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Melinda M.

Pomona, CA

$35/hr

Able to put Any Subject into Layman's Terms

Background check passed as of 10/7/14
Usually responds in about 14 hours

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I approach tutoring as translation of a complicated subject into simple terminology. First, the student must read the applicable information and underline all content that confuses him or her. Secondly, I have the student look up unfamiliar words that he/she does not know. Students need to be comfortable using a dictionary and not rely on spell check. Then I explain the rules that apply to such problems. I break down the problem solving process into steps. All steps should be written down so the student can go back and review his or her work and know how he or she got the answer. Then I show the student an example of how to solve the problem. Next, I have the student do a couple practice problems explaining to me what he or she is doing. If the student understands what he or she is doing enough to verbally explain it, he or she will be able to do the same on a white board in front of a classroom. When the student is in class taking notes, he or she should put a question mark in the margin next to confusing content so we can go over it later. We will not only prepare for tests but also review completed ones. The student needs to understand how to rectify his or her mistakes so those will not happen again. Tutoring is an effort of both parties. I am not going to do the child's homework for him/her. I will teach how to problem solve so he or she can formulate solutions when I'm not present. I believe that not all mistakes are bad, that they are sometimes a sign of progress. It is important to be supportive so that the child is not afraid to try.

My most recent experience was volunteering over the summer for THINK Together at Mountain View Elementary in Azusa with the kindergartners. I worked with students who were academically performing below grade level by focusing on improving their skills in English/ language arts including reading, vocabulary, spelling, listening, and pronunciation.I recently passed the CBEST, which is required for all teaching positions in CA, in February and am actively searching for teaching/tutoring jobs.

I completed a one academic year contract with Phoenix Education in July 2012 working as a TOEFL speaking and listening teacher at Qujing No. 1 Middle School in Yunnan Province, China. I prepared my teenage students to pass the TOEFL exam which emphasizes the student’s ability to use English effectively in academic settings. I created my own curriculum using materials provided by the school and myself, I taught them by having them do independent speaking tasks where they voiced their opinions on important topics and the student was presented with two possible actions, situations, or opinions and asked to say which is preferable or which opinion is more justified with reasons and details. I had them listen to lectures and conversations in English and answer gist-content, gist-purpose, detail, understanding the function of what is said, understanding the speakers' attitude, understanding organization, connecting content, and making inferences questions. I also had the students do integrated listening/reading/speaking tasks which is when the students read a short passage, then listened to two people discussing that topic and expressing their opinion, then the student was asked a question based on the reading and listening and asked to verbalize his/her response. We also diligently worked on accent reduction, pronunciation,public speaking, conversational English, grammar, vocabulary, test taking methodology, active listening, note taking, reading, writing, and American culture. I also conducted an English corner in a group setting for people of all ages to practice their conversation skills in a casual setting. My students participated in an English skit competition where I helped coach their pronunciation, body language, tone, timing, etc.; the main actor won the prize for best male lead. In my spare time I coached a student who as a result won the English speech national championship in Beijing.

My experience also includes teaching at King Education Center in Rowland Heights California. I supervised field trips, taught ENOPI English and math, conducted private tutoring with study abroad students from Korea, oversaw homework accomplishment at after school program, and created a curriculum for study abroad students. I tutored a high school student in geometry and helped raise her grades from failing to an "A." I also tutored a 12-year-old boy from January to April 2008 in math, science, and reading. He created a beautiful diorama containing drawings and clay figurines of animals in the rainforest. I helped him research and find pictures of these animals online so that he could recreate their likenesses.

In February 2011, I earned my Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teach English as a Second Language, and Teach English as a Foreign Language Certification through Oxford Seminars, Claremont College. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in December 2010 Cum Laude. I graduated with memberships to three international honors societies: Golden Key, Psi Chi, and Phi Theta Kappa. I earned my associate's degree in natural science and mathematics from Mount San Antonio College. I also obtained an introductory certificate in business management from this junior college. I graduated from Sabino High School in Tucson, AZ, with honors and as a member of the choir. My extracurricular activities in high school included, but are not limited to, basketball, softball, track, dance team, choir, cheerleading, and Naval Junior Recruit Officer's Training. I am CPR and First Aid certified and have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Karen, Yorba Linda, CA on 3/14/13

"Very Nice & Helpful"

- Jean, Diamond Bar, CA on 1/9/13

"Very patient"

- Nick, Claremont, CA on 8/6/11
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Sewing, Softball, Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience teaching English and math to children ages 6-13 at King Education Center in Rowland Heights, CA. I used a pre-established curriculum called Enopi to teach children at varying levels reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, problem solving skills, etc.

English

I have experience teaching English to Korean children ages 6-13 at King Education Center in Rowland Heights, CA. I worked with the kids on their reading efficiency and speed, spelling, vocabulary, evaluation of content and context, answering questions about a reading, how to read aloud with correct pronunciation and pauses, etc. I used the Enopi English Module which periodically test the children's progress and skills.

ESL/ESOL

In February 2011, I earned a TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification from Oxford Seminars, Claremont, California. I earned an "A" letter grade on the final examination. I learned about student centered teaching,lesson plans, how to accomidate different learning styles, what tools are available for the classroom and how to utilize them. My experience is that I taught English to Korean children ages six to thirteen at King Education Center in Rowland Heights, CA. Lessons included reading aloud, pronunciation, accent reduction, vocabulary, reading and comprehension of content, and grammar.

TOEFL

I worked as a TOEFL speaking and listening teacher for Phoenix Education at Qujing No. 1 Middle School in China. I prepared my teenage students to pass the TOEFL exam, which emphasizes the student’s ability to use English effectively in academic settings. I created my own curriculum using materials provided by the school and myself. I taught them about American culture. I had them do independent speaking tasks where they voiced their opinions on important topics and the student may have been presented with two possible actions, situations, or opinions and asked to say which was preferable or which opinion was more justified with reasons and details. I had them listen to lectures and conversations in English and answer gist-content, gist-purpose, detail, understanding the function of what is said, understanding the speaker's attitude, understanding organization, connecting content, and making inferences questions. I also have the students do integrated listening/reading/speaking tasks, which is when the students read a short passage then listen to two people discussing that topic and expressing their opinion, then the student is asked a question based on the reading and listening and asked to verbalize his/her response. I completed my contract on July 15, 2012.

California State University, Los Angeles
Psychology

Education

California State University, Los Angeles (Psychology)

Great tutor! — Ms. Melinda is a very patient and nice tutor. She is always on time, a person you can really trust. My son didn't like to read before, but with Ms. Melinda, he started to enjoy reading, and he improved his reading a lot. We are really glad to have Ms. Melinda as my son's tutor. ...

— Karen, Yorba Linda, CA on 3/14/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melinda will travel within 20 miles of Pomona, CA 91767.


About Melinda

I approach tutoring as translation of a complicated subject into simple terminology. First, the student must read the applicable information and underline all content that confuses him or her. Secondly, I have the student look up unfamiliar words that he/she does not know. Students need to be comfortable using a dictionary and not rely on spell check. Then I explain the rules that apply to such problems. I break down the problem solving process into steps. All steps should be written down so the student can go back and review his or her work and know how he or she got the answer. Then I show the student an example of how to solve the problem. Next, I have the student do a couple practice problems explaining to me what he or she is doing. If the student understands what he or she is doing enough to verbally explain it, he or she will be able to do the same on a white board in front of a classroom. When the student is in class taking notes, he or she should put a question mark in the margin next to confusing content so we can go over it later. We will not only prepare for tests but also review completed ones. The student needs to understand how to rectify his or her mistakes so those will not happen again. Tutoring is an effort of both parties. I am not going to do the child's homework for him/her. I will teach how to problem solve so he or she can formulate solutions when I'm not present. I believe that not all mistakes are bad, that they are sometimes a sign of progress. It is important to be supportive so that the child is not afraid to try.

My most recent experience was volunteering over the summer for THINK Together at Mountain View Elementary in Azusa with the kindergartners. I worked with students who were academically performing below grade level by focusing on improving their skills in English/ language arts including reading, vocabulary, spelling, listening, and pronunciation.I recently passed the CBEST, which is required for all teaching positions in CA, in February and am actively searching for teaching/tutoring jobs.

I completed a one academic year contract with Phoenix Education in July 2012 working as a TOEFL speaking and listening teacher at Qujing No. 1 Middle School in Yunnan Province, China. I prepared my teenage students to pass the TOEFL exam which emphasizes the student’s ability to use English effectively in academic settings. I created my own curriculum using materials provided by the school and myself, I taught them by having them do independent speaking tasks where they voiced their opinions on important topics and the student was presented with two possible actions, situations, or opinions and asked to say which is preferable or which opinion is more justified with reasons and details. I had them listen to lectures and conversations in English and answer gist-content, gist-purpose, detail, understanding the function of what is said, understanding the speakers' attitude, understanding organization, connecting content, and making inferences questions. I also had the students do integrated listening/reading/speaking tasks which is when the students read a short passage, then listened to two people discussing that topic and expressing their opinion, then the student was asked a question based on the reading and listening and asked to verbalize his/her response. We also diligently worked on accent reduction, pronunciation,public speaking, conversational English, grammar, vocabulary, test taking methodology, active listening, note taking, reading, writing, and American culture. I also conducted an English corner in a group setting for people of all ages to practice their conversation skills in a casual setting. My students participated in an English skit competition where I helped coach their pronunciation, body language, tone, timing, etc.; the main actor won the prize for best male lead. In my spare time I coached a student who as a result won the English speech national championship in Beijing.

My experience also includes teaching at King Education Center in Rowland Heights California. I supervised field trips, taught ENOPI English and math, conducted private tutoring with study abroad students from Korea, oversaw homework accomplishment at after school program, and created a curriculum for study abroad students. I tutored a high school student in geometry and helped raise her grades from failing to an "A." I also tutored a 12-year-old boy from January to April 2008 in math, science, and reading. He created a beautiful diorama containing drawings and clay figurines of animals in the rainforest. I helped him research and find pictures of these animals online so that he could recreate their likenesses.

In February 2011, I earned my Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teach English as a Second Language, and Teach English as a Foreign Language Certification through Oxford Seminars, Claremont College. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in December 2010 Cum Laude. I graduated with memberships to three international honors societies: Golden Key, Psi Chi, and Phi Theta Kappa. I earned my associate's degree in natural science and mathematics from Mount San Antonio College. I also obtained an introductory certificate in business management from this junior college. I graduated from Sabino High School in Tucson, AZ, with honors and as a member of the choir. My extracurricular activities in high school included, but are not limited to, basketball, softball, track, dance team, choir, cheerleading, and Naval Junior Recruit Officer's Training. I am CPR and First Aid certified and have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Karen, Yorba Linda, CA on 3/14/13

"Very Nice & Helpful"

- Jean, Diamond Bar, CA on 1/9/13

"Very patient"

- Nick, Claremont, CA on 8/6/11

Education

California State University, Los Angeles
Psychology

Education

California State University, Los Angeles (Psychology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Pomona, CA 91767

Melinda’s Subjects

English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Sewing, Softball, Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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