California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (Journalism)
California State University Chico (Master's)
University of Virgina (Other)
I'm a certified teacher with 23 years of classroom experience. I'm also bilingual (Spanish) and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted. For the last two consecutive years, I've been ranked in the top 250 of more than 72,000 WyzAnt tutors nationwide.
I've taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, with specialized focus in elementary education. I am also an experienced writer and editor who can assist with writing instruction for all ages.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade level, has a learning style that can be enhanced to its fullest potential. Beyond addressing success in standardized testing, the overall goal is energizing his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards. I'm a certified teacher with 23 years of classroom experience. I'm also bilingual (Spanish) and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted. For the last two consecutive years, I've been ranked in the top 250 of more than 72,000 WyzAnt tutors nationwide.
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Rate for a 2-hour lesson is $100
Tom is a superb teacher! He's patient, skilled, and has splendid rapport with children. I couldn't have asked for a better tutor for our son, who's progressed wonderfully thanks to Tom's expert guidance and subject knowledge. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for tutor that produces excellent results.
Tom worked with my son on all subjects while my son was unable to attend school. I have been very impressed, but the best part about Tom is that my son adores him and said he is the best teacher/ tutor he has ever had.
Off to a great start refreshing on what our son has learned. Great attitude and patience. Our son is enjoying his sessions and gaining comfort and recall with Spanish
Tom was a great tutor. I had to take a writing and reading test in english which was hard for me since I'm not an English native speaker. After several tutoring sessions with Tom I finally passed both test. :)
He helped me when I need it. He is fun, patient and very helpful .he helped me go through the TOEFL exam and he did great. I'm very thankful and I will definitely call him again if necessary.
This is a review for Tom K, since the first email contact we had with Tom he has been great. He really knows his subject, he is a great communicator and takes time to make learning fun. He always texts to tell us where he is before a lesson and that is a massive help. All around we are very happy to recommend him and having used other tutors before we know he is good.
Tom has been a wonderful tutor to my 3 children for close to one year now. They have each gained much knowledge and insight covering numerous different subjects. His teaching methods and his personal touch separate him from others. He is very patient and my children have been very receptive to his teaching style. I would highly recommend Tom to any parent looking for an extremely competent educator.
Tom is a dynamic educator. Engaging. Fun. Pleasant. And, most important, employs positive reinforcement to encourage and build self assurance in the subject matter.
Tom helped my son learn the basics he'd missed out on the previous two years of Spanish and, in just a handful of lessons, my son change his average from 41% to 77%.
I highly recommend Tom in any subject he teaches.
He is very friendly and patient tutor. I took a trial class with him and found him to be knowledgeable
Tom was very helpful, honest and his work always on time. He helped me a lot with editing my papers and I enjoyed working with him.
I really appreciate him his help because I got a high grade for my papers.
Tom has been great with my son.He has a lot of patience and makes the lessons
fun.Love the way he works with my son,so creative!
Tom has been an exceptional teacher for our son. With his guidance, our son has consistently improved his vocabulary, creative writing skills and grammar. Tom’s vast knowledge of various subjects allowed him to quickly build a rapport with my son who is a gifted student and needs to be constantly challenged to stay interested. We would highly recommend Tom as a tutor.
It was so hard to find a good tutor until we met Tom. He is very patient with kids and most importantly, he is always able to draw kids' attention on the subjects he is tutoring. My kids love his sense of humor and I already can see they have improved so much although they only had three lessons so far. They love to do the homework and can't wait to show them to Tom every week. Tom always well prepared for his tutoring lessons and I plan to have my kids continue their study with him for long term.
My child needed a tutor who will be patient but firm, flexible yet disciplined, and has a talent for teaching that will make the material come alive and interesting for her. Her attention is limited, she fidgets a lot, and misbehave whenever she's bored or not challenged intellectually (She's twice exceptional). Focus and discipline has been very difficult for her. Tom came in, evaluated her capabilities on the first day, and has been tutoring her on writing and comprehension as well as math, science, and social history. His lessons are engaging, he brought material that is varied and just right for her and my child looks forward to his tutoring sessions (which is incredible!). I highly recommend Tom as he's a cut above the rest. I strongly believe he can teach any child!
Tom reviewed around 10 essay papers in different subjects from business subject to biology paper for me. He did fabulous job to correct all my grammar mistakes, give me feed back how to fix my vocabulary and use the correct one, help to correct my sentence where is doesn't make sense to audience. He is very fast in returning papers and work very hard to finish paper in limited time. Tom is very responsible to contact you after finishing your paper to make sure you understand all weaknesses of your paper. I will definitely continue with him for next and next papers because every time I will learn a lot with his feedback.
Tom helped my daughter pass her 5th grade math sol (re-test). He kept her attention with stories and anecdotes to keep her focused on the math. I will use Tom in the future and recommend him for kids that have a hard time with a subject, he makes it fun.
Praises all around for Tom! My kids always enjoy his class and have shown improvement in grades. He has the capability to engage kids in conversations and get his point across. He always comes prepared with lessons and materials required to facilitate tutoring. My kids always enjoy getting stickers from him after the lesson. Highly recommended to parents who are looking for a tutor who could engage kids and learn in a lively environment.
My rising first grader was so delighted with his tutoring session with Tom that he called me at work to tell me about it. Tom engages my child and makes him excited about learning to read and reading comprehension.
What I like about Tom is his care for my piece as if it was his own work. He broke it to pieces and showed me ways to improve, just what I was looking for in a tutor, to correct my writing assignments.
This is just the first lesson and I really enjoyed with him and he was so energetic to teach English. I will keep classes with him.
My daughter was tutored by Tom for SAT reading comprehension and vocabulary. Tom provided excellent guidance on test taking techniques and exercises. Tom knows how to work well with children: he's pleasant in manner, patient, and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the sessions and found them to be very useful. Furthermore, as a former teacher in the school district, Tom knows the proper procedure and chain of command in the school system to follow to get help for your child if your child has a problem teacher. I highly recommend Tom as a tutor.
Tom K. has been working with my son for almost 1 month. During that time, he was able to raise his school performance by two letter grades! Tom K. makes learning fun and knows how to impart the greatest amount of knowledge in the shortest time. I highly recommend Tom K. as a tutor!
Tom is very patient with my son. He explained grammar in great details. He also provided good examples to make sure my son understands.
My daughter is in 6th grade. She was so uncomfortable and sad that I got for her a tutor because she didn't want to sit and study. But after she met Tom and had 2 hours lessons with him she was so happy and exited. She sat to finish her study after Tom eft with a big smile on her face (it never happened before that she sit after her tutor to finish her work.) She told me Tom is a fun and great teacher, he explains very clearly & well the subject he is working on it. He taught her about organizing her study & her routine schedule. She really likes him & I am so happy & proud to find Tom for my daughter. Thank you Tom.
Tom is a fantastic tutor who is working very well with my 15 year old son. He is energetic and makes it interesting for him. A great tutor!
Just moving from another country without speaking the language was challenging for my girls. Tom help them with language arts and math in a very friendly and professional way. As he speaks Spanish it was the perfect combination for them to feel comfortable and secure while learning and improving in English. He uses the time effectively and the girls had a great time while working with Tom. The teachers at school were very impressed with their fast improvement and I´m sure I owe a big part of that to their tutor.
Tom has tutored my 5 and 9 year old boys over the past two weeks. Tom has been very organized with prepared materials which has allowed him to immediately start working with each child during their tutor sessions. My boys have been very engaged during the hour long sessions and Tom has brought great energy for a positive learning environment. Both of my son's have remained focused throughout their sessions and I am particularly impressed with how Tom has worked with my 5 year old.
Tom is an amazing tutor! He tutored two of our kids (both in elementary school). His excellent teaching skills and warm and kind personality made my kids look forward to every single session they had with him. He made himself readily available and provided our kids with a fantastic learning experience, which truly helped improve their confidence. Tom explains concepts clearly and understands the strengths and weaknesses of each student. He can be stern when needed, but he also knows when his students (especially the younger ones with shorter attention spans) need a break. We and our kids loved having Tom as a tutor and highly recommend him.
After a few short months of tutoring with Tom, my English has improved wonderfully. He's a great teacher, very personable with a good sense of humor, and I'm having much fun while learning better writing as well as pronunciation. I recommend Tom to anyone seeking a top quality ESL tutor.
Tom has an outstanding connection with our student as he prepares him for the increased expectations of fourth grade. His understanding of the skill sets required for multiple grade levels keeps us informed of new challenges. Tom excels at keeping students focused and making lessons fun for everyone. His passion for teaching is apparent every time he walks through the door. We highly recommend Tom to all students looking to improve.
Tom is very patient and strives to understand how my son processes through his assignments. My son was struggling in many subjects, Tom was able to quickly access what he needed to do help fill in the gaps. Now, my son is getting improved daily and getting excellent grades in most of his subjects. Tom is extremely helpful !! I have been 100% pleased with him and very impressed with his extensive knowledge of the subject matter as well as his competence and ability to teach in a funny and very pleasant manner. Highly recommend TOM !!
He is quite patient and instructive. My son did enjoy the time together with him. He said, with the tutor, he just feel so comfortable and happy, then he is willing to listen to what he said.
And he is really experienced with the writing teaching. With his encouraging teaching method, my son is progressing obviously. We will be happy to continue with Tom for quite a while until my son is good enough.
Tom has been teaching my daughter, a ninth grader, Spanish for more than 2 months now. He makes the teaching so much fun for her that she never comes out of the session tired.
She is always looking forward to the sessions that Tom has with her. The other thing that I like a lot about Tom is at end of each session he and my daughter have a mini presentation for me that informs me what they have been working on. We really like Tom and I strongly recommend him to whoever wants to take Spanish lessons.
I consider Tom a very good tutor. He is special for one reason: he speaks rather slowly, but he says nothing unnecessary, and that's why it is simple and seamlessly to understand what he was conveying. In a short time I got a lot of useful information and learned different studying techniques. His teaching process made me feel intelligent, motivated and empowered!
Tom is a very patient and engaging tutor for my 2nd grader. He really knows how to make learning fun! Also, love the immediate feedback from Tom via email on what was covered in the session.
Tom is a fantastic tutor. He is very helpful with editing papers and provides great feedback. He is also very easy to reach by phone or through email. He also has a great spirit and is a pleasure to work with. A GREAT TUTOR!
Tom is a great tutor for our kids. He takes his time and has a great way to teach English to our kids. He is fun and knows how to reach out to children. He also understands the difficulties of learning English as a second language.
My friend and I traveled together from Argentina to Reston for a work meeting. We asked Tom to be our tutor in two special classes for an intensive practice of American English, in order to practice a more fluid English for our working meeting. Tom has prepared two perfect and very useful classes for us. He was a very nice and friendly tutor, and very soon he was aware of our real needs in listening and comprehension of English, and he has helped us very well.
We think Tom is a great tutor, very responsible and professional.
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I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience and have worked with a wide variety of students, including ESOL, remedial, special ed, mainstream, and gifted.
I've taught at all elementary grade levels and am also an experienced writer that can assist with writing instruction for all ages.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. Beyond addressing success in standardized testing, the overall goal is enhancement of his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards.
I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience and have worked with ESOL students.
I'm also bilingual (Spanish). I've taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, with specialized focus in elementary education. I am also an experienced writer that can assist with writing instruction for all ages.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. Beyond addressing the student's success in standardized testing, the overall goal is enhancement of his or her critical thinking skills, along with building the self-confidence to tackle the current trend in rising academic standards.
As a professional educator for the past 21 years, I have an abundance of experience speaking to wide variety of audiences, from addressing classrooms of kindergartners to those filled with college students. I've addressed assemblies consisting of entire schools. I don't have stage fright and am confident I can teach anyone the secret to confident, animated public speaking. It simply takes organization, focus, and enthusiasm marked by lively voice inflection and eye contact. Disciplined scanning of the audience and incorporating anecdotes and humor ensures that all-important element--connecting with your audience. This is how to achieve a successful speech. I'd be happy to help you get there.
My philosophy is that every student, no matter what grade, has a learning style that can be tapped into so they may reach their fullest potential. That specific learning style can be adapted to an equally specific style of studying in whatever subject. There's a wealth of strategies ensuring solid retention of material that go far beyond basic rote, e.g., the mnemonic link system, which I've seen work miracles with struggling students.
For instance, the well-used "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" is a fun, practical "menu" for getting all nine planets in their right sequence. It works! I'm a certified teacher with 21 years of classroom experience.
I've tutored world history students and have taught international relations (featuring much world history data) at the university level.