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Zsanine A.

Burbank, CA

$20/hr

Reading, Writing, Math & More

Background check passed as of 10/21/14
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Reading, Writing, Math & More

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I have an extensive background in tutoring and assisting in the classroom. I have worked with all levels from preschool through adult. I am patient and fun loving with a gentle sense of humor. I believe that everyone has intelligence and ability. I also believe that each person is unique and deserves respect and to be celebrated for who they are. I am sensitive to each person's cultural and economic background and learning styles and pace. Learning can be fun and rewarding.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor"

- Felipe, Glendale, CA on 5/13/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Lucy, Burbank, CA on 12/18/14

"Great Tutor"

- Alejandra, Jackson Heights, NY on 10/4/14

"Zsanine is a great teacher"

- Daniel, North Hollywood, CA on 7/14/14

"Great tutor and very humble at the same time"

- Ravi, Burbank, CA on 6/18/14

"Excellent "

- Jennifer, Burbank, CA on 5/8/14

"Do not waste your time."

- Sivaprasad, Duluth, GA on 1/14/14
Zsanine replied on 3/10/2014

Thank you for the valuable feedback. It offers an opportunity to improve and learn and for that I am grateful. I'm sorry that you weren't satisfied with the support, time, materials and instruction given, much as a courtesy free of charge. Had I known, I'd have made every effort to meet your needs.

It is unavoidable that tutors and students may have the same study materials as the standard TOEFL resources are widely used and those for specific tests are finite. We are geographically distant, so I offered web resources. Test prep materials can be expensive. The Official TOEFL Guide is updated periodically. It is impractical for some tutors to buy additional test prep materials for one student who will have only one or two sessions. In college courses, students are required to acquire their own texts and study materials.

The writing portion of the TOEFL tests reading, listening comprehension, grammar and writing skills. Based on the areas you requested help on, I searched for and sent you, at no charge, many respected, celebrated resources for these and all aspects of grammar, writing and organization such as The Purdue University Writing Lab, The Guide to Grammar and Writing and recognized ESL/ESOL websites used in the international ESL school I teach in. These are comprehensive treasures of grammar and writing from the most basic through postdoctoral levels of academic writing. They provide a wealth of knowledge that any writer can learn from. If resources offered by a tutor are not useful to the student, the student can specify what they require so the tutor has an opportunity to respond.

During sessions, I use the time, not only for correcting errors, but for explanation and instruction. I assume students seek to increase knowledge. I believe that time spent in thorough detailed study is well invested. It equips the student with understanding beyond memorization and tools to be resourceful and independent in any learning situation. Additionally, I was trained to speak slowly and clearly and to type as much of what I say as possible, during online sessions, for clarity, especially when there can be audio or other communication issues. However, each student is different and this approach may not align with every learning style, preference or need at a particular time. If only proofreading is desired, the student can specify this. For the first couple of sessions, tutors get to know the student and their objectives. Clear communication helps the tutor understand the student's goals and helps student and tutor optimize their time and enhance the productivity of sessions.

Many tutors have full teaching schedules. They may not always have time, prior to a session scheduled on short notice, to read articles, listen to lectures and proofread multiple essays sent by students. Giving a tutor a little advance notice, before scheduling a session, is recommended as it allows for prep time resulting in a better session.

Keeping lines of communication open is considerate of everyone's time. If a scheduled session cannot be kept, informing the other person in advance enables them to adjust accordingly. I don't charge for cancelled online sessions if notice is given. Tutors realize that the unexpected arises and last minute schedule changes may be needed. We strive to be flexible and accommodate these occasions.

One of the many great benefits of WyzAnt is, if a student deems a tutor isn't right for them, there are hundreds of other excellent WyzAnt tutors from a wide variety of backgrounds available. Most, if not all, WyzAnt tutors are reasonable, compassionate educators dedicated to helping students as we, too, were once and are now students in our own ways. We strive to foster collaboration and learn as much as the students do. We commit our hearts and minds to the art and science of education and celebrate the intricacies of the learning process. We derive fulfillment from assisting, if only in a small way, in students' attainment of their aspirations and take joy in students' successes.

I hope this helps in making the most of the student-tutor learning partnership. As stated in our last session, I admire and commend you for your discipline, conscientiousness and dedication to your studies. I regret that I didn't have more time to fully appreciate the details of what you sought and that our work together was cut short. I appreciate the time you took to express your views. Again, please accept my humblest, sincerest apologies for any misunderstanding. I earnestly wish you success and fulfillment in your education endeavors. Thank you for voicing your concerns and the privilege of learning with you.

"Thank You"

- Doug, Burbank, CA on 10/9/13

"Tutoring "

- Hamisu, Tampa, FL on 10/3/13

"Incredible tutor "

- Lexi, Burbank, CA on 4/12/13

"The kids said she was very good"

- Charlotte, Burbank, CA on 2/5/13

"Very smart and knows how to work with children."

- Lusine, Burbank, CA on 1/28/13

"A perfect fit for my son!"

- Tifffany, Sylmar, CA on 7/27/12

"Kind and uplifting "

- Patty, Glendale, CA on 7/15/11

"Thanks Zsanine!!"

- Mary, Burbank, CA on 7/14/11

"Great Tutor!"

- Gabby, Santa Monica, CA on 7/13/11

"Great tutor"

- Mark, Burbank, CA on 7/13/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Logic, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology,
Biology, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
Anthropology
Music:
General Music
Art:
Painting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, 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.

ADD/ADHD

I have several years of experience in special education from preschool through high school level. I have worked with many students with learning differences and special needs. I am sensitive to and appreciative of the unique learning styles and pace of each individual. I also enjoy building on each student's strengths to help him/her be as resourceful and self-reliant as possible. I focus on the individual student in looking for ways to increase skills, understanding and achievement. I believe that learning can be fun and rewarding. I am creative and flexible in finding ways to make subjects interesting and engaging.

Anthropology

I have a Bachelor's Degree in anthropology. I have studied cultural and physical anthropology. Coursework I have taken includes medical, psychological and economic anthropology as well as social structure, linguistics and archaeological lab studies.

Aspergers

I have years of experience working in special education from preschool through high school level. I understand and am sensitive to the unique abilities and learning styles and pace of each individual. My approach is to focus on the student to find ways to engage her with the learning material. I build on the strengths of the student and enjoy helping her be as resourceful and self-reliant as possible.

Autism

I have several years of experience in special education. I understand and am sensitive to the unique abilities, learning style and pace of each individual. I adapt the learning material to the needs of the individual in order to maximize their engagement, understanding and progress. I believe learning can be fun and rewarding. I enjoy helping the student be as resourceful and self-reliant as possible.

Dyslexia

I have a background in special education. I am sensitive to and respectful of each individual's unique abilities, learning style and pace. My focus is centered on the individual and I approach learning based on the student's needs. I enjoy building on the student's strengths and helping them be as resourceful and self-reliant as possible.

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked as a teacher's assistant in a L.A.U.S.D. elementary school. I have also worked with elementary school students with special needs. I tutor elementary level subjects including Reading, Writing and Math. My college education provided a solid foundation in many disciplines.

I believe that learning can be an adventure and I try to make it rewarding and fun. I understand and respect the unique abilities, learning pace and styles of each individual. I enjoy nurturing and developing the strengths and capacities of each individual with patience.

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESL to adults from South America for Open English. I've tutored ESL to students from Mexico, Armenia, Japan, Korea and Thailand. I assist with vocabulary development, pronunciation, grammar, writing and conversation. I have helped students prepare for the TOEFL iBT exam. I focus on the students' areas of interest as well as vocabulary and usage that applies to their careers and lifestyles.

General Music

I studied music for many years. I played the piano, violin and viola. My background includes theory, history and applied music.

Painting

I studied graduate fine art with a focus on studio art (painting). I've worked with watercolor, acrylic and oils. I can assist with technique using various materials and stretching and preparing canvas as well.

Phonics

I teach English, grammar and language arts to children and adult native English speakers as well as English language learners. I teach English as a Second Language skills such as vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation and grammar.

Special Needs

I have worked with students with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and severe emotional disturbance as a tutor and teacher's assistant with The HELP Group's New School for Child Development and Optimist High School. I have also done job training, supported employment and assessment for students with developmental disabilities with The C.I.T.Y. Program.

I understand and respect the unique abilities and learning pace and styles of each individual. I believe that every individual is of value and has beneficial qualities to offer. I enjoy nurturing and helping students develop and express their unique strengths and talents.

Study Skills

I have worked as a tutor and teacher's assistant in regular public school and special education milieu. I have worked with all levels from preschool through high school and adult. I acquired study skills during my college educational process and can help students find ways to solve and break down problems in a systematic, effective way. I can help students be resourceful in researching information and learning how to solve problems.

I understand and respect each individual's unique abilities, learning pace and styles. I recognize and build on each student's strengths and assist in developing his or her capacities. I believe that learning is an adventure and I strive to make it rewarding, exciting and fun.

California State University, Los Angeles
Anthropology
California State University, Los Angeles
Graduate Coursework

Education

California State University, Los Angeles (Anthropology)

California State University, Los Angeles (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome tutor — Zsanine is, hands down, the best tutor I've met. She is knowledgeable and very flexible with her schedule and subjects to be covered. At a short moment's notice, she was able to change and adapt her lesson plan to whatever my daughter needed on any given day. She is thorough and patient and we all enjoyed her kind, gentle manner. If you are looking for an awesome tutor, look no further - she's you ...

— Felipe, Glendale, CA on 5/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $20.00

Travel policy

Zsanine will travel within 7 miles of Burbank, CA 91504.


About Zsanine

I have an extensive background in tutoring and assisting in the classroom. I have worked with all levels from preschool through adult. I am patient and fun loving with a gentle sense of humor. I believe that everyone has intelligence and ability. I also believe that each person is unique and deserves respect and to be celebrated for who they are. I am sensitive to each person's cultural and economic background and learning styles and pace. Learning can be fun and rewarding.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor"

- Felipe, Glendale, CA on 5/13/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Lucy, Burbank, CA on 12/18/14

"Great Tutor"

- Alejandra, Jackson Heights, NY on 10/4/14

"Zsanine is a great teacher"

- Daniel, North Hollywood, CA on 7/14/14

"Great tutor and very humble at the same time"

- Ravi, Burbank, CA on 6/18/14

"Excellent "

- Jennifer, Burbank, CA on 5/8/14

"Do not waste your time."

- Sivaprasad, Duluth, GA on 1/14/14
Zsanine replied on 3/10/2014

Thank you for the valuable feedback. It offers an opportunity to improve and learn and for that I am grateful. I'm sorry that you weren't satisfied with the support, time, materials and instruction given, much as a courtesy free of charge. Had I known, I'd have made every effort to meet your needs.

It is unavoidable that tutors and students may have the same study materials as the standard TOEFL resources are widely used and those for specific tests are finite. We are geographically distant, so I offered web resources. Test prep materials can be expensive. The Official TOEFL Guide is updated periodically. It is impractical for some tutors to buy additional test prep materials for one student who will have only one or two sessions. In college courses, students are required to acquire their own texts and study materials.

The writing portion of the TOEFL tests reading, listening comprehension, grammar and writing skills. Based on the areas you requested help on, I searched for and sent you, at no charge, many respected, celebrated resources for these and all aspects of grammar, writing and organization such as The Purdue University Writing Lab, The Guide to Grammar and Writing and recognized ESL/ESOL websites used in the international ESL school I teach in. These are comprehensive treasures of grammar and writing from the most basic through postdoctoral levels of academic writing. They provide a wealth of knowledge that any writer can learn from. If resources offered by a tutor are not useful to the student, the student can specify what they require so the tutor has an opportunity to respond.

During sessions, I use the time, not only for correcting errors, but for explanation and instruction. I assume students seek to increase knowledge. I believe that time spent in thorough detailed study is well invested. It equips the student with understanding beyond memorization and tools to be resourceful and independent in any learning situation. Additionally, I was trained to speak slowly and clearly and to type as much of what I say as possible, during online sessions, for clarity, especially when there can be audio or other communication issues. However, each student is different and this approach may not align with every learning style, preference or need at a particular time. If only proofreading is desired, the student can specify this. For the first couple of sessions, tutors get to know the student and their objectives. Clear communication helps the tutor understand the student's goals and helps student and tutor optimize their time and enhance the productivity of sessions.

Many tutors have full teaching schedules. They may not always have time, prior to a session scheduled on short notice, to read articles, listen to lectures and proofread multiple essays sent by students. Giving a tutor a little advance notice, before scheduling a session, is recommended as it allows for prep time resulting in a better session.

Keeping lines of communication open is considerate of everyone's time. If a scheduled session cannot be kept, informing the other person in advance enables them to adjust accordingly. I don't charge for cancelled online sessions if notice is given. Tutors realize that the unexpected arises and last minute schedule changes may be needed. We strive to be flexible and accommodate these occasions.

One of the many great benefits of WyzAnt is, if a student deems a tutor isn't right for them, there are hundreds of other excellent WyzAnt tutors from a wide variety of backgrounds available. Most, if not all, WyzAnt tutors are reasonable, compassionate educators dedicated to helping students as we, too, were once and are now students in our own ways. We strive to foster collaboration and learn as much as the students do. We commit our hearts and minds to the art and science of education and celebrate the intricacies of the learning process. We derive fulfillment from assisting, if only in a small way, in students' attainment of their aspirations and take joy in students' successes.

I hope this helps in making the most of the student-tutor learning partnership. As stated in our last session, I admire and commend you for your discipline, conscientiousness and dedication to your studies. I regret that I didn't have more time to fully appreciate the details of what you sought and that our work together was cut short. I appreciate the time you took to express your views. Again, please accept my humblest, sincerest apologies for any misunderstanding. I earnestly wish you success and fulfillment in your education endeavors. Thank you for voicing your concerns and the privilege of learning with you.

"Thank You"

- Doug, Burbank, CA on 10/9/13

"Tutoring "

- Hamisu, Tampa, FL on 10/3/13

"Incredible tutor "

- Lexi, Burbank, CA on 4/12/13

"The kids said she was very good"

- Charlotte, Burbank, CA on 2/5/13

"Very smart and knows how to work with children."

- Lusine, Burbank, CA on 1/28/13

"A perfect fit for my son!"

- Tifffany, Sylmar, CA on 7/27/12

"Kind and uplifting "

- Patty, Glendale, CA on 7/15/11

"Thanks Zsanine!!"

- Mary, Burbank, CA on 7/14/11

"Great Tutor!"

- Gabby, Santa Monica, CA on 7/13/11

"Great tutor"

- Mark, Burbank, CA on 7/13/11
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Education

California State University, Los Angeles
Anthropology
California State University, Los Angeles
Graduate Coursework

Education

California State University, Los Angeles (Anthropology)

California State University, Los Angeles (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Burbank, CA 91504

Zsanine’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Logic, Prealgebra
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Anthropology,
Biology, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
Anthropology
Music:
General Music
Art:
Painting
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, 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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