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I taught ACT reading for two years in a charter school on Chicago's South Side. I wish I had learned, before I took the ACT, the skills I taught my students. The skills are effective reading and study skills that can be applied to any reading that a teacher / professor assigns.
I love biology, but I'm not an expert. If you need help with reading and understanding or remembering biology concepts, I can help.
I am a lawyer who has been interested in criminal law since I took a class in undergrad. For the last two years, I taught law to high school seniors. We focused most of each year on criminal law, both substantive and procedural.
I've always excelled at English, whether it's reading, writing, spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. I took AP English in high school, and I took an English course for English majors in college, although I did not major in English. In the college course, we peer-reviewed our papers, and I discovered that I was a better writer than my English major classmates!
Government & Politics
I majored in political science, I'm considered "highly qualified" under No Child Left Behind to teach political science, and I taught government and law for two years.
I am a total grammarian. My parents taught me well, and I will teach you!
In this day and age, we must be proficient with computers and, especially, word processing. I've used Microsoft Word in all of my jobs in the last ten years, and I'm quite comfortable with it.
I learned to read and spell using phonics, and I teach children the same way. I first teach them the short and long sounds for vowels, then the soft and hard sounds of consonants, and then the consonant blends. I use a workbook that allows students to learn in multiple ways by pronouncing words using images, writing, and reading.
I'm a skilled writer and a complete grammarian. I can't read a paper or article without correcting the grammar first. Proofreading is so important, whether you are submitting a paper for school or a cover letter and resume for a job. I will set you on the path to proofreading for life!
As a child actor, State Forensics Finalist, litigator, and teacher, I've had my share of public speaking experience. I still get nervous almost every time I speak to a new group of people, but I'm able to do it eloquently and confidently. I've taught acting and directed children, ages five to fourteen, in camp plays. The quietest camper in my cabin portrayed a fabulous Alice in our camp's production of Alice and Wonderland under my direction and encouragement.
I was the kid who would get ready for school quickly in the morning, just so that I had a few extra minutes to read. I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter. I would love to help you find joy in reading, but if we can't do that, I will help you learn to understand whatever it is that you have to read.
My mom has told me that when I was just learning to spell, I was terrible, and she thought I'd never be a good speller. I eventually figured it out, however, and I can help you figure it out as well.
During my Master's in Education program at UIC, I learned how to teach, using a variety of methods. Once I assess a student's strengths and weaknesses, I develop a tool box of study techniques for that individual student. I wish someone had done this for me when I was going to school!
There are multiple ways of learning vocabulary. My student and I find the best way for him or her, whether it's through flash cards, reading, writing, or other methods.
My AP English teacher once said to me, "I wish I could make you more confident in your writing." I remember this comment because once I went to college and read my peers' papers, I realized what a strong writer I had become. With my students, I work on the essay structure, word choice, grammar, and providing sufficient support for arguments in order to create a strong paper that will make the students proud.