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Cecilia M.

Winston Salem, NC

$30/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Ivy League Reading/Writing/Test Prep Tutor

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
4.9 average from 28 ratings

$30/Hour


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Yale College cum laude
African American Stu
Harvard University
MEd
Nova Southeastern University
EdD

Education

Yale College cum laude (African American Stu)

Harvard University (MEd)

Nova Southeastern University (EdD)

About Cecilia

I focus on s English speaking and writing with competency, both for native and non-native English speakers, adults and children, from elementary to doctoral levels. I help students identify and implement a study plan for entrance examinations. These exams typically test knowledge obtained over years of learning. The challenge is comfort in taking such tests and strategies that minimize frustration. In addition, I delight in helping adult learners who are master's or doctoral level learners preparing theses or dissertations.
For a number of years, I have helped students, both English and non-native English speaking students, prepare for entrance exams, developmental courses, and admissions and scholarship essays. I have substantial experience in preparing students to take SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT entrance examinations, especially verbal sections and test prep skills in a variety of community and college settings.
Besides instructional experience with elementary to doctoral students, I have scored ISATs (Institutional SATs) as an INS certified foreign student advisor. Because I have also lived in a different culture and tutored children from families where English is not the first language, I am more familiar than most with learning to speak proficiently a foreign language. I have also been an adult learner balancing work, family, and studies.
I individualize instruction to target feedback and practice through face-to-face and online instruction. Many find face-to-face more comfortable initially, especially when learning English. It is usually helpful to know the learner's short and longterm goals as soon as possible. This helps us make the best use of tutoring time.
I welcome opportunities to provide technical assistance to learners preparing or proofing theses or dissertations including action research, and as a reader of final manuscripts.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I focus on s English speaking and writing with competency, both for native and non-native English speakers, adults and children, from elementary to doctoral levels. I help students identify and implement a study plan for entrance examinations. These exams typically test knowledge obtained over years of learning. The challenge is comfort in taking Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Winston Salem, NC 27105
In-person lessons
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have more than 10 years experience tutoring and teaching English to native and non-native English speakers from elementary to doctoral levels. I enjoy helping others to succeed in meeting their goals, current and future. Having lived in a culture where another language was spoken makes me more sensitive to understanding challenges in learning and speaking in English. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. However, understanding the learner is essential for effective teaching and learning. I welcome the opportunity to help you.

Grammar

Over 20+ years, I have helped students formally in the classroom and informally outside of the classroom to edit papers, to improve grammatical skills, and to prepare the best product. My goal is to explain the rules and assist with practice so that the student knows and recognizes correct grammar on his or her own.

Proofreading

Proofreading is most critical at the college level and above. After helping many fellow students, I proposed writing labs for fellow students as well as a distance learning program. On a one:one basis, I work with master's and doctoral students as well as those developing proposals in formatting, language, editing, and other critical areas in producing the desired product. I learn as well as the student.

Reading

To strengthen reading comprehension, I have worked with students in building vocabulary, recognizing roots/prefixes/suffixes, and simple strategies to increase comprehension. Over the years, I have worked with students in class and homes and coordinated community projects to encourage literacy-rich environments. Reading should be interesting, informative, and fund. To enjoy reading, students should be able to choose from sources that are interesting to them in addition to required sources. Reading opens many doors, if students are put on the right path. This is the joy that pushes me.

SAT Reading

I have more than 10 years experience is helping traditional and adult learners prepare for entrance exams. Often, there is a limited window for preparation. A suitable plan must be developed to build vocabulary; to understand the skills tested; and to shore up vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. Basic strategies can be learned to improve one's outcomes. However, each student needs a tailored approach. I give the benefit of my personal experience and experience in helping many students over 20+ years of helping students.

SAT Writing

For more than 10 years, I have helped students develop their writing skills, especially for college entrance exams and admissions or scholarship essays, including the SAT. In addition to preparing for the exams, I encourage developing an essay to put those skills into practice. Writing is a valuable skill for college entry as well as career promotion. Even though my daughter did not like to write, she learned how valuable it is in earning scholarships. Now, she publishes research as a medical doctor. If I can help you, I am happy to do so.

Vocabulary

Identifying exercises and strategies to build vocabulary and to comprehend words in context is essential in all subject areas. I have taught and tutored children and adults over 20+ years as a paid tutor or English instructor and in after hours to help students prepare the best possible product.

Writing

Writing is essential to academic and professional growth. To develop good writing skills I seek to find topics of interest and motivation for the learner. I have used this strategy with all levels of students because I hated the everyday assignments I had in high school and college. Of course, urgent assignments for school, college admissions, or dissertations require special attention. In these, I seek to help the student learn how to express oneself effectively in writing and why. The point is to master one skill at a time and moving to the next instead of making the same mistakes over and over again.

Yale College cum laude
African American Stu
Harvard University
MEd
Nova Southeastern University
EdD

Education

Yale College cum laude (African American Stu)

Harvard University (MEd)

Nova Southeastern University (EdD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cecilia will travel within 10 miles of Winston Salem, NC 27105.