Winning Words Coach

Winning Words Coach

5.0 (11)
19 hires on Tutors.com
5 years in business

About this tutor

Each of my lessons is specifically designed for the individual student to strengthen Language Arts weaknesses. Because of this, my students' grades and test scores usually improve after only a few lessons. By teaching each student lessons that target unique weaknesses in reading or writing, I truly am a personal coach who is committed to seeing that student progress quickly. 

While teaching in private schools for over two decades, I developed a proven method for organizing and developing ideas into well-written paragraphs. Currently, I am sharing this same writing format with students in elementary and middle school. Many of my former students have won awards in national writing competitions, and three are authors.

I am patient and encouraging when I teach, so my students gain confidence in their own writing skills. My greatest thrill is to see the smile on my students’ faces as they discover how easy it is to change ideas into paragraphs.

Although my prices may seem high, my lessons are worth it because each lesson is specifically designed to move that individual student ahead.  Instead of teaching from a standard curriculum that is written for all students, I create my own lessons for the student, taking into consideration each child's learning style, weak areas, and attention span. In the long run, this saves parents money, since students progress quickly. Currently, I have so many students asking me to teach that I have to screen the students that I accept carefully.

30 Minute session = $55

1 Hour session = $75

My passion is to see my students' eyes light up with delight when they discover that reading and writing are both skills that they can master with diligence and dedication. Since I am extremely encouraging, patient, and kind, my students immediately feel accepted and are eager to interact with me during the session.  Many of them ask me to continue teaching when the session is supposed to end.  The parents usually retain my services for more than a year since I am not only able to help students overcome gaps in learning, but with long-term- lessons most students advance beyond average grade level.

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Sacramento, CA 95842
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Lipsita Mishra

    Amazing tutor. My son, who usually runs away from writing, looks forward to her classes.

  • C Frizat

    Mrs West is an excellent writing coach, very patient. My son loves her and said for the first time he is learning how to write a good paper versus when he was in public school and the teachers never had time for him. I can’t recommend her enough. 5 stars!

  • - Wyzant

    Happy New Year, Jane! I'm pleased to inform you that in 2019, you were one of the top 10 of over 17,500 tutors who had lessons on Wyzant! It's a competitive world out there, and life as a tutor is no different. Yet through hard work, talent, and commitment to your students, you rose to the top of the heap. Well done. Here are some of your 2019 highlights: ​ - In 2019, you were a top 10% Wyzant tutor ​ - In fact, your exact percentile was 90.68%, out of a total of 17,575 active tutors. ​ - You had 124 total lessons and accumulated 124 hours of tutoring. ​ - Your top subject, Writing, accounted for 60% of those hours

  • Anonymous

    Jane West works with my four children ranging in age from 8-13. She gives my children writing assignments to gauge what level they are at and to pinpoint where they need the most help. She tailors the lesson to each individual student's needs. I especially appreciate her focus on giving my kids a solid foundation. Before moving on to more complex writing formats she makes sure they have the basics down. Jane is incredibly patient and makes learning to write easy to understand. She also has extensive experience teaching. She knows how to make it fun and how to set up appropriate rules at the same time. I have never had a teacher from home using Zoom, and I was worried it wouldn't work for my kids. However, to my surprise, Jane successfully keeps my kids on track and learning. I appreciate not having to drive or travel in order for my kids to have a wonderful and high qualified tutor for English and writing skills.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During my first session, I acquaint myself with the student and evaluate the student's skill level.  Depending on the student's individual weaknesses in writing, I create lessons specifically designed to meet those needs. Usually, students do not understand the actual writing process, so I have developed a unique method that teaches students of all ages to write ideas as notes and develop those ideas into well-written sentences and paragraphs.  After students learn this simple method, they will no longer wonder how to start writing or how to organize their ideas. 

My pattern for writing is a proven method students can follow with confidence. Being guided step by step through the writing process, this method provides them with the tools needed to write with expression and fluency. Most of my students benefit greatly after only a few lessons.

The following lessons address the art of writing, giving interest and depth to what is being communicated. During each lesson, I weave grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation lessons into the overall teaching. In addition, editing skills are emphasized so that the students are able to proofread their own writing. With my humor, encouragement, and patience, students feel comfortable working with me and quickly gain confidence in their writing skills.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied several languages and obtained a minor degree in linguistics at Sacramento State University. Shortly after graduating. I began teaching in a private school  That school used a curriculum that was individualized, so I learned to quickly adapt to each student's learning style and teach directly to the student's learning gaps.  During those years, I developed a sense of when to move to the next lesson, when to review past lessons, and when to challenge the student. After eight years in that private school, I founded a K-12 private school of my own, was the administrator of the school, and taught individual students who were behind grade level. English and essay writing became my expertise when I applied my linguistics background to Language Arts.  


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

60 minutes - $75

30 minutes - $55


How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching primary grades at a private school, and after a few years, I was asked to teach English to the older students.  During that time, I tutored students in grades 4-12 who needed extra help in reading, writing, or grammar. In addition, I taught essay writing classes to high school students. Eventually, I started my own private school with grades K-12.  After 19 years of teaching, I am now tutoring online.


What types of students have you worked with?

My experiences in teaching cover a broad spectrum of students. Working with students from seven-year-olds to seventy-year-olds, I have taught phonics, reading comprehension, grammar, writing, and speech.

Some of my students are struggling to work at grade level and are taking lessons to improve their communication skills. In contrast, most of my students are advanced in English skills and are taking lessons to give them a competitive edge to enter major universities.

In addition to teaching English to native English speakers, teaching ESL to students from foreign countries has been very rewarding. I even taught a high school girl who had moved from China mid-semester with no ability to speak English.  After six months of weekly classes, she could communicate with teachers and classmates very well.

One of my younger students, a seven-year-old from Nigeria, was in a special education class three years ago and could not read one word.  After six months of lessons, he could read at the second-grade level.  Currently, he is learning to write and is working at the fifth-grade level. Most importantly, he has been moved from special education classes to regular classes in every subject.

A girl from a Vietnamese family was learning to write, but when I discovered that she was entering a spelling bee, I tutored her on spelling as well. She won the county spelling bee for eighth-graders after I shared some study tips with her.

Among other ethnic backgrounds, I have tutored students from Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Ukranian, Russian, Nigerian, Central Amerivan, Mexican, Indian, and Arab backgrounds. I have taught homeschoolers, primary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, college, and post-grad students. Many adults in the workforce and adults returning to school have benefitted from my Language Arts lessons.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, a young high school girl contacted me for essay writing lessons.  When she was given a prompt to write about, she would just stare at the paper for days. She absolutely froze. Five lessons later, she was able to write a well-organized essay without any help. After the third tutoring session, she was beaming with joy. She has improved so much that she is now learning how to score well on the SAT exam.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Language Arts is a very wide field.  Be sure that the tutor you choose excels in the particular area that is your weakness.

If possible, speak to the teacher personally to see if you feel you can work together. The tutor should be an encourager more than a critic.  Your skill level will increase in direct proportion to your confidence in developing that skill. A great tutor will build your skills and your confidence at the same time.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should try to identify specifically what their most urgent educational need is. Instead of saying, "I need to learn to write essays", a student should say, "I do not know how to start an essay", or "My spelling and grammar need to improve." Ask the tutor what the teaching process to address your needs would include.

In addition, ask if the lessons will be a majority of lectures, exercises, or reading assignments? Does the teacher use a lesson book designed for mass education, or will lessons be individualized to meet your specific need and unique learning style? During the lesson, will there be time for the student to express individual concerns and ask questions?

Finally, will the student be allowed to contact the teacher between lessons for clarity, information, and explanation? If a student needs something clarified about homework and cannot reach the tutor, advancement is impeded.


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