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University of California, Santa Cruz (ENVS Journalsim)
$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
-Lessons are $65 if you can come to Mountain View -Extra students are $20 more per hour -Lessons are 55 minutes
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 glad that I have Melody as our partner to help.
The title seems to be too extreme but I believe she deserves it. I have studied English with her for 2 months so far and it is totally my sense according to my lessons.
She is very professional, she can exactly find what I want and teach it. I can feel a great improvement of my English. That was exactly what I want through this lesson.
Also she is very patient - she tries to correct me as much as she can. Also she has a beautiful smile to make students be happy. :)
Good tutor, but charges too much now. Students need learn, yet her charging fee is too high.
Melody has been tutoring my daughter for almost the last 4 months and I already see improvement in my daughter's writing skills. I also got the same feedback from her school teacher. Melody is sincere, and I see every minute of the entire hour getting utilized working with my kid. She prepares well for upcoming lessons and also brings her own useful study material. I strongly recommend her for English tutoring.
Melody is able to capture my fidgety daughter's attention for the whole hour. She uses different techniques and resources to improve her writing skills. Together they read and analyze texts, study new vocabulary words, and write a lot of compositions. Melody is a very gentle and organized person who really cares about her students.
I practiced English with her for about three months just before returning to my country. It was a wonderful experience. She was thoughtful and a well prepared teacher. I had problems with pronunciation and using proper expressions in English. She focused on what I wanted to learn and helped me a lot. If I come to California again, I definitely will study with her again.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.