I have been tutoring for over 20 years, for all kinds of students from different backgrounds, mostly in math (from kindergarten all the way through Pre-Calculus and college remedial courses), plus the ACT math and the SAT (entire test)).
Academically, I graduated at the top of my class at Cal State University Northridge, with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a minor in math.
I care about my students. I am not doing this just for the money--I genuinely want my students to feel more confident and to succeed!
December 20, 2018 Bert is pleasant and very patient with his teaching...I haven’t had a math class in over 20 years. Without Bert’s help, I wouldn’t have passed with a final grade of a B! Thank you Bert for your time and patience! Sincerely, Mike
November 17, 2014 Mr. Bert Howard is a wonderful man. I have known him since I was a little girl at the age of seven. I went to a private grade and middle school, which means teachers there are very strict as to how a student performs. He was the tutor that always got me through learning long division and my times tables. Mr. Bert made me realize that algebra, geometry, and trigonometry were not my enemy and that they could be conquered. I was a horrible test-taker by the way. Now this is very difficult for me to divulge, but I was not particularly a "straight-A" student. I had a difficult time due to my mental disability and my medication would give me side effects of confusion and short-term memory loss. Not only was Mr. Howard my tutor, but he was my mentor and advisor. When I did horribly on an exam, for not having enough time to complete it, I really wanted to give up. But he told me "never give up, always finish what you start." He would also say " if you truly want something, go and get it. You just have to really want it." He is one of the people that helped me through high school in order to get into the university I wanted to go to. He is also one of the people who helped shape the person I am today. Due to Mr. Howard's patience all these years, I have now earned my Bachelor's Degree in Biology. I am currently working on my Master's Degree. One day my true dream is to go to Harvard and pursue my Ph.D. in Genetics. Overall, I would like to give Mr. Howard ten stars for helping me all throughout my life. He is the one person I can trust whenever I have a problem. Thank you "Mr. Bert for being a great mentor!"
4-23-2015 Bert Howard is an intelligent, friendly, and understanding person. I have known Bert Howard since I was about 7 or 8. I am now 24 years old and still call him Mr. Bert! He tutored me for over 12 years. Not only was he my tutor and mentor, he became a dear family friend. Before I met Bert, I was not the best student. My grades were very poor and I had a hard time focusing and understanding what was being taught in school. My parents were very concerned that I would not be able to go to the next grade. The were starting to give up on being able to find someone to help me improve academically. They took me to Sylvan, Kumon, and many other tutors. However, none of them were able to help me improve in school until we found Bert Howard. With Bert's patience, empathy, and determination, he was always able to find and utilize a variety of techniques to help me comprehend and actually learn math, as well as other subjects, in a way that I could understand. Whenever I started to get frustrated or wanted to give up, he would always encourage me to keep moving forward. Whenever I would lose focus and motivation, he would always find new ways, like a reward system or some sort of game to keep me interested and want to learn. I guess my point is that he never gave up on me and I am so grateful that. Because of Bert, I was able to improve academically and further my education. I have now received my B.A in Communication Disorders and Sciences and my certificate to be a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Currently, I am trying to get into a Master's program in Speech Language Pathology. I highly recommend Bert Howard. He is an amazing tutor!
Usually, I start with what they are working on, and from this I can observe what types of problems from the past are preventing the student from succeeding in the present. Then I do my best to work on both.
The best education and training for my work is my experience over twenty years of tutoring. From working with each student, I have learned what works and what doesn't work, both in general and for that specific student. Therefore, I can more easily narrow down how to work with each student.
From my experience, I also have learned a lot of the tricks, shortcuts (good and bad), and common mistakes that students make.
At my home: $20/hr.
At someone else's home or at the library: $25-$40/hr, depending on driving time and distance.
Discounts on group SAT or ACT tutoring.
In 8th grade, my school's principal also taught my class in math. When she realized how good of a student I was, she asked me to start tutoring some younger students from the school.
All types of students: kindergarten students through college students, ages 5 through almost 50.
I tutored a fourth-grade boy who was still using his fingers to add and subtract, and he was way behind his class in math and reading. Once he finished fifth grade, he not only was caught up with his classmates, he was also getting A's. The last I heard, he was getting A's in 6th grade, without my help.
Find a tutor that loves tutoring, not one who's just doing it for the money.
Am I willing to put in the time and effort to improve, or do I want the teacher to do most of the work for me?