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Corey L.

San Rafael, CA


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— Daniel, Manhattan Beach, CA on 1/11/13

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California State University of East Bay


California State University of East Bay (Philosophy)

About Corey

Greetings prospective tutees (and parents of tutees),

I want to help you master your courses, awaken your educational interests, see what is significant therein and actualize your potential as a student. As the tutor I can help the tutee develop the necessary tools, skills, and techniques that will help him be successful in academic work. Fortunately, these skills (logic, critical thinking, etc.) are not limited to what is academic and they are applicable to a life of learning.

My approach:

It has developed out of sincere concern for the person who has both academic needs and interests beyond academia. Such an individualized approach means that the structure of sessions may differ greatly from one student to the next. (e.g. student A might only need help with comprehension while student B may need help finding what subject(s) is most interesting before going to college)(or, e.g., student A may need to work through lots of sample problems while student B may need a session that is more open-ended and leaves him with relevant questions to help direct his research and exploration).

It is my intent to encourage discussion of the material rather than lecture. Some lecture or prepared explanation is necessary on my part however, I don't want to waste your time by doing what a book can already do for a student. My sessions aim for discussion because discussion conveys, to tutor and tutee, more than information. Through discussion there is continuous question and response which allows me, as tutor, to identify problem areas in the students application of tools; and it allows the student ample opportunity to clarify what impedes his/her own understanding. It may be helpful to think of my discussion based approach through the following analogy. The tutee is now pilot. He flies his plane with his own two hands on the controls while maintaining a conversation with air traffic control in order to make appropriate course corrections. In contrast, the tutee to whom a tutor lectures is a pilot with the airplane on “autopilot”. There is no need for this pilot to take an active role in flying the plane. He does not have a creative stake in the course or destination of his flight. The course he takes has been laid before him. The former pilot learns how to fly the plane while the latter learns to be the spectator of his own flight.

Certification and experience:

I obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from the institution California State University of East Bay in March of 2011 and passed the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). I'm certified to do CPR and operate an AED. I have relevant experience for tutoring at the college level. I've tutored at Diablo Valley College's Learning Center and worked with private students around the East Bay. Most recently I have been working for the San Francisco Unified School District as a Special Education Instructional Aide (a.k.a. Paraeducator). Tutoring and para educating in the various locations has given me valuable experience working with ESL students and Special Needs students (e.g. Asperger's, Autism, ADD, various learning/physical disabilities). Also, my studies at California State University of East Bay gave me a strong foundation of logic and critical thinking on top of which I have continued to build a deep understanding of education and the student-teacher relation, ever since my graduation. Knowledge of subjects with which I am most familiar includes logic, philosophy, and English, but it can easily be applied to social studies, elementary mathematics, and many other subjects. Particular skills for which I can be of assistance are comprehension, writing--for various purposes, logical thought and argumentation, analysis and evaluation, and study skills.

If at any time I think your needs would be met better by another tutor I will not attempt to keep you as a tutee for financial gain. I’m here to help you. I look forward to working with every one of you and the challenges we embrace.


Greetings prospective tutees (and parents of tutees),

I want to help you master your courses, awaken your educational interests, see what is significant therein and actualize your potential as a student. As the tutor I can help the tutee develop the necessary tools, skills, and techniques that will help him be successful in academic
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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of San Rafael, CA 94901
Background Check: Passed

"Best feedback ever."

- Daniel, Manhattan Beach, CA on 1/11/13
Elementary Math, Logic
English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Reading,
Study Skills

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

My strength in tutoring elementary students is my ability to break down complicated assignments and ideas into their simplest parts so that they suddenly become manageable. I like to learn about the learner, understand his strengths, and relate material to his interests. I hold a B.A. in Philosophy, I've passed the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) and I would love to help your elementary student surpass his grade level. In addition to my formal training, I've had the opportunity to assist my brother--8 years my junior--with his homework ever since beginning elementary school 11 years ago.


The credential that qualifies me to tutor logic is my B.A. in Philosophy. How does a B.A. in Philosophy qualify me to tutor logic? What this credential means is that I have the level of competency with logic that is required to demonstrate a body of philosophical knowledge as recognized by the certifying institution of CSUEB. Logic, as it is approached in philosophical study is not only rigorous--due to the analyses and evaluations of highly abstract and complex ideas--but is examined from a variety of contemporary perspectives which allows the learner to develop a well-rounded understanding.

Experience that qualifies me to tutor within logic as a subject is the extensive writing and argumentation I had to work out under the guidance of exceptional instructors of such classes as "Introduction to Logic: reasoning in everyday life," and "Philosophy of Education."

The experience of studying logic as an undergraduate has imbued me with the sense of responsibility of continuing studies in logic post-graduation since logic is the basis of intelligible thought and expression in general. I hope it is comforting to you as tutee, or parent of tutee, knowing that your tutor has a vested interest in furthering his own understanding of the subject rather than viewing it as a subject already brought to completion.


Having graduated with his B.A. in Philosophy, and working on applications for graduate programs in Philosophy, Corey has familiarized himself with a few different ideas of what Philosophy is and what it means to teach Philosophy as a subject. Whether you require assistance writing an essay for one philosophy class or have an existential responsibility to become more philosophical--that is, to live philosophically--Corey's experience with a wide range of instructors is sure to be a valuable resource. In addition, he maintains a relationship with his most committed classmates and instructor who are always ready to assist if the problems faced are too difficult to solve alone.


Whether you are young or old, an occasional or avid reader, Corey can help you improve your reading. As a philosophy major Corey had to meticulously dissect difficult books and essays that helped him to sharpen skills such as: identifying the author's argument and its parts, and comprehending the structure of a nuanced story. For the learner who requires assistance with more fundamental skills, things such as pronunciation and sentence structure can be addressed. Corey has also had experience working with ESL and "special needs" students on most of these skills.

Study Skills

Having graduated from college, Corey developed some tactics of his own that served him well as a student and which can be passed along to his tutees. He has assisted ESL students with essays, special needs and elementary students with all subjects, and college students with critical, abstract analyses of texts. His vocational experience is in a college tutoring center, freelance tutoring, and elementary school instructional assistance. In general, Corey tackles the task of developing study skills in the learner by breaking it up into three areas of competency necessary for student success; they are: time-management, comprehension, and composition.


Writing a report, story, or essay? No matter. Corey can help you to write more expressively, accurately, succinctly, and with organization that will make your ideas more accessible to readers. His academic training was at CalState East Bay where he achieved a B.A. in Philosophy. Ever since then he has been gaining experience in the field of education through tutoring and work as a paraeducator for the San Francisco Unified School District.

California State University of East Bay


California State University of East Bay (Philosophy)

Best feedback ever. — I am a mom who got Corey to help my son in college. He provided timely feedback and specific ideas to help my son improve his essay and analytical thinking skills. He is genuinely passionate about helping students overcome their difficulties. He is patient and sincere. He will be our go to tutor from now on. ...

— Daniel, Manhattan Beach, CA on 1/11/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Travel policy

Corey will travel within 15 miles of San Rafael, CA 94901.