Over 400 tutoring hours

Melissa P.

Savannah, GA

$29/hour

Patient and Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Drawing

Background check passed as of 3/18/15
5.0 average from 176 ratings
Great tutor that was available at all times
— Nakeisha, Ludowici, GA on 8/25/15

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Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

About Melissa

Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you!

My background in Spanish: My mom is Colombian and frequently spoke the language while I was growing up. It wasn't until I was 14 that I began to formally learn it in school. That being said, I can easily identify the struggles and common mistakes Spanish learners tend to make. Between my own learning experiences and the language learning techniques I gained in college, I can help make the process a little less painful for you.

My background with language learning: I earned a B.A. in Spanish from Valdosta State University. In addition to Spanish, I have studied Russian, German, Arabic, and French.

Tutoring and teaching experiences: As part of my college program I worked with adults, elementary students and I student taught high school Spanish 1, 2, and 3. As of October 2015, I've tutored through Wyzant for 2 years. During this time frame I've had the pleasure of working with at least 20 students; small children, high school students and adults.

My approach: Learn through the language; I try my hardest to explain in Spanish until you understand. I try to avoid translation as much as possible. For those who are struggling through grammar aspects in school, I do explain in English but I try to stick with speaking only in Spanish as much as possible.

Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, mandame un mensaje. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos.

As for art, I've been drawing portraits since I was 13 and absolutely love it. If you are interested in learning basic drawing skills with pastel, graphite or charcoal, I can help you.
Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you!

My background in Spanish: My mom is Colombian and frequently spoke the
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Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor that was available at all times"

- Nakeisha, Ludowici, GA on 8/25/15
Melissa replied on 8/28/2015

Thank you Nakeisha! It was so wonderful to see you improve and to help you through your courses. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I wish you the very best!

"Very knowledgeable"

- Deep, Savannah, GA on 1/13/16
Melissa replied on 1/19/2016

Muchas gracias, Deep! I can't wait to see how far you get with español and dibujando! I'm glad to be working with you and learning something new along the way too. :)

"Great Tutor"

- Gloria, Savannah, GA on 8/19/15
Melissa replied on 8/21/2015

Gloria, thank you so much! Gabriel is an incredibly intelligent and enthusiastic student. I cannot wait to see how far she pushes her potential.

"Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You!"

- Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14
Melissa replied on 7/11/2014

Thank you very much Janet!! It is a pleasure working with you!!

Muchas gracias Janet!! Es un placer trabajar contigo!!

"Professional, patient and effective tutor"

- Giancarlo, Tybee Island, GA on 3/16/14
Melissa replied on 3/16/2014

Thank you Giancarlo! It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful person and student. I wish you guys the very best, thank you for everything!

"Great tutor"

- Jess, Savannah, GA on 3/8/14
Melissa replied on 3/11/2014

Thanks a lot Jess! It is a pleasure to work with you! And, don't ever worry about your schedule.

"Good tutor."

- Suzette, Pooler, GA on 2/6/14
Melissa replied on 2/14/2014

Thank you Suzette, for your support! It's a pleasure working with the girls. They are bright and definitely keep me on my toes!

"Such a Thoughtful, Creative and Patient Tutor"

- Canetha, Savannah, GA on 12/11/13
Melissa replied on 2/14/2014

Thank you Canetha! It has been a pleasure and an absolute blast working with you!

Art:
Drawing
English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

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Drawing

I've been drawing realistically for more than 10 years. Graphite (pencil), pen and pastel are my main areas of strength. My minor was art in undergrad at V.S.U. I'm now studying art at SCAD.

ESL/ESOL

Throughout my college experience I took education classes, three of which were focused on ESL instruction. I have an endorsement to teach ESL (a step below certification). As part of the program we worked within the community, in public schools (elementary-high school) and in adult learning centers where we tutored students one-on-one.

Spanish

Over the 25 years of my life I have been exposed on a regular basis to the Spanish language. My mother is Colombian, so I grew up listening and understanding it. While in middle school I decided to learn it on a formal level and did so throughout high school. Once I attended college, I majored in Spanish, took 2 years of education classes and student taught at a local high school for 3 months. During that time I faced the challenge of teaching Spanish 1-3 and realized how productive I could be working one-on-one with students.

Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

Great tutor that was available at all times — Melissa assisted me while I was in Spanish I and II this summer. She was very patient and understood my learning style. She created questions for me based on our lesson at the time. I would contact her at any time of the day and she would review the work I sent to her and explain what I did right or wrong. She is excellent, professional and understanding. I would recommend her to anyone that ...

— Nakeisha, Ludowici, GA on 8/25/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $29.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419.