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Cristal S.

Conroe, TX

$110/hour

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5.0 average from 41 ratings
Cristal Works Miracles
— Pamela, Magnolia, TX on 1/9/16

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Baylor University

Education

Baylor University

About Cristal

Homeschooling my three daughters for the last eighteen years, my life revolves around loving them and teaching them. Reading, writing, literature analysis and all things English, delight our family and provide joy and discussion around our dinner table most evenings. Three different students with different learning styles challenged my abilities as a teacher at times, but my resulting interactive learning methods, writing models and diagnostic tools accommodate the most neophyte writer and most fledgling reader. My older daughters scored near perfect (1600) on their reading and writing scores for SAT! Your student will achieve mastery of reading/writing in my tutoring environment, as well.

Delivering the “missing link” concept of grammar, or spelling, or writing, or literature, to a frustrated student differentiates my instruction methods from any other tutoring method. When your pupil recognizes and places these “missing links” into his existing academic framework of English, an attitude of confidence emerges and the desire to write and read increases. Augmented reading desire signals increased academic appetite and improved grades!

When majoring in Communications at Baylor University, my passion for Speech and Journalism spawned compassion for the communicators in a our newly-created technological age. So when I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986, I immediately entered the world of teaching adults how to communicate in a digital world. My writing expertise came in handy as I taught word-processing skills of different software programs to classrooms of professionals who now needed to create their annual reports, performance brochures, and training manuals via desktop publishing. From the classroom, a tutoring business rapidly emerged and carried my career until Mommy time, when I took off the career hat and put on the mothering one when I birthed my first child with husband, Robert.

Eighteen years and two additional daughters later, my passion for teaching ignited by a love for my children, I tutor twenty plus students of varying ages on a weekly basis in all facets of communicating the English language from reading and writing to speaking. Marriage to my husband Robert for twenty-six years and mothering my three daughters, nourishes my love of family and heightens my aspirations to propel children to success in our culture. Allow my zeal for articulating a message, sensitivity to missing links, and tenderness towards family, attain academic success for your learner today.
Homeschooling my three daughters for the last eighteen years, my life revolves around loving them and teaching them. Reading, writing, literature analysis and all things Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Conroe, TX 77385
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"Cristal Works Miracles"

- Pamela, Magnolia, TX on 1/9/16
Cristal replied on 1/11/2016

Thank you for your feedback, Pamela.

"Passionate about her job!"

- Celina, Conroe, TX on 1/6/16
Cristal replied on 1/7/2016

Celina,
Thank you very much for your feedback! Blessings, C.Saw

"Look no further!!!"

- Lisa, Spring, TX on 1/6/16
Cristal replied on 1/7/2016

Lisa,
Thank you very much for your feedback! Blessings, C.Saw

"Excellent Tutor"

- Tami, Spring, TX on 10/29/15

"Knowlegeable and patient"

- Carolina, Spring, TX on 6/22/15
Cristal replied on 6/23/2015

Thank you, Carolina!

"Very patient and talented"

- Jennifer, Conroe, TX on 6/25/14

"Awesome tutor!!"

- Dana, Spring, TX on 12/3/13
Music:
General Music, Sight Singing
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GED, PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Adobe InDesign, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

Eighteen years of teaching at all levels provides the foundation required to school all levels of students in all things English. The perfect ACT scores by my students in the writing and reading comprehension sections speak volumes about the caliber of my training--and their smiles communicate the fun experienced while learning. An evaluation of your skills prior to training comes free of charge with my lessons. Call me to speak to one of my multiple references who have enjoyed the benefits of outstanding ACT scores!

ACT Reading

In helping students for the past twenty years prepare for standardized tests, I have found that pinpointing the missing grammar, composition, spelling rules in their foundation brings the transition from mistakes to perfection. The ACT, though similar to the SAT, requires advanced annotation skills to succeed in the passage-based reading sections AND the science sections; when I teach these skills, depending on a student's skill level, I often choose to teach this outside of the test until the student masters the concept. Some of my students have gained as many as eleven points on their score after spending time under my instruction!

ADD/ADHD

My oldest two ADHD daughters graduated cheerfully this past year from our homeschool and scored in the top 2% of the reading comprehension portion of the SAT and the top 1% of the writing portion of the SAT.

The Wanda Sanseri method I use successfully transforms any student using phonograms, writing patterns to lay a foundation, short for the student in all academic subjects. My own 3 children are diagnosed with this debilitating disorder and have grown into thriving, eager students.

With brief lessons, kinesthetic modality, and unique approaches, I teach to the ADHD student's strengths: intense focus for brief periods. Some of my methods include writing lessons while sitting on an exercise ball, reading while prone on a carpeted or comfortable surface, and dimming lights in a study area. Most students additionally respond well to concepts taught using auditory, visual, AND kinesthetic modalities.

Dyslexia

The dyslexic students I tutored using the Wise Guide by Sanseri method, experienced success in reading and writing. The ideal time to apply this tool is when the child is in the grammar level; however, I have used it successfully with a tenth grader over the past two years. My now-senior student successfully scored in the top 3% on the reading comprehension and writing sections of the SAT and my ninth grader scored perfect on the reading comprehension and in the top 5% on the PSAT. Helping children read and write is my passion.

Elementary (K-6th)

Using the Wanda Sanseri method, "Spelling to Write and Read" as a homeschooling mother, my children not only succeed in reading but scored close to perfect on the reading and writing sections of the SAT. Using this method, "sight words" don't exist and attack skills exist for all words and word phrases. Due to my success rate in teaching in this area, I look forward to assisting other children. I successfully have taught math, science, and other grammar level subjects using a variety of tools.

English

PACES PAidea 11th/12th English teacher

ESL/ESOL

Helping my many Spanish-speaking students help my own Spanish-speaking ability to increase daily.

Literature

Whether synthesizing themes, interpreting symbolism, applying one of "Booker's 7 Basic Plots", or writing a literary analysis, twenty plus years of teaching the great canon of Western literature to K-college level students has created vast stores of delight in my heart for Shakespeare's character in Hamlet, Dante's journey through the Inferno, Frost's thoughts on Mending Wall, Pip's use of the file in Great Expectations, and Achilles' battle of Troy in The Iliad. Teaching the elements of the literary analysis paper is where I see my students learn the most. ALL of my students have scored WELL on their AP Literature Test.

Public Speaking

My public speaking background includes a degree in speech from Baylor University, speech writing for the Dallas mayor, coaching the high school speech team, and personally speaking on a variety of subjects. As a writing instructor, I find that speech-writing instruction comes easily for me since its structure mimics an essay. My experience in coaching high school students for contest prepares me exponentially for coaching delivery of a speech.

Reading

Homeschooling my three daughters for the last eighteen years, my life revolves around loving them and teaching them. Reading, writing, literature analysis and all things English delight our family and provide joy and discussion around our dinner table most evenings.

SAT Reading

Eighteen years of teaching at all levels provides the foundation required to school all levels of students in all things English. The perfect SAT scores by my students in the writing and reading comprehension sections speak volumes about the caliber of my training--and their smiles communicate the fun experienced while learning. An evaluation of your skills prior to training comes free of charge with my lessons.

SAT Writing

I have successfully raised the writing scores significantly of ALL my SAT students. I have found that writing with vivid verbs (no being verbs), quality adjectives, and interesting adverbs increases the opportunity of the student to reveal a message that clearly demonstrates their academic acumen.

Spelling

Spelling is an indicator of success. People judge the education of others by their spelling ability. In my profile you will notice that I use the Sanseri method of reading and spelling. In this program, sight words don't exist because our language is composed of "phonograms". Beyond "phonics", I've used this program over 20 years with dozens of students with 100% success.

My college students who have grown up with this program with me have 99% spelling accuracy due to the attack skills developed in this curriculum.

Study Skills

I tutor twenty plus students of varying ages on a weekly basis in all facets of education. Allow my zeal for articulating a message, sensitivity to missing links, and fervor for study skills prepare your learner today.

Homeschooling my three daughters for the last eighteen years, my life revolves around loving them, teaching them and reinforcing study skills. Reading, writing, literature analysis, all things English, science, math and history, delight our family and provide joy and discussion around our dinner table most evenings. Three different students with different learning styles challenged my abilities as a teacher at times, but my resulting interactive learning methods, writing models and diagnostic tools perfected their study skills to a point where their confidence emerged and the desire to study increased. With strong skills in annotation of textbooks, memorization of key points, and recitation tricks, their academic appetite increased!

Writing

I have taught upper level writing to senior high students for the last 4 years and have taught writing at all levels for 18 years. I can share my many published pieces with you in person.

Baylor University

Education

Baylor University

Cristal Works Miracles — Our 17 year old was struggling in English. Since she has been working with Cristal her grades have improved and most importantly she loves going to her tutor sessions. This is only after 1 month. Cristal is such a joy to work with. Her approach is perfect with students who lack confidence, and need positive instruction. We can't say enough great things about her. ...

— Pamela, Magnolia, TX on 1/9/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $110.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cristal will travel within 10 miles of Conroe, TX 77385.