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Melissa P.

Savannah, GA

$25/hr

Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Art

Background check passed as of 10/30/13
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Art

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Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you! I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level Spanish as well as Beginner and Intermediate level ESL. I've been drawing realistic portraits since I was 13.

In 2011, I earned a B.A. in Spanish and an endorsement in ESL from Valdosta State University. Over the last 5 years I have worked with children and adults at various proficiency levels.

As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages. While in undergrad at VSU, I studied Russian, German, French and Arabic. I realize not everyone is a language nerd, but if we work together we can find a way to make the learning process a little less painful for you!

For Spanish learners, 3 things I highly recommend:
-501 verbs
-fire fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
-regular Spanish-English dictionary
(for Intermediate learners, a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English translations.)

Some methods I employ: visuals, especially in beginner mode. I like to use celebrities, famous places, facebook, instagram, students' own family and friends etc. to get students conversing at the basic level. I try to create games like jeopardy for fun review. We may play pictionary with erase boards as well. For my intermediate and advanced learners, we tend to engage in more natural conversation. Typically, I'll focus a lesson around a grammar topic or a specific vocab theme. (Don't worry pictures aren't only for beginners, I use them with more advanced students as well). My main goal is to make it interesting and push you to practice speaking and thinking in the target language.

Before the first session we will discuss how you learn, where you are at in your learning experience, any stumbling blocks and above all what your goals are. If you simply need Spanish to pass your class we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to converse on basic level, we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to interpret legal terminology, both of us will be studying! (I can get you there with grammar though). If you are struggling with English and need help expressing yourself or need help organizing thoughts, we can work toward it. We can work on grammar, writing, reading, speaking, presenting, listening...whatever you need I'll be willing to try to get you there.


Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Estudié español, frances, árabe, ruso, alemán e inglés en la universidad. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.

Testimonials

"Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You!"

- Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14
Melissa replied on 7/10/2014

Thank you very much Janet!! It is a pleasure working with you!!

Muchas gracias Janet!! Es un placer trabajar contigo!!

"Professional, patient and effective tutor"

- Giancarlo, Tybee Island, GA on 3/16/14
Melissa replied on 3/16/2014

Thank you Giancarlo! It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful person and student. I wish you guys the very best, thank you for everything!

"Great tutor"

- Jess, Savannah, GA on 3/8/14
Melissa replied on 3/10/2014

Thanks a lot Jess! It is a pleasure to work with you! And, don't ever worry about your schedule.

"Good tutor."

- Suzette, Pooler, GA on 2/6/14
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Suzette, for your support! It's a pleasure working with the girls. They are bright and definitely keep me on my toes!

"Such a Thoughtful, Creative and Patient Tutor"

- Canetha, Savannah, GA on 12/10/13
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Canetha! It has been a pleasure and an absolute blast working with you!

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Art:
Drawing
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

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.

Drawing

I've been drawing realistically for more than 10 years. Graphite (pencil), pen and pastel are my main areas of strength. My minor was art in undergrad at V.S.U. I'm now studying art at SCAD.

ESL/ESOL

Throughout my college experience I took education classes, three of which were focused on ESL instruction. I have an endorsement to teach ESL (a step below certification). As part of the program we worked within the community, in public schools (elementary-high school) and in adult learning centers where we tutored students one-on-one.

Spanish

Over the 25 years of my life I have been exposed on a regular basis to the Spanish language. My mother is Colombian, so I grew up listening and understanding it. While in middle school I decided to learn it on a formal level and did so throughout high school. Once I attended college, I majored in Spanish, took 2 years of education classes and student taught at a local high school for 3 months. During that time I faced the challenge of teaching Spanish 1-3 and realized how productive I could be working one-on-one with students.

Melissa’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Melissa. View all of Melissa’s resources

I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.   El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria. (Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)   El pastel fue preparado...

One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask... read more

Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You! — Melissa is wonderful!!! She is cheerful, very knowledgeable, and will work with you at the speed you need to work. I'm very happy she is my tutor!!! ...

— Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419.


About Melissa

Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you! I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level Spanish as well as Beginner and Intermediate level ESL. I've been drawing realistic portraits since I was 13.

In 2011, I earned a B.A. in Spanish and an endorsement in ESL from Valdosta State University. Over the last 5 years I have worked with children and adults at various proficiency levels.

As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages. While in undergrad at VSU, I studied Russian, German, French and Arabic. I realize not everyone is a language nerd, but if we work together we can find a way to make the learning process a little less painful for you!

For Spanish learners, 3 things I highly recommend:
-501 verbs
-fire fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
-regular Spanish-English dictionary
(for Intermediate learners, a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English translations.)

Some methods I employ: visuals, especially in beginner mode. I like to use celebrities, famous places, facebook, instagram, students' own family and friends etc. to get students conversing at the basic level. I try to create games like jeopardy for fun review. We may play pictionary with erase boards as well. For my intermediate and advanced learners, we tend to engage in more natural conversation. Typically, I'll focus a lesson around a grammar topic or a specific vocab theme. (Don't worry pictures aren't only for beginners, I use them with more advanced students as well). My main goal is to make it interesting and push you to practice speaking and thinking in the target language.

Before the first session we will discuss how you learn, where you are at in your learning experience, any stumbling blocks and above all what your goals are. If you simply need Spanish to pass your class we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to converse on basic level, we can work toward that. If you need Spanish to interpret legal terminology, both of us will be studying! (I can get you there with grammar though). If you are struggling with English and need help expressing yourself or need help organizing thoughts, we can work toward it. We can work on grammar, writing, reading, speaking, presenting, listening...whatever you need I'll be willing to try to get you there.


Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Estudié español, frances, árabe, ruso, alemán e inglés en la universidad. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.

Testimonials

"Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You!"

- Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14
Melissa replied on 7/10/2014

Thank you very much Janet!! It is a pleasure working with you!!

Muchas gracias Janet!! Es un placer trabajar contigo!!

"Professional, patient and effective tutor"

- Giancarlo, Tybee Island, GA on 3/16/14
Melissa replied on 3/16/2014

Thank you Giancarlo! It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful person and student. I wish you guys the very best, thank you for everything!

"Great tutor"

- Jess, Savannah, GA on 3/8/14
Melissa replied on 3/10/2014

Thanks a lot Jess! It is a pleasure to work with you! And, don't ever worry about your schedule.

"Good tutor."

- Suzette, Pooler, GA on 2/6/14
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Suzette, for your support! It's a pleasure working with the girls. They are bright and definitely keep me on my toes!

"Such a Thoughtful, Creative and Patient Tutor"

- Canetha, Savannah, GA on 12/10/13
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Canetha! It has been a pleasure and an absolute blast working with you!

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Education

Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419

Melissa’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Art:
Drawing
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

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.


Melissa’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Melissa. View all of Melissa’s resources

I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.   El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria. (Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)   El pastel fue preparado...

One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask... read more


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