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Gregory K.

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Tujunga, CA (91043)

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I pay attention to you. I enjoy---and am resourceful at---thinking of ways to make tutoring interesting and fun. My aim is to build confidence and help you progress.

Here's why and where I can help:

• 38 years as teacher/tutor of ESL, English, GED, ASVAB, TOEFL, time management, test anxiety reduction, Spanish, and basic math.

• Specialties are: all aspects of English, such as ESL, English conversation, academic and business writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and spelling. I've got materials, methods, and the wherewithal.

• BA is in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, and I am bilingual in Spanish.

• Great rapport because I like and respect the students I tutor. I am patient, resourceful, and on time.

Call on me. I'll be enthusiastic about you, and you'll achieve quickly.

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Gregory’s subjects

ASVAB

From 2000 to mid-2012, and then from March 2013 to present, I have tutored math, English, and reading to candidates needing to pass entrance tests to enroll in post-secondary vocational schools. I have successfully tutored the ASVAB; you can refer to the unsolicited testimonial.

Last, my work comprises tutoring and mentoring candidates for the GED, which comprises many of the same subjects as ASVAB, i.e., math, English (with essay), and reading comprehension.

The key to passing tests is proper study preparation and ability to control test anxiety. I offer mentoring in both crucial areas.

CBEST

I passed the CBEST myself on the first try and, in 2011, I tutored a colleague who had turned to me after a few unsuccessful attempts at the CBEST math. She passed on her next try.

From 2000 through mid-2012, I was employed as a GED coordinator/instructor of adults at American Career College (ACC), a private, postsecondary vocational school in Los Angeles. I was originally hired to set up and develop the math (Note: CBEST-level math: basic math, i.e., percentage ratio, decimals, up to geometry and pre-algebra) and English (reading, grammar, and vocabulary) tutoring program at the Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ontario campuses.

Currently, I am instructor of adults at Charter College (CC), a private, postsecondary vocational school in Canyon Country. I tutor and teach the GED, with math, English, reading comprehension, and essay writing, as well as grammar. I have worked for 19 years as a private ESL/academic subjects tutor. My BA is in Linguistics, with English emphasis.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have more than eight years' experience working with elementary-aged children, tutoring them in subjects ranging from ESl/English to reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and math.

I aim to instill in elementary-level students a love of learning, along with the skills necessary to explore knowledge and succeed in school.

A crucial element for students is the ability to monitor and control anxiety, in order to allow success.

Elementary Math

I have 13 years of teaching and tutoring elementary math. I was hired by American Career College (ACC), a private, post-secondary vocational school in Los Angeles in July 2000, to set up and develop the math tutoring program (Note: basic math, i.e., fractions, percentage, ratio, decimals, up to geometry and pre-algebra). At present, I am a math instructor at Charter College (CC) in Canyon Country.

Math was not my best subject in school, so I understand and empathize with students. I enjoy tutoring math to children and adults.

My aim is to instill confidence and skill. The key to doing well in math is proper study preparation and ability to control math anxiety. I offer mentoring in both crucial areas.

English

I have tutored and taught English/ESL, including grammar, punctuation, essay and business writing for 19 years. I have helped my students write and (rewrite) personal statements for college applications.

I worked as a freelance proofreader of reference books and have proofread countless essays. I have helped colleagues improve the mechanics and structure of their business writing. I have written marketing materials for the GED program at the vocational school, where I worked from 2000 through mid-2012.

I can help you at our earliest mutual convenience.

ESL/ESOL

My education and work experience are strong in ESL. Teaching English as a Second Language has been a major focus in my career. I have a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in English. I have taught and tutored ESL adults and children of all levels with nearly eleven years as a private ESL/academic subjects tutor, and more than twenty years’ experience as a classroom ESL instructor.

I create an optimum environment for acquiring English by developing interesting methods for teaching conversation, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. I coordinated teacher workshops for sharing successful techniques and materials.

From 1995 through 2003, I gave private lessons to individuals and pairs as ESL tutor to children and adults in the Korean Consulate community.

GED

I have 11 years' experience tutoring/teaching GED preparation and have succeeded in helping more than 500 adults to get their GEDs. I am familiar with the test, and I am confident that I can help a willing and able student.

As a private tutor, I recently helped two students (two testers, two passers) get their GEDs through WyzAnt. I know how to direct students to pass.

Here's how I can offer to tutor you to earn your GED:

I'd first give you an official GED practice test, which would diagnose your strengths and weaknesses in math, English (with essay), science, social studies, and reading. You would do that on your own, and I would tell you what you need to do to pass. You can take a follow-up practice test to measure your progress.

Most students need help from an instructor on at least one subject, usually math and/or writing. My aim is to save you time and money. GED test fees are $125+ at present. I can assist you in finding a convenient site; the GED has changed in 2014 to a computer-only test. At the same time, in addition to the new GED, in spring 2014, the State of California is going to authorize an additional paper- and computer-based test for high school equivalency; I will prepare students for that test, whichever applies to an individual student.

Grammar

My education and work experience are strong in grammar. My BA from UC Berkeley is in Linguistics, with emphasis in English, and I am bilingual in Spanish.

I have worked for nearly eleven years as a private ESL/academic subjects tutor, with more than twenty years’ experience as a classroom ESL instructor.

In July 2000, I was hired at American Career College to set up and develop the entrance test tutoring program for math and English at the Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ontario campuses. From 2003 to 2012, I taught and tutored English grammar and essay writing at ACC for the GED test. Currently, I teach and tutor English grammar and essay writing at Charter College, Canyon Country, for the GED test.

I enjoy teaching and tutoring grammar and helping native and non-native speakers of English with their grammar in academic and business writing.

Hard Of Hearing

From first-hand experience, I am acutely aware of the challenges faced by the hard of hearing. I have worn a hearing aid since 1984. Currently, I have severe hearing loss, and I wear aids in both ears.

Even with the hearing aids, I still struggle with the loss of hearing and gaps in understanding and communication. Fortunately, I have found a niche in tutoring one-to-one, which accommodates my loss and allows me to contribute my skills, knowledge, and wisdom to the advancement of others.

Phonics

I have a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and did graduate study in linguistics at the University of Chicago, with an emphasis in English and phonology. I have worked for nearly eleven years as a private ESL/academic subjects tutor, with more than twenty years’ experience as a classroom ESL instructor. I am bilingual in Spanish.

I studied phonetics, which has enabled me in my ESL teaching to diagnose and help students with articulating English sounds - especially the ones that are particularly difficult for the individual. I am writing a book to help Koreans with English pronunciation, and a book each on prefixes and suffixes.

I learned to read by phonics. Sounding out new written words is the best method for teaching reading and writing. Developing the ability to hear and identify sounds teaches the correspondence between the sounds and the spelling patterns that represent them.

Prealgebra

I worked at American Career College (ACC), a private, post-secondary vocational school in Los Angeles, from July 2000-2012.

I was hired to set up and develop the math (basic math, i.e., percentage, ratio, decimals, up to geometry and prealgebra) and English (reading, grammar, and vocabulary) tutoring program at the Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ontario campuses for the Wonderlic Ability to Benefit (ATB) entrance test.

I still tutor adult students for the ATB entrance exam and am likewise employed as a GED (high school equivalency) instructor of adults at Charter College, Canyon Country.

Proofreading

Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are relevant to this subject.

In Fall 2012, I completed the work for a 12-unit certificate in Skills for Healthy Aging Resources Program (SHARP) - Gerontology - at College of the Canyons, Valencia. I received all A's on the academic papers I submitted.

In my 38-year career in education (English, math, GED, and ESL), I have taught/tutored English writing and grammar, punctuation. Further, I have corrected essays and papers for ESL-level students and native speakers/writers.






Public Speaking

Public speaking used to be something I dreaded. Then my job required me to speak in front of groups. Now I can say that while public speaking is not easy, I look forward to the challenge.

I would keep the tutoring simple and focus on the process of speechmaking: attitude, preparation,(from how to write a speech to the particular audience, and delivery of the speech without reading). I'd provide insight on dealing with the inevitable anxiety. The clincher, of course, is perfect practice, perfect practice, etc.

I would enjoy the opportunity to teach someone what took me a while to achieve: giving a good speech with low discomfort.

Reading

How to Succeed at Reading Comprehension

Here are helpful steps:

1. Time yourself for accuracy on study exercises, i.e., set time limits, as well as goals for percentage correct. For example, aim to finish a reading text and seven questions in 10 minutes, with 5 correct answers out of seven. Then, decrease the time to nine minutes, 6 right, etc. Always do exercises with goals.
2. Listen carefully to instructions on a test. How much time do you have to complete the test?
3. Watch the time carefully.
4. Read and follow the directions.
5. Read all questions completely, paying attention to words like always, only, and all. Look for negative words like not, never, except, unless, etc. What is the question asking?
6. Ask yourself what the main idea of the text is; often the main idea is stated in the first or last sentence.
7. Answer the questions you are sure of first. Don’t second guess yourself.
8. Use the meaning of the whole sentence to help you with unfamiliar words.
9. When being tested on long passages, read the questions before you read the passage.
10. Don’t get stuck on a particular question; move on. You might code questions you skip. Give a 3 to very difficult questions, a 2 to difficult ones, and a 1 next to those you think you can answer. Go back to the 1’s first after you’ve seen all the questions.
11. Text excerpts and questions are arranged in order from easiest to hardest.
12. When you answer questions that refer directly to lines in the text, don’t rely on your memory. Go back and re-read the text.


HOW DO I TAKE A MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST?

1. Read the first part of the question very carefully,
2. Try to answer the question in your mind before looking at the choices.
3. Do not stop reading when you think you have the correct answer.
4. As you read the choices, eliminate those which are obviously incorrect; then go back and reconsider the remaining choices carefully. Try to get the answer choices down to two.
5. Use words and context clues in the question to help you figure out difficult answers. Rely on evidence to make your choice. Guess only as a last resort.

Spanish

I learned Spanish grammar in middle school and high school. I have traveled in Mexico, Latin America, Spain, and all parts of Southern California, where I have improved my fluency. I taught ESL to Spanish speakers and thereby became more fluent as I learned from my students. I learned teaching skills in my ESL experience and would apply those skills to teaching Spanish.

Spelling

In part because I read a lot, I have always been a good speller. I don't use spellcheck when I write. I've improved on being a good speller by reading a lot and looking up words I come across in order to confirm the spelling.

There are certain rules and techniques to learn that will help one learn to spell better.

If a student reads a lot and can write what he/she hears (dictation; it takes practice), it will lead to mastery of spelling.

Study Skills

I learned study skills in college through trial and error (mostly error) and went on to earn my degree. I applied my knowledge to teaching the study skills to my students. I teach by guiding students to devise a checklist that works for them.

TEAS

My educational background is in Linguistics, with an emphasis in English grammar. I have a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and studied in graduate school at the University of Chicago. I have studied four foreign languages, which enhances my knowledge of English; I have taught and tutored ESL since 1976.

Tennis

I am an avid tennis player, having taken tennis lessons at a young age, and played competitive tennis throughout most of my life. Now I play tennis for fun but am a student of the game as I try to improve.

I am patient, observant, and I can teach by drills and by diagnosing weaknesses and strengths.

TOEFL

Teaching English as a Second Language has been a major focus in my career. I have a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in English. I have taught and tutored ESL to adults and children of all levels with nearly eleven years as a private ESL/academic subjects tutor, and more than twenty years’ experience as a classroom ESL instructor.

My experience includes teaching university-level students to improve the ability to use and understand English. I have a strong background in tutoring speaking (conversation and pronunciation), and can certainly help you with listening, reading, and writing skills.

My aim is for you to have the confidence and preparation necessary for TOEFL success. The key to passing tests is proper study preparation and ability to control test anxiety. I offer mentoring in both crucial areas.

I create an optimum environment for acquiring English by developing interesting methods for teaching conversation, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. I coordinated teacher workshops for sharing successful techniques and materials.

Vocabulary

I have a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, with an English emphasis. I have also had graduate studies at the University of Chicago. In my 38-year career in education (English, math, GED, and ESL), I have taught/tutored English writing and grammar, punctuation. Further, I have corrected essays and papers for ESL -level students and native speakers/writers.

Writing

I have tutored and taught English/ESL, including essay writing, grammar, and punctuation, for 19 years. I have helped my students write personal statements for college applications.

I've written letters of recommendation for colleagues and former students.

I worked as a freelance proofreader and have proofread countless essays. I have written marketing materials for the GED program at the vocational school, where I worked from 2000 to mid-2012. I write marketing materials for the GED (high school equivalency) program at Charter College, Canyon Country, where I have been an adjunct instructor since early 2013.

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UC Berkeley

Awesome Tutor This guy right here cares about his students and wants the best for them. He goes out of his way to make sure you get the things you need. He really cares and is fun to just talk to. I would strongly recommend him to anyone that needs help. Very smart and he knows what he is doing. ...

— Brendyn from Los Angeles, CA on 9/29/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Gregory will travel within 20 miles of Tujunga, CA 91042.

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