Lydia V.

Farmington, CT


Lydia, college and continuing education instructor and tutor

In-person lessons
10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/27/13
4.7 average from 7 ratings
Very organized and well-prepared
— Belinda, Basking Ridge, NJ on 8/15/15


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Smith College
Tufts University
University of Connecticut


Smith College (English)

Tufts University (MEd)

University of Connecticut (MBA)

About Lydia

I am an enthusiastic educator and tutor with over 25 years of experience at the secondary school and college levels. As an SAT Essay scorer for the College Board, tutor liaison, and grammar teacher at Capital Community College, and as a former high school counselor and English teacher, I have thoroughly enjoyed facilitating students with diverse abilities and skills to become competent and often passionate writers. Our work is interactive and I often employ online sources, including PowerPoints I have created, Capital's Online Guide to Grammar and Writing, Purdue and the College Board sites to assist students with writing, grammar skills, study skills, preparation of resumes and cover letters and college essays.

My experience has been rich in that I have been able to teach and tutor students for whom English is their second language, adolescents, middle school and elementary school children and adults who are seeking to enhance their public speaking, English and/or essay skills. I continue to believe my greatest pleasure and satisfaction come from teaching and learning from my students. I see myself as an energetic, patient teacher and tutor who enjoys feedback from my students, adapts to their needs and enjoys the process of nurturing a student's growth and development. Also ,I was complimented when the Director of Advancement at Capital Community College employed me to assess and suggest modifications to the online site for grammar and writing. This experience enhanced my own appreciation and understanding of literature and of writing which I have enjoyed passing on to my students. Last, I believe I benefited enormously from the recent experience I have had of serving as a University Supervisor for the NEAG School of Education from the University of Connecticut. As a University Supervisor, I have been able to mentor, guide and evaluate student teachers who aspire to become instructors of English. This invaluable opportunity to coach and learn from the enthusiastic student teachers and their students has enriched my life and helped me see the factors which engage students and augment the learning process.

In addition, during this past year I have tutored students in the areas of psychology, sociology and philosophy at Capital Community College and I have loved the expansion of my responsibilities. Also, since 2008, I have been an enrichment instructor at Farmington's Continuing Education Department and have created and offered courses in SAT and College Application Essay skills and in study skills. The students have ranged in age from twelve to forty as I have occasionally taught middle school students and interested adult learners. All my experiences have brought me great pleasure and satisfaction. I have not only taught but also learned from my students. Recently I have begun tutoring privately and look forward to continuing to do so. Thank you very much for reading a bit about my background and experiences.
I am an enthusiastic educator and tutor with over 25 years of experience at the secondary school and college levels. As an SAT Essay scorer for the College Board, tutor liaison, and grammar teacher at Capital Community College, and as a former high school counselor and English teacher, I have thoroughly enjoyed facilitating students with diverse Read more

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My rate is generally $60.00 per hour, but I am open to a lower rate for a first lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Farmington, CT 06032
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very organized and well-prepared"

- Belinda, Basking Ridge, NJ on 8/15/15
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Career Development,
College Counseling,
GED, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

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.

ACT English

My Master's Degrees from Tufts University in English and Education and from Boston College in Counseling Psychology have given me practice and educational background in the ACT exam. Also, as a high school counselor, I have attended workshops presented by ACT representatives to learn how the ACT is scored and what the test consists of. Lastly and most importantly, I have very much enjoyed instructing students as an enrichment teacher at Farmington's Continuing Education Department, utilizing the ACT's English essay, discussing ways of improving, critiquing, and modifying sample ACT essays and other verbal portions of the exam.

Career Development

I have enjoyed counseling high school students and college students in vocational areas. Specifically, my work has encompassed assisting students with identifying skills, talents, interests and personal qualities and matching these with a variety of occupational options. Together, we have also worked on developing resumes and cover letters for temporary positions, internships and full-time positions. Last, but not least, I have enjoyed helping students become independent employers of software such as Career Cruising to continue their career exploration process.

College Counseling

I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging in college counseling primarily at Southington High School but also in Massachusetts schools and in college settings to assist students who are exploring transferring from two year to four year universities or from high school to a college setting.

My pertinent experiences have included individual and group counseling sessions for students and parents, assistance in financial aid planning, in selecting schools based upon a student's academic performance,standardized test scores, a student's interests, skills, talents and the relationship between these factors and desired schools. Selection of colleges is a very significant issue in a student's life and takes into account a student's preferred location, financial preferences and a student's familiarity with a college. I have enjoyed the process of assisting students with the college search and selection process very much for over 15 years.

My educational qualifications for college and career counseling include a Master's Degree from Boston College in Counseling Psychology and Counseling Education at the secondary school and college levels and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Smith College's School for Social Work. In addition, I have taken numerous additional graduate courses and continuing education workshops and courses in college and career counseling in both Connecticut and in Massachusetts.

Criminal Justice

I believe I am qualified to tutor in the area of Criminal Justice based upon my occupational experience as a tutor of students pursuing this subject and my experience in this field. First, I have tutored students writing essays for criminal justice courses at Capital Community College since being employed at the college from 2008 through the present. Secondly, I have had a part-time position in Criminal Justice as a research analyst for a pre-employment firm, also from 2008 through the present. This position involves determining if a potential applicant has committed a crime or crimes, generating reports for employers and engaging in communication with and research with court personnel to compose an accurate, professional background check and report. These opportunities qualify me, I believe, and have generated my interest in tutoring students pursuing criminal justice courses and/or occupations. Thank you.


I believe I am qualified to tutor students preparing for the Praxis 1 Exam, in particular in the areas of reading and writing based upon my interests, education and experience.

First, I have earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut's School of Management and gained expertise in coursework including: accounting, AP Statistics, and finance which require knowledge of algebra, calculus and geometry. I have taught and tutored adults in math skills such as algebra and math operations as well as computer skills as an employee of Connecticut's CREC Program from 2007 to 2008. Also, I tutored adults in reading, grammar and English through the CREC Program.

I have genuinely enjoyed assisting students with preparation for standardized tests, particularly in verbal areas and in writing skills for over 25 years. Since 2008, I have worked with and taught adults at the college level and I have been an enrichment instructor at Farmington's Continuing Education Department, teaching grammar, reading interpretation, essay skills, study strategies, and test preparation methods.

In terms of educational preparation, in addition to earning an MBA, I have acquired a Master's Degree from Tufts University in the Teaching of English at the secondary level and a Bachelor's Degree from Smith College with a major in English, encompassing an emphasis on writing and analysis of literature. I have thoroughly enjoyed supplementing my education with graduate courses and workshops in study skills, reading, and in test preparation. Last, I am certified as a reading and English teacher in the state of Massachusetts.

It would give me great pleasure and satisfaction to help students complete the Praxis 1 Exam successfully. Thank you very much for considering my application.


My Master's Degree in Education and in English as well as my Bachelor's Degree in English involved editing, revising and submitting many essays and research papers and included courses in expository writing, suited for becoming an editor/proofreader.

My vocational experience has encompassed being an editor and proofreader for D.C. Heath and Company in which I researched and edited materials in the disciplines of history and art history while corresponding with textbook authors. For the last several years, I have edited essays, research papers and applications of undergraduates and college graduates, aspiring to attend institutions of higher learning and/or to assume positions in diverse fields. Colleagues have also sought my services as a proofreader to assist them in developing comprehensive essays for final exams and application essays to competitive colleges of higher education, such as Trinity College in Hartford.

It has been most rewarding and satisfying for me to be a proofreader and I value the training and education I have had in using proofreading symbols and in learning the art of proofreading to edit texts and assist students and writers.

Public Speaking

I have tutored students for several years at Capital Community College in this subject. More specifically, as they have brought me their Public Speaking assignments, I have helped them brainstorm ideas for notes and presentations, helped them develop supporting arguments for their thesis and topic sentences and helped them to edit their Public Speaking essays. I received education in Public Speaking when I earned my Master's Degree from Tufts University in Education and English and I have engaged in public speaking presentations myself with classrooms of students and parent audiences, particularly when I served as a high school counselor.

SAT Reading

It has been a source of great pleasure and satisfaction for me to prepare students in developing strategies for success with the Reading section of the SAT Tests. As a tutor and English and Reading teacher at the college and secondary levels, I have enjoyed utilizing my graduate work in English, reading and study skills to help students develop methods for identifying main ideas, inferences, and engaging in contextual analysis. My experience of teaching and the assorted workshops I have attended in enhancing reading comprehension skills have been of continued benefit to me as I have worked with students.

The courses and workshops I attended over the past several years have been sponsored by the community college where I serve as a tutor and teacher of literature, reading, essay, grammar, study and social science skills and also by the College Board. In addition, for many years I scored standardized tests in reading, including the SAT Tests for the College Board, and believe this experience, along with the superior supervision I received, has enhanced my ability to serve students as they prepare for the SAT Reading section. In sum, I feel fortunate that my background has enabled me to provide assistance to students as they learn methods to be successful on the reading portions of the SAT Tests and as they embark on the pleasure and challenge of reading diverse types of literature and passages.

Study Skills

As a former English and Reading Teacher and current tutor at Capital Community College in areas including study skills, I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting students in this area. In addition, I have attended multiple professional development workshops and have completed graduate work from Boston University in this specific area. Lastly, I have developed a curriculum for study skills and test taking tips, including time management, skimming, reading for retention and test preparation strategies. I have also had over 20 years of experience assisting students with study skills as an educator in public and private school settings, including the Needham, Mass. Schools, St. George's School in Rhodes Island, and the Southington Schools.


I have had the pleasure and satisfaction of being a teacher of writing for over 20 years as a high school English teacher, reading consultant, enrichment instructor in Farmington's Continuing Education Department and as a tutor and teacher of essay and grammar workshops at Capital Community College.

In addition,I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English at Smith College and a Master's Degree in the Teaching of English from Tufts University.

I also assisted students as a school counselor with editing and writing their college essays. Because of my own passion for writing, I enjoyed writing student recommendations for colleges and helping other counselors by reviewing college application essays submitted to them.

Writing is a passion, an avocation for me and teaching writing skills gives me great satisfaction and joy. I consider the teaching of writing a way of life rather than a job and feel blessed I have been able to assist students in this area.

Smith College
Tufts University
University of Connecticut


Smith College (English)

Tufts University (MEd)

University of Connecticut (MBA)

Very organized and well-prepared

Lydia returns my emails very quick every time. She sent me an email before my son's first class and told me her plan regarding my son's tutoring. We were 15 minutes earlier for the first class and she was already there with all materials ready. The packages she prepares for my son are thorough and neat. She even remind me that my son needs to start preparing for PSAT. A very organized and well pr

— Belinda, Basking Ridge, NJ on 8/15/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate is generally $60.00 per hour, but I am open to a lower rate for a first lesson.

Travel policy

Lydia will travel within 15 miles of Farmington, CT 06032.