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I believe in you and your ability to improve your English skills. Together, we can do this and more!
Why hire Miss Mary as your private tutor?
-Personalized Attention, no rotating personnel
-Tailored Lessons, no standardized curriculum
-Flexible Scheduling, no contract required
-Discounts Available, no registration fee
-Added Value, no charge for contact between sessions
I tutor native English speakers and ESL students at all levels of proficiency. I've worked with children as young as five and adults as old as 65 from all over the world.
My English-related subjects include: application essays, composition, conversation, corporate projects, editing (copy or content), grammar, homework assignments, language arts, literary analyses, MLA citation, PowerPoint design, proofreading, public speaking, reading comprehension, research papers, spelling, study skills, test preparation (including ASVAB, GED, SAT, SSAT, TEAS, and TOEFL), vocabulary, and writing (creative or technical, personal or academic).
One size does not fit all when it comes to private tutoring. I specifically design each lesson to meet your individual needs.
Using a combination of Demonstrator and Facilitator methods, I deliver content through modeling rather than lecturing. I act as an academic coach, promoting connections between personal interests and lesson requirements. Learning can be fun!
I adhere to three main principles: individualized attention, unlimited Q&A, and positive encouragement. I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment to facilitate learning and foster self-confidence. I support students' unique approaches to learning and suggest techniques they might not have tried before.
I maintain a flexible schedule. If weekday sessions won’t suit your agenda, we can discuss evening, weekend, or even holiday hours at the same rate. I make house calls in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida. If you prefer, we can meet at a local library or other public location of your choice.
I am an inspired wordsmith with a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in nonfiction. I graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in professional/technical writing. I have earned ESOL-related continuing education credits and have helped students and professionals from diverse countries improve their listening, speaking, and writing skills. I have also assisted students complete virtual school semesters outside the traditional classroom and prepare for standardized exams. I am a professional member of NTA (National Tutoring Association).
Adult Class Facilitator
High School Tutor
Here’s what others are saying:
“You must love your job. You’re always so enthusiastic.”
JD, Queens, New York
“You make me want to learn English.”
LL, Moscow, Russia
Thank you for understanding that if for any reason a student must cancel a scheduled session, a minimum three-hour notice is required. Notice given in less than three hours prior to session start time will result in a fee equal to ½ the session price.
A crucial part of your overall scoring on the ASVAB exam is the score you earn on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), which will be used to determine if you are qualified to join a particular branch of the military service and in what capacity. Your AFQT score is determined, in part, by your test results in Verbal Composite (VE). In fact, your VE score will be counted twice as part of your AFQT score!
Your Verbal Composite score is a combination of your Word Knowledge (WK) and your Paragraph Comprehension (PC). As an English tutor, I can help you prepare for these very important components. Together, we will do exercises to build your vocabulary and improve your reading skills. We will also review many sample ASVAB questions to familiarize you with the Verbal Composite segments of the exam.
Most students at the K-6 level who’ve been exposed to my teaching style refer to me as Mary Poppins! Yes, I carry a big bag and, sometimes, an umbrella. I make learning fun with the use of flash cards, games, music, and other interesting elements that keep children engaged.
My very first tutoring stint was helping a second-grade dyslexic boy learn to read. Today, he is a successful pediatrician! I’ve tutored a four-year-old girl from the Czech Republic and a nine-year-old girl from Russia. Both have shown improvement in their English speaking and listening skills. I worked as an assistant teacher in a Learning Resource Center at a private academy where the youngest students coming in for extra help with homework assignments and exam prep were in the sixth grade.
I find that, often, all it takes is some one-on-one attention outside the classroom setting along with consistent, positive reinforcement of elementary curriculum for children to thrive in school. An appropriately matched private tutor can provide that essential component in your child’s education.
I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where I served as vice president of the English Society. I also served as vice president of my local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. I have a solid understanding of the content of American English in its various forms of communication.
Whether you are an ESL student or a native English speaker, together we can improve the skills you most want to work on. I can help you boost your vocabulary, elevate your conversation ability, enhance your reading comprehension, sharpen your spelling, or advance the effectiveness of your writing.
I've tutored ESL students from countries as diverse as Russia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, and beyond. Their ages have ranged from four to forty-four. Many needed general conversation assistance, with little emphasis on grammar; a few needed help preparing for the Maturita exit exam where sentence structure and listening skills were imperative; and one was a math teacher in her own country, but needed stronger English skills to be certified in America. For her, subject-related vocabulary was primary. I've also helped a student practice for her citizenship interview. Reading and writing were necessary in this case. I tailor each lesson for the student’s particular needs.
Because I work with students from such diverse countries, it would be nearly impossible for me to learn all of their languages. That’s the main reason I prefer to use the direct/natural method in my tutoring sessions, which means that I immerse the student in the target language, English, and refrain from using the student’s native language. To communicate, we use pictures, body language, music, games, and flash cards, along with the assistance of Google’s translator.
Earning your high school equivalency certificate not only makes you more marketable in the job arena, but it’s also the first step on the path to college. Why put it off any longer?
As a certified tutor, I can help you prepare for the 2014 GED. This newer version of the General Educational Development exam that went into effect January 1 can be taken only by computer. It measures high-school level skills and knowledge in four different areas: math, science, social studies, and language arts.
This new version of the exam will require some background knowledge, emphasize critical thinking, ask more science questions, and demand more writing than the previous version. Seven different types of questions will be posed: multiple choice, drag-and-drop, hot spot, drop-down, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and extended response. Don't panic! As your private tutor, I’ll familiarize you with each of these, review with you some basic academic material, go over several practice exams with you, and introduce you to online resources for additional help.
There are numerous aspects of grammar to be considered in any language, and with English, they can be particularly cumbersome. I have prepared countless lessons specifically designed for my students’ most vexing challenges. Here are a few: indefinite pronouns, modifier placement, prepositional phrases, proper punctuation, sentence structure, and verb tensing. If you struggle with these or other areas of English grammar, I can help. We will discuss, study, and practice grammatical rules until your newly acquired skills become habits in your writing and in your speech.
My detail-oriented and A-type personality, combined with my English and writing background, makes me the perfect proofreader! I have experience with the deeper levels of editing as well.
In writing workshops, I have offered line by line critiques of aspiring authors’ works. In my roles as substitute teacher, teaching assistant, fellow student, and private tutor, I have read students’ essays and suggested revisions. I refined the manuscript of a writer’s romance novel being prepared for self-publishing. Having had my own thesis work edited on a monthly basis by professionally published authors, I learned what to look for in others’ writing and appropriate ways to comment. I pass that knowledge on to the students I tutor.
My public speaking experience is quite diverse. I am a former member of Toastmasters International where I gathered much of my public speaking training, and I served as an ordained minister speaking on matters of spirituality. In academic settings, I’ve stood before classrooms filled with students, was a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and delivered a commencement address at The University of Tampa. I have publicly read my original writings before live audiences.
As a public speaking tutor, I am not only qualified to coach you on how to deliver a speech—including gauging your audience, adjusting your stance, and projecting your voice—but also on how to write the material you’ll deliver—including structuring your speech, clarifying your purpose, and pacing your time.
I’ll help increase your confidence as a competent and effective public speaker. Together, we can do this!
Reading is a gateway to the world. Ineffective reading, meaning without comprehension, inhibits social, academic, and personal expansion. I want to help you become a better reader. Together, we can do this!
As your private reading tutor, I’ll first evaluate your level of reading before introducing you to sight words and phonics you might not be familiar with. We will practice your skills using flash cards and by reading material that interests you, not necessarily academic texts. This will hold your attention and build your confidence, which can then be carried over to the scholastic arena.
The Critical Reading section of the SAT consists of two parts, all multiple-choice questions. One part will pose sentence completion questions, which test your vocabulary, and the other will give reading passages and questions that test your comprehension.
In our tutoring sessions, we will review many sample tests. We will learn to identify word components that will help you determine the meanings of words you might not have heard before. We’ll have vocabulary drills. I’ll help you identify not only the facts of what you read, but the implications as well. I’ll also offer you SAT test-taking strategies for earning your best possible score.
The Writing section of the SAT consists of two parts. The first is an essay you are expected to write within 25 minutes based on a given prompt. In our tutoring sessions, we will review how to: brainstorm some examples, take a position, create an outline, formulate a thesis, and structure an essay. We’ll practice doing this within the allotted time frame. We will come up with a list of transitional words and phrases that can be used regardless of the question. We will also take a look at some previously scored sample essays and gain a better understanding of what the SAT readers are looking for.
The second part of the Writing section consists of multiple-choice questions that test your grammatical skills. Your score on the multiple-choice section accounts for 70% of your total Writing section score. That’s a lot! In our tutoring sessions, we will take sample tests and review the grammatical rules behind the questions you struggle with. Some areas you can expect to be tested on include subject-verb agreement, pronoun errors, parallelism, verb tensing, and more.
Don’t panic, I’m here to help!
To do well academically, a student of any age must develop effective study habits in order to incorporate new knowledge into his memory bank. Working together, we can develop strategies that help you retain information you receive in the classroom and outside it too.
Some key areas we can focus on are:
• Listening – knowing what to really pay attention to
• Reading – picking out what’s important
• Organizing – cleaning up your backpack and study space
• Note taking – learning how to outline
• Prioritizing – managing time frames
I will offer tips in these and other study skills areas that will help you remember what you learn and be able to retrieve that information when necessary in the future. I will make suggestions tailored specifically for you and your individual learning style. I will share some of my own unique strategies that have helped me become an A+ student. We can practice these methods together.
I have experience as a substitute teacher, teaching assistant, private tutor, certified tutor, and class facilitator. One particular stint was for several months in the Learning Resource Center of a private academy. The majority of students there came specifically for help studying for exams. I’ve worked with students as young as five and as old as 65. I’d be happy to help you, too.
So, you’ve decided to go to nursing school. Hooray for you! First, you’ll have to pass the TEAS, Test of Essential Academic Skills. This multiple choice exam will measure your proficiency in four areas: reading comprehension, English language usage, math, and science.
As your private TEAS tutor, I will help you master how to draw inferences and conclusions, determine the main idea, and identify important details of passages you’ll have to read. I’ll also teach you the rules of punctuation and grammar, and help you improve your spelling and vocabulary. I can work with you to brush up on your basic math and the critical thinking skills needed for the science section.
I’ll offer general test-taking strategies you can apply to the TEAS or most any standardized test.
I look forward to helping you succeed!
Limited vocabulary leads to a lower level of reading comprehension and a thwarted ability to communicate in general. It is imperative that we know the meaning of the words we read, hear, and speak. When we don’t, messages are misconstrued.
As a private vocabulary tutor, I focus on the types of words appropriate to the individual with whom I am working. An adult student would likely need career-specific vocabulary—mathematical terms or sales and marketing verbiage, for example. A high school student preparing to take the SAT needs a wider set of scholarly words in his vocabulary. For an ESL student, everyday phrases, common verbs, and nouns for identifying surroundings are crucial.
Tutoring sessions will consist of breaking down the structure of words into their roots, prefixes, and suffixes. We will make word associations from the perspective of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. I will encourage you to make friends with a dictionary and a thesaurus. Index cards will be handy study tools, and drills will be part of our vocabulary practice.
I have experience with several categories of writing and their various genres. I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in professional/technical writing. As a lyricist, I had seven songs published on a professionally recorded album. I won a campus-wide poetry contest.
Whether it’s a personal letter you’re working on, a simple essay, a poetry explication, or a research paper, I can help. As your writing tutor, I would start by reviewing a sample of your work or a first draft of an assignment. Depending upon the goals we've set for your tutoring sessions, I would proofread, edit, or offer a line by line critique of your piece. I would plan lessons targeting the weakest areas of your writing. Perhaps it’s structure, tone, grammar, or citations you need help with. I am here, eager to serve.
Great Tutor! — Miss Mary helped me a lot to study for my TASC test coming up this July. I enjoyed our classes together and I recommend Miss Mary for all students who need help with their homework and test preparation. ...
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