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Crystal W.

You Can Do It! I Can Help! Expert English and Verbal Subject Tutor

Oakland, CA (94611)

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Crystal's Tutoring Subjects

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Elementary Education:
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History:
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Anthropology
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Social Studies
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English:
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American History

I have tutored for the SAT US History Special Subject exam. I love history and I attempt to make it presently relevant for students who find it boring or irrelevant. When history, social studies, current events, civic, and government lessons are taught in context, they make more sense, are more personally relevant, and pique the student's curiosity. The topics become real, live theater, as opposed to a random collection of dates, names, and geographic locations. History rocks!

College Counseling

As an undergraduate, my part-time job was as a financial aid counselor, where I advised and helped students fill out college financial aid applications. I even published an article on the subject.

As a law student, I served as a student representative on the law school admissions committee, where I reviewed law school applicant transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements and made recommendations to the team and the admissions personnel.

Lastly, in my most recent position of four years, I served as a student recruiter for a graduate theology school. In this role, I informed students about what was required for admission, gave suggestions on how to successfully fill out the application, informed prospective students about what was required for success, upon becoming a student, and informed them of post-graduate job opportunities. This position utilized counseling, career-guidance, and pastoral care taking skills, given that it was a school of theology.

These three academic counseling experiences span a 27-year time period.

Elementary (K-6th)

Through another tutoring organization I recently tutored a kindergartner in language skills. This included the following skill development: the alphabet, vowels, consonants, phonics, and upper/lower case letters, word identification, decoding, and reading.

I have also recently tutored a 5th grader in math, specifically in whole numbers, mixed numbers, fractions, mixed fractions, decimals, subtraction, addition, multiplication, division, and place value. I have also tutored both a 1st grader and 4th grader in English and math skill development.

Public Speaking

This is one of my gifts. I was my kindergarten graduation class speaker, my law school graduation class speaker, and my City of Oakland Citizens’ Academy ceremony class speaker. I have lots of public speaking experience as an advocate, including at press conferences, rallies, universities, TV, radio, internet. I am both a natural and learned orator. I can teach you how to prepare your notes, make eye contact, pause at the right moments, connect with your audience, enunciate, speak from your diaphragm, and make a powerful, lasting, and deeply felt impression on your audience, all while keeping calm and appearing confident. My largest audience has been 30,000.

SAT Writing

I have tutored for the verbal portion of the SAT since 2007. The verbal portion includes grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, the essay, writing, and passage-based reading. Two of my students have received perfect essay scores and two have received near-perfect essay scores - one point shy of a perfect score.

I can teach you the formula for writing a perfect SAT essay, including how to grade your own essay. If you can grade your own work, then you can improve it. I can also teach you exactly what the SAT graders are looking for, as well the components that make up each score: what would your essay consist of in order to earn a 1 (out of 6) or a 6 (out of 6), for example? No need to guess. This is a science and I can teach you how to master it.

SSAT

For many students, one of the most challenging verbal SSAT subjects is analogies. It's not that students don't understand the basic concept of comparison. They do. They are simply not accustomed to being asked to make vocabulary-based comparisons.

I will teach your child

1. which question components distract from choosing the correct answer;
2. how to envision the relationship between the two words;
3. how to write a sentence using an active word showing the relationship between the compared words in simple, obvious ways; and
4. how to master the physical application of process of elimination symbols to each answer choice

Step 4 calms the brain because it reminds the test-taker that they have already analyzed an answer choice. This speeds up the time it takes to pick the correct answer.

With practice, this method of breaking down the question to increase the probability of choosing the most similar analogy will be mastered, resulting in a higher score for the student and, of course, greater options for where to go to school, which is what this is all about, right?


Study Skills

In addition to prepping students for major standardized tests since 2007, I have also provided homework/study skill support for as many years. This includes teaching students how to read interactively, as opposed to passively, by underlining key words and phrases, circling names, dates, numbers, and places, making notes in the margin, and summarizing the main idea of what they've read in as few words as possible. In short, I teach students how to create a visual roadmap they can reference in order to quickly and easily answer questions, as well as formulate them.

Flash card creation has also been an integral part of helping my students develop study skills. This includes learning root words, prefixes, and suffixes, that help students distill the essence of words they are unfamiliar with, using mnemonics to memorize acronyms and phrases, and writing an actual example on the flash card that I encourage students to use in regular conversation once daily.

Other skills I have taught are time management by keeping a calendar of commitments, as opposed to solely relying on mom to keep their schedule for them, using different colors to note event categories and priorities, and even teaching the family to ensure students have a dedicated study area with an ergonomically sound desk and chair. Why? Because studying is as much a test of physical endurance as it a test of intellectual endurance and students must be comfortable.

Vocabulary

I am a wordsmith. I was one of those kids who read the dictionary for fun.

I teach vocabulary the same way I teach other verbal skills. This includes teaching root words, prefixes, and suffixes, which increases the student's ability to decipher unfamiliar words.

I also teach them how to seek out clue words and phrases that surround the word in the context of a sentence, making it easier to comprehend not only the word in question, but also the entire paragraph or segment of the reading material.

I can show your student how flash cards can be functional and fun.

Writing

I have been writing for publication since I was 16-years-old. My training includes serving as a student writer during high school for a city-wide youth newspaper, being published in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.

I have 20 years of professional writing experience for employers. I have ghostwritten, edited, and proofread for the president of a graduate school, the CEO of a government retirement plan, and the CEO of a tech corporation.

I have prepared students for the reading, writing, and grammar portions of standardized tests since 2007. These include the SAT, ACT, Independent School Entrance Exam, Catholic HS Entrance Exam, and the CA HS Exit Exam. I have also edited and proofread college admissions essays and other academic writings.

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