Sharon H.


Sharon H.

Tutor

Irvine, CA 92620

Will travel 10 miles

$53 per hour.

4.95 165 ratings

Knowledgeable, Creative, Credentialed English/ESL Tutor

As a Professional and Credentialed Teacher offering Tutoring services. I am dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential. I believe that a successful tutoring experience includes using a variety of teaching techniques and being creative in preparing lesson plans to meet the unique needs of each student. I have taught English (including Speaking, Phonics, Vocabulary development, Grammar, Writing and Public Speaking), Social Studies and related History classes to studen... [more]


American History


Vocabulary


Grammar


Microsoft Word


Reading

I have loved to read since I was very young. My friends used to call me a "bookworm." It didn't bother me, because I always found such joy and escape in reading! I love reading just about anything: magazines, newspapers, junk mail (don't laugh!) and novels of a variety of genres, from the classics to mysteries, to any thought-provoking subject! Find the right subject and you'll learn to love reading too!


Writing

Writing has been a life-long passion of mine. Whether I am writing for personal pleasure (journals, poems, or short articles),or helping others with essays, theses, manuscripts, or job related materials, I am meticulous about the entire process. Everything from word choice, to sentence structure, to punctuation is essential to create a polished piece of writing. I have helped many people improve their writing skills. Currently I teach writing at an after school educational center. In addition, I privately tutor both high school and college students and adults, those active in various professions and those simply wishing to improve their personal correspondence.


English


Government & Politics


Psychology


Literature


Proofreading

I am excellent at proofreading and editing papers. I have an eye for spotting errors in spelling, punctuation and wording. I am also very good at making sure your writing is well organized. Over the years I have helped both students and business people achieve success with their written work. Let me help you too!


TOEFL


Elementary (K-6th)

I possess a Multiple Subject CLAD Clear Teaching Credential and have taught all grade levels of elementary school. I have taught in both the regular school setting and in after school programs. My expertise is in English language development, Social Science, History & Science. I have taught many ESL classes for students recently arrived in the U.S. and for those requiring extra attention. Most recently I have been teaching in a tutoring center working within a multi-cultural setting.


Phonics

Learning English sounds is critical to the development of speaking clearly. Teaching phonics (sounding out of words) includes a variety of topics from understanding how to divide words into syllables, to focusing on consonant digraphs (two consonant sounds together form one sound), to dipthongs (same sounds, different spellings), to many other aspects important to learning the English language. Non-native speakers often have problems with the "r" controlled sounds, with distinguishing between "v" and "b" sounds, and with digraphs. This is usually the result of not understanding how to use the tongue and mouth to create sounds. As a credentialed teacher, I have had great success with helping students to improve their speaking skills.


Study Skills

Developing solid study skills is critical for success in school and in life. I have found that three of the most important tools are: goal setting, organization, and time management. Students often approach studying in a haphazard manner, overlooking the importance of planning or organization. I have many years experience helping students develop their study skills. My students have improved their grades and their ability to concentrate and remember important facts. I guide my students through the process and assist them in establishing a system most effective for their purposes. I stress the importance of taking good care of themselves by getting enough sleep and eating a nutritional diet. No one can absorb new thoughts and subject matter when hungry or exhausted. Students also need to learn to curb any procrastination--this is the bane of good study habits.


ESL/ESOL

I have over 10 years experience teaching all levels of ESL/ESOL in both classroom and private settings, to students from countries around the world. I have taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels with focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development (including idiomatic expressions), pronunciation & phonics, listening skills, grammar & writing. I have a Clear Teaching Credential with emphasis on Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development.


Business

I spent many years working in the business sector, employed by both small to medium sized companies and large billion dollar corporations. My experience has included positions in Finance, Accounting, Administration, Sales, and Management. I understand the need for running a "tight ship" and the importance of keeping accurate and current accounting records. I have experience with various accounting software programs and most recently with QuickBooks.


Career Development

I have experience with Career Development in both classroom settings and individual lessons. This experience has included assisting students in career choices, creating resumes & cover letters, researching job opportunities, and preparing for job interviews. My motto is "Put your best foot forward." This is especially important when writing a resume. The resume is often the first introduction to a prospective employer. It should be professionally written, with focus on specialized skills, personal strengths, and specific qualifications. I am adept at editing and offering suggestions to create an "eye catching" resume and cover letter. I also am skilled with job interview preparation, helping students with practice interviews that help to build confidence. In addition, I have taught both Business Writing & Presentation Skills to groups of employees (5-30) in various corporate settings, often with customized Power Point Presentations.


Sociology

I received my BA degree in Social Science, which included an extensive emphasis on Sociology. The scope of Sociology is extremely wide and ranges from looking at individual exchanges to group and global processes. My studies included a variety of topics which included the following: Social Theory & Change, Conflict Resolution, People & Environments, Family Dynamics, Drugs & Society, Social Psychology, and White Color Crime. I received Department Honors for maintaining a 4.0 average in all Social Science courses.