Pieta C.


Pieta C.

Tutor

Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Will travel 30 miles

$85 per hour.

4.97 765 ratings

English teacher specializing in test prep, reading, and writing!

I am a certified English teacher and experienced tutor who addresses individual academic needs. My areas of expertise include Test Prep (SAT/ACT Verbal, AP English, SAT II Literature, PSAT, ISEE/SSAT, GED, TOEFL, FCTE); Homeschooling; Reading Comprehension; Essay Writing, including college essays; Grammar; All Elementary Subjects; and Study and Organizational Skills. For testing, I focus on both content and strategies. Testing strategies are easily learned and empower students to tackle... [more]


Vocabulary

Vocabulary increases naturally with reading and writing. It is not easily acquired through drill, but can be done. My expertise in increasing vocabulary stems from using root words, suffixes, and prefixes to identify meaning of new words, and from devising witty mnemonic devices to remember unfamiliar words... so the meaning sticks forever!


Grammar

I am a certified English teacher in three states (NY, NJ, and CT). I taught middle school and high school English for over ten years. I have tutored in English for over 20 years. Grammar is one of my areas of expertise. In the corporate world, I published a trade magazine, acting as writer and editor.


Prealgebra


Reading


Writing

Essay writing is formulated and, if taught using a simple template, is easily mastered. Whether you are writing a persuasive, narrative, expository, synthesis, analytic, or argumentative piece, there are guidelines and a step-by-step process which will lead every student to succeed. Essay writing is a skill that once learned will last a lifetime. For years, I taught writing to middle and high school students as part of English class. As a tutor, I work with students from 2nd grade through college. In addition to teaching writing in middle and high school English classes, I published and edited a bi-monthly marketing communications publication for a North American trade association. In the 1980's, I worked in business-to-business advertising where I proof-read ads and wrote press releases.


English

I taught middle school and high school English for over ten years. I have tutored in English for over 20 years. I am an English grammar nerd... always rechecking the books for accurate information and explanations relating to issues of grammar. If I don't know the answer, I know where to look for it!


ESL/ESOL


Literature

I majored in literature at Rutgers University and went on to take graduate literature courses. I taught high school and middle school English for over 10 years. I tutor for SAT II Lit test.


Proofreading

In the 1980s, I worked in business-to-business advertising, where I proof-read ads and wrote press releases. As an English teacher, I taught writing/editing/proofreading as part of the curricula in middle and high school classes. In business, I published and edited a bi-monthly marketing communications publication for a North American trade association.


GED


SAT Reading

The key to scoring well on this test is to read actively. Many students have heard this term but don't understand what it means and why it works. I help students identify the type, tone, and main idea of each passage before looking at the questions. The SAT reading test is merely asking you whether or not you read and understood the passage. If the answer is yes, these strategies will earn you a perfect score. I am a certified English teacher in three states (NY, NJ, and CT).


SAT Writing

The strategy here is to identify the type of error before looking at the answer choices. I teach this strategy to empower students to take the upper hand on this test. Too many students use their ear rather than the rules of grammar. This only works 60% of the time.


TOEFL


PSAT

I have expertise in teaching strategies and content for the PSAT Critical Reading and Writing tests. I will help you set your appropriate goal and range, and teach you specific stategies to break the SAT code, tackling sentence improvement, error recognition, and paragraph improvement.


SSAT


Spelling


ACT Reading

The key to scoring well on this test is to read actively. Many students have heard this term but don't understand what it means and why it works. I help students identify the type, tone, and main idea of each passage before looking at the questions. The ACT reading test is merely asking you whether or not you read and understood the passage. If the answer is yes, these strategies will earn you a perfect score.


ACT English

The strategy here is to identify the type of error before looking at the answer choices. I teach this strategy to empower students to take the upper hand on this test. Too many students use their ear rather than the rules of grammar. This only works 60% of the time.


Elementary Math


Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified elementary teacher. I have multiple teaching certificates in CT, NY, and NJ.


Study Skills

Strong study skills help to make students successful. The focus here is on organization, time management, study skills, focus, concentration, content, and communication with teachers. Before beginning with a student, I perform an assessment (interview) of learning modalities and present practices. We then focus on weak areas. I have taught study skills both one-on-one and in workshops. For five years, I taught at-risk middle school students who needed special attention on basic skills and organization skills. We focused on what an intelligent student does to be successful. As a middle and high school teacher, I worked with students in the classroom and one-on-one in the area of study skills. As an SAT tutor, I focus on study skills and strategies to master the test.


COOP/HSPT

The COOP/HSPT tests are difficult! Many times, they test grammar not learned in school or math not yet learned (or learned years ago)! Preparation requires both strategy and content refreshers. The tests include analogies; antonyms; synonyms; vocabulary; verbal reasoning; grammar and punctuation; critical reading; and all areas of math, algebra, and geometry. The two tests vary, but I can help with either test. I have over 15 years of teaching test preparation, both inside and outside of the classroom. I am professionally trained to tutor test prep, focusing on both content (as needed) and strategies for multiple-choice tests.


ISEE

I have been professionally trained by an upscale reputable tutoring company to teach the SSAT and ISEE tests. Over the past five years, I have tutored dozens of students taking all levels of these tests. I know each test well and have helped students improve their scores substantially and get accepted into the schools of their choice. I am a retired certified English teacher as well.


Praxis

I am a certified English teacher who has been teaching both English and test preparation for decades. I took the Praxis General Knowledge test to teach elementary grades in NJ and I took 2 more Praxis tests when I moved from NJ to CT. Since then, I have been helping other teachers pass these tests. I am professionally trained to teach test prep including ACT; SAT; ISEE; SSAT; and the Praxis has components similar to these tests. I also have self-studies to tutor students in over a dozen other standardized tests. The content changes, but the strategies are identical.


STAAR

I can assist with both strategies and content for all sections of the elementary tests and for the verbal sections of the high school STARR test. The critical reading sections require a careful, active reading and analysis. This can be achieved with a few simple strategies. The writing sections cover most areas of grammar, punctuation, and rhetorical errors used on the SAT/ACT tests. The math sections (elementary) require a combination of content and strategy: knowing when to do the math and when to use logic or the answer choices.


Common Core

Before Common Core became law, I was working privately with students in Scardsdale/Westchester, NY and Greenwich, CT, helping them prepare for the change. New York was one of the early buy-ins to the program and shared lesson plans, best practices, and materials with parents. I helped those parents and students make sense of the jargon. As a teacher in NJ, I often was involved in writing curricula for my district, and so I understand how to link objectives to exercises and lessons aimed at reaching those objectives. Common Core is simply a list of objectives to be reached at each grade level. My job is to help students reach those objectives.