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Elizabeth B.

Highland Park, NJ

$70/hr

Highly Qualified, Effective English Tutor, Ph.D. and Published Writer

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Highly Qualified, Effective English Tutor, Ph.D. and Published Writer

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“Good teaching,” Elizabeth believes, “requires a respectful student-teacher relationship that encourages students to take an active part in their own learning process.” When working with students one-on-one, she encourages an interactive, discussion-oriented process that challenges students to develop their own ideas and to express them both verbally and in writing. Her primary goals are to model intellectual inquiry and to provide students the opportunity to practice critical thinking for themselves, thereby “lighting the fire” that makes learning exciting.

Elizabeth has a doctorate in English and recently won the College Board's Bob Costas Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Her strong academic background makes her a versatile and creative teacher. In her fifteen years of teaching middle school, high school, and college, she has consistently received excellent evaluations from students, parents, and supervisors. Above all, she seeks to share her love of literature and writing with her students and to make their time in her classroom as productive and positive as possible.

"Great tutor, very fun to be with"

- Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/14/14

"Great help for my student"

- Nilesh, Piscataway, NJ on 4/18/14

"Very helpful and patient!"

- Pratima, East Brunswick, NJ on 3/28/14

"Excellent English tutor"

- Patrick, Parlin, NJ on 10/7/13
Elizabeth replied on 3/27/2014

Thank you, Patrick! Good luck in the future!!

Elizabeth

"Not very professional"

- Alka, Piscataway, NJ on 9/3/13
Elizabeth replied on 6/6/2014

I felt that this was an unproductive teaching situation because neither boy was committed to being tutored. They frequently did not complete the work I assigned, and many sessions turned into drawn-out discussions with their mother about why they did not do their work.

I worked with the older boy for two years, and his Language Arts skills did improve, especially in writing. However, as time passed, he became less interested in working with me, and his younger brother was even less engaged. This was frustrating for me as a teacher because our time together yielded so few positive results. I informed the mother about the situation in January, but she was so insistent that I agreed to give it another try. However, there was no "buy-in" from the boys, so the session continued to be frustrating and unpleasant.

By the end of the summer, the geographical area in which most of my students lived had shifted, and continuing to drive to this family's home would have meant that I could not teach several other students who were more committed to the learning process. As a result, I made a business decision that would enable me to work with more students as well as with students who were more interested in utilizing the services I offer.

"Very Precise!"

- Vyomesh, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/19/13

"Great tutor"

- Dongming, Highland Park, NJ on 8/14/12

"Very perceptive!"

- Dublu, Watchung, NJ on 6/11/12

"Highly qualified! Excellent tutor! "

- Maria, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/25/12

"Patient & Knowledgeable"

- Sanjay, Edison, NJ on 5/16/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Shivani, Piscataway, NJ on 4/24/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Rashmi, Morganville, NJ on 4/24/12

"Best tutor ever!"

- Tammy, Edison, NJ on 4/17/12

"Great Tutor"

- Anil, Edison, NJ on 2/28/12

"Exactly what we need !! "

- Michelle, Edison, NJ on 2/23/12

"Amazing tutor"

- Anna, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/8/12

"Wonderful teacher"

- Anuj, Monmouth Junction, NJ on 2/4/12

"Good tutor"

- Malathi, Edison, NJ on 1/28/12

"Great Wonderful Experienced Teacher"

- Anand, Piscataway, NJ on 1/8/12

"Very knowledgeable and helpful"

- Paulina, North Brunswick, NJ on 9/14/11

"Very Satisfied =)"

- Puneet, Edison, NJ on 8/7/11
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
College Counseling,
PSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Reading

I work with ACT students on reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and becoming familiar with the test's format, which is designed to help students answer questions as they read, instead of having to read long, uninterrupted passages and then reread to find answers. I explain errors as we go along so that students learn what they need to know without wasting time on unnecessary review. Students who are taking the ACT will find that they become more skilled and confident as a result of my work with them.

American History

I have a B. A. in history, and I have also co-taught interdisciplinary History/English classes many times. Also, in my work as a book reviewer, I have reviewed books on a wide variety of topics: the War of 1812, the Southern debate over slavery, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, immigration, agri-industry, biographies of important historical figures, and intellectual histories about American society and culture. Finally, I read history for fun, and those books, too numerous to mention here, make me able to teach American history effectively and memorably.

Bible Studies

Studying English Literature requires a comprehensive understanding of Biblical texts because they provide the foundation for much of our thought and culture. I have taken "The Bible as Literature" classes and continued to read and study on my own. I have also published several book reviews on Biblical texts. Although I teach in a religious school that does not belong to my tradition, I find that I am often more knowledgeable about Biblical allusions and references than my students are.

College Counseling

Many of my SAT students also ask for my help with college applications. We work on the many essays that are required, and I am skilled in drawing students out through careful questioning that we then turn into solid essay content. I am familiar with the applications of many universities, and I will work with you to understand the forms, requirements, and deadlines and to turn in the best applications that you can.

Elementary (K-6th)

Many of my tutoring students are in elementary school--the youngest are in first and second grade, and I have worked with some for over a year. I provide homework help, instruction in spelling, phonics, and grammar, and I also work on enrichment or remediation as needed. Finally, I am familiar with both NJ ASK and Terra Nova, and I help children prepare for the specific tasks that these tests ask them to do.

English

When working with students on school assignments, I focus on teaching them how to read, write, and think more critically so that they can improve both their grades and their understanding of the subject. I work with elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as with college students who need help with term papers, graduate school essays, Master's theses, and doctoral dissertations in any subject. As a published writer, I teach students how to express their ideas smoothly, clearly, and effectively.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught many international students in professional and school environments. Since I know what is required of college students and professionals, I can teach to any skill level. My experience includes college and job application letters, TOEFL,SAT, and conversation skills. I have also assisted many international graduate students who just needed some writing help to complete their M. A. theses. I offer a discount to adult and returning students because I know how important good communication is in today's competitive economy.

European History

My professional work as a book reviewer includes European history, the time of the ancient Greeks until today. I have special expertise in all aspects of the eighteenth century, the English Renaissance, the Victorian era, colonialism, post-colonialism, racism, anti-Semitism, women's rights, and the wars of the twentieth century. My work as a writer has taught me to write about historical topics clearly and effectively, to use sources effectively, and to connect important concepts and events coherently.

Grammar

Grammar is one of the least taught subjects in school, but it is essential for success on the SAT and other standardized tests as well as for the success of any student for whom English is a second language. I explain the concepts simply and then help the student to recognize patterns and the specific pitfalls that standardized tests generally use. My instruction also helps to improve a student's own writing and reading comprehension because knowing how sentences are structured increases understanding of what they say.

Literature

When teaching students to appreciate and understand literature, I focus on close reading skills, vocabulary, paraphrase, and structure. I have a strong background in American and British literature as well as specialties in children's literature. I've also read and taught most of the books that are typically assigned in school. As a classroom teacher myself, I am adept at helping my tutoring students to meet the expectations of their teachers. Many of my students have reported significant grade increases after working with me. I am patient, thorough, and willing to work as slowly or quickly as a student needs.

Proofreading

When I proofread, edit, or revise, my goal is to express your ideas as clearly, smoothly, and effectively as possible. I have been writing professionally for many years and was first published while still in graduate school. I have assisted many students with Master's theses and doctoral dissertations in subjects such as economics, linguistics, and chemistry. I am also available to help with graduate school application essays.

PSAT

I have taught writing and literature for twenty years, and I am experienced with teaching students the test-taking skills, vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension that they need to do well on the English sections of this exam. I am especially good at vocabulary building and reading comprehension because I teach students many mnemonic devices and ways to think effectively about questions that may initially seem confusing.

I have also taught other test preparation courses, including SAT Prep and HSPA Prep.

Public Speaking

I taught public speaking at DeVry University, and I am also an effective speaker myself. Twenty years of classroom teaching creates public speaking skills, and the classes I taught walked students through the many techniques that an effective speaker needs.

SAT Reading

I cover three distinct areas when teaching SAT Reading: Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Grammar. Students build their vocabularies through memorization, learning about roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and by playing word games that challenge them to connect synonyms and antonyms and to use the words correctly in complex sentences. To improve reading comprehension, I teach reading strategies and spend time helping students understand what the test questions are really asking. Finally, I provide grammar reviews as needed and have students practice sentence corrections so that they are able to do well on this portion of the test. I modify my instruction so that it is appropriate to each individual student's skills and needs.

SAT Writing

I teach students how to write essays such as those on the SAT by familiarizing them with the language used in the prompts and teaching them to develop a "toolbox" of topics that they can write about in response to more than one question. I work intensively with students on pre-writing and outlining techniques so that they know what to say before they try to say it well. The next step is drafting the essay, which I usually assign as homework; at the next lesson, the student and I read the draft aloud together. I make corrections and suggestions so that the student can revise the essay for the next lesson, and then we move on to a new topic. This means that after the first lesson, the student has a new essay to write and an old one to revise. Students learn to formulate their answers quickly and to write strong first drafts within the 25-minute time limit that they are given when they take the test.

Spelling

I have a near-photographic memory for words and spelling formations. My large vocabulary and fascination with the intricacies of the English language make me effective at teaching this subject to students at all levels. I help students memorize various spelling patterns and rules that increase their vocabulary and comprehension--noticing similarities and differences in spelling greatly improve all aspects of Language Arts.

Writing

I write professionally, and I have over 100 book reviews and feature articles as well as scholarly publications. I even have an essay in a "Chicken Soup" book! I have taught writing for most of my career, in both secondary schools and colleges, and I am especially skilled at expository and persuasive writing. I edit fiction, and I have helped many graduate students complete their theses on topics as diverse as education, chemistry, and linguistics. I often work with high school students on research papers, SAT Essay preparation, and college application essays.

Elizabeth’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Elizabeth. View all of Elizabeth’s resources

Last summer, I was able to conduct distance lessons on Skype with a student who was spending the summer in Russia, and I'm currently working with an NYU student on her MBA. I'm able to respond to students' work while they are at school during the day (usually quickly and without charge), and this means that our lessons can cover more material.   I have also begun responding to... read more

Here in New Jersey, all public school students in grades 3-11 will be taking the PARCC test in March, and there is considerable anxiety about what the results of this new and very different test will be. To address this concern, I have added new tools and curriculum to my tutoring tool-box. This new material is designed to complement the PARCC prep workbooks and to encourage students to read... read more

As the new common core standards take effect in New Jersey, many of my students' parents are unsure what the new test will do to their students' chances of getting into higher level math and English classes in middle school and high school. American education became diluted in the 1970s, when I was an elementary school student. I attended a school that believed in "open classrooms,"... read more

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
English and History
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (English and History)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)

Great tutor, very fun to be with — Ms. B is a master at literature and linguistics, and she knows precisely what strategies to teach in order to make taking tests far easier. Furthermore, unlike many other tutors, she is able to make sessions fun and something to look forward to rather then dread. Overall she offers both a very useful and fun experience. ...

— Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts available for veterans and adult students pursuing additional education.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 15 miles of Highland Park, NJ 08904.


About Elizabeth

“Good teaching,” Elizabeth believes, “requires a respectful student-teacher relationship that encourages students to take an active part in their own learning process.” When working with students one-on-one, she encourages an interactive, discussion-oriented process that challenges students to develop their own ideas and to express them both verbally and in writing. Her primary goals are to model intellectual inquiry and to provide students the opportunity to practice critical thinking for themselves, thereby “lighting the fire” that makes learning exciting.

Elizabeth has a doctorate in English and recently won the College Board's Bob Costas Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Her strong academic background makes her a versatile and creative teacher. In her fifteen years of teaching middle school, high school, and college, she has consistently received excellent evaluations from students, parents, and supervisors. Above all, she seeks to share her love of literature and writing with her students and to make their time in her classroom as productive and positive as possible.

Testimonials

"Great tutor, very fun to be with"

- Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/14/14

"Great help for my student"

- Nilesh, Piscataway, NJ on 4/18/14

"Very helpful and patient!"

- Pratima, East Brunswick, NJ on 3/28/14

"Excellent English tutor"

- Patrick, Parlin, NJ on 10/7/13
Elizabeth replied on 3/27/2014

Thank you, Patrick! Good luck in the future!!

Elizabeth

"Not very professional"

- Alka, Piscataway, NJ on 9/3/13
Elizabeth replied on 6/6/2014

I felt that this was an unproductive teaching situation because neither boy was committed to being tutored. They frequently did not complete the work I assigned, and many sessions turned into drawn-out discussions with their mother about why they did not do their work.

I worked with the older boy for two years, and his Language Arts skills did improve, especially in writing. However, as time passed, he became less interested in working with me, and his younger brother was even less engaged. This was frustrating for me as a teacher because our time together yielded so few positive results. I informed the mother about the situation in January, but she was so insistent that I agreed to give it another try. However, there was no "buy-in" from the boys, so the session continued to be frustrating and unpleasant.

By the end of the summer, the geographical area in which most of my students lived had shifted, and continuing to drive to this family's home would have meant that I could not teach several other students who were more committed to the learning process. As a result, I made a business decision that would enable me to work with more students as well as with students who were more interested in utilizing the services I offer.

"Very Precise!"

- Vyomesh, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/19/13

"Great tutor"

- Dongming, Highland Park, NJ on 8/14/12

"Very perceptive!"

- Dublu, Watchung, NJ on 6/11/12

"Highly qualified! Excellent tutor! "

- Maria, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/25/12

"Patient & Knowledgeable"

- Sanjay, Edison, NJ on 5/16/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Shivani, Piscataway, NJ on 4/24/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Rashmi, Morganville, NJ on 4/24/12

"Best tutor ever!"

- Tammy, Edison, NJ on 4/17/12

"Great Tutor"

- Anil, Edison, NJ on 2/28/12

"Exactly what we need !! "

- Michelle, Edison, NJ on 2/23/12

"Amazing tutor"

- Anna, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/8/12

"Wonderful teacher"

- Anuj, Monmouth Junction, NJ on 2/4/12

"Good tutor"

- Malathi, Edison, NJ on 1/28/12

"Great Wonderful Experienced Teacher"

- Anand, Piscataway, NJ on 1/8/12

"Very knowledgeable and helpful"

- Paulina, North Brunswick, NJ on 9/14/11

"Very Satisfied =)"

- Puneet, Edison, NJ on 8/7/11

Education

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
English and History
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (English and History)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Discounts available for veterans and adult students pursuing additional education.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Highland Park, NJ 08904

Elizabeth’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
College Counseling,
PSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Elizabeth’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Elizabeth. View all of Elizabeth’s resources

Last summer, I was able to conduct distance lessons on Skype with a student who was spending the summer in Russia, and I'm currently working with an NYU student on her MBA. I'm able to respond to students' work while they are at school during the day (usually quickly and without charge), and this means that our lessons can cover more material.   I have also begun responding to... read more

Here in New Jersey, all public school students in grades 3-11 will be taking the PARCC test in March, and there is considerable anxiety about what the results of this new and very different test will be. To address this concern, I have added new tools and curriculum to my tutoring tool-box. This new material is designed to complement the PARCC prep workbooks and to encourage students to read... read more

As the new common core standards take effect in New Jersey, many of my students' parents are unsure what the new test will do to their students' chances of getting into higher level math and English classes in middle school and high school. American education became diluted in the 1970s, when I was an elementary school student. I attended a school that believed in "open classrooms,"... read more


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