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San Gabriel, CA

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'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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ACADEMIA
California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

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HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Isabel A. December 8, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Clifford is absolutely FANTASTIC. I like the way he related to my son, and made it easy for him to learn. I was even surprised that I was able to learn a little Algebra!
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Leighton R. August 20, 2017
· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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Josethine L. August 24, 2015
· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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Clifford K.

Clifford K.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Catalina O.

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Glendora, CA
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As a non-native speaker of English, I struggled to learn the English Language on my own. It was very difficult; however, with hard work and persistence, I managed to learn the language and became proficient at it. Furthermore, my experience in language acquisition led me to tutor students from various non-English speaking countries with difficulties in pronunciation, reading and writing, while pursuing my BA and MA at Brooklyn College University. I rose from my position as Tutor to a Master Tutor/Professor's Assistant. One of the biggest rewards to me is to be able to give back by making other's journey into language acquisition as easy and effective as possible.

About Catalina
Loving what I do is what makes me an effective and popular Spanish Teacher/Tutor. As a Native Speaker of the target language, I had to learn English. Having had that experience, has helped me to relate to the difficulty involved in language acquisition and to become more compassionate with my students and their needs.
I have been teaching / tutoring successfully for over 15 years now. I have worked with students from elementary school - college level ( Undergrad/Grad). I have a Certificate in AP Spanish Literature, which is the highest level of High School Spanish. I have also worked with adults who wanted to increase their knowledge of the language and culture for both leisure and business reasons.
Keeping in mind the needs and goals of my students, each class is designed to cater to the individual's needs. !Buena Suerte con su
aprendizaje del idioma!
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Jennifer N. November 9, 2017
· Spanish · In home
I’m really enjoying learning Spanish and feel I’ve already improved even after just 3 lessons! Catalina is encouraging and patient. She is intuitive and goes at my pace.
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Jason April 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
The teacher is very helpful. She uses all types of resources to help you gain knowledge of the Spanish language.
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Joy December 13, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Ms. Catalina is an excellent teacher. I was worried about taking Spanish online, and she made me feel comfortable from the first day. She is very patient, and her tutoring helped me to gain more confidence in my ability to understand and speak Spanish.
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Catalina O.

Catalina O.

Glendora, CA 91740
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About Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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My background as a teacher of ESL is extensive. I taught technical English to engineering students at the university (MEPhI) for 8 years. Additionally I have been preparing Russian students for the English State Exam at school and adults for business and private trips to English speaking countries.
As a philologist I am able to pinpoint individual issues and difficulties to help correct problems in language acquisition.

About Tatiana
I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, soci
al networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.
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Deepa November 1, 2017
· German · Online
It is my first class and I really loved it.
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Gala Nedialkova October 2, 2017
· German · Online
Very good very interesting exactly what I was looking for
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Carmen June 2, 2017
· Russian · Online
In our first lesson we practiced the alphabet. I am a total beginner so that's where we had to start.
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Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Parinaz E.

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Irvine, CA
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I love tutoring ESL students because I am experienced to simplify complex subjects and explain them to my peers and students in the most comprehensible way, so it could be never forgotten. Another reason to become an ESL tutor is gaining more experience and connecting with different students from different cultures and backgrounds. In addition, I possess my own unique methods of approaching a subject and understanding the details of the matter in the most efficient manner. In my opinion, sharing our information and learning new things from each other is the most effective way of progressing in our academic and career life. As English is my language as well, so I know how to simply help the students in essay writings and different assignments.

About Parinaz
Hello,

My name is Parinaz. I graduated from a top-rated high school as a top ranking student. At present, I am a biology major student at Irvine Valley College with 4.00 GPA, and my long-term goal is getting my doctorial degree in the healthcare field. Besides, I am a freelance Spanish, Persian, and belly dancer and choreography dances for different occasions and Irvine Valley College's dance showcases.

I love tutoring because I am experienced to simplify complex subjects and explain them to my peers and students in the most comprehensible way, so it could be never forgotten. Another reason to become tutor is gaining more experience and connecting with different students from different cultures and backgrounds. In addition, I possess my own unique methods of approaching a subject and understanding the details of the matter in the mo
st efficient manner. In my opinion, sharing our information and learning new things from each other is the most effective way of progressing in our academic and career life. Being a professional time manager in my life, has always helped me to assist my students not only to make progress in their subjects but also set up a productive schedule.

I have a very strong mathematical background when I was in elementary school untill now. The first important thing which many students struggle with is how to read and understand the problem. In order to solve any problems, students should put about 30 seconds to read the problem carefully. The next step is analyzing the problem and finding the appropriate concepts and formulas. The last step is how to apply your knowledge.This stepwise approach has always helped me to covey the most complex mathematical subjects to my students in a simple manner and easy language.

Helping students to foster a mathematical and hence analytical mind is my ambition. It is then we could develop an intelligent community which is self-reliant and self-driven. It would definitely give them some degree of liberation from the Monster called “Numbers”.

Furthermore, I am always curious about how different substances react with each other and how to carry out different laboratory projects. Therefore, my passion combines with my major and create a very good chemistry tutor. I can draw a clear picture and explain everything clearly in this field because I know how to simplify chemistry for students and help them to love this subject. Many students think chemistry is about memorization, but actually most of it is like a game that you should learn its tricks.

Understanding Chemistry would also help one to understand the chemical reaction in our surrounding environment including our own body. Life is all about how chemically the living cells react to each other, and how people could love or hate each other. Understanding these chemical reactions could definitely help the students to have a better life, and I am here to help you with the needed understanding.

I hope I can help my students to attain their goals and be successful in their academic and social lives. 

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Parinaz E.

Parinaz E.

Irvine, CA 92602
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$40 / 60-min

About Elena E.

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Smyrna, GA
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Experience, enthusiasm, and expertise describe me as a teacher. In addition to my training in Linguistics, Translation, Intercultural Communication and TESOL, I bring to the table 17 years of experience teaching English in a variety of contexts to a variety of students. I have taught middle and high school students craving attention and fun, business professionals striving for promotion, college students aspiring to study abroad, and PhDs polishing their communication skills. I will not overwhelm you with lots of talk and information; I will make YOU the center of each session. Regardless of the skills you want to practice (no kongfu though :)), I will do my best to accommodate your needs. As a person, I am efficient but friendly, serious but humorous, a challenger but an encourager. And, I look forward to working with you.

About Elena
If you are looking for an experienced and dedicated teacher to help you get high scores on TOEFL or IELTS or to prepare for college admission in the USA, look no more. As a current teacher at an intensive English program in Georgia, USA, I have been teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and test prep to students applying to colleges in English-speaking countries or improving their English to be better qualified for professional growth. I am also pretty comfortable working on more general goals such as daily conversation, US culture, reading for content, etc.

Here is my philosophy of teaching in a very very brief form: I am a big believer in needs analysis and diagnostic. Before any goals are set, it is imperative to understand students' backgrounds, aspirations for their future, and proficiency levels. Additionally,
I believe that setting tangible goals drives improvement and increases motivation. Finally, feedback, feedback, feedback! Intonation or vocabulary usage, personalized and specific feedback is what my students get and love.

As far as methodology goes, I am pretty eclectic. Again, methods and approaches are chosen based on students' needs. Sometimes we just have to work on drilling sounds and intonation or some simple grammar concepts like “do/does”, while at other times open conversation is the best way to practice the same content. One key component that doesn’t change is the focus on the student. I work hard on planning my lessons so that my students do most of the work during class. I also strive to contextualize everything around real life by choosing materials that are recent and relevant.
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Henrique August 28, 2017
· ESL ·
Elena is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She is very committed and demonstrates a passion for her work, and above all, she is very attentive to her students and preoccupied with her learning. Elena is unforgettable, she was a dear friend in my time at GTech.
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Yaxin August 24, 2017
· ESL · In studio
She is my favorite teacher in my school life, and I really get a lot of things in her class, study with her is one of the greatest decisions I ever make
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Alicia August 19, 2017
· ESL ·
Lena is one of the best teachers i've had in my whole life. She knows exactly how to pass everything she knows to her students, she really cares about them, and her classes are fun and very interesting.
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Elena E.

Elena E.

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About Katie L.

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Ballwin, MO

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I make learning English fun and interactive. We will listen to music in English, read interesting articles at your level of English, and act out situations in which you would use the language.

About Katie
I am a certified teacher and have been teaching for over 8 years. I have experience teaching students who speak English as their first language and those who speak it as their second language. I studied Spanish for many years in school, but I didn't learn to speak it fluently until I lived in Argentina and had to use it daily. Through my experiences with teaching the English language and learning the Spanish language as well as studying Italian and Portuguese, I have come to develop a style of teaching that helps students acquire a language in a more authentic way that combines the direct instruction of the language with the practical use that comes up conversationally and in cultural aspects like music, stories, and media. I am patient and know how challenging learning a language can be. In a class with me, you can be sure that we w
ill learn at your pace and have fun!
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Katie L.

Katie L.

Online
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$50 / 60-min

About Ann E.

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Los Angeles, CA
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After graduating the University of Rochester with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature, I moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English for two years. After those two years, I worked as a Spanish teacher at Kent Denver School, teaching levels 2, 3, and 5. I have lived/studied in both Ecuador and Spain. I am new to Los Angeles, but I'm not new to teaching, and there's nothing I love more than spreading my passion for language!

About Ann
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I'm Ann, and I just recently moved to Los Angeles from Denver, Colorado where I'm originally from.
The past few years have been a whirlwind of experiences that have helped me become the foreign language teacher I am today! In college I studied Spanish and studied abroad in both Ecuador and Spain. After graduating, I moved to Madrid to become a high school/middle school English teacher, and I lived there for two years. Unfortunately, my visa expired so I had to return back to Colorado. I was lucky enough to work at my old high school in Denver as a lead Spanish teacher for levels 2, 3, and 5. After working there for a year, I decided I wanted to do some more traveling. I went back to Ecuador, then Cuba, and then I returned to Spain for 3 months to take a Spanish Teacher Certification course through the Instituto de Cervantes. After tr
aveling for the past 6 months, I've decided it's time to move to Los Angeles!
I like to stay current with popular culture in the States and abroad, and I love listening to Spanish music. While I have mostly lived abroad in Spain, I do my best to stay current with slang and grammar styles from all over the Spanish speaking world. I aim to make my lessons fun, dynamic, and I focus on teaching practical, useful Spanish that you will find in your everyday life.
Thanks for reading!
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Ann E.

Ann E.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
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$34 / 30-min

About Nikkie R.

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I have a bachelor degree in Chemistry with a minor in English from The Northeastern Illinois University. I had served as a mentor and tutor to foreign students in the area of English language as a subject .During 2004-2006, I taught English language for two semesters at the University of Michigan.Through fantastic teachers I have had in my own life, I learned unique and proven teaching methods that I apply to all of the students I tutor. I am extremely qualified as a tutor, having years of experience tutoring in both formal and informal settings, and graduating both high school and college at the very top of my class.I strongly believe in learning by doing and teaching not just the facts but developing a way of thinking.

About Nikkie
One of my most favorite experiences is conveying knowledge to students. I obtain the sense of achievement from their excitement of understanding a new concept. I've learned unique and proven teaching methods that I apply to all of the students I tutor. I am extremely qualified as a tutor, having years of experience tutoring in both formal and informal settings, and graduating both high school and college at the very top of my class.I strongly believe in learning by doing and teaching not just the facts but developing a way of thinking.
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Nikkie R.

Nikkie R.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

About Meri P.

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I have been teaching ESL for more than 12 years. I have taught students from all around the world. I have taught at language schools, universities and corporate offices. I have developed curricula for many language schools and programs. My lessons are always geared towards students' language abilities in order to maximize their language potential.

About Meri
I am an ESL teacher for more than 12 years. I have taught ESL at many colleges and universities in NJ. I have a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts.

Professionally, I was an Academic Director and managed a school of 240 international students. I worked with students from different countries and assisted them to accomplish their dream which was to learn English and attend an American university.

I am a very patient and friendly person. I love teaching and working with students.
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Yosuke January 10, 2018
· ESL · In studio
She was my best teacher. She helped me a lot to learn English and get accepted to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Thank you very much teacher!
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Meri P.

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