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Menaka M.

Dynamic, experienced tutor w/ PhD! *SAT/ACT/GRE/writing*

Dynamic, experienced tutor w/ PhD! *SAT/ACT/GRE/writing*

$75/hour

  • 318 hours tutoring

  • San Leandro, CA 94577

About Menaka


Bio

I have 15 years of experience with tutoring, teaching, and training. As a result, I am comfortable interacting with many audiences (including students from primary to university levels, parents, teachers and professors, and candidates for public office) on many subjects (such as math, critical reading, essay composition, data analysis, public policy, and political economy).

I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and...

I have 15 years of experience with tutoring, teaching, and training. As a result, I am comfortable interacting with many audiences (including students from primary to university levels, parents, teachers and professors, and candidates for public office) on many subjects (such as math, critical reading, essay composition, data analysis, public policy, and political economy).

I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. At the University of Miami, I taught undergraduate classes as a Teaching Assistant (in an existing introductory course) and as a Lecturer (in a new course I designed and taught independently). Other professional teaching experiences include curriculum development workshops for Miami-Dade public school teachers and policy training workshops in a governmental setting.

Throughout the years I have developed a dynamic personal teaching style that balances encouragement and toughness. I observe and interact with my students to diagnose and correct areas of confusion, provide clear explanations and examples, and engage and challenge students to reach their highest potential through practice. When preparing students for standardized tests, I ensure that students learn, practice, and apply test-taking strategies to achieve results on test day. Finally, I take care to work with parents and teachers in a professional and productive manner. In the past, parents have told me that their child learned more in our sessions than in school and that their child's confidence and work ethic improved over time in response to my teaching style. University student reviews praised my ability to inspire interest in the topic, my emphasis on understanding and critical thinking, and my personal demeanor.

My passion for education is evident not only in my teaching endeavors, but also in my own academic career. I pursued higher education at strong institutions and committed myself fully to learning. I earned a B.A. from the University of California and received a full tuition scholarship and Research/Teaching Assistantship to complete my M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Miami. I finished course requirements with high marks (GPA: 3.98) and successfully defended my doctoral dissertation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutor profile. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you or your son/daughter. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Education

University of California
B.A., Int'l Studies
University of Miami
Masters
University of Miami
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $75 for in-person / $75 for online
  • Rate details: Online lessons: $60/hr. Minimum length: 1.5 hr. In person lessons: Available for an extra charge of $15/hr. Minimum length: 1.5 hr. Conducted at a public location within travel radius.
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of San Leandro, CA 94577
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 7/5/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I have worked with numerous students to prepare them for the GRE. I have my own materials, and help students prepare their own study materials to draw on their individual learning styles. I have a strong background in the quantitative side of the test, as a result of many years of teaching math. My guidance on the writing test focuses on core writing skills, organization, crafting a focused argument, and polish.
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience as a volunteer afterschool tutor for elementary school students. I also taught an afterschool SSAT middle school class to a group of 20-30 students. My teaching style is encouraging and creative. I use tactile teaching methods when appropriate in math lessons, which I have found especially effective in working with younger students. In reading, writing, and spelling I come up with games and activities to keep students engaged and improve retention.
Elementary Math, Spelling

English

Writing,

Writing

I have over 15 years of teaching/tutoring experience and am thus able to understand the variety of challenges students face when trying to write. I am able to structure lessons to build skills methodically and integrate practice throughout to solidify skills and increase confidence. I have substantial experience (academic and professional) writing documents ranging from a professional memo to an academic thesis/dissertation. I serve as a research/writing coach and editor for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, SAT Reading, Spelling

History

Government & Politics

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience as a volunteer afterschool tutor for elementary school students. I also taught an afterschool SSAT middle school class to a group of 20-30 students. My teaching style is encouraging and creative. I use tactile teaching methods when appropriate in math lessons, which I have found especially effective in working with younger students. In reading, writing, and spelling I come up with games and activities to keep students engaged and improve retention.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored numerous students in geometry, to provide support with coursework as well as to prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a PhD and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. I have also taught classes at the undergraduate level. I have worked with over 100 students on standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 15 years of teaching/tutoring experience and am thus able to understand the variety of challenges students face when trying to write. I am able to structure lessons to build skills methodically and integrate practice throughout to solidify skills and increase confidence. I have substantial experience (academic and professional) writing documents ranging from a professional memo to an academic thesis/dissertation. I serve as a research/writing coach and editor for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Prealgebra, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

Math

Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored numerous students in geometry, to provide support with coursework as well as to prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a PhD and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. I have also taught classes at the undergraduate level. I have worked with over 100 students on standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience as a volunteer afterschool tutor for elementary school students. I also taught an afterschool SSAT middle school class to a group of 20-30 students. My teaching style is encouraging and creative. I use tactile teaching methods when appropriate in math lessons, which I have found especially effective in working with younger students. In reading, writing, and spelling I come up with games and activities to keep students engaged and improve retention.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored numerous students in geometry, to provide support with coursework as well as to prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 15 years of teaching/tutoring experience and am thus able to understand the variety of challenges students face when trying to write. I am able to structure lessons to build skills methodically and integrate practice throughout to solidify skills and increase confidence. I have substantial experience (academic and professional) writing documents ranging from a professional memo to an academic thesis/dissertation. I serve as a research/writing coach and editor for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra

Other

ESL/ESOL, Government & Politics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Science

ACT Science

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience as a volunteer afterschool tutor for elementary school students. I also taught an afterschool SSAT middle school class to a group of 20-30 students. My teaching style is encouraging and creative. I use tactile teaching methods when appropriate in math lessons, which I have found especially effective in working with younger students. In reading, writing, and spelling I come up with games and activities to keep students engaged and improve retention.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have tutored numerous students in geometry, to provide support with coursework as well as to prepare students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and GRE.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a PhD and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. I have also taught classes at the undergraduate level. I have worked with over 100 students on standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Writing,

Writing

I have over 15 years of teaching/tutoring experience and am thus able to understand the variety of challenges students face when trying to write. I am able to structure lessons to build skills methodically and integrate practice throughout to solidify skills and increase confidence. I have substantial experience (academic and professional) writing documents ranging from a professional memo to an academic thesis/dissertation. I serve as a research/writing coach and editor for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Algebra 1, ESL/ESOL, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics

Test Preparation

GRE,

GRE

I have worked with numerous students to prepare them for the GRE. I have my own materials, and help students prepare their own study materials to draw on their individual learning styles. I have a strong background in the quantitative side of the test, as a result of many years of teaching math. My guidance on the writing test focuses on core writing skills, organization, crafting a focused argument, and polish.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a PhD and nearly 15 years of teaching experience. I worked for several years as a standardized test and academic subject instructor in private, small group, and classroom formats, first as an employee of a large tutoring company in California and later as an independent tutor. I have also taught classes at the undergraduate level. I have worked with over 100 students on standardized tests, including the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Reading, SSAT

Resources

Menaka has shared 1 answer, 5 articles and 3 files on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Helpful.

Menaka was very helpful with me. I needed help retaking a test and she helped me study and prepare for all the questions. We went over every question and she helped me out very much. Thanks Menaka!

Max, 1 lesson with Menaka

Highly recommended!

Menaka helped my daughter prepare for the ACT. My daughter struggles with math and this was their primary focus during the weekly sessions. With Menaka's tutoring assistance, she increased her math score by 7 points. (They did spend time on the other ACT subjects as appropriate) Menaka is very personable, cheerful and flexible. The relationship she forged with my daughter was wonderful and I truly appreciate every minute they spent together.

Kim, 10 lessons with Menaka

Fantastic!

Menaka was a fantastic tutor for our daughter for SSAT and Math. She was clear in her explanations and had our daughter doing the work. She made the lesson fun and interesting. Excited for the next session. Thanks so much!

B., 6 lessons with Menaka

Always prepared

Comes prepared very interested in my studies. Gives homework to help me to advance in my subject. Knows her subject very well and knows how to help me understand it. She is very helpful.

Jennie, 24 lessons with Menaka

Great Tutor!

Menaka is patient and knowledgeable. She pushes you to achieve results while encouraging along the way. Definitely recommend for GRE analytical writing prep.

Sara, 5 lessons with Menaka

Patient and responsive!

Menaka shows great patience with my fourth-grade daughter and has been very helpful to her as she works to keep pace in her accelerated math program. She is always available and is flexible in adjusting the time and date of a session, or adding a session, as needed.

Jeff , 30 lessons with Menaka
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