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Rachim B.

Cliffside Park, NJ

$60/hour

Experienced, enthusiastic, patient.

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/12/14
4.7 average from 48 ratings
Very patient and always positive
— Michelle, Cliffside Park, NJ on 12/7/14

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Yeshiva University
Psyc

Education

Yeshiva University (Psyc)

About Rachim

Dear Student,

To help you succeed is my mission. We launch right into tackling one skill at a time and breaking it down so that it's manageable. And when you get it, you feel instantly picked up: "Competence breeds confidence." Then we review, and if needed, I show you ways to remember the material, and then you practice after the session.

I'm a believer in encouraging students, and in taking the fear out. When something is made clear to you, it's not scary, and it's not overwhelming.

My commitment to you:
It doesn't end when the lesson does. You can call me if you have a question, even just to make sure of what you know.


Experience:
I've tutored many subjects since 2000: SAT, math, English, writing, history, biology and more. And I've taught in classrooms for over six years, My students have ranged in age from seven to sixty.

My education:
-Sixteen years of a parochial education, a BA in Psychology
-A rigorous training in Massage Therapy (Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Handskills)
-My education has never stopped: I read extensively, especially in history, language and economics.
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I'm here to help you do well.



Rachim B.
Dear Student,

To help you succeed is my mission. We launch right into tackling one skill at a time and breaking it down so that it's manageable. And when you get it, you feel instantly picked up: "Competence breeds confidence." Then we review, and if needed, I show you ways to remember the material, and then you practice after the
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Reduced rate for multiple students at one location.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Background Check: Passed

"Very patient and always positive"

- Michelle, Cliffside Park, NJ on 12/7/14

"Dynamic & Motivated"

- Kim, New York, NY on 9/19/17

"I look forward to more lessons with him."

- Barbara, Bogota, NJ on 10/18/15
Rachim replied on 10/23/2015

Thank you for the positive comments

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Anatomy,
Biology, Elementary Science, Physiology
English:
English,
Grammar,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Hebrew,
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

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've taught Algebra 1 both as classroom teacher and private tutor. This has included Regents prep.

What is it? Just a bunch of skills - learn each, practice, and have the common errors pointed out, so we can avoid them. If needed (often is), we go back to fractions and make sure it's clear when to cross-multiply, how to add, and how to multiply.

When I see they've mastered a skill, I make up purposely complicated problems (17.9x-19,034 = -.039-98x), because they prove - to themselves - 'I can do anything thrown at me. I've got it.'

I love the subject, I enjoy teaching, and work to make the lessons enjoyable - which I think they should be.

Anatomy

At the Swedish Institute (top 20%; 92 on state exam), we used a standard med text for our three semesters of A&P. I went on to teach it in massage schools, and, most recently, to wyzant students: one in a RN program, and one in med school. My students learn fast, no matter what I teach - because I'm clear. I also come up with clever mnemonics to help them retain all that material. I feel that teaching has to include helping students remember the material. I love it when I can use mnemonics. (You won't forget that the cardiac atria are on top of the ventricles after you picture that 'A' fits naturally over 'V'.)

English

Published poet, experienced editor, skilled teacher of Hebrew. My youngest student was a second grader from India, whom I delighted in introducing to our American penchant for contractions.

Geometry

No matter what I teach, my students learn fast - because I'm clear.

I was in honors geometry, and did well on my SAT and GRE, but what counts above all is my ability to convey each subskill to anyone - struggler or ace. Confidence comes automatically when you know your stuff.

Grammar

I'm considered a wordsmith, with a poem of mine published in a respected collection. My SAT and GRE scores averaged about 700.

The nice thing about grammar is that learning and practicing only 15 rules makes a big difference. I try to find out exactly what you need work on, and get right to it.

Hebrew

I received a yeshiva education, K-16, with four hours daily of Jewish and Hebrew studies, learning grammar and vocabulary and texts in Hebrew. My family spoke it at home and we prayed in it daily - it's my second language.

In second grade I spent many hours making charts of Hebrew grammar - just for fun!

In high school, (I'm a natural and patient teacher), I taught my brother Bar Mitzva lessons, and got a 100 on the Hebrew Regents.

I have a talent for language in general, but also a love for our ancient tongue. I consider it an honor to teach our ancient tongue.

Physiology

At the Swedish Institute (top 20%; 92 on state exam), we used a standard med text for our three semesters of A&P. I went on to teach it in massage schools, and, most recently, to wyzant students: one in a RN program, and one in med school.

My students learn fast, no matter what I teach - because I'm clear. I also come up with clever mnemonics to help them retain all that material.

Prealgebra

I've both tutored Prealgebra and taught it in the classroom. Now's the time to master it, because the rest of high school math leans on it.

I've also tutored science and English, and taught SAT Verbal in the classroom.
And since I've studied - and taught - Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, I know that not everyone is as science-confident as I am. Where that's the case, I cultivate the trait in students.

SAT Math

Without any tutoring, I did well on my own SAT's and GRE.

But I would have done far better if I had had help, because the SAT is a different animal than School Math - so it needs to be taught differently. You'll need to learn its tricks - but always the same ones - and then practice on your own.

Not to fear: as with everything else I teach, I'm clear, so my students learn fast.

Spelling

In school, I was place or show in all four spelling bees, but wasn't equipped actually to teach it effectively until I studied - and taught - the Logic of English system.

English spelling does make sense - a few dozen simple rules, and you'll know 98% of it, e.g. why it's 'canceling' but not 'controling' [Spellcheck is right, but doesn't understand].

As with everything else I tutor, I'm clear and use a good system, so my students learn fast.

Study Skills

I have years of experience tutoring study skills, helping students improve them.

How do I do this? A good tutor is one who can make any subject clear, and study skills is no exception. It's not mysterious:

First, I help you organize your tasks and then do them one at a time. While we work, you don't worry about all your tasks - you're focused on this one. This keeps you from getting overwhelmed.

If needed, I also help you estimate how much time the individual tasks will take, so that you know what you're dealing with. "When we I be finished with this?", "Should I take a break?", etc. You're not in it alone - we do the process together. I help you learn what works for you and what doesn't.

Another of the skills is distilling information: What does this paragraph (or even book) come down to? I'm particularly good at doing this and at showing you how.

The same applies when you write reports or papers. I ask you for your own ideas, in your own words. There's no pressure, we're just talking. Then we build up from there. It's pretty simple. (I hope you can tell by now that I work on taking the fear out of things for you.)

The goal is that eventually. you'll own these skills yourself and carry them into the rest of your academic life and beyond.

Trigonometry

Basic trig comes down to only a few dozen skills.
As with everything else I have taught, my students learn fast - because I break everything down and make it clear: 'If you see THIS, do THAT and then THAT...'
If you can make an omelette, you can learn trig.

Writing

I'm a careful editor, published poet, language buff, demystifier, cheerleader.

Yeshiva University
Psyc

Education

Yeshiva University (Psyc)

Very patient and always positive

Rachim is honest and willing to help the student. He also likes to encourage the student and likes to see the improvement. He is a good teacher. Thank you.

— Michelle, Cliffside Park, NJ on 12/7/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Reduced rate for multiple students at one location.

Travel policy

Rachim will travel within 5 miles of Cliffside Park, NJ 07010.