# Math Tutors for High Schoolers

## Parent Q&A

## Archived Q&A and Reviews

Sept 2015

I would like to recommend Tralee Johnson for math tutoring: (415) 508 MATH, traleej [at] gmail.com, www.greatmathtutoring.com One special, hard-to-find quality that defines Tralee's teaching is the ability to recognize and work with a student's particular learning style. This has produced many positive outcomes for my child, with much less frustration during the process. Tralee is experienced in math subject matter, teaching strategies, and knows how to customize an approach for each individual student. Anon

#### Need Math Tutor Experienced w/Mr. Henri's Algebra 2 Class at Berkeley High

Feb 2015

*We have an immediate need for a highly skilled math tutor who has direct experience with Mr. Henri's math curricula and testing style in Algebra 2.*

Thank you!

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*North Berkeley Mom, Parent of 10th Grader at Berkeley High*

I love Jim, a retired Math teacher from Albany. he has tutored both my Sophopmore and Senior, and their grades each improved hugely (1-2 grades up). He has tutored some of my kids' friends with great results too. He has a fricken PhD in Math from UC Berkeley, but doesn't charge an arm and a leg: Jim Shilleto, Cell 510 717 3919, home 527-5102. Happy

#### Math Tutor for math-reluctant 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 2-3 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)464-8600 [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 teacher-assisting. 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 D-221), where students can find tutors from 3:30-6:00 M-Th, 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 [at] att.net and 510-549-9349.

#### 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 510-658-7500, and their email is info [at] 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 [at] att.net 510-549-9349 Satisfied parent

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) 328-4682 dmessiersmc [at] 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)508-MATH 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 [at] gmail.com. mom of math student also

#### 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 [at] 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 self-esteem. Sara is very warm and easy to work with, and my daughter always enjoyed working with her. Sarahanes [at] att.net 510-549-9349 OSA parent

#### Excellent math tutor for high schoolers

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

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, pre-calculus, 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 e-mail is: kmps186 [at] yahoo.com Laura

#### Intelligent and Fun Female Math Tutor for high school girls?

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) 528-8224 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 is--she 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 [at] 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 2010-2013, 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:510-549-9349.

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 math-resistant 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 [at] att.net math learner's mom

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 pre-algebra 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

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 [at] gmail.com Barbara

April 2013

It was a few years ago - our son worked with Alan Kaplan,(lnkpln [at] 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)

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

Nov 2012

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

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 510 841-0784

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 no-nonsense 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 one-on-one and group lessons.

Katie

March 2012

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 [at] gmail.com +1 (510) 333-9277 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*

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 pre-algebra. Call Leba Morimoto 510/528-8224 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.

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 16-year old daughter with AP Calculus and Mechanical Physics. Chat was fully booked for the semester, but suggested that we contact Josh, one of his grad-student 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 [at] 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 [at] 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 2011-2012 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 pre-high school math, physics, AP physics, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, AP calculus AB/BC, SAT, and SAT II. Call Misha Yerlick at (510) 295-3484 or email at myerlick [at] gmail.com satisfied parent

July 2011

We highly recommend Oliver Miller as a superb math tutor. Oliver tutored our 16 year-old daughter who was failing pre-calculus 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 co-worker whose son also greatly benefited from Oliver's tutoring. His contact information is: kmps186 [at] yahoo.com and 510.452.7729. Very grateful parents

April 2011

I would like to highly recommend Daniel Mayeri (dpmayeri [at] 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 were 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.

#### 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 Pre-Calculus grade from a D to a B with her help. We can't recommend her highly enough. Her email is azullewis [at] yahoo.com. kathryn

I highly recommend Andrew Galpern - 527-6547 - Albany location - for any and all levels of math tutoring. Excellent rapport with kids LB

Dominica Phetteplace 666-1088. 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 (510-841-0784). 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 [at] comcast.net. Margit

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 14-y-o 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 [at] 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 [at] yahoo.com for additional information and how to contact her. Marie

#### Tutor for high school algebra & maybe statistics

Sept 2010

*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, Pre-Calculus, and Chemistry. Calm, supportive, effective, Azul helped our son bring his Pre-Calculus grade up from a ''D'' to a ''B'' this last year. She can be reached at azullewis [at] yahoo.com or 704-8282. 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 [at] paulthetutor.com or call him at 510-381-2425. anonymous teacher

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 [at] gmail.com; (510)501-1927. 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 510-338-0103. (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

#### Looking for math tutor for sophomore in College Prep School

April 2010

*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) 620-6250 (415) 464-8600 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

#### Chem and geometry tutoring needed for BHS sophomore

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 510-649-3039. Dominica is on Piedmont near Julia Morgan Center, at 510-666-1088 or dominica [at] outersquare.com. Jody

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

#### 2009 Recommendations

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 510-338-0103.

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 pre-calculus. 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 [at] 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

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 [at] 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 [at] 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/test-taking 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)-338-0103. I would give her a try - I think she's worth it. PreCalc Mom

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)-338-0103. 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 K-college ages. So far we have used their services for AP Calculus, Algebra/Trig and Chemistry, all successfully. Good luck. happy with tutor vista

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 non-profit that provides tutoring, test prep services and after-school programming. We have several tutors who can tutor AP Statistics. For more information you can visit www.aspireeducation.org or call (510)658-7500 Noa

Our son had good experience, twice, with Tutorpedia, at tutorpedia.com - once with chemistry, during 11th grade, then with pre-calculus, 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 pre-calculus 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*

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

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) 787-8747 , and her email is: kellieparedero [at] 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) 301-5302. 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'm looking for a 12th-grade Pre-Calculus 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).*

I would also recommend math and science tutor Debra Gipsman at 510-710-4781 ks

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 e-mail is dambruoso[at]yahoo.com, home: 510-845-1274, cell:510-684-4620. Dana

#### Tutor for AP Statistics

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) 301-5302. 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

#### Geometry tutor

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

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#### Tutor for Algebra 2

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*

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

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

Jan 30 2006

Hello fellow parents 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

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 e-mail 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 841-0784. laura

Sep 18 2005

If you need a math tutor, call Avi Shragai at 524-6454. 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.

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 (510-548-9322)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 2-3 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

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 845-6348. She lives within walking distance of Berkeley High. shelley