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Ray Matlak, Math Tutor
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy P.
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I am not one to leave a ton of reviews for services and I have had mixed success with Thumbtack, but I think this man is an unsung hero!!! My daughter has struggled in math for years, since grammar school, and is now in 8th grade. She continued to struggle with a different tutor. We have been working once a week with Mr. Matlak now for about six weeks and the difference is simply amazing. She just got her first "A" in a math quiz since grammar school and we both nearly cried in relief and joy. The two most important things about him - he KNOWS the concepts cold (some tutors DON'T), and he is PATIENT. I came to the conclusion that my daughter simply would not get the pace of learning or individualized attention in the public school setting that she needs for this particular topic. She is doing well in other topics but math is her Achilles heel. I didn't have the patience (or the knowledge) to help much and it became a source of frustration for both of us. It is such a RELIEF to see her more confident and not stressed about math now!! I can't say enough good things about Mr. Matlak. He promptly answered my inquiries, quickly provided two references who gave glowing reviews, and we are so happy to have him. We didn't want to go the Sylvan or other company routes - Mr. Matlak comes to your home, sits down with your student, and gets to work. I can't believe I did not invest in my child's future earlier in her school career - it is well worth it. We do an hour a week and it has made a VAST difference. I have no relation to Mr. Matlak (other than to sing his praises) and I would be happy to provide anyone interested with additional comments. Update April 22, 2015: Our daughter continues to work with Ray weekly and is now pulling a "B" average, coming up from the "D" average she was pulling when we started. Not struggling and spending so much time on math has allowed her to focus on her other classes and encouraged her to bring her other grades up as well as she prepares to enter high school. We couldn't be more pleased to see our daughter's confidence growing with respect to math. We'll keep him through COLLEGE if he's willing!! All kidding aside, Ray is well worth the investment, even if your budget calls for less frequent tutoring sessions.

Brandon's Tutoring Service
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Dharshi P.
Verified review

Brandon was very helpful to work with my child whenever he was asked to. He is an excellent and dedicated tutor. A knowledagble and thorough mathematics tutor.

Arliss Wolf
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
Verified review

My daughter has very much enjoyed learning from Arliss. She is kind and supportive and my daughter has learned a lot about taking the SAT and is now studying with Arliss to take the ACT. We are awaiting her SAT score to see how much she improved.

Wisdom Tutoring Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Aishya B.
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Gloria has really helped me grasp concepts that most teachers tend to skip past. She takes the time to pay attention to what you need work with and builds your skills so that you understand concepts as a whole and not just parts of problems.

Faithrewarding Tutoring
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ifeoluwa A.
Verified review

He is very accommodating, has vast knowledge in all of his subjects and he gave me a lot of confidence and helped me pass the class I was failing at. Thank you Stephen

Thomas Enterprises
5.0
from 1 review
    Tracy S.
    Verified review

    To whom it may concern, Annette Thomas was my tutor for two years while I attended Mt San Jacinto College. I needed some help with two courses, Math and English. During my time with Annette she helped me to be able to place my thoughts on to paper, as I struggled with this during schooling. Annette’s caring and thoughtful process with me gave me the confidence I needed to learn and understand the material better in my classes. This new confidence that she helped me gain gave me the opportunity to graduate with Phi Data Kappa with Honors. Annette is a great listener and she helps you with finding your inner confidence which gives you the tools you need to be successful. Regards, Tracy Sambol

    Jared Fadden
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Merrit W.
      Verified review

      Jared has been tutoring my son for several months. I knew right away that he would be a good fit for my son and his tutoring needs. Jared is professional, responsive to communication, and willing to be flexible with our schedule. He is skilled at giving my son different strategies for school success and my son's grades have risen over the course of the time that he has worked with Jared. My son always looks forward to tutoring sessions and I am thankful that my son is working with such a strong, positive role model who seems genuinely interested in helping.

      Torri's Tutoring
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Yessica S.
      Verified review

      Torri has been tutoring my 8 year-old son for the past month. She is beyond amazing. Her teaching skills are efficient, she is professional and my son responds well to her instructions. In the short time, my son has improved his reading skills and confidence as well as his overall view on homework and studies. I highly recommend Torri, she has gone beyond my expectations.

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      I have been a math professor from beginning to statistics and precalculus for 30 years. I am tutoring mathematics and SAT at my home classroom or the students' residences.

      About

      I am an experienced High school Biology Teacher. My hourly rate is between $30-$40 Please refer to my resume below for my education and past experience. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Science/Substitute Teacher, Dec 2002 - Present Unified School Districts, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, CA • Taught science and math classes. • Developed and implemented lessons aligned with students' individual needs interests, and learning styles. • Implemented a variety of teaching strategies to promote critical thinking. • Utilized audio-visual aids to enhance student learning. Laboratory Associate II, Feb2002 - Dec 2002 Quest Diagnostics Inc., San Juan Capistrano, CA • Matched human chromosome images using a karyotyping software. • Accurately processed 20 cases per day. • Demonstrated knowledge of ideograms and band levels. • Calibrated light microscopes. • Recorded and compiled karyotping tests results. Administrative Assistant, Sept 2000 - Feb 2001 Facility Department UCLA, Los Angeles, CA • Helped resolve complaints. • Established filing systems. • Received work orders over the phone. • Generated invoices. • Entered data on excel and answered phones. Biology Teacher, Sept 1999 - June 2000 Vefa Anatolian High School, Istanbul, Turkey • Taught Biology and English lessons. • Counseled students’ science club. • Implemented a variety of assessment tools to evaluate students' learning. • Introduced audio-visual aids to enhance student learning. • Mentored students to develop and maintain positive self-esteem. EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching Biology Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey Professional Designation in Marketing UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS/ MEMBERSHIPS Complex Instructions, Computer User Educators, Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English Former Board of Director, Orange County Turkish American Association Former Debate Club Member, Marmara University

      About

      I tutor most levels of mathematics: Basic Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus. I spent 14 years as a high school math teacher and 26 years teaching math at the community college level. I have been a tutor off and on for the past 15 years. I try to create simple ways for my students to understand and grasp the math concepts they are finding difficult.

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      Experience. Students are taught in a way they understand.

      • 4 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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      With many years of experience, Inland Tutoring is the excellent choice for affordable and professional test prep and learning. We have helped hundreds of students prepare for standardized tests and excel in their classes. Inland Tutoring offers private and group tutoring with complete preparation for K-12 classes, PSAT, ACT, SAT and SAT II subject tests, AP tests, EPT and ELM tests, and university/college courses. Inland Tutoring knows that the key to confidence is preparation. Inland Tutoring programs are tailored to your student's personal study style and unique goals. Our tutors work with families to design a personalized schedule that's convenient for you. We can tutor in your home and at times and durations that you pick. We provide the one-on-one attention your student needs to score higher and gain admission to top universities. All Inland Tutoring tutors have graduated with degrees from top-tier universities across the country. We match your student with a tutor based on his or her individual learning needs. Your tutor will guide your son or daughter step-by-step through the program at a structured pace, taking extra care to address specific problem areas or concerns. Let our expertise help your son or daughter get into the college of their dreams! Call or e-mail us today to discuss your student's options!

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      I'm a college student looking to tutor elementary-junior high level. I am also open to helping adults in need with reading, writing, and GED prep!

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      I am an accredited math tutor through My San Jacinto College's CRLA program. Also. I have more than 20 years tutoring experience. I am very patient.

      • 22 years in business
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      I have several students now who are younger siblings of students I worked with in the past. I am passionate about creating a relationship of trust with my students and their parents.

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      I tutor mostly high school and college students in mathematics, elementary Spanish, and introductory chemistry.

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      I am a college teacher. I teach university students how to prepare for important tests, such as IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, CAE and FCE If you need a tutor to help you, contact me. I have been teaching and preparing students for tests for 18 years.

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      I offer tutoring in pretty much any subject. I am a UCLA third-year bioengineering student who has experienced doing scientific research in cardiovascular disease. I am knowledgeable of all basic sciences and mathematics/engineering.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What is ACT test prep?

      The ACT is a college entrance exam taken by students (typically in their junior year of high school) to determine admission eligibility and merit-based scholarship eligibility. The test may be taken as many times as desired and is not limited to high school juniors. Originally the acronym stood for American College Testing, but now ACT is the stand-alone name. ACT prep is a way for students to strategically prepare for test-taking. ACT prep helps students improve scores, practice taking the test, learn test-taking strategies, and improve material comprehension. Students can get help with ACT prep tutors in one-on-one sessions, via group tutoring lessons, in online self-study programs, or online with a tutor in video calls. The ACT test covers:

      • English
      • Science understanding and reasoning
      • Math
      • Reading
      • Writing essay (optional)

      How do you prepare for the ACT?

      The ACT is a universally accepted college readiness exam. There are multiple ways to prepare for the exam. One-on-one ACT prep tutoring is one of the most effective ways for students to ready themselves for the test. A tutor who specializes in ACT prep will coach the student on the type of material they can expect while also working specifically with topics that are more challenging for that particular student. Group tutoring sessions are a more cost-effective way to reap the benefits of an ACT prep instructor; a suggestion is to gather a group of four friends or classmates to share the cost. Professional tutors often recommend that test prep begin approximately three months prior to the exam. Cramming — unfortunately — doesn’t provide the same score results as consistent study, test-related homework, and practice exams do. Weekly two-hour learning sessions are what many pro tutors suggest for their college exam prep students. For top test-taking performance, tutors usually provide work throughout the week and the weekly session is used to cement knowledge and address weak areas. Math is a hard topic for most students, so plan accordingly.

      What is on the ACT?

      The ACT is made up of a variety of multi-choice questions under four main subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is also the option for a written essay. For ACT prep, it’s important to study each subject. Each subject area is broken down into multiple parts to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the student’s understanding of the material. ACT prep provides an opportunity to prepare for the subject matter in each area.

      ACT English:

      • Production of writing: 29 percent-32 percent of English score. These questions focus on topic development and organization, unity, and cohesion.
      • Knowledge of language: 13 percent-19 percent of English score. This section examines the student’s use of vocabulary and effective language use.
      • Conventions of standard English: 51 percent-56 percent of English score. These questions address sentence structure and formation, punctuation and grammar, and recognition of grammatical errors and how to improve.

       

      ACT Math:

      • Preparing for higher math: 57 percent-60 percent of mathematics score. These questions cover number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability.
      • Integrating essential skills: 40 percent-43 percent of mathematics score. These questions address comprehension of math learned prior to and after 8th grade.
      • Modeling: less than 25 percent of mathematics score. These questions examine how students use modeling skills in all math topics.

       

      ACT Reading:

      • Key ideas and details: 55 percent-60 percent of reading score. The questions test students’ ability to summarize information, draw conclusions, and grasp central themes.
      • Craft and structure: 25-30 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand an author’s word choice and meaning and analyze various points of view.
      • Integration of knowledge and ideas: 13-18 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand facts and opinions and make connections between texts that share similar themes.

       

      ACT Science:

      • Interpretation of data: 45–55 percent of science score. Students will need to analyze and manipulate scientific data presented in various formats.
      • Scientific investigation: 20–30 percent of science score. These questions will test students’ understanding of experimental tools, procedures and design.
      • Evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental results: 25–35 percent of science score.

       

      ACT Writing:

      • This is a 40-minute written essay that examines students’ competence with ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use and conventions.

      What are the subjects on the ACT?

      English, mathematics, reading, and science are the four main subjects on the ACT. Writing is an optional subject students can select when they register to take the test. The subjects were determined as a way to test the sum total of knowledge and comprehension that the students have accumulated up until the start of their senior year of high school. ACT prep breaks down each subject of the ACT test so the student understands what type of questions they will encounter and to provide them with strategies for answering questions. Doing well on the ACT is not only about academic smarts. Learning the nuances of taking a standardized test can greatly improve a student’s test scores. On the ACT, each of the four subjects is broken into subsections to test the students’ understanding in that area. The official ACT website provides free online ACT prep tools for each section, including English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

      How many questions are on the ACT test?

      There are 215 total questions on the ACT test. The ACT covers four academic areas and students have 175 minutes total to complete the test. For students who opt to take the ACT writing test, there will be a written essay (in addition to the standard ACT topics), which students will have 40 minutes to complete. For ACT prep, it’s wise to study the material that will be covered within each academic category and take practice tests to become comfortable with the format.

      The English test has 75 questions that must be completed within 45 minutes. The math test has 60 questions with a 60-minute time limit. The reading test has 40 questions and 35 minutes total. The science test has 40 questions that must be completed in 35 minutes. Tutors may recommend taking the test more than once as part of the ACT prep training, with the goal of improving your overall score each time. Official ACT recommendations urge students to answer each question on test day, even if it is a guess, as there is no penalty for guessing.

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