Fred W.


Fred W.

Tutor

Berkeley, CA 94704

Will travel 10 miles

$95 per hour.

4.9 103 ratings

Experienced, supportive tutor for Science, Math, Spanish & more

I have helped students pass courses and standardized tests for the past 10 years, tutoring suburban private middle school students, urban public high school students, Ivy League college students, and everyone in between. I have been teaching middle and high school math and science full-time for 9 years, and before grad school, I taught in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. If you are concerned about passing a test or a course in any of the following subjects, or would just like some extra ... [more]


Algebra 1

While tutoring and teaching math and science for over 9 years, I have tutored students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 1.


Algebra 2

I have been tutoring students in a range of math subjects, including Algebra 2 for over 9 years. For the past two years, I have been teaching a math enrichment class.


Biology

I have been teaching Biology and related Life Sciences for most of the past 9 years, mainly high school Biology, but also college Field Biology (at Cornell University) and AP Environmental Science. I have also taught other related Life Sciences, including creating and teaching courses in Genetics, Bioethics, Ornithology and Ecology.


Chemistry

I've taught Chemistry 1-on-1 at Tilden Prep, and have tutored students in it for several years.


Vocabulary


Microsoft Excel


General Computer


Geometry

I taught HS Geometry at Tilden Prep, and have been tutoring students in it for years, helping them visualize the simple beauty of spatial relationships, while navigating the peculiar vocabulary, skills, and concepts of the course.


Microsoft Word


Microsoft PowerPoint


Prealgebra

I have been teaching a pre-algebra Math Enrichment course for the past two years, and have been tutoring middle and high school students in pre-algebra and other math and science subjects for the past 9 years.


Precalculus


Spanish

I have tutored Spanish for much of the past 9 years. I have also worked as a court-appointed translator and have taught have Bilingual Biology (in Spanish). I lived in 3 Spanish-speaking countries for a total of 4 years (including 2 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and another year doing Master's research in Costa Rica), and have led student travel in 3 Latin American countries. I currently teach in a 90% Latino school where almost all of my communications with parents are in Spanish, and where the school administration often requests my written and oral translation assistance.


Trigonometry


Astronomy


ESL/ESOL


Government & Politics


Anatomy


SAT Math


GRE


GED


SAT Reading


Physical Science


Geology


Ecology


Probability


PSAT


ACT Math


ACT Science


Study Skills

As a full-time classroom teacher for 9 years, I have advised and/or mentored hundreds of students, helping them establish, maintain, and improve personalized systems that help them organize, prepare, and master their course work. I have taught study skills as a major component of test prep tutoring, and full-year test prep "Community" classes for my 6th-8th grade students, preparing them for the full suite of state-mandated STAR tests. I even taught a one-year elective "Academy" class on organization.


Zoology

I have two degrees in Natural Resources (B.S. from University of Michigan, M.S. from Cornell University), and did my Master's Thesis on avian ecology in Costa Rica. I also worked on a project studying antbirds and army ants in the Peruvian Amazon, and volunteered for 7 years at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, spending almost all of that time tending to animals or explaining them to the general public. I also lead birding outings and other natural history field trips, and have guest lectured on birds and other animals.


CBEST

I took the CBEST on 08/21/10 and achieved a total passing score of 217. Specific section scores include: Reading - Scaled Score: 77; Mathematics - Scaled Score: 65; Writing - Scaled Score: 75.


Genetics

I teach Genetics every year as part of my Biology or Life Science classes, and have also included Genetics units in a Bioethics course I used to teach. I also taught a Genetics independent study course to a high school senior.


Linear Algebra

I have been teaching middle and high school math for the past 10 years, including various levels of pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, as well as other math classes (esp. trigonometry, geometry). I also teach various linear algebra skills and concepts in the science classes that I teach.


Macintosh

I have been using Mac desktops, laptops, and software for more than two decades, since even before they were called "Mac." I currently use a MacBook Pro for all of my professional, teaching, studies, and personal use, and have helped countless students learn how to use Mac software, including customizing and problem-solving.


Microsoft Access

In addition to teaching full-time 7th and 8th grade Life Science and Physical Science, I supplement my far-insufficient salary by working evenings and weekends as the Circulation Manager for Inquiring Mind Magazine. I manage their mailing list of 7,400 individual subscribers, plus group and international subscriber lists, using a series of Microsoft Access databases. I manage the databases, including creating new Access files, editing the existing ones, altering formats and views, generating reports, printing mailing lists and labels, etc.


Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows since getting my first PC in 1990 with Windows 3.0. Since then, I have owned, used, and even managed and maintained work/school computers running Windows 95, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and 7, and will be helping backstop tech support for the new computers running Windows 8 that were recently acquired by the school where I teach. Though my current personal computer is a Mac, I still use Windows almost daily at work and on my family's computers.