Caring Tutor for ESL, French and Writing
Caring Tutor for ESL, French and Writing
My first tutoring experience was with my daughter when she was in middle school. Even though she was a very good student, she had never learned to write a strong essay. To show her the different ways to structure an essay, we reviewed "The Three Little Pigs" and "Cinderella." It was funny to combine children's stories with a serious subject! She caught on right away. I can help students to write essays, paragraphs, business letters, resumes, cover letters and other correspondence. I am a passionate reader as well, so I can also help with understanding English-language literature.
I love writing and languages. I won a prize for creative writing when I was in high school, have published several books and now write stories about our family's adventures. As a professional writer, I have edited and written for a variety of publications.
I am especially expert at helping students revise and edit papers for high school, college and graduate classes for any subject area. When papers include technical information, I can work with students to make sure that the language is clear and conveys the important points.
One of my recent students, from another country, had to turn in a book report for a graduate class. Although I was familiar with the book's topic, I had not read it. Since his written English was not adequate, he had received permission from his professor to have the text edited by a tutor. In one session, I revised his work to best express his ideas, even those that he had had difficulty stating. Since I read very fast, I was able to find sources in the book quickly.
My second language is French, in which I majored at the University of Pennsylvania. I use it with my husband, who came from France originally, and my granddaughter, who learned French at school. I can help students with French pronunciation, grammar, reading and conversation as well as understanding French literature and culture.
Note to prospective French students: I tutor adults or students who are preparing for a visit to a French-speaking country and want to learn some basic French for the trip. I also work with middle school or high school students in French 1 and 2, especially with beginning conversation, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. I do not tutor students in French 3 and 4 except in special circumstances.
At one point in my career, I worked with adults who needed to improve job-related reading and writing skills. I particularly enjoyed planning these lessons. Adult students bring their life experiences with them, so there is a rich background on which to draw.
My Master's Degree is in English as a Second Language, which I completed at the Universite de Montreal in Quebec, Canada. I have taught ESL at community colleges in the Philadelphia area.
As a tutor, I look for ways to capture the student's interest so the subject doesn't feel like a burden. I take a creative approach to each student's individual learning challenges to design the best strategies based on that person's needs and interests.
I am very patient and don't mind going over the same material until the student understands. The most important thing about learning is not to be anxious or scared, and to feel confident. Inspiring students with belief in their own ability is the key to successful tutoring, in my view.
1. I have developed a very successful strategy for learning, practicing and remembering vocabulary and grammar in English and French. Ask me about it!
2. I prefer to work with students aged 12 and over, as well as adults, since I don't have training in elementary education.
Sandra's knowledge is perfect for my up coming trip to Paris.
Sandra has gotten me to speak French. This is very good for my confidence. We are going over basics and having a conversation that will prepare me for whatever I will encounter, including the dinner party that I will attend.MARILYNNE, 6 lessons with Sandra
Knowledgeable and pateint
Sandra is such a helpful and patient tutor. Without changing what I mean, she helps me build a strong logic between sentences, which I always have trouble on.Amy, 5 lessons with Sandra
she is very patient and actually help me with little details in my essay. We went over my essay twice and now I feel very confident about it. She is always so efficient and full of ideas!Rhea, 5 lessons with Sandra
My son really struggled with French. Sandy showed unbelievable compassion and patience. She met him where he was and built his confidence along with his skills. We are incredibly grateful for her expertise and lovely manner.Lisa, 21 lessons with Sandra
You should feel lucky
Responsible, passionate, and patient. That's what she is. She will always support you and help you with the best she can give you. And I have to say, she is one of those teachers who really care about their students and would willing to carry the responsibilities. Just go for it. You won't regret.Holly, 18 lessons with Sandra
Sandra is very experienced, and very patient. Also very quick to get back to you. I highly recommend her service.J, 51 lessons with Sandra
Sandra pays attention to the details that can trick a student. Sandra encourages speaking in French during the lesson fine tuning my daughter's French skills. My daughter is building tremendous confidence in the classroom and having fun during her lesson. She leaves with a smile on her face.Kirstin, 30 lessons with Sandra
Top Notch Tutor!
My daughter finds her sessions with Sandra to be really helpful and enjoyable. She is very patient and knowledgeable and has a lovely manner. Sandra responds to emails very quickly and always makes time for my child.Caren, 6 lessons with Sandra
Very patient and amazing.
I find Sandra to be amazing, and a wonderful tutor and would recommend her to both friends and family! She is so patient! Ten Stars!Rosanna, 83 lessons with Sandra
Great Tutor, perfect fit
Sandra has provided our daughter 4 lessons already and we hope this will be the beginning of a great relationship. She clicked with our daughter right away, is very successfully tailoring the lessons to meet the specific interests and needs, and is very good at communicating status information. Strongly recommend Sandra. Update to review after a year or more of meetings. We are absolutely delighted with the relationship between Sandra and our daughter. They work together well, coordinate the lesson content together, provide a mix of support for school work, support for general improved French for our daughters pleasure in areas of interest beyond school so she can be comfortable talking about her own interests in her new language, support for general conversational French (which seems different than the more "literary French" approach at the school. Anyway, we couldn't be happier and strongly recommend Sandra C.Marc, 49 lessons with Sandra