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Sandy G.

Santa Monica, CA

$55/hour

Highly-Trained Study Skills Teacher

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/30/14
4.8 average from 71 ratings
Great Experience!
— Rebecca, Los Angeles, CA on 8/24/14

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Northwestern University
Education
Antioch University
Master's
Fresno Pacific University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Northwestern University (Education)

Antioch University (Master's)

Fresno Pacific University (Graduate Coursework)

About Sandy

I am more than a tutor. I am a teacher. What does that mean? That means that I use highly regarded, research-based instructional programs that I have been thoroughly trained to use for all of the academic subjects I teach. And since each student has different learning styles and needs, it means that I know how to customize these programs to fit the level and need of each student. I use professional assessments to determine each student’s current level of academic achievement, so I can target and fill in any gaps in the foundational skills in each subject.

I have been a literacy teacher since 2008, and since 2009, credentialed to teach all of the subjects in social science at the secondary level. These include US and world history, government, geography, and economics. My MA is from Antioch University and my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University is in education. I am currently completing my Librarian Services Credential and have worked as a Teacher Librarian for both the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Until its closure in 2013, I also worked as a literacy teacher at The Kelter Center in Los Angeles where I was trained to use state-of-the art, research-based methods for teaching all aspects of literacy – decoding (phonics), spelling, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar and writing - and study skills. I have also worked for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, using their critically acclaimed instructional programs for teaching basic reading skills.

I enjoy teaching one-to-one, because I like young people and learning about them, their interests and their ways of learning and finding the best way for them to master a particular skill. In a 6-week intensive program, my students typically advance by at least one-grade level in their reading and writing scores. I have recommendations from many satisfied parents and students.
I am more than a tutor. I am a teacher. What does that mean? That means that I use highly regarded, research-based instructional programs that I have been thoroughly trained to use for all of the academic subjects I teach. And since each student has different learning styles and needs, it means that I know how to customize these programs to fit Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403
Background Check: Passed

"Great Experience!"

- Rebecca, Los Angeles, CA on 8/24/14

"Excellent executive functioning skills tutor"

- Sonya, Los Angeles, CA on 5/16/17

"Excellent Tutor That Conects With Students"

- Jerome, Los Angeles, CA on 9/10/16

"Its a Pleasure to work with Sandy!"

- Adam, Calabasas, CA on 8/9/16

"Through and Thoughtful and Results Minded"

- Laurene, Santa Monica, CA on 7/29/15

"You will reach your goal"

- Edward, Los Angeles, CA on 7/1/15

"Excellent!"

- Linda, Santa Monica, CA on 10/14/14

"Great Tutor"

- Christine, Los Angeles, CA on 8/14/14

"Great teacher!"

- Yakai, Los Angeles, CA on 6/9/14

"Very Patient!"

- Diane, Culver City, CA on 6/9/14

"Very patient, very helpful, and caring"

- Mohammad, Bakersfield, CA on 6/5/14

"Kind and patient"

- Dyanne, Studio City, CA on 1/5/14
Music:
Music History
English:
Grammar
Special Needs:
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling,
Study Skills

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.

American History

I hold a California single subject teaching credential in social science (history, geography, economics and government). In addition, as literacy teacher at The Kelter Center in Los Angeles, I taught students strategies for reading non-fiction texts and writing expository essays, both of which are the staple of secondary-level history classes. I love history and am an avid reader of both American and European history.

European History

I hold a California single subject teaching credential in social science (history, geography, economics and government). In addition, as literacy teacher at The Kelter Center in Los Angeles, I taught students strategies for reading non-fiction texts and writing expository essays, both of which are the staple of secondary-level history classes. I love history and am an avid reader of American and European history.

Government & Politics

I am certificated to teach 12th grade government and economics. In addition, I have been an avid student of politics since my first Poli Sci 101 course in college. I have worked in government at the local and state level here in Santa Monica and California respectively, and volunteered in many presidential elections.

Grammar

I worked for four years as a literacy teacher at an education center in Los Angeles. I was trained to use the following programs for teaching grammar: Winston Grammar, Step Up to Writing (Sopris), and The Sentence Writing Strategy (University of Kansas Learning Strategies). These are highly regarded, research-based, multi-modal instructional programs that have been proven to work for all student learning styles. These methods also work very well for ESL students. So far I have worked with three SMC international students and all three were highly satisfied with the results.

Music History

I have been listening to all forms of western music since I was very young, and I studied music theory, sight singing and composition in college. And I'm a history teacher. So I know the sequence of the periods in western music, the composers in each period and their significant works, and the harmonic and rhythmic structures and instrumentation that distinguishes each period. I am a singer, songwriter and a piano player and I have a very finely tuned ear.

Social Studies

I have an MA in Social Science from Antioch University Seattle and am certified to teach all of the social sciences (history, economics, geography, and government) in secondary schools in California.

Spelling

I am a credentialed teacher, and I have been a language arts tutor since 2006. I have been trained by Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers and The Kelter Center in Los Angeles, both highly regarded leaders in literacy instruction. Difficulties with spelling are usually based on difficulty in clearly processing the sounds of English (phonemes) and connecting them to their orthographic patterns (letters). So my spelling instruction focuses on strengthening the connection between letters and their sounds using multiple modalities, and teaching explicit rules for reading and spelling words, both one-syllable and multi-syllable.

Study Skills

I have been teaching study skills since 2011. I use the Executive Functioning Workbook by Melissa Mullin, Ph.D. The skills covered include using a planner to track all assignments; scheduling time for homework, studying for tests and other activities; breaking down long-term assignments into manageable chunks; and techniques for active reading, taking notes in class, preparing for tests, and reducing test-taking anxiety.

Study skills are necessary for success in school. Recent research shows that they may be more important to success than general intelligence. And they can be taught. As an educator, nothing is more important to me than student success.

World History

I hold a California single subject teaching credential in social science, which includes history, geography, economics and government. I am also a literacy teacher. I worked at The Kelter Center Educational Therapy in Los Angeles for four years, where I taught students strategies for comprehending non-fiction texts and writing expository essays. These are the heart of history classes. I love history and I'm an avid reader of all periods of history.

Northwestern University
Education
Antioch University
Master's
Fresno Pacific University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Northwestern University (Education)

Antioch University (Master's)

Fresno Pacific University (Graduate Coursework)

Great Experience!

Sandy has been extremely competent in her approach to teaching reading to my son. I chose her in particular for her approach to teaching based on a specific deficit area and a particular program which she said she had experience with. She has proven to be as knowledgeable as she claimed and my son is making progress. She is always accessible and her personality is a nice balance between friendli

— Rebecca, Los Angeles, CA on 8/24/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sandy will travel within 2 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403.