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Melody P.

Mountain View, CA

$85/hour

Engaging English & Writing Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 10/20/14
4.7 average from 157 ratings
Effective and professional
— Hongbo, Palo Alto, CA on 5/13/16

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University of California, Santa Cruz
ENVS Journalsim

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (ENVS Journalsim)

About Melody

$65 lessons if you can come to Mountain View.

I love to teach writing and English at all levels. A symbiotic relationship is formed between the student and the tutor as both are learning from the process. My writing improves with each session and my students elicit better ideas and learn to express material they thought was too difficult an hour earlier.

I currently teach three classes of 12 students each at an after-school program in San Jose. I teach public speaking and English writing.

I started out as an English major at UC Santa Cruz, and then I switched to environmental studies, an interdisciplinary science major, where I focused on journalism and science writing. I took about nine writing intensive courses by the time I graduated. In each writing intensive class I was asked to write 90-100 pages of college essays, reports, and articles within the 12-week quarter. Most students only take one writing intensive course, because only one is required to graduate.

After college I worked as a journalist for five Bay Area newspapers writing science, health, or environmental articles. I have worked as a tutor for five years.

Availability: Mondays in Mountain View 11-6 pm or Wednesdays 11-3 or 7:30-8:30 pm
On Tuesdays I'm available from 11-3 pm and on Fridays from 11-3 and 5-6 pm in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, or Palo Alto
$65 lessons if you can come to Mountain View.

I love to teach writing and English at all levels. A symbiotic relationship is formed between the student and the tutor as both are learning from the process. My writing
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

-Lessons are $65 if you can come to Mountain View -Extra students are an additional $20 per hour -Lessons are 55 minutes

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Mountain View, CA 94041
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Effective and professional"

- Hongbo, Palo Alto, CA on 5/13/16

"knowledgeable and nice"

- Heidi, Cupertino, CA on 7/19/16

"Best tutor in the world!"

- KYUNG-MIN, Mountain View, CA on 6/15/15

"Good tutor but charges too much"

- Jane, Fremont, CA on 9/4/14

"Very Good Teacher"

- Chh, Fremont, CA on 6/19/14

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Kate, Fremont, CA on 6/19/14

"Great Tutor"

- Nahn, San Jose, CA on 6/19/14
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
Speech, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I gained experience tutoring classes of K-6th graders at San Juan Elementary School in San Juan Bautista. I taught math and reading including story comprehension. The main difference in teaching K-6th graders compared to high school and middle school students is trying to make everything into an interesting game to hold the student's attention. It also helps to be authoritative from the very beginning.

Public Speaking

I teach public speaking during the school year and over the summer. We practice presentation skills as well as acting or feigning confidence. We discuss the importance of enunciation and inflection of the voice. But most importantly, I have them present on their own or in groups, usually multiple times, until they are comfortable with the material and able to present an eloquent speech.

Spanish

The second language used in my home growing up was Spanish so I have an innate understanding of the language. I currently use Spanish at an intermediate level. It is a beautiful language which I love to incorporate into my lessons if it is needed.

Spelling

Spelling is an underestimated skill. Many believe that it is not necessary in light of spellcheck. However, some tests must still be handwritten and spelling may be taken into account. I check for spelling during my writing lessons and try to break bad habits.

Writing

I will also add that I have written professionally for a few years by writing for numerous newspapers in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian. I take a pragmatic approach when teaching writing to be applicable in the real world. However, I also try present the material in a way that resonates with the student so that it is interesting and enjoyable.

University of California, Santa Cruz
ENVS Journalsim

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (ENVS Journalsim)

Effective and professional — Melody is patient, effective, and very professional. My daughter loves her sessions, and has become a better writer over the years (Melody has been coaching her for over a year now). Melody finds topics that will interest teens, as well as challenges her on more difficult topics. Communication skills could bring confidence and self esteem in kids, and are essential for their future success. I am g ...

— Hongbo, Palo Alto, CA on 5/13/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

-Lessons are $65 if you can come to Mountain View -Extra students are an additional $20 per hour -Lessons are 55 minutes

Travel policy

Melody will travel within 30 miles of Mountain View, CA 94041.