Mitch Reif

Mitch Reif

5.0 (5)
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1 years in business

About this tutor

My name is Mitch Reif and I am a licensed National Board Certified Teacher. Only 3% of all teachers in the United States have earned this honor. I have taught elementary school (Grades 3 and 5) for the past 27 years in the San Francisco Unified School District, and I have tutored students in Grades 2-5. I am interested in providing individual and small group tutoring services in all core subjects, especially math, either online or in person with safe distancing measures. I can help your child catch up with concepts taught in the spring, and / or support them with new concepts taught when the school year begins. One of my strengths is being able to create engaging activities that either teach new material or reinforce what is learned in the classroom. I can support the teacher’s lessons by either following his/her guidelines or by showing your child multiple ways to understand what your child needs to know.

The core principle of my teaching philosophy is that I believe that a student at any learning level who is excited by and engaged in an activity is more likely to want to learn and, in turn, attain higher achievement.  I accomplish this by creating engaging activities that open their minds and motivates them to take an active role in the learning process.  I provide a safe environment where students are encouraged to take risks and incorrect answers are treated as learning opportunities.  As an active listener, learner, and educator, I dedicate myself to raising the achievement bar for all students regardless of their learning ability or background.

I enjoy creating activities that engage each student in a way that he/she can grasp the necessary concepts and be motivated to learn. I am excited when I see a student understand previously difficult material based on a new way of doing things or from a change in attitude towards a subject.

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Waltham, MA 02453
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5 Reviews


  • N Vuong

    It's clear that Mitch loves teaching. You can see it in the way he connects with his students and their positive responses to him. He's patient, engaging, and enthusiastic. Mitch really understood where my son was coming from and knew how to differentiate learning to support his needs.

  • Clara McKennett

    He really understands how kids learn and relates very well with them. My daughter not only enjoyed working with him, but also learned so much.

  • Dick Wong

    Mr. Reif was my daughter's 5th grade teacher just this past school year. He taught history and language arts in a way that kept his kids interested. He utilized fun activities so the kids could learn and remember what was taught. Is would be a blessing for any kid to have Mr. Reif as a tutor.

  • Purvi Sahu

    Mitchell is super dedicated and very invested in kids’ learning and their success! He goes above and beyond in funding resources that assist in enhancing their learning beyond the books that school provide... he will be terribly missed in our school!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I would find out as much information about the student such as interests, hobbies, family, favorite subjects, and attitude towards school. I would then create some sort of assessment to see where the student is in the subject(s) that he/she needs support in. I would then create activities that incorporate some of his/her interests in order to teach the concepts.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Master's Degree in Education from New York University and I have teaching licenses from California and Massachusetts. I have been a National Board-Certified teacher for 27 years in the elementary grades.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My rates are negotiable and would vary based on number of hours/days per week as well as the number of students in a session.

How did you get started teaching?

After working for seven years as a salesman for my family's clothing business, I decided that it was not my calling. A visit to New York University's career counseling center led me to consider teaching as an option. From the moment I started student teaching, I knew this was the career for me.

What types of students have you worked with?

In 27 years, I have worked with every category of students including special education, gifted and talented, general education, low performing, economically disadvantaged, motivated and non-motivated.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Career-wise, I would say it was in June 2020 when reading all the appreciations I received when I left my former school after teaching there for 20 years. It was extremely satisfying to read and hear about the impact I have had in many students' lives.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The advice I would give is to not be afraid to take risks when learning because making mistakes is part of the learning process and that can be used to motivate a student to try again. I would advise the student to open up his/her mind to new ways of learning and that there often is not just way of doing something.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

One question students should not have to think through is whether the teacher will be annoyed that a question was asked, or it was asked multiple times. A few questions that students should think about are first, have I made an attempt to do the problem on my own first, and second, can I explain what I need from the teacher?

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