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University of California, Santa Barbara (English)
Framingham State University (MEd)
I am a California credentialed English teacher who has been teaching English for seven full years now at the high school and middle school levels. I have taught British, American, and World Literature classes, as well as I.B. and A.P. classes. For electives, I have taught creative writing, journalism, debate, and knowledge bowl. Apart from this, I am fully bilingual and have taught Spanish grammar, pronunciation, reading, and writing to both adults and children. Finally, I have taught SAT, PSAT, ACT, GRE, TEFL, SSAT, Praxis, ASVAB, literacy, ELL, and a variety of history courses, including American, European, and World history.
My education includes a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in English, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Framingham State University. While at Santa Barbara, I made the Dean's List five times, while I graduated magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.87 from my graduate program. On the SAT, I scored in the 98th percentile on the reading section, and in the 99th percentile on the writing section. On the Praxis II English Literature and Composition exam, I scored a 193 out of 200, earning an ETS Letter of Recognition for Excellency.
As your tutor, I will be helpful, patient, and understanding. I believe that all students are capable of learning and I know that I can help you be successful in the classroom. I look forward to working with you in the future! I am a California credentialed English teacher who has been teaching English for seven full years now at the high school and middle school levels. I have taught British, American, and World Literature classes, as well as I.B.… Read more
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Eric knows his Spanish! And, more importantly, he knows how to teach it. He assesses the student's weakness, determines where improvement is needed and starts tutoring based upon his assessment. He is patient, personable and easy to work with. He is an effective tutor. My daughter and I are both happy to have found Eric.
It was great to work with your daughter as well and I look forward to helping her in the future!
Eric is a very good tutor and knows exactly how to tailor the teaching skills to the needs of my son for the English portion of the CAHSEE exam. His approach is to find weaknesses and to target and tackle them. My son felt very comfortable and showed enthusiasm in getting over difficult aspects of the subject.
He responds to e-mail requests fast and answers questions clearly. He knows how to diagnose the student's weaknesses and improve his skills.
Thanks you for the kind words, Chris. It was a pleasure working with you.
Eric tutored my son with SAT reading where he paid us a short visit even prior to the lesson day to come up with a lesson plan in improving my son's reading score in upcoming exam. He's a very energetic and shows a great passion about teaching. He comes well prepared for the lesson and gets right to the point, doesn't waste any time. My son felt very comfortable with him. We will definitely have Eric returned for more lessons.
It was a pleasure working with your son. He is a bright young man and I have no doubt that he will do well on the SAT!
Eric was polite, very thorough, connected great with my daughter and had a wonderful way of explaining Spanish to her in a way she could understand it.
I enjoy working with your daughter as she is a bright, funny, and diligent young lady. I look forward to helping her with her Spanish in the future!
Eric responded to my inquiry right away and we were able to set a tutoring session the same day. Eric arrived on time and was very polite. My son felt very comfortable with his teaching tools and techniques. Thank you Eric.
I enjoyed working with your son as well, Lizbeth, and I hope to be able to help him more often in the future! Please keep me in mind if he needs further help.
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I have tutored and taught various students with Aspergers throughout my years teaching, and as a result, I have developed some strong methods in order to ensure their success. For instance, I am always patient, and when I notice that one of my students is distracted, I gently refocus them by making sure that the material we are studying is more prominent than whatever the distraction is. During my teacher preparation, I also took some courses related to Aspergers and other syndromes and have a lot of knowledge on how to maximize the academic success of my students who are afflicted by Aspergers.
I have read each of the holy books, including the Old and New Testament, the Rig Veda from India, and the Koran. Aside from this, I have taken several religious studies classes while in college, and took classes related to the New and Old Testament as well. Now, as an old, I attend Bible Study classes a couple of times a month at my local place of worship where we read and analyze the various stories that are present in different holy books. Lastly, I have taught classes related to the Old and New Testament, Rig Veda, and the Koran.
I took and passed the CBEST, scoring a 68 in the writing section, a 55 in the math section, and a 40 in the writing section. As a result of my scores, as well as the studying that I put into the test, I am not only familiar with what is needed to pass it, but I am capable of helping students pass it. There is no doubt that, with my knowledge regarding the test, that I can ensure student success.
I took the Praxis exam in English Literature and Composition two years ago and passed the test with a total score of 194 out of 200. As a result of this, not only did I score within the 99 percentile, but I was also awarded a Praxis Letter of Recognition stating outlining my achievement. As a result of my score, as well as the studying that I put into the exam, I am well equipped to teach it and ensure that my students do well enough to pass it on their first attempt.
I have completed a number of seminars that required that I speak in front of people for long periods of time. As it stands, I have given over 50 hours of public speeches. I have also assisted various students throughout my years of teaching, instructing them in the proper ways to speak, the role of audience, the use of certain vocabulary -- i.e., slang and formal vs. informal language -- and how to present oneself in front of a group of people. While working in my first teaching job, I also helped create the debate club which required that students do a lot of public speaking. It was an overwhelming success!
I have studied all of the various religions in the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Aside from this, I have taught courses related to each of these religions, as well as the lesser known ones, such as Jainism, and the different branches of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
While in college, I read the sacred texts as part of various English courses that I had taken. To this day, I still read extensively about the world religions. While tutoring or teaching my students, I like to discuss the intricacies of religion with them, often approaching the subject from a historical or literary perspective.
I am qualified to teach SAT Reading and have recently taken the English section of the SAT, scoring in the 98th percentile in this section. Aside from this, I participated in several free seminars given by Kaplan which provided helpful hints and techniques to test takers so that they are able to achieve maximum results on this exam. Since then, I have incorporated much of what I learned in my tutoring sessions, and this, combined with the years that I have teaching the exam, ensures that students who take the SAT Reading section with me are learning and effectively utilizing their time.
I am qualified to teach SAT Writing and have recently taken the English section of the SAT, scoring in the 99th percentile on this section. My educational background has made me a strong academic writer, and being that what I learned directly applies to the test, I can ensure that students who study with me will come out stronger and better prepared. To stay current on the test, as well as any new methods that might be applied, I am constantly perusing the College Board website, either reading or attending the free seminars that are occasionally offered. Writing takes practice, but with some guidance and a strong tutor, students will be able to maximize their potential and see immediate results!
I have formally studied the Spanish language for more than five years now, having not only studied the mechanics of the language -- grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, and writing -- but also the history of the language, the literature of Latin America and Spain, and some of the tests that accompany the language, such as the AP Spanish test. Having traveled extensively throughout Latin America, and having lived there for long periods of time as well, I am well versed in the culture, the differences between the countries, as well as how the changes that the language undergoes from region to region. As a tutor, I am able to breakdown my knowledge so that it is easy for the student to understand and learn. Once students have learned the information, we build upon that, and soon many of my students are using complete sentences. Spanish is a language that opens doors in the United States, and I know that with the right tutor and right preparation, every student has a chance to become bilingual!
I have a wide range of educational experience, am fully credentialed, and have worked with students both younger and older. For instance, several years back I tutored a fourth-grade student with some learning disabilities. During this experience, I used a variety of methods to help her, including Gardener's Multiple Intelligences as well as differentiated learning. I also tutor students in fifth and sixth grade, as well as students who are in high school in a variety of subjects, including English literature, history, and SAT. From these experiences, I have formulated a variety of strategies to help students, some of which include or relate to time management, different ways of learning, and different methods of remembering information.
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