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Laura Z.

Poway, CA

$40/hr

Patient teacher who loves kids

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Patient teacher who loves kids

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After graduating from college with a major in English, which includes both Literature and language basics (spelling, grammar, vocabulary), I began a 36 year long teaching career. During that time I added both Spanish and Reading to my credential. Along the way I also added ESL (now called ELD) to my credential.

Among the real joys for me is taking a student who is struggling up to a comfort level with the subject. Another real joy is, of course, taking students to a level of excelling.

I love the one on one contact with students, as that enables me to know the student and his/her learning style. It is this that enables me to be of real assistance.

My proudest moment was one year when I received invitations to a high school graduation. What made it so wonderful was that I had taught in a middle school continuation setting, which meant every one of my students was behind in every subject and was at risk of dropping out of school at the early possible moment. Every one of those students sent me an invitation, letting me know that if it weren't for my patience and insistence that they learn, there would have been no high school graduation for them.

Testimonials

"Highly recommended! "

- Venera, San Diego, CA on 9/25/13
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Science:
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GRE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Phonics

I spent many years teaching students who were years behind in reading how to read. My preferred method was using phonics, as these students could not identify sounds, therefore they could not deduce what many words were. As my basis, I used my own knowledge of phonics as well as the technique I had been taught while an undergraduate student majoring in English. I had been required, during that time, to take a phonics/grammar/spelling course.

Sociology

As an undergraduate student, I took many courses in the Social Sciences. Among them were extensive courses in Sociology, which I eventually turned into a minor. My California teaching credential lists Sociology as one of my minors.

Study Skills

One of the subjects I taught over my 36 year teaching career was study skills. It became apparent to me that students did not know how to organize and/or study; thus I established time within my classroom to teach students how to prepare for studying and how to organize their time. As a result, I saw my students' test scores improve drastically.

Laura’s Resources

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I'd like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself. I'm a retired teacher, having taught for 36 years, mostly in California. I began my teaching career in New York, and hold a life credential both there and in Calilfornia. I hold teaching credentials in English, American and British Literature, Reading, Social Science (psychology, sociology and anthropology), and Spanish, all of which... read more

How often do we hear that a child is having trouble reading? How often do we hear that children these days just don't read? So often these two are more oddly related than we imagine. My own step-son didn't read when young. He had so many difficulties with reading and no one knew quite where to start with him, as he didn't appear to have any other learning problems. Then came the magical day... read more

I was THAT student. I was the student who was bright, interested in learning, worked hard, and cared. I was also that student who, for whatever reason that I couldn't figure out at the time, was not achieving the way she should have been. My grades were acceptable, but not outstanding, and they really should have been outstanding. I couldn't figure it out. My parents couldn't figure it out... read more

Adelphi University
English
SAN DIEGO STATE
Other
Brooklyn College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Adelphi University (English)

SAN DIEGO STATE (Other)

Brooklyn College (Graduate Coursework)

Highly recommended! — Laura is erudite in knowledge of English grammar and essay writing (structure). English is not my first language, but she was very patient explaining my mistakes. Although my essays "bled ink", her experience and knowledge helped me improve tremendously. ...

— Venera, San Diego, CA on 9/25/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 40 miles of Poway, CA 92064.


About Laura

After graduating from college with a major in English, which includes both Literature and language basics (spelling, grammar, vocabulary), I began a 36 year long teaching career. During that time I added both Spanish and Reading to my credential. Along the way I also added ESL (now called ELD) to my credential.

Among the real joys for me is taking a student who is struggling up to a comfort level with the subject. Another real joy is, of course, taking students to a level of excelling.

I love the one on one contact with students, as that enables me to know the student and his/her learning style. It is this that enables me to be of real assistance.

My proudest moment was one year when I received invitations to a high school graduation. What made it so wonderful was that I had taught in a middle school continuation setting, which meant every one of my students was behind in every subject and was at risk of dropping out of school at the early possible moment. Every one of those students sent me an invitation, letting me know that if it weren't for my patience and insistence that they learn, there would have been no high school graduation for them.

Testimonials

"Highly recommended! "

- Venera, San Diego, CA on 9/25/13
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Education

Adelphi University
English
SAN DIEGO STATE
Other
Brooklyn College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Adelphi University (English)

SAN DIEGO STATE (Other)

Brooklyn College (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Poway, CA 92064

Laura’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Science:
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GRE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

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.


Laura’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Laura. View all of Laura’s resources

I'd like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself. I'm a retired teacher, having taught for 36 years, mostly in California. I began my teaching career in New York, and hold a life credential both there and in Calilfornia. I hold teaching credentials in English, American and British Literature, Reading, Social Science (psychology, sociology and anthropology), and Spanish, all of which... read more

How often do we hear that a child is having trouble reading? How often do we hear that children these days just don't read? So often these two are more oddly related than we imagine. My own step-son didn't read when young. He had so many difficulties with reading and no one knew quite where to start with him, as he didn't appear to have any other learning problems. Then came the magical day... read more

I was THAT student. I was the student who was bright, interested in learning, worked hard, and cared. I was also that student who, for whatever reason that I couldn't figure out at the time, was not achieving the way she should have been. My grades were acceptable, but not outstanding, and they really should have been outstanding. I couldn't figure it out. My parents couldn't figure it out... read more


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