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Jodi B.

Longmont, CO

$30/hr

Experienced Ivy League English/Reading/Writing tutor

Background check passed as of 4/21/14
Usually responds in about 2 days

Experienced Ivy League English/Reading/Writing tutor

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I have been tutoring and teaching classes in English proficiency since 2001.
I have taught both adults and high school students, including workshops and individual tutoring in test preparation for the SAT, the ACT, and college writing skills tests. In addition to general English and Reading skills, I am experienced in APA and MLA compliance for undergraduate and graduate college students.
I have two Masters degrees, one in Linguistics and one in TESOL (teaching English as a Second Language,) and my undergraduate degree from Yale is in French. I have a great deal of experience learning other languages (French, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Mandarin, and Spanish, among others) which gives me a unique skill in teaching English, especially the strange thing we call English grammar.
According to my college professors and people with whom I have written (including an English teacher with 40 years' experience and a newspaper editor with 30 years' experience,) I write well and clearly. I used to hate to write, but I've finally done enough writing that I enjoy it now and am in the process of publishing two books.
I have taught special needs adults in a literacy program, learned with ADHD and autistic children, and been a music docent for 4th graders. I enjoy opportunities to work with many kinds of students of many ages.
Currently I teach a weekly high level ESL class in Longmont for a non-profit organization. I keep my classes effective and fun, using various competitive games to keep my students focused on content.

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
CBEST, College Counseling,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL

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.

ACT English

I designed and taught an ACT prep workshop for junior and senior ESL students in the Boulder Valley School District. The workshop specialized in the English and Reading sections of the test. I used competition, games, and realia to assist in my teaching.

ACT Reading

I designed and taught an ACT prep workshop for junior and senior ESL students in the Boulder Valley School District. The workshop specialized in the English and Reading sections of the test. I used competition, games, and realia to assist in my teaching.

College Counseling

I have completed six successful college applications for myself for Ivy Leagues, community, and state university colleges. I have also served on the Yale alumni application committee. I can guide students through the complications of the application process, help students produce a quality essay, and advise students on what they should include in their application that may not be obvious, but which make a huge difference in acceptance to a good college, such as extracurricular activities and community service.

English

I have taught English, especially grammar and writing skills, for many years. My study of nine other languages, including Classical Greek and Latin, has given me a solid grounding in how to learn grammar, and thus in how to teach it as well. I have MAs in Linguistics and TESOL, with a 3.98 GPA for my proficiency in writing graduate papers.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL in a number of situations over the years. For eight years, I ran workshops for college-level ESL students who needed grammar and writing skills. I also taught various levels of ESL classes in a local community college, and ran a multi-level ESL class for parents with children in the public school system. I have an MA in TESOL and have studied about nine languages myself, learning how to learn a language along the way. My most recent language is Spanish which I often learn from my students as I teach here in Colorado.

French

I began French at 8 in a boarding school in Switzerland where we were only permitted to speak French. In 1977, I was mistaken for a native French speaker in Paris, and in 1978, I graduated from Yale with a BA in French. In 2001, I passed the first two levels of the Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française administered by the French government to foreigners seeking employment in French businesses. This level of demonstrated competence also allows me to enter the Sorbonne University in Paris.
I have studied many languages since, but French will always be my first love.

Grammar

I love grammar! I have studied about nine languages and found that each grammar system helps me understand English grammar better and that improves my teaching. English has a both simple and wickedly complex grammar system which CAN be learned, especially once you understand where it comes from. What Spanish, French, and German do with verb endings, English does with helping verbs and pronouns. I have been teaching English grammar and making it fun for more than ten years. MAs in both Linguistics and TESOL have sharpened my skills in this area.

Proofreading

I taught a writing skills workshop for eight years at the college level. One of the primary goals was to teach the students how to proofread their own writing. We worked on grammar recognition, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence structure among others. Because many of the students were international students and struggling with English anyway, I developed techniques they could use to proofread quickly and accurately in the setting of a timed essay.

Reading

Reading comprehension is a skill needed not just for standardized tests, but also for reading coursework in high school and college. The goal is to increase reading speed and level of comprehension at the same time. I've had 12 years of college study (8 years as a graduate student) in French, Linguistics, and TESOL. I had many dense (boring) textbooks to read and limited time to read them. I HAD to learn to read quickly and understand and retain what I read. I can teach this skill.
I still read a lot - just fiction.

SAT Reading

There is a particular skill in achieving a high score on a standardized test. One must learn to read quickly and accurately, and there are tricks to choosing the correct answer. In preparation workshops for the SAT Reading section (Boulder Valley School District), I taught students to read the answers first, then read the passage for keywords. Usually, two answers are obviously wrong. That raises the chances of selecting the right answer to 50%. There are also several kinds of questions and corresponding answers. Recognizing these is very helpful. Practicing these tips together is key.

SAT Writing

While I took the SAT long before there was a writing section, I have since taken the Graduate Record Exam writing section and passed well, completed two Masters degrees in Linguistics and TESOL (requiring a great deal of writing) with an overall GPA of 3.98, and taught standardized test preparation for writing skills tests for the past 13 years.
I have also been specifically tutoring students for the ACT writing section.
My verbal score on the SAT was a 740.

Vocabulary

There are many ways to improve vocabulary, and memorizing lists of words is one of the least effective. I teach unit-recognition: learn the pieces of a word, how to break it down and where the pieces come from. I have the advantage of being able to refer to vocabulary from about nine different languages, including Latin and Greek from which about 60% of English vocabulary is drawn. One popular vocabulary-building aid on the market presents words with cartoons inspired by what the word sounds like. Often a phrase connected to the cartoon is present. These can be used independently. I offer word history and affixes as tools for vocabulary acquisition at a higher level.

Writing

I have taught writing for many years, mostly in workshops at San José State University. My study of nine other languages, including Classical Greek and Latin, has given me a solid grounding in grammar and vocabulary, essential knowledge for writing. I have MAs in Linguistics and TESOL, with a 3.98 GPA for my proficiency in writing graduate papers.

Yale College, Yale University
French
San Jose State University
Master's
San Jose State University
Master's

Education

Yale College, Yale University (French)

San Jose State University (Master's)

San Jose State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Travel policy

Jodi will travel within 25 miles of Longmont, CO 80504.


About Jodi

I have been tutoring and teaching classes in English proficiency since 2001.
I have taught both adults and high school students, including workshops and individual tutoring in test preparation for the SAT, the ACT, and college writing skills tests. In addition to general English and Reading skills, I am experienced in APA and MLA compliance for undergraduate and graduate college students.
I have two Masters degrees, one in Linguistics and one in TESOL (teaching English as a Second Language,) and my undergraduate degree from Yale is in French. I have a great deal of experience learning other languages (French, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Mandarin, and Spanish, among others) which gives me a unique skill in teaching English, especially the strange thing we call English grammar.
According to my college professors and people with whom I have written (including an English teacher with 40 years' experience and a newspaper editor with 30 years' experience,) I write well and clearly. I used to hate to write, but I've finally done enough writing that I enjoy it now and am in the process of publishing two books.
I have taught special needs adults in a literacy program, learned with ADHD and autistic children, and been a music docent for 4th graders. I enjoy opportunities to work with many kinds of students of many ages.
Currently I teach a weekly high level ESL class in Longmont for a non-profit organization. I keep my classes effective and fun, using various competitive games to keep my students focused on content.

Education

Yale College, Yale University
French
San Jose State University
Master's
San Jose State University
Master's

Education

Yale College, Yale University (French)

San Jose State University (Master's)

San Jose State University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Longmont, CO 80504

Jodi’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
CBEST, College Counseling,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL

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.


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