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Amy M.


Focused Literary Tutor Will Make a Tangible Difference!

Oakland, CA 94605

Female ( Age 47 )

Member since:02/2015

Rates from $40 to $60

I can perfom tutoring:

  • On-line
  • In-home

Will travel up to 40 miles

Additional Policies:

Cancellation policy: no fee within 18 hours of lesson; 18 hours prior to lesson -- $25 fee; no show - 100% fee. I add a $5 surcharge over 20 miles; I will lower my fee for advance payments of 2 or more classes. I am negotiable, based on circumstances.

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About Me

Experience Summary

I am a seasoned literary specialist, I GET TANGIBLE RESULTS. I have been the Executive Director of a literary organization for fourteen years. I have taught all ages of students in elementary, high school and adult age groups. I have been actively tutoring private students for two years. I absolutely love working with young (and young at heart) people. I have exceptional reasoning, writing, reading and comprehension skills. I excel working with elementary, middle and high school children and youth. I can help with remedial tutoring and advance a gifted student who needs a challenge. I can help your student write successful papers -- from applications to school assignments, sharpen and deepen their capacity for writing, dramatically improve reading skills, and successfully edit school papers. I also support parents in gaining help at school sites. I coach students taking the ISEE exam. I am warm, friendly and focused. I can provide references.

Teaching Style

I assess the student's level of mastery by listening to parents, communicating with the student (in whatever appropriate way needed) and then doing some basic testing. Once the student is assessed I design a learning environment and activities that coincide with the student's specific strengths, while adding some elements of challenge. I tend to work in a very focused way for 10-15 minutes, and then add in tactile activities (like Bannana Grams for example) for 10 minutes or so, in order to maintain the student's attention. Children and youth who are struggling to read and write get patient assistance to learn the words correctly. My work will improve writing techniques (including essays and basic writing skills), reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and literary creativity. For younger children I work with acquiring reading skills, word recognition, pattern recognition, spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and more. I am very patient, and excel at finding creative solutions for those with learning differences, and those who are struggling with specific issues. For college students I communicate primarily online, via email, and edit papers by sending drafts back and forth. Meetings are focused on reviewing changes I've made so that the student can begin to gain mastery in the editing process.

My Hobbies

theater, parenting, listening to music, reading, writing, bike riding

Other Comments

I absolutely love working with young people and young and older adult students. I am an excellent communicator, and I am very creative in helping people understand new concepts, and hone and sharpen skills and assets. "Amy has taught my daughter to focus her writing, and dramatically improve her ability to use language as an expressive tool." - Parent of 7th Grade Student "Amy increased my daughter's ability to read by two grade levels in just one year." -Parent of 6th Grade Student "We continue to work with Amy because our 2nd grade son went from hating to read to loving it, and has improved greatly in his ability to both read and write. She is so creative in finding ways to engage him, he loves seeing her every week." -Parents of a 2nd Grade Student


Type Level Year Title Issued By
Degree Bachelors 1994 Bachelors in the Arts Sonoma State University
Certification Masters 1997 Certificate of Teaching Phillip Bennett Theater Lab
Award Winner 2005 Horty Glickman Producer's Award Will Glickman Committee
Award Winner 2013 Horty Glickman Producer's Award Will Glickman Committee
Award Winner 1998 Best Director, Critics Circle Award Bay Area Theater Critics
Award Winner 2011 Best Director, Best New Play, Be... Bay Area Theater Critics
Award Winner 1998 National Directing Fellowship Theater Communications Group
Other Instructor 2002 Teaching Acting University of San Francisco
Other Master 2013 Literary Specialist Tutor Myself

Subject Commentary

ADD/ADHD Proficiency: I know the basics
Many of my students struggle with this learning issue, but can overcome and learn how to navigate with it!
American History Proficiency: I know the basics
I can help with reading for comprehension and understanding the facts and the historical frameworks underlying American History.
Basic Learning Skills Proficiency: Experienced
All part of the tailored approach.
Communications Proficiency: Expert
Having run an arts non-profit for 15 years, I have excellent Communications skills and knowledge, and editing expertise.
Composition This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
I have exceptional literary skills and am an excellent editor
Continuing Education Proficiency: Experienced
Reentering college can be challenging with the responsibilities of adulthood. Having support can be key.
Creative Arts Proficiency: Expert
Acting, playwriting, creativity, poetry... literary arts
Creative Writing Proficiency: Expert
I primarily work with creative writers in my professional life.
Drama Proficiency: Expert
I have been a theater artist all of my adult life. I can coach acting, tutor folks learning lines, or help a college student non major understand and know theater history.
Dyslexia Proficiency: Experienced
I am currently working with a Dyslexic 2nd grader, with great success!
Elementary Proficiency: Expert
Any subject at the elementary level, but particularly literary and language arts.
Elementary Grammar Proficiency: Expert
All part of writing!
Elementary Phonics Proficiency: Expert
All part of reading!
Elementary Reading Proficiency: Expert
I tailor the experience of reading to each child so that they experience both success and challenge. Learning language patterns, word recognition, and decoding are all skills I teach.
Elementary Vocabulary Proficiency: Expert
Vocabulary is my specialty. I love words and language.
English Proficiency: Expert
General English Language acquisition is one of my strengths.
Entrance Exams Proficiency: Experienced
In particular the ISEE exam.
Grammar Proficiency: Expert
I can teach grammar, and I can also edit your work for grammar and punctuation.
Homework Help Proficiency: Experienced
Patience and working to help student gain her/his own mastery is my approach.
Language Arts Proficiency: Expert
All literary subjects are the love of my life. I have made my living for the past 15 years working with literature and writing.
Literature Proficiency: Expert
I can recommend excellent literature for all ages, grade-levels, and abilities -- and interests!
Marketing Proficiency: Expert
As above, I can consult with you on your marketing efforts and help you make a marketing plan.
Reading Proficiency: Expert
I know how to motivate students to not only read better, but also enjoy it!
Reading Comprehension This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
Reading comprehension is something I truly excel at, whether for the young beginning reader, the struggling student, or the advanced and hungry reader, looking for a challenge.
Resume Writing Proficiency: Expert
Your resume will be competitive once I'm finished with it!
SAT - Verbal Proficiency: I know the basics
Let's work together to increase your chances!
Shakespeare Proficiency: Expert
I know Shakespeare inside and out, with more than 25 years in the theater.
Social Studies Proficiency: Experienced
Basic elementary school social studies is a subject I can tutor.
Spelling Proficiency: Expert
Spelling is similar to learning patterns in mathematics, once you learn the patterns, the sounds, and the rules, you are set!
Study Skills Proficiency: Experienced
Learning HOW to study, how to memorize, how to find the most important information, and retain it, is my approach.
Test Preparation Proficiency: Experienced
Bring it on!!
Typing Skills Proficiency: I know the basics
I can help a student with the basics of typing on a keyboard, I am completely fluent myself.
World History Proficiency: Experienced
World History paper editing, understanding timelines and culture.
Writing This is one of my top subjects! Proficiency: Expert
I love to write, I love to read, and I love to teach others to write well! I also am exceptional at editing papers and essays.
Writing Skills Proficiency: Expert
This is one of my top skills.

All Subjects I Tutor

  • American History
  • Basic Learning Skills
  • Communications
  • Composition
  • Continuing Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Dyslexia
  • Elementary
  • Elementary Grammar
  • Elementary Phonics
  • Elementary Reading
  • Elementary Science
  • Elementary Social Studies
  • Elementary Study Skills
  • Elementary Vocabulary
  • English
  • Entrance Exams
  • Grammar
  • Homework Help
  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Poetry
  • Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Resume Writing
  • SAT - Verbal
  • Shakespeare
  • Social Studies
  • Spelling
  • Study Skills
  • Test Preparation
  • Typing Skills
  • World History
  • Writing
  • Writing Skills