James P. - Writing Teacher, Linguist, and History of World Thought

UC Berkeley James P. Tutors UC Berkeley Students in Berkeley, CA
$65 / hr
San Francisco, CA
4 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
With the 2010-2011 school year, Mr. P celebrated his twentieth year as a teacher with the Alameda Unified School District and twenty-two years in the profession, having taught in both high school and middle school. A former Teacher of the Year, now retired from the Alameda Unified School District, he is so glad to be able to continue working with students as a private tutor.

He currently holds four valid California Single-Subject Teaching Credentials in French, History, English, and Latin, ...
Working with James was great! The lesson evaluated where I was in French, it helped me understand French concepts that I did not understand in school. It was a great experience!
- JoAnn T. from Sugar Land, TX
Mr Peters has been teaching my middle schooler Latin for the last few months. He is prompt, knowledgeable and his lessons are engaging and fun. My child is way ahead in his class and gets straight As. More importantly, my child has developed a love for the language and looks forward to his sessions with Mr. Peters I highly recommend him .
- Lydia H. from Washington, DC
Peter has been teaching my middle schooler Latin for the last few months. He is prompt, knowledgeable and his lessons are engaging and fun. My child is way ahead in his class and gets straight As. More importantly, my child has developed a love for the language and looks forward to his sessions with Peter. I highly recommend Peter.
- Lydia H. from Washington, DC
James was an amazing English tutor for my daughter. At first, we weren't sure if James would work for us as we saw from his profile of the advanced English/Philosophy/History/etc tutoring he offers, but from the first lesson, we were pleasantly surprised to find James to be a wonderful tutor for my daughter. One can see he is not only knowledgeable about English, but also has a great passion for it, and working with him is a pleasure. James has helped my daughter with writing opinion, argumental, and literary essays, has shown her how to make her own prompts on subjects she can later on use to write whole essays, and so much more. James explains different parts of English well, and if my daughter doesn't understand something, he will always explain it again in a different way to help her. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better tutor, and recommend James with all of our hearts. Whether your child needs help with schoolwork, wants to prepare for a test, or is just fascinated by English and wants to learn how to speak and/or write better, James is surely going to help your child greatly.
- Malvina M. from Palo Alto, CA
James has helped my daughter a lot with the SSAT and SAT test prep with his advanced vocabulary studies and writing skills. His lesson plan and resources makes it easier for my daughter to learn efficiently and remember what she learned.
- Yash P. from Bothell, WA
James is so nice and patient. He helps me a lot. I never realized the essays could be written in the way. I believe I could learn what I need from him. Recommend to everyone.
- Lu W. from Fremont, CA
He is an extremely talented teacher who knows how to teach writing. My son thinks he is great and James holds his students responsible for their learning. Very impressed, 5 star.
- Michele S. from Lafayette, CA
James has worked with my son for the past 2 years for writing, reading and SSAT prep. My son has speech processing and executive function issues so writing in coherent and organized fashion, and inference for main ideas are hard for him. James has figured out a way to make sure the lessons are engaging and purposeful. My son is slowing starting to learn how to organize his ideas, following rules to make sure he stays on topic, and starting to understand nuance in reading.
- Frances H. from San Francisco, CA
English, comprehension. James is great, works great with my 12-year-old son. Easy scheduling, great communication. Tested base knowledge, built plan to improve.
- Roman P. from San Francisco, CA
Jim P. is a great tutor. He is very engaging with students and helps to explain concepts (writing, vocabulary, reading etc.) in ways that enable them to understand the concepts and not just to answer the immediate question. Jim has great energy and if he thinks his student is still confused, he tries to explain the problem again, but in another way to be sure that the student understands how to do the problem. He has helped both of our sons improve academically; which has also contributed to their increased self-confidence. In addition to helping our younger son with school work, Jim helped both of our sons prepare for the SSAT. Each son saw a significant increase (20 and 25%) in their scores as a direct result of Jim?s help. Our older son has already commented that he would like to work with Jim as he prepares for the SAT. We wholeheartedly give Jim our highest recommendation! Whether your child needs a little help with school work, or is trying to prepare for a standardized test, you can?t go wrong by asking Jim to help.
- Jennifer H. from San Francisco, CA
James is coming twice a week and we are very happy we found him via Wyzant. He is very well prepared, understands our daughter's personality and makes great progress with her.
- Hanno F. from San Francisco, CA
James has an excellent and effective teaching style. My son was struggling with the concept of essay structure, and James helped him figure it out in just one session.
- Jonn H. from San Francisco, CA
Today I had my first lesson with James and It could not go better. He is very patient and well versed. He told me clearly what my mistakes are and we started working on them quickly. He was very helpful. And we have just schedule our next lesson!!
- Maria P. from San Francisco, CA
James provided SSAT tutoring for our son, and even though after a few sessions James said our son would be fine and did not need to continue, our son asked to keep meeting with him - testament to a super tutor. As a bonus, we were also happy James was also great at coaching our son with interviewing.
- Patrick M. from San Francisco, CA
He was very good, as he came up with strategies that worked for my son (like which order the questions he should answer first) as well as helping him find his weak points and then working on them through drilling.
- Elaine K. from San Francisco, CA
James helped my son zero in on the strategies he will need to construct a successful university research paper under very challenging time constraints. My son felt this first session was extremely helpful and looks forward to future sessions with James to prepare for university in the fall.
- Emily B. from San Francisco, CA
James taught me how to map out & organize my thoughts in order to create an informational & well written essay. He also taught about sentence structures & the rules that apply to them in just one session!
- Stephanie M. from San Francisco, CA
Jim did a great job in teaching writing strategies. He set-up a framework that my son could use in structuring his thoughts and ideas. We also worked on writing five-paragraph essays. Jim was an excellent fit for our son - he kept him engaged and motivated through the many sessions that we had with him. I would highly recommend Jim.
- Uzma K. from San Francisco, CA
At first, my writing skill wasn't that good. As a result, I scheduled a few tutoring sessions with James, and he was able to break down the basic structure of writing; also, he provided helpful examples and formulas that made it easy for me to understand. I totally recommend James to anyone!
- Alex C. from San Leandro, CA
High quality tutoring. My son always enjoyed lessons with James and has developed his writing skills. I was surprised when I saw his writing after lessons.
- Mizuho T. from San Francisco, CA
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