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Marilyn L.

Reading, essay writing, SAT/ACT prep & computer/social media, Kindle

San Antonio, TX (78260)

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My students call me Miss Marilyn.

I live in Timberwood Park and tutor only in zip codes 78260,78258 and some areas of 78261.

Of my many clients, two particularly stand out:

-The second grader whose handwriting showed spectacular improvement. I made corrections in how she held the pencil, how she sat, and of course how she formed the letters.

-The high school senior whose ACT English score went up several points in a couple of months. He called me first when he received the results! I could not have felt more honored.

Both of these students were highly motivated and worked on their own outside of the tutoring lessons. Circumstances vary, but I usually expect my students to do additional work. I try to use their homework as this work during the school year.

I have tutored several "Generation 1.5" students. These are students who have come to America as young children and English is not their first language. Typically their language skills are fine, even above average, as far as speaking, vocabulary, understanding and reading. But writing and correct grammar usage are below grade level. The earlier these problems are addressed, the better for the student.

Shirley English is a curriculum I have tutored a couple of students in and I quite enjoy it.

A number of my students are ADHD. My work with them includes teaching study and organizational skills that work for them. We just keep trying until there is a good fit. My students understand they are to be ready for me with all materials on the table and snacks eaten. They show me how their binder and folders look each week and I try to keep them on track. Many times I have asked a student to dump out a back pack so we could go through it and discuss organization.

Students with ADHD try. Their parents try. I respect this and I don't give lectures on what to do. Students with ADHD are not one size fits all. We work together to discover what works. I have also tutored a student with auditory processing disorder.

A student asked once, "Why does 45 minutes with you feel like only 10 minutes has passed? Ten minutes with my math tutor feels like 45 minutes!" This is a student who works hard to stay on task. I try to meet with him before his medication has worn off and he is tired after school, so this was quite a compliment.

When I work with a younger student, sometimes I will have him jump up and run around the table to wake up. My sessions with these students are a patchwork of short lessons to keep them on task. We may start with spelling, move to reading and back to spelling before doing math flash cards. My goal is not to stretch the attention span. My goal is to tutor in a way that the student will see results.

I am a retired federal webmaster and was also a technical writer for my agency. I graduated with a liberal arts degree from DePauw University with an emphasis on English and writing. I do temp work scoring standardized essay tests, such as Texas STARR, TAKS and GED. I substitute teach in the Comal ISD school system.

My computer skills are comprehensive as I have worked tech support and have worked with personal computers for 25 years. When in tech support, I was much in demand for my patient style and ability to explain software in a non-technical way.

Social media is definitely in my comfort zone and it can be in yours too! I am the person you want when you need to learn how to make that Facebook page or how to email photos to friends and do not want to ask your spouse or children for training!

I tutored a class of senior citizens in beginning computer and have taught many people how to use a computer. I will tutor basic computer skills for beginners.

I will do tutoring on how to set up your new Kindle and how to download library books. Much of the Kindle is easy, including setup, but borrowing from the library is a bit complicated. Some of it involves downloading software and configuration that only has to be done once. I can show you how to use your new Kindle and give you tips on finding free books.

I also know how to publish a book on Kindle, how to set a book up to sell on Amazon and how to market the book. These are tasks I am familiar with and I am also able to edit novels and memoirs. (I do a Kindle book blog.)

I came to tutoring at a very young age. I was selected in first grade to help other students in my class on a daily basis and I loved it. I was hired to tutor neighborhood children when I was in grade school and in high school. As an adult I tutored English Second Language for a couple of years. Tutoring is something I enjoy that comes naturally to me and it has been my pleasure to return to it in my retirement.

My style of teaching is to work with the individual and engage his interest in the subject as well as show him how he is progressing and where he needs more work. The key word is encouragement and the student should end each session with the satisfaction that progress has been made. The tutoring time will be spent concentrating on the subject. Unlike a classroom, the teaching is one-on-one and the student will appreciate that this is quality time where rapid improvement may be made.

I will tutor in your home or at the Parman Library in Stone Oak. I am flexible as long as the work is done in an environment where I can have the student's full attention. There will be ground rules such as no distractions, texting friends, loud televisions etc. If a laptop is needed for tutoring, I can bring that or a tablet. Usually I can help a student with any basic computer work they have.

Parents and other family members are welcome to observe.

I look forward to meeting you and meeting my new student!

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Marilyn’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TAKS
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Proofreading

General Computer

I have worked with personal computers for almost 30 years. I have worked with many types of software and have done technical support and computer support. I retired as the webmaster for my federal agency and have done websites for over a decade.

I have taught many people to use the computer, including a class of senior citizens. I was much in demand when I did technical support for my patient manner and ability to explain computers in understandable language.

The programs I am proficient with are too many to list and whether my expertise will meet your need depends on what your need is. I am very, very familiar with the Internet and am an excellent researcher.

Study Skills

I work with the student to organize his or her binder and backpack. I suggest an accordion style folder and I label plastic folders (closed on two sides to better hold papers) for each subject. For example, the accordion pocket might be labeled reading. This holds all reading papers to be kept. It also holds a folder labeled "Reading To Do." I instruct the student to put homework in the To Do folder. I also work with the student's agenda or some other weekly calendar and show the student how to write down what they hear in class on the entry for the day they hear it. Then at night they must copy information such as the date for a math test to that date as well as enter a study time for the test. They put outside activities on the calendar as well. This is not a one session fix. Often students with ADHD have issues with being organized. I help with their homework or other tutoring and make sure each session they are keeping their binder and backpack in order. They know to have that material out for me to check. There is more to it than this description, but you get the idea. The student has to provide the binder (unless I am requested to buy and be reimbursed for it.) I bring the folders and labels - no charge. Of course along with keeping track of and checking what is due when, comes the responsibility to actually do the work. I show the student that by breaking a large assignment into pieces, it becomes more manageable and they do a better job than if it is all done last minute.


The TAKS test has been phased out and was replaced by STAAR. (I believe home schooled children may still take the TAKS test.) I have graded the STAAR test (as I used to grade the TAKS test.) I work part time for a company that creates standardized tests and I am very familiar with how these tests are graded. My work enables me to tutor students on how to receive a better grade when taking the STAAR test. I just tutored a boy who had to retake the test. He had no problem passing the second time.


One of my specialties is helping students learn how to quickly write good essays that meet the standards of the STARR test. (I have graded STARR essays so know what is needed.) I usually teach how to write an essay as if the student has never been taught. I teach how to do a simple outline and then give easy topics to practice a 5 paragraph essay. From that point I teach how to do transitions, what words to avoid and how to use details, quotes and examples to make the essay stand out. This method is especially effective with students who read well, but struggle with writing.

For more advanced students, I would look at their work to determine their strengths and weaknesses. I was a writer and editor for the Civil Service. Although I enjoy tutoring many subjects, this is my favorite subject to teach!

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DePauw University (Anthropology English)

Best Tutor Ever Marilyn was a very fine tutor. She was able to find my flaws and correct them instantly. Thanks to her I raised my ACT English score 7 points. This also helped me raise my overall composite by score by 3 points. Marilyn not only worked hard and efficiently during our lessons, she also did a lot of online research and sent me many many links to practice exams and different grammatical and English q ...

— Kunal from San Antonio, TX on 9/30/10);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

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Marilyn will travel within 5 miles of San Antonio, TX 78260.

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