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Melody P.

Engaging English/Writing Tutor

Mountain View, CA (94041)

Travel radius
20 miles
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$55 lessons if you can come to Mountain View

I love to teach writing and English at any level. A symbiotic relationship is formed between the student and the tutor as both are learning from the process. My writing improves with each session and my students elicit better ideas and learn to express material they thought was too difficult an hour earlier.

I started out as an English major at UC Santa Cruz, and then I switched to environmental studies, an interdisciplinary science major, where I focused on journalism and science writing. I took about eight or nine writing intensive courses by the time I graduated. In each writing intensive class I was asked to write 90-100 pages of college essays, reports, and articles within the 12-week quarter. Most students only take one writing intensive course, because only one is required to graduate.

After college I worked as a journalist for five Bay Area newspapers writing science, health, or environmental articles. I have worked as a tutor for five years.

I am available Monday-Friday.
On Tuesdays and Fridays I tutor in Fremont.

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Melody’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Elementary (K-6th)

I gained experience tutoring classes of K-6th graders at San Juan Elementary School in San Juan Bautista. I taught math and reading including story comprehension. The main difference in teaching K-6th graders compared to high school and middle school students is trying to make everything into an interesting game to hold the student's attention. It also helps to be authoritative from the very beginning.


I will also add that I have written professionally for a few years by writing for numerous newspapers in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian. I take a pragmatic approach when teaching writing to be applicable in the real world. However, I also try present the material in a way that resonates with the student so that it is interesting and enjoyable.

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University of California, Santa Cruz (ENVS Journalsim)

Wonderful tutor! — Melody is able to capture my fidgety daughter's attention for the whole hour. She uses different techniques and resources to improve her writing skills. Together they read and analyze texts, study new vocabulary words, and write a lot of compositions. Melody is a very gentle and organized person who really cares about her students. ...

— Kate from Fremont, CA on 6/19/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

-Lessons are $55 if you can come to Mountain View -Extra students are $20 more per hour -Discounts available for multiple hour lessons

Travel policy

Melody will travel within 20 miles of Mountain View, CA 94041.

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