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Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (English and History)
Vanderbilt University (PhD)
“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.
“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… Read more
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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.
Today, and as in previous lessons, Elizabeth has proven that her tutoring method works. She listens what the student needs, understands the problems that student has, and then presents or suggests a method that the student can use to learn how to resolve the problem. It is like a personal method just design for that student. It is great!
Elizabeth has been providing great help for my daughter and she is not afraid to try different techniques. We are seeing nice improvement in grades.
Elizabeth has developed a good rapport with my 10th grader and has been working with her on PSAT reading, not only reviewing vocabulary words but also helping her with homework. Her tutoring style is very engaging and comprehensive,and I can already see an improvement in my child's writing skills. I am looking forward to Elizabeth working with my child through the rest of the school year and perhaps even the next.
Elizabeth is an excellent tutor. She covered everything I needed to know in preparation for my SAT test. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help.
Thank you, Patrick! Good luck in the future!!
She was a tutor for my two sons for almost two years but she was hardy ever there on time. In the middle of the school year she wanted to stop tutoring. After lot of discussion on my concern on impact to my son on switching teachers in the middle of school year, she agreed to start. At the end o school year, I asked her if she would like to continue next school year she said yes. And continued to tutor my kids through summer (probably because they were working longer hours with her). And now when the school year is starting she said she will stop tutoring because it is not profitable for her. If she had told at the beginning of summer break I could have found another tutor and my sons would have been used to working with the new teacher. In short I feel cheated. I have also conveyed this feedback in email.
A note on tutoring - I started tutoring with her because I wanted improvement in my sons vocab but that has not really changed based on Terra Nova scores.
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.
My son, who is a sophomore, is being tutored by Elizabeth. He is doing well at school. We needed someone to help him to get his Language Arts to the top and help him prepare for SAT. After research, we found Elizabeth based on the reviews we read about her. After talking to her, we thought she was the right fit. I am very satisfied with her knowledge and skill. Elizabeth has excellent knowledge of her subject and is very meticulous pays a lot of attention to detail and works very hard with her student.
I would definitely recommend her to anyone for tutoring; she is a very good teacher.
Elizabeth is a very experienced tutor, she is very patient to my son. She is also very concerned about how to draw student's attention and interest in the subject. I am very satisfied for her work.
Elizabeth is very thorough. She has been more than helpful in helping me edit and revise my (MFA) manuscript. In addition, she is enthusiastic in what does.
Elizabeth has been my daughter’s tutor for about 4 months, my daughter who is in the 7th grade enjoyed her first lesson and ever since she looks forward to her next session.
Elizabeth is extremely patient and uses a variety of methods when teaching concepts. Elizabeth makes each lesson interesting, the way she explains concepts and uses root words and word association makes it easy for my daughter to understand, thus improving her vocabulary, spelling,reading and writing skills. At my last parent-teacher conference, my daughter’s English teacher expressed noticeable improvements in my daughter’s reading and writing skills.
Not only is Elizabeth a highly qualified and excellent tutor, she helps to build my daughter self-esteem which increases her motivation for learning.
I will strongly recommend Elizabeth to anyone ages 5 to 95; she is knowledgeable, kind, patient, funny, reliable and trustworthy.
Elizabeth assisted with Language-Art for SAT and NJASK for Kids and she was very helpful. She knows how to deal with kids and get their attention while keeping her calm. Her knowledge on sentence structure and grammar was very helpful to the kids.
Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher. My 8 and 10 year old daughters instantly liked her from day one. She made them feel very comfortable. Their school grades have improved in Language Arts. I highly recommend her as she works hard for her students.
My son had a lesson with Elizabeth for his college term paper. He was very satisfied with the strategies suggested by her which might help him to become an effective writer. She is very accomodating, caring, and a patient tutor. Would love to recommend her.
She is a really nice and patient teacher, really helpful on my SAT writing and reading. I can see my improvement after her tutoring
Elizabeth is really a good and wonderful teacher. She has been teaching my son for more then 6 to 7 months now. Since she started to teach my son, his english reading/writing skill has been improved a lot.
I am very satisfied with her knowledge and skill. She works very hard with her student.
I would definitely recommend to anyone to hire her, she is very good teacher.
We have been looking for a tutor for my son's writing for a long time. He is doing well at school. We need someone to help him to get his writing to the top. After research, we found Elizabeth based on the reviews we read about her. After talking to her, we thought she was the right fit. But we were still nervous about it before my son's first lesson and worried about how well she fits to my son's needs. Today after the first lesson, it was a big relief !! Elizabeth is very knowledgable and patient. She went over my son's 2 essays in details and help him on how to brain storm the ideas and how to organize them. Exactly what he needs currently. I was a college teacher before. I can tell she is good at what she does. She made the business serious in a fun way for a nine year old. Only his first class, my son already likes her a lot. Her first class definitely exceeded our expectation. We are confident with her help my son will achieve his goal in writing. Thanks Elizabeth.
I chose Elizabeth for my daughter for English tutoring based on the great credentials posted on WyzAnt and I am happy that I made this decision.
Elizabeth is extremely knowledgeable, not only in English but in History and other Social Sciences and easily incorporates her knowledge into lessons, making them fun and interesting, which is very important.
My daughter loves her lessons and actually looking forward to them.
Elizabeth is also very easy going, with great sense of humor, very punctual and reliable.
Overall, we extremely happy with the choice we made.
My elder son, a sophomore, is being coached by Elizabeth. He has shown remarkable improvement in essay writing and critical reading. Elizabeth has excellent knowledge of her subject and is very well read. She is very meticulous pays a lot of attention to detail. Her comments and corrections in correcting my son's essay have proved invaluable to him. I was so impressed with my elder son's progress, that I have started my younger son (6th grader) with Elizabeth to take advantage of her great teaching skills.
My daughter finds Elizabeth very helpful. Elizabeth teaches her great strategies to answer SAT questions. In addition, she has helped my daughter write a proper essay. If she doesn't understand a question or concept, Elizabeth thoroughly explains and gives her tips to solving the problem. Overall, Elizabeth has improved my daughter's writing and reading comprehension skills. I would recommend her.
Elizabeth is a great and wonderful teacher. She is very patient and understanding and uses a great variety of methods to teach all necessary topics in learning English language where my son has troubles understanding. My son feels very comfortable in her class as well as with her teaching methodology. She is a great tutor and I really recommend anybody who needs to learn all aspects of English language.
This past summer, Elizabeth helped me proofread and critique my application essays. I was having trouble writing about myself and she helped me write well-written, catching and competitive essays. She is very knowledgeable in what she does and I am very happy that I was able to find her!
We started with Elizabeth a few months ago for my son in 9th grade English Honors. We have already seen improvement in his critical thinking, analysis, and study skills. We are definitely continuing with her for next year's American Literature Honors course.
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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 work closely with students on reading comprehension and challenge them to apply critical thinking skills. My students read a poetry, short stories, and non-fiction and write about them in a variety of ways. This allows us to focus on all steps of the reading, thinking, and writing process in a methodical way that adapts easily for any assignment a student might encounter.
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.
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