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Learning is a life-long process. You might not get things the first time or the second time, but if you stick with it, you can always reach your goals.

Adam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Oaks College - Current Undergrad, Human Development


I really enjoy listening to new music, going on hikes in the Bay Area and practicing my outdoor photography whenever I can.

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2


Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing


High School Biology

High School English


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing



Q & A

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

My first session will probably begin with some get to know you questions. I want to know how the student thinks and what they are interested in. Once we establish that, then we can move on and tackle any subject the way that works best for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I always say, "If you can teach it, you know it." The goal of tutoring isn't to give all the answers to students, but rather to help them internalize and own the subject material. I like to help students think through the material and then have them break it down into their own words. Making the material personal is what encourages independent thinking.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Everyone gets discouraged sometimes. But getting back up and dusting yourself off is the key to success! Hardly anyone gets it right on the first try. As a tutor, I am on the student's team, helping them along to tackle any subject and to give them a helping hand back on their feet.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We can always break it down into the simpler concepts. Learning is built by what comes before it. If you know how to multiply, then we can do exponents. If you can divide, then we can do fractions. Demonstrating that the knowledge and capacity are already present with the student is the key to taking on difficult skills and concepts.