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We are looking for a good all around high school tutor in Oakland or Berkeley that is great at relating to high school teens who are not that motivated. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. concerned mom
I am looking for feedback on experiences with tutors who work for Paul the Tutor. Past BPN comments appear to have had Paul himself as their child's tutor. I'm wondering about experiences working with other tutors who work for him. Did your child have a positive experience? Was the tutoring effective? What was the tutoring for ==SAT/ACT? Math? Writing? If you encountered problems and appealed to Paul, was that helpful? Thanks.
I have seen recommendations from many other parents regarding his work. I called him and asked for his help - Algebra. It took several calls to him to even get him to respond. He told me that he was booked at that time but he was going to refer me to one of his colleagues. He specifically said that if I chose to continue, my daughter would be on a waiting list to eventually see him when he had the space. The rate was quoted at $100 per hour. The referral was with a young lady named Caitlin.
Meanwhile, I was on the search for other options. I previously had luck with Craigslist. My daughter tutored with a retired engineer for 3 years (Brian Waters). He only charged $10 per hour. Unfortunately, he was elderly and didn't want to work past 7. As school activities increased, we had to find another tutor.
We quickly found a replacement from this network. Edmund Ankumah came highly recommended and worked out perfectly as he was available after 7. His rate was $40. Unfortunately, Edmund eventually went on to do his PhD in New York - he still keeps in touch with our family.
As my search continued, I found Caitlin on another website and her fee was $60.
When we finally met, I verified, that my daughter was only seeing her temporarily until Paul could take her on as a student. Caitlin said, no, Paul was getting ready to retire. If we continued it would be with her. So, I mentioned seeing her other ad and asked if we continued, could the rate be what she quoted. She said no, since the referral came from Paul as long as I continued with her, the rate would be $100, she would keep a portion and he would get the rest.
I was so incensed at the ''bait and switch'' - I vowed to find another tutor. The appointment had been set for 2 hours at the Starbucks in Berkeley. I asked her specifically at the beginning, was she available after the two hours? I didn't mind if they ran over as long as my daughter was being helped - I would pay. She said she could stay. About 15 minutes after the first two hours, she was in a rush to go?!! Right in the middle of reviewing a concept my daughter was unsure about! Never called her back. Just recently received an e-mail about Paul and his new tutoring center. What happened to retiring?
I know a lot of people have good things to say about him - but having not worked with him directly plus the shady way he handle my call. I definitely pass! I know you get what you pay for - I've had tutors who charge from $10 to $100 per hour. In my experience, the ones who charge reasonable rates tend to be the best fit. One tutor who charged $90 per hour (and a two hour session minimum) - couldn't help my daughter at all - constantly stated , ''I don't know, check your book.''
That's too bad about the new center - it looks like he's working with a time management specialist I had heard great things about. Not interested. Duped Mom
Paul the Tutor's Education Centers is run by Paul Osborne (aka Paul the Tutor). Paul
G is another tutor in the area. Paul G is not affiliated with Paul the Tutor's in
Paul the Tutor www.paulthetutors.com
We feel very fortunate to have found Clara Sneed as a tutor for our high school student. We were seeking help with writing and reading and quickly discovered that her broad understanding and knowledge, including literature and history, meant that she provided help not only with the basics of craft and technique (grammar, vocabulary, effective composition, etc.) but also with deepening his understanding and engagement by placing the material in broader literary, cultural and historical contexts. Equally valuable were her energy, enthusiasm, insight into how teens think, and friendly, supportive approach, all of which increased his self-confidence, improved his ability to comprehend and articulate, and established a vital bond of trust. And certainly invaluable was that he liked her very much and respected her opinions, and was willing to confide in her and take in her assessments of problem areas. I highly recommend her. CB
I want to write a tutor recommendation for Kevin Arnold because it is rare to find a compassionate tutor and academic coach as good as he is. I donâ€™t want anyone to miss out on a chance to use his talents. We started using Kevin for our 9th grade son at Berkeley High School who was struggling with his writing, homework and organization skills. Kevin continued to tutor my son through his senior year at BHS, helping him complete his homework in English and History, working on long research papers, creative writing assignments, and eventually even his college essays and applications.
Kevin was very helpful and connected well with my son on a personal and artistic level. He seemed to always find a good way they could work together to tackle difficult assignments, and eventually expected more and more from him academically. Kevin was also flexible and would directly schedule times with my son to come back to complete important assignments. I highly recommend Kevin as a tutor and academic coach. Donâ€™t hesitate because he is a good find! Kevinarnold333@gmail.com -- 510-495-7923 -- Berkeleycommunitytutor.com Tracy C
I can highly recommend Kevin Arnold as a tutor! My daughter had trouble in the transition from middle school to high school, primarily in English and History, both fields which require fluid writing. Kevin took a girl with little assurance in her own abilities and taught her the necessary grammar, organization, and construction to write an effective paragraph. He also keeps it fun, and she genuinely enjoys her time with him. I originally found him on this site and called him because the other reviews were so good. You can check out his website and find his contact info athttp://www.berkeleycommunitytutor.com/ Pleased Mother
I would like to highly recommend Kevin Arnold as a tutor for teens. Kevin worked with my son for a few years and was extremely knowledgeable at teaching academic content along with critical thinking skills. In particular, he helped my son to develop a positive self image as a learner and gave him an appreciation for understanding deep concepts and for acquiring knowledge. Kevin is also very gifted in working with teens and has a way of being friendly and relatable while still holding high standards. Kids respect him and are inspired by him to do well. Kevin is the one to call! Here is his contact info: Kevinarnold333@gmail.com 510-495-7923 http://berkeleycommunitytutor.com/ Amy T
Need a reliable tutor for an almost 16 year old boy with ADD. One or two days a week in Albany.
I would like to recommend Kevin Arnold as an excellent tutor. He has a way of communicating with teens that gets them engaged and motivated to learn. He worked with my son for a few years in high school and got this teen to begin to care about history and the world around him. He was also very good at teaching writing and my son tells me now that he wants to be a writer. It was Kevin more than his school classes that inspired him to think critically. Kevin came to our house to tutor (a big plus) and was flexible and friendly to work with. His phone number is (510) 495-7923 and his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy
I just wanted to share with any parents looking for tutors the positive experience that we've had with Matt Baldwin. Our 11 year old son has always struggled with academics and was recently diagnosed with ADD. We found Matt through a recommendation and scheduled him to start coming for tutoring twice a week.
In the six months that they have worked together we've witnessed a great improvement in our son's overall performance and attitude towards school, especially in English - in which he had a particularly hard time. Matt's approach to tutoring work is relaxed and he is especially strong on reading, English composition, homework assistance, organizational strategies, and creating an overall sense of motivation. He keeps the sessions on track but never in a rigid way. Our son actually looks forward to their time together.
Matt is a Cal grad and is working on a master's in psychology. He is also a musician and gives guitar lessons - good at that too! Highly recommended.
His number is 831-915-3470. Email: email@example.com Kat
Re: Tutor in Lamorinda area for math, Spanish, and study skills
I have used Beatrice Rey-Herme (in Orinda)for a number of years; she is excellent with math and can help with study habits. She is at 925-254-6978 alice
I'm a high school senior. Last year, I needed tutoring in English and History. I had to write essays and one research project, and study for the finals of both of those subjects. The workload was overwhelming (and already overdue), but I was fortunate to have had the assistance of Andrea Roemer. Within fairly little time, I had managed to produce excellent essays and be caught up with the rest of the class. Furthermore, I did very well on the finals. Drea is a lovely and patient person. She makes the studying easy and enjoyable. I highly recommend her! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org O.
We use an incredible tutor for our 10th grader here in Oakland. Cyrus Khambatta [email@example.com] is a brilliant, fun Cal graduate student who has a real gift both for tutoring a wide range of subjects (math, science, history, English) and for relating to teens. My son was sure any tutor would be too nerdy for his taste, but he and his friends think Cyrus is very cool. Cyrus comes to our house on a weekly basis and has reasonable rates, flexible scheduling, and great integrity. He has turned out to be a wonderful mentor, as well as a tutor. High marks on every count. KH
I would like to recommend Adam Harris, who has been working with my sons for about three years now and who is starting an online tutoring service, available many hours a day and at short notice. Adam has been great with my kids (now aged 10 and 14), both of whom have special needs. His website for his tutoring service is www.nerdrightnow.com and since he graduated from Cal with degrees in Physics and Astronomy, there are a range of topics he can tutor. If you want to ask me more questions, please feel free to contact me. Heather
I have a great tutor!
I continue to have conversations with other parents about tutors. There are many reasons to have a tutor for a child, particularly a teenager. Not all kids are great in every subject and simply need tutoring. Other kids at this age have trouble focusing and need guidance and homework assistance to stay on track. It's also wonderful to turn over the parent/child/homework relationship to a tutor. Or perhaps a child actually has learning disabilities and needs extra help.
I have searched for tutors and had many. Now as my kids are getting
want to recommend and pass on a great tutor named Kevin Arnold.
He has been able to bring out the best in my kids. Teaching them,
them, understanding the right moments to push and expect more from
(also when to let up). Kevin is fun. He relates well to my kids. He
out how each of my kids works best and gets the most out of them.
Kevin is an excellent tutor for English, History and independent
projects. He is a great homework coach. He will give your child study
and help them organize their writing. He increases his expectations at
Kevin has been a teacher at both public and private Schools so he
curriculum and understands the demands. He also worked for BHIndependent Study Program. He is currently working as a private tutor
a teacher at The School for independent Learners.
Grab Kevin while you can. He has put a smile on my face but more
importantly my kids love him, they are doing great in school and feel
Kevin's cell: 510.495.7923 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My son worked with Tutorpedia (www.tutorpedia.com) for three years. He first began as a sophomore at Berkeley High School, as he was failing Honors Algebra II. By the end of the year, he had pulled his final grade up to a high C. We were so pleased with his progress that we continued to work with Tutorpedia for the next two years, through Math Analysis and AP Statistic. He needed as much assistance with study habits and organization as he did with mathematical problems and principles, and Tutorpedia was excellent about this incorporating instruction and assistance into sessions. They were flexible in arranging and rearranging schedules around sporting schedules and other events.My son had an excellent personal rapport with his tutor. Because his tutor taught the whole student, not just the subject matter at hand, we saw marked improvement in our sons overall academic progress and in his self-confidence. Kate, Mother of BHS 2008 grad
We are looking for an excellent all around tutor to help our son. Ideally someone who would come to the house. Appreciate any ideas. natalie
We are looking for a tutor for Chemistry and Algebra2 for my daughter who is a Junior. We live in Moraga.
My college bound daughter had a wonderful tutor, Erika
Smith, through her 4 years in high school. She is versed in
many areas, math - through Algebra II, Spanish, Writing and
SAT prep. She also has extensive experience working with
students with learning disabilities. She will work in
Berkeley to Richmond area and will come to your home. I
can't stress enough how helpful she was for my daughter.
The two of them went beyond the tutor/student relationship
to becoming friends. You can contact Erika at
I would like to recommend our exceptional educational therapist, Marianne DeCrane-Brent (phone 338-1242). She is very experienced working with a range of LD issues (former Raskob Day School teacher) and is warm and caring. She can tutor any subject (math only up to algebra 1)and any age. She has worked with my daughter for the last 7 years and has been extremely helpful. Feel free to email me if you want any more information. c.b.
Kevin Arnold is a tutor who has been very helpful in helping my 15 yr old son with organizational skillls and with overcoming difficulty with writing. He can be reached at by phone at 655-6612 or email at kevinarnold2004 AT yahoo.com. Mindy
I want to enthusiastically recommend Kevin Arnold as both a
tutor and mentor. Kevin has been meeting with my 15-year
old son once a week this spring and summer. He has provided
my son with both academic support as well as a wonderful
friendship. They have talked widely and with enthusiasm
about the world, school and many other subjects, motivating
my son to engage in a diverse spread of ideas and
possibilities. Kevin gets my son to think about things he
never thought could be interesting. This summer they have
gone tide-pooling and played Nirvana on their guitars. If
you'd like to contact me, I'd be happy to speak with you.
p.s. Kevin also helped my son with his Spanish homework.
I'd like to recommend Kevin Arnold as a coach or tutor for
unmotivated, bright high school boys. He was my son's teacher
at BHS Independent Studies two years ago, and I also hired him
as a coach/tutor. He is now a full-time private tutor. Kevin's
strength is his enthusaism for learning and knowledge. Because
he is young and connected to youth culture, Kevin has the ability
to get an apathetic, do-the-minimum kid fired up about reading and
learning by exploring topics that are interesting, such as politics,
culture, and music. I was very pleased that while working with Kevin,
my son began to develop an interest in philosophy and psychology,
began reading more and playing computer games less, and for the
first time began to see himself as a curious learner instead of as
an academic failure. My son did not magically become a high achieving
UC applicant (!) but he absolutely did discover the joy of learning
while working with Kevin, which continues to serve him well two
years later. Kevin was also very helpful in just monitoring
homework and assignments to get things turned in on time.
Kevin Arnold kevinarnold2004 AT yahoo.com 510-655-6612
I am looking for a tutor for my daughter who is learning disabled. She needs help mostly with Algebra, and some Physics. We also need to get her some SAT Prep. Realistically she is not the easiest student to work with, so I am looking for someone who has experience with the learning disabled and difficult students. I have tried normal tutors and it just did not work, so I need someone who specializes.
We have been very pleased with my daughter's tutor, who is a Classics graduate student @ UCB. She has been working with my daughter for several months now and Amber has found her to be very helpful. She has been helping her mostly with biology, math, & history. She knows about good studying skills. Her name is Melissa Kaprelian. Her contact information: msk AT socrates.berkeley.edu. Toby
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