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Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Civil Engineering)
USC Marshall School of Business (MBA)
I have more than 15 years of experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels of education from elementary to graduate school. I am most interested in changing the way my students perceive themselves when approaching math. Throughout the years, I have had the most rewarding experience when my students, besides turning their grades around, feel empowered to the point they become a math resource to their classmates. I take my classes very personally and work together with parents to identify my students' weakness areas. I am a strong believer that by giving tutoring a holistic approach, tutors are successful in changing students' views of life in the most important aspects, preparing them to face the future with more confidence. This is my approach.
To me every student is smart. If there is a difficulty, is because the fundamentals were not learned properly. Math is like building blocks. No new concept is totally independent but an extension of a previous one. Students should not memorize formulas but understand where formulas are coming from. In this process, the brain gets trained for future problem solving situations. When I work with Freshman and Sophomore students, I am conscious that I am actually preparing them for the SAT and other admission tests earlier than in their Junior year.
In terms of subjects, my expertise is in all standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE as well Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Business Calculus and Spanish. As I instill my methodology to my students' studying habits, they find themselves being able to develop concentration skills to a level of solving the problems without writing.
Spanish skills: Being a native of Peru, South America, my command of the Spanish language is impeccable. Not only because I am native but I always took special attention to learning the right grammar, vocabulary and spelling, excelling at all touching points where Spanish is used. I make learning Spanish a fun experience by connecting with my students on an effective way after evaluating their needs.
My credentials include a degree in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and an MBA degree from University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business) which adds to my extensive teaching experience. I started tutoring when I was 15. My students have stayed in touch after more than 20 years, being most of them successful professionals in various technical fields such as Engineering. My resume comprises my career accomplishments as International Marketing Director for a software company in the US, which provides me with strong analytic skills in order to approach my students' individual situation and craft the most effective studying plan that will help them reach levels of performance they didn't think capable of. This is my best reward. As teaching is one of my strongest passions, I would be delighted to make a difference in my students' professional careers. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy my Yoga practice, which is one of my hobbies. I have more than 15 years of experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels of education from elementary to graduate school. I am most interested in changing the way my students perceive themselves when approaching math. Throughout the years, I have had the most rewarding experience when
Group rates: three or more students, $40/hour each
When I was in desperate need of help to review for my Ap Physics 1 ap exam, I was able to quickly contact Elena and set up a couple appointments. At an affordable price, Elena was able to coach me into understanding all of my problems with physics and find new ways to solve each problem. This proved to be very beneficial because her exploratory skills are superb and ultimately enhanced my physics abilities and test taking strategies, proving successful when I took the ap exam.
I highly recommend Elena for tutoring. I am in college and had to take a physics class online. I had a difficult time trying to understand the subject and finally had to turn to tutoring. Elena actually taught the subject to me. She was very patient and made sure I understood what she going over before teaching me another concept. She always worked around my crazy schedule. I would never have passed the class without her.
Elena helped me through Statistics. Her intuition to my style of learning was awesome, it relaxed me and assisted me in math. Elena, you are truly a professional and committed instructor. See you next semester.
My son had some make up quizzes for pre-calculus and was totally lost. He had to pass these quizzes or his college admission to FSU would be voided as he was in danger of getting a D in the class. I found Elena on this site and much to my relief she was able to meet with him on very short notice. She was knowledgeable, patient, and interested in helping him.
He did well enough to pass the class and soon will be off to college!
Elena helped my daughter for her 1st year in college classes for math. For me she has been so easy to reach and always available to talk to when needed. I observed the first class, she knows her material, is patient, and on time. My daughter's comments about her is that she really cares she said that she even watches her face expression and keeps asking if you understand! She knows her material very well. Many people are good in math but few can teach it well and reach our youths mind and heart and give them the confidence that they can do it on their own. My daughter was getting a C in the class before Elena was helping her. After the classes she was able to get 98% on her final and ended up with A in the class. I am truly appreciative and thankful for finding her.
I found Elena on WyzAnt three weeks before my daughter was to take the SAT. She needed to raise her math score 60 points to qualify for the scholarship she wanted, and math is not her strong subject. Elena was very encouraging, patient and taught her the strategies necessary to do well on the test. My daughter raised her score 60 points with only three weeks preparation - thanks to Elena! I highly recommend Elena as a tutor.
Elena has been a wonderful tutor. She made Math the most easiest subject in no time and no stress. After years from being away from college, I can master Math with no fear. She has a very unique way in teaching with different strategies. She makes Math fun and simple. I have been taking several classes and she didn't only helped on solving the problems but in thinking in a smart way. She has wide range of knowledge in other subjects too and helped me understanding physic and some statistics.
I am going to have her help on statistics too. I have tried several tutors and it was wast of time and money. I definitely recommend her for my daughter and for every one looking for good investment in exam preparation. She was my only savior and I wish her all of success in her life.
Very individualistic approach. Seemed interested to teach and happy. Would happily schedule with Elena again and would definitely recommend (especially if you are western Broward County)!
Elena helped my daughter get through a very difficult time in her studies. Her approach was customized to my daughter's needs and specific situation.
Having dealt with tutors before, most have a set way to teach. Elena takes the time to evaluate her student while teaching and, in a short time, knows what will work with that individual at that time.
Elena made it interesting, fun, and informative. If we ever need a tutor again, she will always be our first choice.
Originally my daughter needed help with physics. Since she has been tutored by Elena, her grade in physics has gone up from a B to an A+. Whenever my daughter needs help in another subject such as calculus, Elena is both willing and prepared to teach. Finally, Elena is not only tutoring my daughter to do well in school but also is teaching her to tackle problems in standardized tests.
Elena is very patient. She enjoys her job and makes the material easy to understand. I 100% recommended her; you won't regret it!
Working with Elena was an absolute pleasure. I came across her profile on WyzAnt and from my first session with her I knew she would be an instrumental person in my GMAT preparation. Having taken the GMAT herself, Elena truly understood my needs. She was able to explain complicated math concepts in simple ways I could easily understand and apply. She was very patient and generous with her time. Taking the GMAT is stressful, and Elena was able to make studying for this exam a lot more pleasant. I highly recommend Elena, and if I ever need tutoring in additional subjects I will undoubtedly contact her again.
Elena is an excellent tutor. She helped my daughter get from a C to an A in pre-calculus within one semester. She is always accessible and willing to help. She is kind, patient and easy to understand. I believe it takes more than proficiency to be a great math tutor, it takes care and concern for the students success and Elena has all those qualities and more.
Elena has been a blessing. Our son was failing every Algebra 2 test but has passed the last two (scores of 72% then a 98%) after starting lessons with Ms. B. She responded to my initial request for assistance very quickly, and has been prompt to the scheduled lessons (at the local library). Ms. B. has been flexible to our need for saturation teaching and has managed her schedule to make sure she is able to provide the time (twice a week). My son was also told that she would be happy to respond to any questions he might have in-between lessons, all he has to do is text her. She is very professional and takes her responsibility seriously.
Extremely disappointed. Was taught via YOUTUBE. could have done this at home. Thankfully WyzAnt has the one hour guarantee and immediately refunded me one hour back to my total payment.
Rachel and you hired me to help with a Modeling and Forecasting exercise. When I arrived and read your assignment instructions, these were clear as to your college professor's requirements that you should do the work on your own. On that moment, I told you that I could help you with specific questions pertaining the process but not in doing the assignment.
I haven't take a math class in over two years, it is my least favorite subject and a source of extreme anxiety for me. That being said Elena has helped me SO much! I'm in a difficult course right now with a professor who is less than extraordinary but Elena has really helped to fill in all of the gaps plus more! She explains things in a simple, concrete manner which makes them easy to understand, and caters to my learning sensibilities well! I got an 80% on my first midterm; that is the HIGHEST grade I have gotten in a math class since maybe the 5th or 6th grade. She is so kind, and has stayed over her paid time with me more than once to make sure I grasp the concepts. It is so comforting to have a tutor who makes me feel like she genuinely wants me to succeed! Thank you Elena!
I have always struggled with math, and most tutors lose their patience with my lack of comprehension in the field. I have to say this has been my BEST experience with a tutor in all my years of school. I struggled to understand Statistics, and felt like I was learning a whole new language. Thanks to Elena I was able to comprehend the material and pass the class at UCLA. The many hours of hard work and dedication on both ends, made the class so much easier and tolerable. Her easy going demeanor helped when trying to reach out to her and ask questions without the feeling of judgment. Hands down best tutor I have worked with!
Elena brings in her expertise from her Engineering and USC MBA background. I'm so glad to have Elena as my daughter's Algebra 2 Honors tutor. She's a patient, great person! She is a well qualified Math tutor with her vast knowledge, patience, and great communication skills to simplify complicated questions to where they are easy to grasp. My daughter's grade improved from B to A. Elena is a good match for my daughter. Thank you Elena. Give her a try and you will be glad!
Elena is a great math tutor. My nephew went from an F in algebra to a B+ in two short weeks. He says he cant believe how easy she makes math seem. His confidence in math has really soared since he started his lesson with her.
Elena is very patient with me. I'm 30+ and headed back to school, re-entering the math world yet again. It's never been my strong point, nor my favorite. It's one of those necessary things though. I knew I needed a tutor prior to class to help refresh my brain on some basic algebra skills and she really helped with that. She got me back up to speed on some of the solid basic concepts needed to get into a Int Algebra class without being too lost! Now that the semester is underway I'm still working with her when I get myself into an area I'm uncomfortable with and need a better explanation on how to do the problems. She'll explain it to you, demonstrate the steps needed to solve the problem, then have you work multiple problems so she can make sure you understand what you're doing. She's a wonderful compliment to a fast paced class where it's hard to catch your breath!
Elena is the 2nd tutor we've used for physics and the results have been marvelous compared to the 1st tutor. The grades earned really tell the story of whether a tutor is effective or not and so far we have no complaints. Elena seems to be accurate in her anticipation of what should be emphasized and not emphasized in preparation for exams. The results of her efforts have been very positive and it shows in the grades earned in the class.
I am very grateful for having students like this, who is not only smart, organized in his thinking processes but also eager to learn!
Elena has tutored my son in Algebra 1 for several months now. He can be easily distracted and Elena has been very patient with him and very good at getting him to focus again. Thanks to Elena he understands his homework better and has shown improvement in his grade. Plus she's a really nice person.
My daughter and I have found Elena to be patient and understanding in explaining the most difficult concepts. Her grade in Physics improved a grade and we are happy with the tutoring experience we have received. She cares about her students and it shows!!
Elena has been a great tutor for my daughter. She is very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter is improving in her math skills and she is now starting with her Spanish sessions as well. Very happy we found Elena, I highly recommend her.
Elena is the sweetest! I contacted her last minute to help me on a collage exam I was not prepared for and she made room for me not only one, but TWO days to ensure I was prepared for my exam! She has a very clear understanding of math and a beautiful way of explaining it that makes math seem easy! I can't wait to continue our tutoring sessions from this point on!
What makes a teacher a good tutor is a great student. Caroline not only is committed to learn but is an intelligent girl who grasp concepts very quickly.
Elena was very knowledgeable and helpful when we were working on my Marketing project. Also, she has a great personality, and it makes it easier to communicate with her. Highly recommend!!!!
My son took his first tutorial lesson with Elena yesterday and he loved it. He said that when he asked questions, Elena could explained them clearly and easy for him to understand. We are very lucky to have Elena as my son's math tutor!
Austin is a smart boy and with such a strong desire to learn new math topics. It was a pleasure to tutor him during his summer vacation. I am looking forward to seeing him again next year!
Elena has been working with my daughter for many months now and I have seen a major improvment in her grades. She takes a personal interest in her success and has a very positive attitude which has had an impact on how my daughter is performing. I recommend her highly.
Barbara's daughter was one my first students here in U.S. and tutoring her was a very rewarding experience. She is not only a sweet girl but also very smart and showed a strong desire to learn in order to change her academic grades which she definitely did!
Elena makes it very easy to understand any subject. The way she goes about teaching and explaining topics is very methodical. She explains things in a way that makes it very easy to comprehend.
For example, in my Spanish class, I was having trouble remembering how to conjugate verb tenses. Elena came up with a step by step process that I can easily remember which made it extremely simple for me to conjugate any verb.
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The approach I give to this subject doesn't differ too much with that for other Algebra levels. Making sure students have the fundamentals of Algebra when assessment takes place during first lesson is my major concern. From there on is a matter of building up on new concepts. Building blocks is what Algebra is about.
If the student does not have the fundamentals of Algebra, this is the moment to reinforce concepts before moving on with Algebra 2 syllabus. Important concepts such as quadratic functions and its applications in real world problems are covered in Algebra 2. Introduction to probabilities and statistics are also covered here. Concepts and Algebra properties learned in Algebra 1 are continuously applied in solving Algebra 2 problems. Algebra 2 is also a gateway to Pre-Calculus which makes this subject an interesting bridge to higher level math subjects.
My bachelor's degree is in Civil Engineering. I am currently tutoring Statics which is one of the most important courses in this career. For students to understand Dynamics and other advanced courses, a solid base in Statics is certainly needed.
GMAT is such an interesting and challenging test. Time is highly restricted and since it is a computer adaptive test, the test taker cannot move on with next question until an answer has not been submitted. It is a matter of time management and an strategic approach to questions. Math knowledge for the quantitative section, in which I can help, is not expected to be nothing more than High School level. Is reasoning in a logic way which takes you to the other side. I have successfully taken this test when applying to a top Business School, USC.
I feel passionate about Marketing for its impact in organization's positioning in the marketplace at a global scale. Being an Engineer, I was hired by a technology company to direct their International Marketing operations. I executed this function with great success, managing an internal group of 13 people as well as public relations agencies in Mexico, Brasil, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New York and Los Angeles. The results, high profile press coverage in publications such as The LA Times, The Economist as well as foreign main newspapers and trade publications. Brand recognition and product positioning was also acquired in the various territories where the company operates. I attended UCLA Extension and obtained a Professional Designation in Marketing certification. I just graduated from USC Marshall School of Business with an MBA degree with concentration in Marketing.
As a civil engineer, I have taken various levels of Physics in college. I have helped HS students improve their grades in Physics, but more important, understand how Physics principles work in real-world situations. Formulas and graph interpretation become familiar and easy to understand in terms of deriving them.
This is probably the most fundamental subject in Math. Students taking Algebra 2 will have to use properties learned in pre-algebra. I enjoy teaching this subject to make sure the basics are well learned. In addition, I have vast experience working with Middle and Elementary School students.
As a building block on Algebra 2, and prior to Calculus, this is an important subject for students who want to pursue a career in a technology or science field. I have vast experience tutoring Algebra 2 not only because I have hundreds of hours with this subject but because of my engineering background.
My International Marketing career took me to attend several conferences around the world. Speaking engagements were very important for my event strategy so I am used to speak to audiences coming from three main vertical markets: Government (Education, Local, State and Federal Government), Financial Services and Healthcare. Within these main verticals I had to tailor my message according to government agencies and organizations in different countries. I delivered the speeches, either in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
Taking admission tests requires not only mastering the subject but also the test taking process. Setting a test taking strategy is crucial for success. In a test taking environment in which time is pressuring, being precise and fast at the same time requires training. SAT Math is one of my favorites.
Teaching Spanish requires a methodology as any other subject. I also use correlation with the English language. I have vast experience helping students understand conjugation of verbs as well as the application of Spanish grammar rules. In addition, I am a native Spanish speaker proud of commanding a superior level of proficiency in this language, Castillian, as it is called in South America, where I am originally from.
Statistics could be a puzzle to many students; however, when understood, it becomes fascinating. I have had the rewarding experience of tutoring college students in this subject who have been able to get through the semester with good grades. During my MBA studies, the Statistics courses I took were interesting, as we applied them to real-world situations, having worked on complex projects.
It is from my own student experience in undergrad and grad school that I learned what I teach my students in terms of study skills. Time Management, organization and learning methodologies are essential elements in my tutoring experience. I am a Civil Engineer, a background that helps with mental organization and analytic skills. My MBA studies certainly is recent example of mastering effective study skills!
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