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Victor S.

Coaching bright students to succeed with academics, tests, & ADD/ADHD

Coaching bright students to succeed with academics, tests, & ADD/ADHD

$70/hour

  • 13 hours tutoring

  • Torrance, CA 90501


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About Victor


Bio

My mission is to guide students to learn how to learn, empowering them to thrive in school and life. Since 2007, I've had the opportunity to teach hundreds of bright students who have struggled with the challenges of studying, test-taking, writing, and time maanagement skills. I also love mentoring students pursuing screenwriting and creative writing by teaching best practices drawn from my 13 years of experience in the film industry.

My successful students include:
- An 8th grader who...

My mission is to guide students to learn how to learn, empowering them to thrive in school and life. Since 2007, I've had the opportunity to teach hundreds of bright students who have struggled with the challenges of studying, test-taking, writing, and time maanagement skills. I also love mentoring students pursuing screenwriting and creative writing by teaching best practices drawn from my 13 years of experience in the film industry.

My successful students include:
- An 8th grader who overcame living as a frustrated girl with ADHD by discovering she had her own superpower of thinking in unique ways. We worked together for four years, and in 2017, she gained early admission to her dream college where she'll study film and recording arts.

- A junior who missed over 30 days of school due to a rare illness, forcing him to stop playing soccer as he faced a mountain of make-up tests. We designed an action plan for his ACT, AP exams, and college app essays until he earned admission to Fordham University.

My unique approach combines individualized tutoring and high-performance study skills combined with mindfulness and growth mindset techniques. These are the keys to living a rewarding life of achievement - and less stress. With my guidance, my students have earned admission to schools such as Stanford, Cal Berkeley, Boston College, USC, and UCLA (my alma mater).

My experience includes teaching year-long study skills and test prep classes; creating nonprofit tutoring programs for underserved students; and privately tutoring children with diagnoses such as auditory processing disorder. I've trained as an SAT/ACT instructor, authored several test prep programs, and completed the master tutor training program at El Camino College, where I earned scholarships and awards in my post-bac life science classes.

I look forward to speaking with you to learn how I may be of service.


Education

University of California, Los Angeles
English

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $70
  • Rate details: Ask me about special rates for online, in-office sessions, multiple hrs/week programs, siblings, & proofreading per page.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 11 miles of Torrance, CA 90501
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/6/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

I have 12 years of film production experience, including writing and producing completed and distributed projects. My produced works include: a 10-episode narrative series, 21-part and 32-part educational series, commercials, music videos, and corporate videos. My recent production credits include: producer, line producer, writer. I have also taught workshops, educating aspiring filmmakers in pre-production and production techniques. At industry events, I have moderated discussion panels and have led panels about film techniques, distribution, and story development.
Video Production

Video Production

I have had the privilege of working in film production starting in 1996. I have enjoyed teaching emerging filmmakers proven pre-production, screenwriting, and production methods through workshops and online courses since 2012. I draw from my experience producing award-winning film and video projects including documentaries, narratives, music videos, educational series, and commercials.

Computer

Video Production

Video Production

I have had the privilege of working in film production starting in 1996. I have enjoyed teaching emerging filmmakers proven pre-production, screenwriting, and production methods through workshops and online courses since 2012. I draw from my experience producing award-winning film and video projects including documentaries, narratives, music videos, educational series, and commercials.

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I specialize in test preparation and peak performance in all sections of the ACT including the English and Writing Tests (essay). I have helped recent students increase their English scores by at least 10 points in the ACT scale by teaching proven ACT strategies, proper English grammar rules, and effective essay writing skills. As a published writer, I have adapted my writing techniques to fit the specific needs of high school students.
English,

English

B.A. in English from UCLA. I've proofread and edited essays, college application essays, and fiction for many students from grades 8 through college. I'm also a published short story writer and have written fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays since 1995.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Since 2007, I've taught students in classes, workshops, and private sessions to overcome the challenges of the SAT through proven strategies that empower students to learn how to learn and improve their time management. Our unique approach incorporates growth mindset and mindfulness exercises that make test-taking and studying easier and more efficient.
Writing,

Writing

Writing and coaching emerging writers is one of my greatest academic passions. My experience collaborating with professional film industry writers has given me proven nonfiction and narrative techniques that I have taught to high school and college students since 2007. I have provided notes to pros and students at every level of the writing process from conception and outlining to line-level grammatical editing.
ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 1 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. I use colorful visual diagrams, vivid examples, and clear steps to teach students how to improve their algebra skills more easily.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 2 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams, graphing apps, and proven supplemental material, I teach students how to make algebra 2 easier.
Biology,

Biology

I'm proficient with biology through the bio AP level. I've taken numerous lower- and upper-division biology courses in college and received an Academic Achievement award in 2009 for my straight A's in general biology.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Completed university-level general chemistry and was awarded the life sciences department achievement award at El Camino College. I have tutored high school AP chemistry and honors chemistry since 2007.
English,

English

B.A. in English from UCLA. I've proofread and edited essays, college application essays, and fiction for many students from grades 8 through college. I'm also a published short story writer and have written fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays since 1995.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Since 2007, I've tutored middle school students in pre-algebra. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how they can more easily avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams and proven supplemental materials, I teach students how to strengthen their important, basic math skills so they'll continue to succeed in future math classes.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have coached students with test prep since 2008 and began teaching full SAT classes in 2009. To provide the most accurate problems available, I always use the Official College Board SAT Study Guide. Every problem type has a specific method and once students understand those methods, I often see a great boost in their confidence.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Since 2007, I've taught students in classes, workshops, and private sessions to overcome the challenges of the SAT through proven strategies that empower students to learn how to learn and improve their time management. Our unique approach incorporates growth mindset and mindfulness exercises that make test-taking and studying easier and more efficient.
Writing,

Writing

Writing and coaching emerging writers is one of my greatest academic passions. My experience collaborating with professional film industry writers has given me proven nonfiction and narrative techniques that I have taught to high school and college students since 2007. I have provided notes to pros and students at every level of the writing process from conception and outlining to line-level grammatical editing.
Geometry, Reading

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 1 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. I use colorful visual diagrams, vivid examples, and clear steps to teach students how to improve their algebra skills more easily.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 2 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams, graphing apps, and proven supplemental material, I teach students how to make algebra 2 easier.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Since 2007, I've tutored middle school students in pre-algebra. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how they can more easily avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams and proven supplemental materials, I teach students how to strengthen their important, basic math skills so they'll continue to succeed in future math classes.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have coached students with test prep since 2008 and began teaching full SAT classes in 2009. To provide the most accurate problems available, I always use the Official College Board SAT Study Guide. Every problem type has a specific method and once students understand those methods, I often see a great boost in their confidence.
ACT Math, Geometry, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 1 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. I use colorful visual diagrams, vivid examples, and clear steps to teach students how to improve their algebra skills more easily.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 2 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams, graphing apps, and proven supplemental material, I teach students how to make algebra 2 easier.
Biology,

Biology

I'm proficient with biology through the bio AP level. I've taken numerous lower- and upper-division biology courses in college and received an Academic Achievement award in 2009 for my straight A's in general biology.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Completed university-level general chemistry and was awarded the life sciences department achievement award at El Camino College. I have tutored high school AP chemistry and honors chemistry since 2007.
English,

English

B.A. in English from UCLA. I've proofread and edited essays, college application essays, and fiction for many students from grades 8 through college. I'm also a published short story writer and have written fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays since 1995.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Since 2007, I've tutored middle school students in pre-algebra. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how they can more easily avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams and proven supplemental materials, I teach students how to strengthen their important, basic math skills so they'll continue to succeed in future math classes.
Writing,

Writing

Writing and coaching emerging writers is one of my greatest academic passions. My experience collaborating with professional film industry writers has given me proven nonfiction and narrative techniques that I have taught to high school and college students since 2007. I have provided notes to pros and students at every level of the writing process from conception and outlining to line-level grammatical editing.
Geometry, Reading

Science

Biology,

Biology

I'm proficient with biology through the bio AP level. I've taken numerous lower- and upper-division biology courses in college and received an Academic Achievement award in 2009 for my straight A's in general biology.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Completed university-level general chemistry and was awarded the life sciences department achievement award at El Camino College. I have tutored high school AP chemistry and honors chemistry since 2007.
ACT Science

Special Needs

ADHD

ADHD

Since 2009, I have privately tutored and coached over 20 students from grades 6-12 with diagnoses of ADD/ADHD to increase their grades and test performance. In 2007–2009, I was employed as a special education teacher's aide and adapted physical education aide with the Redondo Beach Unified School District. I worked with many of the students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by facilitating their study skills and homework in multiple subjects in grades 5-8. I am currently in a neurolinguistic programming certification program to continue learning methods to help children with ADD/ADHD develop lifelong habits of success.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 1 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. I use colorful visual diagrams, vivid examples, and clear steps to teach students how to improve their algebra skills more easily.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 2 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams, graphing apps, and proven supplemental material, I teach students how to make algebra 2 easier.
Biology,

Biology

I'm proficient with biology through the bio AP level. I've taken numerous lower- and upper-division biology courses in college and received an Academic Achievement award in 2009 for my straight A's in general biology.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Completed university-level general chemistry and was awarded the life sciences department achievement award at El Camino College. I have tutored high school AP chemistry and honors chemistry since 2007.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have coached students with test prep since 2008 and began teaching full SAT classes in 2009. To provide the most accurate problems available, I always use the Official College Board SAT Study Guide. Every problem type has a specific method and once students understand those methods, I often see a great boost in their confidence.
Writing,

Writing

Writing and coaching emerging writers is one of my greatest academic passions. My experience collaborating with professional film industry writers has given me proven nonfiction and narrative techniques that I have taught to high school and college students since 2007. I have provided notes to pros and students at every level of the writing process from conception and outlining to line-level grammatical editing.
Geometry, Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I specialize in test preparation and peak performance in all sections of the ACT including the English and Writing Tests (essay). I have helped recent students increase their English scores by at least 10 points in the ACT scale by teaching proven ACT strategies, proper English grammar rules, and effective essay writing skills. As a published writer, I have adapted my writing techniques to fit the specific needs of high school students.
COOP/HSPT,

COOP/HSPT

Since 2010, I have helped numerous middle school students prepare for the HSPT and ISEE high school placement tests. I am proficient in teaching the effective test-taking strategies found in the most popular prep books. Those strategies are similar to the SAT strategies that I've taught since 2009. I assign students full practice tests to determine their areas of strength and weakness. These test results help determine our study plan.
ISEE,

ISEE

Since 2010, I have tutored over 20 middle school students prepare for the ISEE high school placement test. I am proficient in teaching the effective test-taking strategies found in the most popular preparation books including Peterson's "Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams." These strategies are similar to the SAT strategies that I've taught since 2009. I assign students full practice tests to determine their opportunities to improve and thereby refine our specific study plan for their needs.
PSAT,

PSAT

I've been trained in effective SAT and PSAT strategies through my years of experience with a major test prep company. I've also earned a perfect score on the current version of the official PSAT. I enjoy teaching students high-performance test-taking methods which also improve their vocabularies, fundamental math skills, reading speed, and English grammar.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have coached students with test prep since 2008 and began teaching full SAT classes in 2009. To provide the most accurate problems available, I always use the Official College Board SAT Study Guide. Every problem type has a specific method and once students understand those methods, I often see a great boost in their confidence.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Since 2007, I've taught students in classes, workshops, and private sessions to overcome the challenges of the SAT through proven strategies that empower students to learn how to learn and improve their time management. Our unique approach incorporates growth mindset and mindfulness exercises that make test-taking and studying easier and more efficient.
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Writing, SSAT

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Experienced and personable

My son just finished his first SAT prep session with Victor. We were both very impressed. Victor came prepared with the materials, study plan and great summation about the testing process.

Lyn, 3 lessons with Victor

Very professional and helpful.

Victor is doing a great job helping my son with AP English Language and study skills. He listens to my son and asks him lots of questions about his assignments. My son is involved in the learning process and I love it. As a teenager, it is important to build confidence and that is what Victor is doing for my son. My husband and I are very happy with Victor.

Lakesia, 2 lessons with Victor

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