Xinxin, my 19-year-old student, immigrated at the age of 10 and is integrating English as a second language.
“I have been a student of Ms. Polly's for 1.5 years. She is a very nice and helpful private tutor and teacher. She motivates me a lot! I am an Asian American and currently entering my first year of college. I was really struggling with my English skills until I started working with Ms. Polly in my junior year of high school. She helped me a lot with my homework, writing, reading, SAT preparation, speaking, and more. Before I started online tutoring, my English grade was not good. However, with help from Ms. Polly, I got better grades and just graduated from high school. I am enjoying Ms. Polly’s tutoring. Yeah! I love her so much! I am recommending to all students who are struggling in English or another study related to English to take Ms. Polly’s tutoring class!”
Kynan is 13 years old and in 8th grade.
Having tutoring with Ms. Polly increased my grades amazingly. When I started in July 2018, my Reading/Language Arts were a B- and my Writing was a C-. Nine months later my Language Arts grade is a B+ and my Writing is an A-. In our 1 on 1 tutoring, I was able to have the chance to comfortably ask questions about the unclear meaning of words and phrases, which improved my vocabulary and comprehension. With Ms. Polly’s support, I went from thinking reading was boring, to reading every night instead of being on electronics. Also, I went from a student who waited to the last minute, to a student who is ahead of the game. Ms. Polly and I have become such great friends.
When my brother and I started tutoring, we dragged ourselves to her house. However, after about three weeks, we were running over for our tutoring time, which was probably one of the most important parts of our day. Working with Ms. Polly as a writing and English tutor was so helpful. She also encouraged me to run for my school’s student leadership team, which now I’m on. I am appreciative of her work and company. Thank you for all you have done!
Jessie and Kyler Simon
My two boys (ages 10 & 13) have been working with Polly twice a week via Zoom since April. Polly is caring, kind, flexible, and calls upon them to be their best selves. She has been working diligently to find gentle ways to overcome their resistance to writing. I love that she has a different approach for each student, and does research to find materials and methods to bring out their interests and motivation. We feel very lucky to have found her. She cares deeply and it shows!
The Simon Family
My Background and Experience
Students from 6-18 years have benefited from my in-person and online tutoring since 2018. It’s been my joy to support them with homework, test prep, reading comprehension, grammar, ESL, and test prep including SAT. I’ve also helped those with ADHD. My love of writing began in high school as the editor of San Francisco’s Cathedral High School newspaper. It continued throughout my higher education at San Francisco State University--ultimately leading me to become a published author.