Raymond Barglow, Ph.D., Teacher, Writer, and Founder of Tutors.University

With the support of my brother Michael (listed below), I designed and built the Tutors.University program, which prepares high school students to gain admission to college and then perform well in their academic studies.

At Tutors.University, I’ve concentrated on  teaching students to read with good comprehension and to write clearly and persuasively. My own recent publications have focused on science, technology, and public health issues.

I have conducted college admission test preparation classes at many public and private schools here in the San Francisco-Bay Area and have led an independent study class entitled the “The Art and Science of Tutoring” at UC Berkeley.

My educational background is as follows: I received an undergraduate degree in physics, with a minor in biology, at the California Institute of Technology.  Then I enrolled as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley and studied the philosophy and methodology of education.  I received a doctorate in philosophy from UC Berkeley and a second doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute.

I have taught philosophy at the University of California in Berkeley and at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut.

Samantha Zevanove, B.A., Lead Teacher and Tutor at Tutors.University

I am a writer and educator, specializing in English language learning and the development of humanities programs.

Over the past six years, I have been helping high school and college students improve their mastery of the English language.  Together with Raymond Barglow, I’ve developed a method of instruction that combines formal lectures with one-to-one tutoring that is tailored to the particular needs of each student.   This method encourages students to do their very best and aims to elevate their English reading and writing skills.

In 2017, I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. I won a number of awards in college, including the Heslet Scholar Award for public speaking and the H.W. Hill Scholarship for excellence in the field of English.

My recent writing, “Essays on the British-American Literary Canon,” takes as its subject the work done by traditional masters of the English language.  English literature is a rich source of knowledge that is very relevant to our lives today.  Writers such as Ben Jonson, Herman Melville, Langston Hughes, and Virginia Woolf not only model the skillful use of the English language, but also have a lot of wisdom to share with us about the human condition, past and present.

Michael Barglow, M.A., High School English Teacher

I am a teacher of English as a Second language.  I received a Masters degree in teaching English from San Francisco State University, a Master’s degree in education from the University of California in Berkeley, and California credentials for teaching English.

I founded Arrowsmith Academy, a high school in Berkeley, where I taught and served as the director for nine years.  Then I taught English as a Second Language and U.S. History at Skyline High School in Oakland, California for eleven years. I  invited into my classes student volunteers from the University of California at Berkeley and taught them to tutor high school students one-to-one.

My approach to education encourages students to participate actively in the learning process: students learn English by immersing themselves in the language. I’ve found that writing and speaking exercises are as essential as reading and listening in raising students’ English language skills.

Adam Elder, Actor

I graduated in 1995 from the William Esper Studio, a school for the performing arts in New York City.   When I am acting on stage, the medium that connects me to the audience is, of course, the English language, with all of its descriptive and expressive power and nuance.

An understanding of English as it is spoken, whether on the stage or in the many walks of everyday life, contributes to understanding the written form of the language as well.  In writing as in speech, it is often the particular way that a thought or feeling is expressed that tells us what someone really means.

In working with non-native speakers, I help them master the challenges of pronunciation, inflection, intonation, and diction.  English is very rich in the range of gestures and “between the lines” messages it conveys. Mastering the language is a lifelong journey, even for native speakers, and it is one that everyone can enjoy.