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Melody P.

Engaging English/Writing Tutor

Mountain View, CA (94041)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$65.00
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$50 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 Tuesday-Thursday
On Tuesdays I tutor in Fremont.

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Melody’s subjects

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

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.

Writing

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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Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (ENVS Journalsim)

Very Good Teacher Melody has been tutoring my daughter for almost the last 4 months and I already see improvement in my daughter's writing skills. I also got the same feedback from her school teacher. Melody is sincere, and I see every minute of the entire hour getting utilized working with my kid. She prepares well for upcoming lessons and also brings her own useful study material. I strongly recommend her for Eng ...

— Chh from Fremont, CA on 6/19/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

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

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