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Angela J.

English, Writing and Math Tutor, ACT too!

Lisle, IL (60532)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$50.00
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Hello. I'm a friendly, dynamic tutor with experience teaching students from middle school age to adults returning to school. I have three years of experience teaching high school English and five years of experience teaching college composition. I also have taught speech and reading classes. I really enjoy working one-on-one with students because it allows me to "see the wheels turning" as they learn to understand what they are reading or express their ideas in writing. I can be a proofreader, but I'd rather help students through the entire process of writing an essay so they develop skills to eventually be independent writers.

My other academic strength is math; I taught a basic algebra (college) class for six years and tutored many students along the way. It is so rewarding to hear students tell me that I presented a math concept in a way they could finally understand. And, of course, my uncommon combination of verbal and math skills makes me an ideal tutor for the ACT and admission tests like the TEAS.

It's important to me that my students build confidence as well as skills, so whether you are struggling with English, math, or a big test, please know that I have a non-intimidating approach, a good sense of humor, and a lot of patience.

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Angela’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Business:
Elementary Education:
Science:
ACT Science
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

ACT English

I have an MA in English. I taught high school English classes for three years and have been teaching college composition for six years. I've also tutored students preparing for multi-subject standardized tests (ACT, TEAS, COMPASS).

ACT Math

Although I am what you would call "an English person," I have always been good at math as well. This is probably because I tend to think in a logical and orderly way and I am a determined and creative problem solver. I've spent the last six years teaching math (and English) prerequisite courses at a small private nursing college. I still tutor there and lead workshops for the school's admission test. Also, I recently started tutoring ACT students at a local branch of a successful national tutoring center.

ACT Reading

I have an MA in English. I taught high school English classes for three years and have been teaching college composition for six years. I've also tutored students preparing for multi-subject standardized tests (ACT, TEAS, COMPASS).

Algebra 1

Although I am what you might call "an English person," I have always been good at math as well. This is probably because I tend to think in a logical and orderly way and I am a determined and creative problem solver. I first tutored math as I helped students prepare for standardized tests. I've spent the last six years teaching math (and English) prerequisite courses at a small private nursing college. I still tutor there and lead workshops for the school's placement and admission tests.

Bible Studies

I am familiar with the bible as a Christian, but also as a teacher of literature. I am familiar with the stories and literary devices contained therein (parables, poetry, rhetoric). I have also taught Sunday school to 3rd-5th graders for more than 6 years.

English

I earned a Master's degree in Literature and Rhetoric with a perfect 4.0 and achieved secondary teacher certification in English. I taught high school English classes at all four grades and both regular and honors levels. I have been teaching college composition, which includes a reading and literary analysis component, for six years. I continue to write and read as hobbies.

Grammar

With my BA and MA in English, I've had a lot of writing experience. I evaluate students' grammar as I grade their essays, but I prefer to teach the grammar concept and let students identify and correct their own errors. I believe that sentence structure, grammar and punctuation are best taught in context as strategic rhetorical choices rather than in a long list of restrictive rules and exceptions.

Literature

I earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Literature and Rhetoric. I also achieved secondary teacher certification in English. I taught high school English classes for three years and have been teaching college composition, which includes a reading and literary analysis component, for six years. I am particularly interested in poetry, American literature, and the relationship of film and literature.

Prealgebra

I first tutored math in graduate school as I helped education majors prepare for state exams. A few years later, I was a math and algebra (and language arts) tutor at Sylvan Learning Center. Since then, I've spent the last six years teaching math (and English) prerequisite courses at a small private nursing college. I still tutor there and lead multi-subject workshops for the school's placement and admission tests, which have a pre-algebra focus.

Proofreading

I earned a Master's degree in Literature and Rhetoric with a perfect 4.0 and achieved secondary teacher certification in English. My bachelor's degree is also in English. I have been teaching college composition for more than six years. As the only English teacher at a small private school, I was frequently asked to help proofread and rephrase webpages, business communication, and peers' papers. When reviewing student assignments, I consistently and thoroughly indicate any problems in content, organization and style, but my marks become more general over the course of the term to help students become reliable, independent reviewers of their own work.

Public Speaking

My undergraduate minor was speech communication and I earned secondary teacher certification in speech as well as English. I have taught 2 semester-long courses in speech/public speaking: one at the high school level and one at the college level.

Reading

In addition to my BA and MA in English, I completed several sessions of teacher training in how to teach reading strategies at the high school level. I have applied these tools and techniques when teaching English classes and when I tutored a few (non-ESL) students in reading comprehension skills.

TEAS

My last place of employment used the TEAS as the admission test for the degree program. As the English and math teacher there, I led test prep workshops about six times a year for over four years. I am very familiar with the content of each subject area and the format of the test.

Writing

I have been teaching college composition (English 101 and 102) for more than six years, including time spent as a graduate teaching assistant while earning a Master's degree in Literature and Rhetoric. My bachelor's degree is also in English with an emphasis in writing. I continue to write as a hobby and have a particular interest in writing reviews, essays, poetry and song lyrics.

Personally, I believe that the process of learning to write well can not help but improve one's critical thinking and analytical skills, useful tools for any educational pursuit or career. That is why I am so passionate about teaching writing: it develops the overall student and person.

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Education

Augustana College (Rock Island) (English)

Northern Illinois University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Weekday afternoon sessions available for a reduced rate.

Travel policy

Angela will travel within 15 miles of Lisle, IL 60532.

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