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Hello and thank you for checking out my profile! I am a certified English teacher who has taught nearly every high school English and writing class under the sun: World Literature & American Literature (both regular and honors), AP Language & Composition, ENG 101 & 102 (Dual Enrollment), and Journalism. I also have a master's degree in English Education with 18 credits of English literature. About five years ago, a few of my former students approached me about tutoring them for their upcoming ACT and SAT tests. I agreed and began putting together a curriculum that I thought might benefit them. It was the first time I had been able to teach students one-on-one and I loved it! After tutoring these students for a few months, they began seeing real results in the form of higher test scores. They, in turn, told their friends about our after-school and weekend tutoring sessions, and before I knew it, I was a busy tutor!
My favorite part about tutoring is the one-on-one interaction. That's something that students just unfortunately do not get in the classroom. Unless they're brave enough to ask questions or approach their teachers after class, they often remain confused and even insecure about their performance. With tutoring, it's so different. Students feel comfortable enough to ask questions, and as a tutor, there's no need for me to rush through lesson plans. We work on concepts until students "get it." Even then, we practice. My goal is for students to walk into the testing room and say, "I've got this" before the test even begins.
One of the biggest factors with the SAT, ACT and AP exams is test STRATEGY. In addition to building students' vocabulary, reading comprehension levels, and grammar skills, we work on skipping and guessing strategies, text-marking strategies, and timing issues. I can also assist with college essays. I can't write them for students; however, I can help with brainstorming, outlining, editing, and revision.
English test prep really goes beyond the tests themselves; most of my "tutorees" have told me that our tutoring sessions have made a huge difference in their classroom performance. I've also had many students tell me that tutoring with me helped them gain valuable skills for college that they would have been lost without. I look forward to working with you! Currently, I am only taking students for summer slots. The summer is a great time to tutor, since you aren't bogged down with homework and other responsibilities. Please message me if you are interested in summer tutoring!
A Note About Math: I consider myself an English, Reading, and Writing teacher first and foremost. I have never taught math in a classroom - I just happen to be good at it and have assisted some students with ACT math in the past. I can and will tutor ACT Math if I am also tutoring you in English, Reading, and Science - I would recommend finding a specific WyzAnt math tutor if working only on your math score is the goal. It is also dependent on your actual math scores and goals. My strengths are word problems, basic algebra, and basic geometry. We can talk about tackling math once I know more about your background; I will be glad to let you know if I feel comfortable assisting you in math. Otherwise, WyzAnt has plenty of well-qualified math tutors that can assist you in that area :)
The English portion of the ACT assesses students' knowledge of grammar and writing; ACT wants to make sure that you know the difference between a colon and semicolon, when to use a comma with a conjunction, whether you know the difference between possessives and contractions, etc. Don't be intimidated by all of the grammar jargon - it's more important that you know the actual rule versus the name of the rule. After tutoring with me, you will not only whiz through this section of the ACT, but you'll make better grammatical choices in your own writing!
The Reading section of the ACT consists of four passages: a literary passage, a social science passage, a humanities passage, and a science passage. Each passage consists of ten questions, for a total of 40 questions. Because students only have 35 minutes to complete this section, they often feel very pressured. No worries! Even if you hate reading, I have many strategies to help your achieve the score you're looking for.
There are three SAT reading sections on the SAT test - two are 24 questions and one is 19 questions. You will begin each section with vocabulary questions, followed by reading passages of varying lengths. While the SAT is not for the faint of heart, there are many strategies I can teach you to help you achieve the score you're looking for. And don't forget that skipping questions can be advantageous; they key is just not to skip too many. Together, we can figure out a healthy number for you to skip comfortably, depending on your scoring goals.
The SAT writing sections assess students on their grammatical knowledge: can you recognize a misplaced modifier? Does the verb tense match the subject? What about indefinite pronouns - do you know that they take a singular verb and pronoun antecedent? While this may sound like a lot of overwhelming grammar jargon, more and more colleges are using your writing score (in addition to your math and reading scores) to decide whether you are ready for college. No worries - I can teach you easy grammar rules to help you score successfully in these sections. Don't be surprised if your classroom writing improves as well!
Making Great Progress! — 8/8/14 We were very apprehensive about using an on-line service, but my daughter's first lesson with Erin went very well. Erin was prepared with ACT English & Reading lessons. They used the lesson time very effectively! Great start! 9/8/14 My daughter is very optimistic that Erin's tutoring on the ACT English and Reading are going to help her achieve the goal she has set for the upcoming test. An ...
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