My mission is to guide students to become confident, independent learners in school and life. Since 2007, I have taught hundreds of bright students struggling with test-taking, challenging subjects such as math, and time management skills. I'm passionate about teaching my students the same techniques I've researched that are used by high-achieving scholars, leaders, and athletes who attain incredible goals. My unique approach combines individualized tutoring, high-performance study skills, a... [more]
Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 1 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. I use colorful visual diagrams, vivid examples, and clear steps to teach students how to improve their algebra skills more easily.
Since 2007, I've tutored students in algebra 2 at the high school and college levels. By coaching hundreds of students, I've learned how students can avoid the most common mistakes, master the key fundamentals, and become more mindful problem solvers. Through colorful visual diagrams, graphing apps, and proven supplemental material, I teach students how to make algebra 2 easier.
I'm proficient with biology through the bio AP level. I've taken numerous lower- and upper-division biology courses in college and received an Academic Achievement award in 2009 for my straight A's in general biology.
Completed university-level general chemistry and was awarded the life sciences department achievement award at El Camino College. I have tutored high school AP chemistry and honors chemistry since 2007.
Writing and coaching emerging writers is one of my greatest academic passions. My experience collaborating with professional film industry writers has given me proven nonfiction and narrative techniques that I have taught to high school and college students since 2007. I have provided notes to pros and students at every level of the writing process from conception and outlining to line-level grammatical editing.
B.A. in English from UCLA. I've proofread and edited essays, college application essays, and fiction for many students from grades 8 through college. I'm also a published short story writer and have written fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays since 1995.
I have coached students with test prep since 2008 and began teaching full SAT classes in 2009. To provide the most accurate problems available, I always use the Official College Board SAT Study Guide. Every problem type has a specific method and once students understand those methods, I often see a great boost in their confidence.
Since 2007, I've taught students in classes, workshops, and private sessions to overcome the challenges of the SAT through proven strategies that empower students to learn how to learn and improve their time management. Our unique approach incorporates growth mindset and mindfulness exercises that make test-taking and studying easier and more efficient.
I've been trained in effective SAT and PSAT strategies through my years of experience with a major test prep company. I've also earned a perfect score on the current version of the official PSAT. I enjoy teaching students high-performance test-taking methods which also improve their vocabularies, fundamental math skills, reading speed, and English grammar.
I specialize in test preparation and peak performance in all sections of the ACT including the English and Writing Tests (essay). I have helped recent students increase their English scores by at least 10 points in the ACT scale by teaching proven ACT strategies, proper English grammar rules, and effective essay writing skills. As a published writer, I have adapted my writing techniques to fit the specific needs of high school students.
I have had the privilege of working in film production starting in 1996. I have enjoyed teaching emerging filmmakers proven pre-production, screenwriting, and production methods through workshops and online courses since 2012. I draw from my experience producing award-winning film and video projects including documentaries, narratives, music videos, educational series, and commercials.
Since 2009, I have privately tutored and coached over 20 students from grades 6-12 with diagnoses of ADD/ADHD to increase their grades and test performance. In 2007?2009, I was employed as a special education teacher's aide and adapted physical education aide with the Redondo Beach Unified School District. I worked with many of the students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by facilitating their study skills and homework in multiple subjects in grades 5-8. I am currently in a neurolinguistic programming certification program to continue learning methods to help children with ADD/ADHD develop lifelong habits of success.
Since 2010, I have helped numerous middle school students prepare for the HSPT and ISEE high school placement tests. I am proficient in teaching the effective test-taking strategies found in the most popular prep books. Those strategies are similar to the SAT strategies that I've taught since 2009. I assign students full practice tests to determine their areas of strength and weakness. These test results help determine our study plan.
Since 2010, I have tutored over 20 middle school students prepare for the ISEE high school placement test. I am proficient in teaching the effective test-taking strategies found in the most popular preparation books including Peterson's "Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams." These strategies are similar to the SAT strategies that I've taught since 2009. I assign students full practice tests to determine their opportunities to improve and thereby refine our specific study plan for their needs.
I have 12 years of film production experience, including writing and producing completed and distributed projects. My produced works include: a 10-episode narrative series, 21-part and 32-part educational series, commercials, music videos, and corporate videos. My recent production credits include: producer, line producer, writer. I have also taught workshops, educating aspiring filmmakers in pre-production and production techniques. At industry events, I have moderated discussion panels and have led panels about film techniques, distribution, and story development.