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I graduated from San Diego State University with B.A. degrees in French Studies and Music. I went on to complete my Master of Arts degree in French Literature at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Since graduating, I have worked as an instructor of English writing at San Ysidro Adult School in San Diego, California. During my time there, I also taught high school students who were completing credit recovery in a wide assortment of subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, English Composition, and Social Sciences. I have also worked in France and Canada as an English language trainer. While I continue to tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about English, Literature, and History. As an instructor, I have always tried to emulate the teachers who inspired me to learn and grow. I believe that learning can be an enjoyable and enriching experience, and I enjoy helping students meet their individual goals. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing fiction, as well as playing and listening to all types of music.

Tom’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelor in Arts, French, Music (double major)

Graduate Degree: Concordia University - Montreal - Master of Arts, French Literature

Hobbies

Writing, music, philosophy, history

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

History

AP French Language and Culture

Arithmetic

CAHSEE Prep

CAHSEE ELA

CAHSEE English

CAHSEE Mathematics

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 2

French 3

French 4

GED Prep

Geography

Gifted

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Languages

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Reading

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

US History

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I aim to create a fun, safe, and rewarding learning environment for all of my students.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

During a typical first session, I like to talk with my student and get an exact idea of what their academic goals are. Then, we form a plan together for how to achieve them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help a student become a more independent learner, I show my students the research and study skills I've learned that have allowed me to be a successful student.