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Nancy J.

Friendly, Credentialed/Experienced Tutor, K-6 + all Language Arts

Friendly, Credentialed/Experienced Tutor, K-6 + all Language Arts

$72/hour

  • 262 hours tutoring

  • Santa Monica Santa Monica, CA 90401

About Nancy


Bio

Welcome potential students! If you need a dedicated, patient, and highly-qualified tutor, try me! I've spent 30+ yrs. successfully teaching and tutoring. My primary tutoring goals are to help you develop confidence, achieve your academic objectives, and have a good time while doing so.

My background includes a B.A. from UCLA with a major in English literature, so it follows that I've done lots of writing. I've been published in local magazines and have a Lifetime Multiple Subjects...

Welcome potential students! If you need a dedicated, patient, and highly-qualified tutor, try me! I've spent 30+ yrs. successfully teaching and tutoring. My primary tutoring goals are to help you develop confidence, achieve your academic objectives, and have a good time while doing so.

My background includes a B.A. from UCLA with a major in English literature, so it follows that I've done lots of writing. I've been published in local magazines and have a Lifetime Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. I've taught in four schools in the Los Angeles area. Since I've taught and tutored every grade from K through six, I have a strong background in all elementary subjects. I have experience teaching struggling students as well as gifted and talented children. I've also received PTA teaching awards twice in my tenure as a classroom teacher. Currently I enjoy tutoring on a part-time basis. I've been successful teaching and tutoring reading, mathematics, phonics, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and I can help with homework and academic organization.

However, I'm not limited to teaching Elementary School (K-5). I'm also excellent at teaching reading, writing, and English at ALL levels, including high school, college, and beyond. I've scored in the top 10% of test takers and can assist you with test preparation in SAT Reading, SAT writing, ACT English, ACT Reading, and Lower Level ISEE. I can help you review, analyze, and polish your stories and essays whether you're primary level to high school, college, or beyond.

I often begin by assessing your skills (or your child's) so we'll know exactly what we need to accomplish. My tutoring lessons are custom-tailored to your needs and utilize multiple teaching modalities. I provide periodic reports and assessments and adjust our lessons accordingly. You'll find I'm well-prepared, punctual, patient, thorough, and that I have a sense of humor. I believe in cultivating a great tutor/student relationship, and I try to make our lessons enjoyable.

I offer the option of meeting for private lessons at one of the study rooms at the main Santa Monica Library where I offer a $5/hr discount for lessons. However, I also travel to other locations. In addition, I am now tutoring online for grades 3 and up, and I have experience teaching home school.

When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy my two dogs, walking adventure groups, reading, taking classes myself, and all kinds of art.

I believe everyone has talents they bring to the table. I'm eager to meet you and help you utilize your talents to feel confident and enjoy success in meeting your goals!


Education

University of California at Los Angeles
English Literature
University of California at Los Angeles
Graduate Coursework
University of San Diego, CA
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $72
  • Rate details: Discount ($5/hr) for multiple student homes when lessons are at same session. For no shows or cancellations with less than 8 hours notice, I may charge a half-hour cancellation fee.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/21/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

As an undergraduate English major, I did a lot of writing. I've also done some freelance writing for magazines. I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching grammar, and I am strong at revising both grammar and style in essays from elementary to adult.
Proofreading

Proofreading

Teachers proofread everyday and, since I've spent 30+ yrs. in the teaching profession, I've done a lot of proofreading. I have a good eye, plus I've done a lot of writing in my life, so I don't miss much!

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a wealth of experience teaching Elementary (K-6) and hold a Lifetime Standard Elementary Credential. I've completed 27 years of full-time teaching in all subjects in elementary school plus approximately six years of private tutoring. My experience is in every grade from K to 6 and includes reading, writing, math, spelling, grammar, punctuation, phonics, and comprehension. I design and implement individualized programs based on the needs of each student. I've enjoyed successfully teaching all types of students from struggling to gifted.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have extensive experience teaching mathematics to students in every grade in Elementary School as well as tutoring students one-to-one for five years in mathematics. I hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I've also successfully prepared my students to pass standardized tests each of those years and while tutoring.
Grammar,

Grammar

As an undergraduate English major, I did a lot of writing. I've also done some freelance writing for magazines. I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching grammar, and I am strong at revising both grammar and style in essays from elementary to adult.
Phonics,

Phonics

I hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential which I've utilized in teaching reading as well as other subjects. I taught first grade for four years and second grade for nine years. Both grades require teaching phonics. In my 27 years teaching for LAUSD, I taught a number of different reading styles, but all included teaching phonics.
Reading,

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading in the classroom at every grade level from K through 6, as well as tutoring reading one-to-one for five years. I also hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I'm highly experienced and skilled at teaching reading via multiple modalities. I design individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Whether your need be phonics, language experience, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or comprehension, I can help you or your child improve. I've always loved reading myself, and I've had abundant experience in helping others learn to love reading as well!
Spelling,

Spelling

Although I'm a natural speller, I recognize that not everyone is. To help my students master spelling, I know the rules, and I've gathered together creative ways of helping them remember patterns. I've had extensive experience teaching spelling as well as other language arts with 27 years in the classroom and 5 years as a tutor at every grade level from K through 6. There are a lot of activities that can make spelling fun as well, and I incorporate them. These methods help my students develop both their vocabulary and spelling, so they can be successful in all areas of language arts.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I get a big kick out of words. Using just the right one makes such a difference in how a person is perceived either verbally or in writing! When I was a kid I would look up words I was unfamiliar with, which helped me build a robust vocabulary. I was also an English Lit major in college and have 30+ yrs. teaching background to enhance my ability to get information across to students.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I've always scored in the 99th percentile on tests of my English skills. That, and my English major in college and my extensive teaching experience in verbal skills, makes me very qualified to tutor students in this subject area.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Reading Comprehension has always been one of my top skills. I've consistently scored in the top tier of reading tests, including the ACT. I also hold an English Lit degree from UCLA and have 30+ yrs. teaching experience. Reading, including good comprehension, is the gateway to all learning, and I can help you improve yours.
English,

English

Besides holding an English Literature degree from UCLA, I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching proper English form, whether it be written or verbal. I'm the person friends and colleagues come to when they want to check if their grammar/spelling/ and/or punctuation is correct! I can also help you if English is your second language and your speaking skills are good, but you need to work on writing it properly.
Grammar,

Grammar

As an undergraduate English major, I did a lot of writing. I've also done some freelance writing for magazines. I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching grammar, and I am strong at revising both grammar and style in essays from elementary to adult.
Literature,

Literature

I was an English literature major in college and I'm a voracious reader...always have been. I enjoy sharing literature with my students, and helping them hone their language arts skills while enjoying their reading.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Teachers proofread everyday and, since I've spent 30+ yrs. in the teaching profession, I've done a lot of proofreading. I have a good eye, plus I've done a lot of writing in my life, so I don't miss much!
Reading,

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading in the classroom at every grade level from K through 6, as well as tutoring reading one-to-one for five years. I also hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I'm highly experienced and skilled at teaching reading via multiple modalities. I design individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Whether your need be phonics, language experience, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or comprehension, I can help you or your child improve. I've always loved reading myself, and I've had abundant experience in helping others learn to love reading as well!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I hold a Standard Lifetime Teaching Credential. Language Arts has always been my forte, and I've always scored in the 99th percentile on assessments of language ability. My ability to impart learning is bolstered by 27 years of teaching experience with LAUSD and five years of private tutoring experience. I am up-to-date on the latest changes for the SAT!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As an undergraduate English major, I successfully wrote many essays. I've also had some articles published in magazines and was told my submissions needed no editing. I have 30 years of experience teaching writing skills to others, and I enjoy doing so!
Spelling,

Spelling

Although I'm a natural speller, I recognize that not everyone is. To help my students master spelling, I know the rules, and I've gathered together creative ways of helping them remember patterns. I've had extensive experience teaching spelling as well as other language arts with 27 years in the classroom and 5 years as a tutor at every grade level from K through 6. There are a lot of activities that can make spelling fun as well, and I incorporate them. These methods help my students develop both their vocabulary and spelling, so they can be successful in all areas of language arts.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I get a big kick out of words. Using just the right one makes such a difference in how a person is perceived either verbally or in writing! When I was a kid I would look up words I was unfamiliar with, which helped me build a robust vocabulary. I was also an English Lit major in college and have 30+ yrs. teaching background to enhance my ability to get information across to students.
Writing

Writing

I have extensive experience teaching writing in the classroom for 27 years and via one-to-one tutoring for 5 years. I hold an English degree from UCLA and am a credentialed teacher. I've also had articles published in magazines (Los Angeles Magazine and San Fernando Valley Magazine), where I was told my writing did not need editing. I've had experience teaching writing in every grade from K through 6, beginning with writing a sentence through writing polished 5-paragraph essays. I've also helped polish rough drafts and given advice on rough draft essays up to and including adult level. I thoroughly enjoy the written word, including reading, writing, and teaching it. It's like painting a picture with words!

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a wealth of experience teaching Elementary (K-6) and hold a Lifetime Standard Elementary Credential. I've completed 27 years of full-time teaching in all subjects in elementary school plus approximately six years of private tutoring. My experience is in every grade from K to 6 and includes reading, writing, math, spelling, grammar, punctuation, phonics, and comprehension. I design and implement individualized programs based on the needs of each student. I've enjoyed successfully teaching all types of students from struggling to gifted.
English,

English

Besides holding an English Literature degree from UCLA, I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching proper English form, whether it be written or verbal. I'm the person friends and colleagues come to when they want to check if their grammar/spelling/ and/or punctuation is correct! I can also help you if English is your second language and your speaking skills are good, but you need to work on writing it properly.
Reading,

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading in the classroom at every grade level from K through 6, as well as tutoring reading one-to-one for five years. I also hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I'm highly experienced and skilled at teaching reading via multiple modalities. I design individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Whether your need be phonics, language experience, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or comprehension, I can help you or your child improve. I've always loved reading myself, and I've had abundant experience in helping others learn to love reading as well!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I hold a Standard Lifetime Teaching Credential. Language Arts has always been my forte, and I've always scored in the 99th percentile on assessments of language ability. My ability to impart learning is bolstered by 27 years of teaching experience with LAUSD and five years of private tutoring experience. I am up-to-date on the latest changes for the SAT!
Spelling,

Spelling

Although I'm a natural speller, I recognize that not everyone is. To help my students master spelling, I know the rules, and I've gathered together creative ways of helping them remember patterns. I've had extensive experience teaching spelling as well as other language arts with 27 years in the classroom and 5 years as a tutor at every grade level from K through 6. There are a lot of activities that can make spelling fun as well, and I incorporate them. These methods help my students develop both their vocabulary and spelling, so they can be successful in all areas of language arts.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.
Writing

Writing

I have extensive experience teaching writing in the classroom for 27 years and via one-to-one tutoring for 5 years. I hold an English degree from UCLA and am a credentialed teacher. I've also had articles published in magazines (Los Angeles Magazine and San Fernando Valley Magazine), where I was told my writing did not need editing. I've had experience teaching writing in every grade from K through 6, beginning with writing a sentence through writing polished 5-paragraph essays. I've also helped polish rough drafts and given advice on rough draft essays up to and including adult level. I thoroughly enjoy the written word, including reading, writing, and teaching it. It's like painting a picture with words!

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a wealth of experience teaching Elementary (K-6) and hold a Lifetime Standard Elementary Credential. I've completed 27 years of full-time teaching in all subjects in elementary school plus approximately six years of private tutoring. My experience is in every grade from K to 6 and includes reading, writing, math, spelling, grammar, punctuation, phonics, and comprehension. I design and implement individualized programs based on the needs of each student. I've enjoyed successfully teaching all types of students from struggling to gifted.
English,

English

Besides holding an English Literature degree from UCLA, I have 30+ yrs. experience teaching proper English form, whether it be written or verbal. I'm the person friends and colleagues come to when they want to check if their grammar/spelling/ and/or punctuation is correct! I can also help you if English is your second language and your speaking skills are good, but you need to work on writing it properly.
Reading,

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading in the classroom at every grade level from K through 6, as well as tutoring reading one-to-one for five years. I also hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I'm highly experienced and skilled at teaching reading via multiple modalities. I design individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Whether your need be phonics, language experience, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or comprehension, I can help you or your child improve. I've always loved reading myself, and I've had abundant experience in helping others learn to love reading as well!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.
Writing

Writing

I have extensive experience teaching writing in the classroom for 27 years and via one-to-one tutoring for 5 years. I hold an English degree from UCLA and am a credentialed teacher. I've also had articles published in magazines (Los Angeles Magazine and San Fernando Valley Magazine), where I was told my writing did not need editing. I've had experience teaching writing in every grade from K through 6, beginning with writing a sentence through writing polished 5-paragraph essays. I've also helped polish rough drafts and given advice on rough draft essays up to and including adult level. I thoroughly enjoy the written word, including reading, writing, and teaching it. It's like painting a picture with words!

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.

Special Needs

Phonics,

Phonics

I hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential which I've utilized in teaching reading as well as other subjects. I taught first grade for four years and second grade for nine years. Both grades require teaching phonics. In my 27 years teaching for LAUSD, I taught a number of different reading styles, but all included teaching phonics.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a wealth of experience teaching Elementary (K-6) and hold a Lifetime Standard Elementary Credential. I've completed 27 years of full-time teaching in all subjects in elementary school plus approximately six years of private tutoring. My experience is in every grade from K to 6 and includes reading, writing, math, spelling, grammar, punctuation, phonics, and comprehension. I design and implement individualized programs based on the needs of each student. I've enjoyed successfully teaching all types of students from struggling to gifted.
Reading,

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading in the classroom at every grade level from K through 6, as well as tutoring reading one-to-one for five years. I also hold a Lifetime Standard Teaching Credential. I'm highly experienced and skilled at teaching reading via multiple modalities. I design individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Whether your need be phonics, language experience, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or comprehension, I can help you or your child improve. I've always loved reading myself, and I've had abundant experience in helping others learn to love reading as well!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I taught 1st through 6th grades for LAUSD for 27 years as well as several years spent tutoring students privately. Study skills are essential for mastery of elementary school subjects. I successfully prepared many students for standardized tests both during the school year and at year end.
Writing

Writing

I have extensive experience teaching writing in the classroom for 27 years and via one-to-one tutoring for 5 years. I hold an English degree from UCLA and am a credentialed teacher. I've also had articles published in magazines (Los Angeles Magazine and San Fernando Valley Magazine), where I was told my writing did not need editing. I've had experience teaching writing in every grade from K through 6, beginning with writing a sentence through writing polished 5-paragraph essays. I've also helped polish rough drafts and given advice on rough draft essays up to and including adult level. I thoroughly enjoy the written word, including reading, writing, and teaching it. It's like painting a picture with words!

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I've always scored in the 99th percentile on tests of my English skills. That, and my English major in college and my extensive teaching experience in verbal skills, makes me very qualified to tutor students in this subject area.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Reading Comprehension has always been one of my top skills. I've consistently scored in the top tier of reading tests, including the ACT. I also hold an English Lit degree from UCLA and have 30+ yrs. teaching experience. Reading, including good comprehension, is the gateway to all learning, and I can help you improve yours.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I hold a Standard Lifetime Teaching Credential. Language Arts has always been my forte, and I've always scored in the 99th percentile on assessments of language ability. My ability to impart learning is bolstered by 27 years of teaching experience with LAUSD and five years of private tutoring experience. I am up-to-date on the latest changes for the SAT!
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

As an undergraduate English major, I successfully wrote many essays. I've also had some articles published in magazines and was told my submissions needed no editing. I have 30 years of experience teaching writing skills to others, and I enjoy doing so!

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


best tutor ever

Nancy is an expert tutor my daughter was behind then after one week her teacher told me she is improving I’m glad that we met her thank you Nancy

Hanouf, 12 lessons with Nancy

Elementary Math Lesson

We are very pleased with Nancy and the progress our child has made and our child loves Nancy. The two have been working together since the end of the last school year (2nd grade) where core math posed a big challenge. She scored 80% on her first test in the 3rd grade and her confidence level has definitely increased! We are all very pleased.

Hortensia, 51 lessons with Nancy
Tutor responded:

Thank you Hortensia! I enjoy working with your child and with the family.

A great tutor

Miss Nancy is a great, well experienced tutor. She knows how to communicate with a young kid. She has helped my son to improve his Academy performance. I am so glad I can have her teaching my son.

Ann, 28 lessons with Nancy
Tutor responded:

Thank you Ann. I enjoy working with your son!

Above and Beyond.

Receiving tutoring from Nancy has exceeded my expectations. Her services do not stop with offering your child qualified tutoring. She provides weekly write ups on progress which is helpful for busy parents to keep up to date. Our situation is a rather challenging one and Nancy has been able to connect and gain the respect of our child to ensure that his weekly lessons are positive and beneficial. You won't be disappointed. Thank you Nancy....

Miki, 11 lessons with Nancy
Tutor responded:

That's lovely Miki. I know you're especially busy right now, and I appreciate the time you took to write this gracious testimonial.

Wonderful!

Nancy is extremely positive, organized, and professional. You can tell she loves to teach and genuinely wants to help my son. I am positive she will make a big difference in my son's academic life.

Betsy, 4 lessons with Nancy
Tutor responded:

Thank you Betsy!

Very detailed

Ms Nancy J. was just what I needed to prep up for the SAT. She was patient, helpful, kind, and gave me more than I needed! Thank you so much!

Shadooneh, 2 lessons with Nancy

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