***If you'd like to read how I've become a favorite tutor, please read below. If you are more interested in a quick review of my education and experience, please scroll down to the bottom.***
From a young age, my Mom always told me I'd be an English teacher. An avid, early reader with an interest in a wide variety of subjects and genres, the hours spent with my nose in books naturally led to a career in education.
Of course, I didn't pay much attention to my mom's prediction until one tutoring job in college led to another and I found myself working for my university in several tutoring programs. Then, I started remembering what Mom had so often said upon seeing me helping siblings and friends with their homework.
One of the most fulfilling jobs I've had in my life was working for a grant program funded by the CSU system. Its mandate was to decrease the numbers of freshmen students enrolling in remedial math and writing courses. To effect this, English majors such as myself were sent out to local high schools to work one-on-one with each student in selected classrooms. Interestingly, it was the College Prep and Honors classes that needed the most help since these students were planning on entering into university systems as freshmen. No matter how high their GPA or how well they did on their papers, if a rubric was used to assess their writing most of their scores would have placed them in remedial classes.
The English teacher that I was assigned to fully utilized me; it wasn't every day that she would get someone to help review the students' papers and then tutor them one-on-one in class. In short, we had a true partnership that created a very productive environment and translated into much higher rubric scores for the majority of students. I was able to work with each and every student for about 2-3 tutoring sessions per month. I learned to be a better tutor and was so rewarded with the many ah-ha moments that I witnessed and the improvements I saw from paper to paper and session to session. I loved being their advocate and paradoxically coming to better understand and communicate the "rules" of English and writing even as I taught it.
I did become a full-time English teacher for five years. As way led on to way, I also pursued my interest in learning Spanish through travel and study abroad, which led to me leave the classroom to earn my MA in International Relations. My MA is a few years behind me, and I am now using my English and training skills to assist my current employer. This partly satisfies my inner English teacher, but tutoring completes it. So, here I am, ready to become YOUR favorite tutor!
I have a BA in English. Credential: Secondary Education. I have 5 years as a Full-Time English Teacher. I have been tutoring for 10 years, and have tutored elementary through university level. My MA is in International Relations. In Spanish I am conversant and literate and able to tutor most high school and lower-intermediate level university courses. I have had 12 years of piano lessons, and played since age 5. I am able to assist up to Pre-Algebra and Algebra levels in math. As for History/Social Studies I can help up to university level.
I am currently enrolled in the Technical Communication Certificate Program, UCSD Extension.
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