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Erica L.

Northridge, CA

$35/hour

Detail Oriented Academic Language & Literature Tutor

5.0 average from 1 ratings

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Los Angeles Valley College
Foreign Language
Double Major Education
Enrolled

Education

Los Angeles Valley College (Foreign Language)

Double Major Education (Enrolled)

About Erica

I am a full time student at Los Angeles Valley College. Because my major is foreign language I have taken several classes in linguistic and language study. I moved to the US three years ago and have had wide exposure to many different dialects of English, other languages, and am familiar with a handful of different cultures. I am also an avid reader and enjoy fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays. I have taken several literature classes and excelled in all of them.

Because of my interest in language, I love working with students to help them find aspects of the subject that they enjoy. Now pair that with my interest in written works and my ability to apply all that I've learned about language from both classroom and life experience. You can easily see where my enthusiasm for being a tutor stems from.

I have received high grades in all my English and literature classes, and know that I am capable of working with a students needs to get them where they would like to be. Whether or not their first language is English, we can always learn more and make improvements with how we understand and use language skills. I am confident that whatever aspect a student would like to improve on, I can help. Be it essay writing, reading, critical analysis of text, language skills, or otherwise. I have 5, almost 6 years, of combining professional, volunteer and casual experience tutoring English as an Additional Language students and ESL students.

As for my USCIS qualifications; I am an immigrant myself, I know the process you are going through and how difficult it can be. I am available to help answer any questions that you might have, help you find solutions and answers, or help with paperwork and interview preparations.

Should you have any questions about my skill set, or would like to coordinate to set up a lesson, please get in contact! As a tutor I am open to meeting any and all ages and levels. All are welcome to ask questions or seek to set up an appointment for a lesson. I have had many different students; from not-quite-ready- yet beginners to advanced students, I am always available to provide the best.
I am a full time student at Los Angeles Valley College. Because my major is foreign language I have taken several classes in linguistic and language study. I moved to the US three years ago and have had wide Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

First lesson $15 off for all first lessons with me! $35 base rate for one student. $15 for additional students- Rate is per student.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Northridge, CA 91325
Science:
Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Music:
Music History
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, USCIS
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
French, Speech, USCIS
History:
Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Music History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

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.

English

I have taken several college level composition, creative writing, and academic writing classes. I dive into English projects with enthusiasm and have helped tutoring students and peers in the past with developing skills to effectively read assigned works, take notes, and write response papers. I have also worked with students on developing strong personal and academic papers. Additionally, I have tutored many students through college and university application processes and papers.

Literature

My knowledge of literature comes first from my love for the subject. I know many classic and contemporary authors. From Charles Dickens to Zora Neale Hurston and more. My personal favorite genre is mystery, and as a side effect I always look at stories and the characters within them as puzzles to solve. This enables me to use critical analysis skills upon an initial reading of a story, which is what I use to build upon in later readings.

Proofreading

I have worked as a proof reader for several organizations, including small print news papers and non-profits such as the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

I have also helped students better their proof reading skills, most of my experience with this is at a college level, but I have a few methods that would work for younger students as well. The earlier someone learns how to proof-read, the better habits they will have!

I have proof read fiction and non fiction, and of course many essays. I have have helped students working on essays as well as adults working on works of fictions.

Additionally I have proof read articles with heavy emphasis on articles meant for a scientific community.

Theatre

I have a diploma and a certificate in Acting for Film and Television from the Vancouver Film School, have participated in many plays over the years as both an actor and as crew, including set design and wardrobe. My strongest skills in theatre are analysis of script/text and memorization methods, then using analysis and memorization techniques to bring the character to life. I have worked with several award winning actors in workshops, and have taught classes for both young children and adults, and have done several private tutoring sessions through word of mouth.

USCIS

I have gone through several immigration processes.

Along with my personal experience, I have taken several public library offered courses on filing and civics. I have also visited with several USCIS officers to inquire about the methodology used by USCIS.

Combining my own personal experience along with my knowledge of USCIS processes, I believe that I can help students achieve their goals of visiting, working, or becoming a citizen of the United States.

Vocabulary

By teaching students how to pre-read and identify the words on a tier that they are unfamiliar with or unsure of, it gives the student a head start on both learning new words and having an easier time understanding course material.

I will expand students vocabulary and in turn spelling skills by teaching different affixes, first starting with a word that they know and then showing how that applies to new words.

I also believe that knowing the roots of a word or a language can help students with future vocabulary skills. I hope to provide students the framework that they need to learn vocabulary on their own when they are ready. I also hope to help with study skills to help with more complex situations that vocabulary might be required for.

Writing

I aim to teach students how to write grade A papers from wherever they are starting. By teaching before- writing techniques it will strengthen the initial draft, and then teaching students how to go through second and third drafts as well.

Finally, I will go over each draft several times with a student to ensure they understand where mistakes might of been made and what areas they could use improvement upon; thus setting a standard guideline for them to use all throughout their life.

My writing tutoring methods align with academic, fictional, and non-fictional requirements.

Zoology

I have taken several university level zoology classes, participated in the Los Angeles Zoo zoology training, been a researcher and writer for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, volunteered at the California Science center with both terrestrial and marine animals, and currently work as an animal care attendant and behaviorist.

Los Angeles Valley College
Foreign Language
Double Major Education
Enrolled

Education

Los Angeles Valley College (Foreign Language)

Double Major Education (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

First lesson $15 off for all first lessons with me! $35 base rate for one student. $15 for additional students- Rate is per student.

Travel policy

Erica will travel within 10 miles of Northridge, CA 91325.