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Judy M.

Seattle, WA

$50/hour

Writing Coach / Reading Comprehension Tutor, youth–adult

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 44 ratings
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— Nancy, Tualatin, OR on 10/23/15

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B.A., Denison University
English literature
University of Missoula, Graduate School of Journalism
Master's
Marylhurst University (current MAT program)
MEd

Education

B.A., Denison University (English literature)

University of Missoula, Graduate School of Journalism (Master's)

Marylhurst University (current MAT program) (MEd)

About Judy

E-mail, text message, blog, website or social media post, application essay or term paper: writing is something we all do all the time. No one – child, high school student or adult – should fear writing. Writing and writing well, with correct grammar and spelling conventions, is something anyone can learn. Writing well is something we all can improve upon all the time.

Reading skill – reading comprehension – is like writing: Reading is done all the time by everybody; it can be learned and it can always be improved.

There are methods to the madness in how to teach the nuts and bolts of both writing and reading; there are small steps and larger jumps up the scaffold to accomplishment. In the end, if a short-term piece of information is going to secure itself into a student's long-term memory as lifelong and usable knowledge, the learning needs to be some fun (not total drudgery), make sense and connect to the student in some way, and have an answer to "so what?"

In addition to my successful professional career as a print journalist, I have recently completed (with As) half of the masters in education program at Marylhurst University. Through my MAT studies toward secondary school Language Arts certification, I am knowledgeable and aware of current research and ideas regarding most-effective teaching methods to promote real learning. In addition, for the past 12 years I have been an active volunteer in public school classrooms and libraries, working with both small groups and individual students of all ages. I have student teaching experience in elementary grades.

I have two sons in high school.

Thanks for your consideration – and happy reading and writing!
E-mail, text message, blog, website or social media post, application essay or term paper: writing is something we all do all the time. No one – child, high school student or adult – should fear writing. Writing and writing well, with correct grammar and spelling conventions, is something anyone can learn. Writing well is something we all can Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Multiple hour lessons will be charged at $50/first hour and then $40/hour there after.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Seattle, WA 98115
Background Check: Passed

"Awesome"

- Nancy, Tualatin, OR on 10/23/15

"Great at keeping me (the parent) informed!"

- Tamara, West Linn, OR on 10/9/14
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

English

Learning English language arts begins with learning the alphabet and how to put letters together to form nouns, verbs and adjectives, and then to build sentences. Step by step, the study grows to encompass the ability to read with understanding and to write clear communications. It also includes the ability to expand what you read and write by connecting to other things you know, other works you’ve read/seen/heard.

Proofreading

Proofreading is not as difficult as rocket science. It is, however, a disciplined practice, a set of steps, that requires focus. Good proofreading helps ensure your term paper doesn’t get all marked up with red ink and your resume tossed in the trash. As a professional journalist, copy editor and proofreader, I am expert at proofreading both text and four-color layouts. I teach this skill-set to professional colleagues and to my students.

Reading

Novels, poetry, advanced algebra textbook, pamphlets, magazines, election voter guides, appliance owner’s manuals, graphs and charts: it’s all reading. There are many seemingly small, specific pieces of “reading skills” that can be learned as individual pieces and then put together as a whole. Everyone can read; everyone can become a better reader.

Like many other skills in life, reading gets easier as you do more of it. The more you read – and pay attention as you do – the more you will connect what you are reading at the moment with other relevant material you read, saw or heard before. The more you read the better reader you become.

For example, readers gain fluency – how smoothly you “flow” over the words and sentences while understanding what you’re reading. Fluency refers to all reading, both silent and out loud. Vocabulary knowledge and being able to effectively use context clues improve fluency.

Also, readers learn to keep asking the “so what?” question: What is the author telling me and why? What just happened? What will happen next as a result? Why did the author write that paragraph that way – what is the style adding to my comprehension? How does this piece connect with my previous knowledge?

Another example of advanced reading skill is keeping track of understanding as you go – self-checking: Did I understand that sentence/paragraph/chapter? What did I just learn? What’s the most important point? What are the sub-points? What are my questions still unanswered, or, what do I still not understand? What are my new questions, questions raised by what I now know?

SAT Reading

The reading portion of the SAT test seeks to determine how well a student understands what he or she just read. It’s basic reading comprehension. The test draws on the student’s knowledge of vocabulary, context and ability to pick out the main point and sub-points. Focused practice with this style of test question not only improves a student’s skills but also increases his/her comfort with the questions and therefore lessens stress at test time. (And less stress translates to improved brain function.)

SAT Writing

This test for the college-bound student seeks to measure a student’s ability to--given exam time constraints--formulate an answer to a writing prompt and put together a cohesive short essay that not only makes sense and supports the topic point but also uses correct writing conventions.

Understanding the basic outline of the essay style, how to choose a topic, making an outline, spelling, grammar, punctuation rules, vocabulary and proofreading all impact a solid essay product.

Study Skills

My academic study skills credentials include Master's studies in teaching secondary school language arts. The thrust of this coursework is on tools and best practices to help each individual student connect with, remember and use specific "academic" information. No matter the particular learning style or learning strength of a student (such as auditory, visual, movement, tactile, etc.), it is possible to present any piece of classwork to any student so that they "get it." Study skills starts with studying in a manner than maximizes a student's learning style and strengths.

Study skills then includes learning to identify the "most important" pieces of information or concepts and connect them to the "why" they are important.

In addition to my Master's in education course work, I have a college degree in English Literature (and an unofficial minor in pre-med science courses)as well as a Master's degree in Journalism. So I have studied a lot. And I have learned from my mistakes.

Vocabulary

Words, too, are extant living things–-not biologically, but as things that may have multiple meanings, shades of meaning and meanings that can change or be added to over time. Knowing what a word means in the context used enables the person who is reading/listening to understand the person who is writing/speaking. Using the right word helps you communicate what you want to say. Understanding that word, in that usage, lets you understand what the person is saying. Using different words also keeps your work from being repetitious and/or boring.

As there are many styles of learning and many styles of communication, there are many ways to learn vocabulary. Vocab tools range from defining a word or phrase based on the sentences or paragraph around it to drawing pictures, connecting to synonyms and roots, and rote memorization. The trick is to use all the tools with a focus on the one that works best for the individual learner.

Writing

Grocery list, to-do list, essay, short story, letter to Grandma, text message, email, journal entry, professional memo, white paper. Everybody writes all the time. Everyone can communicate–-and with a personal style–-through writing. Putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard does not need to be scary or painful. Like reading, writing does have rules, but the rules are meant to ensure that what you write conveys what you want to communicate. Understanding the basic outline of any particular style, how to choose a topic, making an outline, spelling, grammar, punctuation rules, vocabulary and proofreading all impact a final writing product. There are some basic techniques or steps that make it easier. And like reading, the more you write the better you get at it.

B.A., Denison University
English literature
University of Missoula, Graduate School of Journalism
Master's
Marylhurst University (current MAT program)
MEd

Education

B.A., Denison University (English literature)

University of Missoula, Graduate School of Journalism (Master's)

Marylhurst University (current MAT program) (MEd)

Awesome

Judy is stupendous! Any child would be fortunate to have her as their tutor. She's done amazing things for my 16 year old son!

— Nancy, Tualatin, OR on 10/23/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Multiple hour lessons will be charged at $50/first hour and then $40/hour there after.

Travel policy

Judy will travel within 6 miles of Seattle, WA 98115.