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Judy L.

San Diego, CA

$25/hour

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Background check passed as of 6/29/15
4.8 average from 32 ratings
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— Amanda, San Diego, CA on 11/17/15

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Maryville University-St.Louis
Washington University (Washington University in St. Louis
Master's

Education

Maryville University-St.Louis

Washington University (Washington University in St. Louis (Master's)

About Judy

My students tell me that I am knowledgeable and understanding in our work together. Individual students are fascinating because each has a unique story. When I'm not teaching, I miss my students.

My Bachelor's degree academic training at Maryville University (as an Honor student) was based on the Oxford tutorial system. My Master's degree is from Washington University --St Louis. College teaching experience, spanning 40 years, includes Imperial Valley College, Compton College in Los Angeles, and Grossmont College in San Diego. I established ESL programs for non-native speakers at both IVC and Compton. High school teaching was two years in both English and Spanish.

More recently I taught Navy students at NAS North Island, Coronado, for both Vincennes University and Central Texas College. (Those institutions have contracts with the Navy.)

My personal experiences include two years living in Mexico City where, of course, I was forced to learn to communicate in Spanish. As a result I can empathize with the non-native speaker whatever the native language is. I specialize in high school and college students, particularly those attempting college-level and prep courses.

The student and I together set up the goals for the next session, and then we follow that with appropriate exercises and/or practice. The point is that we match our study time with the student's needs and desires.
My students tell me that I am knowledgeable and understanding in our work together. Individual students are fascinating because each has a unique story. When I'm not teaching, I miss my students.

My Bachelor's degree academic training at Maryville University (as an Honor student) was based on the Oxford tutorial system. My Master's
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Policies
Cancellation
20 hours notice required

Small group rates TBD.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92111
Background Check: Passed

"Great English Teacher"

- Amanda, San Diego, CA on 11/17/15
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, GED,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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English

Besides both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English, I've tutored and taught English in seated classes for the better part of 40 years.

I know the language inside-out. And the success of my students brings me great joy!

ESL/ESOL

The most difficult language in the world for a non-native speaker to learn is Mandarin Chinese, followed closely by English, number two.

Rules are extensive, spelling and pronunciation inconsistent, and the influences of other languages, such as French and Greek, are pervasive.

Quite a challenge learning English, but I have established ESL programs at two different colleges and have taught non-native speakers from Mexico, Belize, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Germany, Iran, Syria and China.

GED

The best qualification for teaching the GED is knowing what is required of the student at the next level: college.

I know what is required and have taught college level classes over the last 40 years, right up to 2013.

Academically, I have two degrees in English.

Grammar

In our current educational system, grammar is rarely spoken of beyond 6th grade. (I suspect that part of the reason for that is that many teachers do not know grammar themselves.)

My approach is to show function rather than require students to learn unfamiliar terms, such as "absolute phrase" or "coordinating subjunctives." In real life, when is the student ever going to be asked to define those concepts? Never.

But real life DOES require us to write well -- we can do that without the foreign-sounding grammatical terms.

Literature

Literature began with verbal story-telling, before cell phones, TV, movies, or even the printing press.

So why do people tell stories? And why do we love to hear stories?

Who are the writers of the past and present worth reading? I spent 6 years at the university studying those questions.

These are the questions that the student will be able to answer after we spend some time together.

Proofreading

Proofreading is a simple matter of paying attention.

All my years of teaching has taught me how best to "edit" or proofread student essays. I know "little secrets" that I can share with my students.

Reading

Reading is the one skill that the student needs in order to write well.

Largely a matter of practice -- with a guide -- reading may open a whole new world!

SAT Reading

Preparing for the SAT Reading test will include test-taking strategies and techniques. These are not the same as Study Skills.

The reading portion is mostly made up of paragraphs to read and then answer multiple choice questions. Figuring out how to choose the correct answers -- that's what we will do.

Did you know that when a person changes his/her answer on standardized tests, 93% of the time the test-taker changes the right answer to a wrong one?

SAT Writing

This is probably the most challenging part of the SAT for most students.

I've been teaching writing for more than 15 years and have found that the student must be able to recognize his/her errors before he/she can change it. I believe this is training that needs to be one-on-one.

"You can't change what you don't acknowledge." -- Dr. Phil

Spanish

My English degree has a minor in Spanish. I lived in Mexico City for two years. And I frequently use the language in my community.

TOEFL

What's harder than learning English? Mandarin Chinese. I've lived in a foreign country (Spanish-speaking) and know how difficult it is to learn a new language.

Vocabulary

Thirty years ago, the average American had a vocabulary of about 30,000 words. Today that number is 13,000. Why? WWW and technology are more appealing than reading.
So we will brush-up on the vocabulary needed everyday, such as understanding newscasts, school classes, and things modern.

Writing

Writing is the most challenging of the 4 language skills. Writing better doesn't require you to stop speaking other styles, such as informally with friends or conversationally. It just requires upgrading and adding to your skill set.

Maryville University-St.Louis
Washington University (Washington University in St. Louis
Master's

Education

Maryville University-St.Louis

Washington University (Washington University in St. Louis (Master's)

Great English Teacher — She is a great teacher, very patient and good with my teenage daughter. She has a study plan every time she comes and gives us a review of what she did with my daughter. ...

— Amanda, San Diego, CA on 11/17/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Small group rates TBD.

Travel policy

Judy will travel within 10 miles of San Diego, CA 92111.