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Louis H.

Vallejo, CA

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University of California, Berkeley
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Coursework
Universite de Lyon, Lyon France
Other

Education

University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)

University of California, Berkeley (Graduate Coursework)

Universite de Lyon, Lyon France (Other)

About Louis

My teaching philosophy is that learning should be an intense and, at the same time, an enjoyable experience. I want to see your eyes alert, your mouth smiling, and your brain working! I emphasize English studies here because that is what most calls for my services have been.

I have over 25 years experience as a technical writer and have been tutoring students for several years now. For studies in other areas of my expertise, my philosophy is the same: education should always be absorbing, challenging and at the same time an enjoyable experience. When we work together for any reason, our work is centered around current class material, a text book and quizzes to measure progress and, perhaps more importantly, to evaluate strengths and weaknesses.

What does a technical writer bring to tutoring? The ability to separate out and focus on the essential, to organize written material effectively, and a clarity in communication that results from years of trying to make the difficult easy to understand. In my case, I also have taught Sunday school (4th and 6th grade) and tutored youngsters in French and English.

For students looking to tutoring to help prepare them for any exam, the big question is: when are you planning to take the exam? The answer to this question and your skill level when we start on our journey together helps determine how often tutoring sessions are needed.

If you are getting ready to take an English exam, I will work with you in all aspects of using English: reading, writing, listening and speaking. As needed, together we will complete a thorough review of English grammar and usage. One of my students who had failed the TOEFL exam, passed very successfully the first time he took the exam after studying with me and is now studying for a Masters Degree at the Philadelphia School of Music.

For those not within driving distance, we can work successfully using the Internet and cams. As a native San Franciscan, I am used to driving up and down the West Coast and across the bay. I have tutored in Sausalito, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hills and am comfortable traveling anywhere within a 30 mile radius. All travel costs are included in my hourly fee.

I hope to hear from you and would look forward to the opportunity to work with you or your child.
My teaching philosophy is that learning should be an intense and, at the same time, an enjoyable experience. I want to see your eyes alert, your mouth smiling, and your brain working! I emphasize English studies here because… Read more

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Most language tutoring sessions extend over multiple sessions, special discounts can be negotiated in such cases. Rates for groups is also negotiable.

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Travels within 40 miles of Vallejo, CA 94590
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"Louis is prepared, very responsive, accommodating and helpful"

- Barbara, Pleasant Hill, CA on 10/15/14

"Very knowledgeable and informative tutor"

- Pushki, Sausalito, CA on 9/30/14
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I am a technical writer with over 25 years experience and I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past five years. I use the latest edition of the "Real ACT Prep Guide" to offer my clients as many as five real ACT practice tests and help them develop strategies to attack the ACT successfully.

ACT Reading

I am a technical writer with over 25 years experience writing user manuals and marketing material. I have tutored students preparing to take exams in English for the past five years.

I have successfully passed the WyxAnt ACT English and Reading tests and am qualified to be an ESL/ESOL tutor and an English tutor. WyzAnt gives tutors separate tests for English grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing. I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor in all of these categories.

To ready my clients for the ACT, I use the latest "Real ACT Prep Guide" and "The Complete Guide to ACT Reading". Both of these guides offer practice tests and extensive strategies and tips to the test taker.

American History

I have been a history buff for many years now. I enjoy sharing American and European history awareness with others. The history of the development of the United States from revolutionary times to the modern era is a fascinating tale, one that everyone living in this country should have the opportunity to learn.

For AP US History students, I work with Kaplan's 2015 Book and DVD and have pre-ordered the Princeton Review 2015 Guide due out next month.

Anatomy

The anatomy of the human body has long been fascinating to me. While I have no formal education in this field of study, I have read a great deal about it and feel certain I would be a capable tutor for those with trouble memorizing the bones, organ parts, blood vessels, and all the other elements of human anatomy. My secret was to use flash cards with pictures on one side and definitions of functions and characteristics of each anatomical element on the back.

Bible Studies

I was raised in a religious home (Jewish) so my knowledge of the Old Testament goes back to my childhood. For several years, I taught the 6th Grade of a Reform Jewish Sunday School and have been president of a reform temple. The student would have to be studying the Old Testament as I have very little knowledge about the New Testament.

Biology

Anatomy, botany and biology. Which fascinates me the most? Hard to pick between them. I am a gardener by avocation. I even got a certificate in horticulture from UCLA. Anatomy and biology have always fascinated me as well. No formal education but a lot of home study in these areas. The memorizing part in basic anatomy and botany can be challenging. I use flashcards to help my clients with that.

Botany

I have been a horticulturist for many years, now. I became interested in gardening when I moved into a home with a very big backyard. I hired a gardener who was just starting out on his own in the business figuring while he had a head start we would learn gardening together.

I enrolled and completed a two year extension course in horticulture at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and received a Certificate in Gardening and Horticulture. The course included plant identification, botany and plant taxonomy, soil science, and gardening techniques and practices.

English

English is my native language. As an avid reader and career writer, my command of English is better than average. As a technical writer, I have learned to state things concisely. I have some experience with creative writing as well, which places special demands on English understanding. For example, I have translated a libretto from French to English and worked especially hard to use the right words to capture nuance more than looking for a word-for-word translation.

ESL/ESOL

I am a technical writer with 25 years of experience using the English language correctly. I have tutored students for whom English is a second language for the last five years. Students learning English with me use the Internet to enhance their learning experience and make it both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

European History

I have long been a student of European history. I am particularly drawn to the triumphs and shenanigans of the Royals of different countries during the period of the absolute monarchies, the emergence of the Age of Enlightenment, and the birth pains and accomplishments of the modern democracies.

French

I studied French in Junior High School, High School, and it was my minor at the University of California, Berkeley. I spent my college senior year at the University of Lyons where I received a Mention Bien for my work. Since then, I keep in touch with family in France who speak and write very little English. I read a French newspaper daily (Le Monde) and visit France whenever I can. My latest visit was last year. During that visit I spent time in Paris (of course), and Provence.

GED

The GED crosses four disciplines, which makes it a difficult test. We will need to demonstrate that your proficiency in English (reading and writing), social studies, and science meets the standards set by the American Council on Education for you to receive a Certificate of High School Equivalency. I use tools available on the Internet to prepare you for the exam. My services will prepare you for the English, social studies and science portions of the exam. However, I do not provide tutoring for the math section of the exam.

Government & Politics

Government and politics has been an area of interest for me for many years, now. I graduated from the undergraduate school at the University of California in Berkeley with a major in Political Science. I particularly enjoyed studying political philosophy and the role of political parties and pressure groups on governments. Since leaving the university, I have followed political events both here in the United States and in France on a daily basis in the newspapers and on TV, and watch the talk heads and pundits on TV with a mixture of approval and disapproval in about equal measure.

Grammar

As taught in the public education system when I was young, grammar was not emphasized. (I'm afraid it is dealt with even less seriously now.)

My grammar training really began when I started studying a foreign language. It was through French that I learned in a systematic way about person, the parts of speech, verb tenses and modes of speech, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, phrases and clauses, articles and their uses etc., etc.

Since taking up English tutoring, I have become even more thoroughly familiar with grammar issues by using grammar books to give my clients practice, all the while evaluating their progress. Currently, I am using "Basic English Grammar", latest edition, and the accompanying "Basic English Grammar Workbook".

Literature

As a child, I was an avid reader of fiction from Albert Teyson Terhune's dog stories to the adventures of the Bobbsey Twins, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Nowadays, I am more drawn to biographies and historical novels but my love of mystery, fantasy, and adventure still needs attention (which has led me to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the series of books by George Martin that includes the Game of Thrones). I look forward to sharing my love of literary forms --both prose and poems -- and gaining insight into the human condition by examining some of the novels, dramas, and short stories that have been part of our history.

Macintosh

As a technical writer, I have been a Mac user since the first Mac came on the market. At that time, I was working on a contract with the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Ca. We were all amazed and pleased with the graphical interface, the machine size, and what was then considered the terrific speed of the machine. Over the years, I have moved from one Mac to another as newer systems and better hardware became available and have used a variety of apps, including Microsoft Office, mail programs, Adobe products, media apps, and security programs as required by my clients. I now have two MAC laptops, both running OS X. As a contractor, I respond to the hardware and software needs of my clients. I am equally skilled in using MACs and PCs and the documentation and communication tools that are run on them.

Microsoft Windows

I have been a tech writer for over 25 years. During that time I have used both MAC and Microsoft products and a bit of UNIX as well. My knowledge of Microsoft is as a near constant user who has networked computers, solved technical problems, protected, increased the efficiency of computers, established remote connections, and removed viruses using Microsofts support tools and accessories.

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word ever since it first came on the market. (I am old enough to remember using MultiMate and simple text writing programs before the advent of Word!) I am familiar with many of its advanced features including book building, using macros, building tables with columns that can be added, creating equations in documents, controlling page layout, saving documents in different formats, moving text between Word and other applications, using mail merge, etc. I would feel highly qualified to tutor a student in the more sophisticated uses of Word.

Political Science

I graduated from the University of California with a major in Political Science. I spent my senior year in France where I took an exam in French politics with an emphasis in France Overseas (La France Outre Mer), passing with an Honorable Mention (Mention Bien). Since then, I have stayed keenly aware of politics both in the United States and in France participating here at home in voter registration and supporting candidates I think will work best to preserve the freedoms we are afforded in the US. I also read United States, French, and English newspapers and watch English, French and US news broadcasts every day.

Proofreading

As a writer by profession, I know the value of proofreading my own work before releasing it to others. It is not unusual for me to go over something I have written several times honing, rewording, and proofreading contents.

I have also learned to appreciate the job of the proofreader who sees the overlooked with professional eyes.

In my experience, teaching proofreading is essentially training a client in the art of critical reading with an eye to correct English usage. The professional proofreader is a grammarian with an understanding of correct use of vocabulary and sentence structure. I also introduce my clients to the proofreading tools now available through the Internet.

Reading

As a child, I escaped from a large family through reading. The reading bug is still very much a part of my everyday life. I have largely turned from fiction to nonfiction, reading biographies (although sometimes they are more fiction than fact!) and books on current events and history books as I am something of a history buff. For more detailed analysis of events, here is another reading habit: I prefer newspaper news to TV coverage.

SAT Reading

As a technical writer for 25 years, I have had to read complex technical documents, separating the essential from the supportive but nonessential that typically flows from developers. I concentrate on helping students understand how to quickly locate principal ideas in paragraphs and improve their reading comprehension and speed. I use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the reading portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam.

SAT Writing

As a technical writer for 25 years, I have had to demonstrate writing skills above that normally required in order to clearly communicate how to perform tasks. I concentrate on essay structure, and use College Board tools to prepare students I work with for success in the essay portion of the SAT the first time they take the exam. At our first session, I administer a test to determine whether a review of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary would be useful as well.

Social Studies

My major in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley campus, reflects my interest in human society and was reinforced by the work I did in Sociology subsequently. I weave elements of sociology and political science as well as history, economics, and civics into the experience, using newspapers, TV series and news, and Internet reporting to keep the experience interesting and current. I am always careful to tailor the material presented to the age of the student or students I am working with.

Sociology

My graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, was in the field of Sociology. To me, there was a natural progression from my undergraduate studies in Political Science to Sociology.

I was drawn to two fields of investigation in Sociology: the sociology of religion, and studies of how interaction in a group affected individual behavior. A very proud moment for me was when I learned I was footnoted in Irving Goffman's iconic work, "Presentation of Self in Every Day Life" for my paper on "Teamwork and Performance in a Jewish Delicatessen".

Spelling

As a technical writer, the ability to spell words correctly is extremely important although, frankly, with tools like spell check in Microsoft Word, the responsibility for spelling correctly is pretty much transferred from the writer to the machine. Still, I pride myself on my command of English and learning new words and how they are correctly spelled.

TOEFL

Tutoring TOEFL is a specialty of mine. I recently returned from Mexico where I lived as an ex-pat for five years. To supplement my income, I began tutoring Mexican students eager to attend US universities and needing to pass the TOEFL test to do so. I have enjoyed the experience immensely and have been quite successful. Currently, one of my students, who came to me after failing the TOEFL exam, is enrolled at the Philadelphia School of Music after a 10 week course with me, three days a week, that included a complete review of English grammar and usage in the US.

Vocabulary

I am an avid reader and a writer by trade. Both experiences contribute to a better-than-average vocabulary.

I enjoy immensely seeing words that are "officially" admitted into US English, which, to date, is on a state by state basis, although many grant sanctioning power to Webster's Dictionary.

I find two tools particularly effective in broadening vocabulary: using flash cards followed by conversational use of new words learned.

World History

American, European and world history have long been a subject of immense interest to me. I am one of those who believes we can and do learn from the past through studies of not only history but all the humanities. I have been an avid reader since childhood and much of that reading has been historical. One summer, as an undergraduate at the University of California, I worked for Dr. Abe Nasatir of what was then San Diego State College translating documents about Jean Lafitte from French to English. I believe the history of our times will be seen in the future as a defining moment in the civilization of mankind.

Writing

I have been a software technical writer for over 25 years. The software tech writing experience is rather like a translating one -- taking the sometimes complex capabilities created by developers and presenting them as directly and simply as possible to the user.

University of California, Berkeley
Political Science
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Coursework
Universite de Lyon, Lyon France
Other

Education

University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)

University of California, Berkeley (Graduate Coursework)

Universite de Lyon, Lyon France (Other)

Louis is prepared, very responsive, accommodating and helpful — Very grateful to have Louis tutor my son with a last minute review for the SAT. He had worksheets, a computer, and ideas on the best way to review for the test. My son said he felt more prepared than he would have if he had tried this review on his own. ...

— Barbara, Pleasant Hill, CA on 10/15/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Most language tutoring sessions extend over multiple sessions, special discounts can be negotiated in such cases. Rates for groups is also negotiable.

Travel policy

Louis will travel within 40 miles of Vallejo, CA 94590.

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