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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.