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Patillo English Tutor

Patillo English Tutor

4.5 (2)
Best of 2021
2 hires on Tutors.com
1 employee
2 years in business

About this tutor

I help nurture confidence in each of my students through the use of gentle teaching techniques. I assess each of my students to determine their current writing level. From there, I put together a personalized lesson plan to cater to their exact needs.

Writing was never my strong suit. It always felt like a formula I couldn't figure out. I had to gain confidence in my ability to write before I could find joy in it. And with my enjoyment came a drastic increase in my writing abilities. 

Tutoring writing allows me to find and nurture the enjoyment of writing in my students. I love when a student has been working on a concept, and the light bulb suddenly comes on as the concept finally "clicks". It brings an immediate smile to my face to know I helped guide them to this new understanding. 

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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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2 Reviews


  • Angela Jackson

    Sara Patillo! She meets you where you at and takes her time in teaching. She has changed my life at 52. Also, she always very pleasant Spirit. Highly Recommended! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • Angela Jackson

    I can only rated Sara at a 4 at this time due to me just starting to work with Sara. She's beginning to know me and my needs to become better in grammar. I enjoy working with Sara. Thank you A Jackson

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

When I first start working with a student, I establish rapport. I accomplish this by taking time to get to know the student: their likes, dislikes, struggles, goals, and dreams. Having an understanding of what makes a student tick, helps me not only build classes to their specific interest but also connect with them on a deeper level which aids me as I work to nurture their confidence.

I also require a writing sample upfront. This sample only needs to be 1-2 paragraphs. I use this to gain incredible insight into the student's current writing abilities. And it helps steer our future lessons.

The way a session runs will vary depending on the student's goals and/or needs. However, I teach each student the same--using gentle teaching techniques. I employ the use of "I do, we do you do." This technique allows for a slow release of responsibility which I have found is an important part of building confidence in a skill. 

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

I have a Bachelor's in English and have been tutoring for over 10 years. 

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

$25 for a 30-minute lesson.

$40 for a 1-hour lesson.

$60 for a 1.5-hour lesson.

**Contact me for group pricing**

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching while I was attending college. I would go into local middle and high schools to assist students in their learning. My passion for personalized, 1-on-1 teaching has only grown since. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a diverse set of students ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school. My previous students' abilities have also varied, ranging anywhere from only needing a bit of guidance to needing complete support.

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

If you need an English/writing tutor, you would benefit greatly from "testing out" several tutors. In this subject area, teaching styles vary greatly. Testing out a few who meet your minimum requirements will allow you to find the one that works well with your learning style. 

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

Can you pinpoint where you're struggling? What negative feelings or connotations do you have towards English or writing? What are your goals for tutoring?

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