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Timed essays on the ACT, AP, and GED tests are rigorous and present unique challenges for many students. Learning essay writing skills for these tests takes preparation requiring diligent practice to build the confidence needed for success. I've worked as a freelance writer and have several years experience and expertise in tutoring essay writing for the GED, ACT, and AP English Language and Comp exams. I will assess the areas that present challenges for the student, emphasize effective time management, and create a study plan for success.
My tutoring strategy in teaching essay writing builds the foundation of learning how an outline makes all the difference, how to understand an essay question and exactly what it's asking for, and knowing the five-paragraph essay format and how to use it under pressure. I teach students to recognize and write an effective thesis statement and how to use this to stay on track while writing. Students practice test-taking strategies unique to the exam and may review actual student essays (with a wide range of scores) to gain perspective on the grading process. I teach speed-reading techniques to help improve concentration and retention, especially critical where there are a significant number of passages to read quickly. With diligence and hard work, students will gain the skills and confidence to improve their scores on essays.
I have a bachelor's from Western Michigan University and a certificate in behavioral sciences from San Diego City College. I've also completed both the beginning and intermediate tutor courses through Foundations of Learning.
Susan (tutor in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
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