Sylvia P.

Los Angeles, CA


Reading & Writing Using Formulas to Succeed

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/14/13
5.0 average from 24 ratings
She's the Best
— Ronald, Snellville, GA on 9/26/14


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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
National University


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Education)

National University (Master's)

About Sylvia

I have 31 years experience as an English/Language Arts instructional coach and teacher. Through the use of instructional data, I administered needs assessments and examined an individual's standardized test results, performance assessments, and written and graphical products to assess areas of improvement. Once the needs assessment was completed, a descriptive plan of action was written and strategies to address the needs were implemented. Throughout my career, students, teachers, schools, and school districts have benefited from my knowledge and skills. I leave the learner with their own means of understanding text and strategies they take with them for life.

I have many experiences in encouraging others to learn to their potential and a vast knowledge of what research based strategies unlock meaning for children and adults. I have taught English in grades 6 through 12, journalism, creative writing, and reading to students of all backgrounds and all levels. My most rewarding experiences came from teaching students who found learning quite challenging.

I have tutored students from ages 8-16. As a tutor, I used a set curriculum provided by the employer, but I always saw a need to enhance the learning process with supplementary materials. Tutoring is teaching to a student's strengths not drilling on their weaknesses. Once a learner gathers a toolbox of strategies they can understand and use regularly, mastery of any subject is possible.

I want to continue inspiring others to achieve in every endeavor. My education and need for knowledge has not stopped and never will. I am a Comptia A+ Certified Technician in Information Technology Support and Computer Repair. I want to proceed in acquiring my networking certification and move forward to programming. I have built my own computer. I write poetry and read extensively. I enjoy learning and institute fun ways of doing it for myself and others.
I have 31 years experience as an English/Language Arts instructional coach and teacher. Through the use of instructional data, I administered needs assessments and examined an individual's standardized test results, performance assessments, and written and graphical products to assess areas of improvement. Once the needs assessment was completed, Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90047
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"She's the Best"

- Ronald, Snellville, GA on 9/26/14

"Give her a try and I know you will love her."

- Brenda, Los Angeles, CA on 4/10/13
Sylvia replied on 4/10/2013

Thank you so much for the feedback.

Test Preparation:
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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I am a 31 year retired English/Language Arts instructional coach and teacher. I passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test on 03/16/1985.

I have the Permanent Verification Card in my possession.


In order to communicate, one needs skills in reading/literature, writing, and speaking English well. I will provide you with the instruction you need to accomplish these tasks.

Instruction will include diagnostics, skills practice, evaluation, and production. Based upon your diagnostics, skills lessons will be provided.

A comprehensive listing of specific skills covered is listed below:

-Word Analysis/Fluency/Vocabulary Development
-Location/Study Skills
-Literature Appreciation/Criticism
Written Composition
-writing Tasks
-Composing Skills
-Writing Conventions/Grammar
-Enabling Language Skills
Oral Language
-Prepare and Deliver
-Oral Reading
-Speaking Applications

Upon Completion, you too will be proficient in English!


I have my CLAD Certificate. CLAD stands for Bilingual Crosscultural, Language and Academic development. This certification covers language structure and development, methodology of bilingual, English Language Development(ELD), and Content Development. It also gives me the knowledge and sensitivity to deal with different cultures.

General Computer

Are you just beginning to know the computer? If so, you will learn the basic components of the computer, common computer terms, and computer safety.

Once you are more confident, you will learn how to connect to and surf the internet, set up email, and make attachments.

If you are interested, there are other applications that can make your everyday life more efficient as well.


Grammar is the study of the use of words and how they are constructed in a language to make meaning.

I do understand why some people separate grammar from the learning of writing, but it is so much fun to learn grammar as you write and speak. As a matter of fact, it becomes relevant when you learn it as you hear it.

If you want to learn the Parts of Speech, Building and Punctuating Sentences, Agreement between Subject and Verb, and Word Choice, I have some less painful lessons to share with you as you do.


During my study of literature, I have been introduced to the world. Through the reading of poems, short stories, essays, plays, and memoirs, I have learned about personalities and cultures. I spent 27 years teaching literature to students in middle and high school. When teaching literature I use an into-through-and beyond approach. I enjoy sharing the work of great writers with students.

Microsoft Windows

I am pursuing my A+ Certification in Information Technology Support and Computer Repair. I have completed my Comptia A+ Essentials exam with a passing score of 743 and I will be taking the Practical Applications part in May.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processing program that will allow you to develop letters, resumes, flyers, and so many other word documents. If you plan to attend college, it helps you in all your writing assignments. You can juxtapose charts, diagrams, and presentations in your documents. My students used Word in their writing assignments in middle school. Word automates margins and style for you. What I like about Microsoft Word more than anything else is it allows you to save your documents and revise them over the years. I write and often I go back to my writings and rework them. If you want to make your communications clear, neat, and attractive, learn Word.


With television ads and billboard displays misspelling words and phrases so much, individuals automatically assume the spellings are correct. They have seen them spelled wrong for so long, they innately learn them that way. I can proofread and also teach you how to proofread your writing.

Proofreading is not just crossing out words and phrases; it is also understanding why you make changes and corrections.

As a note, proofreading and revising a document are two different steps in the writing process. It is important for you to know the difference.


Reading allows students to be successful in all subjects.

Instruction in reading is systematic and involves continuous diagnostic procedures. In grades K-3, students need to master phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, word attack, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension.

In grades 4-12, instruction is explicit and systematic. Students are provided diagnostic support as well. Instruction involves learning how to decode multisyllabic words and their structure, text handling and strategic reading skills, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension.

I have the materials and experience needed to properly prepare you with what you need.

Study Skills

I have taught study hall classes where students had to learn several skills. Some of those skills were time management, remembering, test taking, learning styles, setting goals, organization, study habits, and reading textbooks.

I will give the student an assessment, determine what they need to know and provide lessons that will lead to success not only in their studies but in their life as well. The final product will be an exhibition of what they have learned.


One of the standards for all children of all grade levels in California is to be able to use word meanings within the appropriate context and show your knowledge to verify their meanings through restatement, definition, example, comparison, or contrast. Being able to do so is vocabulary. Vocabulary is the study of word meanings, origins, how words are used, word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and analogies. Vocabulary is the tool used to access all subject knowledge. It is pertinent to have strategies that help you unlock meaning when reading or studying.


Writing is personal. The best writers write from their knowledge and experiences. If you have ever seen the movie, Little Women, the main character, Jo, considered herself a great writer. She later learned that to be a good writer, she needed to write about what she knew and experienced. As a writing coach, I will guide you to a level of saying what you you feel and know.

There are many types of writing based on who you are writing for. If you need to explain, you write an exposition. If you need to persuade, you write in a persuasive manner using the appropriate words. You can write to entertain, show, or describe.

The writing question I often receive is "How do I write an essay?" I say to you, let me show you!

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
National University


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Education)

National University (Master's)

She's the Best

Ms. Sylvia is an awesome tutor. My daughter really love her. She's so excited when Sylvia comes, and she's really learning well.

— Ronald, Snellville, GA on 9/26/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sylvia will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90047.