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Amy H.

Nipomo, CA

$45/hour

English AA and Liberal Studies (Arts and Humanities) AA

In-person lessons

$45/Hour


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Allan Hancock College
English

Education

Allan Hancock College (English)

About Amy

I'm currently working for Cal-SOAP, an outreach program through Allan Hancock College to tutor students in local schools in math, language arts, and AVID courses. At present I'm assigned to a junior high school, where I work in all three of those classes, rotating through teachers. I do one-on-one tutoring, specific to the coursework. Cal-SOAP required extensive training in working with students as well as in my courses: I have two Associate's Degrees and am now working towards a teaching credential.

I am also a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) so I've been trained work with students who are disadvantaged, high-risk, or foster youth. Again, extensive training was required as well as background clearance and fingerprinting.

In terms of experience, I have three sons who were homeschooled according to the Well-Trained Mind curriculum, two of whom went on to graduate college. The third is still in elementary school. I've worked in classrooms regularly, assisted PTA, book drives, and charity events. I'm also a freelance writer with work in national publications.

I enjoy tutoring because after a schedule is formed, the bond becomes useful and I feel as if I'm seeing the problems through the student's eyes. Sometimes I feel so connected that I take it personally if they don't do well on a test. I enjoy middle-schoolers and elementary students the most, as seeing their fascinating personalities develop is both interesting and useful. Knowing their strengths and their weaknesses is the key to success so they don't get discouraged. What is often neglected is understanding the learning style of a student: this has to be addressed to help them the most. One style of teaching does not fit all!

I'm familiar with new Common Core standards and am well aware that some students are behind because of the immense shift in styles that occurred since Common Core was implemented. It's a great program but the sudden change in problem-solving techniques has hurt some students.

I don't mind going over a problem over and over if that's what it takes for the student to "see" how the solution is found. Sometimes it is helpful to have them simply look at a problem before jumping into it to see if they recognize a pattern or characteristic that may already be familiar. I think my current students would agree that I'm patient.

I also understand that sometimes a mental block occurs where children convince themselves they hate "math" and don't want to learn it: sometimes altering problems to more real-life situations is helpful. Repetition (ala Kumon) is necessary but not to the point of brain-numbing boredom.

English and English Literature are the loves of my life. I read extensively and blog about books, and I find that the world is just a little easier when you can escape in a book once in awhile. Unfortunately, most schools aren't doing actual reading and instead focus only on the grammar, usage, and mechanics. These are necessary but often a child needs to be able to hear stories to see how the proper grammar works, and they develop an ear for what "sounds" right.

No matter how busy a student's schedule is, finding a few moments for reading expands their global vision, their vocabulary, even their social studies and science skills. I can help find age-appropriate titles to coincide with class subjects to help reinforce current class learning.

I have fun with the students I work with and I think I can help with more than just grades by encouraging students in personal organization, time management and planning, as well as study skills to use in class. I will never work against the teacher's style, but seek only to enhance their performance in class.

Ultimately, every subject attempted is about more than the textbook, it's about learning to learn. We never stop learning so finding one's best style and using it can help in any subject, job, or undertaking.

Contact me for questions or references, and know that my schedule is fairly flexible: on some days I can be anywhere from Pismo and Shell Beach to Nipomo for tutoring, with some evenings free.
I'm currently working for Cal-SOAP, an outreach program through Allan Hancock College to tutor students in local schools in math, language arts, and AVID courses. At present I'm assigned to a junior high school, where I work in all three of those classes, rotating through teachers. I do one-on-one tutoring, specific to the coursework. Cal-SOAP Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Nipomo, CA 93444
In-person lessons
Math:
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
History:
Classics, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Allan Hancock College
English

Education

Allan Hancock College (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amy will travel within 20 miles of Nipomo, CA 93444.