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WRITING SPECIALIST/ National Writing fellow/ at USC/CSULB-

WRITING SPECIALIST/ National Writing fellow/ at USC/CSULB-

$60/hour

  • 118 hours tutoring

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Hello, I am a 20 year veteran licensed and credentialed Writing teacher. This school year has been like no other. Unfortunately, most schools and classes can't or won't have the time to develop your student as a writer; an essential skill that is needed to succeed at the elementary/middle school/ HS and university level. Now is the time to help your student!

It's no secret, every student has to be a strong writer but how it's taught makes all the difference. My philosophy is to make it...

Hello, I am a 20 year veteran licensed and credentialed Writing teacher. This school year has been like no other. Unfortunately, most schools and classes can't or won't have the time to develop your student as a writer; an essential skill that is needed to succeed at the elementary/middle school/ HS and university level. Now is the time to help your student!

It's no secret, every student has to be a strong writer but how it's taught makes all the difference. My philosophy is to make it "interesting: for students. In a morning writing class that I teach before school (7:45 AM!) I have 30 students arriving before school who are enthusiastic about writing!

I have been working with several students who were preparing for their essays entering Medical School. My colleagues asked me for some of the "quick and easy" strategies for developing students into highly skilled writers and that lead to my book about empowering successful student writers.

With the emphasis on scoring well on standardized exams; i.e., SAT, TOFEL, PSAT, SBAC and CAASP, each student needs to be a diligent writer. It's TESTING TIME and I want to help your student to be confident and prepared for their standardized exams.

Let's work together to make your writing standout!


Education

USC
Critical WritingComm
CSUDH/Education
Masters
Teaching Credential-Certified
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
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  • Background check passed on 6/25/2012

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been working with several students both at my college and privately on their resumes. I have taught several workshops in which I discuss the appropriate vocabulary of a resume and a cover letter. I have had several international students who ask for business role playing (ie use of correct idioms) as well. In my Public Speaking class students practice mock interviews.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have taught English 102- Public Speaking to college students studying for their AA degrees at CBD College in Los Angeles for 3 years. I also taught a "truncated" 5 week version of the course to HS students preparing for college entry at USC, through their Upward Bound program.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been working with several students both at my college and privately on their resumes. I have taught several workshops in which I discuss the appropriate vocabulary of a resume and a cover letter. I have had several international students who ask for business role playing (ie use of correct idioms) as well. In my Public Speaking class students practice mock interviews.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught English 102- Public Speaking to college students studying for their AA degrees at CBD College in Los Angeles for 3 years. I also taught a "truncated" 5 week version of the course to HS students preparing for college entry at USC, through their Upward Bound program.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

I am the writing specialist in the Palos Verdes Unified School District. I have taught elementary,middle school,HS and college course since 1994. Our school district recently began testing for the common core with the SBAC, I rotate between two schools and I'm the teacher of the SBAC test prep, as it realtes to the common core. Areas targeted including: inrepreting reading conmprehension with eveidence, garmmar , writing a) with evidence to support b) opinion essays c) compare and contarst d) writing summaries.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 3rd,5th and 6th grade for ten years in a public school in California. I am licensed and credentialed.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have taught from 3rd-6th grade Math in the Little Lake school district. I believe all students can succeed in Math, if they have a one-on-one teacher that shares simple strategies. Most of the elementary Math is about building skills in Math concepts.
Spelling,

Spelling

Spelling skills are about gaining familiarity with patterns, as well as prefixes and suffixes. I've taught elementary and even nurses how to learn how to spell correctly and increase their vocabulary. Let's have fun learning and practicing, as your student builds confidence.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I help and develop all my student academic vocabulary. By exposing students to various forms of reading comprehension (i.e. excerpts from books, magazine articles, poems and songs) students are introduced to vocabulary. I create many vocabulary building exercises for the specific level of each group of students.
Grammar, Reading

English

English,

English

I have taught English for the past twenty years, from the elementary levels to the college level. I am a writing fellow at both UCLA and CSULB's National Writing Project. I have a passion for developing all students into proficient writers. I am the writing specialist in the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have taught English 102- Public Speaking to college students studying for their AA degrees at CBD College in Los Angeles for 3 years. I also taught a "truncated" 5 week version of the course to HS students preparing for college entry at USC, through their Upward Bound program.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught several standardized test classes. I've taught an SAT boot camp, TOEFL practice , GED and NCLEX practice. I enjoy sharing the strategies that help students pass their exams!
Spelling,

Spelling

Spelling skills are about gaining familiarity with patterns, as well as prefixes and suffixes. I've taught elementary and even nurses how to learn how to spell correctly and increase their vocabulary. Let's have fun learning and practicing, as your student builds confidence.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

The TOEFL is a standardized exam that is a test of the students English proficiency. I have taught and tutored many students in both standardized exams prep and in TOEFL prep. I believe the key is practicing writing and conversation. The writing will strengthen your vocabulary and reading comprehension. Practicing conversation is an essential skill needed to be successful on the exam.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I help and develop all my student academic vocabulary. By exposing students to various forms of reading comprehension (i.e. excerpts from books, magazine articles, poems and songs) students are introduced to vocabulary. I create many vocabulary building exercises for the specific level of each group of students.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading

History

Social Studies

Social Studies

I have taught Social Science as part of a block at the middle school along with language arts. I always incorporate various forms of writing for students to gain comprehension. In 8th grade, students are studying American History.For example when teaching 8th graders, they had to write a persuasive essay from the perspective of Lincoln and justify the reasoning for the Civil war.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 3rd,5th and 6th grade for ten years in a public school in California. I am licensed and credentialed.
English,

English

I have taught English for the past twenty years, from the elementary levels to the college level. I am a writing fellow at both UCLA and CSULB's National Writing Project. I have a passion for developing all students into proficient writers. I am the writing specialist in the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught several standardized test classes. I've taught an SAT boot camp, TOEFL practice , GED and NCLEX practice. I enjoy sharing the strategies that help students pass their exams!
Spelling,

Spelling

Spelling skills are about gaining familiarity with patterns, as well as prefixes and suffixes. I've taught elementary and even nurses how to learn how to spell correctly and increase their vocabulary. Let's have fun learning and practicing, as your student builds confidence.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.
Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
TOEFL

TOEFL

The TOEFL is a standardized exam that is a test of the students English proficiency. I have taught and tutored many students in both standardized exams prep and in TOEFL prep. I believe the key is practicing writing and conversation. The writing will strengthen your vocabulary and reading comprehension. Practicing conversation is an essential skill needed to be successful on the exam.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 3rd,5th and 6th grade for ten years in a public school in California. I am licensed and credentialed.
English,

English

I have taught English for the past twenty years, from the elementary levels to the college level. I am a writing fellow at both UCLA and CSULB's National Writing Project. I have a passion for developing all students into proficient writers. I am the writing specialist in the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.
Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.

Special Needs

Speech,

Speech

As an ESL language teacher with over 17 years of teaching experience, I teach pronunciation and tongue positions to all my ESL students. It is imperative for these students, for example, to understand that the "th" blend in English that occurs in words such as "this, that," "other, mother," and "south, north" requires their tongue to push out and come out of their mouth when saying the "th" for correct pronunciation.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.

Sports/Recreation

Fitness

Fitness

I have taught anatomy, medical terminology and NCLEX test prep for the past 3 years to nursing students at CBD College in L.A., a vocational school. I have adapted medical textbooks and taught a 1-hour medical textbook review to each module in each semester.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I taught 3rd,5th and 6th grade for ten years in a public school in California. I am licensed and credentialed.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught every level of ESL from the beginning to the advanced multiple times. I teach a 5 day 5 hour intensive ESL class at a local college in Los Angeles. Each year I teach over 1000 hours of ESL, including TOEFL test prep.
GED,

GED

Since the GED has changed in 2014, I have taught several test prep classes that follow the new format. The key of this new test in all subject areas- develop high academic vocabulary, understand the test vocabulary and be trained/prepared to produce writing on demand.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have helped elementary-middle school and college students develop appropriate study skills. My strategies include teaching them how to preread a chapter by looking at topic names, subtopics, captions and photos. I also share a strategy called QAD- question answer detail, after reading a long paragraph- write a simple question, simple answer, fill in with bullet points as details. These strategies and more get the student writing and absorbing comprehension.
Reading

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been working with several students both at my college and privately on their resumes. I have taught several workshops in which I discuss the appropriate vocabulary of a resume and a cover letter. I have had several international students who ask for business role playing (ie use of correct idioms) as well. In my Public Speaking class students practice mock interviews.
CBEST,

CBEST

I have been teaching a standardized test review at my school for the past 3 years. I teach a 1 month orientation that focuses on: study skills review, reading comprehension practice, writing the essay and HS math review. I currently have a student in my school that I am teaching and practicing with, particularly the "how to's" of constructing the CBEST essay. We also spend a great deal of time examining vocabulary by practicing synonyms, antonyms and descriptive language.
Common Core,

Common Core

I am the writing specialist in the Palos Verdes Unified School District. I have taught elementary,middle school,HS and college course since 1994. Our school district recently began testing for the common core with the SBAC, I rotate between two schools and I'm the teacher of the SBAC test prep, as it realtes to the common core. Areas targeted including: inrepreting reading conmprehension with eveidence, garmmar , writing a) with evidence to support b) opinion essays c) compare and contarst d) writing summaries.
GED,

GED

Since the GED has changed in 2014, I have taught several test prep classes that follow the new format. The key of this new test in all subject areas- develop high academic vocabulary, understand the test vocabulary and be trained/prepared to produce writing on demand.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have taught several standardized test classes. I've taught an SAT boot camp, TOEFL practice , GED and NCLEX practice. I enjoy sharing the strategies that help students pass their exams!
TEAS,

TEAS

I have tutored several students on various standardized exams including the SAT, PSAT, NCLEX, TOEFL and TEAS. As part of a 1 month orientation at CBD College in L.A. I prepared students for the basic skills exam. the TEAS is an aptitude test which asks for differentiation of vocabulary, study skills, math skills and most of all critical thinking skills. I teach every student how to be a proficent reader and writer and how to make note and be aware of academic testing language. The students at WyzAnt will be well served by my writing, reading and test prep review.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

The TOEFL is a standardized exam that is a test of the students English proficiency. I have taught and tutored many students in both standardized exams prep and in TOEFL prep. I believe the key is practicing writing and conversation. The writing will strengthen your vocabulary and reading comprehension. Practicing conversation is an essential skill needed to be successful on the exam.
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT

Examples of Expertise


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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Efficient and knowledgeable

The strategies taught are going to revolutionize the way I take exams. He also doesn't assume what you should know, creating a safe atmosphere for learning.

Arie , 1 lesson with R

Intelligent & Insightful

I am currently in the process of turning in my applications for medical school. Rich has been so helpful in reviewing/editing my application and and my personal statements. Other than that, he is also just generally smart and patient. I would highly suggest him for any student that needs help with essays, applications, or even resumes.

Shelby, 2 lessons with R

Approachable, friendly and knowledgable

These are some of the descriptions used by my daughter to describe RP. She really likes working with him. He is very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. My daughter appreciates RP's help with her SAT prep.

Fariba, 3 lessons with R

Great tutor

Richard is a professional tutor and always well prepared. He also has a good personality. I could learn English, American culture and even techniques for leaning through the lessons with enjoyment. One of the impressive words I was taught was that to learn effectively is to be a good listener. I would highly recommend this great tutor!

Kazuo, 4 lessons with R

Awesome teacher!

He always prepares something for the lesson and teaches very efficiently. He sincerely cares and helps for student's study goal!! Highly recommend him!

Lauren, 9 lessons with R

Great about Keywords

He checked my resume and gave me great suggestions for using effective words. That teaching style just what I was looking for the tutoring session. He is a very experienced-ESL teacher; if you are ESL person and need help for learning English, he is the ideal teacher for you. Thanks R.P!

Yoko, 4 lessons with R
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