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Margo M.

Arcadia, CA

$60/hour

Retired college professor with Ivy League PhD

Background check passed as of 6/19/15
5.0 average from 4 ratings
Engaging and knowledgeable
— Jiasheng, San Marino, CA on 7/1/15

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B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Magna Cum Laude
Psychology, with Hon
Yale University Graduate School
PhD

Education

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Magna Cum Laude (Psychology, with Hon)

Yale University Graduate School (PhD)

About Margo

I am a former college professor with a passion for teaching. I have taught or tutored children and adults for over 30 years, and have learned that students master material when it is relevant and interesting to them. Too often, material is presented in ways that do not allow students to apply their own experience and intuition to learning . A good teacher adapts to the student. The key to success includes inspiring ownership of the material to be mastered, rather than just forcing a required passing acquaintance with it. I am very comfortable working with a structured curriculum, or developing curricula and teaching strategies to suit the student.

I was a full-time professor of developmental and cognitive psychology for 8 years. I have taught a wide range of college-level psychology, social policy and educational policy courses. In addition, I have developed and taught writing courses for first year college students. I am a published scholar in the area of educational policy, early education, reading, bilingualism, and learning. I have also worked on national educational policy. Since leaving academia, I have been a volunteer tutor for students preparing for the GRE, and have also worked at a substitute teacher.

I am also the parent of a gifted middle school child. For the past two years, I have home-schooled my child, developing a tailored curriculum from a wide range of resources. If you are looking for a tutor to develop curricula for your child, I have many resources from which to draw. I am comfortable teaching all K-8 subjects, as well as advanced Academic/Research Writing, Algebra 1 and AP Psychology. I am also fluent in French, having grown up in French-speaking country.

I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology, with a specialty in child learning. I have taught introductory psychology, as well as higher level courses and seminars. I have conducted research on language learning and educational policy.

I have tutored elementary and high school students in essay writing for over 30 years. I have taught writing courses for first year college students. I received my training in writing instruction while a graduate student at Yale university. I have published scholarly papers in peer-reviews journals and invited chapters on early education and bilingual education.

I have tutored math for over 30 years. I have developed techniques to help make the material relevant to students. I am able to pinpoint which concepts are giving students difficulty and helping them master them. Often, current math difficulties stem from lacking mastery of a more fundamental concept.

I look forward to answering any questions you may have, and look forward to guiding you or your child towards mastery.
I am a former college professor with a passion for teaching. I have taught or tutored children and adults for over 30 years, and have learned that students master material when it is relevant and interesting to them. Too often, material is presented in ways that do not allow students to apply their own experience and intuition to learning . A good Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Arcadia, CA 91006
Background Check: Passed

"Engaging and knowledgeable"

- Jiasheng, San Marino, CA on 7/1/15
Science:
Elementary Science, Psychology
Test Preparation:
Common Core,
GED
History:
Social Studies, Writing
Special Needs:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

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.

Common Core

I have held a 30-day substitute teaching credential. I currently home school my Middle School son and am familiar with Common Core standards. I have over 35 years of experience tutoring children and adults. I have a PhD from Yale University in Developmental Psychology. I have followed the research on the development and implementation of the Common Core.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been a K-8 substitute in 2 school districts, holding a temporary substitute credential (which requires passing the CBEST). I have tutored elementary age students for the past 35 years. I have a BA, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD from Yale in Developmental Psychology, with a specialty in child learning. I home-school my 7th grade son.

Elementary Math

I have a BS, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from Yale University. I have tutored elementary and middle school math since my college days -- over 35 years ago.

ESL/ESOL

I have 35 years of teaching/tutoring English as a Second Language to children and adults. I have published articles and book chapters on ESL/ESOL and Bilingual Education. I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology with expertise in children raised with two languages. I am an American citizen who was raised overseas and have always spoken both English and another language.

French

I am fluent in French, having grown up in Geneva, Switzerland. I have studied at the University of Geneva, completing coursework, research papers, and exams in French. My PhD is from Yale University, where my research was on bilingualism and second language learning. I have over 35 years of tutoring experience, including tutoring French as a second language, English as a second language, maths, science, and social science.

Grammar

I have a BS, magna cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from Yale University. I am a published scholar, with both articles in peer-reviewed journals and invited chapters in edited books.

Handwriting

I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology and understand the development of fine motor skills in young children. I have excellent print and cursive writing, myself I taught my son print in preschool and cursive in kindergarten. I am very familiar with the series Handwriting Without Tears and how to use their method.

Phonics

I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology with expertise in early learning. I am very familiar with the literature on early reading, and have been a part of research teams studying best methods to teach early reading. I am very patient and have many tricks to make learning fun. Finally, I taught my own son to read.

Prealgebra

I completed Calculus in High School and took numerous advanced statistics courses in college and graduate school. I have passed the CBEST, a state test necessary to obtain a 30-day substitute credential. I achieved scores in the high 700s on both my SAT and GRE examinations (college entry and graduate school entry). I have a PhD in the behavioral sciences from an Ivy League university. I have tutored students in prealgebra and Algebra 1.

Proofreading

I have taught College Level writing courses. I have worked as a freelance PhD dissertation editor for California Institute of Technology. I have extensive experience proofreading and editing high school and college level papers. I am a published author (peer-reviewed journals and invited chapters). I am a successful grant writer. I am a home school parent and am my son's primary English Language Arts teacher.

Psychology

I am a former associate professor of psychology. I have taught introduction to psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods, statistics, and numerous higher level seminars. My PhD in Developmental Psychology is from Yale University.

Reading

I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Yale University. I have tutored students in reading for over 35 years. I taught my son to read before he was 5 years old - he asked, I helped. When working at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), I worked with the Early Education and Reading Research programs, helping to run research conferences and overseeing grants.

Spelling

I achieved a 780 on the Verbal SAT and a 790 on the Verbal GRE. I achieved a 5 on the AP English Literature exam. I am a published scholar. I have BA from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, and a PhD from Yale University, both in the behavioral sciences. I have worked as a freelance PhD editor for CalTech. I have taught college level writing courses for 10 years. I have tutored English Language Arts for over 35 years, to both native and non-native English speakers. I home school my 6th grader and am his spelling teacher.

Vocabulary

I am a published author, with scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals. My undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. I received my PhD in Developmental Psychology from Yale University I have taught writing intensive courses (also known as Freshman Writing, First Year Writing) at Yale University and at Harvey Mudd College. Prior to retiring, I was Associate professor of Psychology at Randolph Macon College. Prior to that, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvey Mudd College. Prior to my college career, I received a 5 on the AP English Exam. I also received a 780 on the SAT Verbal. I have tutored both children and adults in English language skills. I have tutored non-English-language speakers in English language skills. While working at the NICHD, I wrote White Papers on education for the White House. In short, I am a Seven-Sisters / Ivy League educated published author. That should say something about the extent of my vocabulary. I also passed your vocabulary test.

Writing

I have tutored writing skills for over 35 years. I was trained to teach writing as a graduate student at Yale. I have taught required first year college writing courses as well as tutoring elementary, middle school, and high school students.

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Magna Cum Laude
Psychology, with Hon
Yale University Graduate School
PhD

Education

B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, Magna Cum Laude (Psychology, with Hon)

Yale University Graduate School (PhD)

Engaging and knowledgeable

Margo selected a fun topic for my son's first writing session. She taught him to brain storm ideas and put it on paper. She helped my son overcome fear of writing.

— Jiasheng, San Marino, CA on 7/1/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Margo will travel within 8 miles of Arcadia, CA 91006.