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Alicia G.

Austin, TX

$60/hour

Succeed! Dyslexia, English/ESL-Spanish-SAT-STAAR

In-person lessons
800+ Hours
Background check passed as of 2/28/17
4.9 average from 248 ratings
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— Aparna, Round Rock, TX on 7/16/16

$60/Hour


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Isntituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. (TEC)
Communciations
Stanford University
Master's
Rutgers University
MEd

Education

Isntituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. (TEC) (Communciations)

Stanford University (Master's)

Rutgers University (MEd)

About Alicia

I received a Master's degree from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master's from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. I have more than 30 years of experience tutoring one on one and teaching large and small groups at all levels, from elementary school to college. I teach because to me, teaching is a learning process in which all involved are transformed and become better human beings.

I love what I do. As an educational psychologist, I use a variety of techniques and tailor programs to suit the student's learning style and level of proficiency. I have had great success teaching dyslexic students, English and Spanish as second languages, and helping prepare students for standardized tests such as the STAAR, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and TEXES certification exams.

I teach reading and writing because I am a good reader and writer, and I know how to help others develop these abilities. I also have a deep understanding of the grammatical structures of two languages, English and Spanish. I can make the most difficult grammatical concepts seem very easy to understand. Reading and writing are fun when you become skilled at them, and with my help, my students get there in no time at all.

I do a great job tutoring children. I teach them by playing games, doing fun exercises, watching videos, and developing online vocabulary and spelling drills. I do not consider the learning of a language as an end in itself but as an exercise in communication and learning about other cultures, something so necessary in this globalized world.

I love teaching because I love learning, and my ideal as a teacher is to pass on this love to my students.
I received a Master's degree from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master's from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. I have more than 30 years of experience tutoring one on one and teaching large and small groups at all levels, from elementary school to college. I teach because to me, teaching is a learning Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

If you take more than two hours a week, my rate goes down to $55.00/hour for 3 hours and $50.00/hour for 4.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78705
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor"

- Aparna, Round Rock, TX on 7/16/16
Alicia replied on 7/18/2016

Thank you very much for this great feedback. Your feedback will be very helpful to me and to other parents looking for good tutors.

"Patient and very kind tutor"

- Lawanda, Pflugerville, TX on 8/5/16
Alicia replied on 8/5/2016

Thank you very much. Your feedback will be very helpful to me and to other parents looking for good tutors.

"Paciente!"

- Ashley, Leander, TX on 12/13/15
Alicia replied on 12/15/2015

Thank you, Ashley. I appreciate your comments very much. (Muchísimas gracias, Ashley. Me va a ayudar mucho tu comentario.)

"Very patient teacher"

- Shane, Austin, TX on 8/7/15
Alicia replied on 8/8/2015

Thank you very much. Your feedback will be very helpful to me and to other parents looking for good tutors.

"Very good tutor"

- Valerie, Round Rock, TX on 6/26/15
Alicia replied on 6/27/2015

Thank you very much. Your feedback will be very helpful to me and to other parents looking for good tutors.

"Awesome tutor!"

- Tony, Austin, TX on 6/1/15
Alicia replied on 6/1/2015

Thanks a lot for you feedback, Tony. This will be very helpful to me. I hope everything goes well for you and Nataly.

"Super Teacher"

- Maria, Austin, TX on 5/29/15
Alicia replied on 5/31/2015

Thanks A LOT. You have made tremendous progress. I'm very proud of you.

"Excellent Service"

- Thomas, Austin, TX on 5/18/15
Alicia replied on 5/18/2015

Thank you very much for your kind words, Thomas. Be assured that they will be of great help. I'll be happy to be of service to you should you need more of this type of work done in the future.

"Very affable and understanding"

- Krish, Austin, TX on 4/4/15
Alicia replied on 4/7/2015

Wow, Thanks. It will be of great help. See you Saturday, my dear student.

"Very Good College Spanish Tutor"

- Penny, Austin, TX on 4/1/15
Alicia replied on 4/2/2015

Thanks a lot, Jenna. I hope everything went well with your course. Let me know if you need help again.

"Alicia is a good teacher."

- Huajun, Austin, TX on 3/29/15
Alicia replied on 4/2/2015

Thanks a lot for you feedback, Huajun. You are such a great student. This will be very helpful to me.

"Interactive teaching"

- Iris, Austin, TX on 3/5/15
Alicia replied on 3/6/2015

Thanks a lot for you feedback, Iris. This will be very helpful to me.

"Great tutor"

- Andie, Austin, TX on 2/5/15
Alicia replied on 4/2/2015

Thanks a lot, Andrea. I hope everything went well with your course. Let me know if you need help again.

"Amazing Tutor!!!"

- Rebeca, Austin, TX on 12/12/14
Alicia replied on 12/12/2014

Thanks a lot for your feedback, Rebeca. This will be really helpful to me.

"Awesome teacher"

- Erika, Austin, TX on 9/29/14
Alicia replied on 9/29/2014

Thanks a lot, Erika. This will be very helpful to future students.

"Engaging and Patient Teacher"

- Yong, Austin, TX on 5/16/14

"Very Helpful, Quick response!"

- Joy, Austin, TX on 5/10/14
Alicia replied on 5/10/2014

Muchas gracias, Joy. Tu ensayo me parecio muy interesante y bastante bien escrito. Espero poder seguir siendo de ayuda.

"Remarkable ESL Tutor Who Uses Great Teaching Techniques"

- Shirley, Austin, TX on 2/5/14
Alicia replied on 2/5/2014

Thanks A LOT, Shirley. It's been such a pleasure. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a great friendship.

"Study with Alicia!"

- Michael, Austin, TX on 1/28/14
Alicia replied on 1/29/2014

Thanks A LOT. I really enjoy our time together. You are a great student, also. Your progress so far demonstrates that you'll be succeeding in no time at all.

"Patient and caring"

- Jamillah, Austin, TX on 1/18/14
Alicia replied on 1/29/2014

I'm always happy before, during, and after I meet with you. You are a quick learner and such a great person to be with and teach.

"Great Tutor!"

- Enid, Austin, TX on 10/15/13
Alicia replied on 10/19/2013

Thanks A LOT for your support. This has been very helpful to me.

"Thank You!!"

- Anna, Austin, TX on 10/4/13
Alicia replied on 10/6/2013

Thanks a lot for your feedback, Anna. This will be really helpful to me.

"Great tutor, great experience!"

- Miroslav, Austin, TX on 8/30/13
Alicia replied on 8/30/2013

Thanks A LOT for the feedback. It is a pleasure to be your tutor.

"Very helpful!"

- Mary Evans, Austin, TX on 8/25/13
Alicia replied on 8/26/2013

Muchisimas gracias, Mary. Buena suerte.

Science:
PSAT
English:
English, Grammar, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Dyslexia

I have a Master’s from Stanford University in Educational Communication and another Master’s from Rutgers University in Educational Psychology. My major for the latter master’s was cognitive processes and language development. I have graduate credits in the information processes approach to cognition (reading and perceptive processes) and dyslexia. I received training from the Dyslexia Training Institute and graduate credits in dyslexia courses from the University of San Diego.

I specialize in tutoring dyslexic children. If your child is dyslexic, he/she may be very intelligent, but his/her dyslexia has been preventing them from achieving their full potential. Don’t let that continue to happen.


Studies have shown that dyslexia is a specific learning disability that has a neurological basis. A dyslexic child is born that way. The brain is plastic, and it can change with the right approach and the right teacher. Thus, the brain of a dyslexic person will eventually develop the neural pathways necessary to become a good reader. This is accomplished regardless of the severity of the condition and/or the person’s age. Even dyslexic adults can develop these pathways after sustained instruction.


I use the Orton-Gillingham approach, the Barton System for Spelling and Writing, and the Wilson Reading System. These are evidenced-based, systematic, sequential, cumulative, explicit, and multisensory systems that have extensively proven to be successful.


I will first conduct an assessment of your child, at no cost to you. This will allow me to find out the level your child is in and if there are any trouble spots on which to work. I also do this to find out if you, the child, and I are a good fit. Part of this assessment is meant to see if your child has the pre-reading phonemic awareness skills. If he/she doesn’t, I would use the Foundations in Sounds program, which is a precursor to any of the other programs. It is a pre-reading program which develops the necessary skills of discrimination, memory, and sequencing of sounds.


What I teach is a progression of the following basic components of reading:


• Phonemic Awareness
Identifying individual sounds in words, repeating sequences of sounds, among
other tasks.


• Phonological Awareness
Identifying a group of sounds as in rhyming and dividing words into syllables.


• Phonics Rules
The rules of phonemes (sounds)/graphemes (letters) by which the written English
language is constructed.


• Spelling Rules
The rules by which the language is written.


• Sight/Rote Words (non-phonetic words)
Words that do not follow any rules as in “done” or “every”.


• Fluency
Mastering each stage in the above succession will contribute to attaining fluency.
Nevertheless, fluency requires specific teaching techniques of its own.


The time it takes to succeed depends on the child and the number of hours tutored. Research has shown it normally takes 80-100 hours of teaching for a student to advance one grade level. My students usually take less time to make the same progress.


I have experience teaching and tutoring elementary school dyslexic children in English, although since I am bilingual (Spanish), I can speak to my students in the language they prefer. I also have developed online vocabulary and spelling drills. My students actively participate in their own learning. Most of all, I use plenty of positive praise and rewards, so that their self-esteem, which is often negatively affected by their dyslexia, is greatly improved as well.


I tutor from two to four hours per week, at times that are most convenient to you. I will come to your home or to your child’s school at no extra cost.

Reading

Dyslexia
I have a masters in educational psychology. My major for that masters was cognitive processes and language development. I have graduate credits in information process approach to cognition (reading and perceptive processes) and language development. I have experience teaching elementary school dyslexic children in English and Spanish, and bilingual. I just got a certificate of completion on a course on dyslexia by The Dyslexia Training Institute and graduate credits by San Diego University.

SAT Reading

I've helped prepare many students before in all the SAT areas verbal/written and reading sections. I usually start by giving the student a practice test to assess his strengths and challenges. I have many years of experience teaching and preparing students for all standardized tests. In addition, I've also worked for ETS, the makers of many tests. Thus, I know very well what it is required to help him write a top notch essay for the SAT and do great in the reading and writing/grammar structure areas.

SAT Writing

I've helped prepare many students before in all the SAT areas verbal/written and reading sections. I usually start by giving the student a practice test to assess his strengths and challenges. I have many years of experience teaching and preparing students for all standardized tests. In addition, I've also worked for ETS, the makers of many tests, where I rate student's written work. Thus, I know very well what it is required to help him write a top notch essay for the SAT and do great in the reading and writing/grammar structure areas.

Isntituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. (TEC)
Communciations
Stanford University
Master's
Rutgers University
MEd

Education

Isntituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. (TEC) (Communciations)

Stanford University (Master's)

Rutgers University (MEd)

Great Tutor

Miss. Alicia is a great teacher. She is very patient, and makes learning fun to the kids. I hired her to teach English writing skills to my daughter ,who was in 4th Grade. She always comes on time, and gives Homework and checks her work in next class. My daughter called her after hours,if she had any questions and she was always there for her to answer her. She encourages kids to get good grades w

— Aparna, Round Rock, TX on 7/16/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

If you take more than two hours a week, my rate goes down to $55.00/hour for 3 hours and $50.00/hour for 4.

Travel policy

Alicia will travel within 20 miles of Austin, TX 78705.