I love clear, concise and effective language, whether it be written or spoken. When a message is clearly conveyed verbally or in writing, the language just zings! That's why I have worked with passion and excitement over the past 20 years as a teacher, tutor, writing coach, manuscript consultant and professional writer. I have taught and tutored language arts and English in elementary, middle and high schools, charter schools, universities, and art museums. I currently teach online and hybrid courses at universities, and in the past I taught online legal and news research classes in the private sector.
I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, which is an integration of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion, from John F. Kennedy University. This degree has served me well as I have used my keen critical thinking skills to discuss and analyze issues from all three academic disciplines in writing and in presentations as well as in working with students and colleagues. I completed additional graduate coursework in Psychology at New School University. And I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College. I received a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) in 2007.
I have been a college professor for the past 6 years. I teach Critical Thinking and Writing, Research Writing, Introduction for Academic Writing, Introduction to Philosophy and Culture and Society. In addition, I have been an instructor in the writing center at John F. Kennedy University for the past 7 years. I have been a curriculum developer and writer for education research projects for the past 20 years.
I taught Shakespeare and composition courses for 3 years in the Upward Bound Program at Mills College. At the same time, I was the writing coach for high school seniors who were applying for scholarships and writing personal statements for their college applications. I have tutored students in middle school, high school, undergraduates and graduate students for the past 17 years.
I have tutored the reading, verbal and writing skills for the ACT and SAT college entrance exams for 5 years. I have also tutored the reading, verbal and writing skills for the high school entrance exams, the SSAT, ISEE and HSPT for 5 years. I have supported my students with strategies and skills for each test subject area and also with skills for dealing with managing nerves, managing time, and recognizing question types. We have also worked on choosing effective strategies for each test section, question type and the test as a whole. I’ve helped many students strengthen their skills, manage their test anxiety and raise their test scores.
We all have patterns that appear consistently in our writing. I enjoy teaching students the strategies they can use to work with their writing patterns and improve their writing. For example, disorganized ideas can spell disaster for an essay or paper. Readers must be able to follow the flow of a writer’s ideas from one paragraph to the next, from beginning to end. That is why it is important for students to approach writing as a process which begin by pre-writing, deciding on a thesis statement, then crafting a first draft, reviewing their draft papers, and revising their draft essays and papers. Proofreading is the final step in polishing an essay or paper, but often writers begin to proofread before they have a solid draft paper and the result is an unfinished piece of writing.
In addition, it is absolutely essential to integrate source material and give credit to the authors student writers mention in their papers and essays. And it’s important to learn how to effectively evaluate the sources you plan to use in your paper.
I am very happy when my students learn to use the tools and strategies that I teach them because it means that they are motivated and working toward success. Those tools include confidence building exercises, brainstorming, outlining, grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph development, crafting a solid thesis, APA Style, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and other critical thinking and writing skills.
I work with students from elementary grades through graduate and professional school. And I enjoy tailoring lessons to fit the needs of each student. That's the beauty of tutoring - I can develop lessons that are a personal fit for each of my students. I challenge my students, yet I am able to make our work together interactive and interesting.
I will schedule sessions with you at a mutually agreeable time and on a regular basis. I do require 24-hour notice for cancellation, but I also am willing to schedule make up lessons when appropriate.
I look forward to hearing from you and to supporting you on your journey to academic and professional success through language arts, English, writing and oral presentation.
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