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Lisa W.

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$85/hour

  • 2,422 hours tutoring

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Houston native, born and raised! I have a degree in English Literature with a minor in World Cultures and Literatures from the University of Houston. I went from a high school graduate at the bottom of the third quarter to a Magna Cum Laude university graduate, simply because I applied myself to the task and taught myself study skills I'd never had in high school. I pass on those same skills to my students and continue to apply them in my own work as a tutor: I work to stay a step ahead of my...

Houston native, born and raised! I have a degree in English Literature with a minor in World Cultures and Literatures from the University of Houston. I went from a high school graduate at the bottom of the third quarter to a Magna Cum Laude university graduate, simply because I applied myself to the task and taught myself study skills I'd never had in high school. I pass on those same skills to my students and continue to apply them in my own work as a tutor: I work to stay a step ahead of my students, read as much of the material my students are reading as I can. I also routinely create new lessons tailored to students' specific needs.

My methods and assignments for teaching reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary are my own invention, developed through years of observation and experience to fill in the gaps created by test-driven curriculum and conventional worksheets.

I believe that doing well in verbal subjects requires a balance of two factors: 1, understanding what the teachers want and giving it to them ("Give the people what they want", I often say), and 2, figuring out what you, the student, have to say about a subject. Have an opinion! Then you combine your thoughts with the teacher's expectations in a thoughtful, logical sequence. Sound difficult? It's really not! I'm here to show you how to make that happen. And once you learn it, you might not even need me anymore...and I'm okay with that. My way is to teach students how to fish rather than do the fishing for them. I believe this approach to teaching, as well as reliability and ability to work with diverse personalities, is what makes me a client favorite.

I've found that when it comes to tutoring, there are as many student goals as there are students. Everyone is different: A football player who must maintain a B in English but can't make heads or tails of Pride and Prejudice...a valedictorian used to succeeding through sheer determination, but scared to death she doesn't have anything worthy to say in her personal statement to her dream col


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University of Houston
English Literature

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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
Grammar,

Grammar

I teach grammar to students from junior high through adult, native English speakers as well as ESL students from a variety of countries. My approach is to teach grammar in a practical way, using sentences that incorporate everyday situations and phrases. The goal is to show students that grammar is something students already understand because they use it every day in their speech and writing; they just don't know the technical terms for everything. My method takes the intimidation out of learning the subject and gives students information they can use not only in the classroom but also on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I teach grammar to students from junior high through adult, native English speakers as well as ESL students from a variety of countries. My approach is to teach grammar in a practical way, using sentences that incorporate everyday situations and phrases. The goal is to show students that grammar is something students already understand because they use it every day in their speech and writing; they just don't know the technical terms for everything. My method takes the intimidation out of learning the subject and gives students information they can use not only in the classroom but also on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.
Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
Grammar,

Grammar

I teach grammar to students from junior high through adult, native English speakers as well as ESL students from a variety of countries. My approach is to teach grammar in a practical way, using sentences that incorporate everyday situations and phrases. The goal is to show students that grammar is something students already understand because they use it every day in their speech and writing; they just don't know the technical terms for everything. My method takes the intimidation out of learning the subject and gives students information they can use not only in the classroom but also on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.
Literature,

Literature

At the University of Houston I took specialized courses in Ancient literature (mythology and classics), Literary theory, African American lit, Mexican American lit, Victorian lit and poetry including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, Ancient and Modern British Literature from Beowulf to works by Shakespeare to A Tale of Two Cities, American literature from Moby Dick, the Scarlet Letter and Huck Finn to works by Jonathan Safran Foer and Joan Didion. I have a thorough understanding of the junior high and high school literature curriculum, and if I have not read something a student is reading, I read it too. In fact, I enjoy reading books with the students because I can teach with fresh eyes and show the students a working example of how to read the text to meet the teacher's expectations.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
English, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Classics,

Classics

At the University of Houston I took courses in Classical Literature and Literary Theory, which focused on the works and philosophies of Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Sappho, Aristotle, Plato, Sophocles and Euripides. I also took three years of Latin. I am well qualified to tutor students in Greek and Roman mythology, Homer's Odyssey, and Ovid's Oedipus Rex. Aside from formal education, it is really my lifelong interest in the subject that makes me a great classics tutor. For mythology, for instance, I help students learn the gods and goddesses and their traits using picture books I loved as a child. It is so much easier and more interesting to students than memorizing a list! I also have thorough knowledge (and an extra copy) of Edith Hamilton's Mythology because it was one of my favorite books growing up, and I read it many times just for fun. For the "big picture" student, I also have knowledge and reference books that I can use to help put classical texts into historical perspective.
American History, European History, World History

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
English, Reading, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
TOEFL

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ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
English, Reading, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

Students I have helped have gone on to UT, A&M, Georgetown, UPenn, Michigan and Georgia among others. I love college counseling because it is an opportunity to help the students tell their stories and learn valuable lessons on writing at the college level at the same time. I can help in many stages of the process, from helping decide whether a school is right to you, to brainstorming for essays, managing deadlines, to pressing the "submit" button. One of the biggest ways I help is in relieving stress by making the process not so scary. I also help students avoid common pitfalls, like choosing popular and played-out topics, or choosing colleges for the wrong reasons. The college admissions process can be intimidating and stressful for everyone involved, but I am here to make it smoother, more productive, and often a surprisingly informative learning (and sometimes even family bonding) experience.
ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL students aged 4 and up from a variety of countries. My style of teaching has developed through years of experience paying close attention to what helps students the best and fastest. This means we use many different resources - workbooks, conversation, materials I've created, reading aloud, watching television, even children's books - which I select based on each client's individual needs and goals. Sessions tend to focus on accent and pronunciation, and I address grammar problems as we come to them. I try to keep my sessions fun and I'm always non-judgmental, but I am also tough. If it takes you a hundred tries, we're going to do it a hundred times until it's right! I tutor ESL one-on-one or to groups of five or less students.
Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Students I have helped have gone on to UT, A&M, Georgetown, UPenn, Michigan and Georgia among others. I love college counseling because it is an opportunity to help the students tell their stories and learn valuable lessons on writing at the college level at the same time. I can help in many stages of the process, from helping decide whether a school is right to you, to brainstorming for essays, managing deadlines, to pressing the "submit" button. One of the biggest ways I help is in relieving stress by making the process not so scary. I also help students avoid common pitfalls, like choosing popular and played-out topics, or choosing colleges for the wrong reasons. The college admissions process can be intimidating and stressful for everyone involved, but I am here to make it smoother, more productive, and often a surprisingly informative learning (and sometimes even family bonding) experience.
ISEE,

ISEE

I have six months of experience tutoring the verbal sections of the lower, middle, and upper ISEE as well as the HSPT. Students I have worked with have applied to Kincaid, St. Thomas, Episcopal, St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit. I teach students what kinds of questions will come up on the test. First of all, the student must review his or her vocabulary. I make sure the student understands the importance of both connotation and denotation of the vocabulary as well as synonyms and antonyms. Then we go over the structure of the different vocabulary questions, depending on which level test, and look at the different kinds of reading passages. For the upper level exams we go over the essay portion. Completion of practice tests and homework assignments outside of meetings is important to the student's success.
PSAT,

PSAT

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Tutoring with me on standardized tests is less expensive and more effective than those costly test prep companies. I can teach you exactly what you need to know based on your current skills and tell you how to find free mock tests to practice your skills. I've worked with thousands of student, and after all these years I am still working for more and better strategies and results every time. Your students get the benefit of that when they are working with me.
SSAT, TOEFL

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knowledgeable and encouraging tutor

Lisa worked with my son for almost 2 months to prepare him for the ISEE test. She was very knowledgeable, encouraging, and easy to work with. She even had homework for him between lessons which I loved. My son is well prepared and feels so much more confident after working with Lisa.

Danielle, 6 lessons with Lisa

Engaging and connected tutor

Lisa connected with my daughter, who is zoom-weary already and was reluctant to add more at home schoolwork. She found common ground with her and soon I heard engaging conversation and laughter! She tailored her style to what I knew my daughter needed and to what she learned in their first session.

AMY, 2 lessons with Lisa

Knowlegeable tutor

Excellent tutor! Very knowledgeable, organized and professional. My daughter really enjoys lessons. She feels that she is learning a lot from lessons. Lisa also help my daughter with application and her suggestions were so right and appropriate. She also took time to explain reason for corrections.

Luda, 4 lessons with Lisa

She is a good teacher because she is kind and patient

Thank you for your faith in me and cheer me up all the time. It doesn't matter if I got something wrong you always see something good on it: thanks to that I want to continue learning.

Stefanie, 7 lessons with Lisa

Great teacher

Knowldgeable, Reliable, punctual. I was skeptical at first since we were looking for male tutor that be close by home but we have been happy with finding Lisa and worth driving 30 minutes to get to her.

Megan, 8 lessons with Lisa

Excellent English Teacher

Lisa did an excellent job with my son Edgar the first half of year 2016. She made sure that he is focusing more on his English study (reading and writing). I looking forward to finish this year Teaching my kid. Excellent Job.

Boutros, 49 lessons with Lisa

Creative and patient tutor

Lisa motivated student to express his feeling, view and vision through writing. I am very glad that she can be my son's tutor. In the past few weeks, my son has progressed a lot from a free style writer into a more rational, yet focused writer. Highly recommended Lisa to the family whom is looking for a skilled, responsible and knowledgable tutor.

Demi, 94 lessons with Lisa

Excellent tutor

Lisa was very patient with our son and truly enjoys her work. She helped with a college essay. Highly recommend her.

Jenny, 7 lessons with Lisa

Great tutor

We really appreciate Lisa's work with our daughter. The change in her grades, study habits, data comprehension and retention have been remarkable.

Michael, 85 lessons with Lisa
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