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University of the Philippines
B. A. Communications

Education

University of the Philippines (B. A. Communications)

About Jason Robert

I am an expert tutor of Reading, Writing, and Math. I have worked as a volunteer tutor at an orphanage. I dealt with teaching difficult concepts to a diverse group of students with diverse learning abilities, including a deaf-mute student and an out of school youth. I developed creative teaching strategies, broke down difficult subject matter, and adapted the lesson to each learner’s needs. By adapting difficult subjects to each learner’s level, my students were able to make significant progress

I have proven that through creative and critical thinking, I am able to find ways to teach even the most difficult subject matter to the most underdeveloped student. I once had a student who was failing Geometry. However, after explaining the rationale of surface area, he improved so much that he was able to develop his own method of solving without the use of formulas. I had another student (elementary) who was disinterested in reading. As a solution I asked him to create his own stories. I typed them and he read them enthusiastically. As a college student, I edited several chapters of manga (Japanese comics) to teach complex concepts in group communication. My classmates enjoyed reading comics while learning the month's lesson! I have also developed creative poetry for beginner readers.

Tutoring is the art of adapting learning to an individual learner's capabilities and personality. I have mastered that art. I am confident that I can tutor any concept to any student, regardless of how challenging it is.
I am an expert tutor of Reading, Writing, and Math. I have worked as a volunteer tutor at an orphanage. I dealt with teaching difficult concepts to a diverse group of students with diverse learning abilities, including a deaf-mute student and an out of school youth. I developed creative teaching strategies, broke down difficult subject matter, and Read more

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24 hours notice required
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Travels within 20 miles of South San Francisco, CA 94080
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability
Music:
Flute, Guitar, Songwriting
Art:
Video Production
English:
ACT English, English,
Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, IELTS, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Word, Video Production
Language:
IELTS
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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English

Below is a sample of one of my lessons on tone

Lesson 4: Tone
Lesson Plan
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the students to the concept of tone. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to infuse simple phrases with different tones at will.
-Begin by showing the "I saw a flower" meme (see attachment)
-Explain that this illustrates how we can give various feels and moods to a composition by simply varying its tone
-Give a more complex example about abortion.
-Explain that they should be able to give their writing the kind of tone they want it. Show that I Have a Dream would have sounded less powerful if a sassy tone was employed.
-Activity: Give the class a phrase and let them change it up using different tones
-Give more challenging homework which reinforces the concept of tone.

Lecture transcript
So let's start with the lesson with a story (Show "I saw a flower" meme).
The point of this story is that you can have a simple phrase, "I saw a flower," but depending on how you say it, you can create different shades of meaning. It's a simple phrase but depending on how you say it, it can come alive in so many different way. That is called tone.
Let me give you a more complicated example. Say, the thought is, "Do not abort. If you have a baby, you have to bear with the consequences.”
Traditional and conservative: Well my mama always taught me that a real man should never run away from anything he did. No man should ever be a coward and take the easy way out by having a baby he made aborted.
Sassy: Abortion? There ain’t no way you gonna do that. You get into that mess, you bear the consequences. Don't even think of killing off somebody because of your stupidity. You gotta suffer for it yourself. Got it?
Attorney: Every person must be held accountable for the wrongs that they commit. It is unjust that an innocent child suffers the consequences of the behavior of irresponsible parents.
See, what I mean? Tone. You can have the same phrase, but if you change the tone, the phrase transforms. Now when you're writing, you want to be able to give your writing the proper tone. Give it the emotion you want, depending on your intent. Say imagine, you're Martin Luther King Jr. You're trying to write a speech about ending discrimination, and what comes out of your mouth is, "Now don't you dare pick on my children just because they're lookin’ like chocolate, and you're lookin’ like vanilla. You look at the good deeds they're doing, then you start pointing your dirty little finger at them" It might have worked in another situation, but not as a speech for a revolution. It's sassy. It's colorful. It's animated. We need something stronger, more serious, more empowering. So instead, we apply a more powerful, formal tone, and say, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." It's the exact same thing. The thought is, “Don't judge me based on my color, but based on my character.” However the thought sounded very different when two very different tones were used.
Here's what you have to remember. Number one: Tone exists, and tone can change your writing a lot. Number two: You have to pick the proper tone, based on what your intent is.
*Divide the class into groups and ask them to apply different tones to particular phrases. This is the same thing as I saw a flower meme. Sample phrases are: “Life is hard,” “I saw a cute girl,” “I hate my mom,” and “I miss my girlfriend who's a thousand miles away.”
Homework
1. Interview a theatre person about getting in character. How does this relate to tone?
2. Take a part of a speech or a song, and give it different tones. Change it up in at least 3 different ways, and explain what kind of feeling each one gives.
3. Study the songs Mean and Not Ready to Make Nice. What is the common sentiment they hold? How is this expressed differently?
4. Observe different speakers or writers (ex. Oprah, Dalai Lama). Reflect on the differences in their tones.

University of the Philippines
B. A. Communications

Education

University of the Philippines (B. A. Communications)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jason Robert will travel within 20 miles of South San Francisco, CA 94080.