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Academic English Tutoring

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Tutoring for children to adults from the ABCs to university

Personalized English tutoring 1:1 and in small groups

Health and SafetyWe serve students both online and in person, following health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and frequent sanitizing. Inquire about Google Meet interactive online tutoring for a discounted rate with flexible scheduling.


  • Pre-K and TK emergent literacy

  • K-12 English Language Arts

  • College and university English

  • English applied to multiple subjects for reading and writing (history, science, math word problems, etc.). Multiple Subjects Tutoring is also available.


  • Students in Pre-K, TK, and K-12 (ages 4+) 

  • College and university students 

  • English Language Learners (ELL)/ESL students 

  • Children performing at, below, or above grade level

  • Students in public, private, charter, and home school

  • Students in general education and special education

  • Typically developing students and those with special needs, including giftedness and disabilities, such as autism, speech and language delays, and ADD/ADHD

    • A major concern among parents of children with disabilities is that their children are not learning enough in their classrooms, and their therapy programs cannot cover academic content. If this sounds like you, then Inspire's academic tutoring may be right for you!

    • Some tutoring companies expect children to be "ready to learn," and they do not serve children who need help sitting, attending, and staying on task. These children are welcomed! Tutoring incorporates their preferences, choices, motivation, and positive reinforcement to help them learn.

Approach and Methods: At Inspire Behavioral Learning®, tutoring is play-based for young children and interactive for all students. It focuses not on memorization but on application. We use emergent curriculum, especially for early learners (Pre-K and TK).


Tutoring incorporates principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), in which motivation and positive reinforcement are based on the student's preferences and choices. All lessons are tailored to the student's unique needs.


For students in grades K-12, tutoring also addresses the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy. 


Comprehensive tutoring helps students catch up with remedial skills, as well as master and apply English skills in school and in life. 

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Active, play-based tutoring

Phases of Learning: Your tutoring experience may progress from assessment to mastery and beyond. 

  • Assessment: The tutor identifies baseline skills, i.e., the student's current strengths and areas of need.

  • Goals: The tutor and student or student's parents collaborate to set unique goals with mastery criteria.

  • Mastery: Every session, the student practices English, taking a step closer to mastering goals. The tutor records the student's progress, which may include graphs. 

  • Generalization: The tutor guides the student toward generalization, i.e., applying mastered skills in varied and novel contexts. Having learned the general principle behind a skill, the student practices the mastered skill across diverse settings, people, instructions, and materials, in addition to producing varied and original responses. The purpose is to make new skills practical, relevant, and meaningful in the student's life. If tutoring is for your child, you and another family member may participate in part of the sessions, as well as create and discover opportunities for your child to practice in between tutoring sessions.  

  • MaintenanceThe tutor checks maintenance, which is the persistence of skills over time. This is so important, considering that new skills build upon each other. The true test of learning is the independent demonstration of generalization and maintenance.

  • Independence: At Inspire, the ultimate goal is the student's independence in using English, not only in academic contexts but also throughout life. The tutor's job is to gradually work herself out of a job, as the student becomes more and more independent!

English Tutoring Services

  • Homework help

  • Test preparation

  • Mastery, generalization, and maintenance of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

  • English language arts enrichment, building on mastered skills of the student's choice 

  • Executive functioning skills development (study skills, self-management, planning, time-management, organization, setting goals and measuring progress independently, etc.)

  • Tutoring tips for parents 

English Skills the Student Learns:

  • Reading: decoding, phonological and phonemic awareness, reading fluency, reading comprehension, inferences, and vocabulary development

  • Writing: grammar, mechanics, diction, summarizing, journaling, writing essays (narrative, descriptive, expository, reflective, persuasive, literary analysis, etc.), report writing, creative writing, and stages of the writing process

  • Listening, speaking, and presentation: listening comprehension, literary discussion, writing and rehearsing speeches and audiovisual presentations

  • Critical thinking and reasoning: writing and speaking such that your premises support your conclusion

Locations: Ordinarily, the tutor travels to you at flexible and convenient locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as your home, local library, or park. You can also have sessions online!

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For English tutoring in person, we serve the Bay Area counties indicated with a heart on the map. 

  • Alameda County: English tutoring in Berkeley, English tutoring in Oakland, English tutoring in Alameda, English tutoring in Pleasanton, and more!

  • Contra Costa County: English tutoring in San Ramon, English tutoring in Danville, English tutoring in Walnut Creek, English tutoring in Concord, and more!

  • Santa Clara County: English tutoring in San Jose, English tutoring in Sunnyvale, English tutoring in Mountain View, English tutoring in Cupertino, and more!

  • Solano County: English tutoring in Vallejo, English tutoring in Benicia, English tutoring in Fairfield, English tutoring in Vacaville, and more!

We love the whole Bay Area, and we love serving students who live in other locations. For students in counties not indicated, online tutoring may be an excellent option for you.

Rates: Pricing varies based on in-person, online, 1:1 and small group options. Discounts are available! Inspire is a vendor with Visions in Education and Vista Oaks Charter School. Tutoring is FREE for children in these programs.


Ready to Get Started?

Tutoring for Minors

Tutoring for Adults

Accepting new students for morning hours only at this time. Accepting new students on a waitlist for afternoon hours.

Contact: If you have questions before getting started, we'd love to hear from you. You may reach out by email and schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation available by appointment. We look forward to working with you!

Phone: 510-296-5519

Fax: 510-296-5780


M-F   8:00 AM-7:30 PM

Sat    9:00 AM-6:30 PM

Sun   Closed

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

  • Alameda County

    • Albany​

    • Berkeley

    • Emeryville

    • Oakland

    • Alameda

    • San Leandro

    • Castro Valley

    • Pleasanton

    • Dublin

    • Fremont

    • ...and more!

  • Contra Costa County

    • Concord​

    • Pleasant Hill

    • Walnut Creek

    • Antioch

    • Brentwood

    • Orinda

    • Lafayette

    • Alamo

    • Danville

    • San Ramon

    • ...and more!

  • Santa Clara County

    • Milpitas

    • San Jose

    • Santa Clara

    • Sunnyvale

    • Mountain View

    • Palo Alto

    • Saratoga

  • Solano County

    • Vallejo

    • Benicia

    • Cordelia

    • Suisun

    • Fairfield

    • Vacaville


I N S P I R E Behavioral Learning®

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