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Charlie M.

Expert-Level English, Writing, and Music Tutor

Chicago, IL (60640)

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Teaching and learning have always been passions of mine. I think they're the reason we exist. I bring my passion for learning with me everywhere I go, and I make it my goal to awaken that same passion within my students by holding them to an unwavering standard of excellence, tempered by patience and bolstered by the belief that every student has both the desire and the capacity to succeed. Learning is a joy for everyone, but everyone learns differently, which is why with every student I work with, I first figure out how they learn and then structure the tutoring plan accordingly so that they, too, will love to learn.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Wright State University with a 3.75 GPA and scored a composite 2330 on the SAT, including a perfect score in reading, but those numbers are not important to me. What's important to me is the work I have done, in particular my work with an at-risk student in my home town back in Texas.

When working with this young man, who was in danger of being held over in his grade, I noted some unusual reading difficulties and referred him to an assessor who diagnosed him with dyslexia, empowering him by giving him a framework within which to approach his learning. The change was night and day. At the end of the year, he not only graduated, but rose two grade levels in reading comprehension. Our work together succeeded, because I paid attention to him and refused to write him off as his teachers had. I promise to bring this same level of dedication to all of my students, no matter their innate abilities.

While most of my experience is with high schoolers and grade schoolers, I can work effectively with any age from 9 to 99. I specialize in reading, writing, Spanish, music theory, and study/organizational skills. If you want a tutor who will help you succeed and have great fun doing it, look no further.

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Charlie’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
History:
Music History
Art:
Elementary Education:
Special Needs:
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish

ADD/ADHD

Because I have ADHD, I understand how people with ADHD think. Developing effective organization, time management, and study skills was critical to my success in school and is critical to the success of anyone who thinks on a different wavelength from others. ADHD can be a disability, but most of the time it simply requires a different approach to learning--an approach I am happy to provide.

Ear Training

While I lack a degree in music, I studied music formally in college, concurrent with my study of theater. I also come from a musical family, so I've always had a keenly developed ear, and actually tested out of my school's ear training class.

Elementary (K-6th)

The bulk of my tutoring experience is with K-6 students. In particular, I worked with an at-risk student in my home town for a year when he was in danger of holdover in the 5th grade. Because of our work together, he not only graduated, but rose two grade levels in reading comprehension. What I brought to him is what I bring to all of my young students: patience, guidance, and respect.

Elementary Math

I come from a family of mathematicians, the kinds of people who can look at a column of numbers and immediately understand what they mean. Since most of my work has been with elementary-aged children, I'm also used to breaking down mathematical concepts in a way that children can readily understand. I also encourage basic numeracy, such as memorizing basic addition and multiplication tables to allow for quicker working out of problems.

English

English is my strongest subject, as my respective perfect and near-perfect scores on the reading and writing sections of the SAT will show. I have devoted my life to the understanding and mastery of the language I love so well, and will be happy to share that joy with you.

General Music

Music has been a part of my life since I was born. While my formal degree is in theater, I studied music concurrently with my theater studies and then took a year off after school to devote myself entirely to studying music. Whether it be music appreciation, music history, or musical literacy, I can take on any musical subject with ease.

Microsoft Excel

I am an Excel expert. My roommate wrote an Excel tutoring course and passed the material along to me so that I could learn the program too. Since then, I have landed several temp jobs that revolved around my mastery of Excel, including a few tricks and shortcuts that many people aren't aware of.

Music Theory

I am a lifelong musician, pianist, composer, singer, and voracious music theory nerd. During my years as an undergraduate musical theater major, I kept up my musical studies concurrently with my theatrical studies, going so far as to enroll in the music majors' second-year theory course by testing out of the first year. I can tutor any area of music theory, from basic literacy to post-romantic and post-tonal harmonic analysis.

Public Speaking

As a lifelong actor with a BFA in theater, I have always been a natural public speaker. As a director, I have been able to draw upon my acting skills to make myself a very effective teacher of acting to others, and public speaking is, after all, acting. I can work with students at any level, from teaching how to overcome basic stage fright to teaching how to most effectively craft and present a speech.

Reading

The bulk of my tutoring experience has been in the teaching of reading comprehension. In fact, my main pupil rose two grade levels in reading comprehension as a result of his work with me. My approach involves first teaching the basics of how to read and (if needed) annotate a passage, then teaching the most effective way to refer back to the passage to answer questions.

Sight Singing

As a lifelong singer and pianist, sight-singing has always been a particular skill of mine. I teach sight-singing the way I learned it, with the movable-do solfege system and hand gestures to connect the solfege syllables to physical movement. I also have a bag of tricks and shortcuts that I've developed over the years that I'm happy to share.

Spanish

I considered writing this in Spanish, but thought better of it. During my childhood in South Texas, learning Spanish was almost a necessary skill. I have been bilingual since the age of 4 and went on to formalize my Spanish skills in high school, where I took bilingual classes. In a class full of native speakers, I was the only one who passed the test on the subjunctive mood. I can tutor any level of Spanish vocabulary and grammar up through senior year of high school.

Study Skills

As someone with ADHD, I have always been keenly aware of the need to develop strong study habits and organizational skills. In working with a new student, my first step is always to look at *how* the student studies so that I can see if there are any fundamental changes that could be made to better facilitate learning. This generally involves mapping out concepts, organizing paperwork into categorized folders, and writing out detailed nightly study plans. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Wright State University.

Theatre

I have a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Wright State University. I have also worked extensively as a director of projects including one-act plays and full-length productions. My experience of the theatrical process from both sides of the table greatly informs my work as a teacher and makes me effective as a scene coach, monologue coach, or general public speaking mentor.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is more than knowing a bunch of big words. It's knowing when and how to use them to the point that they become second nature. My method of teaching vocabulary relies on this general ethos and a few tricks that I picked up from my grandfather to enable you to expand your vocabulary without sounding like you're trying to.

Writing

Good writing should be clear, direct, succinct, and free of unneccessary adornment. My teaching of the writing process involves first teaching the basic structure of an evidence-based argument, then teaching the student how to hang elements on that framework and rearrange them in increasingly complex ways. The final element is teaching students how to proofread and edit to add the final polish to their writing.

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Education

Wright State University (BFA Theater Arts)

Highly Effective ACT English Tutor — Charlie is an effective, focused, energetic ACT English tutor. After five sessions with Charlie, my high school senior son increased his ACT English score from 24 to 28 which is from the 74th to the 88th percentile. English usage and mechanics has always been my son's weakest point, so this was a great feat. My son credits all his improvement to the time he spent studying with Charlie and Charlie' ...

— Barbara from New York, NY on 10/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Charlie will travel within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.

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