Colin earned two BAs in English and French as well as a minor in Communications from the University of North Texas in Dallas. While at UNT, Colin served on campus as a tutor, helping with history, writing, and French. After graduating, Colin became a private tutor, mainly helping elementary aged students in all subjects, including writing, math, history, and science. Colin has also served as a writing tutor for middle and high school students. Colin enjoys using games, stories, and activities to get students to learn. He is skilled at making any subject a fun experience for even the most begrudging learner. Colin also plans to become a child psychologist and is already in the midst of learning the best methods to teach young learners. In addition, Colin is a certified ESL/TEFL educator, meaning he is skilled at teaching English as a second language.
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Janell is excited to be part of the Beach Cities Tutoring team! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Education from UC, Irvine. After receiving her BA, she earned her Combined Masters and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program from Cal State, Fullerton. Janell has 9 years of prior experience working with diverse groups of children as a recreational leader, tutor, instructional aide for special need students, preschool teacher, and elementary school teacher. She feels very blessed to have the opportunity to tutor students again. Janell was curriculum chair of the English Language Arts Department and has taught junior high (6th-8th grade) and fourth grade. She received training in Eureka Math, Collaborative Literacy, Onward Readers, Restorative Justice practices, and Tribes. She wants use her unique skill set to challenge students’ critical thinking process as well as their academic skills. It is important to Janell to provide her students with the encouragement and support they need not only to succeed in school, but in their life as well.
Do your knees buckle when you think about writing your college essay? Is it difficult to choose the best prompt? Since the main purpose of the college application essay is to help admission officers learn what makes you unique and capable to contributing to their school, it is crucial to think about what you want them to know. First, make a list of things that make you stand out. Do you play a musical instrument? Do you like cooking? Have you had any unique travel experiences? Are you passionate about a social cause? Second, journal about these items as you can organize your thoughts later but at least you will have some. After you have some ideas you can take the list of essay prompts and match your ideas with them. Then you can begin to expand them and begin to form a more structured essay. Try to not be too critical of yourself as you can always make edits after. Peer editing is also a great way to get feedback and improve your essay.
For 10th and 11th graders, it would be proactive to read the admission essay topics for the schools you are interested in so that you can gather ideas during the upcoming year for the next year or two.