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This is the story of a certain student who faced a lot of difficulties understanding certain concepts in his class. He/She was at the point of giving up and failing that class when a deep beautiful voice called his/her name out loud, "Student!" He/She didn't understand what was going on. The voice called a second time, "Student, go to the tutoring center!" So the student walked his/her way to the student center and asked for a tutor to help.   The first tutor looked at him/her with an expression of disgust. "How can you not understand this?" the tutor asked. "It is very simple, just do this..." Confused, the student couldn't keep up with the tutor's technique. The tutor seemed to have had a bad beginning of the day and was very impatient. He also got on the top of his nerves, but always seemed to hold back. Scared, the student called onto a second tutor.   The second tutor came with an indifferent expression. He didn't... read more

The Importance of Study Skills Study, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries, is the “devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books; a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.” Merriam-Webster defines study as an “application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge”. My personal definition is a combination of both. To study is to devote time and energy/attention to gain an understanding and knowledge of a subject. Study skills, therefore, are the set of strategies that are used to adequately acquire and gain knowledge about a chosen topic or subject. When we possess these skills or strategies, we are able to increase the efficiency of learning. We are also able to increase the likelihood that what we are to be learning is retained in our long term memory for future use. Which brings us to the definition of learning. Learning is a lifelong skill, that when successful and... read more

I believe that tutoring helps students to create an interest in their learning. I build up self-confidence by motivating students to learn the concepts in which they have difficulty. Tutoring means a lot to me. When I am not teaching at school, I still help students to make them successful. It gives me a satisfaction that I achieve my goal through helping students in my free time too. I make the learning fun and easy for the students by inspiring them with a lot of praises and positive comments. I always look for positives in them. The relationship that I create with students during tutoring brings a positive impact in their personality. I make them involve in learning through questioning and personal connections. I feel so proud when I see a smile on students' face giving me the message that they understood the concept.

Story of one of my SAT student Wow! Student’s score bumped up by 90 points in 5 weeks tutoring only! I got very excited and thrilled when I saw one of my SAT students’ score got improved by 90 points only after 5 weeks of tutoring. That student’s score had been fluctuating between 1100 and 1130. Its parents requested me to tutor the student for the  SAT test. We had only 5 weeks  left for the test. I tutored the student three times a week.  I also assigned homework to the student for the days when we did not have sessions. In the final week of tutoring, we covered test taking strategies and how to handle test anxiety. All of the effort and hard work got paid off when the student’s score got improved by 90 points!

Story of one of my ACT students Amazing!  one of my Student’s ACT test score bumped up by 4 points in ACT test! I tutored this student during summer and he got improved by 4 points in ACT test. Previously, student’s ACT score was 24. I tutored this student during summer time. During tutoring, Student and I (the tutor)-we both were consistent and committed to reach the goal. I tutored to help him to achieve his dreamed higher score. After all the hard work of two months of summer, finally, this student reached his goal.  It took a lot of effort to produce the results. At the end, everything including commitment, consistency and hard-work got paid off when the student’s scores got improved by 4 points, and met its goal.    

Tutoring Rates At my sole discretion, I may elect to modify my standard, posted rates based on factors such as subject, class structure, online vs in-person, group rates, etc. I may elect to offer specials and promotions. These may be targeted or general. Most are limited time offers and may be changed without notice at any time.  My standard, base rate may be increased at any time. Students who have tutored with me within the last 3 months will continue to keep their original rates. Those who contact me again after 3 months will have their rates increased accordingly. Travel fees may be assessed for students seeking tutoring outside a specified radius of the tutor's location and/or depending on the availability of the tutor. The current travel fee is assessed by adding the driving time to and from the student's location and the Barnes and Nobles in Antioch (5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531) or Stanford's Organic Chemistry building (364 Lomita Drive... read more

As one of our outstanding tutors was diligently tutoring one of her student’s last week, we will call him Drew; she asked him, “Which letter comes first, the C or the K?” Drew’s response was not what she expected to here….he said, “I can’t tell, they keep moving”. This is a phenomenon is common among people with dyslexia, but Jess had not personally experienced this; no one in her family and none of my students have ever spoken of this being an issue for them. When Jess’ second oldest son, we will call him Angel, was in school they found overlays to be helpful. Jess assumed that would be beneficial for moving letters as well. When she returned to the office, Jess began doing some research and sure enough, overlays are the suggested remedy for words and letter movement. Drew, who is 9, quickly wanted to tell the teacher the exciting news! His tutor had to explain to Drew that first, he needs to find out what color works best for him. Interestingly enough, different... read more

Frequently Asked Questions   What do you do to help make learning fun? This depends on the subject and the student's age. I have created Jeopardy games, given play money/candy as rewards for answering correctly, played board games (while studying), gathered books on subjects that interest the student, and much more.   Do you offer any guarantees? Yes, I am not satisfied until you are. If your child receives a grade on a test/quiz that is below a "C" then I will review the material with the student at no charge.   Can you guarantee my child will improve? I can assure you that I will give your child all the tools necessary to improve their grades. It is ultimately up to the child to improve.   What are the typical grade improvements you see? Most children will improve a minimum one letter score within only a few weeks of tutoring.   Do you offer ongoing tutoring rates? Yes, students who meet a minimum... read more

Hi all!   Another semester down and a fairly successful one at that. I had a strong performance on the SAT bio by a student (This student plans to take it again to go for the 800. I'm excited to help her get it this time!), I met some great new students for Biochemistry, Genetics, Inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics, substantially improved my library of AP physics materials as well as organic chemistry materials, had the opportunity to help with a college essay as well as science project submissions for the Sieman's competition and Intel competition, and made real headway on my SAT chemistry prep book! Only 160 more problems to go.... There were a number of other successes throughout the semester as well, but my goal here was to just share some of the different flavors of tutoring I'm currently having fun with.    I'm only going to be taking on 6 students this Spring so that I have more time to finish the book and make progress on educational... read more

1.  Connect with your student in some personal way.  You have to get their attention.     2.  Once you have a connection, see if you can apply that to the subject.     3.  Fun!  For math and science, examples are best and in todays world, students need to interact. Make tutoring projects.  Build something.   4.  See if you can tour places (parents permitting), that allow students to see subjects in action.  Geometric art at the musuem, the reserves, auditoriums, cars, robots...take a look around and a walk.   5.  Be practical.  All the buzz words and technology doesn't mean anything if you don't listen and apply.

It is important that students can relate to the lesson in order to fully understand what they are learning. My 5 outside of the box tips are:   1. Use real world examples 2. Incorporate music or other personal interests 3. Have the student teach the lesson (after learning the lesson) 4. Teach or tutor outside of the textbook 5. Create exit slips (3-2-1 strategy: students must write 3 things they learned, 2 things they found interesting, and 1 question they still have before ending a session)

I absolutely love tutoring. From a few years of experience I have gained some knowledge on how to make tutoring a fun experience and not make students feel like they are attending a second school.  One of my main tips is to let the students set the atmosphere. They need to be comfortable in whatever environment to facilitate learning. If music helps them concentrate, or some kind of background noise, then encourage it. If they want to sit on the couch instead of the chairs, so be it. The student should be able to chose the medium in which they study so as not to feel constrained like a classroom setting.  Another tip that I like to give is to level. If you know that your student isn't going to understand something the way an Ivy League student would, don't use ridiculous words and techniques. The whole point of tutoring is to help someone understand a concept, not to show off how smart you are. Subjects should never just be limited to the material either. Ask... read more

Through our tendencies of human nature, we don't like to ask for help. We want the recognition, the glory and the credit to be given to only ourselves. Unfortunately, the thought that we can single-handedly do everything on our own is a huge misconception. The world has been built on a foundation of people working together to towards a common goal. The world needs individuals to work together to brainstorm and execute plans for the future.   School and college provide opportunities to work together. Through group projects, presentations, senior design projects, etc. students are asked to work with one another. It is, rather unfortunate, that sometimes we are paired with people who we do not work well with, but that is life. School and college provide students with opportunities to work with people and adapt to others ways--whether we like them or not.   Now, when one must adapt to another's ways (for example a teacher's or professor's) it can sometimes be... read more

Konnichiwa! (Hello!) My name is Shige, and I am a Japanese tutor from Japan.  I was born in Nagasaki, grew up in some cities southwestern Japan, and eventually came to the United States from Kansai region in 2006. Since then, I have been teaching Japanese in Los Angeles for over nine years and have had many students with wide ranges of ages and Japanese proficiency. I can teach not only conversation but also useful phrases, reading, and writing. I can also introduce you to Japanese geography, customs and good old culture. Some of my former students have passed the JLPT tests and one even obtained a master's degree of Japanese linguistics and culture with my tutoring. I would like to help your dream comes true. My lessons are welcomed to all who want to learn Japanese eagerly. You don't have to worry if you can't speak Japanese at all. If you are interested in my lessons, please send me a message. Arigatou-gozaimasu! (Thank you very much!) -Shige... read more

Hi all,     So my experiment with the waiting list was a mixed success.  I had some students remain interested when I contacted them as availability popped up later in the semester, but it was about 20% of the people. It was still a useful way to remain visible to students so I'm going to continue it.   I have room this Fall for another student or two, so please contact me ASAP to avoid the waiting list! I'll have the most available time slots for the least amount of traveling.  This means that students who want to meet in Manhattan will have the easiest time / find my schedule the most flexible.  I've started doing a little tutoring in Python programming, so if anybody is interested in working on that at a discounted rate please contact me!  Cheers! Chris

Understanding your child's / student(s)' learning styles is one of the most important factors in helping them reach success.  At the end of the day, why else did we become parents or teachers but to watch the next generation learn?  The problem is that we often assume that everyone learns and processes information the same as we do.  If they don't, does that mean there is something wrong with THEM?!  Absolutely not!! Respecting and building on the natural learning style of the learner, in my opinion, is the most important role of the tutor.   In my day, everything was pretty much done by taking turns reading aloud.   The problem for me was that I was not good at processing information while reading aloud nor was I savvy at auditory processing.  For several years I was treated as though something was wrong with me and given that I had an older sister who processed information "normally," I internalized that message for a very... read more

Give as much information and be as detailed as possible about what you need help with. By supplying this specific information tutors are better equipped to immediately evaluate how their particular area of expertise matches with your particular area of need. Once you do pick a tutor they can immediately begin addressing the issues from the very first lesson. The subject and grade level often do not do enough to shed light on the specific problem areas.   For example if you need help with reading say a bit more about where the problem lies. Is it a phonics problem, is it a comprehension problem, is it a vocabulary problem, it may even be a motivation problem. Simply ask yourself this question: 'What is preventing (student) from doing well in (subject)?' Then include your answer in your post for tutor help. It’s a bit more work up front for you but is worth the time to get the right fit.

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