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Barbara H.

Benicia, CA


Effective English, Writing, ACT and SAT Tutor, Master's in English

Background check passed as of 2/17/14
4.9 average from 29 ratings

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St. Mary's



St. Mary's (Master's)

About Barbara

I'm a patient, effective tutor with a master's degree in English that can help students with reading, writing, essays, AP English, and writing/reading portions of the PSAT, SAT or ACT. I'm a UCLA alumna and graduated with two degrees in environmental studies and social psychology before attending graduate school in English at St. Mary's.

I have previously tutored 6-12th graders and college students in writing, reading, and English composition. I have also taught writing, reading, and composition at several colleges and universities in the area, including St. Mary's College and Holy Names University. I also have worked in college writing centers and received excellent reviews from my students and superiors. I also spent time working with students on college entrance essays, so I feel I can benefit students in this way.

While grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are part of the writing process (and a large part of standardized tests), I try to also help students with study skills and organization, including managing stress and school work.

When tutoring, I assess a student's needs and abilities with a diagnostic assignment and we go from there. Our goal is improvement and heightened achievement. While I will be challenging, I am always patient, kind and try to build a rapport with my student. I typically use a combination of readings, worksheets, free-writing and structured writing, along with more creative methods for students who are visual or kinesthetic learners. All tutoring is tailored to the individual student.

I enjoy one-on-one tutoring and feel I make a huge difference in students' achievement. I also feel that my experience, as a college and university English instructor, prepares secondary students for college life and expectations.
I'm a patient, effective tutor with a master's degree in English that can help students with reading, writing, essays, Read more

24 hours notice required

For multiple hour lessons, my rates are $45 for the first hour and $35 for the second or third hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Benicia, CA 94510
Background Check: Passed
Elementary Math
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Word, Photography
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Career Development, Marketing, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Piano,
Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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ACT English

I have been certified by WyzAnt in ACT English and have tutored secondary students who are taking the standardized test. My work as an English instructor enables me to explain grammar rules and spot "tricky" questions.


I studied piano for six years, ages 8-14 and performed in concerts and recitals. (I learned both the Yamaha method and classical -- I prefer the classical method.) I can teach the fundamentals of the instrument and can lead students into more intermediate study including concertos and performance. I have a piano in my home and I still play -- my go-to tends to be Beethoven's "Minuet in G".

Study Skills

I have taught a college-level course, Eng. 139, Developing Reading and Writing Skills, which taught skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking, but also had a large emphasis on study skills and managing academic stress.

St. Mary's



St. Mary's (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For multiple hour lessons, my rates are $45 for the first hour and $35 for the second or third hours.

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 15 miles of Benicia, CA 94510.

Background Check Status for Barbara H.

Barbara H. passed a background check on 2/17/14. The check was ordered by Barbara through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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