I have been tutoring and teaching ESL and academic subjects for about 25 years here in the U.S. and abroad (Japan). I have taught all levels and age groups. I currently teach ESL at a community college and a university in the Los Angeles area. I am writing my dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in ESL. I am well-versed in a number of theories and practical approaches to help all students learn.
What I really like about tutoring is that I get to meet a wide range of ... ... More
I took the GMAT recently, and attempted to study for it on my own using three different study guides that were loaded with examples, practice problems, and methods. Despite my self-inflicted slavery to my studying, I did not do anywhere near as well as I had hoped I would on the Quantitative section of the test. However, within a few minutes of sitting down with John, I was learning alternative, easier ways to find the answers to problems that had plagued me from Day 1 of studying on my own. I also found myself doing a great deal of material mentally rather than writing it all out. John's teaching methods pulled me out of the black hole of complication brought about by my Kaplan study guides and showed me a simpler, more time-efficient way of finding answers without having an anxiety attack of second-guessing. He's very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and great at building understanding and confidence. Great tutor!
Mariko A. from Los Angeles, CA
"Patient, effective tutor for your most difficult subject"
ADD is not a disease or a defect, and people with ADD are not disabled. They are often frustrated, sometimes embarrassed, and they can become depressed because they are labeled as lazy or irresponsible and their best efforts are judged "not good enough." They live in a world which expects them to act in ways which are difficult for them to manage. Coping with ADD (or ADHD) is a matter of learning habits that most people donâ€™t have to learn, of thinking about and doing things which most people donâ€™t have to think about or do. It's not easy, but nothing worthwhile is easy. The ... More
I spent about 3 hours with Clement on our first session and he went above and beyond to assist me with my school work. Very sharp tutor. Will use him more in the future.
Victor B. from Irvine, CA
"Top 0.2% English Tutor"
I was cast for the Miles Gloriosus, or the Braggart Soldier, for the 2001 UCLA Classics Latin Production of Auricula Meretricula, a play the entire dialogue of which consisted of Latin.
I was also cast for the lead love interest role (Amado) for the 2000 UCLA Pilipino Cultural Night show at UCLA, a play the entire dialogue of which consisted of a mixture of English and Tagalog or Filipino.
I have also performed as a chorale member, a Filipino traditional dancer, and a Filipino martial artist for other various Pilipino Cultural Night shows at UCLA. ... More
"ESL, IELTS, TOEFL tutor"
So, you want or need to learn English? Congratulations! Just by looking for tutors, you have taken the first step on the road to improving your language skill! The second step is much longer and requires a lot of work. It is the difference between improving a little and improving a lot. But you will not fail, because learning a language only requires your time and effort. In my 25 years as an ESL teacher, I have found that there are no secret techniques or skills to learn English. I c... ... More
"ESL and Writing Specialist - High School, College, Professional"
My love of teaching stems from my own background as a student. I have been lucky enough to have had some great teachers over the years. These teachers challenged me, believed in me, taught me, and expected great things from me. Their encouragement helped me achieve my own dream of earning a Ph.D. Over the years, I realized that I have the same ability to encourage my students to achieve their best.
When I tutor, I have high expectations of my students, but not ones that are unrealistic... ... More