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After 17 years of teaching English in the Los Angeles area,, I have opted to do one-on-one tutoring instead. I find it very rewarding. I am amazed at how quickly a student progresses once his or her deficiencies are discovered and remedied. Plus, the gains in self-confidence and love of learning are readily apparent. There is truth to the old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine." I hear so many heart-warming success stories from young adults who experienced tutoring at some crucial point in their education. Frequently, they say it changed their lives for the better!
About me--I have a California Standard Teaching Credential in the subjects of English and Speech. I can tutor any junior high or high school subject. I especially enjoy SAT preparation. Lately, I have also been tutoring beginning readers. I am friendly, enthusiastic, and patient. Plus, I establish rapport with my students. I am certified in NLP--Neuro Linguistic Programming. This means that I have been trained in various communication techniques that are scientifically proven to strengthen rapport.
In addition to the above information, I can provide excellent letters of reference from some outstanding educators in our community.
I have a very systematic strategy for tutoring English. Since I am a retired English teacher, I have a vast array of test preparation materials at my disposal. I am very familiar with the California Standards and I keep a checklist of the skills that your student has mastered or has yet to master. To foster a love of reading, it is important for your child to expand his or her vocabulary. I have a list of grade-level words that he/she needs to know, and I utilize fun and entertaining strategies to recall the meanings. I have sentence completion questions and critical reading questions. Once I learn his/her weaknesses, I target them. For instance, if your child has difficulty with syntax and grammar, I am an expert in sentence diagramming. I can help him/her to understand how sentences are built and expanded upon with clauses and phrases. In addition, he/she will quickly recognize the structure of compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Consequently, your child's reading speed will increase, and he/she will be able to pinpoint the main idea of a paragraph more readily. On the other hand, if the difficulty is with reading comprehension, then I can show him/her the steps to take to read for what is suggested or implied but not stated in a reading passage.
One of the chief benefits of English tutoring is the self-confidence the student develops. I have seen my students do well, and sometimes it is because they know they can handle the material. However, my true goal is to help them take charge of their own learning, and to acquire an appreciation for self-expression and critical thinking skills that go hand in hand with reading and writing skills.
At Bell High School in Bell, California, I taught ESL Level 3 and Level 4 for three years. I was a regular English teacher who was asked to teach ESL for two periods of the school day. The Los Angeles Unified School district required me to take classes and seminars to learn their ESL program. I still have many of the books, tapes, and materials that I used. Each day, students would listen to a narrative, learn new vocabulary words, recite sentences, participate in a discussion, do a "hands-on" group activity with art work, do grammar and verb conjugation exercises, and take practice tests. Students also learned to identify and write their own simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, and compound-complex sentences.
Students also learned to write essays, short stories, poems, and plays. They were encouraged to appreciate literature and learned about the elements of plot, theme, character development, and figures of speech. Special attention was paid to pointing out the denotation and connotation of words as used in our culture.
One of my students, Francisco T. was accepted to UCLA, and I was quite proud because he had been one of my ESL students. I actually saw him progress from being a struggling speaker to being able to score well on the SAT and obtain a scholarship.
I have a very systematic strategy for preparing for the SAT. Since I am a retired English teacher, I have a vast array of test preparation materials at my disposal. I have numerous PSAT and SAT tests that your student can take to see how she would do if the test were today. In order to do well, it is important to have an advanced vocabulary. I have a list of 1100 words that she will need to know, and I utilize fun and entertaining strategies to help her remember the words. I have sentence completion questions and critical reading questions. Once I learn her weaknesses, I target them. For instance, if she has difficulty with syntax and grammar, I am an expert in sentence diagramming. I can help her understand how sentences are built and expanded upon with clauses and phrases. In addition, she will quickly recognize the structure of compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. Consequently, her reading speed will increase and she will be able to pinpoint the main idea of a paragraph more readily. On the other hand, if her difficulty is with reading comprehension, then I can show her the steps to take to read for what is suggested or implied but not stated in a reading passage.
One of the chief benefits of SAT tutoring is the self confidence the student develops. I have seen my students do well, and sometimes it is because they know they can handle the material. They go into the test cool and collected, and their improved scores serve them well--not just to get into college, but to do well once they get there! That is my true goal.
Excellent Tutor — Susan is a great tutor. Very patient with my son and always comes to the house prepared and with a lot of energy. And she knows her stuff. It's been a pleasure having her work with my kids. ...
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