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Ruth S.

Manhattan Beach, CA

$50/hour

Writing, Editing, Study Skills, Test Prep & More

4.5 average from 88 ratings
Very knowledgeable, experienced and confident tutor
— Dave, El Segundo, CA on 6/4/15

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About Ruth

I've had two great careers in my life--journalism and teaching. I've loved them both and bring what I've learned to my work as a tutor. My background as a reporter and editor, followed by 12 years as an independent studies tutor in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach, has helped me learn not only the craft of writing but how to help others improve their writing, research, editing and proofreading skills. I am also experienced in helping high school students and adults complete science, history and basic math (through Algebra I) requirements in order to receive their high school diplomas. As part of this effort, I helped students work on their test-taking and study skills in order to pass the CAHSEE, as well as other required tests.

In addition to a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, I spent a year in a master's program in Teaching English as a Second Language at San Francisco State University. I have an adult teaching credential from the State of California and have worked as an ESL classroom teacher and tutor. My interests include reading, writing, cooking, traveling, music, art and blogging, among others. Most of all, I enjoy watching and helping my students achieve the academic and personal goals they set for themselves. Many have faced tough obstacles along the way, but never seem to give up. I've learned a lot from such students.

I strive to be as prepared as possible to work with my students in areas that they both want and need, whether it's learning how to write an effective essay or reviewing basic math in order to solve an equation. I believe it's very important to evaluate the issues that might keep a student from achieving their goals, whether psychological or skills-based. I listen carefully to my students to make sure that I'm clear on what they need and how I can best come up with a plan to meet their needs. If supplemental materials are needed, I will go out of my way to obtain them or even write them myself. I believe in setting high expectations, but not so high that my students get discouraged. I believe that positive reinforcement, along with constructive suggestions and assignments, are the way to go. I respect my students and expect the same in return. If a student needs to cancel, I would like as much notice as possible, preferably 24 hours. I'm also happy to set up a makeup lesson if necessary.

I've had two great careers in my life--journalism and teaching. I've loved them both and bring what I've learned to my work as a tutor. My background as a reporter and editor, followed by 12 years as an independent studies tutor Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
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Travels within 5 miles of Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

"Very knowledgeable, experienced and confident tutor"

- Dave, El Segundo, CA on 6/4/15
Ruth replied on 6/4/2015

Thanks so very much for your comments! I love tutoring Net. She is the kind of student that any teacher would appreciate--curious, bright and motivated. She keeps me on my toes by her desire for new challenges, so I need to work a little harder to make sure that each lesson is both educational and engaging. I always look forward to our lessons.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Science:
Philosophy
Art:
Art History
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, CBEST,
Common Core,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, World History
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

My subject qualifications include: Algebra I, Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra and ACT Math. As a tutor in Redondo Union High School's Independent Study Program, I worked with a number of students who were struggling with math. Sometimes they had challenges in basic math skills that prevented them from understanding more complex problems in Algebra. Sometimes they simply had done poorly in a class and had decided that they were "bad" at math. Whatever the issue, I feel a little patience, repetition and creativity in tackling math problems often leads to success. There's nothing more exciting for a teacher than seeing a student succeed at something that he or she thought was impossible!

CBEST

As a certified adult education teacher in California, I took and passed the CBEST. I have also tutored students using downloaded samples of the reading, writing and math portions of the test.

In addition to my specific experience tutoring students who are preparing to take the CBEST, my background as a high school independent studies teacher has been excellent preparation to work with this population. In the two programs in which I was employed, I worked one-on-one with students studying to complete coursework in English and math, along with a variety of other required high school classes and electives. Much of the required curricula of the English and math courses included homework and tests that were similar to the content of the CBEST exams.

Before becoming an independent studies teacher, I worked for many years as a journalist, so my ability to help my students with writing is rooted in my personal experience as a reporter and editor.

Common Core

I was an instructional aide in several remedial English classes at Santa Monica College during the 2013-14 school year in which materials and teaching methods were based on Common Core principles. The aim was to help students use research- and evidence-based methods during class discussions, writing and test-taking. Unlike other teaching situations that I've observed in the past, this program aimed to engage students in thinking, talking and writing about situations that impacted them personally or that they had observed in the workplace or in the larger world. The classes were specifically designed with Common Core principles in mind. I continue to sub in a high school diploma program that includes tutoring in all high school subjects--including English, math, history and science--where Common Core standards are used. Previous high school texts are being updated in this program to reflect the new standards.

ESL/ESOL

I've taught ESL at the South Bay Adult School in Redondo Beach and am currently listed as a sub at this school. I also tutor individual ESL students on a variety of skills, including writing, reading, speaking and listening. I've worked with students from many countries and with a wide disparity of skills, from beginning to advanced. I have a BA in English, along with more than a year of graduate work in teaching ESL. As the daughter of immigrant parents, I have an understanding of the particular challenges that speakers of other languages face in learning to speak, read and write English. Along with my skills, I believe this background helps make me a more effective teacher.

French

I studied French for six years in junior high and high school. We learned the language via something called the audio-lingual method, which involved listening to native speakers on tapes in a lab and repeating what they said several times. We would learn dialogues that I still remember well many years later. I believe this helped me acquire an accent that has earned compliments even in France! Beyond high school, I took several college courses in French literature in which we studied texts of plays and novels in French. I've been to France several times and love to practice my French with shopkeepers and fruit vendors. I continue to keep up my skills in a bi-monthly conversation class. I enjoy sharing my love of French and France with others, particularly students who want to improve their skills in this language!

Handwriting

Teaching handwriting, whether printing or cursive, requires a great deal of patience and practice. There are many online and printed resources that are useful in helping students to accomplish this. Among my favorites are the "Handwriting Without Tears" workbooks, which are geared to children in kindergarten through 4th grade, guiding them from early introduction to writing letters and numbers to cursive practice in later years. I've also adapted a variety of online and printed resources to help students learn or improve their handwriting. As an independent tutor and as an independent study teacher in Santa Monica and in Redondo Beach, CA, I have worked with students, from elementary-age to adult, to improve their ability to print or write in cursive.

Not everyone believes that printing and cursive need to be taught these days, and some people suggest that computers and other digital devices have made handwriting obsolete. However, I feel that these are skills that are essential in many situations, such as test-taking and essay writing. Learning how to print and write cursive skillfully and legibly can only help students in future endeavors, and I feel I'm well prepared to help students of all ages accomplish this.

Praxis

As a certified adult education teacher in California, I took and passed the CBEST test, which is often required for those who want to work as educators, as is the Praxis exam in some cases. I have also tutored students using downloaded samples of the reading, writing and math portions of the test.

In addition to my specific experience tutoring students who are preparing to take the Praxis test, my background as a high school independent studies teacher has been excellent preparation to work with this population. In the two programs in which I was employed, I worked one-on-one with students studying to complete coursework in English and math, along with a variety of other required high school classes and electives. Much of the required curricula of the English and math courses included homework and tests that were similar to the content of the Praxis exam.

Before becoming an independent studies teacher, I worked for many years as a journalist, so my ability to help my students with writing is rooted in my personal experience as a reporter and editor.

Very knowledgeable, experienced and confident tutor — Ruth has been tutoring me in ESL. She has helped with written and spoken grammar, pronunciations, proper use of verb tense, and vocabulary in an interactive style, which I find very interesting and fun. She has also been assisting me with preparation for the US citizenship in combination with improving with my English skills. ...

— Dave, El Segundo, CA on 6/4/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ruth will travel within 5 miles of Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.