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Suzanne M.

Tutoring and Test Prep by College English Instructor

Muskegon, MI (49444)

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Need a refresher on correct grammar usage? Or basic instruction on the English language? Or help learning to organize and edit your job-related writing? Maybe some pointers on reading comprehension or public speaking? Or help preparing for the English, reading, and vocabulary sections of the ACT or SAT?

I can help! I have taught English composition and various related courses for more than 40 years, from middle school to college as well as for professional development/employee groups. I currently teach reading comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills part-time at an area university. My bachelor's degree is in English with a writing emphasis, and I hold secondary certification in English and social studies. My master's degree is in English and journalism, and I was a news reporter and editor for five years.

Since I am semi-retired, I am available to travel up to 40 miles each way. My home base is the Lakeshore area (Muskegon/Grand Haven) at various times of the day and evening, including weekends. I can work one-on-one, with a small group (discount for more than one student), or an employment group. I am professional, outgoing, and personable.

Please contact me and we can discuss how I can help you with your writing and speaking of the English language.

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Suzanne’s subjects

ACT English

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English. I have taught English composition and literature for more than 40 years. My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor. In addition, I have taught ACT prep classes at Northern Michigan University in all four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.

ACT Reading

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English. I have taught various high school and college English courses for more than 40 years, each with a grammar component. I also taught a grammar update for adults at a two-week seminar for bankers at Northern Michigan University. When I teach ACT prep, I do a thorough review of grammar, which is part of the English subsection of the ACT. I use a text, study sheets that I have created, and online grammar exercises. I also have written a grammar-related workbook, EASY RULES: Word Choice (South-Western 1992). My students have ranged from middle school through college and adults.

ACT Science

Much of the ACT Science test consists of reading information and applying it through interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning and problem-solving. I have been a teacher for more than 40 years (mostly composition and reading comprehension). My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor. In addition, I have taught ACT prep classes at Northern Michigan University in all four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.

Adobe Photoshop

I am a former computer teacher and have worked with computers for more than 30 years. I have been teaching Adobe Photoshop for many of those and continue to use it as a professional journalist and university publications editor. I also currently use Photoshop as my software of choice for my own personal photo manipulation.

Algebra 1

My background in math includes proficiency up to and including Algebra I and geometry. I have more than 40 years of teaching middle school through college students as well as adults. I realize that any math class is difficult for some people, and as a non-math person, I can rely on my teaching skills to approach learning math from a different perspective. Working one-on-one or in a very small group helps those with math challenges and allows for feedback and repetition.

American History

Much of understanding American history revolves around putting events into perspective by reading and viewing them using various media -- print, sound and visual (videos), and oral (talking with people who were there). Then the next logical step becomes relating history to our country today and one's own world. Much of understanding history is based on reading comprehension and critical thinking, both of which I currently teach at the university level.

My background in the topic includes a minor in social studies (U.S. history, political science, and sociology), and I taught 8th grade history during my student teaching.

I enjoy reading about history and discussing it with others. On vacation I often visit historical places around the country and world to make it come alive.

College Counseling

I have been a college instructor for many years, and currently teach three sections of College Success at a university. I have taught test prep courses for several years, including ACT English (writing and grammar), reading, and science reasoning. I also am qualified to tutor SAT reading and writing preparation.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been a teacher for more than 40 years, from middle school through college and adult education. Over the years I have also been a substitute teacher in K-6, teaching all subjects. I have also been a parent and am currently a grandparent to three elementary-age grandchildren, so I am well-versed in current curriculum.

Elementary Math

My background in math includes proficiency up to and including Algebra I and geometry. I have more than 40 years of teaching middle school through college students as well as adults. I realize that any math class is difficult for some people, and as a non-math person, I can rely on my teaching skills to approach learning math from a different perspective. Working one-on-one or in a very small group helps those with math challenges and allows for feedback and repetition.

Elementary Science

Elementary science should be as hands-on as possible - with simple experiments and nature walks, visits to zoos and museums, observing the night sky, watching and hearing waves crashing onto the beach, and exploring scientific phenomena. Videos can enlighten and bring that spark of knowledge, and building projects helps students understand the concepts as well as provide 3-D evidence. I am a retired middle school and high school teacher, certified to teach all subjects in grades 7-8. I currently am a substitute teacher in K-12. What better preparation for tutoring (especially science) than to have been a parent and a grandparent to three elementary-age grandchildren!

English

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English. I have taught English composition and literature for more than 40 years. My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor. I am author of a workbook, "Easy Rules: Word Choice" (SouthWestern, 1982).

ESL/ESOL

I have substituted multiple times in college-level ESL classes at a local community college.

General Computer

I have worked with computers for more than 30 years, beginning with early PC's and the Apple Mac Classic. I have taught basic computer skills, as well as several software programs (keyboarding, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe PhotoShop).

As a non-computer expert, but a trained teacher, I approach teaching about computers from a different perspective than many so-called computer geeks. A lot of learning about computers is based on trial and error, hands-on experience working through a procedure. Applying my teaching skills one-on-one or in small groups helps remove the fear of machines, especially computers.

Geometry

My background in math includes proficiency up to and including Algebra I and geometry. I have more than 40 years of teaching middle school through college students as well as adults. I realize that any math class is difficult for some people, and as a non-math person, I can rely on my teaching skills to approach learning math from a different perspective. Working one-on-one or in a very small group helps those with math challenges and allows for feedback and repetition.

Government & Politics

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English with an undergraduate minor in social studies (U.S. history, political science, and sociology). I am interested in government and politics and visiting government sites around the country and world.

Much of understanding political science is based on reading comprehension and critical thinking, both of which I currently teach at the university. My students have ranged from middle school through college and adults.

Grammar

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English and have taught English composition and grammar for more than 40 years, 30 of those at the college level. In my English 101 and 102 classes, I provide a basic overview of grammar and usage using a hands-on approach with computer exercises.

My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor, both of which focus on correct grammar and usage. I am author of a grammar and usage workbook.

GRE

With my background of 40+ years of teaching, I can help students prepare for the GRE. For much of my teaching career, I have taught the skills being tested in the Analytical Writing section: organizing a written response to a reading, supporting it with sound reasoning and examples. The verbal section focuses on grammar and usage, as well as higher-thought processes such as analogies, antonyms, and reading comprehension. I currently teach reading comprehension and vocabulary to college freshmen. The math section includes arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; I am approved by Wyzant as a tutor in algebra and geometry.

Literature

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English. My background in literature classes focuses primarily on American literature from the 1800s through the present. I have taught English composition and literature for more than 40 years. I have taught high school American literature as well as English 9, which has a broad literature component.

My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor. In addition, I have taught ACT prep classes in all four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.

Microsoft Excel

I am an experienced computer teacher and taught basic Excel at the high school level for several years, along with Word and PowerPoint. I also use Excel daily for my own financial budgeting. Despite knowing the subject well, often people cannot teach it to others. With one-on-one tutoring, I can tailor my teaching techniques to that student.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I am an experienced computer teacher and taught PowerPoint at the high school level for several years, along with Word and Excel. I also use PowerPoint nearly every week for presentations in my college classes. With one-on-one tutoring, I can tailor my teaching techniques to that student, focusing on hands-on experience by the student - not just watching someone else do it.

Microsoft Word

I am an experienced computer teacher and taught Word at the high school level for several years, along with Excel and PowerPoint. I also developed a mini-lesson on Word 2007 and 2010 for my fellow community college faculty. I include a unit on proper MLA format for students in my college English classes.

Despite knowing the subject well, often people cannot teach it to others. With one-on-one tutoring, I can tailor my teaching techniques to that student.

Prealgebra

My background in math includes proficiency up to and including Algebra I and geometry. I have more than 40 years of teaching middle school through college students as well as adults, and I have taught general math at the high school level.

I realize that any math class is difficult for some people, and as a non-math person, I can rely on my teaching skills to approach learning math from a different perspective. Working one-on-one or in a very small group helps those with math challenges and allows for feedback and repetition.

Proofreading

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English, with a graduate-level cognate in journalism. I have taught English composition and literature for more than 40 years, and have a thorough knowledge of correct grammar and usage necessary for proofreading. I was a newspaper reporter for five years and often proofread copy from other reporters. I later was the university editor at Northern Michigan University, and peer proofreading of copy was often a part of my job. As a college composition professor, I often sit down with my students prior to their handing in an essay and proofread it along with the student, explaining why rather than just noting errors or correcting them.

My students range from middle school through college and adults, and I am also a writer and editor. I am author of a workbook, "Easy Rules: Word Choice" (SouthWestern, 1982).

Psychology

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English, with a minor in social sciences, including psychology. I have taught high school psychology and have a lifelong interest in psychology, especially developmental and behavioral.

My teaching methods include organizing information using note cards, oral discussion of topics and relating them to the students' lives, as well as repetition of information using mnemonic devices.

Public Speaking

I have been a teacher (definitely a public speaker!) for more than 40 years, and have taught high school speech and public speaking. My students have ranged from middle school through college and adults. I am also a writer and editor. In many of my classes, the students give presentations so I provide them with an overview of good public speaking techniques. Preparation and delivery are equally important for success in public speaking, and I work with students to develop both.

Reading

I have been an English teacher and professor for more than 40 years. Among the courses I currently teach is one that focused on reading for college freshmen. In teaching efficient and flexible reading skills, I focus on developing reading efficiency and flexibility through active (engaged) reading. Areas of focus include word power, main ideas and paragraph structure, patterns and relationships between ideas, reading essays and articles, critical analysis, and evaluating arguments and persuasive writing. Other areas of focus include techniques for learning textbook material, learning and retention strategies, interpreting visuals and evaluating online sources, skimming and scanning, and techniques for reading faster

An individual course could be tailored to include any of these areas that a student needs help in mastering.

SAT Reading

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English. I have taught various English and reading courses for more than 40 years. My students range from middle school through college and adults. I currently teach reading comprehension and vocabulary at a university. In addition, I have taught ACT prep classes at Northern Michigan University in all multiple areas, including English and Reading.

SAT Writing

Preparing for the SAT writing test involves an understanding of how to structure a writing response. A lot of my teaching and personal writing have revolved around planning to write as much as the actual writing. In my teaching and tutoring, I focus on several different types of writing, including argumentative/persuasive (some say all writing is this type), informative, evaluative, and narrative. I have taught college composition for more than 30 years, and have been a professional journalist and free-lance writer. I also am author of a writing-based workbook and I have edited books for two other people.

Social Studies

I have an undergraduate minor in social studies (U.S. history, political science, and sociology). I have taught high school psychology. In addition, I am certified by WyZant in American history and government and politics.

Sociology

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English with an undergraduate minor in social studies (U.S. history, political science, and sociology). I am interested in reading about sociology and how social systems function.

My teaching methods include organizing information using note cards, oral discussion of topics and relating them to the students' lives, as well as repetition of information using mnemonic devices.

Much of understanding sociology is based on reading comprehension and critical thinking, both of which I currently teach at the university. My students have ranged from middle school through college and adults.


Speech

I have been an English teacher and professor for more than 40 years, and public speaking is one of the courses I have taught. The aspects of public speaking that I focus on are research, organizing the information, and practicing the presentation.

Study Skills

I teach a course in college success at a community college and a university. One of the main components of the course is study skills.

Among the topics I cover are active reading and learning, improving comprehension, critical analysis, techniques for learning college material (annotating and identifying important information), and time management. Specific skills include outlining, mapping, summarizing, mnemonic devices, the SQ3R system, flash cards, use of graphics, skimming and scanning.

An individual course to improve study skills could include any of these areas in which the student needs help.

TOEFL

I have been an English teacher for 42 years. The grade levels include middle school, high school, and college. I also have substituted in college ESL classes. My second language is French, although I do not use it very much. I have hosted four non-native English speaking high school exchange students, one from Finland and three from Germany.

Vocabulary

I have a B.A. and M.A. in English and have been a teacher for 42 years. My students have ranged from middle school through college and adult.

One of the major student assignments in my college English classes is vocabulary development. I stress Latin and Greek root words, suffixes, and prefixes. I have found that creating and using flash cards is highly effective in learning vocabulary. Another area of focus is on figuring out word meanings in context, as one of the best teaching methods is using words in context. Finally, I encourage all of my students to read, read, read! That's one of the absolute best ways to expand one's vocabulary.

World History

I am interested in reading about history and visiting historical places around the country and world.

Much of understanding history is based on reading comprehension and critical thinking, both of which I currently teach at the university. My students have ranged from middle school through college and adults.

Writing

I am a writing teacher as well as a writer myself. I was a newspaper reporter and editor for five years, and have done freelance writing for more than 30 years for various projects. I have taught several types of writing both at the high school and college level, including college composition, advanced composition, advanced news writing, writing about the arts, basic journalism, and creative writing. I am author of a book about grammar and usage and have edited three self-published memoirs.

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Michigan State University (English)

Michigan State University (Master's)

Northern Michigan University (Graduate Coursework)

Great tutor! Suzanne is a great tutor. She knows how to engage my daughter into every lesson which makes her time with a tutor enjoyable for her. Suzanne has brought a lot of learning materials and practice tests to every session and leaves with homework assignments. I have no doubt my child will do anything less than outstanding on her next act test! ...

— Angie from West Olive, MI on 1/22/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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