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Math Tutor for mathreluctant teen girl
Oct 2014
Hello BPN,
I'm looking for more recommendations for math tutors. My daughter is failing Algebra
II already, and I need to find someone to help her. As a very young child she was
rather a whiz at math, but sadly I have watched her ability and, thus, her
confidence slowly degrade as she has gotten older and is being more challenged. She
also finds that the noisy/disruptive classroom settings at Berkeley High School make
it very hard for her to learn (she becomes easily distracted/exasperated and gives
up very quickly). It is also embarrassing for her when she doesn't understand things
that kids around her seem to grasp more quickly. (Aaaah, high school...)
I am looking for someone who can meet with her 23 times per week to get her back on
track (hopefully we can reduce the amount of tutoring once she is doing better). I
hope to find someone who is thus affordable ($35$50/hour) and has some availability
in their schedule for a student who will need a lot of tutoring at first (which is
hard at this time of year).
Are you a tutor who meets the above criteria, or do you know someone who is? I'd
like to hear from you! Please reply to the list or ask the mod. for my email (I'm
remaining anonymous for my daughter's privacy).
Many thanks!
Signed,
needs math help
I would contact Compass Prep [www.compassprep.com} or (415)4648600 [Northern
California office in Larkspur]. We used them for SAT tutoring AND for extra
help during daughter's senior year when she was struggling in calculus. Most of
the tutors are grad students; they can design an individual program for you; and
I think the hourly rates are right in your budget. AboutTheSame
I was just emailing my 9th grader's math teacher this weekend (also BHS). My
daughter is also having a very difficult time in math, and is following my
footsteps...straight A math student until Algebra, and then ability and confidence
plummets. The teacher encouraged my daughter to come to her classroom during
tutoring hours (at least 3 different times per week). I think every teacher offers
this. It's free, and the kids can work together, ask questions of the teacher and
possibly older students who do teacherassisting. My daughter said she wants a
tutor (outside of school), but the cost is very high, so we're insisting she go to
tutoring at school, at least for a couple weeks, to see if that helps. Your
daughter may want to do the same. There is also a Student Learning Center (in
D221), where students can find tutors from 3:306:00 MTh, and is also free.
Good luck.
Sara Hanes is a gifted math tutor who brought my daughter from failing grades in
math to A's; this was a boost to her self esteem and an integral part of her
transformation into an engaged, eager student. She worked with Sara for several
years in elementary school beginning in 5th grade, and through all four years of
high school. They shared a wonderful close friendship, too!
Sara uses Making Math Real techniques that make learning fun, and was always able
to explain math concepts in a way my daughter could understand and retain. I could
not recommend her more highly.
You can reach Sara Hanes at sarahanes@att.net and 5105499349.
Math tutor for 9th grader
Oct 2014
Hello,
I am looking for a math tutor in the Oakland Berkley area for my daughter who
currently attends Oakland School for the Arts. Any leads would be most helpful.
Best,
Rebecca
Jerry Ouyang is a superb math guy. He's a Cal student but has been tutoring for years
and his math could not be more sharp. Plus, he seems to always be in a good mood, which
is nice.
He works for Aspire Education Project, a local nonprofit tutoring company. Their number
is 5106587500, and their email is info@aspireeducation.org.
Charmaine
Dusty Sykes dustysykes.org. He's a lovely man who has a grandfatherly relationship with
the kids.
Lisa
Sara Hanes was my OSA student's math tutor; they worked together throughout her high
school years at OSA, and during her elementary and middle school years, too. With Sara's
help, using Making Math Real and other creative methods, my daughter was able to get A's
in math after previously getting failing grades. This was wonderful for her self esteem,
and therefore helped her with every aspect of life.
She enjoyed working with Sara, who is very warm and endlessly patient.
Sara works with students of all ages. Contact Sara at:
Sarahanes@att.net
5105499349
Satisfied parent
My family has been with a great math tutor, Paul Gee, for many years. He started
helping my daughter when she was taking Geometry. In the past, she always hated math,
but with his support she got a 5 (out of 5) in her AP Calculus exam. I could not
believe that she even agreed to take Calculus, let alone doing so well in it. I think
the secret is that somehow he managed to connect with her and convinced her that she can
do well with lots of hard work. Paul also coached my daughter in her SAT and ACT
preparation, which she also did very well. Then my son who was in 8th grade needed help
in math, so naturally we asked Paul to help. He did even better with my son as he not
only got good grades, but now actually enjoys math. I sense that Paul is very
experienced and is completely dedicated to helping his students. From his website,
AcornTutoring.com, I learned that he has been tutoring full time for over 8 years. I
feel lucky to have found him on BPN when we needed help. He certainly has reduced the
amount of anxiety and crying in this family. My daughter ended up at her first choice
college, I am sure, due to no small part that Paul played in her life. I feel honored
to be able to recommend him to our community.
Thanks.
I would highly recommend my daughter's math tutor who is also a ACT/SAT tutor. She used
him from 8th grade till her senior year. My daughter has dyslexia and scored in the top
85% on the Math ACT. Tutor: Donovan Messier (707) 3284682 dmessiersmc@yahoo.com.
Parent
I strongly recommend Tralee Johnson as a math tutor. My son was enrolled in Algebra
2 last year in an East Bay private school and was not getting the type of
instruction he needed. I found Tralee on BPN and took him to see her late in the
school year. She provided him with the instruction he needed and made him energized
and excited about math again. Rather than procrastinate about his math homework, it
became the first thing he did. His test scores drastically improved and he scored
an ''A'' on his final. When school started this year, my son asked if he could
continue meeting with Tralee to get help as needed and begin preparation for
college placement tests. I am so glad we found Tralee she is awesome. My son loves
math and he looks forward to every session with Tralee.
Tralee can be reached at (415)508MATH or on her website
http://www.TheMathmaticsTutor.org
Karrie S.
Belinda Lesser at Albany Math Center is a fantastic math tutor. You can look at
the website AlbanyMathCenter.com or email at albanymathcenter@gmail.com.
mom of math student also
Seeking Math Tutor for BHS IB 1
Sept 2014
Hi:
I am looking for tutor to help my daughter, a junior at BHS, with IB math 1. Any
recommendations? Also, she does not think going after school to the teacher helps
much. Any one have any experience/thoughs about private tutoring vs. after school
at BHS.
Thanks
BHS parent
I also had a daughter in BHS IB1 math class. I found Paul Gee on BPN. My daughter
loved working with him. He is at 5105028465.
As for private tutoring versus after school help, I think it all depends on your child.
Some students learn better in one environment than the other. My daughter had a hard
time with the after school option, so we went with using a private tutor.
Thankful mom.
Need math tutor for 5th grader
Sept 2014
My daughter has needed tutoring support for the past several years with math,
and has never been happy with her tutor. We have generally hired retired
teachers, but I think she'd be happier with someone younger who she can relate
to more. She is very resistant to tutoring so it needs to have an element of
fun. Would love suggestions. It's important we find someone who has strong
familiarity with the new Common Core standards. We are in the Richmond/El
Cerrito/Kensington area.
Thank you
Sounds like your daughter would benefit from the Making Math Real approach. It was great
for my 5th grader who needed extra support in math.
We had a wonderful experience with Marissa Meyers who uses Making Math Real strategies in
her tutoring. She works with math students at Albany Middle School (so is quite famliar
with Common Core Standards) and tutors in the afternoon at the Albany Math Center.
You can reach her at (510) 9190843 or go on their website www.albanymathcenter.com
Math Tutor incoming 9th grader
July 2014
Hello,
my daughter will be starting Oakland School of the arts fall 2014 as an
incoming 9th grader in the vocal department. Looking for a math tutor in
the Oakland/Berkeley area who specializes in working with kiddos with
learning disabilities. Any leads??????
Thanks in Advance!
Rebecca
Sara (Beckman) Hanes sarahanes@att.net was recommended to me by an
educational therapist. She has tutored many children with learning differences
for several years. She uses the Making Math Real
techniques. My daughter is also starting 9th grade, and looks forward to her
tutoring because Sara makes it fun. Sara is located now on Caldecott Lane, which
is on the Berkeley side of the tunnel. She used to be in Rockridge, but her new
location is still very close to Rockridge. If you talk to Sara, she will be able
to explain just how extensive her experience is with learning differences.
Mom of daughter who once struggled with learning differences
I recommend Sara Hanes, my daughter's wonderful math tutor throughout her years at
OSA. She was able to make math fun, using Making Math Real techniques and games.
My daughter was able to get A's in math her last two years and it really boosted
her selfesteem. Sara is very warm and easy to work with, and my daughter always
enjoyed working with her.
Sarahanes@att.net 5105499349
OSA parent
Excellent math tutor
July 2014
I highly recommend Daniel Mayeri as a math tutor as he is excellent. I have freshman
and a senior who work with Daniel and both expressed that he is the best math tutor
they have had. Daniel is thorough in explaining current class concepts but also
prepares them for the upcoming lessons. Daniel reinforces their understanding of
material and provides them with strategies in solving problems. He identifies my
son's weaknesses, works to improve them and helps my sons gain the confidence in
math and sometimes other topics if time permits. Daniel's office is conveniently
located in downtown Berkeley. Daniel can be contacted at
http://www.berkeleymathtutor.com/.
Elaine
Summer 5th grade math tutor
July 2014
I'm looking for a summer math tutor for my soon to be fifthgrade daughter. She
absolutely loves math and is asking to do more over the summer. Ironically I think
she is behind in grade level because her school has an alternative math program
which is not up to the level of the local public schools. Ideally I am looking for
someone who can come to our house one or perhaps two days per week in Berkeley.
Thank you in advance.
Mom of that Math loving daughter.
I just wanted to recommend IXL.com. It is a great math site, very
reasonable too. We do it twice a day over the summer. We're going into
fifth as well, so right now we are reviewing the fourth grade
curriculum. It has helped us enormously with math competence and
confidence. Not a tutor, I know. But if she wants more, IXL is the spot!
Julie
Sara Hanes is a fantastic math tutor, and I recommend her most
highly. She is trained in Making Math Real Techniques, and makes
learning math FUN. My daughter, who just graduated from high school with
an A in math, thanks to Sara's support, began tutoring with Sara in
fourth grade. It made all the difference!
She's in North Oakland, near the Caldecott Tunnel.
sarahanes@AT&T.net / 5105499349
Mom of formerly mathchallenged student
June 2014
I recommend Tralee Johnson as a tutor. My child was doing poorly in Algebra
and we desperately needed to find someone to help. I found Tralee from
previous BPN reviews and arranged for her to tutor my son. He went from having
a D in class to an A. If you need a tutor, give her a try!
Mary
June 2014
I write to recommend Oliver Miller as a math tutor extraordinaire! Mr. Miller
has tutored my son off and on through geometry, algebra,
precalculus, and calculus. He is a patient, thorough, and
conscientious tutor. He works to build confidence in those he tutors,
when theirs has been weakened by difficulties with the subject matter.
If there is something he is unsure of, he takes it home and figures it
out before presenting the most accessible way of learning it. He is,
and I can't emphasize this enough, very dedicated to his students. I
could not recommend him more highly. His
email is: kmps186@yahoo.com
Laura
Intelligent and Fun Female Math Tutor?
June 2014
Hello BPN,
I am looking to hire a female mathematics tutor for my two daughters,
soon to be Sophomore in High School and 7th grader. I am looking for my
daughters to get inspired by an intelligent and passionate female tutor
who can convince my children to love math! Please let me know your
recommendations for a local Berkeley tutor who is very intelligent in
all things math and can be a fun person for my children to learn from.
Thank you very much BPN! Your advice is much appreciated. Pat
I highly recommend Leba Morimoto at learning solutions. I know her through the
''Making Math Real'' grapevine  she is a highly skilled graduate of that program.
She's also good at helping kids stop worrying about math and start loving it. She is
at Learning Solutions at: (510) 5288224
Pat
Hilary Yamtich is awesome.
She's been doing math with my daughters for six years.
She brings challenges and lets them choose a problem or puzzle that interests them.
My third grader is proud to know things that they won't cover in school for several
years and Hilary has been an amazing mentor to my high school junior as they have
progressed through geometry proofs and calculus.
Intelligent and fun is what Hilary isshe knows the math through and through. They
might start off playing Blokus and then move on to figuring out how many
combinations are possible or figuring out algorithms.
(510) 507  0024
hilaryyamtich@gmail.com
Susan
Kelli Talaska is a Berkeley math tutor with a PhD in math and extensive
experience in teaching and tutoring. You can check out her website here
http://kellitalaska.com/
She taught math at a high school in San Francisco before getting her graduate
degree. After getting her PhD, she taught at UC Berkeley from 20102013, where
she was very popular:
http://ninjacourses.com/ratings/view/instructor/9144/
She is now focusing on private tutoring. Lauren
I can strongly recommend my daughter's math tutor, Sara Hanes. She has worked with
my daughter for years, from elementary school through high school, and I don't know
what we'd have done without her. Sara is trained in Making Math Real techniques and
employs many games during the tutoring session that make math fun.
While working with Sara, my daughter was able to go from failing grades to A's in
math. Her self esteem improved and she became more confident in all her classes.
Working with Sara was an instrumental part of all that.
Sara's phone number is:5105499349.
I recommend that you contact Carla Hall, a credentialed, experienced math
teacher who LOVES math and is currently accepting students for tutoring. Carla
swept in like Mary Poppins with a box of math materials and quickly won over my
mathresistant 7th grade daughter with her cheerful, encouraging and fun
approach. Carla was tuned in to the way my daughter learns (including some
working memory issues), and showed her new ways to approach and understand
problems that actually WORKED for her learning style. Carla is smart and
passionate about math, teaching and young people. Contact: Carla Hall
Hall.Carla@att.net
math learner's mom
Middle school math tutor
Nov 2013
Dear BPN friends, I need a recommendation for middle school math tutor!
I am looking for a tutor who specializes in tutoring middle school math Â– pre
algebra through algebra.
I have a 6th and 8th grader who both struggle with the subject and need a tutor who
can explain and teach them in a way they understand. I'm looking for someone who is
patient, creative, and has a unique way of working with each student.
Looking in the Albany/El Cerrito/Richmond area.
Thanks,
Mom of frustrated math students
I recommend Marissa Meyers (510) 9190843. As an educational therapist who
specializes in language arts, I have referred numerous middle school math
students to Marissa and been extraordinarily pleased with the feedback I
have gotten from both parents and teachers regarding her skills and
abilities as a math tutor. She has an approach of reaching and teaching
students that is original, effective, and affirming to all students. She is
adored and respected by the students that have been fortunate enough to
have her as a tutor. In addition, parents have been thrilled with the
progress and improvements their struggling children have made under
Marissa's tutelage. Peggy
Need tutor for college algebra
Nov 2013
Looking for a math tutor for college level algebra. Must have patience, and some
experience with ADD would be helpful although not required. At your home or the
local library or other meeting place. For my grandson who lives in Mill Valley. If
interested please respond with resume or summary of experience and your availability.
Appreciate hearing from those who have had good experiences with local math tutors at
this level.
Anxious Grandmother
Dear anxious Grandmother,
Best tutor we ever had Mario (liao)
Quiet, Patient, nice, just great.
510 936 4534
Tracy
Making Math Real tutor for 10 year old?
Oct 2013
Hello, I looking for a math tutor for my 10 year old son. I have been reading about the
Making Math Real approach, and would be interested in a tutor who is trained in this or a
similar program. We live in North Oakland, so would like to find someone in South Berkeley
or Oakland.
Thank you!
Anon
I highly recommend Leba Morimoto. Making Math Real is an excellent approach,
and she is one of the practioners that works with prealgebra and up through
high school math. Her email is: lebasline@gmail.com
Pat
I highly recommend Sara Hanes who uses the Making Math Real approach. I agree
it's a terrific approach. Sara has taken all the courses twice and tutors
students after school at Bentley. Sara is on the Berkeley side up near
Parkwoods Apartments by the Caldecott Tunnel. Used to be in Rockridge. I
tried several tutors before I found Making Math Real. She has many clients but
might have openings because some clients who've been with her for years are off
to college. Worth every penny if your child is struggling. Contact
sarahanes@att.net
Grateful mom, Becky
Sept 2013
I highly recommend Tralee Johnson for all math tutoring!
Tralee tutored our 12 year old girl moving from an arts based elementary to a public Middle
school in Berkeley.
Our daughter is very quick learner in math and able to work above grade level but had never
taken a test as her elementary school did not use testing. We contacted Tralee to help
prepare our daughter to take a math placement test given at the end of 6th grade for students
interested in placing out of prealgebra for 7th grade and right into Algebra.
In sessions with Tralee she used sample STAR questions available on CA Dept of Ed website for
7th grade math competency (brilliant!). She gave my daughter much needed practice for
problems she was shaky in. More importantly, Tralee also taught her new concepts that she
had not been exposed to in an efficient way that was easy to remember at test time!
She greatly increased my daughter's test taking confidence and her skill level in a short
time. I especially appreciated her skills as a former teacher when it came to my daughter
learning new math concepts!
Math Whiz Mom
Math tutor for understimulated 5th grader
Aug 2013
My 5th grader is understimulated in Math and I've come to the realization that I need to
supplement his education. I am thinking of starting with a math tutor and wondered if
anyone can recommend a good one who charges reasonable rates. (As an aside, what is the
going rate for a math tutor?) I'd also be open to other ideas about ways to keep math
interesting for a 10 yo boy.
bpn grateful
Math can be very inspiring when taught in an inspiring way... Here are some ideas:
 Berkeley Math Circle:http://mathcircle.berkeley.edu/index.php?
options=bmc%7Cbmc_elementary%7Cbmc%20elementary has classes for kids interested in
math that go all the way up to high school. They don't teach topics that are
taught in school.  QuantumCamp http://www.quantumcamp.com/qcmath is an innovative
academic program in Downtown Berkeley with a fabulous group of teachers who have a
deep understanding of their subject areas and a passion for education.  Internet:
Youtube channels such as http://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart and
http://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile are fun and informative 
orit
I think you might be better off with something like Berkeley Math Circle than
with a tutor because then your child will meet other children who are interested
in math. Also, for next summer, ATDP, through CAL is a good choice  just keep
on top of the deadlines. The Julia Robinson Math Festival at Cal and the
Stanford Splash are both full of interesting math activities. The new
Exploratorium has some wonderful mathematical exhibits  if you and/or your
partner aren't comfortable talking about the math that goes with the ''Wow!'' one
of the docents can help explain what is going on. Lawrence Hall of Science has
many math enrichment books, and you (or a tutor) could work through some with
your son. Sometimes LHS has classes for middlegrade children. Another option
would be to start a Math Circle or organize a math fair at your child's school
(other parents and I did one at Jefferson for a number of years.) The important
thing is to keep math social and fun, and to remember that there are many
aspects of mathematics (number theory, geometry, problem solving etc.) that tend
to get shortshrift in the school curriculum, but can give your child a deeper
understanding of mathematics, and hopefully lead to a life long interest in
mathematics. math geek mom
Have a look at khanacademy.com. They have many math videos and they are only 10
minutes long. you could have him look at some intro videos on algebra. There may
also be ones on fractions, percents, and the like which may be more appropriate
for his age.
I've been tutoring math for many years and charge $70 and hour but for his level
of math you may be able to find someone for $30 an hour?
Sean
I would enthusiastically recommend my daughter's math tutor Daniel Mayeri. His
website is www.berkeleymathtutor.com. My fourth grade daughter started working
with Daniel shortly after the start of third grade. She was doing just fine in
math at the time, but we felt she could be challenged to learn a bit more advanced
material for her age. Daniel has been fantastic. Although most of Daniel's
students are in high school, he has shown that he can work well with younger
students. My daughter genuinely looks forward to her afternoon sessions with
Daniel. Her confidence has increased tremendously. The sessions are rigorous but
fun and relaxed. We plan to continue for the foreseeable future. We find Daniel to
be extremely professional, and at the same time, terrific with kids and young
people.
Prior to signing up with Daniel, we talked to a few other tutors. Daniel's rate
is within the range of most tutors in the area.
Jenny K
Aug 2013
I would strongly like to recommend Tralee Johnson as a math tutor. My seventhgrader
worked consistently with Tralee since the midsixth grade and earned an A, even though in
prior years she professed to absolutely hating math and not getting it. Tralee is gentle
and patient in her approach and seems to make the material accessible, if not fun . . .
I often hear them laughing during the tutoring sessions. We will definitely plan on
continuing with Tralee in the eighth grade.
Contact info: 415 508MATH. www.TheMathematicsTutor.org
HL
Aug 2013
My son, who struggles with a math disability, has made amazing progress
through regular tutoring sessions with Linda VanDeWall, who works out of
her home in North Berkeley. Linda is remarkably skillful and holistic.
My son succeeded in Algebra I and Geometry due to her exceptional
tutoring. In the past, his attitude toward math was extremely negative;
but working with Linda, he has truly transformed, coming home from
tutoring sessions with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Linda is
experienced with learning disabilities, and most importantly, she sees
and understands students as individuals, and finds a way to help them
learn and succeed. I highly recommend her!!! You can contact her by
email: Linda VanDeWall rivergirl2@gmail.com
Barbara
April 2013
It was a few years ago  our son worked with Alan
Kaplan,(lnkpln@sbcglobal.net)(510.530.4012), a fantastic math tutor, down to earth person.
He was very helpful, informative, and kind. Alan also tutored other kids we knew  very
accommodating working with multiple levels of ability. Kids and parents all loved him. He's
located near 13, off Park Blvd, in Oakland  well worth the trip.
Lisa
March 2013
Re: Looking for a miracle worker ( math help)
Looking over your initial post, I see that you are looking for a good math tutor who
can help your daughter who seems to understand the material, and yet have test scores
that do not reflect her understanding. I had a similar situation. On Berkeley
Parents Network, I found Paul Gee who identified the problem and was able to help my
daughter to improve her test scores. He is very perceptive, sensitive, and kind. We
have had other tutors, but Paul was the one that managed to help her. My daughter is
now happily in college. I am sure glad that he was there when we needed it.
Thankful mom
There is a name that keeps on popping up as a recommended math tutor on BPN. I
contacted him to schedule an appointment. When he returned my call he informed me that
he did not have a spot available right now but he was going to have my child meet with
his associate until a spot opened up with him. The rate per hour was $100. I agreed to
the appointment, with the mindset that you get what you pay for and he does come highly
recommended. I also did some other searching on another site for tutors. I found the
same associate advertising her services for half the price. When we met  I asked her
is the rate I am paying twice the ammount because eventually I will be seeing Tutor X?
She informed me that Tutor X is in fact looking to retire and doesn't take on any new
students. I told her that if it worked out would she mind lowering her rate to the one
she advertises  she said no because it is an agreement between the two of them to split
the rate. I don't doubt that Tutor X is probably an excellent tutor  but
he is not being honest with parents.
Duped Mom
8th Grade Algebra 1 Tutor Needed  Alameda
Feb 2013
My 8th grader has been limping along all year in Algebra 1. Up to this year was getting A's and
now in the low B's. She needs immediate help in things like setting up equations, graphing etc.
Don't want the year to finish without a solid background for math is cumulative. We live in
Alameda and would like someone weekly though the school year and occasional refresher work this
summer.The text book is McDougal Little within the Alameda Unified School District.
Your recommendations and suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you.
carol
I highly recommend Lizette Griebje of Proper Math as a math tutor. My 8thgrader
was having a similar experience of struggling in Algebra 1after working with
Lizette she feels much more confident as a mathematician and she's regularly
getting A's. We're really happy our daughter is working with Lizette this year
(she is too!), and I can see that the benefits will pay off for many years to
come.
Lizette Griebje
www.propermath.com
3380103
Janet
Looking for a math tutor for trig for HS junior
Jan 2013
I am looking for a math tutor with a good command of math and trig in particular
for 2 girls at BHS who are struggling with homework and esp. testing. Guessing one
2 hour session per week, maybe more to prep for tests. Alan
Alan
I highly recommend our math tutor, Paul Gee. We found Paul via the Berkeley Parents
Network when my daughter was struggling with Geometry. Paul helped her so much that
we have used his services every since, even through Calculus. Paul knows his stuff
and was extremely good at connecting with my daughter. Paul can be reached at
5105028465.
Anon.
Nov 2012
Daniel Mayeri (http://mayerieducation.com/) has been our son's math tutor since
2011. Our son needs a ''boost'' where math is concerned. Daniel is great. He
is very organized and professional, very practical, knows the curriculum and
connects well. He has helped our son keep his head above water and better. Highly
recommended.
Parent of a 14 yr old
Making Math Real Tutor
Nov 2012
I am looking for a math tutor who has been trained in the
Making Math Real (David Berg) method. If you are such a
tutor, or if you know of one, please either post or email me
directly. Please let me know which level you are trained to
(elementary school, prealgebra, and/or algebra). Thank
you!
My 11 year old son goes to a great tutor who uses the Making
Math Real method. Her name is Leba Morimoto. Leba has done
wonders for our son's math skills and his overall confidence
in math. I would highly recommend her  she is soft spoken,
encouraging, and delightful! Leba Morimoto: 5105288224,
email: lebasline@gmail.com Kim
Math tutor for advanced 4th grader
Nov 2012
Looking for a math tutor for an advanced, although not genius, fourth grader.
He's about a year ahead of his class and getting bored. The best fit would be
someone with experience and knowledge of fourth and fifth grade California math
curriculum and standards.
My freshman daughter has been working with Chris Bradley for a few years. He is a lovely
young man finishing his AA at DVC and transfering to Cal. His math teacher is a friend
of ours and she highly recommended him when we were looking for a new tutor. He is a
natural at math. My daughter struggled with math concepts for years until she started
working with Chris. She has had A's for 2 years now. Chris can communicate with her on a
level that our pervious tutor couldn't. He is also working with my friends boys and they
too are having great success. Chris's number is 9257714348, he comes to our home and
we pay him 30.00/hour.
tm
There are a number of Math Circles in the Bay Area that are perfect for a
student who is advanced in his or her course and would enjoy an extra challenge.
I'd be happy to talk with you about finding one that is a good fit. I also
tutor for a living, and can work with your child; though I usually work with
highschoolers I do have experience with younger students. I would also be happy
to provide you with some ideas for resources in any case. You are right to be
concerned, but there are lots of things you can do to help him through this.
Susan
Oct 2012
I would like to recommend Lizette Greijbe to any family looking for a math tutor
for their high schooler. Lizette is deeply knowledgeable about mathematics and has
a knack for teaching the subject in a fun way. When my son finished algebra one,
he had a good but shallow understanding of the subject. Lizette changed that,
digging deep, showing him the underlying mechanics of the subject. Together, they
went way beyond what his classroom teacher showed him and as a result his
understanding of algebra is now much deeper. Lizette is conscientious, prompt and
very flexible when it comes to where and when she will teach. She is also very
affordable compared to some tutors. I highly recommend Lizette. Her phone number
is 510/338 0103, and her website is at www.propermath.com.
C. Noble
Sept 2012
I highly recommend Daniel Mayeri as a math tutor. Daniel took my daughter from
a C+ to an A in Geometry last year. She also won an award for that subject.
Daniel helped her really understand the concepts and analyze problems in
different ways so that she became comfortable with the material. Daniel is an
excellent teacher, and he'll be helping her with Algebra II this year.
Susan
Math tutor for 7 yr old  Making Math Real
Aug 2012
Our 7yr old needs help with math. We're looking for a tutor in the
Berkeley/North Oakland area. Some friends speak very highly of ''Making Math
Real,'' so we're interested in pursuing that option. Our daughter is smart but a
bit shy.
There are a few Making Math Real tutors with notices on BPN; what we'd like to
hear from are some parents re good tutors. Thanks!
Kate
Our son was struggling with math for quite some time. I became concerned that he would
never enjoy
math at all, because of the frustration he was experiencing in school (over the course of a
number of
grade levels and teachers) combined with our nightly struggle with math homework.
A family therapist recommended Leba Morimoto, a tutor who specializes in the strategies of
Making
Match Real. Leba is kind, patient, soft spoken, and her love of math is contagious! Our
son felt very
comfortable from the start, and Leba's positive attitude not only helped his math skills,
but it helped him
gain confidence in his math knowledge. His teachers saw significant improvement in math
skills,
comprehension, and attitude very quickly. I highly recommend Leba: lebasline@gmail.com,
510528
8224.
Kim
March 2012
As a lover of Math, I'd like to let everyone know about my children's math
tutor extraordinaire:
Abelian Group Math School
Leslie Bryan
510 8410784
Leslie is more expensive that some tutors but for the extra money you get
magic! My 21 & 22 year old college students say she's one of the best
teachers they ever had. And my 11 year old comes back from lessons asking
if she can do the homework right away.
Leslie is very nononsense with her students, so they will have to work and
come to class prepared. In exchange she has the ability to teach them math
so that they truly love it and at least deeply understand it. She's been
teaching math for over thirty years. She loves teaching and knows what
works.
Leslie/Abelian Group offers both oneonone and group lessons.
Katie
March 2012
Great Math Tutor: I highly recommend Daniel Mayeri as a math
tutor. He taught one of my children in high school, and when I
found out that he was doing private tutoring I asked him to work
with my other child who is now in high school. Daniel is
passionate about math, and his passion helps kids to get
interested in math. He has all kinds of strategies and techniques
for teaching difficult concepts and working through complex
problems. He also makes sure that the students understand why
they are doing things rather than having them merely memorize how
to get the answer. He has really helped build up my child's
confidence in math and has even made her more interested in the
subject. His website is http://mayerieducation.com or
berkeleymathtutor.com.
Barbara A.
Feb 2012
My daughter has moved around to many states. Public, private schools
and struggles with math, has always. She has major gaps in her basic
math skills. She is in per algebra and lost. I found a making math
meaningful specialist and she is not a homework helper. She digs deep
and works with the gaps to fill in the foundation. She communicates
with her teacher. She is wonderful and very positive, makes it fun and
her thoroughness is just what she needed!! Been through many tutors,
but she is really giving my daughter confidence by understanding how
it relates to the real world. Worth the money!!!!!
margret simon:
simon.margaret@gmail.com
+1 (510) 3339277
Christa
Tutor Specializing in Math and Empathy
Feb 2012
I would love for someone to share their personal experience (parents or
students) that have had a really good experience with a math tutor. I want
someone that can emotionally really come to where my student is at. She is
quite demoralized. We have tried some tutors, including some of the ''known
tutoring centers.'' I have found that a lot of tutors do not know how to reach
a kid on the emotional level/or know how to really explain to a student that
is finding math a very difficult proposition. I would be most grateful for
advice, as my daughter is ONLY struggling with math. All the other subjects
are going well.
Desparate Parent
Sorry about what you must be facing. I had a similar situation
with my daughter. She was great at everything except math. She
felt so badly about herself that it started to affect her other
classes, not to even speak of her mental health. I spoke with
her math teacher who recommended tutoring. After a few false
starts, we finally found Paul Gee who was able to engage her on
an academic as well as emotional level. He figured out her
issues and was able to help her improve her grades. She is
happily in college now, thanks to his help with SAT preparation.
Paul is now tutoring my younger daughter as well. Needless to
say, we are very appreciative of his work. Maybe he is able to
help your daughter as well. You can reach Paul Gee at
5105028465.
Good Luck.
I think you might find Leba helpful. She teaches Making Math Real
which is a system based on visual learning. It takes math out of the
abstract numbers only realization and puts it into a visual system of
''houses''. She has many wonderful tools like a whole jar of different
die's to work with. She works out of a very pleasant ''studio'' set up
below her house in El Cerrito  easy to get to  right off the
Arlington. And a side benefit is you can do your grocery shopping down
the hill for the hour. We really liked her and friends' kids have
benefited also. For us, our son was struggling with math all through
elementary school. Now, he is getting A's in 8th grade prealgebra.
Call Leba Morimoto 510/5288224
mom of visual learner
I'm a long time math tutor. I suggest you try a number of
tutors since tutoring is a very personal service. Ask the
tutors if they would be willing to tutor your daughter for a
half hour or hour for free just to see how it goes and to see if
the ''connection'' is there. You didn't mention what math she
is taking, what grade she is in and what school she goes to.
That's important information for a tutor to know.
Feb 2012
I highly recommend Jane Molnar at molnarmathacademy.org. She teaches
classes and does tutoring in North Berkeley. My 9 year old son, though
bright, was struggling with the Everyday Math program in his Albany
public school classroom. Working with Jane began to turn things around
for my son right away. Confusing concepts became clear. Jane taught him
ways to solve problems and do his homework that made it much easier and
less stressful for him. I plan to sign him up for one of Jane
Molnar's after school math classes to keep the momentum going. My
son's frustration and confusion have been replaced by confidence and
a willingness to do his homework which now takes much less time. Jane has
helped him with basic concepts such as fractions and division and has
also taught him really fun topics from algebra and logic which he loves.
Jo
Sept 2011
I am writing to give a sincere recommendation for Josh Shiode, a
highly qualified tutor for high school level math and science. We
first learned of Josh last week through Chat Hull, a tutor who we
read about on BPN. We were desperately looking for a tutor who
could help our 16year old daughter with AP Calculus and
Mechanical Physics. Chat was fully booked for the semester, but
suggested that we contact Josh, one of his gradstudent
colleagues at Cal who has a high level of success in tutoring
students in need of extra help and support in science and math.
Josh responded promptly to my (multiple)emails, thoughtfully
answered all of my questions, and helped us to come up with a
plan to help our daughter on her way towards better grades. He is
efficient, generous with his time, and from our experience, an
incredibly nice person! He can be reached at
jhshiode@berkeley.edu.
Monika
Chemistry, Math Tutor(s)  BHS
Sep 2011
Hi,
We are looking for a Chemistry and a Math tutor for our sophomore
at Berkeley High  possibly the same person, doesn't have to be. Do
you have any recommendations? Thanks so much.
Concerned BHS Parents
Azul Lewis is a wonderful, kind, patient and effective tutor in maths and
sciences. She worked with both of my teens in chemistry and advanced
maths, including statistics, and was practically a member of our family
for five years. She came every week, worked quietly at the kitchen table
with our kids, gave them lots of confidence. Our son began math analysis
with a ''D'' and ended up with ''B''s. Her email is azullewis@yahoo.com
Good luck!
kathe
My daughter had a wonderful experience at Classroom Matters in Berkeley.
(http://www.classroommatters.com/) Meg, worked closely with my daughter
and her teachers to make sure she understood the material, kept up on
assignments, and was adequately prepared for tests. Without Meg and
Classroom Matters, she would have had an enormous struggle to keep up in
Chemistry and Geometry. I'd highly recommend them!
Tanya
Check the post in the last edition of BPN. Misha went to BHS and knows
the teachers and subject matter. I highly recommend him.
Experienced math and science tutor available for 20112012 academic
year. Alumnus of University of Pennsylvania engineering school.
Over 7 years tutoring and childcare experience including program
director at Camp Kee Tov. Tutoring subjects include all prehigh
school math, physics, AP physics, geometry, trigonometry, math
analysis, AP calculus AB/BC, SAT, and SAT II. Call Misha Yerlick
at (510) 2953484 or email at myerlick@gmail.com
satisfied parent
Paul Gee has helped my daughter tremendously over the years. He
started tutoring her when she was in Geometry. We continued to use
his services through Calculus. My daughter could not have survived
without his guidance and support. In fact, I am sure that she
would not have taken Calculus if not for his help. Paul was able
to encourage her to work very hard in her math classes even though
she had a strong dislike for math. She ended up feeling that math
is not so bad after all. She really enjoyed studying with Paul.
We as parents were so happy to see that change in her. We also had
Paul help her in SAT preparation. He was full of very good advice,
including helping her to decide between taking the SAT versus the
ACT. She was able to get a very good score with his help. She is
now in a very good college of her choice. We are very grateful for
his help. Paul has also helped every friend that we have referred
to him. Call Paul at 5105028465.
Thankful.
Looking for math tutor for 5th grader who is struggling
Sep 2011
I'm looking for a math tutor for my 5th grader. Any recommendations? My son
is struggling, and beginning to feel dumb in class. My husband and I have
tried, and we are butting heads with our son so it's time to bring in a
neutral 3rd party to help out.
Open to high school students, college students, anyone who is good with kids
and good at explaining math.
Thanks!
We have a 5th grader who was really struggling with math last year.
He now has a wonderful math tutor, Leba Morimoto. Leba is great!
She is kind, calm, encouraging, and has worked wonders for our son.
He sees her 1x/week, and now enjoys math. His teachers and the
support staff at his school have noticed his improvement since he's
started going to Leba. Leba Morimoto: 5105288224
Kim
My daughter uses JogNog.com for math, science, history and literature. I like
the math program because it follows the standards set by Massachusetts, which
is the #1 state in the nation for math and science education. I like the
science and history and literature because they have her exact textbooks on
as study games and she uses them right before tests. Not sure if you have
the same California Life Science textbook or World history book but you can
use the math. There's a promotion right now for 5th grade math.
http://www.jognog.com/studyguide/5thgrademathcpackageplan.html
Good luck!!
Irene
July 2011
We highly recommend Oliver Miller as a superb math tutor.
Oliver tutored our 16 yearold daughter who was failing
precalculus with a very low F. While she deserves much credit
for getting on A on her final exam and pulling out a B for the
course, she would never have achieved this miraculous success
without Oliver's patient guidance and encouragement and his
wonderful ability to teach math to students who aren't enamored
with the subject. Not only did he teach her math, but Oliver
showed her how through hard work she can excel, even in
subjects she dislikes. Oliver is such an adept tutor, because
he not only assesses the student's strengths and weaknesses but
quickly adapts his tutoring strategies to respond to the
student's changing needs. Moreover, he took a student who did
not believe she had the ability to do well in math and helped
her realize the contrary. We cannot recommend Oliver highly
enough! Oliver was recommended by a coworker whose son also
greatly benefited from Oliver's tutoring. His contact
information is: kmps186@yahoo.com and 510.452.7729.
Very grateful parents
April 2011
I would like to highly recommend Daniel Mayeri
(dpmayeri@hotmail.com) as an excellent mathematics tutor. When I
moved both of my teenage daughters to California last August(2010)
we soon discovered that the kids where falling behind. It took me
most of the first semester to find a tutor. My High School student
was quickly approaching finals and she was completely lost. I called
Daniel explained our situation, he not only fit my daughter into his
busy schedule but was able to cover the entire semesters work in
three sessions prior to finals. The outcome was more than my
daughter could have hoped for, through Daniels expert command of the
subject and his ability to instill confidence she was able to get an
A on her geometry final. Now both my daughters meet with Daniel
once a week for maintenance and a clear explanation of the prior
week material. Neither daughter worries about finals anymore, in
math anyway.
C.A.
Math Tutor Needed for 3rd Grader
March 2011
Hi. We are looking into hiring a math tutor for our third grader. Any
recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We live in North
Berkeley. Thank you.
Anon
My 4th grader has a great math tutor  Leba Morimoto. Leba is a kind,
patient tutor, who has done wonders with my mathphobic 10 year old. She
tutors all ages and levels, and works out of her home in the El Cerrito
hills. We highly recommend her! Phone: 5105288224, Email:
lebasline@yahoo.com
Kim
I can highly recommend Natalia for math tutoring. She is
patient, great with kids, and is able to do math tutoring
through High School level. Feel free to contact Natalia
directly at 5109102722 or by email: nataliakapa@gmail.com.
Anon.
My daughter's tutor (Larissa) is wonderful and reasonable. She and her
husband have day jobs, but tutor children and
teens in math.
I found her after using two tutoring services.
Her email address is l_nabokova@yahoo.com. pmog
Calculus tutor needed
Feb 2011
My son is doing well in all his classes except for calculus.
He is generally a good student, but is struggling with this class.
I am looking for a tutor who is very experienced and highly
qualified
to teach calculus. Ideally, I would like to find a tutor who
specializes in teaching math and is doing it full time.
Thanks in advance.
In reply to the request for a math/calculus teacher: Azul
Lewis has worked with my teens for the past four years, in all
maths and chemistry. She is very warm, focused and reliable.
My son was able to take his PreCalculus grade from a D to a B
with her help. We can't recommend her highly enough. Her
email is azullewis@yahoo.com.
kathryn
My daughter had excellent help from Paul Gee for high school
math. My daughter had struggled with math for years, had a
high degree of anxiety around testing, and despite all this
she persisted to challenge herself by taking high level math
classes throughout high school. After working with Paul she
became more relaxed and actually started to enjoy learning
math. That was a first. We tried a few other tutors but none
worked as well with her as Paul. Several of her friends also
worked with Paul after she recommended him and got excellent
results as well. Many other parents on Berkeley Parents
Network have also recommended Paul Gee in the past so you will
be able to see what others have said about his work by
entering his name on the BPN search line. Here is Paul's
number: 5105028465. Best of luck.
Paul Gee Fan
I highly recommend Andrew Galpern  5276547  Albany location
 for any and all levels of math tutoring. Excellent rapport
with kids
LB
Dominica Phetteplace 6661088. She's fantastic. She was a
great help to my teenage son.
anon
Both my teens have been tremendously helped by Leslie Bryan of
the Abelian Group (5108410784). She taught math for fifteen
years at SF State and has training as a systems analyst and
educational psychologist as well. I consider her the gold
standard for math tutoring. She is gifted at figuring out
what's tripping up any particular student and how best to
untangle what's confusing. Given that your son has made it to
calculus, he's clearly a basically strong math student. She's
wonderful for kids like that. Happy to talk more about her if
you want to contact me at margitrooscollins@comcast.net.
Margit
I know of a great Calculus Tutor. His name is Paul Gee. He
tutored
my daughter in both PreCalculus and Calculus. I want to
thank Paul
for his amazing help in getting my daughter through these
difficult
classes. My daughter would not have survived without his
help.
Instead, she got A in both classes, and this from a girl who
hates
math. He was not only able to teach her the material, but
also to
motivate her to work hard at learning. She tells me that Paul
makes
math easy to understand. I am also very happy with his help
in
preparing her for the SAT test. Paul has been teaching high
school
math as well as SAT test preperation full time for many years
and it
shows in the results. We just want to share the joy. Paul's
phone
number is 5105028465.
Grateful mom.
I have two children that worked with Paul Osborne for math
tutoring. He's great with kids, and has a teaching style that
makes challenging subject, including calculus, accessible to
students in a way that's not taught in school. I highly
recommend him to any student. His website is:
http://paulthetutors.com/index.htm
christiane
Math tutor for 5th Grader in Walnut Creek
Jan 2011
I'm looking for a math tutor or afterschool math class for
my 5th grade daughter. She's struggling this year, and
really hasn't had any troubles up to now. I live in Walnut
Creek, so prefer this area/Lafayette for convenience.
WC mom
I would recommend Andrew Solter. He is an awesome math
tutor. He was recommended to me by a math professor. My
daughter really enjoyed working with him. He is great with
kids K12. He really knows how to keep kids attention. You
can email him at asolter@mac.com or 3108495015
I know that you'll love what he does for your child.
Sincerely,
Adrian
Math tutor for 14yo with low math skills
Sept 2010
I am looking for an experienced Math tutor for our 14 year
old grandson. He has very low math skills (4th grade?) and
needs someone patient and fun. We live in the Montclair area
of Oakland and would need someone at least 2x/week after
school (around 4:00 M/W or 5:30 T/TH, or early evenings)
C.
I would like to recommend our daughter's exceptional math
tutor, Daniel Mayeri. She has been working with Daniel for
the last 3 years. She began working with Daniel her Freshman
year in High School, and continues to work him as a Senior.
She had worked with two other tutors in the past and never
found them to be at all helpful or supportive. Her
experience with Daniel has been the opposite. Daniel has
really identified her weaknesses and strengths in math and
found a way to strengthen her skills and self confidence. He
has helped her to understand the strategies for solving math
problems, and the underlying concepts.She has never felt
judged or inferior when struggling with challenging math
assignments. Daniel is always positive and has an amazing
way of keeping a student on task without stressing or
frustrating them. Our daughter avoided math in the past and
saw herself as incapable of succeeding in this domain.Daniel
has really allowed her to overcome her negativity and
anxiety. She has done exceptionally well throughout High
School in each level of math, and we attribute this to
Daniel's skill and support. Daniel can be reached at
dpmayeri@hotmail.com. sheri
Last year, our daughter, worked with several math tutors for
Geometry and Algebra. Larissa was successful in identifying
how my daughter understands and learns math (weaknesses and
strengths). She is lovely to work with and reasonable. We
look forward to working with her (and her husband who also
tutors math) this year with both girls (7th and 10th
grades). Feel free to contact me at pmog42002@yahoo.com for
additional information and how to contact her. Marie
Sept 2010: Tutor for high school algebra & maybe statistics
Any recommendations for a good high school math tutor? Need someone
who can help with Algebra 2 and possibly Statistics.
Ilana
Our son had the pleasure of working with Alan Kaplan. 510.530.4012,
off Park, in Oakland, near Highway 13. Alan's a very thoughtful and
patient tutor who was able to pinpoint specific deficits and fill in
the holes. Our kid truly enjoyed seeing him, never complained, in
fact was motivated to go every week. He's a gifted tutor, very nice
guy  highly recommend him. Everyone we know says the same.
Lisa
For the parents looking for a math tutor, we've had Azul Lewis for the
past three years. She's tutored both our kids in Algebra,
PreCalculus, and Chemistry. Calm, supportive, effective, Azul helped
our son bring his PreCalculus grade up from a ''D'' to a ''B'' this
last year. She can be reached at azullewis@yahoo.com or 7048282.
Kathe
Paul the Tutor (Paul Osborne) is a great math tutor. He also has a
variety of tutors who work at his education center or will come to
your house. He has a website www.paulthetutor.com and you can email
him at paulthetutor@paulthetutor.com or call him at 5103812425.
anonymous teacher
I highly recommend Paul Gee for Math Tutoring. We tried several
tutors but was not satisfied until we met Paul. He was thoughtful and
caring in his interactions with my son who was having a very hard time
with his Algebra II class. My son was getting depressed from having
good grades in all subjects until he hit the wall in this class. It
was even affecting his performance in his sport, baseball. Now, he is
feeling great about himself again because he does not feel like a
failure. I think it really boosted his baseball game as well.
Good Luck.
I can recommend a great math tutor who has just gone out on his own.
Danny Botello tutored my son for his entire Junior in HS year last
year. My son needed to push through a significant math phobia that
had developed in geometry and Danny helped him through that. He
helped him understand his homework and achieve excellent grades.
Danny helped him prepare for the SATs and he did quite respectably
in math which is not his strong suit.
If you want to reach Danny his direct contact info is
MathTutorDannyB@gmail.com; (510)5011927.
His rates are reasonable with a reduction for payment in advance.
I would gladly engage him again if my son has further math issues.
Kate
I want to respond to the question about a Tutor for high school
algebra & maybe statistics:
Lizette Greijbe helped our daughter with Precalculus, and her grade
jumped from a C+ to an A! We always knew that she was a smart girl,
yet her grades were just not showing it. We thought that she just
didn't test well for some or other reason, since her homework went
well. Now we know that she didn't understand the work on a deep enough
level. She immediately reported ''feeling better'' about her Math the
minute she started working with Lizette, and the results soon
followed.
You can reach Lizette at 5103380103. (She also does Algebra2 and
Calculus, but I don't know about Statistics.) I highly recommend her.
G. Hoffmann
Jun 05 2010
Alan Kaplan is a wonderful math tutor and person. He helped our son prepare
for the math SAT's, was extremely flexible, accommodating, thoughtful and
effective (and responsive to us, as well). Our son did tremendously on the test
(two times)  we attribute that to Alan's ability to figure out each kid he works
with and inspire them. We know a few other kids who've worked with him who
were all happy with their experiences, from CPS and Berkeley High. He's a great
guy, and a great teacher located off Park Blvd, near CPS, 510.530.4012. We
highly recommend him.
Lisa
May 2010: Need math tutor for middle school girl
A friend of mine is asking about a math tutor for her daughter in middle school. She is
especially interested in knowing of any female math tutors as a possible role model for her
daughter.
My daughter's tutor went off to college. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
I highly recommend Linda Van De Wall (rivergirl2@gmail.com). She
tutored my daughter from 7th grade through high school and still
occasionally assists my daughter in organizing papers for her
community college classes. For math, Linda tutors through algebra 1
and geometry. She's worked as a resource teacher and does private
tutoring from her home in north berkeley. She's flexible and makes
herself available as needed for special projects in addition to
regular tutoring times. Her rates are quite reasonable (though I'm not
sure what they currently are). There were so many times when my
daughter would start a session completely unfocused and uninterested
and Linda was always able to engage her and get her moving in the
right direction. Most important, Linda's interest in my daughter and
her progress is genuine and not limited to her tutoring sessions. I
guess the greatest testament to her is the fact that after more than 6
years of working together my daughter still calls Linda on her own
whenever she needs help.
jody
April 2010: Looking for math tutor for sophomore in College Prep School
We are looking for a math tutor for a sophomore at College Preparatory
School. Someone who is familiar with CPS math curriculum and has
experience in tutoring CPS student would be preferred. We're in upper
rockridge area. Immediate availability is needed.
Highly recommend Compass Prep (based in Larkspur but uses a lot of UC
Berkeley grad students who come to your house).
(800) 6206250
(415) 4648600
http://www.compassprep.com/
My daughter struggled in math her four years at CPS. With Compass
Prep tutoring, she not only got a 770 on the SAT math test, she aced
the calculus final her senior year and got A in the class and a 5 on
the AP Math exam. I wish we'd found them earlier.
The tutors (she had two or three different ones) didn't have any
particular familiarity with the CPS curriculum, but each of them could
look at whatever text or handouts were being used and quickly size up
what was baffling my daughter and get her headed in the right direction.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. This is a class operation.
Good luck.
Been there; done that
When I interviewed Paul Gee as my daughter's math and SAT tutor, he
told me that he has been tutoring full time for many years, and that
he has had a lot of experience with a wide range of schools, including
CPS. Paul has the patience and insight that is very rare in a good
tutor, as I have used other less professional tutors that did not work
out as well. I feel very fortunate to have found Paul, as he has
helped my daughter a lot. You can reach him at 5105028465.
Good luck.
Feb 2010
My son is in his early 20's and although he is in college and doing
well in a very experiental program, his math skills, which were never
good, have deteriorated completely. Somewhere along the way he
selfidentified as ''bad at math.'' Although many people describe
themselves this way, he freezes at the thought of measuring anything,
figuring out 10% of a bill, the simplest and most elementary
calculations that one must know to get along in life. I'm looking for
someone who is not only a tutor but has some added skills to deal with
the fear that's taken over his ability to conquer this situation!
anon
Have you son checked for dyslexia, which can make math a total
nightmare. I was well into my mid twenties before I realized that I
have the condition. I could never understand why even though I clearly
understood math concepts, that I always got the wrong answer. I
thought that I was an idiot. Turns out that I tend to flip pairs of
numbers. I'll read the number 68, and my brain will say 86, things
like that.
68, wait no, 86 not 68, wait 68, yes 68
dear parent of mathphobe,
My 14 year old son has been working with a magical guy for over 6
months. While he was not a mathphobe, his rudimentary skills were
completely insufficient, and we feared he would never be able to pass
a high school exit exam.
David Plafker has turned his world around. He now gets As in math, can
read a word problem and decode it into the math equations he needs to
solve it, and is making it through 8th grade Algebra just fine. David
is calm, caring and funny when needed, and my son has bonded with him
such that he will work for far longer for David than he ever would for
anyone else.
All that said, David will require a time commitment to make these kind
of fundamental breakthroughs. He wants to see pupils twice weekly for
1.52 hours each session. He needs that length of time to get a
student into each new competency, and it WORKS.
I can't recommend him highly enough. I would tell anyone who wanted
his or her child, spouse, or anyone else to talk with him to see if he
can help.
His contact info: David Plafker, 510.486.0693. His office is at 2550
9th Street in Berkeley.
No matter how inconvenient the time commitment or location may be for
you, I would strongly recommend him!!!
good luck.
 mom of a former math struggler
My kid did math with Leslie Bryan at Abelian Math for years.
She's very gentle, very bright, and loves math.
And she can communicate that love, explain why something is nifty.
Do you think he'd be up for a weekly tutoring session? just something
to get the concepts clear.
I don't know for sure that this is something Leslie would do, but if
she would I think it could really help.
(You can find Abelian by googling.)
laura
Feb 2010
Our Berkeley High sophomore is in need of tutoring in chemistry and
geometry. We'd like her to have the support she needs in these
areas as soon as possible before the semester is much further
along. We're looking for tutors for each subject (unless we luck
out and find one individual who can tutor in both areas). We're in
North Berkeley (but can travel as needed) and she's available after
school and on the weekends. Recommendations greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
Two years ago my daughter used Rosie Ueng for Chemistry and Dominica Phetteplace for
algebra 2 and was pleased with her results. Rosie is on Ellsworth, easily gotten to
from BHS,
at 5106493039. Dominica is on Piedmont near Julia Morgan Center, at 5106661088
or
dominica@outersquare.com.
Jody
Paul Gee was a great help to my daughter in math, including Geometry.
She has always been somewhat shy about math, but was very receptive
to Paul's patient and nonjudgmental style. Paul was very good at
encouraging my daughter to try her best, and helped build her
confidence in a topic that she has had trouble with for many years.
We first hired Paul to help with Geometry. We were so happy with how
much he improved my daughter's grades as well as her attitude towards
math that we continued to use his services for other math classes, and
preparation for ACT/SAT. Although he does not advertise himself as a
college admissions counselor, he was very generous and helpful in
giving us pointers to the college application process. Since he had
recently been through the college application process for his two
children, who were accepted into very good schools, he is very
knowledgeable in this area as well. I strongly recommend Paul as an
extremely effective and caring tutor. His phone number is 5105028465
Thankful Mom
Feb 2010
To parents seeking a math tutor: I recommend Leba Morimoto,
in El Cerrito. I have no incentive or reason to write this
other than the wish to share a positive experience. My
daughter, now 8 and in 3d grade, has been seeing Leba once a
week for almost a year (started Spring 2009). Leba has
shown a remarkable blend of creativity, flexibility,
patience, and persistence in navigating the emotional and
mental complexities which used to surround math for my daughter.
Matthew
Oct 2009: Tutor for both Physics and Calculus
My son is taking Physics and Calculus this year and is having a really
hard time keeping up. He is usually a very good student, but this
year has just been very difficult for him. Does anyone have recent
experience with a tutor who is very ''professional'' and can teach both
subjects?
Concerned parent
Lizette Greybe (not sure of the spelling!) teaches both Calculus and
Physics. She started helping our son with Calculus this year, but is
now also doing Physics with him. She is excellent! Her number is
5103380103.
Had the same experience
My son, a senior in high school, loves the Bay Area Tutoring Center on
Shattuck and Rose. http://www.bayareatutoringcenters.com/ Currently
he is being tutored in physics and AP Stats. In previous years he has
gone for Honors English, chemistry, and precalculus. He speaks
highly of all of the tutors, and has referred many of his classmates
there. I am a teacher myself, and have been really happy with his
experience there.
Happy with Bay Area Tutoring Center
We used Connexion Tutoring last year for my son. He only needed a
tutor for calculus but they also had tutors for physics. I don't know
if Patrick McKenna is still available but he was excellent, patient,
great at explaining, helped raised my son's grade from a C to an A. I
think he could also tutor physics. The entire Connexion Tutoring
operation was really efficient and we received a session report each
week via email, something we had never had from a tutor before. Their
website is http://connexiontutoring.com
chiliconmom
Chat Hull,
Astronomy Department,
UC Berkeley
chat.hull@gmail.com
He's amazing! He's a former high school teacher, has great rapport
with teens, makes good use of the hour, and is encouraging and clear
in his explanations. We used him as a physics tutor (AP Physics at
BHS for my daughter after she got behind 2nd Semester and stopped
understanding what was taught)  he brought her up to speed in no
time! I'm sure he can also tutor calculus. He came to our house in
North Berkeley but was willing to meet at a coffee shop or wherever
was convenient for us.
Mom of BHS Grad who did well on AP Exam
Paul Gee did an excellent job tutoring my daughter in Calculus and
Physics. He was very good at explaining the material and was very
patient in his approach. He encouraged my daughter to ask lots of
questions and motivated her to work hard on understanding the
concepts. I found it particularly helpful that he previewed upcoming
topics for my daughter so that she was able to follow the teacher's
lectures more easily. My daughter would not have done as well without
his help. You can reach Paul at 5105028465. Good luck!
Thankful Mom
My child had the opportunity to work with a great tutor, Karen Street,
who helped him to catch up and pass his AP Physics class. We were
already into the second semester when we discovered that he had fallen
behind and was receiving failing grades. She worked with him weekly to
help him catch up with late homework, exams and extra credit projects.
She evaluated his situation and developed a plan that helped him
progress as quickly as possible with flexibility and lots of
encouragement built in. My son, in turn, became motivated to catch up,
learn and pass his class. I highly recommend Karen, who is also a
former Berkeley High physics teacher. Her email:
karen_street@sbcglobal.net
Pam
Oct 2009
Math tutor recommended: My sons both used a tutor named Karen Street
while at Berkeley High School. As a former BHS teacher, she
understands the curriculum. She is patient, kind and very methodical
in her instruction. She also likes her students and often suggests
math related activities they might want to check out. Her contact
preference is email: karen_street@sbcglobal.net.
Fern
April 2009
My daughter is in 11th grade at Berkeley High, taking a challenging course load, and has
requested tutors in two of her classes. Not sure exactly what the issue is: content
comprehension or study/testtaking skills, so someone who is able to address both would
be ideal. And if there was someone who could tutor both subjects, that would be even
better (but i realize probably pretty unlikely). In both cases, she hasn't made a great
connection with the teacher, so outside support seems to be the answer. (i suppose the
other answer is to have her back off on her schedule and take easier classes... but i think
she actually DOES appreciate the rigor of each class, and also she has positive
relationships with her peers in these classes, so i'd like to support her to stay at this
advanced level. although i'm open to hearing feedback from parents who HAVE had their
kids back off on course load) thanks in advance for your suggestions (both for tutors and
on course load)!
Hoping to connect with a great tutor (or two!)
I would like to recommend Lizette Greijbe, who is currently tutoring
our daughter in honors Precalc (which I think is the same as Math
Analysis). She relates to our daughter in an excellent way, and many
laughs come out of the dining room, where they work. And in the mean
time my daughter's understanding of the work has doubled.
Lizette also definitely addresses both the subject content and study
skills. She understands that both are necessary in order to succeed.
You can reach her at (510)3380103. I would give her a try  I think
she's worth it.
PreCalc Mom
My daughter was taking a challenging load of Honors Math Analysis and
AP Biology. She went to Paul Gee for help with her math and felt that
she could not have survived without his help. She had a very busy
schedule with after school activities, but would never want to miss a
single session with him. He is helping her with Calculus and also
helped her with SAT preparation. We all loved working with him. His
phone number is 5105028465.
Good luck!
March 2009
I have a 7th grader who is struggling with math (math concepts, math
facts, math everything...). She might understand the math itself, but
not what she is doing or why.
I am interested in math tutoring, as well as some overthesummer help
to get her ready for 8th grade. We also have a fourth grader who
could use some math intervention as well.
We are located in El Cerrito.
ms
I would recommend
Classroom Matters for your 7th grader for Math and
they also have an excellent summer writing program for teens.
Both my daughters have benefited trememdously from these offerings.
Classroom Matters is located on Sacramento St in Berkeley5408646.
Karen
I would love to recommend a wonderful math tutor in the East Bay (San
Ramon, Danville, Alamo), who tutors students in middle school and
high school. He is a high school math teacher, so he has great
credentials. My daughter had him as a tutor when she was home sick,
last year, for an extended period of time. He is a very nice person,
easy to understand, and very thorough. Im sure that your student
will really like him! His name is JP Singh, and he can be reached at
9257852635.
Kirsti
Jan 2009
I am looking for recommendations for a precalculus tutor
for my 10th grader. We live in Montclair and I prefer
someone who will come to our house. Any suggestions will
be greatly appreciated.
Catherine
I highly recommend Lizette Greijbe! She is a wonderful tutor
who helped our daughter through PreCalculus. We are so
grateful to her! She will come to your house, and I even
think that she lives in Montclair. Her number is (510)3380103.
Gretha
Jan 2009
Looking for recommendations for a math tutor: someone who can help teen
with fundamentals that they missed along the way. For an 8th grade girl.
Thanks!
Hi,
For those looking for tutoring assistance you may want to
give www.tutorvista.com a try. It has worked well for our
family and tutoring is available from Kcollege ages. So
far we have used their services for AP Calculus,
Algebra/Trig and Chemistry, all successfully.
Good luck.
happ with tutor vista
I had a similar situation with my daughter. She is fine
with other subjects, but when it comes to math, she feels
like a complete failure. Since math courses depend so much
on previous material, once she started to do poorly, she
fell more behind each year. I hired Paul Gee who helped
my daughter tremendously. He was very good at relating
to her, making her feel safe to try. This helped her to
overcome her lack of confidence. She improved so much
with his help. In addition to help with math, he gave
her help with study techniques and test preparation
and taking skills. I am adding my recommendation for
Paul because I feel very appreciative of his help.
Paul is at 5105028465.
Thankful Mom
Jan 2009
We are looking for a good AP Statistics tutor for our 12th
grader. Noticed many math tutors posted does not seem to
list AP stat.
Help !
Worried Mom
I work for Aspire Education Project, a nonprofit that
provides tutoring, test prep services and afterschool
programming. We have several tutors who can tutor AP
Statistics. For more information you can visit
www.aspireeducation.org or call (510)6587500
Noa
Our son had good experience, twice, with Tutorpedia, at
tutorpedia.com  once with chemistry, during 11th grade,
then with precalculus, at the end of 12th grade. For
chemistry, he met with the tutor (an MIT graduate) once a
week, for an hour or an hour+, for about 12 weeks. With
that help, he was able to approach the subject calmly and
confidently. He raised his grade from a C or C+ to a B.
For the precalculus course, he met with the same tutor
three or four times in the two weeks before the final exam,
and did extremely well on the final, although his grades in
the course had been very up and down all during the school year.
Marty
Oct 2008
Does anyone have a recommendation for a tutor in Alameda for
my 16 year old son for Algebra 2? I'm looking for some one
who is not only a good tutor, but works well with a shy student.
Concerned parent
Paul Gee is an excellent math tutor. He has helped my
daughter with her Algebra class through her Calculus class.
He was simply great at helping her overcome her timidness in
math. She is no longer afraid of math. His phone number is
5105028465. Good luck.
LB
If you are still looking for a tutor you should definitely
try Classroom Matters on Sacramento Street. My son was
very shy and adapted easily to this place. They do an
awesome job of matching your child with the appropriate
tutor. They are as much child advocates as they are a
tutoring facility. My son is now flourishing in college,
but when my daughter started to need help we called
Classroom Matters again, and they did a great job of
matching a tutor to her personality type, which is so much
different than my son's. It is a great study environment
which proved to be very motivating for my kids.
www.classroommatters.com Check out their website.
Jan
Sept 2008
I would like to recommend Paul Gee for Math Analysis
(PreCalculus) tutoring. He was very patient, and knew
how to related to my daughter. He was great at encouraging
her and gave her the confidence she needed. My daughter
felt that she understood the material much better when
Paul explained it to her. Paul also helped her with
SAT preparation. He is now helping her with A.P. Calculus.
We are very grateful for his help. You can reach him at
5105028465.
J
May 2008
Re: High school math
We have recently discovered an excellent math tutor in
Pleasant Hill, who has taught at our local high school. She
knows the format of teaching for the current California
texts and has adapted very well to teaching from our
daughter's home schooling text, using the Saxon method. She
has made a positive difference for our child, who is
learning Algebra 1. She charges $60 per hour, and her name
is Kellie Paredero. Her phone number is (925) 7878747 ,
and her email is: kellieparedero@comcast.net
Vicki vichabra[at]yahoo.com
Nov 2007
Can anyone recommend a good calculus tutor for a high school
student. We live in the Oakland Hills near Berkeley.
Thanks
Doris
If you are looking for a great tutor, you should give Paul Osborne,
Paul the Tutor, a call. He is expensive but excellent. He also has
many contacts, so if he is not the right tutor for you, Paul can
usually find the tutor who is. His number is (510) 3015302. You can
see more at www.paulthetutor.com where you can also send him an email.
parent and teacher
Julia Clements is a wonderful tutor. You can call her at
655.2570. Best of Luck.
Michelle
Nov 2007
I am looking for an experienced tutor for my 9 year old daughter. Primarily
math but possibly language arts also. We are in Alameda and would prefer
someone local who has experience with elementary school children. Also
prefer someone who is a good listener and motivator  my daughter has low
selfesteem and does not think of herself as a good learner.
Concerned Alameda parent
Sounds like my neighbor would be a perfect fit for your daughter! She is an
experienced, credentialed teacher who has worked primarily with 4th and 5th graders.
She's wonderful, great with kids, really talks their language and kids really seem to
respond to her. She isn't teaching right now, because she has a baby so she tutors.
She is also located in Alameda. Her contact info is: Phone # 510 847 0444. Email
kelley.seltzer[at]gmail.com
Kerri
My good friend, Kelley Seltzer, lives in Alameda and has taught 4th and 5th graders
for 7 years. She is currently staying home with her daughter and is tutoring students
from home (she also tutored when she was teaching full time). I know all of her
students love her and she does more than just go over homework with her students  she
makes her sessions interesting and accommodates different learning styles. You can
contact her at kelley.seltzer[at]gmail.com or at 5108470444.
Brooke
Call Suzie McLean, a recently retired 3rdgrade teacher, and Educational Therapist
with lots of Making Math Real training. She's great: warm, experienced, and creative.
5014159
writeck
Nov 2007
I'm looking for a 12thgrade PreCalculus tutor for my
daughter. She'll need at least two hours a week from January
through April/May, possibly more as she prepares for tests.
I'd like the tutor to come to our home in Oakland (Lakeshore
Area).
Paul Gee helped my daughter with PreCalc math tremendously.
My daughter felt that she understood the math concepts much
better once Paul explained it to her. Paul can be
reached at 5105028465. Good luck.
JS
I would also recommend math and science tutor Debra Gipsman
at 5107104781
ks
Oct 2007
Hello...We are looking for a tutor for our 11 year old (5th grade) son.
Although a bright child, he seems to lack some motivation and confidence in
his abilities. We, and his teacher, are concerned that he won't be ready
academically for what is to come once he enters middle school next year. We
would like referrals for a math and reading comprehension tutor who would
come to our home. We think a male tutor would be a better fit for him; one
who is sincere and warm, knows how to motivate a child (who might think he
knows more than he does!), and possesses a sense of humor.
Thanks in advance.
Check out The University of Learning in Walnut Creek:
www.LearnAtTheU.com. Active learning through handson
activities. Small, personalized classes. Private tutoring
available.
Mariessa
Paul Osborne is a great, motivational tutor with quite the
sense of humor. He is in Berkeley but does make home visits
throughout the Bay area. He can be reached at 5103015302.
onika
Oct 2007
I wish to highly recommend my son's math tutor, Will D'Ambruoso. He's
focused, engaging and effective. He has taught high school math,
specializes in SAT and ACT prep. He knows how to help your student really
get math. His email is dambruoso[at]yahoo.com, home: 5108451274,
cell:5106844620.
Dana
Oct 2007
I am in need of finding a math tutor for my son. He is in elementary
school and needs a lot of remedial assistance with number sense, basic
concepts, and key operations. He has learning disabilities so the tutor
needs to have a foundation in educational therapy or neuropsychology. We
have tried the making math real route and at this juncture think a
different approach may be more appropriate for him. Someone in or close to
Berkeley is optimal, but more important is the right person who can connec
with him yet be firm and disciplined. I know of some people, but
interested in knowing who else is out there. Any suggestions?
Anonymous
My wife and I highly recommend Pam Marquardt at Grasshopper Tutoring in
Berkeley (Cedar and Shattuck) as an elementarythrough middle school
tutor. Our daughter (now in 5th grade) is dyslexic and has struggled in
school. She has made dramatic progress in both reading and math with Pam's
help.
Note from my daughter: Hi my name is annie and Pam helps me with math. I
have dyslexia. I met pam and I learnd how to live with it. If you go on
the web site you will see me!
Her website is grasshoppertutoring.com
NIck
You can't go wrong with David Freedman, who is a truly gifted teacher.
Good luck. You can reach him at: derfree[at]lmi.net
happy with tutor
Leba Moramoto is a Learning Specialist who is not only a master at
tutoring math Making Math Real but is also very warm, friendly, calm,
organized, supportive, fun, creative with learning challenges, and has a
lovely studio in El Cerrito where she works with students. She was
recommended by other professionals to me and I cannot say enough good
things about our experience with her. In 6 months my daughter has gone
from struggling to top of her class and more importantly, now has a strong
sense of herself as GREAT at math... Leba's focus on selfesteem building
as well as the academic skills is very evident and has made a huge
difference in our family.
By the way, her gifts are not limited to tutoring math. She also tutors
reading, writing, and organizational skills. She is an extraordinarily
gifted tutor I recommend her most highly.
Her number is 5105288224
Andrea
I can give my child's math tuor a strong recommendation! Jon Hoffman is
trained in Making Math Real techniques,and makes math FUN! My daughter
really looks forward to her sessions with Jon. He tailors his approach to
each child's individual needs and learning style and uses a structured,
multisensory approach. It has made a huge difference for my daughter.
Sept 2007
PAUL GEE has a gift at unlocking the doors of knowledge.
He tutored my 11th grade daughter in Math Analysis
(PreCalculus) last year and helped her to get an A.
My daughter saids ''Paul makes the math so easy to understand.''
I am very appreciative of his help and will certainly be using
his services again this year. You can reach Paul at 5028465.
L.B.
Sept 2007
my daughter, who is in third grade, would benefit from a math tutor who can show her
that math is fun, while also teaching her the basics in a manner she can easily retain.
she would prefer it be a woman who comes to our home in south berkeley. thanks.
lola
I highly recommend A Perfect Match Tutoring Service! The Director has worked in
education for years and truly cares about finding the best fit for your child.
She will come to your home to meet you and your child in order to match your child
with a compatible tutor. The tutors that work for A Perfect Match are highly
qualified and go through a rigorous interview and background check process. To
get started, visit www.aperfectmatchtutoring.com or call 5102900208 or
6507046196.
Kamila
Hi. Kumon is a great math/reading program that instills discipline and makes
learning math simple and easy and builds tons of confidence. My sons have been in
the program for three years and what a difference. Math is a positive in our
household. The days of arguments and constant battles over ''numbers'' are over.
Mom of Kumon Boys
I am writing to let you all know about a wonderful tutor who was instrumental in
helping my daughter to understand the principals of Algebra 1, Algebra II, and
Geometry. Her name is Erica Smith. She teaches math for students at all levels
from Arithmetic to Math Analysis to Trigonometry. She also teaches Biology,
Chemistry, English and History. Her humor, compassion and patience encouraged my
daughter to want to do good in school and built her self confidence in a way that
I will be forever grateful for. Erica has a way of taking a difficult subject and
presenting it in a practical and enjoyable way. I Highly Recommend Erica Smith.
Her email address is riceandsmith[at]earthlink.net
bonnie
I can recommend an excellent math tutor, trained in Making Math Real techniques.
He truly makes math FUN by playing lots of games; he uses a multisensory approach
that facilitates learning, tailored to each child's specific learning style. My
daughter really enjoys her sessions and has made so much progress since she has
been seeing him! His name is Jon Hoffman; his phone number is 3334083. I realize
that you are looking for a female tutor, but thought this recommendation mught be
helpful.
pleased parent
April 2007
I am looking for an 'inspiring' math/academics tutor for
my middleschooler who has a hard time keeping up with
school. Please let me know if anyone had any good
experience on this.
thx
laura
In response to the request for a great middle school
tutor, we have been working with Syretta Watkins. She
graduated from Cal in December 2006 with a B.A. in Applied
Mathematics and she is fantastic. She has alot of
experience working with all ages. I really like her
approach as she has the child do the work so she can see
where the problem may be. She is really reasonable, really
sweet and very comforting. I really like her approach. My
8th gradeer loves working with her. You can email her:
swatkins[at]berkeley.edu or phone: (408) 5957865
Cindy M
Paul Osborne (Paul The Tutor) is a great tutor and works with
lots of students from Piedmont. His office is actually on
Piedmont Ave., though he does do some house calls as well. He
is a great tutor. He charges $100/hr in his office and $125 to
come to your house. He also has other tutors who work for him
who are less expensive ($5060/hr in the office and a bit more
in your home) and whom he has trained. You can find out more
or send him an email on his website www.paulthetutor.com or
give him a cal at (510) 3015302.
I hope this helps,

 a Parent and a Teacher
Leba Morimoto is an outstanding math tutor  perceptive,
positive, patient and a gifted teacher. She utilizes
the ''Making Math Real'' technique, which is really an exceptional
way of teaching math, empowering students who are struggling
with retaining math facts, and giving students a deep
understanding of how our number system works! Leba has over 10
years of experience as a math tutor.
She may be reached at 528 8224 or lebasline[at]yahoo.com
Anon
I can reccommend my father, who tutors math and science subjects. His name is JIm
Scott and his phone is (510) 8473948 or (510) 5251759. He has worked with
students from the Piedmont school district before. He lives in El Cerrito and tutors
at his house. He has worked with several middle school math students recently. His
rate is $40/hour for middle school students. His email is eurekajim[at]aol.com
Sarah D
My daughter started tutoring when she went to Julia Morgan
School for Girls. She is now a Freshman at Bishop O'Dowd; she
primarily tutors middle and elementary school students. She
works to help kids who are stuggling with Math to connect the
dots... often times they are missing one important concept which
makes going forward difficult. Some students find it helpful to
work with someone else close to their own age. Call her if you
are interested. Her fee is $15.00 per hour.
Kate Drew (510 3393787
March 2007
I would like to recommend Paul Gee as a math tutor. he has
been tutoring my daughter for her junior year Math Analysis
class at Berkeley High. He has helped her to understand
and appreciate the work, but most importantly he has helped
her with her self confidence through his encouragement of a
student who has previously been very anxious and
intimidated by math tests. As a result, her test scores
have steadily increased. he has been a joy to work with.
lj
March 2007
We are looking for a tutor for my son for AP Statistics,
just until mid May(preferably in Berkeley). He has
senioritis and this is the class jeopardizing his bright
future! I see lots of Math teachers in the archives, but
not all are comfortable with tutoring Stat.
My daughter had an excellent AP Stat tutor through
Classroom Matters.
Karen
Paul Osborne (Paul The Tutor) has a very wide range of
subjects which he will tutor, including statistics along
with all maths, sciences and some reading and writing
work. His phone number is (510) 3015302. There is more
information up on his website (www.paulthetutor.com), and
you can email him from there as well.
teacher and parent
Jan 2007
Hi every one. I saw a lot of recommendation for Math tutors
so I had to recommend my daughter's tutor. Her name is
Melissa, very energetic and very smart. She has been
tutoring my daughter since she was a freshman in high
school. My daughter is a senior now. My daughter hated
Math and now is loves it. Well Melissa knows all the math
subjects and Statistic (the honor class) and it has been
just great. I didnt have to look for a different tutor
every year. If my daughter decides to go to a close by
school I will still continue having Melissa tutoring her.
Her rate is very reasonable and she is a UC Berkeley
alumni. Her email is: radmelissa[at]yahoo.com
Lily
Dec 2006
My daughter is a ''formerly'' very good math student taking
Geometry in high school. She still likes math but is so
disconnected from the teacher and her teaching style that
she is just doing the minimum. She is open to tutoring 
especially because she likes math and would like to have a
better grasp and a more enjoyable experience. She
prefers a youngish female tutor, our home or outside
somewhere. Any recommendations?
Our son is currently taking geometry and had huge problems
with the material early in the school year. His math
teacher recommended a tutor named Michael Metzger who, I
believe, is also a credentialed teacher. Our son started
working with Michael in early October and we saw
measurable improvements right away. Now, our son
consistently scores in the mid 80's on tests and quizzes
and is confident with the class and material. It is so
nice to see our son happy again and confident in his
abilities and capabilities. We highly recommend Michael.
He can be reached at 510.499.5643 or metzgersf[at]yahoo.com.
Good luck
Head Royce Parent
Nov 2006
I want to recommend my son's math tutor, Paul Gee, for
both math and science tutoring. Paul is patient and
understands the needs of my rather distracted seventh
grader. In addition to helping him understand algebra
concepts, he has also provided him with techniques for
staying focused during tests. My son looks forward to his
visits and his test scores have definitely improved. Paul
Gee: 5028465
halina
Sept 2006
Hi,
I am looking for a math tutor for my son who is currently
at BHS in 11th grade. He struggles with math and is taking
albegra 2B this semester.A college student or graduate in
math with car would work best. once a week/hour. We live
in north Berkeley.
thanks for any recommedations you may have.
mona
I would like to give an extremely enthusiastic
recommendation for my daughters Algebra tutor, PAUL GEE.
My daughters math grade has jumped from a B to an A with
Pauls help. She has had other tutors before, but said Paul
is her favorite. I feel very comfortable working with
him. He always encourages me to try, but gives me good
suggestions when I need it. He is currently helping her
with Algebra II as well as SAT preparations. Paul has a
very good way with young people. He has a good balance
between sensitivity to her feelings and keeping the session
focused. Math is not on her list of favorite subjects,
but her interest and confidence has grown a lot with his
encouragement. He has also helped her with her science
lessons at some of their meetings. I highly recommend Paul
for students at all levels. You can reach Paul at
5105028465.
Jessica
Crosby Burns, 949.584.4016. He is a very smart UCB
student who helped my daughter. He will bike to your
home. His rates are reasonable. Since my daughter just
left for college we have not needed him this year. I hope
he is still around.
lyrinda
I highly recommend Paul Osborne, aka Paul the Tutor. He
is tutoring my 10th grade son and also my 7th grade
niece. He is great at connecting with kids, getting
across the concepts so they really understand it, and even
relating HS math to real life. You can check out his
website at www.paulthetutor.com . My son thinks he's
great!
Lisa
Aug 23 2006
I highly, highly recommend Erika Smith. email:
riceandsmith[at]earthlink.net
My daughter is at AHS and was having severe problems with
Algebra II. She has a moderate learning disability that
affects her ability to read and take tests. Too late in
the game I found Erika. After one quarter of tutoring, my
daughter's grade went from a D to a B. She began to enjoy
math. Erika not only knows math but is extremely patient
and specializes in kids with learning disabilities
Maria
Jul 03 2006
My daughter has been extremely happy with her algebra tutor,
AARON MAZELGEE. With Aarons help, she has dramatically
improved her math comprehension, and raised her grade from a
B to a solid A. Aaron has tutored all levels of math from
6th grade arithmetic to college level calculus. His
teaching experience ranges from being a summer camp
counselor, a swimming instructor, as well as being a math
specialist in a private school. He is fun and dynamic, with
a flare for relating to young people. My Daughter said: I
was hesitant to work with a tutor, but Aaron is really cool.
He makes math come alive for me. He has helped my
daughter with SAT preparation as well as preparing for next
years math course. We could not recommend him more highly.
Aaron can be reached at amazelgee[at]gmail.com or 5104861221.
Pat
July 2006
Paul Osborne, Paul The Tutor, is doing his School
Readiness classes again this August. I have seen these
classes do a wonderful job of getting students ready for
math and science classes. Courses last one week, and he
does a different course for each math level from pre
algebra to algebra 2 and for chemistry. He should have
information about these classes on his website
www.paulthetutor.com
You can also reach him by email at
paulthetutor[at]paulthetutor.com or by phone at 510.301.5302
Marta
June 2006
Can anyone recommend a fun, dynamic and competent math tutor for a soontobe
4th grader? Our son needs work on math concepts and multiplestep math
problems. He very much needs to be inspired, so the personality of the tutor is key.
He loves young adults and high school students, but he also loves older adults who
are fun and have an easy repoire with kids. We couldn't find many postings on BPN
for tutors at the elementaryschool level. We live in Albany. Thanks very much
Hi, I would like to recommend my friend David Freedman. He is a great person and really good
with kids. He has been teaching elementary schoolage kids for years. Here is his website:
www.math4life.net. His phone number is (510) 5493506 and email is derfree[at]lmi.net.
Good luck!
nadja
If you're willing to drive your son to Alameda, I can recommend a GREAT math tutor: Michelle
Liotsakis (510)7696842. A former classroom teacher, Michelle has been working with my
soontobe 5th grader since last August and my daughter loves working with her. I don't think
my daughter will ever be a math major, but she no longer defines herself as someone who ''can't
do'' math. Michelle tutors individually or in shared tutoring sessions if the students are at
the same level. Plus, this August she's having Power Math Camp. Give her a call. As my
daughter told a friend, ''Math is fun with Michelle!''
Jan 30 2006
Hello fellow parent
I would like to recommend my daughter's tutor Melissa. She
is very kind and understanding. She knows the subject
well, and helped my daughter understands all the ''whys'' in
Math. Now my daughter can solve math problems with very
little difficulty. Melissa even spends time communicating
with my daughter via email anytime she has a problem,
which I think is super. Melissa lives in Albany and can
meet you even on the weekends. Her email address is
radmelissa[at]yahoo.com and her rate is $30 hr.
Paulina
Jan 03 2006
I would like to enthusiastically recommend our math tutor,
Leslie Bryan.
In eighth grade our kids were getting good grades in math
but clearly did not understand math concepts. By teaching
our kids to UNDERSTAND math concepts instead of just
memorizing them, Leslie enabled one son to test into
Geometry at one of the best high schools in the Bay Area
and the other (already in High School) to be able to
transfer math concepts to other subjects.
Leslie assesses learning styles, holds students to their
highest standard, and is very helpful in coordinating with
school teachers and helping us (the parents) assess what
is working at school and what is not. She teaches study
skills that apply to all subjects.
Her number at the Abelian Group Math School is 510 841
0784
Katie
Dec 2005
Looking for a inspiring math tutor who can also help with general study skills
and motivation for a bright, underachieving 16 y o boy.
Paul Osborne, Paul the Tutor, is a wonderfully inspiring
tutor who specializes in students who need more than
simple academic refreshing. He can connect with the most
unmotivated and obstinate students, both as a hip young
guy, and by teaching students how to approach school as a
means for learning to think better. In the process Paul
gives students a thorough understanding of their subject
matter, and can turn around the most challenging student.
As a teacher, I am privy to much of the work he does and
successes he has. I recommend him to many parents, and
hear similar praise from them. He has a website,
www.paulthetutor.com You can reach him by phone at
510.301.5302. He specifically asked me not to post his e
mail address, but you can send him an email from his
website's contact page at www.paulthetutor.com/contact.php
Good Luck,
Marta
Nov 09 2005
Leslie at Abelian math has been tutoring my daughter for two years now, and
it has been a wonderful and productive experience, literally zero to trig. My
kid has gone from math phobic to thinking of herself as a math geek.
(''Maybe I'll major in math.'') Leslie is very good at finding a child's strengths
and going from there. She is very clear on what needs to be learned, and
doesn't ask for busywork. I couldn't recommend her more highly. She has an
office down by Strawberry Creek  you can hang out and have a yummy
Zeste Cafe snack while you wait. Her number is 8410784.
laura
Sep 18 2005
If you need a math tutor, call Avi Shragai at 5246454. He's
an experienced and kind tutor, available for algebra,
geometry, calculus and statistics. Avi is an advanced math
student and senior at El Cerrito HS. $20/hour.
Merry S.
Jun 15 2005
Aaron Mazel Gee has tutored my son Pablo, a freshman at
Berkeley High since September 2004.
The whole experience has been very pleasant. Once a week
Aaron would call to reconfirm the time and place and make
sure it worked for everyone. Then when he would get together
with Pablo, he would explain the math and help Pablo with
his homework. Pablo was always happy to go and liked the way
Aaron worked with him. The result has been very satisfying.
Pablo has good grades and seems to understand what math is
all about.
I recommend Aaron wholeheartedly. He is patient, fun,
accommodating and knows how to talk to younger kids.
Needless to say, he has a very advanced understanding of
math as well as good teaching skills.
Sincerely,
Catherine
Jun 10 2005
I would like to recommend an excellent math tutor, Aaron
MazelGee. He has helped my son a great deal to catch up
and cope with his high school math analysis class. I feel
that my son feels as ease with him because they are so
close in age and Aaron never talks down to his students;
Aaron is young enough to easily connect with the high
school students he works with. Aside from being a great
role model, he is very conscientious and dedicated. He is
prepared to assist with students in high school math,
advanced math and SAT. Contact Aaron at
aaronmazelgee AT yahoo.com.
May 27 2005
May 2005  I'd like to recommend a wonderful math and
physics tutor, Ankur Rupani. My daughter is a junior at
ECHS and was at her wit's end last semester with both pre
calculus and physics. Ankur started with her in November
and by the end of January, both her grades and her
confidence had significantly improved. She's continued to
work with him this semester in preparation for the SAT and
feels well prepared for the test next weekend. In
addition to private tutoring, Ankur plans to offer SAT
courses as well beginning this summer. He's very patient
and gentle  wonderful for the math phobic!. See his
website www.integraltutoring.org or email him at
ankur_rupani2000 AT yahoo.com Good Luck!
Lori
Dec 2004
I am inspired to recommend Nick Baughman (5105489322)as
a math tutor. He has mastered the science of tutoring
students enrolled in Berkeley High Math classes. He
prefers to work with small groups of 23 students rather
than with individuals which means his hour and a half
sessions are more reasonably priced. My son's grade in
math analysis with Mr. Henri has improved markedly, so he
is doing something right!
Virginia
Sept 2004
We would like to recommend our 13 year old son's wonderful
math tutor, Aaron MazelGee. Aaron is a senior at Berkeley
High and takes advanced math classes at CAL. He is soft
spoken, patient and able to explain math in terms of
concepts  not just numbers. He is also a great role
model  a thoroughly modern (read: very cool) teenager who
excels academically and still finds time for friends and a
wide variety of outside interests. He has even been a
summer camp counselor! Contact Aaron at
aaronmazelgee at yahoo.com and tell him Susan sent you.
Sept 2004
I would like to recommend Jennifer Dillon as a very
competent Math tutor. She worked with my Berkeley High
student last year in Geometry, and she will be working
with her again this year in Algebra II. Jen is able to
tutor in all areas of Math, at multiple levels. My
daughter enjoys working with her, and is now understanding
almost everything in her homework.
Jennifer Dillon can be reached at 8456348. She lives
within walking distance of Berkeley High.
shelley
June 2004
I would like to update contact information for a fantastic math tutor. Brian has tutored my children in middle school Algebra and will be continuing to do so for Algebra in BHS. He is very engaging and manages to make math really cool. Brian Tucker has an MBA and has taught for a number of years, most recently teaching college level business and mathematics. He may be reached at 5109231078 and briantucker94612 AT yahoo.com
Thank you.
Karen
March 2004
If you are seeking a math tutor for your Middle School or High School
student  look no further! Our son's wonderful tutor, Aaron MazelGee
is currently accepting new clients. Aaron, a Berkeley High School
student (and former Camp Kee Tov counselor) who takes advanced math
classes at CAL, has been tutoring our 7th grader for the past several
months with great success  semester grade went from a C to an A! To
quote our son, ''He knows how to talk to kids and how to explain math
concepts in ways that are, you know, not just numbers. Before I met
him I was afraid that he would be this nerdy math guy, but he's
not. He's a really cool guy and I like hanging out with him.'' Hey 
can't get any better than that! You can contact Aaron at
aaronmazelgee AT yahoo.com. Tell him Susan sent you!
susan
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