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Kathryn H.

Alameda, CA

$45/hr

Experienced Writing, Reading, and Grammar Tutor

Usually responds in about 9 hours

Experienced Writing, Reading, and Grammar Tutor

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I believe that learning is a life-long and enjoyable journey. I have acted on this belief with everyone I have worked with as a teacher, as a counselor, and as a mother. I love learning, and I love sharing what I have learned.

I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in writing. I have had the pleasure to teach Literacy Level ESL students (students who have no English) as well as Diploma English students (adult students working toward their high school diploma). I have also taught College English Composition as a graduate student and taught as a substitute teacher in Bay Area High Schools. As the Ohlone College English Lab supervisor, I served as an individual tutor in grammar, writing, and reading.

My tutoring methods are founded on the view that students already know a great deal, so my job is to build on what they know and teach them how to fill in the gaps. My goal is to empower the student with the confidence of knowing how to learn -- regardless of the subject. Once a student has this confidence, the fear around learning goes away. As does much of the difficulty learning a new subject.

English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in writing. I have taught Literacy Level ESL, High School Diploma English, and was the English Lab Supervisor at Ohlone College, where I supervised English tutors and tutored students who had extra difficulty with English.

English

I have taught literacy level ESL, high school diploma English, college freshman composition, and oversaw the English Writing Lab at Ohlone College. I have a bachelor's in English and a Master's in writing.

Grammar

In addition to my bachelor's in English and a master's in writing, I worked at Ohlone Community College as the supervisor of the English Writing Lab. Most of the students using the Lab had been placed in pre-college level English courses because of their difficulties with grammar. The primary focus of my job was to evaluate students' test scores, identify their grammar problems, then work with the students to improve their grammar skills.

Literature

As an English undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts candidate, close readings of a wide variety of literary works was an essential part of both programs. I have studied and written about classic European literature, American literature, African literature, and South American literature. Some of the works I placed special focus on were all of the Shakespeare plays; Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, as well as other works in the magical realism genre; the works of Joyce and Becket; the Greek plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes; and the wonderful writings of Austen, the Brontes, Louise Erdrich, and Alan Paton. I have taught many of these works in my Freshman Composition classes as well as my Diploma High School English class.

Proofreading

I spent about 8 years as a proofreader at a local newspaper and as an editor for a monthly newsletter. I have a bachelor's in English and a Master's in writing. I have taught literacy level ESL, high school diploma English, college freshman composition, and oversaw the English Writing Lab at Ohlone College.

Reading

As a natural part of teaching literacy level ESL and high school diploma English, reading and reading comprehension was as important as writing. In fact, I used each of these skills to reinforce the other. For instance, I would often have students first read a text silently, then have them write a brief response. Then I would have the students read the same passage aloud, followed by a second written response. We would discuss the differences between reading silently and reading aloud, as well as the differences between the two responses. Finally, I would ask the students to rewrite what they had just read using their own words as much as possible.

I also worked with students on "close reading" and response, as well as breaking down sentences into grammatical parts.

Vocabulary

In addition to my Bachelor's and Master's in English and Writing, I taught Literacy Level ESL to new immigrant adults. Literacy Level students are those who have little to no spoken English skills and no reading or writing English skills. My lessons began with the basic need of all new English speakers: words and their meanings. My challenge, therefore, was to build my students' English vocabulary in ways that did not rely solely on rote memory and did not bore them to sleep. One of the activities I most enjoyed was giving the students words in English then asking them to teach me the same words in their language. Another activity involved using synonyms and antonyms to broaden the scope of possible meanings.

Writing

I have worked as an editor and writer for two in-house monthly newsletters, and I have published/won prizes for several poems and short stories. I have a bachelor's in English and a Master's in writing. I have taught literacy level ESL, high school diploma English, college freshman composition, and oversaw the English Writing Lab at Ohlone College.

Northern Arizona University
English
University of San Francisco
Master's

Education

Northern Arizona University (English)

University of San Francisco (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 10 miles of Alameda, CA 94501.


About Kathryn

I believe that learning is a life-long and enjoyable journey. I have acted on this belief with everyone I have worked with as a teacher, as a counselor, and as a mother. I love learning, and I love sharing what I have learned.

I have a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in writing. I have had the pleasure to teach Literacy Level ESL students (students who have no English) as well as Diploma English students (adult students working toward their high school diploma). I have also taught College English Composition as a graduate student and taught as a substitute teacher in Bay Area High Schools. As the Ohlone College English Lab supervisor, I served as an individual tutor in grammar, writing, and reading.

My tutoring methods are founded on the view that students already know a great deal, so my job is to build on what they know and teach them how to fill in the gaps. My goal is to empower the student with the confidence of knowing how to learn -- regardless of the subject. Once a student has this confidence, the fear around learning goes away. As does much of the difficulty learning a new subject.


Education

Northern Arizona University
English
University of San Francisco
Master's

Education

Northern Arizona University (English)

University of San Francisco (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Alameda, CA 94501

Kathryn’s Subjects

English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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