When I graduated, I had a double major: English and education. I wanted to be sure that I knew a subject and how to get it across. For 50 years, I have been working on both ideas in a single focus, getting a better understanding of how to help students learn. I pursued that end at the University of the Pacific and earned an MA in the teaching of English.
About that time, a college hired me because of the quality of students that I had taught. I taught in the English department for four years and helped map out the Freshman English program. I learned how to access where students were and set up learning programs. This helped me tutor much better. But the best was yet to come; I was asked to direct the college learning center.
I hired tutors and trained them as well as tutored students myself. I usually took the most difficult problems. I learned about learning disabilities and how to help English students overcome them. I enjoy teaching academic literature and writing, as writing essays about literature is somewhat different from research papers. Every year, I have taught ESL students how to communicate and write in English.
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