Marina H.

Tualatin, OR


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UC Riverside
University of Phoenix-
University of Connecticut, School of Law


UC Riverside (History)

University of Phoenix- (Other)

University of Connecticut, School of Law (J.D.)

About Marina

I am a fully credentialed teacher and have taught grades 4th-8th for 10 years. I graduated from the University of California, Riverside and my credential is registered with the California Department of Education; I have received Cross Cultural, Language, and Academic Certification and have met the criteria to be deemed a highly qualified teacher. I moved to Connecticut to work towards my law degree at the University of Connecticut, School of Law.

As a teacher, I specialized in teaching Language Arts and Reading. I spent my last two years teaching reading and writing to 6th and 7th graders. I taught the students to critique and analyze literature of all genres and write responsive essays. I also taught math classes from 4th grade to Pre-Algebra. For one summer, I taught an intensive program to prepare students for a year-long accelerated Pre-Algebra math curriculum. I am certified to teach English Language Learners and taught English Language Development courses since my first year of teaching.

I was a fellow at the Los Angeles Writing Project, an intensive program for teachers to learn techniques to make students successful writers. Another fellow and I created a creative writing class for middle school students and co-taught the students for a summer writing program. I then created and taught an after school writing program for 5th graders at Rio Hondo Elementary.

I can tutor students to help them with their present class work or create lessons to enhance their academic skills.

I look forward to hearing from you.

I am a fully credentialed teacher and have taught grades 4th-8th for 10 years. I graduated from the University of California, Riverside and my credential is registered with the California Department of Education; I have received Cross Cultural, Language, and Academic Certification and Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Tualatin, OR 97062
In-person lessons
Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Special Needs:

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

If you are preparing for the ACT exam, I can help you develop strategies for passing the test. I will review the most common grammar mistakes made by students as those types of questions appear on most exams. I will also help you develop a plan for time management, so that you can maximize your score.

ACT Reading

In order to help you prepare for the reading portion of the ACT, I will make sure you have a strong understanding of the structure of reading passages. It will be important for you to identify the genre of each passage, so that you will be prepared to look for answers that would be typically asked for each genre. I will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can maximize your score by concentrating on questions you are more likely to answer correctly.


I taught in the public school system for 10 years where I worked regularly with students with ADD and ADHD. As part of my training as a teacher, I received instruction to work with special needs students.

American History

I went to the University of California, Riverside where I obtained a B.A. in History. I specialized in Modern American History. I have taught United States history to both 5th graders and 8th graders. I am currently a law student at the University of Connecticut which has enhanced my abilities to teach United States history.


I am a fully credentialed teacher. I passed both the CBEST and Multi-Subject Test for teachers. I can prepare you for all or one section of the test.


I am a fully credentialed teacher. As part of my training, I was taught strategies to help students with disabilities. I worked closely with the special education to tailor my lesson plans to meet the needs of my students. I have worked with students who have dyslexia and have learned techniques to help them become successful students. I understand that each student is different, and I will try different strategies to find one that is appropriate for your child.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a fully credentialed teacher in the state of California and registered with the California Department of Education. I taught for 10 years in grades 4th through 8th grade.

Elementary Math

I can help students improve proficiency in the fundamentals of math. It is my goal to help students gain an understanding how to approach math problems, so that they can gain confidence when they approach homework and tests.


I can help a student develop skills in reading and writing. I can focus the tutoring sessions on their specific needs. If they need help with homework or class work, I can help them develop key skills so that they will be more successful. If the student has one or two skills that they need to improve, I can focus on those key concepts so they can work with greater proficiency and to develop the ability to work independently.


I can effectively teach students who are trying to learn English. I can help a student grasp the basic skills of English or aid those who are trying to enhance and improve their academic speaking, reading, and writing skills.


In order to pass the GED, you will have to have a good understanding of the basic skills of reading, writing, and math. I will focus on the topics that are most difficult for you. You will be well prepared and go into the test with confidence.


I can help students understand the basic concepts of grammar and help them use those skills to write sentences correctly and effectively. They will learn the most common mistakes made by students and how to avoid them and learn the mistakes that they typically make, so that they can identify and correct them to improve their written work.


I help students understand and interpret literature by gaining a concrete understanding of literary terms and the techniques authors use to complete their works.


In my studies to become a teacher, I took courses in teaching phonics. As a student teacher, I taught phonics to 1st and 2nd graders and can provide young readers with a strong foundation in beginning reading.


I can teach students to use the basic concepts of Algebra to help them with their homework and prepare for tests. They will learn how to use skills they have developed to solve simple equations and how to use them to solve more complex equations. I will teach them how to read word problems, so that they will know which strategies to use. My goal is to help students increase their confidence in their abilities as a math student, so that they can work independently.


If a student has problems with proofreading their written work, I can help them understand the patterns of their own writing and mistakes they typically make, so that they know how to approach proofreading their own work. I can also teach them how to structure their sentences, paragraphs, and understand the basic concepts of grammar.


If you are preparing to take the PSAT, I will use that time to help you understand the structure of the SAT. Although the PSAT is somewhat different from the SAT, the structure of the test is identical. As you approach each section, you will want to know the types of questions that will be asked and have a strategy for answering them. You will want to learn how to avoid common mistakes made by test takers as the writers of the exam are very good at writing answers that are enticing but incorrect.


I can help a student understand the basic tenants of psychology, so that he can identify the techniques of early psychotherapists, explain their intended purpose, and how they effected patients during that era.

Each of the early psychologists hoped to make a lasting contribution to the study of psychology. However some techniques are no longer used while others have stood the test of time. Freud, one of the most influential and controversial psychotherapists, had an everlasting impact on psychology. However, some techniques he used to treat patients are considered to be ludicrous while others are still being used by contemporary psychotherapists.

Psychology is not an exact science but a culmination of theories that are used in attempt to understand human behavior. Studying psychology can help you learn about the birth of psychology, but it also can provide a glimpse of the complexity of the human mind and how it effects our behavior.


I can help students understand the basic concepts of reading comprehension. They will develop skills and strategies to understand and respond effectively to reading passages. I will try to help them gain confidence in their ability to read and understand text.

SAT Reading

In order to prepare you for the SAT, I can help you to increase your vocabulary so that you will be better prepared for the test. It is impossible to predict which vocabulary words will be used, so I will help you approach problems that contain words that you are unfamiliar with. You will have to make tough choices when you are faced with problems that contain a word that you are unfamiliar with.
I will also help you develop your skills in approaching reading passages. You will have to manage your time well. If you are running short on time, you may be forced to read a long passage and answer questions in a relatively short amount of time. I will help you to develop strategies to try to to prevent this from happening but also prepare you to attack a passage and answer questions correctly in a minimal amount of time.

SAT Writing

In order to write the essay for the SAT, you have to stay organized and focused. I will help you to learn how to write a quick sketch of your ideas before you start writing, so that your essay is coherent and easy to read.

You may have to respond to a potentially complex topic that you feel ill-equipped to answer. You do not need to panic. I will help you to approach an unfamiliar topic and write a well-written response.

On each SAT,there are certain grammar skills that are repeatedly asked every year. However, they frame the questions in different ways, so that it can make it difficult to find the error. I will help you to identify those rules, so that you can find some mistakes quickly. This may even give you more time to answer questions that may be more complex.

Many students can identify mistakes in word usage just by reading the passage to themselves and comparing it to our everyday speech. When you read the sentence, it just sounds 'wrong' to you. However, that can work against you when you find sentences that sound 'right' to you.

You need to remember that grammar rules are often broken in our every day speech. It can be such a common occurrence that it is rare for even one person to use proper grammar. I will help you identify sentences that sound grammatically correct, but on careful consideration you will find that the sentences do contain errors. Whenever you find yourself wanting to fill in the bubble that says that there is no error, you will want to double check your work and be absolutely certain that you did not fail to identify the error.

Social Studies

I earned my B.A. in history at the University of California, Riverside. I learned about the cultures developed in different areas of time and place. Also, I taught 5th grade social studies for 5 years and 4th grade social studies for one year.


I will help students use spelling skills they have developed, so that they can increase their word bank. They will learn to identify word patterns to hone their ability to spell related words. I will give them techniques they can use to memorize those words that are exceptions to the rule. My hope is to increase their ability to spell words at a greater complexity than when they first started.

Study Skills

I can help students who have difficulty keeping themselves organized and studying efficiently.I will teach them techniques to to take notes and ways prepare for tests. In this way, they will turn in assignments consistently and meet the expectations of each of their teachers.

For longer assignments, I can help them develop a schedule, so that they are not trying to complete them at the last minute.

I can also help students learn how to effectively communicate with their teacher.
They will learn how to obtain the help they need, improve their grade, or understand what is required for an assignment.

The goal is to motivate the student to improve their grades by working efficiently and effectively.


I can help you prepare for the TOEFL exam by ensuring that you have a strong grasp on the skills that are tested on the exam. I taught English Language Development for ten years. I have a teaching credential from the California Department of Education, and I met all the requirements to teach English as a second language by obtaining the Cross-Cultural and Academic Language Development Certificate.


I will help students increase their vocabulary by understanding the structure of words and how they are used in different texts. I will help them look at word patterns to help identify the meanings of words. I can give them efficient techniques to remember and understand vocabulary assigned to them by their teacher. If desired, I can teach them how to use prefixes, suffixes,and roots of words to increase their vocabulary and learn the words that are mostly commonly used at their grade level.


As a writing tutor, I can help students develop skills that will help them write focused and well organized essays. Writing an essay is essentially a matter of making good choices and joining together thoughts that are closely connected to one another.

A well-written essay is created when a student learns to master a series of skills that when joined together create one cohesive thought. A student's ability to organize thoughts will directly correlate to their success in academic writing.

A student must be taught how to focus the essay on one central concept and how to use paragraphs to break apart elements of that central concept to create connected thought that explain the concept. Understanding how to do this can be very difficult for young writers but with practice they can learn to keep each portion of their essay focused.

The ability to structure sentences is just as important as learning how to choose a topic and write paragraphs that are directly related to the topic. The ability to use periods,commas, and semi-colons will help the writer learn how to combine an opinion or thought with a supporting detail. This is important because students who use only use simple sentences tend to see each sentence as a separate expression rather than a connection of ideas. Once they begin learn how to combine sentences, they develop the ability to combine their own thoughts with a piece of supporting evidence or an important detail.

Each student works at their own pace. More advanced writers can learn different techniques. I will try to determine the pace of the lesson plans by looking at a student's age,skill level, and personality. Some students thrive by trying different techniques at the same time. However, other students can become overwhelmed and discouraged if they have to try to think about a new concept before they have mastered the first concept.

I believe it is essential for every student to know that he has the potential to become a proficient writer. Writing does not come naturally but is a skill learned over time. Even the most esteemed writers spend a great amount of time perfecting their craft.

I believe the purpose of helping a student learn to write is to give them the ability to express themselves in the written word. It allows them to share ideas and thoughts in a way that is different from conversation.

UC Riverside
University of Phoenix-
University of Connecticut, School of Law


UC Riverside (History)

University of Phoenix- (Other)

University of Connecticut, School of Law (J.D.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marina will travel within 20 miles of Tualatin, OR 97062.