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I returned from an international development fellowship in Indonesia in the fall of 2015, where I worked with various women cooperative groups in a rural part of Bali. I mostly worked with their local community social enterprise; my focus was studying markets and building strategies to develop the economic livelihood for the rural villagers. In addition, I tutored students from international schools and provided independent services to musicians, as well as helped direct a US State Department academic exchange program between Indonesian and US high school students.

Aside from work, I love the outdoors. I grew up surfing, playing soccer, snowboarding, cycling, fishing, and camping. My hobbies also include rock-climbing, cooking, reading, gardening, studying languages, and going on adventures. I try to live by a philosophy of believing in myself and staying balanced. Im extremely curious about how things work in the world, and Im still learning everywhere I go. I hope I can pass on my passion for learning to others.

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Toku’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Political Science and Government


Surfing, team sports, camping, going on adventures, rock-climbing, snowboarding, reading, growing plants, cooking, and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects



College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History


Essay Editing



High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Homework Support






Social studies

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to smile first, ask what the student would like to accomplish, listen, and together establish action plans to get to where they'd like to go.

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

The first session would be to establish trust and create a comfortable, academic environment. Discuss goals and make action steps.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way I can help the student in general is to let them find their own appreciation and love for learning. To help them realize learning things will allow them to become successful.

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