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Tim C.

Fremont, CA

$50/hr

Get The Grade You Want in IELTS/TOEFL/SAT & ACT

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I believe in guiding rather instructing, by leading students on a path of discovery to learn and remember, in order not to make the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is to say that the hard work will be done by you, the students. This means that firstly, this involves hard graft to acquire a vocabulary base substantive to pass SAT, and secondly applying the strategies effectively to pass the reading. So there are no short cuts to success, but the rewards are many.

Think of it as a life lesson; what you learn in the process of taking this course is going to stand you in good stead, not only in college but later in life. A good vocabulary is an asset that will enable you to impress people who you need to impress, whether you are trying to get into college, writing assignments at college or having a job interview once you have graduated.

All that I require from students is the motivation to succeed and the willingness to learn. Oh, and an infinite capacity for hard work. But you will probably be expecting that sooner rather later, and probably later as well.

Aside from having an impressive range of vocabulary at your disposal, the other key to success is recognizing the different question types, knowing exactly what you have been asked for and applying the strategies successfully.

This is what I concentrated on during the two and a half years that I worked for Huntington, tutored in a private capacity and the twenty four years that I have been teaching reading and other skills to ESL students in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I am also an IELTS speaking and writing examiner and know exactly is required to succeed.

I can assist you with:
-Preparation for success with time sensitive exams including IELTS, SAT, ACT and TOEFL that takes into account the students' needs.

-Help you develop confidence and boost your grade performance in writing, including basic sentence writing, paragraph and essay development, or graduate thesis work.

-Enable you to become confident in your conversational ability. You can hold your own in conversation for both native and non-native English speakers.

-Work on all ESL skills areas.

I look forward to working with you all.

Testimonials

"Great tutor"

- Ahmed, Fremont, CA on 11/8/13

"Helped my son with SAT English"

- Gautam, Fremont, CA on 11/11/12
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian, Japanese
History:
European History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian, Japanese, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have been helping students prepare for ACT tests for six years. By pinpointing students' needs, I am able to work with them to improve their weaker parts of their competencies, as well as reinforcing areas that they feel more confident in.

Preparing for the ACT involves learning how to read and understand questions at speed, and having the reading strategies and skills and the grammar awareness to answer in the blink of an eye. It also involves a willingness to learn a significant amount of vocabulary which will also serve the student as a resource to be used later in life, at college and when hunting for work afterwards.

ACT Reading

I have been teaching reading skills for more than 25 years and tutoring students for the specific demands of ACT reading for nearly six. ACT Reading has a different focus to that of ACT, which requires many of the same strategies has a different focus in terms of approach. Reading is essentially an interactive process in that students must actively engage with the text to understand it fully. This requires them to read proactively, predict and anticipate in order to utilize the skills they have acquired. It cannot be separated from vocabulary acquisition and both should ideally be learned in tandem if progress is to be made.

English

I have been teaching English language skills for 21 years, as an ESL professional. I can provide help with reading,writing, speaking and listening, vocabulary acquisition and study skills.



ESL/ESOL

I can help with the teaching of English as a Second or foreign language to non-native speakers, who either immigrated to an English speaking country or have re-located there to study for academic purposes.

Classes typically focus on the four main skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, involving a high degree of participation from students who must use the language in order to become familiar with it.

Private lessons for motivated individuals can explore each of these skill areas in depth with added bonus of having the tutor/teacher's undivided attention.

I have experience of teaching all ages and abilities, from children to adult learners, at junior and high school, private language school and at university. I have taught general English, business English, and exam prep (FCE and IELTS), in the Middle East, Europe, the U.S.A and Asia.

European History

I am originally from Europe and have a deep fascination with European History and interest in history in general.

I can help students prepare thoroughly for their exams.

Grammar

I have been teaching English for more than 26 years, which has included an intensive grammar focus incorporated into lessons on specific reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Grammar awareness is always intrinsic to my ESL teaching. My work would be incomplete if I neglected to focus on it because it is essential for students to to be aware of the grammar they use, when and how to use it in order to progress.

Proofreading

Proof reading is a precise skill and one that I have acquired through teaching writing for 22 years. I have that meticulous attention to detail that is required, so much so that when I read published fiction or non-fiction, I am constantly finding errors which should have been corrected at the final pre-publication stage.

Reading

I have been teaching reading strategies and reading comprehension skills for more than 20 years and I am confident that I can show you how to muster what can often seem elusive and mystifying.

The approach to understanding a passage, whether it is from a science or humanities text, a piece of journalism or an extract from fiction needs to be fine tuned to be successful.

I look forward to working with you. Let me be your guide!

SAT Reading

SAT reading involves identifying the question type, focusing on the questions and mapping the text to locate the answer. When you think you have found the answer, always predict in your own words a possible answer before looking at the questions. This will help to anticipate the best answer.

You will have to learn to read in a certain way and use your knowledge of vocabulary to answer accurately.

SAT Writing

SAT Writing involves mustering the basics of the structure of composition, understanding and recognizing typical grammar errors, and utilizing a sophisticated level of vocabulary (in the essay section).

Spelling

Spelling is an essential and integral part of learning English and a skill that must be monitored continuously in order to make progress. It is best learned in conjunction with reading and writing, so that new words can be acquired, learned and memorized according to the context in which they appear.

Vocabulary

I have been teaching students how to learn, retain and use vocabulary as part of ESL studies for the past 25 years. Acquiring vocabulary is essential if students are to express themselves adequately and competently in another language. For native speakers preparing for SAT and ACT, I have also demonstrated the importance of learning vocabulary, which is a lifelong skill that can give students the confidence to express themselves, and lead them to be more successful in their academic and professional lives.

Writing

Acquiring effective writing skills is a something that can be learned by paying attention to basic skills and organizing a composition according to the structure of the conventional essay.

Vocabulary acquisition is also a prerequisite as is reading, students need to read to acquire ideas and they must have a firm grasp of grammar in order to express their ideas. If they can learn the basics, a sense of style may emerge, but this is more difficult to teach as it is often intuitive.

Manchester Metropolitan University
English Literature
Academy International
Other
Canterbury Christ Church University
Master's

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University (English Literature)

Academy International (Other)

Canterbury Christ Church University (Master's)

Great tutor — Tim is a great tutor and he really helped me prepare for IELTs. I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the reading strategies and skills needed to pass the test. ...

— Ahmed, Fremont, CA on 11/8/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

$45 in Fremont, $50 if I have to travel further.

Travel policy

Tim will travel within 5 miles of Fremont, CA 94536.


About Tim

I believe in guiding rather instructing, by leading students on a path of discovery to learn and remember, in order not to make the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is to say that the hard work will be done by you, the students. This means that firstly, this involves hard graft to acquire a vocabulary base substantive to pass SAT, and secondly applying the strategies effectively to pass the reading. So there are no short cuts to success, but the rewards are many.

Think of it as a life lesson; what you learn in the process of taking this course is going to stand you in good stead, not only in college but later in life. A good vocabulary is an asset that will enable you to impress people who you need to impress, whether you are trying to get into college, writing assignments at college or having a job interview once you have graduated.

All that I require from students is the motivation to succeed and the willingness to learn. Oh, and an infinite capacity for hard work. But you will probably be expecting that sooner rather later, and probably later as well.

Aside from having an impressive range of vocabulary at your disposal, the other key to success is recognizing the different question types, knowing exactly what you have been asked for and applying the strategies successfully.

This is what I concentrated on during the two and a half years that I worked for Huntington, tutored in a private capacity and the twenty four years that I have been teaching reading and other skills to ESL students in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I am also an IELTS speaking and writing examiner and know exactly is required to succeed.

I can assist you with:
-Preparation for success with time sensitive exams including IELTS, SAT, ACT and TOEFL that takes into account the students' needs.

-Help you develop confidence and boost your grade performance in writing, including basic sentence writing, paragraph and essay development, or graduate thesis work.

-Enable you to become confident in your conversational ability. You can hold your own in conversation for both native and non-native English speakers.

-Work on all ESL skills areas.

I look forward to working with you all.

Testimonials

"Great tutor"

- Ahmed, Fremont, CA on 11/8/13

"Helped my son with SAT English"

- Gautam, Fremont, CA on 11/11/12
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Education

Manchester Metropolitan University
English Literature
Academy International
Other
Canterbury Christ Church University
Master's

Education

Manchester Metropolitan University (English Literature)

Academy International (Other)

Canterbury Christ Church University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

$45 in Fremont, $50 if I have to travel further.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Fremont, CA 94536

Tim’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Italian, Japanese
History:
European History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Japanese, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
GRE, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Italian, Japanese, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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