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Sandy G.

Highly-Trained Study Skills Teacher

Highly-Trained Study Skills Teacher

$55/hour

  • 385 hours tutoring

  • Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Bio

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 ...

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.


Education

Northwestern University
Education
Antioch University
Masters
Fresno Pacific University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $55
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 2 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/30/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

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.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

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.
Spelling,

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

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.

English

Grammar,

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.
Spelling

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.

History

American History,

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,

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,

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.
Music History,

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,

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.
World History

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.

Homeschool

Spelling,

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

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.

Most Popular

Study Skills

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.

Music

Music History

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.

Other

Government & Politics,

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.
Study Skills

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.

Special Needs

Study Skills

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.

Summer

Study Skills

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.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Excellent executive functioning skills tutor

Sandy is extremely knowledgeable and able to identify the executive functioning challenges of my high school student. She designed a program to develop and identify routine processes and follow up-exercises related to the planning and completion and timely submission of assignments. She is thorough in her weekly follow ups and planning for future sessions. Highly recommend.

Sonya, 13 lessons with Sandy

Excellent Tutor That Conects With Students

Sandy is an excellent tutor. My son has never looked forward to working with any prior tutors more than Sandy. Sandy connects with her students and makes the tutorial session interesting. Hence Sandy's ability to raise the student's interest in the material makes her a very good and effective teacher. I highly recommend Sandy to anyone looking to improve their study and organization skills.

Jerome, 4 lessons with Sandy

Its a Pleasure to work with Sandy!

We are very happy with the assistance we receive from Sandy. She is very knowledgeable, kind and patient. My son very much enjoys working with her. She provides a great lesson and takes the time to prepare before she comes here. She also is very flexible in her approach to meet the needs of different kinds of students.

Adam, 4 lessons with Sandy

Through and Thoughtful and Results Minded

Sandy has been working with my high school age son on regular basis. What is great about Sandy is that she has kept his particular learning style in mind. She has provided learning strategies and aids that get at my son's individual needs and strengths. Sandy has created a positive learning environment for my son and as a result we have had some real breakthrough's in his learning. My son is doing very well on the work they are doing together. She has been thorough and thoughtful in keeping me up to date and informed. Thank you Sandy! You get a five star recommendation!

Laurene , 27 lessons with Sandy

You will reach your goal

First of all she is very honest and trustful. I explained what I wanted which was highly skillful for writing in 3rd grade level and preparing 4th grade writing at a highly gifted level. We have been living in USA for a few years. She is very helpful and clear. We set the goal at a high level and she is excellent at teaching my son!!!!

Edward, 12 lessons with Sandy

Excellent!

Sandy is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. She has helped me understand much about the computer that I needed. Other tutors I have used would ask me what I wanted to learn and sometimes I had no clue. She will start with teaching me something and then expand on it so I learn what I didn't even know I wanted to learn. Excellent tutor.

Linda, 8 lessons with Sandy

Great Tutor

Prior to meeting Sandy, she took the time to ask about my learning style. Her enthusiasm for getting as much information as possible in order to help me was impressive. Her patience put me at ease. She taught me in a way that I could understand. I feel hopeful for the first time!

Christine, 7 lessons with Sandy

Great teacher!

She is very patient and nice. She explains the grammar very clearly, and it is useful information for my English level.

Yakai, 2 lessons with Sandy

Very Patient!

Sandy G. is a very patient and kind tutor! She helped me with the pre-writing process for my paper. She provided handouts and helped me form my thesis statement. Sandy was a pleasure to work with!

Diane, 1 lesson with Sandy

$55/hour

Sandy G.

$55/hour

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