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Gwen R.

I like to see the lights go on as students understand math.

Los Angeles, CA (90020)

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Gwen's Tutoring Subjects

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Corporate Training:
GMAT
Grammar
Latin
NCLEX
SPSS
Statistics
Sports/Recreation:
Chess more »
Poker more »
Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
ASVAB
CBEST more »
CFA
CLAST
GED more »
GMAT
GRE
ISEE more »
MCAT
NCLEX
Praxis
PSAT
Regents
SAT Math more »
SAT Reading more »
SAT Writing
SSAT
TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1 more »
Algebra 2
Biology more »
Calculus
Elementary (K-6th) more »
English more »
Geometry more »
Handwriting
Physics
Prealgebra more »
Precalculus
Reading more »
SAT Math more »
SAT Reading more »
Statistics
Study Skills more »
Writing more »
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Aspergers
Autism
Dyslexia more »
Phonics more »
Special Needs
Business:
GMAT
GRE
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math more »
Elementary Science
Grammar
Handwriting
Phonics more »
Reading more »
Spelling
Study Skills more »
Vocabulary more »
History:
American History
Anthropology
Classics
European History
Geography
Social Studies
World History
Language:
Latin
Speech
TOEFL
Science:
ACT Science
Anatomy
Anthropology
Astronomy
Biology more »
Botany
Ecology
Genetics
Geology
Microbiology
Nursing
Nutrition
Physical Science
Physics
Physiology
Zoology
Computer:
Macintosh
SPSS
Math:
ACT Math
Algebra 1 more »
Algebra 2
Calculus
Discrete Math
Geometry more »
Logic
Prealgebra more »
Precalculus
Probability
SAT Math more »
SPSS
Statistics
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English
ACT Reading
English more »
Grammar
Literature
Reading more »
SAT Reading more »
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Vocabulary more »
Writing more »

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All of Gwen’s current tutoring subjects are listed at the left. You can read more about Gwen’s qualifications in specific subjects below.

Algebra 1

I've taught groups of teachers at UCLA how best to present Algebra and Geometry to their students. I've also been a classroom teacher for over 30 years and presented many of my original lessons at conferences.

Biology

I've been teaching high school science classes (Biology, Physics, General Science and Environmental Science at the high school level for years. I've presented at the annual National Science Teachers Conference many times. In college, I ran several labs in Biology as a TA. My Histology, Embryology and Human Anatomy credits are from Medical School.

CBEST

I was a Field Supervisor of teachers-in-training at UCLA for four years; during this time I helped many going into teaching study for and do well in the CBEST. I've also worked with many private students to prepare for this test. I am familiar with all topics on the CBEST.

Chess

I have been playing tournament chess and have a USCF rating of 1600. I have taught chess as an ofterschool enrichment class for over 12 years and I've been the head of the chess club at several different high schools.

Dyslexia

I have read extensively on the Orton-Gillingham approach and have used it with success over the years. It includes guidelines for reading readiness, lessons, and student assessments. I've had 12 hours of professional development in How to Reach Students with LD (learning disabilities), I have 8 credits from UCSD in the first level O-G approach, and I am currently enrolled in the on-line course at the Dyslexia Training Institute (San Diego).

I have been a classroom teacher in both private and public schools (over 30 years) and I have always had private students; in schools students are tested for learning disabilities and given an IEP (Individualized Educational Program). I have always had a few students in my classes with IEPs and I have worked closely with counselors and experts to develop strategies for teaching dyslexic students. I have had much success teaching students how to read and how to decode words; in addition I have had much success in teaching how to read to learn (which comes into play in the upper elementary grades).

Elementary (K-6th)

I work well with K-6th children. I am a certified Montessori Teacher PreK-8 from UCSD. I taught high school for over 25 years so I know how to prepare students. I know what's coming so I know what to emphasize.

Elementary Math

I have been working with the teacher training program at UCLA giving future teachers techniques and methods of teaching elementary mathematics.

English

I have published several articles in academic journals.

GED

Success with ALL students who have studied with me!

Geometry

High school geometry teacher for over 30 years.
Created and led teacher-training in geometry at UCLA.
Present original work at many mathematical conferences, including NCTM.

ISEE

I have a California teaching credential and a Masters in Mathematics Education from UCLA. I taught over 30 years in high school math and science. I taught several years in elite private schools (Brentwood, Marymount, Loyola) and I'm familiar with the private school requirements and curriculum. I've helped over 20 students over the years prepare for the ISEE test with 100% success rate in acceptance to various private school in the Los Angeles area.

Phonics

I teach Phonics first by doing some Diagnostics; does the student hear and identify sounds (phonemes)? Can she recognize the "look" of the corresponding letters and patterns (graphemes) that represent them? I start by working on these skills. Then I teach students to decode the words on the printed page by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. I do believe that the "whole language" approach to reading is important and practice reading students good literature and stressing meaning. The whole language emphasis on identifying new words using context. After all, earning to read is goal; students need to appreciate language to learn to read so they can read to learn as they go through the upper grades.

Poker

I've played poker all of my adult life. I have competed in several Texas Hold 'em tournaments and have a plus score. I have taught fundamentals of probability using poker as a means.

Prealgebra

I am an active tutor in the following areas: English, SAT, GED, Geometry, Grammar, Literature, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Elementary (K-6), Algebra as well as all levels of mathematics.

Reading

I am familiar with the entire book lists for school (both public and private) in the LA area! I'm skilled in the Montessori approaches and have worked with many beginning readers with much success.

SAT Math

I am an approved tutor in SAT preparation.

SAT Reading

I am well qualified to teach all SAT topics, and my students usually do much better than they expected to do. I help with the academics and I also teach general test-taking skills.

Study Skills

I created and taught a 4 hour class for parents as part of an Park and & Recreation community outreach. It was called Study Skills: How to help students have success in school. The class was very well received and eventually over 400 parents attended; the feedback was very positive.

Study skills have a lot to do with organization, which can be learned. I can teach students to get in the habit of using an assignment book, planning ahead, and using time wisely. Other skills that I emphasize are how to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment, how to prioritize, how to proofread, and how to predict test questions. I teach effective reading techniques such as SQ3R and how to take class notes.


Vocabulary

As students progress as readers, vocabulary increases almost automatically; however, for some students, reading alone does not result in increased vocabulary. For those students I usually begin a study of Greek and Latin root words and have them list related words. It's very helpful to have students first read a text carefully, paying attention to unfamiliar words, and try to analyze these as for as the etymology. Those words can be examined with their meanings and spellings in mind. A large vocabulary has two main components; correct spelling and accurate definition(s).I have presented original material at many educational conferences: one of my most successful talks was how to integrate reading across the curriculum. I have an extensive collection of children's literature and I am familiar with the books lists for K-12. Because I love reading, my students often catch my enthusiasm and become eager readers! An eager reader will develop an extensive vocabulary.

Writing

I am very familiar with books that students consider their favorites and I've helped many translate their happy experiences with reading (and being read to) into writing about their own interests. For fiction writing or descriptive writing, I use the well-known "Five Elements of a Story": Setting, Plot, Conflict, Characters and Resolution" for beginning writers. For writing reports, reviews and analyses, I use the Guidelines for Convincing Expositions, among other resources. Most of my experience is with elementary, middle school or high school students and many of my former students tell me that our time together has paid off in their college courses.

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Approved Subjects

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