Peter F.

San Francisco, CA


Well-versed tutor in elementary, middle, and high school academics!

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Background check passed as of 10/17/14
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His Middle Name Should be Patience
— Jocelyn, San Francisco, CA on 11/16/12


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Dominican University of California
Liberal Studies-Teacher Education


Dominican University of California (Liberal Studies-Teacher Education)

About Peter

I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies-Teacher Education, with 12 years' experience working with students in elementary and middle school as a: full-time volunteer, substitute teacher, teaching assistant, afterschool tutor, and lead teacher for all Grades K-8, in San Francisco public and private schools. As an educator, I enjoy showing students the beauty and artistry behind the academic concepts they learn. Approaching my instruction through a call-and-response methodology--in which I ask students questions pertaining to the academic content at hand by relating what they are learning to elements of every-day life--be it their own, or the outside world in general, and having 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 see if they make any fascinating discoveries as they take in new knowledge through hands-on experience. Overall, I emphasize the importance of correlating elements of different academic core subjects to help widen the spectrum of overall learning, in turn enhancing student knowledge and understanding of all that they are learning.


2005-2008: I worked as a substitute teacher in Grades 3-8 at Chinese American International School--a San Francisco independent private school. I carried out lesson activities left by absent teachers in those grades, as well as creating and implementing my own lessons into the classroom routine.
2005-2006: I volunteered full-time with the SFUSD--at Redding Elementary School, helping students in Grades K-5 develop their vocabulary, basic math, reading and writing skills through the usage of flashcards in reference to classwork academic exercises, as well as proctoring tests in the aforementioned subjects.
2008-2012: I served the following roles as a full-time educator at St. Johns School, a San Francisco Catholic K-8 school: Teaching Assistant in Grades 1-3 and 6-8--assisted lead teachers in the planning and carrying out of academic lessons in all core subjects on a daily basis; assisted students one-on-one and in small groups with-, lead full-class lessons in reading, writing, English, Social Studies, Science, and math classwork assignments. I also took the regular lead as Geography Teacher in Grades K-5, creating and executing an academic curriculum in association with the social studies curriculums for each given grade level, complete with lesson plans, quizzes, and classwork--containing worksheet maps, interactive projected transparencies, and educational media, with consistent student participation as an underlying premise. In 2011-2012, I held the role of Middle School Lab Assistant, in which I prepared and led weekly science lab experiments (6th Grade Earth Science, 7th Grade Physical Science, 8th Grade Life Science) using school-supplied materials as well as related external supplies. In Spring 2009 and Spring 2012, I coached the English and Current Events Teams in the CYO Academic Decathlon for middle school student participants from St. Johns. I also created and lead routine lessons in United States- and World History for Grades 6-8 at St. Johns--consisting of world and U.S. geography prepared with similar materials to those used in the elementary grades (albeit at a more advanced, age-appropriate academic level) for Social Studies; English test prep. through oral vocabulary exercises and proofreading of practice essays, and class discussions based on content from textbook chapters. During my four years at St. Johns, I provided biweekly afterschool tutoring to students in Grades 1-8 in the subjects of: Math, Reading and Writing/English (organized sentence structure and creating complete paragraphs for students in Grades 1-5; essays in Grades 6-8; reading comprehension for all grades), and Science for Grades 6-8--in small groups and through one-on-one instruction at the school itself. I also taught students of all grade levels basic computer skills (typing, internet research, and printing documents and images) using the school laptops.
Fall 2012-present: as a substitute teacher at San Francisco K-8 independent private schools (cooperative, coed, immersion, and single-sex for each gender), my high-demand instructional specialty has been Physical Education in all grades, Kindergarten-8th. In the nine grade levels, I have led units on: basketball, volleyball, hockey, baseball, kickball, including warm-up exercises and team-oriented class activities utilizing a variety of PE equipment.
1/2017-present: I have served as a long-term substitute teacher at St. Johns Academy of San Francisco, taught 7th/8th Grade American History, 11th Grade AP US History, and 12th Grade Economics. As the lead teacher for all three classes, I designed and carried out all lesson plans and activities, issued and evaluated all tests (including final exams) and homework assignments/projects; issuing final Trimester grades for all students in all classes.
As a working professional, my level of flexibility, reliability, dependability, professionalism, organization, and student-oriented practice is very consistent in its output. I have worked with students who have special learning needs all throughout my career as an educator. My vast experience working with children ages 5-18, in Grades K-12, in both whole-class and one-on-one instruction, has given me valuable, well-rounded experience as a proud educator.
On 10/25/12, I had the honor of getting my first book professionally published--adding Author to my literary accomplishments and qualifications. On 12/13/15, my second book--focusing on children with special needs and comparing the roots of various learning differences revealed in unique life scenarios, analyzed over time, and emphasizing the importance of music in education--became self-published. On 9/15/14, I was featured in a news story about WyzAnt on San Francisco's KRON 4 NEWS.
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I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies-Teacher Education, with 12 years' experience working with students in elementary and middle school as a: full-time volunteer, substitute teacher, teaching assistant, afterschool tutor, and lead teacher for all Grades K-8, in San Francisco public and private schools. As an educator, I enjoy showing students the Read more

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"His Middle Name Should be Patience"

- Jocelyn, San Francisco, CA on 11/16/12

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- Sindy, Daly City, CA on 11/29/14

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- William, San Francisco, CA on 6/20/14

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- Karen, San Francisco, CA on 6/4/14

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- Allison, San Rafael, CA on 11/9/12

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- Ruth, San Francisco, CA on 7/17/12
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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!

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 and 20th Centuries, from the Civil War right through to the present. Areas of expertise include the Civil War, 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, 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 relevance 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) and sociopolitical elements of the present so as to highlight the eternal, hidden relevance of the past in today's modern world.

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 nine 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

I can tutor all of the following areas of elementary math:
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.


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!


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)!


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 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.


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.


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 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

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.


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!


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!

Dominican University of California
Liberal Studies-Teacher Education


Dominican University of California (Liberal Studies-Teacher Education)

His Middle Name Should be Patience

We hired Peter for a few sessions during late October/early November to assist my daughter with her reading and math skills. She is not the easiest child to work with - she is on the autism spectrum and diagnosed with ADHD as well which means she had close to zero focus for any academic work. Even after disclosing this information upfront to Peter, he did not seem daunted by the task at hand. Hi

— Jocelyn, San Francisco, CA on 11/16/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: $25 You must email, call, or text me at least 2 hours in advance to cancel a lesson and not pay the $25 cancellation fee (half the cost of a one-hour lesson). No exceptions.

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 1 miles of San Francisco, CA 94116.