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Phoebe C.

Distinctive Work for Essays, English Skills, and Literary Greatness!

Irvine, CA (92604)

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If your or your child's goals include growing in ability, gaining confidence, and experiencing a love for life and learning, you owe it to yourself to get in touch with me! My work ethic, determination to rise above and beyond in my tutoring, and profound love for people make my work truly unique.

I can't say enough how much I value the strengths and potential in each person I work with. It is this quality, among many others, that makes me a truly excellent educator. While I have extremely high expectations for all my students, I adjust my approach for each student in order to best serve him or her; for many of my students, for example, I design specific programs centered around goals, strengths, and areas for improvement. I am very familiar with different learning styles and see education as an extremely holistic matter. In fact, I hold and research perspectives about education that I love to share.

I am a full-time tutor and am primarily an English tutor, writing coach, editor, and college prep specialist with an English degree and a high school English teaching license. Please do not miss my subject descriptions, as they contain a wealth of helpful information. I most enjoy editing and working with my students (of all ages) on grammar, college essays, literary analysis essays, and contemporary plays/novels, but I adore all the various kinds of work I do with my students!

One of my main goals with my teaching is to break down the rampant [over]complications, haziness, and pretentiousness that usually accompany writing, reading, and grammar in our society--and in our school system. Many of my adult students in particular appreciate my no-nonsense approach to grammar and love that they can feel comfortable asking me questions they would feel 'stupid' asking in other situations.

I am extremely upbeat, positive, spunky, and passionate by nature. As a painter, professional musician, slam poet, writer, fencer, songwriter, blogger, actress, designer, and more, I am interested in a great, great many things, and I do not take my life or work lightly. I constantly strive to push myself out of my comfort zone, learn new things, and improve my life and work.

My cherished commitment to bringing the dreams of my tutoring and editing clients to fruition is a very visceral, real thing for me. I lend absolutely unprecedented energy, love, compassion, and determination to everything I do with my students; helping them grow as people and learners in this world is my passion and obsession!
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Phoebe’s subjects

Test Preparation:
Art:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Music:
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech, TOEFL
English:

ACT English

When people contact me about standardized test tutoring, most of the time they want to work on the SAT. However, for many of my students, I recommend giving the ACT a try. Some students find it more accessible and less intimidating, particularly in regard to the English sections.

I use a very no-nonsense approach to preparing for the ACT, and use methods similar to those explained in my subject description for the SAT. I offer many tips and tricks that are not usually taught about the test. I try to keep sessions regarding standardized testing lively and make them as fun and digestible as possible, as I understand any test prep can be difficult and stressful. I try to switch the roles sometimes when prepping for the ACT in order to make the experience truly rewarding and effective. Sometimes the best way to learn is to teach! If there is ever a question about the test I am unable to answer, I will always research it for my student. Studying for any standardized test is a team effort between the teacher and student.

Regarding ACT essays: I use a very effective, methodical, intentional essay system and can guarantee a score of a 10-12 on an ACT essay for most students that use my approach.

Career Development

I am a professional cover letter editor. Successful cover letters are very similar to effective essays and effective college essays, and I do EXTREMELY successful cover letter coaching and editing because of this fact.

I have edited resumes for many clients and am able to transform a relatively dull resume into something with great potential to help someone get hired. I am adept at (aesthetically!) organizing information, emphasizing an individual's strengths, and altering the language of a resume to make it more assertive, varied, and precise.

College Counseling

College and grad school essays are NOT like ANY kind of writing students usually do in school, and most of the time students are going about their college essays the WRONG way. I am extremely skilled at not only helping a student create the kind of essay colleges are looking for, but also doing it in such a way as to draw out the student's unique voice, which is really what schools are hoping to see.

I have an almost unreal level of success assisting students with college essays that accomplish a very difficult task in the application process. I am also adept at simplifying the SAT and ACT and ensuring success with college applications.

College Admission, Transfer Admission, and Grad School Application Essays:

I have immense success working on college/transfer/grad school admissions essays with students. I truly believe it is my calling. Even if a student has nothing written and no ideas for a college essay, it will take me, on average, between 2 and 5 hours to create a perfect, admission-worthy essay with the student that has been written entirely by him/her. Please see my testimonials for much more on this topic.

General College Counseling:

I am the president of the Smith College Club of Orange County, so I have conducted multiple interviews for prospective students and generally have a very good understanding of how the admissions and selection process works.

Leadership/Life/College Counseling:

I am simply stellar at offering life advice. I am currently working on my own leadership program for teens, as I feel the public school counseling system is almost completely dilapidated and ineffective. Please talk to me about this. Get to know even a little bit about my passion for helping people--especially teenagers--and you'll see that it exists in a goldmine of energy, resources, and empathy. That is not a metaphor I use lightly!

Elementary (K-6th)

I just spent the past 8 months at an academy for elementary school students. During my time there, I taught CST prep, reading comprehension, writing, and math. I have had 40 or more students and have improved each of their conversational abilities, vocabulary, desire to learn, and much more.

English

I am a Smith College alumna with a degree in literature and an English high school teaching license. At Smith I was the recipient of a Dana Teaching Grant scholarship and was featured in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, as well as the school newspaper, for my teaching personality and dedication to the practice. I have copious experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults in a huge variety of settings--I've headed and assisted with classroom and program pedagogy regarding dystopian literature, modern-world Hamlet interpretations, and proofreading skills, to name a few. My various assignments have allowed me to work with all ages of students, preschool through adult.

As a tutor, I am adept at working with students of all ages taking all manner of English classes. I have worked with students in beginning writing classes, advanced writing classes, typical high school language arts classes, intro to literature college classes, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and more.

ESL/ESOL

I have worked with several private ESL students over the years and have also taught 45+ students at Reading Town, a local ESL academy. Indeed, reading activities are one of the best ways to engage students in the process of language acquisition, and I believe in genuine, interesting learning experiences.

One of my most memorable ESL teaching experiences came in the form of a 4th grade student who was in the U.S. for only 2 years and had limited English prior to coming here. She advanced hugely under my tutelage and became much more confident in her usage of language and overall presentation.

Grammar

What can I possibly say about a part of me that is so deeply-rooted and profound? I adore grammar and correcting it, but I am no proverbial 'grammar Nazi.' I feel like that term gets tossed around way too much with something similar to flagrant disregard. I am a grammar purist in that I respect the most basic and oft-overlooked idea behind grammar--that communication should be effective and precise, and without correct grammar, we present half-baked and sometimes incorrect, unpolished ideas to the world we are trying so desperately to engage with.

I am fortunate enough to have grammar be such an intrinsic part of me that I immediately know how to correct any and all sentences, and I attribute this in part to endless reading during my youth.

I am currently developing a grammar system for my students that makes grammar real and approachable instead of something archaic learned through overwrought rules that not only confuse but leave much humanity to be desired.

If you need to know anything more about my qualifications, I believe my reviews for and subject descriptions regarding my editing work speak for themselves.

One of my favorite t-shirts says "Let's eat grandma" and then "Let's eat, grandma! Punctuation saves lives." Enough said. :)

Literature

The realm of literature and all it contains is my forte and great joy. I teach people to analyze, appreciate, write--and revel in our shared humanity. Language arts, English, literature--whatever you want to call it--is all a study of the human condition itself, and nothing is more powerful than that.

Proofreading

Editing is one of my favorite things to do, and I am extremely proficient at furthering any student's writing. I consider myself to be the best editor I have ever encountered, and I have encountered many. I am extremely quick, efficient, and insightful, and I always have direct and beneficial feedback. Editing is a form of magic to me, and I wield many wands.

I currently edit primarily:
-college/graduate school application essays
-academic papers for college and grad school students
-essays and creative writing assignments for high school and middle school students
-resumes and cover letters
-a Random House manuscript
-a fantasy novel

Public Speaking

I am a licensed teacher. Because of this credential and the countless associated internships, practicums, and seminars I have partaken in, I am a very strong public speaker. In a classroom, one has to be clear, direct, and exhibit appropriate enthusiasm, all of which occur with my speaking. I also have had countless leadership experiences in which I needed to speak publicly. For example, in a sports setting, one's voice has to carry far to reach everyone spaced out in a large space such as a gym, and I would speak at fencing meetings and tournaments. When leading a board meeting--as I did for my community service council and theatre organization--one has to employ good communication and organization skills, keeping the dialogue everyone contributes to paced. I have spoken many times in these settings and innumerable more. It would be the utmost pleasure for me to help others with their public speaking, especially considering that it is a skill so many lack. Having even one individual who believes wholly in a student's potential to be a great speaker makes all the difference in the world!

SAT Reading

Over the years, in my preparation to work with SAT students, I have exposed myself to lesser-known aspects of the test. This requires continuous personal research and discussion with colleagues, all of which is done in an effort to stay ahead of the curve and give my students creative, to-the-point ways to approach the test (and, furthermore, any intimidating standardized test). This aside, I encourage my students to think critically about the test and yet to not overthink what the test requires of them. Toeing this line is difficult but rewarding. Luckily, the SAT is quite repetitive in what it tests, and after students become familiar with enough problems, they begin to see and understand these patterns, which allows them to be successful.

SAT Writing

I use a very effective, methodical, intentional essay system and can guarantee a score of a 10-12 on an SAT essay for most students that use my approach.

It takes between 6 and 15 writing-only sessions, on average, for a student to learn, practice, and be successful with my method in regard to essays.

When grammatical issues in writing need to be addressed, this is done using a combination of book and non-book exercises.

Study Skills

I routinely help all my students with their study skills, so it simply makes sense that I be certified. I stress organization and time management and consider myself adept at instilling these both in children and teenagers alike. I believe that time management and prioritization skills are among the most important things an individual can develop for him or herself, and I stress their importance to students in many ways--including, but by no means limited to, self-efficacy, independent work, structured lessons, and neverending encouragement--and expectations.

Theatre

I have performed in various theatrical circuits as an actor, but my most valuable theatrical experience came in the form of a theatre collaborative, whereby each member of the group led everyone in theatrical activities and theory. It ensured I have the ability to theatrically teach and inspire.

I have also completed a Shakespearean teaching internship, so I am particularly skilled at making Shakespeare something accessible to younger students.

Violin

I have played violin for 15 years. I am currently the fiddle player for an established OC Celtic rock band, and I have loads of performance experience in a variety of venues; I have been in countless orchestras, chamber groups, quartets, bands, and rock/cover music groups of various genres. I have played internationally as well as in many places on the east coast. I have been a violin teacher at Yamaha Music the past year as well.

I have had at least 15 private violin and viola students over the past 2 years and in different states. I have worked with children of all ages and with adults at a variety of different levels--some are just beginning to learn and some are proficient. I most enjoy working with the beginners because I introduce them to my system of learning violin and give them the encouragement (and high energy) needed to stick it out through the frustration of beginning to learn any difficult instrument! I have very high expectations for my students, and practice is one of their cornerstones. My goal with my violin teaching is to always inspire and teach others to feel the profound joy in and of music.

Writing

I am an extremely effective writing coach, providing fantastic encouragement, structure, and support. I regularly guide my students in the process of writing their own perfect papers until they have mastered the process.

I will say this: there is truly NOTHING in the world like the feeling of gratification, happiness, and excitement I get when I, time and time again, pinpoint what needs to be done with an essay and help my student make it happen.

Nothing in the world.

Teaching writing skills and coaching my students in the writing process is truly my calling, and it brings me great fulfillment; because of this, I am sustained and highly effective in my work with all writing students, regardless of age and circumstance. I have edited and/or assisted with every kind of writing there is, whether academic or creative.

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Smith College (English literature)

The best tutor you can ask for!!! I came from Korea 11 years ago, and I always felt the need to find a tutor who can help improve my writing. I never cared to find a tutor because I did not know anyone who could refer me to grammar/writing instructor. That is how I came across WyzAnt and met Phoebe. Phoebe is the best tutor I could have ever asked for. She is ALWAYS on time, and the best part about having Phoebe as your tutor is ...

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

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Phoebe will travel within 10 miles of Irvine, CA 92618.

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