I live in Calabasas and work part-time as an English instructor. My availability is flexible enough to schedule tutoring hours that can accommodate most students' needs. My belief is that learning and studying don't have to be tedious and boring - they can be fun and interesting. I hear students complain about learning stuff they'll never use in their real lives, so I encourage learning by using real-life examples (from technology, pop culture, social networking, music, etc.) so that they can see how the material really does matter to them.
I would describe my tutoring style as versatile enough to work with a student's particular learning style. My objective as a tutor is to instill optimism (a good attitude is extremely helpful) and encourage confidence by developing competency in the material. These are goals which enable students to become independent thinkers and problem-solvers.
Before instruction, I try to put the student at ease by actively listening to their concerns and assuring them that, by working together, his/her goals will be achieved.
I strive to develop a student's solid competency in English and language arts skills by stressing reading comprehension, effective use of the dictionary, and vocabulary development, just to name a few. I assist students with unfamiliar concepts by "building bridges," or making personal connections to the material.
I also help students hone listening and study skills, learn time management and organizational strategies. I suggest educational websites for independent research and I often review/re-read novels required for class which helps the student study more effectively and efficiently. In other words, I do what it takes to help the student succeed.
I encourage students to make positive choices (study everything a little every day), build confidence by solving problems creatively (brainstorming), and help them learn how to be proactive in "owning" their education (pursuing supplemental work independently).
I currently work at Santa Monica College in the English Department's writing lab called the "Achievement Zone." For those classes requiring labs, I assist students with daily lab assignments which include grammar packets, literature circles and writing essays. I've also worked in the English reading lab, meeting daily with students who needed one-on-one tutoring to master English basics (reading comprehension, vocabulary development, grammar and composition) in order to continue with their undergraduate studies.
I've also had consistent work as a freelance writer for a series of community newspapers in the Bay Area. My articles were published weekly as cover stories or featured articles about local companies, public activities and events, regional news, and business leaders in the community. Prior to that I had my own weekly newspaper column in New York which generated reader feedback. In college, I was a copy editor and reporter for the campus newspaper, and I also worked in the graduate writing center assisting students from all disciplines with their research papers. This was my very first introduction to tutoring, and it was a great experience.
I have an easy-going, patient personality, love humor and wit, am extremely reliable and enthusiastic about teaching and communicating well with students. Throughout the years I have done a lot of volunteer work in my daughters' schools, but only in those areas which promote and further language arts skills, like library and computer research, writing and journaling, and accelerated reading programs. I believe that a solid command of the English language is the key and the foundation upon which all educational advancement skills are built!
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