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Hello! My name is Jeff. I am a Minnetonka High School and University of Minnesota graduate with a valid Minnesota teaching license in secondary (grades 5-12) English and an M.Ed (Master of Education). I also have extensive experience in ESL, Spanish, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, reading, writing, vocabulary, technology, and guitar and music. My approach to teaching and tutoring, regardless of the subject, is that teachers must truly understand what motivates their students. Furthermore, teachers must know how their students naturally learn the most. This combined knowledge of both motivation and learning style is one attribute that has always helped my students achieve excellent results.
I have taught in a wide variety of educational settings, including (but not limited to) private guitar lessons for elementary and adult students, teaching classes of adult ESL students, tutoring foreign college students in TOEFL, tutoring in writing and reading, and teaching English to elementary students in Korea. My experience in working with people of many ages, goals, and backgrounds has given me the ability to understand quickly and clearly students' motivations and learning styles.
Students all tell me that I bring out the best in them with my subject knowledge, teaching ability, high expectations, encouragement, patience, and good humor. I look forward to discussing how we can work together to help you achieve your best.
I have been an English teacher for nine years and have an exceptional knowledge of grammar, usage, rhetoric, ACT format, and composition. Moreover, my experience in ESL (English as a Second Language) has given me the vocabulary and teaching tools needed in order to explain difficult concepts in easy-to-understand lessons. Finally, I have a great ability to demystify language and make it accessible to all people.
I scored in the 97th percentile on the reading section of the ACT. My vocabulary and ability to teach test taking strategies make me the perfect tutor for people who want to improve their scores. After working with me, students will have the ability and confidence needed to do extremely well on the ACT.
I have my BA in English from the University of Minnesota. I have been an avid reader and writer since grade school. My experience in teaching English has varied in scope and age, but the love of words and putting them together has always been constant. I can help people in composition, grammar, organization, literature, creative writing, and vocabulary.
In addition to being an English major with an M.Ed. in education, I have a great deal of experience in teaching ESL. I have taught ESL in Korea, Los Angeles, and Minnesota to people of all ages and skill levels. Currently I am an advanced ESL teacher in a consortium of three school districts (Minnetonka, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park) known as Adult Options in Education.
I teach GED preparation in a program called "Adult Options in Education" in the western suburbs. I am knowledgeable in all subjects of the GED, test format, and test-taking strategies.
After being an ESL teacher for several years, my grammar skills are extremely honed. More importantly, I am able to articulate that knowledge to students in a way that is both engaging and understandable. When grammar is is presented this way, much of the frustration that students often feel while studying it disappears. Ultimately, I can help students be more effective and confident communicators.
I have played the guitar for 17 years and taught private lessons for 10 years to students of all ages and ability levels. I took four years of private lessons myself. I have been a professional touring musician for eight years. I am adept in many styles and articulate in explaining guitar/music concepts to people.
I have been an avid consumer of literature ever since I first learned how to read in the first grade. I have read books from all genres and from many authors. Beyond being a literature lover, I am also skilled at analyzing it. As an English major from the University of Minnesota, I am able to help students look at a piece of literature and uncover many of the subtle nuances in the author's words, all while instilling a strong respect and love for the act of reading literature itself.
I have always been keenly interested in science. My grades in physics and physical science were always A's, and to this day I maintain a strong curiosity about all things scientific. As a tutor, I take that knowledge and curiosity and impart it to all of my students so that they may enjoy all that science has to offer.
I have been an ESL teacher for many years, and in that time I have done a lot of proofreading. My ability to catch errors in spelling, grammar, word usage, organization, style, and formatting is extremely keen. Moreover, I can show students how to catch errors themselves without relying solely on their computers' grammar checking software, and I will instill a sense of pride in their writing. Students will want their writing to be of the highest quality.
In my M.Ed. (Master of Education) graduate program at the University of Minnesota, I took (and did well in) many courses on teaching reading. The University of Minnesota is one of the leading research universities in this particular field. Moreover, I am skilled at taking away the anxiety that often accompanies reading by showing students simple strategies they can employ to improve comprehension significantly.
My experience in teaching English (particularly grammar and vocabulary) helps my students do very well on the SAT. I am also well-versed in SAT format and style. I combine these elements in my instruction to give students the skills they need. Moreover, beyond the skills themselves, my students gain the confidence they need in order to do well.
I have both a Bachelor of Arts in English as well as a Master's degree in secondary English education. This background allows me to teach people the art of writing effectively. Furthermore, my experience with the SAT written exam helps me teach important skills to my students such as using proper grammar, organizing content, managing time, and using appropriate tone and vocabulary.
Having an M.Ed. has given me a great knowledge base about how people learn the most effectively. I have seen which strategies are appropriate for many different kinds of learners. Moreover, I have always been a serious and disciplined student myself, and I have a definite ability to instill those qualities into my students.
More specifically, I have been a tutor for students of all ages for several years in various subjects. In addition to teaching content, I always make sure to instill good study habits such as keeping one's folders/notebooks/backpacks organized, eliminating distractions such as phone, TV, Internet, etc., and setting realistic goals for each study session. I am also a big believer in maintaining healthy eyes, so I always tell my students to look away from their book/screen every ten minutes or so and focus on something far away to relax their eyes.
The most effective method of instilling good study habits is modeling. I show students my folders (digitally) and then make sure to turn off my phone. I believe that seeing these habits in action helps students put them into practice in their own lives.
Ever since I began grade school, all of my teachers told me that my writing was of exceptional quality. My subsequent university degrees in both English and secondary English education further honed my writing and teaching skills. My grammar, vocabulary, and organization always help readers understand messages clearly. When teaching writing, I make sure students understand how to use these three aspects of writing in the most effective way.
University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (English)
University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development (MEd)
Great Guy — Jeff really knows how to explain things, he was very patient and I could tell he was in it to help. Most importantly he seems very reliable and smart! I highly recommend him to people in his area! Thanks Jeff ...
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Jeff will travel within 30 miles of Excelsior, MN 55331.
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