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Hugh C.

Miami, FL

$60/hr

Seasoned Standardized Test Prep and ESL Wizard

Background check passed as of 9/10/14
Usually responds in about 1 hour

Seasoned Standardized Test Prep and ESL Wizard

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I am an experienced, mature teacher and tutor with with over 20 years of experience and a master's degree in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - from Florida International University. I teach in the ESL Department at Miami-Dade College. I am thoroughly familiar with standardized tests and have taught SAT preparation class at Barry University and Nova Southeastern University. I have taught adults and adolescents in ESL (conversation, reading, writing, grammar), TOEFL, mathematics (arithmetic, algebra 1, basic geometry) English (reading, writing and grammar), FCAT, GED, PSAT/SAT, GRE, ACT, CPT, SSAT/ISEE preparation. I have traveled extensively and am comfortable with students from all backgrounds and cultures. I am bilingual (English/Spanish).

I practice a relaxed-but-focused style of learning and believe in obtaining and reacting to constant feedback from students as to what the student understands and needs to know to be proficient in each subject. I believe in the maxim that in order to master something a student should watch or listen first, practice to be able to perform, and then be able to explain the material to someone else. Learning by active involvement is key. I often like to use music to aid in learning process, especially in ESL.

Testimonials

"SAT scores markedly improved!"

- Desiree, Miami, FL on 5/18/13

"Outstanding tutor!!"

- Lisa, Miami, FL on 9/10/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Gerry, Miami, FL on 1/4/14

"Great Tutor"

- Carmen, Hialeah, FL on 12/6/13

"Fantastic tutor."

- Nicholas, Miami, FL on 12/4/13

"Amazing"

- Kevin, Miami, FL on 10/24/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Stephanie, Miami, FL on 9/25/13

"Hugh Helped Our Daughter Get Into West Point! "

- Nadia, Miami, FL on 8/28/13

"Very Helpful"

- Sharon, Miami, FL on 5/22/13

"Holistic and in depth knowledge"

- Gerson, Miami, FL on 5/17/13

"Very thorough"

- Isabel, Hialeah, FL on 5/3/13

"Not very patient."

- Salime, Hialeah, FL on 3/28/13

"Excellent tutor and great overall experience."

- Patrick, Miami, FL on 1/11/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Ricardo, Miami Beach, FL on 1/3/13

"Amazing tutor!"

- Sergey, Boston, MA on 10/16/12

"Good tutor!"

- Victoria, North Miami Beach, FL on 8/27/12

"Nice demeanor!"

- Tina, Miami, FL on 6/19/12

"Could be better"

- Gabriela, Miami, FL on 6/3/12
Hugh replied on 6/8/2012

Gabriela claims to know her score for the math portion of the SAT, but she took the test on June 2nd and has not received the results of the test yet. These arrive in 3 to 4 weeks after the test is administered. In addition, she consistently did not complete the assignments I gave her and appeared to spend very little time outside of our tutoring session working on techniques or strategies we covered.

"Great tutor!"

- Ryan, Hialeah, FL on 4/2/12

"Great Tutor HIGHLY Recommended"

- Adrien, Hollywood, FL on 4/13/11

"HIGHLY RECOMEND HUGH FOR YOUR TUTOR"

- Dayron, Hialeah, FL on 10/25/10

"extremely professional!"

- Catharine, Miami, FL on 10/18/10

"Great de-mystefier!"

- Gwen, Miami, FL on 10/18/10

"PATIENT WHICH MAKES ME COMFORTABLE. "

- Mary, Miami, FL on 9/27/10

"Patient tutor even for foreign students"

- Monika, Miami Beach, FL on 4/28/10
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Physical Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar

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.

Basketball

My interest and proficiency in basketball has been lifelong. Since elementary school, I have played on a regular basis. In high school and college, I played competitively. In my junior and senior years of high school, I was the leading scorer on teams which won our league championship and was also chosen as an all-star both years. After finishing college, I worked as a coach for a junior varsity team. Since then, I have played recreationally and never miss watching games when I have the opportunity.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English, I have been teaching ESOL for over twenty years with Miami Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College, and I have a Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Florida International University. I have extensive experience in all facets of ESOL including conversation, grammar, reading and writing at all levels from beginning to advanced. I have taught TOEFL prep to many students including the paper/pencil, CBT, and iBT versions. My extensive experience includes working with students speaking many and varied native languages from many different countries. I have also worked with corporate clients, both privately and in small group settings.

Study Skills

With more than 20 years experience as an educator including extensive experience with elementary to high school students, I am fully prepared to help students with study skills. The importance of organization, repetition, prioritizing, and skill development cannot be overstated for academic success. With a master's degree in education from FIU, I have studied the philosophical and research underpinnings of education.

St. LawrenceUniversity
Geology
Florida International University
Master's

Education

St. LawrenceUniversity (Geology)

Florida International University (Master's)

SAT scores markedly improved! — Hugh is an excellent tutor. He has worked with my son for the past few months in preparation for the SAT's. His tutoring has resulted in an amazing 280 points increase in my son's Math/Reading SAT scores. I considered several different Prep courses before deciding on Hugh. The cost for a class setting where 12 students share 1 instructor was comparable to the private sessions I set up with Hugh. T ...

— Desiree, Miami, FL on 5/18/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My lessons are 2 hours minimum.

Travel policy

Hugh will travel within 22 miles of Miami, FL 33166.


About Hugh

I am an experienced, mature teacher and tutor with with over 20 years of experience and a master's degree in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - from Florida International University. I teach in the ESL Department at Miami-Dade College. I am thoroughly familiar with standardized tests and have taught SAT preparation class at Barry University and Nova Southeastern University. I have taught adults and adolescents in ESL (conversation, reading, writing, grammar), TOEFL, mathematics (arithmetic, algebra 1, basic geometry) English (reading, writing and grammar), FCAT, GED, PSAT/SAT, GRE, ACT, CPT, SSAT/ISEE preparation. I have traveled extensively and am comfortable with students from all backgrounds and cultures. I am bilingual (English/Spanish).

I practice a relaxed-but-focused style of learning and believe in obtaining and reacting to constant feedback from students as to what the student understands and needs to know to be proficient in each subject. I believe in the maxim that in order to master something a student should watch or listen first, practice to be able to perform, and then be able to explain the material to someone else. Learning by active involvement is key. I often like to use music to aid in learning process, especially in ESL.

Testimonials

"SAT scores markedly improved!"

- Desiree, Miami, FL on 5/18/13

"Outstanding tutor!!"

- Lisa, Miami, FL on 9/10/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Gerry, Miami, FL on 1/4/14

"Great Tutor"

- Carmen, Hialeah, FL on 12/6/13

"Fantastic tutor."

- Nicholas, Miami, FL on 12/4/13

"Amazing"

- Kevin, Miami, FL on 10/24/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Stephanie, Miami, FL on 9/25/13

"Hugh Helped Our Daughter Get Into West Point! "

- Nadia, Miami, FL on 8/28/13

"Very Helpful"

- Sharon, Miami, FL on 5/22/13

"Holistic and in depth knowledge"

- Gerson, Miami, FL on 5/17/13

"Very thorough"

- Isabel, Hialeah, FL on 5/3/13

"Not very patient."

- Salime, Hialeah, FL on 3/28/13

"Excellent tutor and great overall experience."

- Patrick, Miami, FL on 1/11/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Ricardo, Miami Beach, FL on 1/3/13

"Amazing tutor!"

- Sergey, Boston, MA on 10/16/12

"Good tutor!"

- Victoria, North Miami Beach, FL on 8/27/12

"Nice demeanor!"

- Tina, Miami, FL on 6/19/12

"Could be better"

- Gabriela, Miami, FL on 6/3/12
Hugh replied on 6/8/2012

Gabriela claims to know her score for the math portion of the SAT, but she took the test on June 2nd and has not received the results of the test yet. These arrive in 3 to 4 weeks after the test is administered. In addition, she consistently did not complete the assignments I gave her and appeared to spend very little time outside of our tutoring session working on techniques or strategies we covered.

"Great tutor!"

- Ryan, Hialeah, FL on 4/2/12

"Great Tutor HIGHLY Recommended"

- Adrien, Hollywood, FL on 4/13/11

"HIGHLY RECOMEND HUGH FOR YOUR TUTOR"

- Dayron, Hialeah, FL on 10/25/10

"extremely professional!"

- Catharine, Miami, FL on 10/18/10

"Great de-mystefier!"

- Gwen, Miami, FL on 10/18/10

"PATIENT WHICH MAKES ME COMFORTABLE. "

- Mary, Miami, FL on 9/27/10

"Patient tutor even for foreign students"

- Monika, Miami Beach, FL on 4/28/10
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Education

St. LawrenceUniversity
Geology
Florida International University
Master's

Education

St. LawrenceUniversity (Geology)

Florida International University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My lessons are 2 hours minimum.

Travel Radius
Travels within 22 miles of Miami, FL 33166

Hugh’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Physical Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar

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.


Background Check Status for Hugh C.

Hugh C. passed a background check on 9/10/14. The check was ordered by Hugh through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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