NEW FEATURES MORE

Search

Judy L.

San Diego, CA

$25/hour

English-Easy

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/29/15
4.6 average from 53 ratings
Excellent tutor
— Sean, San Diego, CA on 11/8/16

$25/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Judy will reply soon.

Response time: 5 hours

Contact Judy

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

If you have looked at my qualifications, you will note that I have spent many years teaching college English. I have created multiple exercises pinpointing a number of common trouble spots for students wanting to improve their essay writing. My approach is always positive -- and productive. I begin by learning from the student what his/her goals are and what level of skill he/she is working with. My students' improvement is evident in courses following mine. We achieve that improvement through gradual change and an increase in self-confidence.
Another area I can offer guidance in is for standardized tests, such as the SAT and/or Toefl, preparation including hints and strategies as well as writing practice.
I invite you to participate in a partnership with me.
If you have looked at my qualifications, you will note that I have spent many years teaching college English. I have created multiple exercises pinpointing a number of common trouble spots for students wanting to improve their essay writing. My approach is always positive -- and productive. I begin by learning from the student what his/her goals Read more

Policies
Cancellation
20 hours notice required

Small group rates TBD.

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

"Excellent tutor"

- Sean, San Diego, CA on 11/8/16

"Good First lesson"

- Timothy, San Diego, CA on 1/11/17

"Amazing teacher, full of knowledge!"

- Maria, San Diego, CA on 10/14/16

"Great English Teacher"

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

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

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.

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)

Excellent tutor

Judy is a great tutor who has a different tutoring approach than others. While still teaching the writing strategies and informing about the creative process, she asked a lot of questions to see what kind of person I am, so that she can teach me based on what I need right now. I usually find other tutors boring, because I feel like they just teach to teach, but I found Judy's methods very interest

— Sean, San Diego, CA on 11/8/16

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.