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Organization and personal attention. That is what I offer to each student I tutor. I come with a plan for YOU - what are your needs and what strategies will best suit your learning style. I create assignments based on your interests that you can do on your own time in order to accelerate the learning. If you are looking for help with pronunciation, we start with videos and exercises. Looking for help with writing? I analyze a piece of your writing by reading it twice- once for content and once for grammar - making comments each time and providing links to videos and resources to help you improve your errors. I'm here to help.
I was a college instructor for 3 years teaching English language, writing skills, basic grammar, resume and cover-letter writing, and research writing - I LOVE teaching and writing. In 2012, I was awarded “Instructor of the Year” for my college because I am thorough, encouraging, and use games/interactive classroom strategies. I respect my students and provide top quality education.
Teaching wasn’t my first career. A farmer through my childhood, I worked as an assistant editor of technical papers for the US Geological Survey Water Resources Division as I graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a 3.78 GPA in English and International Affairs. I then took a position as Program Coordinator for McNair – a program that helps first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students apply for (and survive) Ph.D.s. My graduate work was at UNL and at UC Irvine (in History and later, Teaching English as a Second Language). I have a Master of Arts in English, one in History, and a TESL certification. I worked with the admissions committee for a UC Irvine graduate department.
Finally, I learned that teaching was my passion. I have passed all of the California teaching exams: CBEST, and English CSET. I taught English literature and writing at an inner-city high school before I began my career instructing at the college/university level.
I completed the CBEST in 2009. I worked at UC Irvine School of Education, and developed a course book for the CBEST. I use this course book to help other students pass the CBEST, tutoring them one-on-one.
I have taught English literature, language, and writing for 4 years at the college and high school levels. I'm trained in teaching, and using games in the classroom. I teach English in a way that allows students of all ability levels to enjoy it! English can be about more than just rules and format. It can be fun. It can allow you to express and explore yourself. I help you learn through activities and games tailored to your needs, level, and experience.
My Teaching English as a Second Language courses were completed at the University of California Irvine. There, I learned how to teach using games, how to help students in grammar and linguistics. I applied that knowledge in one-on-one and group tutoring, then later in the college classroom.
Grammar can be fun. I grew up hating grammar and if you had told me that I would be teaching it, I would have laughed. But after my TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) courses, I understood grammar and wanted to make it fun for others. In my developmental English classroom at the college level, I developed a series of games to help students understand and apply grammar. The games ranged from Part of Speech Relay Races to Sentence Fragment Baseball.
While in college, my first job was assistant editor for technical publications of the United States Geological Survey. As an English major, this was an exceptional introduction into the field of technical editing. As I teach classes, review papers, and provide detailed feedback, I find myself using those skills. I provide feedback to help students learn to correct their own mistakes. I am very thorough and detailed, and can also put work through plagiarism checks.
My years of experience in teaching college success classes has taught me a great deal about organizing, presenting, and encouraging public speaking. I can give you strategies to help cope with the organizing and with the mental stress of presenting. There are ways to get rid of the "um" and the butterflies!
Reading can be a great joy or a tedious requirement. I love to read. I also love teaching reading to those who don't. Reading can be made into a fun game, and the more one practices it, the easier it becomes. I've tutored reading and read in libraries since childhood. I am willing and able to tutor all ages.
I have taught a course called Success at the College Level. It is a class that focuses on study skills, organization, and college preparedness.
For study skills, I taught how to take notes in class, how to read/mark up/annotate a text, and how to research additional information for difficult concepts. I also taught how to use the Multiple Intelligence Theory to learn material in the best way possible for each student.
Writing can be a challenging task. The written work I've published is only a minor part of the body of work I've written. Writing comes naturally to me, however writing doesn't come naturally to everyone. In teaching, I teach strategies that will work for all learning types. I've taught essay writing, research writing, and creative writing at the college level.
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