The ACT English section requires that students have grade-appropriate knowledge of basic grammar, sentence structure, and the like. So, in addition to test-taking strategies and helpful ACT hints, my ACT English prep incorporates lessons (mini or major depending on time restrictions and need) on the English basics that often fall by the wayside, including but not limited to punctuation, sentence parts, and writing style.
Reading comprehension might not seem challenging in class or in other everyday activities (say, for example, in reading the newspaper), but standardized tests are looking for a little more than mere character names and the basic plot of any given story. Do you know what important themes are being presented? How about in nonfiction selections? Are you confident in the purpose behind each selection? Learn how to pick up on textual hints and comprehend beyond the basics in my ACT Reading review.
English is the study of so many topics that I can't possibly cover them all in this short description. English can range from the study of grammar and writing conventions to literary elements and comprehension. Whether it's short stories or novels, anthologies or poems, biographies or journalism, the study of English is all around us. It can be broken down into its pieces (i.e. sentence/paragraph structure, figurative language, and dialect) or studied as a whole (i.e. theme and genre) and, in every way, lend to how we understand and live out our daily lives. Struggling students and reading enthusiasts alike will walk away from our sessions having gained a greater appreciation for and knowledge of the study of English. I've seen it happen.
Grammar is a real specialty of mine. I'm a stickler for using "whom" and not "who." In casual conversation I try to never split infinitives or dangle prepositions (so you can imagine how much attention I pay to such details in writing/editing). When do you use "which" instead of "that" in your descriptions? Are you using the correct subject/verb agreement? How about the correct pronoun agreement? Does your sentence reflect parallel structure? All of these questions and more make the difference between an acceptable piece of writing and an exceptional one. And they're only a few steps away.
I live for literature--classic and modern, geared toward the young and the old, set in a distant land or right here at home. With my help, students understand the basic facets of literature--from setting to theme, character to plot--as well as things like authorial intent and historical context. Students who work with me on literature are given an expansive scope of how a piece of literature came into being, why it is important, and how we, as readers, might interpret and apply it to our own lives.
As a former magazine editor, I've spent a great deal of time proofreading work for others. And while I find that this skill sometimes comes in handy, it is always my goal to arm students with their own set of proofreading skills for the future. By presenting a guided tour through proper proofreading marks, revision drafts, and standard questions to ask of each piece of writing before submission, my students end our proofreading sessions with a better grasp on not only how to proofread in the final stages of the writing process, but how these skills can improve writing in the early stages as well.
The PSAT is the first step in helping your child prepare for the SAT. Early preparation for the PSAT could help your son/daughter understand how much time and effort need be expended for the BIG test. Also, it gives you, the parent, a gauge for where your child excels or needs a little extra help. With PSAT practice, we complete a basic overview of concepts addressed--sentence completion, reading comprehension, and even minor mathematical computations. If additional help is needed post-PSAT, these preparation sessions will pinpoint specific areas in which your child needs more practice.
Some people say they don't like to read. I understand that. I don't like math all that much. However, I do recognize the important role math plays in my everyday life and so know that I must maintain some sort of knowledge of the subject. That's the aim I have for my students. I understand that not all of them enjoy reading. However, I have often seen the importance of reading dawn on them after a few short sessions. And sometimes, reading even becomes pleasurable. As a tutor and teacher I pride myself on finding exactly what interests my students and catering to those interests while expanding their world, skills, and knowledge. I might not always get my students to love reading, but they do improve their comprehension abilities and become smarter, more aware individuals because of it.
Sure, you know the characters' names and the basic plot of the story given you, but do you know what themes are present? How about in nonfiction selections? Are you confident in the purpose behind each selection? Learn how to pick up on textual hints and comprehend beyond the basics in my SAT Reading review.
Not only does the SAT require that a student understand basic writing conventions, but it also makes sure the student can put those conventions to use in essay form. Cover bases by breaking them down for both the multiple choice questions and the essay writing portions. Know what you're being graded on and how you can improve your score through guided practice and helpful hints.
"I" doesn't always come before "e" and "y" doesn't always change to "i" when forming a plural word. The English language is tricky but with a little practice and some helpful hints, everyone can improve their spelling skills.
To help a student's study skills, a tutor/teacher must first observe the way a student learns best. Does he/she require noise or silence while studying, reading, etc.? Does he/she like to plan before attacking a project or begin the assignment and let progress lead the way? After observation of these and other study preferences, a tutor/teacher should suggest ways in which the student will most benefit from study techniques and put together a plan specific to that student. However, it is also important for a tutor/teacher to expose the student to other options so to see if other ways of attacking these study skills work best, as sometimes different assignments require a different set of skills. Most important is to keep these skills consistent. The job of the tutor/teacher is to ensure that the student is applying the study skills to each and every assignment so that what was once practice--or even tedious additional labor--becomes secondhand and aids the student in studying.
Become exposed to a larger world with a larger vocabulary. Using basic spelling techniques, additional reading material, and the study of roots, prefixes, and suffixes, vocabulary CAN grow and I can help.
Learning how to write a gripping introduction, how to organize your writing, and how to utilize your writer's voice are all important steps toward becoming a great writer. I cover all of this and more.
Improve your essay writing skills. Understand research strategies and other pre-writing techniques. Refresh your grammar lessons.