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Pat B.

I Can Illuminate the Path to Learning!

Santa Rosa, CA (95409)

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I have a Multiple Subject Lifetime Teaching Credential and 38 years of K-8 teaching experience. Seeing my tutoring students "light-up" when they understand a difficult concept gives me great pleasure, and I patiently guide each student through his/her academic challenges. My specialty is language arts, with a focus on writing workshop techniques, the writing process, grammar/editing skills, research techniques and study/organizational skills.

I have taught in public and private schools and my last full-time teaching job was at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Pat’s subjects

English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Corporate Training:

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a K-8 lifetime credential, and 38 years of classroom experience in all subjects. I have also had four years of K-8 tutoring experience in English, math, reading writing, grammar, phoneme awareness, and study/homework skills.


I am a patient tutor who uses lots of positive reinforcement and I thoroughly enjoy helping my students become more confident and competent. I have used sensory integration techniques to enhance language comprehension and cognitive learning strategies to help students with learning challenges. I also have helped many students with questions they have had regarding their written English by providing various writing tools and strategies that really work. I believe that strong written and oral communication skills are vital to achieving success.

Study Skills

During my 38 years in the classroom and four years as a tutor, I have used many different study skill strategies and techniques to help my tutoring students gain academic confidence. I have completed the Lindamood-Bell Visualizing/Verbalizing program, Hooked on School Study Strategies course, and workshops that focus on goal setting and study methods. The following is a guide I put together for my classroom and tutoring students to help them become successful learners.
*Purpose Setting Questioning: What type of assignment is it? What should my final product be? What resources (books, supplies etc.) will I need? When is the assignment due? Do I have a good study space? Do I have all of my study materials and are they organized by subject or color coded? Do I have access to my assignments and grades online? What will I do if I don’t understand the assignment?
*Goal Setting: Set short-term and long-term goals by using a Study Plan Notebook that is broken down into days, weeks, months, and year. Break assignments or projects into smaller tasks and determine how much time is needed for each task, write it down, and check it off when the task is completed. Use color-coded folders or tabs to stay organized.
*Study Methods: Use the SQ3R technique for non-fiction history and science reading --Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. Use Skimming and Scanning techniques to quickly gather facts for a report. Use Cornell notes, note cards, or outlining to put the information into understandable language.
*Graphic and Audio Aids: Use pictures, maps, diagrams, charts, videos, reference materials, or music to understand and remember concepts more readily. Also use mnemonic devices to memorize factual information.
*Test Taking Strategies: Before a test study the most challenging material first and use chapter headings and subheadings to help you learn the key concepts. Know the difference between T/F, Multiple Choice, Matching, Completion, Short Answer and Essay Questions. Reread and highlight notes before tests or make notes cards. Then do a self check or work with a tutor, study buddy, or parent.
*History Assignment Tips: Know what happened, when it happened, who was involved, why it happened and know what the significance, consequences or results were.
*Math Problem Solving Tips: Use the following strategies to understand math problems—read and restate the directions in your own words, visualize/verbalize the whole (Lindamood-Bell mind’s eye technique) make a drawing or diagram (what I know and don’t know), use Manipulatives to solve (pattern blocks, rods etc.), look for a pattern, construct a table, guess and check, work backwards, write an open sentence, or solve a simpler or similar problem.

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San Jose State University (Social Science)

San Jose State University (EdD)

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Pat will travel within 20 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

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