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Mercedes L.

Helping the right-brained student conquer left-brained material

San Diego, CA (92106)

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Mercedes's Tutoring Subjects

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Corporate Training:
Business
College Counseling more »
ESL/ESOL more »
Finance
French
General Computer more »
GMAT
Grammar
Java
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Proofreading more »
Public Speaking more »
Spanish more »
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework more »
Salsa Dancing more »
Sewing more »
Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Reading
ASVAB
CBEST
College Counseling more »
GMAT
GRE
LSAT
PSAT
Regents
SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Calculus
English more »
ESL/ESOL more »
French
Geometry
Prealgebra
Reading
SAT Math
SAT Reading
Spanish more »
Study Skills more »
Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Business
Finance
GMAT
GRE
Marketing
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint more »
Microsoft Word
Public Speaking more »
Art:
Salsa Dancing more »
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Elementary Science
Grammar
Phonics
Reading
Spelling
Study Skills more »
Vocabulary
Music:
Salsa Dancing more »
History:
Anthropology
Language:
ESL/ESOL more »
French
Spanish more »
TOEFL
Science:
Anthropology
Computer:
Desktop Publishing
DOS
General Computer more »
Java
Macintosh
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook more »
Microsoft PowerPoint more »
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Word
UNIX
Visual Basic
Math:
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Calculus
Differential Equations
Discrete Math
Geometry
Linear Algebra more »
Logic
Prealgebra
Probability
SAT Math
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English
ACT Reading
English more »
ESL/ESOL more »
Grammar
Proofreading more »
Public Speaking more »
Reading
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
TOEFL
Vocabulary
Writing

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College Counseling

I successfully put myself through university after I did "life". Divorced with two children, I went to community college and then university, almost entirely on scholarship.

I have a unique perspective as a student, with the maturity that only life experience can bring.

English

Although English is the fourth language of the five I was exposed to and learned so far in my life, it has become my predominant language, even over my native Spanish tongue. Therefore, I feel well qualified to help you understand the nuances of this complicated language.

ESL/ESOL

Before I started kindergarten, I lived in a Russian-Ukranian neighborhood in New York, where most of the younger children either didn't speak English or were just learning it in school. As the only child of a Spanish immigrant, I spoke neither English nor Russian, but we (the neighborhood children) found ways to communicate.

In those days, there were no ESL classrooms, so I learned by total immersion. I quickly mastered playground English, and paid close attention to grammar and sentence construction in school. Today, my command of the English language is such that I am more comfortable with it than my native Spanish, which makes me the ultimate tutor for someone who is learning English.

My approach is to assess the student's goals first. For example, for professional purposes, I will focus on grammar and written language as well as spoken. However, if a student is simply interested in traveling and verbally communicating, more time and effort will be placed on conversational English.

General Computer

I taught myself how to use a computer when they were the primary part of the business world, and the idea of the personal computer was in its fetal stages.

Linear Algebra

In my early years, I gravitated toward math because of my status as a newcomer to the English language. With numbers, I felt more at ease. Later, I excelled in math, from algebra through calculus at San Diego City College. I earned all A's until calculus, where I got my first C because I omitted brackets! At UCSD, I also took and passed differentials and logic.

Algebra (including linear algebra) remains my favorite math subject to teach.

Microsoft Outlook

I worked as an "executive secretary" for many years and taught myself to use the first personal computers, as well as the software. Later, from approx. 1998-2005 (when I became a full-time student), I taught the Microsoft Office suite package (including Outlook) to employees at corporations when the companies switched over to MS Outlook. I continued to use the package during my educational career and beyond. I still show people how to use it.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I can help you learn to prepare captivating presentations.

Needlework

I learned to crochet at the tender age of 6, and have done so consistently for many years. Over the decades, I have made countless baby items, plus skirts, sweaters, hats, scarves and socks.

My children learned math skills by learning to crochet, as well.

Proofreading

I have been a published feature article writer, and later, editor, of an art magazine in New York City and have an innate talent for spotting spelling, grammatical, and syntactical errors.

Public Speaking

I have been invited for speaking engagements since I was a returning student at City College in 2003. Since then, since I was the recipient of multiple scholarships, I have spoken at fundraising events and on panels to engage people in the possibilities of furthering their education. Furthermore, after I transferred to UCSD, I was a teaching assistant and successfully helped students prepare for their oral (and PowerPoint) presentations.

Salsa Dancing

I grew up dancing Salsa on the street corners of Long Island (New York) and in Puerto Rico. I also earned grades of A at UCSD in Dances of the Latin World, and I was an officer of the UCSD Rueda de Casino (Cuban dancing) club.

The best way to learn dance is by breaking the steps down for the novice learner, so that they may begin to feel like second nature. Then the focus is on having fun on the dance floor. I like to teach by total immersion, so prepare to go to Salsa clubs to practice. Dance, like math, is a subject that you learn by doing.

Sewing

My mother taught me to sew when I was just a little girl. She was a clothing designer (primarily formal gowns) and was losing her eyesight to cataracts, so I began by sewing curves that she couldn't see very well. By the time I was 12, I was making patterns out of butcher block paper. I made most of my daughter's clothing through her elementary school years.

Spanish

Let a native Spanish-speaker tutor you.

Study Skills

The most successful students are not necessarily the ones with the best grades; they are the ones who are the most organized and resourceful.

I learned this the hard way when I returned to school years after having had a family and working. During my prime school years I excelled grades-wise. Later, as a returning student, I had to re-learn how to learn.

I became a peer tutor after I returned to school, with math as my tutoring focus (although I also tutored English and Spanish). I can coach the most right-brained individuals how to get by in a left-brained world.

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