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Hi. My name is Sharon. I've been a tutor in English and general studies for over 20 years. My philosophy is that people learn best when they have clear goals, motivation, and support when they need it. I am a patient, caring tutor who can help you through those bumps in the road toward better grades, skill mastery, test preparation. I have an MA in English from UCLA, an MFA in Painting from Art Center, and a Lifetime California College Teaching Credential. I've tutored preschoolers through college students. I've also helped business people with their writing, including the development of text and visuals for websites and brochures. Good luck with your studies, and I'm here to help.
Some people like to draw for fun, but drawing can be an important extension of your education, as well. You can clarify ideas and convey them to other people by illustrating them. You can make projects outstanding rather than so-so by knowing how to give them visual interest. You can understand the world better by drawing your surroundings, your family, pets, your favorite places or activities.
I have an MA in Painting from Art Center, and one of my own favorite pastimes is drawing. I enjoy teaching the subject, and I can help you learn to draw (and paint) whether or not you feel you're a natural born artist.
When you're doing your homework or preparing for a test, there can be stumbling blocks. Maybe you listened well in class, but the assignment is hard to understand. Or perhaps it's difficult organizing your info for that big test coming up. These are two common problems students have, and as a professional study buddy I can help you learn how to get through these and many other difficulties. I have had students who could not concentrate, could not remember which assignments were due when, or did not know how to get the right info. Besides help with English, writing, other homework, I can help you get organized, focused, passionate about school. . .well, maybe not always the last one, but I'm here to help!
When you're asked to read out loud in class, or when you're assigned a difficult text to read, English can be confusing. You speak English just fine, probably, but there are a lot of tricks to English phonics because the language has been around for a long time and keeps on changing even today. My approach to teaching phonics includes using phonics guidelines, sounding out tough words, and sight reading. Whether English is your native language or not, you can improve your English phonics and reading skills with my help.
Some subjects are probably easy for you, others harder. A lot of times the problem is that you've got the right approach to your successful subjects but need help with others. I can help you build up your study skills so that you will do better. For example, I have had many students who did not like English or Science (fill in the blank for your yuck subject). When they learned to use a clear approach, such as reading directions, keeping their notebook organized, defining their goals, they started to enjoy the subject (really!) because they were progressing in it and getting decent grades.
Often people have learning issues that should be considered when they study. While I do not have a certificate in special needs, some of my best and brightest students have had processing difficulties, dyslexia, or ADD. Perhaps one third of my students have had these issues, and they all improved their study skills with my help.
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