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Elizabeth K.

History, German, English, Writing, and ESL tutor

Brookline, MA (02446)

Travel radius
10 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am a friendly, patient, and experienced tutor of several disciplines. After living in Austria, I graduated magna cum laude with degrees in History and German from Connecticut College, and have just completed my master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory.

As you can tell, I have a wide range of interests and abilities, which make me a versatile and creative tutor. While at Connecticut College, I worked as a writing tutor at the school's Roth Writing Center. There, I assisted students of all majors, including Anthropology, Economics, and International Relations with grammar, brainstorming, style, thesis preparation and content. I especially enjoyed working with ESL students, who hailed from Tunisia, India, China, and Turkey. As I student of foreign language myself, I appreciated the challenges presented to the ESL students as they sought to express their opinions in a language not their own. I learned a lot from these students, and continue to enjoy working with foreign-language speakers of all ages and experience.

Whether I am helping a student draft a thesis for a History paper, understand a grammatical concept, or verbalize an abstract idea, it is of chief importance to me that my tutees develop their own literary voices. When I am met with a student who seems shy or unsure of how to express their own ideas, I prefer to give them brainstorming exercises, such as "in the next 30 seconds, write down everything that comes to mind when you think of freedom, without stopping", than to supply them with my own ideas or vocabulary.

At the Writing Center, I could often tell when a student expected me to write their papers for them. Sometimes for a tutor, the hardest thing is to see a student struggle without jumping in to "help" by offering our own thoughts or personal methods. I am perfectly comfortable with sitting in silence while my student brainstorms ideas or gets focused, without overwhelming them with too much personal advice. It is important that the tutee understands from the start that I am not there to enforce my own ideas on them, but to help them discover their own work habits and style, and to appreciate the breadth of their own minds.

As both an academic and a musician, I am used to performing and public speaking, and am happy to help my students with their reading and presentation skills. As someone who has dealt with all the nerves and self-doubt that public presentations can bring, I want to help others learn practical steps towards calm, confidence, and "staying in the moment". The biggest component in successful public speaking and performance is a clear understanding and belief in what you are speaking about. Whether they are reading a short story or presenting a debate piece, I want my tutees to know the meaning of what is on the paper inside-out and backwards. Presentation is not recitation, and for anyone to enjoy public speaking, they must be able to interact with what they wrote, even under the scrutiny of others. I want my students to know that what they have to say deserves to be heard.

If you or your child is in need of a tutor, please contact me! I am happy to help, and eager to learn. Thank you!

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Elizabeth’s subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
History:
European History, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music:
Music History, Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, German, Grammar, Proofreading

ESL/ESOL

I am an ESL tutor with experience teaching students from Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. I am especially skilled at writing, English grammar, large paper/thesis writing, and research. My own years of studying French, German, Italian, and Georgian make me an understanding and patient tutor.

German

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in German Studies, and have extensive experience speaking the language from five months living in Salzburg, Austria. I am happy to help with German pronunciation, grammar, conversation, reading, and writing. My two years as a writing tutor specializing in ESL students gives me a unique perspective on helping my current students understand the rules of German.

SAT Reading

I am a reading tutor with experience improving students' reading, comprehension and retention skills. I have particular experience and ability in tutoring ESL and international students in reading, writing, and English grammar.

Social Studies

I graduated magna cum laude with Honors in History, and am enthusiastic about tutoring all aspects of Social Studies, including Civics, Gender and Women's Studies, Political Science, World Cultures and Sociology. Especially interested in tutoring writing in any of these subjects!

Voice (Music)

I am an opera singer, and I received my Master's of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory in May, 2013. I have performed with the Connecticut Lyric Opera Company, Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, and Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. I have been awarded Honorable Mentions by the Amici Vocal Competition (2012) and the Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition (2012). I am a coloratura soprano with extensive knowledge of German Lieder, and am trained in French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian song. I am an eager and patient teacher, willing to teach voice students of all ages and abilities.

Writing

I'm a certified writing tutor with two years of professional experience at the Roth Writing Center at Connecticut College. QI'm qualified to tutor thesis writing, ESL, bibliography, and citations.

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Education

Connecticut College New London CT

Boston Conservatory (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 10 miles of Brookline, MA 02446.

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