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I recently retired from 35 years of teaching high school English. I loved teaching and would like to continue sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for my work. I am an energetic teacher and I have experience teaching grammar, writing, literature, SAT prep, vocabulary, and test-taking skills. I am patient, flexible and personable. I was teacher of the year twice (1992 and 2011).
I have worked with hundreds of students and their college essays. Most of this work was done in my high school Honors and College Prep English classes. I have also worked with many students on highlighting skills for their applications. Finally, I have contacted colleges and spoken to their representatives on behalf of students several times.
I have 35 years of experience teaching English. I have taught literature, writing, test prep, vocabulary, and grammar. I combine good knowledge of subject matter with different strategies of practice and learning. I have always loved this field and I have enjoyed tutoring since my retirement from teaching.
Many students have commented that my grammar instruction has been practical and helpful. I love to focus on common writing errors and words commonly confused with one another. Because most people tend to use the same words regularly, I also work with writing samples to focus on personal growth. I am currently teaching an SAT writing and grammar class.
As a high school teacher, literature was the mainstay of my curriculum. I have taught British, World, and American literature many times. I love to focus on theme and character analysis, and to make literature approachable by comparing it to everyday life.
My teaching experience required constant attention to reading, comprehending, and discussing many different reading selections.While vocabulary and grammar help a reader to understand what he is studying, reading different genres is important to develop stronger skills. For today's student, who typically does not read as much as students 20 years ago, reading different materials is even more important to raise skill levels.
I work with students to raise SAT reading scores by stressing three strategies. First, I work to build vocabulary. Next, I work on reading selections critically. Finally, I look at questions asked and how to evaluate them. These methods, with practice, pay off.
The SAT writing section asks students to answer several different types of question. I currently teach an SAT writing class, so I am familiar with these categories of questions. Any new test also requires practice and experience with the format. I also have decades of experience teaching the essay and currently teach and grade SAT practice essays.
I have 35 years of experience as a high school teacher. I have helped students organize notebooks, speeches, essays, and test reviews. Study skills depend more than anything else on understanding the lesson, objectives, and unit being studied.
Every student of English should work on building vocabulary. I have materials that focus on building good vocabulary, especially for the middle school and high school years. Finally, I provide 'common context' to illustrate appropriate usage in a sentence for new words.
In 35 years of teaching English, I learned to specialize in analytical or 'college' writing. Organizing essays, using proper sentence structure, and avoiding common writing errors are strengths of mine. I have several different formats to help students write more clearly and to be more organized.
Great Tutor — Very happy with the tutoring services that are provided by Don. He is great with my son and very patient. Good parent follow-up. He always follows up with an email on what he went over and asks if there is anything that I would like for him go over with my son. Always on time and wastes no time in getting right to the planned lessons. ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00
Cancellation: 3 hours notice required
Donald will travel within 10 miles of Haddonfield, NJ 08033.
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