Tutoring is work, of course, but I enjoy connecting with students and understanding their thought processes. Most of the time, I am able to have some fun with the interaction, and that is one of the reasons for my success.
A tutor must be a good communicator. Communication means listening and having the flexibility to adapt to different student personalities and to bring forward the best in each student. Students respond positively to the effort that the tutor makes, to humor, and to genuine encouragement.
I have worked with students at widely varying levels of academic ability. I find the level for each student at which that student is successful. We then proceed from that level, building confidence and ability lesson by lesson. I facilitate the release of the student's natural ability.
I completed an intensive course of instruction in tutoring the English and reading sections of the ACT. This course was given by a large, well-known educational company. I worked for this company for more than a year and spent about two hundred hours tutoring a variety of students, from one who scored 31 on an ACT practice test to another who needed to work on identifying parts of speech. For the student who needed help with parts of speech, I created custom materials, and I have a library of instruction sheets, exercises, and problems that I made to help my students. Virtually all of my students improved their ACT scores, and some improved dramatically. Prior to instructing in ACT preparation, I tutored high school English and math for the Polk County Learning Center when I lived in Florida.
I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana, the University of South Florida,NYU, and Eastern Illinois University. I graduated with a BA in General Studies with areas of concentration in English and American Literature and Creative Writing. At the University of South Florida, I won the Anspach Fiction Award for the final chapter of my novel manuscript when it was submitted as a short story. In addition, my poetry has been published in several magazines.
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