Peter F.

San Francisco, CA


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

In-person lessons
600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/17/14
4.9 average from 173 ratings
His Middle Name Should be Patience
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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.
1/2017-6/2017: I 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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- Allison, San Rafael, CA on 11/9/12

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- Ruth, San Francisco, CA on 7/17/12
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American History

American History is my favorite genre of Social Studies. My strengths in American History focus predominantly on people and events in the 20th Century, from WWI right up through the 1990s. Areas of expertise include WWI, WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and historical figures (Presidents, activists, leaders of sorts) belonging to those eras and beyond.

Turning back the clock even further, I can tutor units on the Civil War, as well as topics surrounding the American Revolution. Having studied and read biographies on a wide range of U.S. Presidents and Civil Rights leader-activists, tutoring students on how to research and complete long-term projects and term papers pertaining to human figures and their corresponding timelines in American history is right up my alley.

No matter what lesson I give in U.S. History, I make continual comparisons to people (mostly politicians) and sociopolitical elements of the present.

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 (2006-2008; 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).

Elementary Math

I can tutor any or 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; decimals; 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 operations to help strengthen their overall mathematical skills and abilities.

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!


From identifying parts of speech to writing paragraphs, correcting sentences to citing bibliographic resources, English covers quite a bit of ground in the world of literacy. As an educator, It is my strongest, and therefore favorite academic subject area.

I can help students who are struggling with sentence structure by having them practice written exercises involving parts of speech in sentences from textbooks, as well as those which are self-created by the tutor and/or student. Reading excerpts from fictional novels or nonfictional encyclopedic resources, 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, and even short-response paragraphs to reading comprehension questions. Creating rough drafts and then turning them into polished final drafts shows ultimate personal growth and expertise in literary composition.

Most importantly, I encourage students to write on their own--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 to oceans and continents, latitude and longitude to locating world nations and physical features (lakes, rivers, deserts, mountains, etc.), along with the four hemispheres, I can tutor almost all elements Geography has in store.

My main focus showcases world locations--countries, cities, bodies of water, 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 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!


From analyzing developing good sentence structure to speaking and writing using correct language, maintaining a strong sense 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), along with possessives and contractions (apostrophes say and show it all).

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 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 academic literature textbooks) 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 plot, 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.


Helping students grasp the concept of variables (x, y); combining various mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) together with the presence and significance of parentheses and exponents; graphing coordinates; solving equations.

Prealgebra may seem complex at first, which is why I encourage students to exercise their knowledge of basic arithmetic. Explaining things very slowly and carefully, step-by-step, I find, helps students better digest the new found abstract concepts prealgebra introduces. But by playing with numbers to help students master exponential value and strengthen their multiplication skills, a new concept is learned while an old one is reviewed.

Like the grouping of numbers and variables in prealgebra, having a partner with whom to work on the exercises helps the material go through a lot more smoothly.


Proofreading is the final finishing touch on a written work of quality. After cranking out a rough draft, it's time to examine the literary elements of its product. From a quick SpellCheck to an actual line-by-line hands-on examination, ensuring proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation helps 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, two after a period. Explaining the symbolic meaning of quotation marks, parentheses, and brackets can make, instead of break, a great paper. It's 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 word of a new sentence (as well as those in proper nouns).

Remember: always double-check 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.


Reading is a beautiful revelation of knowledge, experience, and education. So don't let the arduousness behind book reports and answering reading comprehension 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 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 connections between sentences and paragraphs. So pick up a book today, and dig right into the contents!

SAT Writing

The writing 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 is measured by the organized layout of your essay--with spelling, grammar, and punctuation intact, accurate knowledge of the essay topic in question, and overall 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 through using them in self-penned sentences helps to further one's own language ability.

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 alike, 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 sorts. Creating bibliographies, a table of contents, footnotes (a favorite) are all within my range. When it comes to conjuring up general ideas for papers and project, I encourage students to choose topics they are interested in learning more about (unless assigned by their teacher). Then head on over to the local public library; the internet can only provide so much in one sitting.

I also specialize in helping students put their new found knowledge of language arts vocabulary terms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.) to great use by offering examples of each when 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 deep 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.

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: 1 hour notice required

Cancellation fee: $25 You must email, call, or text me at least 1 hour 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.