Marie F.


Marie F.

Tutor

Pacifica, CA 94044

Will travel 30 miles

$55 per hour.

4.94 272 ratings

Certified ESL/English/Language Arts, Writing, Test Prep, Spanish Tutor

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. - Mark Van Doren A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. - Helen Keller Hello and thank you for considering me! I am a University of Cambridge CELTA-certified English/ESL teacher, a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, and a dedicated educator. I have tutored and taught adults, youth and children in private lessons, the public school system and through nonprofit educational organizations for more th... [more]


Vocabulary

I match my teaching of vocabulary to your needs and interests as a student. I teach students strategies for learning and remembering vocabulary. Students learn new vocabulary best when it is taught in a meaningful context and when they can practice using it in speaking, reading and writing. One amazing thing about the English language is how much vocabulary it has. The English language is always changing and evolving. New words are constantly being invented. This makes studying English vocabulary fascinating but also confusing at times. I can help! As a native English speaker, a university graduate and an avid reader on many topics, I have an extensive vocabulary. I can help students understand the subtle differences in meaning and usage between similar words.


Grammar

"Let's eat Grandma!" "Let's eat, Grandma!" Commas save lives. - Anonymous I am trained in the Guided Discovery method of grammar teaching, in which students learn grammar in a meaningful context. Because the most important aspect of grammar is the way it expresses meaning and knowledge, I help students learn and understand both grammatical forms and their uses and meanings. I can help you learn to use English grammar confidently and correctly. I believe that students learn grammar both by practicing and by making mistakes. As I get to know your learning style, I will find the most helpful ways to teach you the grammar that is most important at your level of English skill. The study of English grammar can be both interesting and fun, I promise!


Reading

I am an experienced English Language Arts teacher and am familiar with the California State Language Arts Standards. I am experienced at teaching all aspects of Language Arts, with a special emphasis on reading comprehension and essay and creative writing. I have a specialty in the area of Academic Intervention. Using this approach, I support students to learn and achieve their educational goals by first helping them to discover their preferred learning styles and then teaching them to effectively utilize learning strategies based on those learning styles. There are many approaches to teaching students to read skillfully. As a Language Arts teacher, I am experienced with students of different learning styles. I can help students understand their learning style(s) and learn reading strategies that work especially well for them. For English As a Second Language Students: As an English as a Second Language teacher, I can teach you techniques to help you to better understand what you read. I can help you understand American and British English idioms and common expressions. I focus on your learning priorities. I will work with reading material that is interesting, important and relevant to you. This could include literature, news articles, academic writing, textbooks, websites, letters, business writing and more. I love reading, and I love helping people understand, learn from and enjoy reading.


Spanish

I am an experienced Spanish tutor as well as an enthusiastic continuing Spanish student. I completed advanced level Spanish studies at the Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol while living in Quito, Ecuador for nine months, and I continue my studies and professional work in the Spanish education field. I am the editor of a Spanish textbook series for English-speaking learners of Spanish published by Internacional del Espanol in Ecuador. I am an avid reader of Latin American literature and have enjoyed reading works such as La Hija de Singer and the poetry of Pablo Neruda in Spanish. I tutor beginning and intermediate students in Spanish speaking, reading, writing, grammar and literature. I am currently reading De amor y de sombra by Isabel Allende. Me encanta ense?ar espa?ol y quisiera ayudarle con sus estudias. (I love teaching Spanish and would like to help you with your studies).


Writing

As a native English speaker and experienced writer and writing teacher, I can help students improve their English writing skills. I help students to structure their writing to express the meaning they intend in a way that is appropriate to the context in which the writing will be presented. I have taught writing to students of all ages, from elementary school age to adult. There are many styles of writing in the English language. I work with students to determine which style(s) of writing to concentrate on. I can teach students techniques for writing essays, academic papers, business letters and proposals, personal letters, etc. I am also experienced in teaching creative writing. Regardless of the type of writing we work on, my goal is always to help students express their ideas clearly and compellingly in writing. Parents: I enjoy helping students of all ages improve their writing and enjoy the writing process more. I can work with students on existing school assignments as well as create assignments to develop their writing skills in targeted areas. I have worked with both native English speakers and English as a Second Language/ESL/ELD students. I am experienced at and comfortable with working with students performing at, below and above grade level. My poetry and academic writing have been published nationally and internationally.


English

I am an experienced English Language Arts teacher and have taught all aspects of English, with a special emphasis on reading comprehension and essay and creative writing. I love to read and have read widely in English literature, from the classics to contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I have tutored English at the elementary through college levels, and ESL to all ages, including graduate students and adult professionals. Whether reading Dr. Seuss or Dostoyevsky, my goal is to help students to understand what they read, to articulate that understanding verbally, and to enjoy the learning process. I use student-centered methods, helping students connect personally with what they are studying to make learning more interesting and meaningful to students. I personalize lessons to help students build on their strengths and turn those strengths into strategies to address their challenges. I can help with all aspects of writing English papers: developing and organizing thoughts and opinions more clearly, finding evidence to support conclusions, and editing for both style and content. I can also help students develop comprehension and critical thinking strategies, do better in their classes, develop greater confidence in their abilities, and enjoy reading and writing more. ESL Students: Please also see my ESL/ESOL subject profile.


ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker and a Cambridge CELTA-certified, experienced English as a Second Language teacher and tutor. The University of Cambridge CELTA certification is one of the most rigorous and prestigious ESL teacher training programs in the world. As a 2012 graduate, I am up-to-date on current English language teaching methods. I use a student-centered teaching style, basing lessons on each student's needs, interests and learning styles. As your tutor, I will help you develop your English language skills in the areas that are your personal priorities. We will study what interests you, and together we will have interesting and fun classes. English is a complex and sometimes confusing language. It is also a wonderful and expressive language. As your teacher, I will help you understand the confusing parts and learn to express yourself clearly and fluently in English. Areas of study may include: Speaking and Conversation, Pronunciation, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Writing - Academic, Creative & Business styles, TOEFL test preparation. I teach Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced students. I am experienced at teaching adults, youth and children. I especially enjoy helping non-native speakers of English communicate complex ideas in writing and speech. I have helped many scholars and students, from Stanford and UCSF PhD and post-doctoral scholars, to college, high school, and elementary school students, improve their ability to communicate their ideas, insights and creativity in both writing and public presentation. I have edited academic papers, grant proposals and articles for publication and helped students prepare presentations in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, environmental science, psychology, anthropology, English literature, philosophy and business and nonprofit marketing. I graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University. I have lived, worked and traveled in Asia and Latin America. Hablo espa?ol y tengo una especialidad en la ense?anza de ingl?s a los hablantes nativos de espa?ol. Por favor, escr?beme en espa?ol si usted prefiere. Ofrezco precios reducidos para hablantes de espa?ol. Je parle un peu de fran?ais. Je peut lire et ?crire le fran?ais mieux que je le peut parler. Io capisco un po l'Italiano. Io sono Italo-Americana. Tashi delek! Nga pho-keh detsi shing gi yo.


Literature

As an experienced English/Language Arts teacher, I can teach students to recognize and understand literary devices such as metaphor, simile and other figurative language, foreshadowing, plot, setting and character as well as non-traditional narrative structures in novels, plays and poetry. I enjoy discussing literature with students and helping them understand and appreciate its relevance to their own lives and experiences as well as to the broader world. I am well-read and have a great love of literature. I have read widely in American, Asian, Latin American and European literature, including novels, plays and poetry.


Proofreading

As a proofreader and editor, I draw on skills acquired in over fifteen years of broad experience. I have proofread, edited and written materials including academic papers, articles and essays, grants, proposals, reports and other professional and business writing, as well as textbooks and creative writing. My creative writing and academic editing have been published nationally and internationally. I am the editor of a Spanish textbook published in Ecuador. I graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with BA and BFA degrees. For proofreading and editing of elementary, middle and high school students' work, parents must also book at least one 1-hour writing lesson with me for the student in question, so that the student can learn by participating in the revision process. I am an experienced Language Arts teacher and tutor and have taught academic and creative writing to children and youth ages 7-17.


GED

As a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and a former Center for Advanced Studies summa cum laude high school graduate, I am well-qualified to help prepare students to take the GED. I have also taught Language Arts and English/ESL to both youth and adults. I can teach students test-taking strategies to perform their best as well as review and re-teach subject matter as needed. I tailor my approach to students' needs and help students maximize their strengths to succeed on test day. I am a friendly, supportive, patient and thorough tutor. I especially enjoy working with students who ask a lot of questions, since I believe that asking questions is one of the best ways to learn.


SAT Reading

As an English Language Arts teacher and tutor, avid and broad-ranging reader, and high-scorer on the SAT verbal section, I can teach you strategies for performing your absolute best on the SAT reading, English and essay writing sections. I scored 720 (out of 800) on the SAT verbal section, using the more rigorous 1600 point scoring system from the 1980's. I went on to graduate magna cum laude from Tufts University.


SAT Writing

As an English Language Arts teacher and tutor, avid and broad-ranging reader, and high-scorer on the SAT verbal section, I can teach you strategies for performing your absolute best on the SAT reading, English and written essay sections. When I took the SAT in the late 1980's, I scored 720 out of 800 on the combined verbal section. I went on to graduate magna cum laude from Tufts University.


TOEFL

I am a Cambridge CELTA certified ESL teacher with more than 5 years of experience in helping students prepare for the TOEFL test. Together, we identify students' areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. We then set goals to strengthen students' English skills according to students' specific needs. Because the TOEFL tests speaking, listening, reading and writing, we may emphasize skill development in some or all of these areas, depending on the student's needs and current abilities.


ACT Reading

As an English Language Arts teacher and tutor, and an avid and broad-ranging reader, I can teach students strategies for performing their best on the ACT reading section. The reading section is challenging. Students have to read quickly and efficiently in order to get through all of the questions in the allotted time. I help students address the test strategically to maximize their strengths and address their weaker areas, thus speeding up their overall performance and increasing their likelihood of getting a high score. I train students to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant details so they can get the gist of the reading passages more quickly. For students who are not fast readers, I can teach scanning and skimming techniques that will enable them to correctly answer questions under the time-pressure of the test. I also help students recognize and familiarize themselves with the types of subtly phrased test questions and answers that can be misleading if not read carefully. Armed with these strategies, students can approach the test with greater confidence and perform more efficiently. Because the college admissions testing process can be stressful for students, I make sure that our test prep sessions are both relaxed and productive. I let students know that I'm on their side and am invested in their success.


ACT English

As an English Language Arts teacher and tutor and a grammar expert, I can teach students strategies for performing their best on the ACT English section. The ACT English section addresses English grammar and usage as well as rhetorical skills. As an experienced grammar teacher, I can help students sharpen their grammar skills so that they can quickly eliminate incorrect answers and recognize correct ones. In the rhetorical skills section, students need to both read critically and to think like a writer in order to perform well. I teach students how to quickly grasp the main idea of each ACT English passage and how to distinguish important from irrelevant details.


Elementary Science

Science is a fascinating subject that can easily be made dull by an uninspiring teacher. As an elementary science educator, my mission is to transmit a sense of wonder and discovery to my students. I find science to be an exciting and fascinating subject and I convey that enthusiasm to my students, so that they too can get excited about studying science.


Elementary (K-6th)

I am an experienced English/Language Arts and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, tutor and Academic Intervention specialist. I have taught and tutored students ages 5 to 13, with a special expertise in working with 4th and 5th grade students on Reading and Writing challenges. I am also experienced at tutoring Social Studies, Science and Math. I am comfortable and experienced working with students who are performing at, below, or above grade level. I have worked with "typical" students as well as with students with ADD, autism, other learning and/or emotional challenges, and with "gifted" students and English language learners. I have a special interest and experience in working with students who are both gifted and learning-challenged. I enjoy helping students discover their own unique learning styles and develop successful learning strategies based on their strengths. I believe that all children can move beyond frustration and enjoy learning. Please see my subject descriptions for English, Reading, Writing, Phonics, ESL, Social Studies and Science for more information.


Phonics

I am an experienced English/ Language Arts teacher, tutor and Academic Intervention specialist. I have successfully used both phonics-based and whole language approaches to help Kindergarten through 4th grade students improve their word pronunciation and reading or pre-reading skills. (This includes word decoding or "sounding out" skills for readers, and letter/sound relationships for pre-readers.) I am experienced at working with pre-readers, early readers and challenged readers. I use a fun approach, linking phonics to picture-books for younger readers and choosing interesting age and reading-level appropriate materials for older readers still struggling with phonics. For pre-readers, I emphasize phonemic awareness, including such skills as perceiving and reproducing rhyming sounds and distinguishing between short and long vowel sounds. I do not teach phonics in isolation, as an end in itself, but rather as a key that unlocks the door to better reading skills and more pleasure in and understanding of reading. For my students, I foster success and enjoyment in both reading and speaking, using phonics as an important tool in the process. (A Note to Parents and Guardians: If your child is still struggling significantly with phonics in the 3rd grade, diagnostic educational testing is generally recommended to clarify the source(s) of the difficulty before or soon after beginning tutoring.)


Study Skills

I am an experienced Language Arts and ESL teacher and tutor. I am also an experienced Academic Mentor. In this capacity, I can help students identify their learning styles and develop learning strategies and study skills that build upon their strengths and address the areas needing improvement. I have worked successfully with students from 4 to 80 years old.


Special Needs

I am an experienced English/Language Arts tutor and teacher. Much of my experience has been in Language Arts Academic Intervention, working with elementary school students performing below grade level. I believe in the potential of every student and I view all of my students as individuals, never as numbers on a scale. I am a patient, friendly, and enthusiastic educator with a good sense of humor. I have worked with students with various learning differences including mild to moderate ADHD, autism and other "learning disabilities". I have successfully worked with many students who were performing below grade level, including students with IEP's. I have also worked with several gifted students with learning differences. I believe that everyone can enjoy learning, and that it is my job as an educator to help students discover their unique learning styles and build on their strengths to address their challenges. I enjoy customizing curricula and helping students find learning strategies that meet their particular learning needs, so they can rediscover their joy in learning. Please note: While I have worked with many students with learning differences, I am not a certified special education teacher. For students with moderate to severe dyslexia, severe ADHD, or non-verbal/minimally verbal forms of autism, I would recommend seeking tutoring from a dyslexia specialist, certified special education teacher, or speech or other educational therapist, as appropriate.


Anthropology

I graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Tufts University. I did my fieldwork in Sherpa and Tibetan communities in Nepal, with a focus on energy issues, indigenous systems of forest conservation and cultural interactions between indigenous people, foreign aid workers, tourists and park staff in Mt. Everest National Park. My undergraduate studies emphasized Asia, with a particular focus on ritual and sustainable development. I can tutor students in all aspects of college-level cultural anthropology. I can also proofread and edit anthropology papers and theses. In addition to my anthropological fieldwork, I also worked as an assistant archivist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.


CBEST

I have successfully passed the CBEST test and can teach you numerous effective test-taking strategies based on my personal experience with the test. I will take into account your strong areas and areas in need of improvement to create a personalized test-day plan for you. As your tutor, I will show you several strategies for quickly and correctly responding to the multiple-choice questions. I can also coach you in writing techniques for the essay section, with an emphasis on writing speed, clarity and appropriate style. Your CBEST essays are graded on their degree of completeness as well as the quality and clarity of the writing. Thus, it is key to learn to balance writing clearly with writing efficiently. I can show you techniques to successfully complete practice CBEST exams with time to spare, so that you can calmly and confidently do your best on test day.


Social Studies

As an experienced elementary educator, I particularly enjoy tutoring social studies. As a Language Arts educator, I have worked extensively with Language Arts curricula that incorporate social studies material. In addition, as Lead Teacher of a San Francisco after school program, I created a multi-disciplinary curriculum for my students that incorporated literacy with social studies, science and the arts. I have found that when students can connect what they are studying in social studies with their own lives, they find it much more interesting. I teach social studies as a living, vital subject that helps students understand and relate to society and to the world around them, rather than as just a collection of facts and dates. I encourage my students to think deeply about social studies, to form their own opinions and to share their perspectives. I challenge my students to ask and answer questions that increase their comprehension and engagement. Through this type of dialogue, inquiry, and critical thinking, social studies takes on a clearer and deeper meaning for students.