Over 600 tutoring hours

Melissa P.

Savannah, GA


Patient and Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Drawing

Background check passed as of 2/17/16
5.0 average from 263 ratings
Every session has been great!
— Christina, Evergreen Park, IL on 5/15/16

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Valdosta State University
Savannah College of Art and Design


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!

This is a basic breakdown of how I approach the different students I work with:

·Children ages 1 -10:
I speak to them entirely in the target language. We learn the alphabet, numbers, how to read and converse. I have successfully taught one child to read in Spanish. When we started she was age 4, now 2 years later she is able to read and write at the same level she can in English. There is another child I started working with in September of 2015, she was already familiar with the alphabet and numbers but not able to converse. Now she can carry on basic conversations on a variety of topics; holidays, school, animals, friends (the topics that interest her most) in the different modes of time, present, past, future, conditional.

·Teens and college students:
I look for patterns in errors; grammar, pronunciation, spelling. I explain why the mistakes occur, I then reintroduce content and provide new opportunities to practice through natural conversation. I've helped several students both in school and college raise their grades a letter grade or two. Keep in mind it takes time to improve grades. The sooner you seek help and the more time we have to go over concepts, the better the chances are you'll see the grade you desire. Also, please, send homework, quizzes, tests and classwork before each session. It gives me a chance to not only review errors but to create a better lesson based on your learning style.

·Adult learners:
We work on specific topics each session with an emphasis on personal and everyday scenarios. I often use popular board games to practice and review in the target language. I have worked with an array of professionals including: military personnel, health care professionals, restaurant health inspectors, retail associates, hospitality and tourism employees, travel enthusiasts, company managers, teachers, psychologists, and also individuals desiring to learn Spanish for a significant other. I do my best to assess your level of knowledge, your learning styles and create lessons are stimulating and useful.

Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Si necesita ayuda con inglés, mandeme 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!

This is a basic breakdown of how I approach the different students I work with:
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6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Savannah, GA 31419
Background Check: Passed

"Every session has been great!"

- Christina, Evergreen Park, IL on 5/15/16
Melissa replied on 5/16/2016

Muchas gracias Christina! You are a blast to work with! I can't wait to see how you progress and thank you for the kind words! :)

"I really appreciate Melissa"

- Esraa, Philadelphia, PA on 3/10/16
Melissa replied on 5/8/2016

You are most welcome, Esraa! I'm glad I was able to help you. I wish you the very best as you continue your studies. :)

"Knowledgeable, patient and great availability"

- Fran, Statesboro, GA on 2/16/16
Melissa replied on 2/23/2016

Fran, thanks a lot for your kind words! I'm so glad your grades are improving and that you're able to better understand the material. Thanks for letting me be a part of that. Best wishes!

"Amazing and fun!"

- Sandra, Milbank, SD on 2/11/16
Melissa replied on 2/16/2016

Thank you, Sandra! Your children are so much fun to work with! I really enjoy that we are able to do little games and fun activities. I was not sure how I would accomplish it over the internet, however it's proving to be a fantastic challenge!

"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 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!

"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!


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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.


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.


My mother is Colombian, so I grew up listening and understanding it. However, it was not until my teen years that I began to learn Spanish formally. Having said that, I can easily identify common errors and the reasons for why you may be making them.

In 2010 I earned a B.A. in Spanish. While I was in college I studied Russian, German, French and Arabic simultaneously for several semesters. I don't consider myself qualified to teach the other four, but the tactics for finding patterns is a lot easier because I did study more than just one language.

I definitely do not have all the answers but I am confident that I can make the language learning process a little less stressful for you!

Valdosta State University
Savannah College of Art and Design


Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

Every session has been great! — She is the best! I love her energy and how she relates the material to things I am familiar with that way I can understand the conversation. Definitely sticking with her to help me learn Spanish! Truly amazing, so happy I found her on here. ...

— Christina, Evergreen Park, IL on 5/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 10 miles of Savannah, GA 31419.