What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 

My first lessons with a new student are dedicated to both getting to know the student and evaluating the student's writing skill level. Depending on the student's individual weaknesses in writing, I create lessons specifically designed to meet those needs. Usually, I find that students do not understand the actual writing process. I have developed a unique method that teaches students of all ages to write ideas as notes and to turn those notes into well written sentences and paragraphs. After students learn this simple method, they will no longer wonder how to start writing or how to organize their ideas.

  My pattern for writing is a proven method that students can follow with confidence. Being guided step by step through the writing process, this process provides them with the tools needed to write with expression and fluency. Most of my students benefit greatly after only a few lessons

  The next lessons address the art of writing, giving interest and depth to what is being communicated. During each lesson, I weave grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation lessons into the overall-teaching. In addition, editing skills are emphasized so that the students are able to proofread their own writing. With my humor, encouragement, and patience, students feel comfortable working with me and quickly gain confidence in their writing skills.

What types of students have you worked with?


My experiences in teaching cover a broad spectrum of students. I have taught students from different ethnic backgrounds, grade levels, and educational backgrounds Working with students from seven years old to seniors, I have taught phonics, reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and speech.
  Some of my students are struggling to work at grade level and are taking lessons to improve English skills
of all types. In contrast, most of my students are advanced in English skills and are taking lessons to give them a competitive edge to enter major universities.

  In addition to teaching English to native English speakers, teaching ESL to students from foreign countries has been very rewarding. I even taught a high school girl who had moved from China mid-semester with no ability to speak English. After six months of weekly classes, she could communicate with teachers and classmates very well.

  One of my younger students from Nigeria was in a special education class three years ago and could not read one word. After six months of reading lessons, he could read at the second-grade level. Currently, he is learning to write and is working at the fifth-grade level.

   A girl from a Vietnamese family was learning to write, but when I discovered that she was entering a spelling bee, I tutored her on spelling as well. She won the county spelling bee for eighth-graders after I shared some study tips with her.

  Among other ethnic backgrounds, I have tutored students from Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Ukranian, Russian, Nigerian, and Arab backgrounds. I have taught homeschoolers, primary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, college, and post-grad students. Many adults in the workforce and adults returning to school have benefitted from my Language Arts lessons.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.


Recently, a young high school girl contacted me for essay writing lessons.  When she was given a prompt
to write about, she would just stare at the paper for days. She absolutely froze. Five lessons later, she
was able to write a well organized essay without any help. After that fifth tutoring session, she was
beaming with joy.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons?


I tutor online using the ZOOM Conference app, and I bill through PayPal.

~1-hour session - $50 

~2 or more hours per week - $40 per session

How did you get started teaching?

 

I began teaching primary grades at a private school, and after a few years, I was asked to teach English
to the older students. During that time, I tutored students in grades 4-12 who needed extra help in
reading, writing, or grammar. In addition, I taught essay writing classes to high school students. Eventually, I started my own private school with grades K-12. After 19 years of teaching, I am now tutoring online.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied several languages and linguistics at Sacramento State University and began teaching in a private school shortly after graduating. The school used a curriculum that was individualized, so I learned to quickly adapt to each student's learning style and teach directly to the student's learning gaps. During those years, I developed a sense of when to move to the next lesson, when to review past lessons, and when to challenge the student. After eight years in that private school, I founded a K-12 private school of my own, was the administrator of the school, and taught individual students in various grades. English, and particularly essay writing, became my field of expertise as I applied my linguistics background to Language Arts.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?


  Language Arts is a very wide field. Be sure that the tutor you choose excels in the particular field of English that is your weakness.
  If possible, speak to the teacher personally to see if you feel you can work together comfortably. The tutor should be more of an encourager than a critic. Your skill level will increase in direct proportion to your confidence in developing that skill. A great tutor will build your skills and your confidence at the same time.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?


  Students should try to identify specifically what their most urgent educational need is. Instead of saying, "I
need to learn to write essays", a student should say, "I do not know how to start an essay", or "My spelling
and grammar need to improve." Ask the tutor what the teaching process to address your needs would
include.
  In addition, ask if the lessons will be a majority of lectures, exercises, or reading assignments? Does the
teacher use a lesson book designed for mass education, or will lessons be individualized to meet your specific needs and unique learning style? During the lesson, will there be time for the student to express
individual concerns and ask questions?
  Finally, will the student be allowed to contact the teacher between lessons for clarity, information, and
explanation? If a student needs something clarified about homework and cannot reach the tutor, 
advancement is impeded.

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