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Mel P.

Patient UC Berkeley Grad Tutor for SAT Prep - READING, WRITING, MATH

Patient UC Berkeley Grad Tutor for SAT Prep - READING, WRITING, MATH

$90/hour

  • 224 hours tutoring

  • Los Angeles, CA 90048

About Mel


Bio

CONGRATS to my SAT students who've been accepted to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, USC, Notre Dame, Loyola Chicago, Villanova, University of Utah, University of Arizona, and more!

Having had tutors throughout my academic career, I understand the huge impact a tutor can make in a student's life. A great tutor not only helps a student feel more CONFIDENT about their study habits, but also challenges them to CONTINUE LEARNING about subjects that interest them.

I'm MEL and I'd love to work with...

CONGRATS to my SAT students who've been accepted to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, USC, Notre Dame, Loyola Chicago, Villanova, University of Utah, University of Arizona, and more!

Having had tutors throughout my academic career, I understand the huge impact a tutor can make in a student's life. A great tutor not only helps a student feel more CONFIDENT about their study habits, but also challenges them to CONTINUE LEARNING about subjects that interest them.

I'm MEL and I'd love to work with you and your family! I have over 10+ YEARS of private TUTORING EXPERIENCE in subjects such as MATH, ENGLISH, STUDY SKILLS, and SAT and ACT TEST PREP from PRE-K through COLLEGE.

For students getting ready to APPLY TO COLLEGE, I offer help with SAT PREP, ACT PREP, COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING, SCHEDULING, etc. Junior and senior year can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be with planning. I like introducing my students to the concepts of mindfulness and meditation in order to decrease anxiety during testing. These concepts along with unique test-taking strategies have helped my students increase their SAT scores by hundreds of points!

As an early adopter of TECHNOLOGY, I can also help students learn shortcuts for MICROSOFT OFFICE (WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT), APPLE related programs (PAGES, NUMBERS), and various SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST).

I'm a huge SUPPORTER of CRITICAL THINKING coupled with DISCIPLINED STUDY HABITS. I think it's important for students to be able to ask questions and voice their opinions, but at the same time, students must be willing to put in the time to learn new subjects and hobbies.

I'm also very keen on creating INDIVIDUALIZED SCHEDULES for my students who want to track their progress and ACHIEVE SUCCESS.

If you think we may be a great fit, feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you!


Education

University of California, Berkeley
Global Media Management
Alumni of University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $90
  • Rate details: $90/Hour for Elementary through High School Math & English subjects $100/Hour for SAT/ACT prep + $125/Hour for College Admission Essay support $50 fee for travel over 30 miles from 90048
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Video Production

Video Production

As a part-time production assistant, I have to edit video footage using editing software such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro. I've been editing using these programs for over 3 years now, and I understand how to use these programs because I have to use them for my job.

Business

Microsoft Word

Computer

Macintosh,

Macintosh

I have owned a Macintosh computer for over 4 years now, and I used it heavily in college. Currently, I use the video production part of the Mac because I am a part-time production assistant. I know how to navigate the OS X system, add/delete programs, and I know how to utilize the Mac-made programs such as iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers), iMovie, Photo Booth, etc. In addition, I'm a big tech person so I know how to add apps, work social media, and update my computer.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have used Microsoft Windows for over 12 years. I have used Word, Excel, and PowerPoint many times for school projects and work-related projects. I currently use the Mac version of the Microsoft Suite so I know how to deal with it on non-Mac and Mac computers. I can navigate the operating system, add/delete programs, arrange files, etc. I also know the shortcut keys.
Video Production,

Video Production

As a part-time production assistant, I have to edit video footage using editing software such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro. I've been editing using these programs for over 3 years now, and I understand how to use these programs because I have to use them for my job.
General Computer, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar

English

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Helps raise students' scores by 250-300 points solely on the Reading section. Teaches simple reading comprehension SAT strategies that make the SAT testing process more manageable.
Writing,

Writing

I have exepreince with College English, Essay Research & Preparation, and Writing.
ACT English, Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Writing

History

American History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've privately tutored for over 10+ years. I've tutored numerous students in Pre Algebra, Algebra 1/2, and SAT Math.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Helps raise students' scores by 250-300 points solely on the Reading section. Teaches simple reading comprehension SAT strategies that make the SAT testing process more manageable.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.
Writing,

Writing

I have exepreince with College English, Essay Research & Preparation, and Writing.
Algebra 2, Biology, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've privately tutored for over 10+ years. I've tutored numerous students in Pre Algebra, Algebra 1/2, and SAT Math.
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've privately tutored for over 10+ years. I've tutored numerous students in Pre Algebra, Algebra 1/2, and SAT Math.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.
Writing,

Writing

I have exepreince with College English, Essay Research & Preparation, and Writing.
Algebra 2, Biology, Geometry, Prealgebra

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.

Science

Biology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've privately tutored for over 10+ years. I've tutored numerous students in Pre Algebra, Algebra 1/2, and SAT Math.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a working professional, I use both web and print calendars to keep me up-to-date on on various tasks. I use Google Calendar, Sunrise, and various apps to track what I've completed and what other tasks I need to complete. I also help manage calendars for various directors and producers. As a graduate of UC Berkeley, not only did I have a full course load each semester, but I also worked part-time at the law library and actively participated in club organizations. I utilized my study skills by allocating time each Sunday to plan for the following week and to determine what priorities were of highest importance. Doing this allowed me to evenly distribute my time without stress. As a high school senior, I took 5 AP classes, managed the school newspaper and Future Business Leaders of America, and played piano competitively. I was able to create a cohesive schedule each week so I'd be able to attend to all of my activities.
Writing,

Writing

I have exepreince with College English, Essay Research & Preparation, and Writing.
Algebra 2, Biology, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Helps raise students' scores by 250-300 points solely on the Reading section. Teaches simple reading comprehension SAT strategies that make the SAT testing process more manageable.
ACT English, SAT Math, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (83 ratings)
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Reviews


Great SAT Prep

Mel is fabulous. In just two prep sessions my daughter scores on pre test have raised by over 200 points. Today is her final session before the SAT tomorrow but I’m confident she will make her target score with the strategies Mel has taught her. My daughter feels much more confident and prepared since working with Mel and is ready for tomorrow’s test. I’ll update when I receive her scores. Thank you so much, Mel!

Jennifer, 3 lessons with Mel

Knowledgeable and effective!

Not only does Mel know her subjects, her rapport with my 8th grade son was amazing. She motivated him to actually get ahead of his homework and projects. He went from almost flunking out and not graduating to getting qualified in less than 1 month. Of course it was 3x a week, but we’ll worth it. Best tutor ever!

Jonathon, 7 lessons with Mel

Excellent, Effective! Great Tutor

Mel is great at relating info and little tips/tricks. I am preparing for SAT’s and feel much more confident with Mel’s help. Great personality, and effective teaching methods. I highly recommend her for your tutoring needs. - Maddie

Benjamin, 3 lessons with Mel

Quick results--very proficient!

Our son struggled with Algebra 1 last year—this year with Algebra 2 we decided to get a tutor. Mel has had a couple lessons so far, our son is really starting to get a handle on it! Will continue to use and recommend Mel!

Karen, 21 lessons with Mel

knowledgeable and very patient tutor

Mel is a very patient and brilliant in her subject matter. Very professional, timely in returning messages and generous with her time. We are very lucky to have found her. We absolutely recommend her.

Benedetta , 1 lesson with Mel

Good, skilled tutor

Mel has been so effective with helping our daughter that she has caught up with her work and no longer needs a tutor as of today. She had gotten so far behind, but with Mel's patient teaching style, she was able to work more quickly and effectively and finally "gets" math! Thanks Mel and thanks Wyzant for another success story!

Nancy, 4 lessons with Mel

Very encouraging first lesson!

Mel helped me review polynomials, identifying maximums and minimums, etc. She was easy to connect with and was helpful. We had planned on an in person session, but she got sick and so we had it online instead. That worked out okay, but I think I'll prefer the in person type once she feels better!

John, 1 lesson with Mel
Tutor responded:

Hi, John and Laura, thank you for being open to online tutoring. I'm fully recovered now and ready for more in-person sessions! I appreciate your patience and understanding. I'm also very happy to hear Laura did a fantastic job on her test!

Great tutor

My daughter has now had two sessions with Mel, working on Algebra. She is very patient and asks great leading questions, allowing my daughter to come to the conclusion of the problem herself. She has contacted us prior to the sessions asking for examples of current week’s assignments so that she can come to the session prepared. I appreciate her efforts to be prepared and utilize her time during the session very efficiently.

Andi, 19 lessons with Mel

Very Patient, Knowledgeable and Compassionate Tutor

We can't say enough wonderful things about Mel! She is doing an awesome job teaching our 4th grade daughter new concepts and helping with her confidence. We highly recommend her!

Doug, 12 lessons with Mel
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Mel P.

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