Academic English Tutoring

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Services: Personalized tutoring one-on-one and in small groups

Subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), college and university English, and English applied to multiple subjects


  • Pre-K, TK, and K-12 students

  • College and university students 

  • English Language Learners/ESL students 

  • Students in general education

  • Students in special education and other programs

  • Children performing at, below, or above grade level

  • 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: Tutoring is play-based for young children and interactive for all students. It focuses not on memorization but on application.


Tutoring incorporates the methods 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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Tutoring is play-based for children and interactive for all ages.

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!


  • Homework help

  • Test preparation

  • Editing essays

  • Remedial skills

  • Mastery, generalization and maintenance

  • Executive functioning (study skills, self-management, time-management, organization, etc.)

  • Tutoring tips for parents 

Skills the Student Learns:

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

  • Writing: grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, essays, reports, literary analysis, creative writing, and the writing process 

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

  • Presentations: writing and rehearsing speeches and other oral presentations

  • Study skills and self-management: setting goals and measuring progress independently

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 a cafe. You can also have sessions online!

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.

COVID-19 UpdateWe are now serving students both online and in person, following COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Inquire about Google Meet interactive online tutoring for a discounted rate with flexible scheduling.  Multiple Subjects Tutoring 1:1 and in small groups, including for your microschool or homeschool programs, are also available, following health and safety requirements.


Contact Inspire Behavioral Learning to see if tutoring is right for you!

FREE initial 30-minute phone consultation by appointment only.

Due to high demand, reach out with an email for the quickest reply!

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

    • Los Altos

    • Palo Alto

  • Solano County

    • Vallejo

    • Benicia

    • Cordelia

    • Suisun

    • Fairfield

    • Vacaville


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