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Phylecia

I am a professional Literature, English and Reading Tutor from Southern California. I graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 and currently participate in the UCLA Extension Screenwriting: Film and TV Comprehensive Certificate Program. I recently taught young inner city school children (5th-grade level) on how to write and produce a screenplay at Young Storytellers. This life changing experience enabled me to enrich young minds and motivate them to tell original stories.

I believe I can become a great tutor for your child. I am patient, nurturing, and an extremely enthusiastic individual who is committed to helping your child succeed. My goal for your child is to enrich them with literature, help them improve their reading skills and push them to write stellar essays. Simply put, I believe anyone can write. I look forward to becoming a cheerleader and role model for your child.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Ball State University - Bachelors, Electronics Art and Animation

I like to write scripts, read class literature and visit the wonderful art museums and botanical gardens that Los Angeles has to offer, such as Descanso Gardens and the Getty Museum.

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

World Literature

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe anyone can improve their writing skills and enjoy literature. My teaching philosophy is based on three important things: patience, encouragement and practice. I want to encourage young minds to improve their reading and writing skills through patience and good old fashioned practice and repetition.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, I will introduce myself to the parent and student in a friendly, easy going manner - putting their minds at ease. In addition, I will ask the student what subjects he/she would like to improve on, their current level of expertise and available material (i.e. textbooks, syllabus, homework, etc.). Finally, I will establish my goals with the student and develop a detailed study plan for future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help students become independent learners by encouraging them with positive reinforcement (i.e. goal setting), and including their interests into their assignments by introducing them to websites, blogs and podcasts that are related to their subjects; I will also motivate students to solve problems on their own and encourage them to ask questions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will help motivate students to succeed by setting realistic, personalized goals, and awarding them for their success. In addition, I will give the students a sense of control over their assignments and provide a nurturing, positive environment. It's my goal to be a cheerleader for my student's success.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I will help students who are struggling to read by encouraging them to pick and choose books to read on their own, reading books and material together (either through the echo reading or paired reading method); help them develop and expand their vocabulary through flashcards and educational apps. Most importantly, I will encourage students to overcome their difficulty with the subject by giving them positive reinforcement.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I like to get to know my students. I ask them about their day, what they do at school and their favorite hobbies. These questions enable me to incorporate their interests into my assignments. These personalized experiences motivate my students to participate in class.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I like to build my student's confidence through words of encouragement, creating realistic goals for the child and creating a reward system (i.e. stickers, pencils, books, etc.).

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like to use a wide variety of materials during my tutoring sessions. The materials including educational textbooks, apps, organization programs (Evernote), notebooks, notecards and a planner.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I can help students with their reading comprehension skills by giving them a set of questions to ask while reading (i.e. self-monitoring), helping them define and understand difficult words; also, using visualization techniques such as Venn-diagrams and story maps.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I believe positive affirmations, realistic goal setting, constructive criticism, awards (i.e. coloring books, stickers) and enthusiasm is the perfect medicine to motivate students to overcome a difficult subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I can evaluate a student's reading skills by giving them a short reading comprehension test. I will instruct them to read a passage that is based on their grade level and ask them to answer various questions that are related to the text. I will evaluate their test and create a list of goals the student needs to meet.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask the student to recite or write a short summary of the material that he or she has read. I would ask the student questions that are related to the text, such as the main idea, characters, themes, etc. I will also instruct the pupil to create visual aids such as Venn-diagrams and story maps that will help them visualize and retain the text.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If I have a child who learns by "doing", then I will instruct them to create visual aids or create an art project (i.e. mood boards) that are related to the text. If I have a child who is struggling at their current reading level, then I will provide material that is easier to digest and use mediums that are related to the text (i.e. films, YouTube clips, podcasts). I'm a strong believer in "going with the flow".