Melissa L.

Snellville, GA


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Corban College (Formerly Western Baptist)
Elementary Education


Corban College (Formerly Western Baptist) (Elementary Education)

About Melissa

Welcome to my profile. I have had a wide range of experiences in teaching, mostly overseas. I taught English as a Second Language in Bogota, Colombia, in 1997-9, using the curriculum that the students provided. I also had the opportunity to tutor two young children in English while in Montevideo. I have also taught beginning Spanish in a Pre-K school here in the US in 2009. One of the most memorable times was when I taught Colombian businessmen the basic concepts of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in English. I was learning right along side with my students how the Chicago Mercantile Exchange began. In teaching English as a second language, I use a lot of repetition to teach vocalizations and enunciation. I am interested in the motivation of the student and would strive to encourage your love of learning and knowledge.

I have also taught Reading in English in Uruguay. In both languages, it was beginning reading that I tutored. I love reading because it seems to open up worlds to the imagination. As a homeschooling parent, I come alongside the curriculum and help my student understand the text, what is the desired results, and how to apply it in the lesson. Since my homeschooler is now in high school, she is self-motivated and I have some free time to dedicate to tutoring others. As a graduate from Western Baptist College with a BS degree in Liberal Arts, having taken all the elementary education courses, I believe I can encourage, motivate, and add insight into different lessons. I believe that a teacher is a facilitator of knowledge. As such, your growth in learning is my goal.

Do not let my looks fool you! I am not winking at anyone; I was in a car accident as a baby and modern medicine can only do so much. In regards to rating, remember to take into consideration the effort of the student. Be proactive.
Welcome to my profile. I have had a wide range of experiences in teaching, mostly overseas. I taught English as a Second Language in Bogota, Colombia, in 1997-9, using the curriculum that the students provided. I also had the opportunity to tutor two young children in English while in Montevideo. I have also taught beginning Spanish in a Pre-K Read more

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Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
PSAT, SAT Reading
American History,
European History,
Geography, Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

Your students will learn and practice the strategies and processes that successful writers employ as they work to accomplish specific purposes.These purposes include comprehension, instruction, entertainment, persuasion, investigation, problem-solving, evaluation, explanation, and refuting.

ACT Reading

Time Yourself

You will not be able to have your cell phone during the test, so bring a watch that has a silent timer, silent being the key word. Since you'll be answering 40 questions in 35 minutes (and reading the passages that go along with them) you'll need to pace yourself. Some students who take the ACT Reading test have reported only being able to finish two of the four passages because they took too long to read and answer. Keep an eye on that watch word.
Read The Easiest Passage First

The four ACT Reading passages will always be arranged in this set order: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science. However, this doesn't mean that you have to read the passages in that order. Choose the passage that's easiest to read first. For instance, if you happen to like stories, then go with Prose Fiction. If you're a little more scientific-minded , then choose Natural Science. You'll have an easier time answering questions about a passage that interests you, and doing something right builds your confidence and sets up you for success in the next passages. Success always equals a higher score!

Underline and Summarize

When you're reading the passages, be sure to quickly underline important nouns and verbs as you read and jot down a brief summary of each paragraph (as in two-three words) in the margin. Underlining important nouns and verbs not only helps you remember what you've read, it also gives you a specific place to refer to when you're answering the questions. Summarizing is key to understanding the passages in their entirety. Plus, it allows you to answer those "What was the main idea of paragraph 1?" types of questions in a flash.

Cover The Answers

If you've gotten the gist of the passage, then rely on your memory a little bit and cover up the answers to the questions when you read them. Why? You may just come up with the right answer to the question and can find the match inside the answer choices. Since ACT writers include tricky answer choices to test your reading comprehension (a.k.a. "distracters"), the wrong answer choices can often trip you up. If you've thought of the correct answer in your head before reading them through, you'll have a higher likelihood of guessing correctly.

Review The Reading Basics

You will be tested on whether or not you can find the main idea, understand vocabulary in context, detect the author's purpose, and make an inference. You'll also need to be able to quickly and accurately find details inside the paragraphs, kind of like a word search! So, before you take the ACT Reading test, be sure to review and practice those reading concepts.

American History

American history spans a continent in distance and centuries in time. The history of the United States normally covered in schools and universities typically begins with either 1492 and Christopher Columbus, or—especially in recent years—with the prehistory of the Native peoples.
Recent historians have emphasized the multicultural nature of the frontier.
Through wars and treaties, establishment of law and order, building farms, ranches and towns, marking trails and digging mines, and pulling in great migrations of foreigners, the United States expanded from coast to coast fulfilling the dreams of Manifest destiny. it is the history of how the United States was founded and the forces and events that shaped the dynamic and varied country that it has become today.

Bible Studies

I graduated from Western Baptist College in Salem, Oregon with a Minor degree in Biblical Studies. I am very qualified to tutor in the Bible.

Elementary (K-6th)

I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Baptist College (now Corban University). I took all the courses necessary to be an elementary teacher.


Englishes; the many and varied dialects of English spoken in different parts of the world, including not only American and British English, but such varieties as Indian, Pakistani, Australian, and New Zealand English, as well as the English spoken in various African and Asian countries. In some parts of the world, English is spoken as a natural outgrowth of a colonial period during which certain countries, now independent, were part of the British Empire. In other places, people have been encouraged to learn English because of its widespread use as a language of global communication


English for Speakers of Other Languages, the use or study of English by speakers of other languages. English is now the most widely used language in the world.[4] It is spoken as a first language by a majority of the inhabitants of several nations, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third most common native language in the world. A working knowledge of English has become a requirement in a number of fields, occupations and professions such as medicine and computing; as a consequence over a billion people speak English to at least a basic level

European History

History of Europe describes the passage of time from humans inhabiting the European continent to the present day. Particular geographical locations can form the basis of historical study, for example, continents, countries and cities. Understanding why historic events took place is important. To do this, historians often turn to geography. Weather patterns, the water supply, and the landscape of a place all affect the lives of the people who live there. For example, to explain why the ancient Egyptians developed a successful civilization, studying the geography of Egypt is essential. Egyptian civilization was built on the banks of the Nile River, which flooded each year, depositing soil on its banks. The rich soil could help farmers grow enough crops to feed the people in the cities. That meant everyone did not have to farm, so some people could perform other jobs that helped develop the civilization.


The GED is a high school diploma equivalent and, it is important that the people who receive them are educated in the topics high school students study. It is considered by most employers and colleges to be the same as a high school diploma.

The General Education Development (GED) test is designed to examine the extent of your knowledge of five topics: language arts writing, language arts reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The tests are mainly multiple-choice questions with five possible answers each. However, you are required to write an essay for the writing portion of the exam. In total, there are about 240 questions and you will have 7.5 hours to complete the test.


Geology gives insight into the history of the Earth, as it provides the primary evidence for plate tectonics, the evolutionary history of life, and past climates. In modern times, geology is commercially important for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation and for evaluating water resources. It is publicly important for the prediction and understanding of natural hazards, the remediation of environmental problems, and for providing insights into past climate change. Geology plays a role in geotechnical engineering.


Literature is commonly classified as having two major forms—fiction and non-fiction—and two major techniques—poetry and prose.
Literature may consist of texts based on factual information (journalistic or non-fiction), as well as on original imagination, such as polemical works as well as autobiography, and reflective essays as well as belles-lettres. Literature can be classified according to historical periods, genres, and political influences. The concept of genre, which earlier was limited, has broadened over the centuries. A genre consists of artistic works which fall within a certain central theme, and examples of genre include romance, mystery, crime, fantasy, erotica, and adventure, among others.


Proofreading is the reading of a written proof or computer monitor to detect and correct production-errors of text or art. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate and meticulous by default because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.


In tutoring, reading comprehension and vocabulary skills are presented (i.e., how to read, questions about the text, etc.). Basic study skills are introduced.

SAT Reading

Reading comprehension (also known as critical reading) questions test your ability to understand a passage and answer questions on the basis of what is stated and implied in the passage. You need to read the passage first so that you can identify the main idea of the passage and appreciate features such as the author's tone and attitude as well as the organization of the passage. Scroll back to the relevant point in the text as you do each question.

Passages on the SAT vary in length from short paragraphs that take 3 minutes to read and answer two questions to ones that take 15 minutes to read and answer 13 questions.


Students quickly pick up and recycle essential language points through gestures, visual aids, demonstrations, repeated instructions and more. Using the five senses, the student will comprehend and put into practice what they have learned.


A person who composes a message or story in the form of text is generally known as a writer or an author. However, more specific designations exist which are dictated by the particular nature of the text such as that of poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, journalist, and more. A translator is a specialized multilingual writer who must fully understand a message written by somebody else in one language; the translator's job is to produce a document of faithfully equivalent message in a completely different language. Writing systems develop and change based on the needs of the people who use them. Sometimes the shape, orientation and meaning of individual signs also changes over time.

Corban College (Formerly Western Baptist)
Elementary Education


Corban College (Formerly Western Baptist) (Elementary Education)

Great Tutor

Melissa is definitely one of the most personable and professional tutor that I have had the pleasure to help me with my English problems. She is affordable and worked very hard to make sentence structure, punctuation and grammar clear for me. I never felt left in the dark. I highly recommend her and am glad to know her.

— Crystal, Snellville, GA on 2/14/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

$38 for 2 pupils/hr

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 2 miles of Snellville, GA 30078.