Over 200 tutoring hours

Josephine C.

Torrance, CA


Fun Math Tutoring Specialist for K-12, GED, Vocational Students

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 7/30/12
5.0 average from 83 ratings
She is awesome and sincerely concerned!!
— Stephanie, Los Angeles, CA on 7/15/16


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Whittier College


Whittier College (Mathematics)

About Josephine

When I speak with parents, I am often asked the difficult but fair question: "Why does my child need a math tutor?" Beyond getting an "A" in the classroom and boosting the student's GPA, the benefits of a math tutor are not clear. After all, the vast majority of my students will not pursue a career in math, science or engineering. However, what I do know is that all my students will need to be critical thinkers and problems solvers if they want to succeed as adults. My goal at every tutoring session is to create and nurture the love of learning and develop problem solving skills that will last a lifetime.

All my students benefit from personal math tutoring because there is a genuine opportunity to ask me questions and receive responsive explanations. When I answer students, I do not just give them the "answer." I am more interested in how they arrived at the answer and will listen carefully to their explanation to determine if they understand the logic and reasoning behind each step. During tutoring sessions, the correct reasoning methods are reinforced and misunderstandings are diagnosed and corrected.

After working with thousands of students over the years, the vast majority of students, whether they are barely passing or getting As, enjoy math and problem solving if they simply have the tools to solve problems and are challenged according to their skill level. For students who are feeling overwhelmed, their frustration turns to disinterest. Students who have mastered the in-class material become easily bored due to the redundant repetition. While practice questions are necessary to reinforce skills, excessive worksheets and homework does not develop independent thinking. New ideas and inspiration simply do not come from constant repetition. At every session, I strive to challenge each and every student based on their abilities to raise their self-confidence and boost their enjoyment. I give all my students the tools and skills to confidently dissect a problem and solve it efficiently.

My tutoring process begins at different stages depending on student ability, but the goal is always the same: mastering the fundamentals while also increasing intellectual curiosity and problem solving skill.

My background and qualifications:

I graduated from Whittier College with a degree in mathematics and a specialty in childhood math instruction. I am a California credentialed math teacher and have been a math teacher and tutor for the last 12 years. I enjoy teaching math because I like challenging the false idea that math is hard. At the highest levels, I strive to inspire my students to become critical thinkers and adapt the lessons they have learned in math class outside of the classroom.

Being a math tutoring specialist is an enjoyable experience. Because I only teach math, I am able to dedicate my time to finding new and innovative methods to develop and explain concepts for routine problems. Most importantly, I have had the privilege and pleasure of being taught by some of the most creative and inspiring teachers, my own students. By telling me their problems and teaching me their solutions I have been able to develop and build a collective toolbox of strategies and methods to effectively address the most common and complicated questions.

I trust that you and your child will find me extremely skilled and friendly. I hope to meet you soon and exceed your expectations!


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dear parents and students, I am excited to announce I now have an office to increase my availability and decrease my rates. My office is conveniently located in Torrance near Del Amo mall. The above rate is only for small group tutoring. Please contact me for rate details, directions and tutoring information. Thank you!
When I speak with parents, I am often asked the difficult but fair question: "Why does my child need a math tutor?" Beyond getting an "A" in the classroom and boosting the student's GPA, the benefits of a math tutor are not clear. After all, the vast majority of my students will not pursue a Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90503
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"She is awesome and sincerely concerned!!"

- Stephanie, Los Angeles, CA on 7/15/16

"Approachable and patient"

- Phillipa, Gardena, CA on 2/9/16

"My son loved her"

- Nicole, Torrance, CA on 1/17/16

"Amazing tutor!"

- TAMARA, Los Angeles, CA on 2/28/13

"The Best Tutor We've Ever Worked With"

- Akiko, Torrance, CA on 2/6/13

"Great tutor!!!"

- Tiffany, Torrance, CA on 12/19/12

"Great Tutor"

- Samantha, San Pedro, CA on 11/20/12

"Thank you"

- Janet, Keller, TX on 10/25/12

"Really Great"

- Barbara, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 10/23/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, Career Development, GED, PSAT, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Study Skills
Career Development

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

I have taught middle and high school for over 10 years. I know the curriculum very well. I can easily point out the careless mistakes that students should watch out for when they take their test and do their homework.

Study Skills

As a California Credentialed teacher, I have a very keen understanding of what study skills a student requires in order to succeed.

Study skills are not taught as its own subject, but rather are most effective when I am tutoring a particular subject matter. For instance, many math students will simply write an answer down to a question they do not understand. A more effective skill to develop within a student is to have them take extensive notes of the problem so they are able to "re-create" the steps of the problem to ensure they are able to review the problem several weeks later in preparation for their test.

Whittier College


Whittier College (Mathematics)

She is awesome and sincerely concerned!!

Josephine truly restored my belief in the organization. She empathized with my situation and for me in the same day. My daughter was anti- tutors. In her words tutors are for "dummies"! No matter how many times I explained to her that she was WRONG and no one would think of her like that, she wouldn't budge. Unbeknownst to Josephine, my daughter entered the first session with a negative attitude.

— Stephanie, Los Angeles, CA on 7/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Josephine will travel within 15 miles of Torrance, CA 90503.