards to English terms exemplified through the story's written content, but also in reflection of the language used by the author him-/herself when articulating character dialogue or describing a passage in the first- ("I/we"), second-("you"), or third-person tense ("he/she/it/they"). Whether classic or contemporary, literature helps encourage readers of all ages and academic levels to dive deeper into the world of reading and discussion--in turn helping to expand their own personal overall literary awareness and expertise.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is the essential final finishing touch on a written work of high-quality caliber. After cranking out a rough draft, it is time to examine the literary elements of its product. From a quick SpellCheck (sans AutoCorrect and the Grammarly App) to an actual line-by-line hands-on examination of careful thought and understanding, ensuring proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation helps to improve one's writing ability tremendously. I continually emphasize the importance of checking to make sure there is one space after a comma, colon, or semicolon, with two spaces after a period. Explaining the symbolic meaning of quotation marks, parentheses, and brackets can make, instead of break, a great paper. For, it is the little things that count in the bigger picture of things. Always remember to indent the first line of a paragraph, and capitalize the first letter of the first word at the beginning of a new sentence (as well as the first letter of all proper nouns). Remember: always be sure to proofread your work extensively before you: save, print, or e-mail a Microsoft Word document. Preview your PowerPoint presentation one time all the way through to make sure it is 100% intact on a literary level. As the title states, proofreading is PROOF that you READ your work before submitting it in any capacity.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension questions take away your natural love and strength in gaining food for thought! The longer the book, the more in-depth the story and characters in it. Often, you may find that reading one paragraph at a time and thinking about the people, places, and events that developed in that cluster of descriptive language--this includes describing those features orally, and/or taking notes thereof on paper--will help you better understand the plot and meaning behind certain introduced concepts. Piecing together the puzzle ahead of time can help you brainstorm ideas for written interpretations later on. When it comes to reading aloud, words may appear unusual at first, if you have never seen or heard them before. But by expanding your vocabulary through routine practice--perhaps with someone at your side carrying out the very same activity--you will likely find it easier to grasp the way words sound and look, as well as their definitions and contextual connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the content!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The English portion of the SAT covers two main areas: multiple-choice, and the essay. The multiple-choice portion reflects spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and how to correct sentences and paragraphs using those mechanics of writing. The essay is more open-ended, and asks the test-taker to comment on an assigned question or topic in question. An essay is built upon the following layout: Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion. In opinionated essays, the 1-paragraph introduction alerts the reader as to the background of a given topic of interest on the writer's part, as well as their own individual view thereon. The closing sentence in the introduction openly states the writer's thesis statement pertaining to their argument over the essay topic in perspective. The main body of the essay addresses different elements of the topic relating to the writer's thesis (with one paragraph per element). This middle section of the essay portion of the SAT can be anywhere from one to however many paragraphs necessary to adequately identify and describe the focal point of the argument. For the conclusion: a restatement of the thesis appears, often followed by a connection among the past, present, and future of a given issue addressed in the essay itself. On the whole, your SAT score in the writing portion is measured by the organized layout of your essay--with spelling, grammar, and punctuation intact, accurate knowledge of the essay topic in question shining through, ultimately bearing an overall smooth flow of language.
Spelling,

Spelling

There are many tricks of the trade to help you achieve the task of writing words out in full, one letter at a time, to complete and utter perfection. English is a tricky language, with letters sounding and looking different than they should on paper in terms of their placement in various words. By practicing with parts of speech that have similar sounds and spellings, but completely opposite definitions (i.e. "there, their, they're"), the tool of transforming spelling words into vocabulary words by using them in self-penned sentences helps to further one's own ability with language. Vowels and consonants sometimes overlap and conflict. But by remembering such sayings as "'i' before 'e' except after 'c'", and utilizing the beauty of words that rhyme in songs and poetry, language simply comes alive every minute of the day. After reading, writing, speaking, and listening to words that look and sound familiar, your spelling skills and strategies will never be the same again; they will be BETTER!
Writing

Writing

I can help students complete anything from short-response reading comprehension questions to lengthy term papers and research projects of any kind. Creating bibliographies, a table of contents, footnotes (a favorite literary component of mine) are all within my range. When it comes to conjuring up general ideas for papers and projects, I encourage students to choose topics they are interested in learning more about (unless assigned otherwise by their teacher). Then head on over to the local public library and check out its extensive, fascinating catalogue of literacy; the internet can only provide so much in one sitting. I also specialize in helping students put their newfound knowledge of language arts' vocabulary terms and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.) to great use by offering examples of each when and where appropriate, in an effort to help their writing flow from one point to the next. For poetry and fiction, I emphasize the beauty of creating similes and metaphors to help the language and setting come alive. Furthermore, I help students push the envelope by digging deeper into their minds to make constant connections between their overall knowledge of a given topic or character figure, in an effort to further their descriptions thereof. Above all: when it comes to writing, creativity (derived from all of the above literary elements) is a must!

History

American History,

American History

American History is my favorite genre of Social Studies. My strengths in American History lie predominantly in the department(s) of people and events in the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries to date--from the Civil War right through to the present. Areas of expertise include the Civil War, Reconstruction, WWI, WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, Presidential Elections, pop culture, and historical figures (Presidents, activists, world leaders) reigning during those eras and beyond. Turning back the clock even further, I can also tutor units on the American Revolution, along with tutoring students on how to research and complete long-term projects and term papers pertaining to human figures and their corresponding timelines in and relevant to American history also being right up my alley. No matter what subject area I cover in U.S. History, I make continual comparisons to people (mostly politicians), policies, and sociopolitical elements of the present so as to highlight the eternal, hidden relevance of the past in today's modern world.
Geography

Geography

From the four basic directions (North, South, East, West, along with their overlaps of Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest) to oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic), and continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, Antarctica), latitude and longitude, to locating world nations and physical features (lakes, rivers, deserts, mountains, etc.), along with the four hemispheres, all on a world map, I can tutor almost all elements Geography has in store. My main focus showcases world locations--countries, cities, bodies of water, and the aforementioned physical features. I frequently connect my geographic instruction to science, history, and artistry--with regards to the visual, physical, and historical aspects of a given geographic concept or world region in perspective. Outlining the development of a given area of the world, zooming in on the visual-physical buildup of a particular realm, color-coding key differences, is all part of my game plan as a geography instructor. Focusing on maps from different eras in world history also helps to show students how a certain location or general area of the world developed (or vanished) over time--with political conflicts of the latter being responsible for such a decline. The fact that Geography is so widespread in its outlook makes it a pleasure to teach (apart from the fact that it is so terribly underrated in classroom curricula)!

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Owning a B.A. in Liberal Studies--Teacher Education from Dominican University of California, I have worked with elementary-age children for 15 years and counting. During this time, I have served the following instructional roles: full-time classroom volunteer in a public elementary school (2005-2006); substitute teacher (Grades K-8) in private and independent K-8 schools (2005-2008; 2012-present); teaching assistant for Grades 1-3 and 6-8, as well as that of a Science Lab Assistant in Grades 6-8, Geography Lead Teacher in Grades K-5, Technology Lead Teacher in Grades K-8, and afterschool tutor for Grades K-8--all within four years (2008-2012) at one private school in San Francisco (the same location as other schools where I have worked). In each of these teaching roles, along with my sideline role as a self-employed tutor from 2012-present, I have taught and tutored elementary and middle school-age students in Math, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, and History/Geography, specializing in different levels of each subject according to the students' given grade levels of instruction. I have taught and tutored students with a variety of learning styles and needs (including special-needs students of all different ages), emphasizing project-based learning and differentiated instruction all the while. I also have recurring experience teaching P.E. and Spanish to students in Grades K-8.
English,

English

From upholding the utmost importance of: identifying parts of speech to writing paragraphs, correcting sentences' writing mechanics to citing bibliographic resources, English covers quite a bit of ground in the world of literacy. As an educator, English is my strongest, and therefore favorite, academic subject to tutor. I can help students who are struggling with sentence structure by having them fulfill practice writing exercises involving parts of speech in sentences from textbooks, as well as open-ended writing prompts designed by the tutor. Additionally, reading excerpts from fictional novels or nonfictional encyclopedic resources aloud, listening to poetry or song lyrics and following along on paper, helps students gain a better sense of language flow. In terms of self-penned writing: I enjoy showing students the importance of proofreading rough drafts of essays, in addition to polishing short-response paragraphs and completing reading comprehension questions. Creating rough drafts and then turning them into pristine final drafts shows ultimate personal growth and expertise in literary composition. Most importantly, I encourage students to write on their own (often taking the form of writing assignments for homework)--about absolutely anything at all that comes to mind. That is the best way to be your own editor. And in turn, it helps build creativity and express emotion in a clever, crafty fashion. Happy writing!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I can help students grasp the algebraic concepts of: variables (x, y); combining various mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) together with the presence and mathematical significance of parentheses and exponents; graphing coordinates; translating inequalities of greater- or lesser-than numeric value onto number lines; solving equations using any and all of the above mathematical components. Prealgebra may seem complex at first, which is why I encourage students to continually exercise their own growing knowledge of basic arithmetic. Explaining things very slowly and carefully, step-by-step, I find, helps students better digest the newfound abstract concepts prealgebra introduces. And by playing with combinations of numbers to help students master exponential value and strengthen their multiplication skills, for example, a new concept is learned while an old one is reviewed. Just like the grouping of numbers and variables in prealgebra, having a human partner with whom to work on accompanying math exercises of sorts helps one get through the material a lot more smoothly than before.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension questions take away your natural love and strength in gaining food for thought! The longer the book, the more in-depth the story and characters in it. Often, you may find that reading one paragraph at a time and thinking about the people, places, and events that developed in that cluster of descriptive language--this includes describing those features orally, and/or taking notes thereof on paper--will help you better understand the plot and meaning behind certain introduced concepts. Piecing together the puzzle ahead of time can help you brainstorm ideas for written interpretations later on. When it comes to reading aloud, words may appear unusual at first, if you have never seen or heard them before. But by expanding your vocabulary through routine practice--perhaps with someone at your side carrying out the very same activity--you will likely find it easier to grasp the way words sound and look, as well as their definitions and contextual connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the content!
Spelling,

Spelling

There are many tricks of the trade to help you achieve the task of writing words out in full, one letter at a time, to complete and utter perfection. English is a tricky language, with letters sounding and looking different than they should on paper in terms of their placement in various words. By practicing with parts of speech that have similar sounds and spellings, but completely opposite definitions (i.e. "there, their, they're"), the tool of transforming spelling words into vocabulary words by using them in self-penned sentences helps to further one's own ability with language. Vowels and consonants sometimes overlap and conflict. But by remembering such sayings as "'i' before 'e' except after 'c'", and utilizing the beauty of words that rhyme in songs and poetry, language simply comes alive every minute of the day. After reading, writing, speaking, and listening to words that look and sound familiar, your spelling skills and strategies will never be the same again; they will be BETTER!
Writing

Writing

I can help students complete anything from short-response reading comprehension questions to lengthy term papers and research projects of any kind. Creating bibliographies, a table of contents, footnotes (a favorite literary component of mine) are all within my range. When it comes to conjuring up general ideas for papers and projects, I encourage students to choose topics they are interested in learning more about (unless assigned otherwise by their teacher). Then head on over to the local public library and check out its extensive, fascinating catalogue of literacy; the internet can only provide so much in one sitting. I also specialize in helping students put their newfound knowledge of language arts' vocabulary terms and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.) to great use by offering examples of each when and where appropriate, in an effort to help their writing flow from one point to the next. For poetry and fiction, I emphasize the beauty of creating similes and metaphors to help the language and setting come alive. Furthermore, I help students push the envelope by digging deeper into their minds to make constant connections between their overall knowledge of a given topic or character figure, in an effort to further their descriptions thereof. Above all: when it comes to writing, creativity (derived from all of the above literary elements) is a must!

Math

Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I can help students grasp the algebraic concepts of: variables (x, y); combining various mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) together with the presence and mathematical significance of parentheses and exponents; graphing coordinates; translating inequalities of greater- or lesser-than numeric value onto number lines; solving equations using any and all of the above mathematical components. Prealgebra may seem complex at first, which is why I encourage students to continually exercise their own growing knowledge of basic arithmetic. Explaining things very slowly and carefully, step-by-step, I find, helps students better digest the newfound abstract concepts prealgebra introduces. And by playing with combinations of numbers to help students master exponential value and strengthen their multiplication skills, for example, a new concept is learned while an old one is reviewed. Just like the grouping of numbers and variables in prealgebra, having a human partner with whom to work on accompanying math exercises of sorts helps one get through the material a lot more smoothly than before.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Owning a B.A. in Liberal Studies--Teacher Education from Dominican University of California, I have worked with elementary-age children for 15 years and counting. During this time, I have served the following instructional roles: full-time classroom volunteer in a public elementary school (2005-2006); substitute teacher (Grades K-8) in private and independent K-8 schools (2005-2008; 2012-present); teaching assistant for Grades 1-3 and 6-8, as well as that of a Science Lab Assistant in Grades 6-8, Geography Lead Teacher in Grades K-5, Technology Lead Teacher in Grades K-8, and afterschool tutor for Grades K-8--all within four years (2008-2012) at one private school in San Francisco (the same location as other schools where I have worked). In each of these teaching roles, along with my sideline role as a self-employed tutor from 2012-present, I have taught and tutored elementary and middle school-age students in Math, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, and History/Geography, specializing in different levels of each subject according to the students' given grade levels of instruction. I have taught and tutored students with a variety of learning styles and needs (including special-needs students of all different ages), emphasizing project-based learning and differentiated instruction all the while. I also have recurring experience teaching P.E. and Spanish to students in Grades K-8.
English,

English

From upholding the utmost importance of: identifying parts of speech to writing paragraphs, correcting sentences' writing mechanics to citing bibliographic resources, English covers quite a bit of ground in the world of literacy. As an educator, English is my strongest, and therefore favorite, academic subject to tutor. I can help students who are struggling with sentence structure by having them fulfill practice writing exercises involving parts of speech in sentences from textbooks, as well as open-ended writing prompts designed by the tutor. Additionally, reading excerpts from fictional novels or nonfictional encyclopedic resources aloud, listening to poetry or song lyrics and following along on paper, helps students gain a better sense of language flow. In terms of self-penned writing: I enjoy showing students the importance of proofreading rough drafts of essays, in addition to polishing short-response paragraphs and completing reading comprehension questions. Creating rough drafts and then turning them into pristine final drafts shows ultimate personal growth and expertise in literary composition. Most importantly, I encourage students to write on their own (often taking the form of writing assignments for homework)--about absolutely anything at all that comes to mind. That is the best way to be your own editor. And in turn, it helps build creativity and express emotion in a clever, crafty fashion. Happy writing!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I can help students grasp the algebraic concepts of: variables (x, y); combining various mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) together with the presence and mathematical significance of parentheses and exponents; graphing coordinates; translating inequalities of greater- or lesser-than numeric value onto number lines; solving equations using any and all of the above mathematical components. Prealgebra may seem complex at first, which is why I encourage students to continually exercise their own growing knowledge of basic arithmetic. Explaining things very slowly and carefully, step-by-step, I find, helps students better digest the newfound abstract concepts prealgebra introduces. And by playing with combinations of numbers to help students master exponential value and strengthen their multiplication skills, for example, a new concept is learned while an old one is reviewed. Just like the grouping of numbers and variables in prealgebra, having a human partner with whom to work on accompanying math exercises of sorts helps one get through the material a lot more smoothly than before.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension questions take away your natural love and strength in gaining food for thought! The longer the book, the more in-depth the story and characters in it. Often, you may find that reading one paragraph at a time and thinking about the people, places, and events that developed in that cluster of descriptive language--this includes describing those features orally, and/or taking notes thereof on paper--will help you better understand the plot and meaning behind certain introduced concepts. Piecing together the puzzle ahead of time can help you brainstorm ideas for written interpretations later on. When it comes to reading aloud, words may appear unusual at first, if you have never seen or heard them before. But by expanding your vocabulary through routine practice--perhaps with someone at your side carrying out the very same activity--you will likely find it easier to grasp the way words sound and look, as well as their definitions and contextual connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the content!
Writing

Writing

I can help students complete anything from short-response reading comprehension questions to lengthy term papers and research projects of any kind. Creating bibliographies, a table of contents, footnotes (a favorite literary component of mine) are all within my range. When it comes to conjuring up general ideas for papers and projects, I encourage students to choose topics they are interested in learning more about (unless assigned otherwise by their teacher). Then head on over to the local public library and check out its extensive, fascinating catalogue of literacy; the internet can only provide so much in one sitting. I also specialize in helping students put their newfound knowledge of language arts' vocabulary terms and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.) to great use by offering examples of each when and where appropriate, in an effort to help their writing flow from one point to the next. For poetry and fiction, I emphasize the beauty of creating similes and metaphors to help the language and setting come alive. Furthermore, I help students push the envelope by digging deeper into their minds to make constant connections between their overall knowledge of a given topic or character figure, in an effort to further their descriptions thereof. Above all: when it comes to writing, creativity (derived from all of the above literary elements) is a must!

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I can assist high school-, undergraduate-, and graduate students in how to go about completing the college application process smoothly step-by-step--from filling out the Common App, to completing the FAFSA, to penning their personal statements, to obtaining and submitting their high school transcripts and SAT and ACT Scores where applicable, to completing their selected schools' individual online college application forms themselves in their entirety, to creating and polishing their resumes, to scheduling college campus tours and visits with their friends and families. I can help students research colleges on their own that they are interested in applying to, have heard of through word of mouth or family background, and that they feel may in fact best serve them overall going forward in their learning and social lives. I can help students choose a college that best fits their: geographic location of residence and forthcoming interest in terms of furthering their education, cultural preferences, desired academic major(s), and financial affordability. I have taught and tutored high school seniors in recent years past, including writing letters of recommendation for them to a variety of universities. I also worked as an enthusiastic, dedicated, committed student admissions representative during my years as an undergraduate at my alma mater.
Geography

Geography

From the four basic directions (North, South, East, West, along with their overlaps of Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest) to oceans (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic), and continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America, Antarctica), latitude and longitude, to locating world nations and physical features (lakes, rivers, deserts, mountains, etc.), along with the four hemispheres, all on a world map, I can tutor almost all elements Geography has in store. My main focus showcases world locations--countries, cities, bodies of water, and the aforementioned physical features. I frequently connect my geographic instruction to science, history, and artistry--with regards to the visual, physical, and historical aspects of a given geographic concept or world region in perspective. Outlining the development of a given area of the world, zooming in on the visual-physical buildup of a particular realm, color-coding key differences, is all part of my game plan as a geography instructor. Focusing on maps from different eras in world history also helps to show students how a certain location or general area of the world developed (or vanished) over time--with political conflicts of the latter being responsible for such a decline. The fact that Geography is so widespread in its outlook makes it a pleasure to teach (apart from the fact that it is so terribly underrated in classroom curricula)!

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Owning a B.A. in Liberal Studies--Teacher Education from Dominican University of California, I have worked with elementary-age children for 15 years and counting. During this time, I have served the following instructional roles: full-time classroom volunteer in a public elementary school (2005-2006); substitute teacher (Grades K-8) in private and independent K-8 schools (2005-2008; 2012-present); teaching assistant for Grades 1-3 and 6-8, as well as that of a Science Lab Assistant in Grades 6-8, Geography Lead Teacher in Grades K-5, Technology Lead Teacher in Grades K-8, and afterschool tutor for Grades K-8--all within four years (2008-2012) at one private school in San Francisco (the same location as other schools where I have worked). In each of these teaching roles, along with my sideline role as a self-employed tutor from 2012-present, I have taught and tutored elementary and middle school-age students in Math, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, and History/Geography, specializing in different levels of each subject according to the students' given grade levels of instruction. I have taught and tutored students with a variety of learning styles and needs (including special-needs students of all different ages), emphasizing project-based learning and differentiated instruction all the while. I also have recurring experience teaching P.E. and Spanish to students in Grades K-8.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension questions take away your natural love and strength in gaining food for thought! The longer the book, the more in-depth the story and characters in it. Often, you may find that reading one paragraph at a time and thinking about the people, places, and events that developed in that cluster of descriptive language--this includes describing those features orally, and/or taking notes thereof on paper--will help you better understand the plot and meaning behind certain introduced concepts. Piecing together the puzzle ahead of time can help you brainstorm ideas for written interpretations later on. When it comes to reading aloud, words may appear unusual at first, if you have never seen or heard them before. But by expanding your vocabulary through routine practice--perhaps with someone at your side carrying out the very same activity--you will likely find it easier to grasp the way words sound and look, as well as their definitions and contextual connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the content!
Writing

Writing

I can help students complete anything from short-response reading comprehension questions to lengthy term papers and research projects of any kind. Creating bibliographies, a table of contents, footnotes (a favorite literary component of mine) are all within my range. When it comes to conjuring up general ideas for papers and projects, I encourage students to choose topics they are interested in learning more about (unless assigned otherwise by their teacher). Then head on over to the local public library and check out its extensive, fascinating catalogue of literacy; the internet can only provide so much in one sitting. I also specialize in helping students put their newfound knowledge of language arts' vocabulary terms and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.) to great use by offering examples of each when and where appropriate, in an effort to help their writing flow from one point to the next. For poetry and fiction, I emphasize the beauty of creating similes and metaphors to help the language and setting come alive. Furthermore, I help students push the envelope by digging deeper into their minds to make constant connections between their overall knowledge of a given topic or character figure, in an effort to further their descriptions thereof. Above all: when it comes to writing, creativity (derived from all of the above literary elements) is a must!

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English Exam focuses on the basics of English, Writing, and Language Arts at the late high school/early college level. From correcting spelling, grammatical, and punctuational errors to creating your very own essay, it is important to act upon preparing for the ACT English Exam in careful steps so as to gain all the skills and information not only for succeeding on the test, but also building your own individual literacy! In an effort to properly prepare for what lies ahead, we will focus on are some exercises from various ACT English reading resources, and practice writing of our very own to better understand the numerous components of the ACT, as well as the subject of English itself. Along with writing mechanics comes reading comprehension, involving making connections among contextual excerpts and general thematic ideas. The tactic of reading something more than once can help introduce another helpful perspective on a concept of tremendous depth and curiosity. Plus, learning how to edit a paragraph or short essay to make the writing flow more smoothly from one point to another will be covered in the lessons. Good luck! I know you will a-c-e the ACT!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I can help students grasp the techniques for mastering the reading portion of the ACT through practice reading exercises (including passages and followup comprehension questions pertaining to the content at hand). Discussions about the read content and its literary contextual significance are also included in the preparation process.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I can assist high school-, undergraduate-, and graduate students in how to go about completing the college application process smoothly step-by-step--from filling out the Common App, to completing the FAFSA, to penning their personal statements, to obtaining and submitting their high school transcripts and SAT and ACT Scores where applicable, to completing their selected schools' individual online college application forms themselves in their entirety, to creating and polishing their resumes, to scheduling college campus tours and visits with their friends and families. I can help students research colleges on their own that they are interested in applying to, have heard of through word of mouth or family background, and that they feel may in fact best serve them overall going forward in their learning and social lives. I can help students choose a college that best fits their: geographic location of residence and forthcoming interest in terms of furthering their education, cultural preferences, desired academic major(s), and financial affordability. I have taught and tutored high school seniors in recent years past, including writing letters of recommendation for them to a variety of universities. I also worked as an enthusiastic, dedicated, committed student admissions representative during my years as an undergraduate at my alma mater.
PSAT,

PSAT

I can help students gain a general overview of what lies ahead on the SAT--for both the English and Math sections of the examination. This comes complete with practice math and reading exercises. Essay writing is also included in the mix, complete with editing for content and writing mechanics each time around. The more prepared you are for the SAT, the more confident you will feel in your ability to do well on the test, and the better you will do in the end!
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

The English portion of the SAT covers two main areas: multiple-choice, and the essay. The multiple-choice portion reflects spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and how to correct sentences and paragraphs using those mechanics of writing. The essay is more open-ended, and asks the test-taker to comment on an assigned question or topic in question. An essay is built upon the following layout: Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion. In opinionated essays, the 1-paragraph introduction alerts the reader as to the background of a given topic of interest on the writer's part, as well as their own individual view thereon. The closing sentence in the introduction openly states the writer's thesis statement pertaining to their argument over the essay topic in perspective. The main body of the essay addresses different elements of the topic relating to the writer's thesis (with one paragraph per element). This middle section of the essay portion of the SAT can be anywhere from one to however many paragraphs necessary to adequately identify and describe the focal point of the argument. For the conclusion: a restatement of the thesis appears, often followed by a connection among the past, present, and future of a given issue addressed in the essay itself. On the whole, your SAT score in the writing portion is measured by the organized layout of your essay--with spelling, grammar, and punctuation intact, accurate knowledge of the essay topic in question shining through, ultimately bearing an overall smooth flow of language.

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Wonderful, Knowledgeable Tutor!

Our son has been having lessons with Peter twice weekly since September. We are having him augment out homeschooling situation. It has been going beautifully! Peter is communicative & always quick to respond to any questions. He has been a great match for our 4th grader. I am happy to sing his praises!

Michelle, 46 lessons with Peter

Reading Tutor

We have only had one class with Peter. He was very patient and engaging with my son. We look forward to working with him. He took the time to see how he can engage him.

Niemah, 1 lesson with Peter

Knowledgeable, kinda and patient tutor

Peter helped me with editing my personal statement. He professionally conducted the lesson and kept everything straight to the points. Peter is also an incredibly knowledgeable and well-rounded writer who has a true artist's spirit at heart. In general, I'm delighted with my first lesson with him and will book more for future assistance.

Maggie, 2 lessons with Peter

Amazing tutor!

Great tutor. Patient, knowledgeable and professional. Makes sure my daughter understands the lesson before moving on to the next unit. So happy we found Peter! Looking forward to working with him this year and in middle school as well.

Zara , 13 lessons with Peter

Military letter of recommendation.

Mr. Peter helped me with a military letter of recommendation. I told him the ideas that I wanted to write, and he wrote them in the propper for the letter.

Manuel, 3 lessons with Peter

Helpful and knowledgeable

Peter was great and clarified any questions I had. He helped me refine my essays and short responses. I feel more confident in my application after working with Peter.

Brooke, 1 lesson with Peter

Confidence is key

Peter was very patient.He remained confident when I panic with tech.I like that he will give input where is needed but makes you accountable for the work.What a way to start a new session;)

Dean, 8 lessons with Peter

Very Professional and Patient

Peter has been helping my six-year-old son with writing and spelling for six weeks. He approaches it as a conversation basing the words and direction of the lesson off of my son’s interests. My son enjoys his time with Peter, and his vocabulary and spelling continue to improve.

Ashley, 45 lessons with Peter

Knowledgeable

Peter is an excellent and sharp editor. He was available as soon as I requested his help and he worked on the areas I requested. He explains why the correction is being made too, which is very helpful.

Dianna, 3 lessons with Peter
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Thank you very much for the five-star rating and written review on my profile, Dianna! I truly appreciate it! I am always happy to help out any way I can. Cheers. --Peter

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