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Joan W.

Test Prep Expert (LSAT, GRE, GMAT, GED) & Writing Coach

Miami, FL (33179)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$60.00
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I love teaching and tutoring! I am a part-time tutor, an attorney, a non-profit professional, and a parent of three school-age children. Teaching and helping people to learn are among my passions. I have had a lifelong commitment to education.

My experiences in tutoring include a particular emphasis on LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and GED tutoring in individual settings. My students have been both native English speakers and speakers of English as a second language. My approach is unique, bringing helpful analytical tools from other disciplines.

I have very strong English language skills, with a BA and graduate studies in English. I am an accomplished writer and a voracious reader. I can write, ghostwrite, proofread, or edit any text.

My philosophy regarding tutoring is to always be supportive and patient. The progress and pacing of the sessions are directly linked to the student's ability to grasp the material. With children, I also involve the parents in the process as much as possible to ensure that the skills and learning are reinforced.

The measure of my success is the student's increasing comfort level with whatever he or she finds most challenging. Ideally, he or she will become more interested in and intellectually curious about coursework as well. Achievement comes from confidence!

Let's work together to achieve the results you want and to reach the goals you have set for yourself.

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Joan’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word
Language:
Spanish, TOEFL
History:
Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Law, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Bar Exam, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Law, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

ACT English

Performance on the ACT and SAT is an important part of the college acceptance formula. I have worked with several students to improve their speed and accuracy while achieving a greater comfort and facility with the tests. My special expertise is in the reading and writing sections. I really enjoy seeing the student succeed and gain confidence as the tutoring process moves forward toward his/her exam date.

Bar Exam

I have been an attorney for more than two decades and have tutored several third-year law students for the Florida Bar examination. I am a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. I am a former judicial research assistant for Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.

English

I am a lifelong lover of language with strong writing skills, a large vocabulary, and a vocation for reading. I really enjoy helping students to improve their facility and comfort with written and spoken English. A great command of English improves communication, academic performance, and job prospects. It is truly a life skill that pays never-ending dividends.

GED

Working toward a GED is a wonderful goal and I support the student as she/he strives to achieve it. Facility and comfort with the subject areas are the needed skills combined with familiarity with the test format. I enjoy and have had success in tutoring all of the substantive parts of the test: Language Arts: Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts: Reading, and Mathematics. The student's success is my success and our shared reward for a job well done.

Grammar

I am a veteran writer, proofreader, and editor with a keen ear and a genuine enthusiasm for language. I love teaching students about the intricacy and beauty of the English language. Well-spoken and well-written English are important and achievable skills. I enjoy the increasing comfort level and mastery exhibited by the student through the tutoring process.

GRE

Graduate school is both a laudable goal and a necessity for many career paths. I enjoy working with GRE students on both the substantive areas and on test-taking skills. My efforts are directed at achieving a calm, confident, measured approach to the exam itself. This methodology is the best guarantee of success for the student and well-received applications to graduate school.

Law

I have been an attorney for over two decades, a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and admitted to practice in Florida. Additionally, I have tutored a number of students for the LSAT and for the Florida Bar examination. I have taught legal writing and clerked for the Third District Court of Appeal. I enjoy helping law students master their coursework and to become conversant with legal concepts.

Literature

A lifelong voracious reader, I majored in English to explore great books in depth and to learn how to write critical essays. I then began my Master's level studies with the intent of teaching. My interests run from the classics of American and English literature to contemporary world literature.

My husband and I read to our own children from infancy. They have become wonderful readers in their own right. My thirteen-year-old daughter is the author of two novels on the internet site wattpad.

I love to share my love and exploration of literature with students. A deeper understanding of the author and the context in which she/he wrote greatly enhance the experience of reading a novel. Additionally the more a student reads, the more accomplished he/she becomes in his/her own writing.

LSAT

As an attorney LSAT tutoring is my specialty. I am an experienced LSAT tutor, I work with each student to maximize their understanding and facility with each of the sections. Emphasis is placed on the area where the student has the greatest challenge but all of the sections are closely reviewed. I utilize a variety of test books and increase the difficulty of the questions as the student progresses. Additionally, I provide the student with additional tips and methods for breaking down the questions into more easily understood themes. I strive to help each student to be successful by ensuring they understand the approach and how to maximize his/her time.

Microsoft Outlook

I am adept at Outlook and have used it in my professional capacity on a daily basis for years.

Public Speaking

I am an attorney and a non-profit professional who has routinely made arguments in court and speeches at meetings, conferences, and seminars.

Reading

I love to read and to inspire others, both adult and children, to read as well. Good reading skills is a strong indicator of success in life, in any field of endeavor. I am patient, supportive, and creative. Working together with the student, we can achieve success, comfort, and facility with the written word.

SAT Writing

SAT writing is one of my favorite areas to tutor. I really enjoy teaching students how to recognize grammatical errors and how to correct them. Acquiring these skills enables them to be better and more effective writers. The essay portion provides the student with an opportunity to be creative and communicative. Tutoring in this area involves good sentence structure and diction and smooth transitions between ideas. Once perfected, these abilities will serve the student for a lifetime in their personal and professional lives.

Spanish

I have studied Spanish since the 6th grade and continued through college. I am comfortable and reasonably fluent in Spanish, though not a native speaker. I enjoy the language and have opportunities to practice with colleagues and friends who are Latin. I have tutored a number of native Spanish speakers in various subjects.

SSAT

The SSAT is often the first standardized test a student takes which is used as the basis of admission to a school. It is very important to be well prepared for the subject matter itself as well for the student to be confidant in his/her ability to succeed. Mastery of the material is the key and this outcome is achieved through a blend of patient and consistent mentoring and tutoring. I am especially skilled with young children as a tutor and a mother of three myself.

Study Skills

I was an extremely successful student from my earliest years through my post-graduate education. I have counseled students at every grade level, including my own children, regarding best practices for studying and learning. I offer complete explanations, suggestions for memorizing, and outlining techniques. I am able to break down the complex and make the difficult understandable. No subject is too hard if the student can complement the teaching with effective studying.

Vocabulary

The proper usage, the definition, and the derivation of words are infinitely fascinating and interesting. I enjoy sharing the excitement of word play with my students. Learning to properly and creatively use words makes everyone more effective in their jobs and in their lives.

Writing

I have been an avid writer and reader since childhood. My love of words led me to major in English at the University of Florida. During my college years, I enjoyed writing essays, term papers, and short stories. As a young lawyer, I mastered legal memoranda and appellate briefs. As my career evolved, I have had the chance to write press releases, op-eds, and legislation. Writing is a very important part of everything I do and I delight in the opportunity to help someone become a better writer.

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Education

UF (English)

UF (J.D.)

FAU (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor with a great teaching method! Joan and I met many times before my LSAT test date, and in a few weeks, a relatively short amount of time, she was able to adequately prepare me with various methods for solving all types of problems. I found her approach to be very helpful, patient, and most importantly effective. She was always on time and prepared with supplementary materials to aid in a deeper understanding of the LSAT's conte ...

— Daniel from Miami, FL on 2/10/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

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