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Cristina P.

Goleta, CA

$38/hour

I can help you write your way to success

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Background check passed as of 11/6/14
5.0 average from 38 ratings
First Contact
— Steve, Goleta, CA on 2/27/16

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University of Texas, Austin
Literature in English

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Literature in English)

About Cristina

I teach writing, reading, and study skills in a supportive and creative manner. By helping students organize their thoughts, convey their message in writing, and stay focused to complete their work, a daunting assignment becomes an achievement.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, I have a B.A. in Literature in English. I have enjoyed a successful career as a technical writer and editor working with scientists and engineers to communicate complicated ideas in an understandable manner. In addition, I have tutored students from remedial to gifted levels at local schools and non-profits.

As an expert at helping people communicate what they want to say, I guide the students as they develop and refine their ideas. This empowers students to put their ideas on paper using their own words. Calmly and patiently, I work with students to develop their own style and point of view. We then work together to improve their writing style through the editing process.

As a technical writer, I am trained to read notes, analyze information, and explain a point. I share these skills with students to improve their ACT and SAT test scores for reading and writing. For students writing college application essays, I help them see the various approaches to the essay prompts so they can present the best version of themselves and their accomplishments on the application.

Whether students are in a remedial class or an AP class or anywhere in between, I can assist with English or history assignments. I love literature and history; I try to show students how the past relates to their futures.
I teach writing, reading, and study skills in a supportive and creative manner. By helping students organize their thoughts, convey their message in writing, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Goleta, CA 93117
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"First Contact"

- Steve, Goleta, CA on 2/27/16
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Study Skills

As a tutor, I realize that each student is unique and so I have a wide range of techniques that students can employ. However, I always emphasize organization: the task should be defined, an objective determined, and steps outlined to complete the task. For writing assignments, I focus on gathering ideas, discussing options, creating an outline, putting words onto paper, and then refining through the editing process. For classes that require memorization of dates or vocabulary, my tools include flash cards, games, acronyms, and mnemonics. I stress the value of reference guides including dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, encyclopedias, the index and table of contents in students' textbooks, and of course the internet. As a professional writer and editor, I excelled at project management and respecting the unique voice of each writer.

University of Texas, Austin
Literature in English

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Literature in English)

First Contact — Cristina met with my son, who's having some difficulty organizing his time and efforts at SBCC. Her first meeting directions were very useful, and her follow up was exceptional. Aidan still hasn't fully absorbed what she has to teach, but I'm hopeful that continued lessons will have a very positive effect on his future success. ...

— Steve, Goleta, CA on 2/27/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $38.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cristina will travel within 15 miles of Goleta, CA 93117.