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Gina B.

Deland, FL

$65/hour

Top Writer/Editor Teaches Math Geeks SAT/ACT English + Essay Writing

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/22/16
4.9 average from 17 ratings
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— Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16

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Hood College
English Literature

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Hood College (English Literature)

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Wyzant's top-ranked SAT/ACT English, reading, and writing tutor in DeLand (usually in top 5-10 for Lake Mary)...

Reading and writing *specialist*...Would you ask an English teacher to tutor you in math? Consulting with a reading/writing specialist usually saves time and money in the long run. It also protects the student from small errors that could lead to larger ones.

Hi, I'm Gina. I want to take your reading and writing to levels you could never have imagined for yourself or your child. Great English skills develop clarity of thought, high-level problem-solving, and an increased ability to persuade, which produce greater success in business, greater earning potential, and greater success in life in general.

These abilities are not just for an elite few; I am convinced that anyone can become an excellent reader, writer, or test-taker—with all the benefits that entails—with the right coaching. I will not mislead you—the student must also be willing to work on something that at first may feel uncomfortable. But given that, the sky is the limit.

What is different about my approach from other tutors? First, in addition to teaching experience, I have 15 years of curriculum development experience. Every one of my students receives personal assessment and an individual learning plan (curriculum) based on his or her strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Keying in to the student's unique characteristics and keeping a light, fun atmosphere yields long-lasting improvements faster than other approaches.

Second, my 19 years of teaching experience, combined with my 20 years as a top-level writer and editor (I did both at the same time) mean even my elementary students learn real-world best practices. My goal is to work myself out of a job as quickly as possible, which often happens for my students within a few months, depending on their goals and challenges. Lessons with a subject matter expert at the top of his or her field are an investment in the student's future that will pay lifelong dividends.

My writing career started in college when I was recruited from a business writing class into an editing internship at a “Fortune 500” high tech company.

After graduation, I was immediately chosen over long-term tech writing staff to work directly with corporate vice presidents on their writing projects. Special writing projects for the parent company, local tech groups, and our government customer began ending up on my desk.

Because of this experience, I was invited to manage production and edit tech documents that served as an essential guide to national leaders in business, industry, research, and government.

Later, I edited books and curriculum for a major specialty publisher. In the meantime, my work was published in “Country” magazine and many others. I also produced advertising copy for small business. I enjoyed writing and editing as a career, but I find even greater satisfaction in helping others learn to write.

While I never intended to pursue a career in teaching, the career found me. Though I had done well in English previously, I struggled as a high school senior, when I just could not connect to the stultifying rules the AP English teacher laid down. I got many “D's” and “F's” on my papers, and I just couldn't seem to do better. I suddenly hated writing and gave up on being good at it. Because of this experience, I understand the dread and embarrassment students have when things just don't come together in reading and writing.

My English 101 professor turned my life around with her refreshing approach. I began to look forward to papers and essay exams, since I aced them using her methods. Unexpectedly, I found myself majoring in English and loving it. I want to be that catalyst of success for my students.

During a college teaching assistantship for students in remedial English, I began unlocking the code of what hinders students from writing well. Later, I homeschooled my children through all 12 years (so I have taught nearly every subject at every level, K-12). They struggled academically, so I worked tirelessly to find methods that would reach them. I understand the desperation of parents and the insecurity of their children who don't read well. Soon, I was coaching other students with excellent feedback.

I also have devised strategies for reading, writing, and SAT/ACT/AP prep that go beyond canned curricula and conventional teaching methods. My successful students include dyslexics, techies, math geeks, artists, teen business geniuses, and just regular people.

One of my students, who struggled with dyslexia for years, eventually wrote outstanding graduate papers for a top-tier university (with a little proofreading help). Another star student wrote an allegorical essay about her high school achievements to apply to the top-tier fashion school of her choice. I have taken grade-level seventh-graders to college competency level on the SAT within a few months. I have unlocked keys to better vocabulary for the SAT for non-native English speakers applying to top-tier schools. The only requirements are willingness to learn and to work at it.

Better reading and writing translate into clearer thinking, better problem solving, more successful persuasion, greater financial rewards, and higher levels of responsibility. Great readers and writers also can pass these skills to their children. Time and money invested in them will pay dividends far into the future.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

*All help provided according to the academic honor policies of Wyzant and the student's institution. All tutoring of minors is done in the presence of an adult, online, or in public.*
Wyzant's top-ranked SAT/ACT English, reading, and writing tutor in DeLand (usually in top 5-10 for Lake Mary)...

Reading and writing *specialist*...Would you ask an English teacher to tutor you in math? Consulting with a reading/writing specialist usually saves time and money in the long run. It also protects the student from small
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90% attendance to hold an ongoing spot. Wyzant's academic honesty policy followed. Some sessions have min times. Please set up online 30 mins before first session; lesson starts on time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Deland, FL 32720
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"Essay help"

- Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16
Math:
Elementary Math
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Common Core,
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TEAS
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Economics, Public Speaking

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.

Bible Studies

I have taught Bible at the high school level for 4 years as well as personally reading and studying the Bible with reference books for about 28 years.

Common Core

I have taught elementary reading and math for the past year using Common Core-based curriculum for multiple grade levels. I have also taught Common Core social studies at the middle school level. I am familiar with the Common Core standards for various grade levels and subjects.

Drawing

I am a professional artist with fine art gallery representation. In college, I took general art, drawing, and art history classes. Private lessons in drawing, pastels, and oils with Mary Ann Kephart, M.F.A., took me to a level where I was winning best-in-show awards. Currently, I have been studying with Florida Highwayman artist R. L. Lewis, as opportunity has allowed.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to teach Elementary (K-6th) because I have 11 years of experience tutoring virtually all subjects at this level. My experience and training include lesson planning, record keeping, and curriculum development. I have also edited elementary curriculum for a major specialty publisher. A B.A. in English Literature, which included a teaching assistantship, rounds out my qualifications.

English

I am both a subject matter expert and an experienced teacher in English. I wrote and edited books, curriculum, and articles for a major specialty publisher, for high tech clients, and for small business. My articles have been published nationally and regionally. I have 18 years of teaching experience, and my degree is in English Literature. I believe very strongly in building motivation by finding material that students enjoy and getting some fun into their English sessions--but I make sure the details don't slip through the cracks, either. One of my specialties is helping students write outstanding essays and papers that are all their own. Many of my students make significant progress within a matter of months. I consider it my job to work myself out of a job.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English who teaches conversational English (ESL) to overseas students online. I am a subject matter expert in English, having been a writer and book editor, with a bachelor's degree in English. I have 18 years of tutoring experience. My experience includes special training in keeping ESL student interest online.

Grammar

My experience as a proofreader and editor includes work done for national leaders in top decision-making positions in business, academic, government, and industry. In addition, I was a book and curriculum editor for a major national publisher and a high-tech subsidiary of a "Fortune" 500 company. I have 19 years of concurrent experience teaching grammar, as well.

Handwriting

I taught handwriting for 9 years. Usually, I use several methods to teach the student. These might include copying from samples or taking dictation. For older students, I sometimes have them practice good form in order to gain speed.

Literature

I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature and 19 years of experience teaching the subject. I was a professional writer and book editor for many years, as well. My students learn to read, understand, and critique books. They know how to discern good reads from great literature, and they can tell you the difference.

Phonics

I am qualified to teach phonics because I have 12 years of experience tutoring this subject under the guidance of a reading specialist. I spent extra time on the subject with students who struggled with it and have developed games and other strategies to maintain interest. I have also used phonics to teach spelling. A B.A. in English Literature, which included a teaching assistantship, rounds out my qualifications.

Public Speaking

In school, I participated in numerous 4-H public speaking events, winning several blue ribbons. I got an A in a high school public speaking class. I have given successful speeches to executives in the business world. I have coached students on developing an engaging speech, making notes, practice, and delivery.

Reading

My students go from F's to A's. I have taught elementary reading for a total of 12 years. My approach takes into account the student's interests, strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. I have worked with students with dyslexia and ADD as well as many with IEP's. My own children struggled with reading, so I understand the frustrations of both parents and kids. For that reason, I take a lighthearted approach with my students, as so many have come to dread reading before they meet me. I incorporate fun activities such as games and interesting books on topics the students like. My goal is that my students come to love reading, and because of that they become excellent readers.

SAT Reading

I'm a book editor for a publisher and writer for a high-tech engineering firm. I scored extremely well on the SAT, in the 99th percentile on the actual test. I have kept up with the changes on the test and coach students on testing strategies and building skills. Most recently, I've coached grade-level 7th-graders to college competency level on the SAT Reading.

SAT Writing

I am a subject-matter expert in reading and writing in the real world, as well as a tutor with 18 years of experience.

I was a National Merit Semi-Finalist a year early (took the PSAT test in 10th grade).

I took the SAT in 1982 and scored in the 99th percentile on the Verbal section (now Reading and section) and 97th percentile on the Test of Standard Written English (now the Writing section).

As a professional writer and editor for 15 years, with a B.A. in English Literature, I have the skills and practical understanding of the English language and essay-writing skills to help students improve their scores.

I don't just follow a test prep book. My approach is different for each student, depending on his or her abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. I especially enjoy helping students who struggle with the subject matter or with taking tests.

Social Studies

Social studies was always one of my favorite school subjects, so I enjoyed tutoring grades 1-12 in the subject for 15 years. I like to put everything presented into context for the student rather than offer dry facts. I often incorporate interesting narratives or books into the curriculum to make social studies come to life.

Study Skills

As a tutor of home schooled students for 15 years, it was my job to organize the students' entire setup for education. This included setting schedules, making a study area, and seeing that it all happened daily in spite of home interruptions. In the course of tutoring other students, I have found that setting up and following a study plan that accounts for their family lives, schedules, abilities, and inclinations makes all the difference between success and failure. I particularly enjoy seeing students improve in this area, as they begin to enjoy success and gain hope for the future.

Writing

I am a subject matter expert in writing. I was a professional writer and book editor for many years. My clients included high-tech engineering customers, a major specialty book publisher, and small businesses. My bachelor's degree is in English Literature; I love teaching writing and have taught it at every grade level through college. My students tell me I've helped them put down their thoughts effectively. Students' recent college-level writing grades include 100%, 100%, and 94%.

Hood College
English Literature

Education

Hood College (English Literature)

Essay help

Gina helped me with my essay and the instructor's guidelines. Sometimes there are points that are missed when there are so many instructions. She provided assistance with organizing my content, grammar, and gave me great feedback. We held two sessions and I highly recommend a follow up with a paper once updated. Gina is pleasant to work with I would truly use her assistance again! Thank you Gi

— Nancy, Deltona, FL on 10/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

90% attendance to hold an ongoing spot. Wyzant's academic honesty policy followed. Some sessions have min times. Please set up online 30 mins before first session; lesson starts on time.

Travel policy

Gina will travel within 40 miles of Deland, FL 32720.