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Sarah H.

Highland Park, NJ

$30/hr

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Hi! I'm Sarah and I've been tutoring English and Spanish for about two years now. I've had a wide variety of students, from high school, to graduate school, to the faculty here at Rutgers. I have an individual relationship with each student and keep track of our progress and goals in order to make sure we are learning as much as possible. I'm willing to teach anyone who is willing to work with me.

My approach to learning is: if it's drudgery, you're not doing it right (although there is usually a little boredom involved, sometimes). But especially with language, the subject matter can always be personalized to the needs of the student. This means different teaching techniques, depending on the student. Sometimes, hands-on is the best way (in this case, conversation or writing), while others do better with exercises, or a mix of both. Over time, we'll find the method that best suits you. With one 15-year-old student of mine, I've focused on baseball vocabulary to get him interested in Spanish. I believe that this approach works best because with the right motivation, learning is so much easier!

I am absolutely willing to work with people with disabilities. I am currently working with a student with an unspecified learning disability, which is going very well. But to be honest, my experience is limited, so most of what I have to offer is compassion, respect, and patience. However, I am 100% willing to learn if you are willing to teach me!

As for credentials, I recently graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Spanish and an English-Spanish Translation and Interpreting Certificate. This field involves writing and parsing words in both English and Spanish everyday. In regards to my English writing achievements, I was recently published in an undergraduate research journal at Rutgers, and earned an award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Writing. This comes after 5 writing-intensive courses beyond the writing and papers otherwise required in my other classes. Happily, I've only received 2 B grades in the past 2 years (so, almost all A's!); I believe this largely comes from a close attention to detail and a solid work ethic.

Testimonials

"Saved by the Bell "

- Noorene, Scotch Plains, NJ on 4/11/14
Sarah replied on 4/20/2014

High praise indeed! It's a pleasure to tutor you, and I find that I learn a lot in the process. So glad I could help!

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Spanish,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED,
GMAT, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar,
Proofreading, Spanish

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.

ESL/ESOL

I am WyzAnt certified in ESL/ESOL with almost a year of advanced ESL tutoring experience, and so far it has been one of the most rewarding subjects I've tutored. My ESL experience has been supported by my experience tutoring Spanish as a foreign language as well as writing and composition in English. In addition, as a student of two foreign languages (Spanish and Arabic), I am intimately aware of the obstacles that learning a foreign language presents and can guide my students through them.

GED

I am a certified GED tutor via WyzAnt, but maybe more importantly, I enjoy working with older students. I am comfortable with anyone who wants to learn and will work with you based on how you learn best. Your pace is the pace we'll follow.

Grammar

I have a love of grammar that extends beyond the academic. I enjoy dissecting the parts of a sentence and am happy to show my students how to do it--it's much easier than it seems at first. While tutoring writing and ESL, grammar has been a main focus, for obvious reasons. Also, my experience with Spanish has taught me a lot about English grammar, and as a second-language learner myself, I share the skills I use to break down and understand grammar with my student.

Reading

Besides passing the WyzAnt subject qualification test, I am well suited to teach reading for a number of reasons. First of all, I have assisted students with reading comprehension sections on standardized tests. Additionally, my experience teaching writing and grammar is highly related, enabling me to help my students break down meaning and really get to the root of the passage. Also, my experience with ESL/ESOL has prepared me to explain concepts in a variety of different ways to find out the most appropriate approach for the student. The critical thinking skills used in learning another language can easily be applied to native language improvement.

Spanish

I have over a year of Spanish tutoring experience at many different levels, with students of various ages and backgrounds. I am currently a graduating senior at Rutgers University, fluent in Spanish (spoken and written) and majoring in Spanish-English Translation/Interpreting. Because of this, I have extensive knowledge of the similarities and differences between the two languages, which makes it easier to break down tough concepts. As a second-language learner myself, I am familiar with the difficulties of learning another language as well as how to overcome these obstacles to achieve fluency. By patiently breaking down these concepts, Spanish can become an interesting and rewarding area of study.

Writing

I have been helping students improve their writing for over a year now. As a translation student (English/Spanish), I write all day, every day, and am acutely familiar with the ins and outs of a well-structured sentence or composition--my grade depends on it! I am currently in the process of being published in a student journal at Rutgers University. Additionally, I've passed various language certification tests via Wyzant, such as Writing, Reading, English, Proofreading, Grammar, and Vocabulary. And if you're wondering, I have experience teaching a large range of students, from grade school to adult.

Rutgers University
Spanish

Education

Rutgers University (Spanish)

Saved by the Bell — I have learned more in 3 lessons than I have in a whole semester. Sarah's expertise in language is simply unmatchable. It's one thing to be able to speak/write a language fluently, it's another to be able to explain how and why. My translation skills are already improving after just a few lessons. I can't wait to learn more! ...

— Noorene, Scotch Plains, NJ on 4/11/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 10 miles of Highland Park, NJ 08904.


About Sarah

Hi! I'm Sarah and I've been tutoring English and Spanish for about two years now. I've had a wide variety of students, from high school, to graduate school, to the faculty here at Rutgers. I have an individual relationship with each student and keep track of our progress and goals in order to make sure we are learning as much as possible. I'm willing to teach anyone who is willing to work with me.

My approach to learning is: if it's drudgery, you're not doing it right (although there is usually a little boredom involved, sometimes). But especially with language, the subject matter can always be personalized to the needs of the student. This means different teaching techniques, depending on the student. Sometimes, hands-on is the best way (in this case, conversation or writing), while others do better with exercises, or a mix of both. Over time, we'll find the method that best suits you. With one 15-year-old student of mine, I've focused on baseball vocabulary to get him interested in Spanish. I believe that this approach works best because with the right motivation, learning is so much easier!

I am absolutely willing to work with people with disabilities. I am currently working with a student with an unspecified learning disability, which is going very well. But to be honest, my experience is limited, so most of what I have to offer is compassion, respect, and patience. However, I am 100% willing to learn if you are willing to teach me!

As for credentials, I recently graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Spanish and an English-Spanish Translation and Interpreting Certificate. This field involves writing and parsing words in both English and Spanish everyday. In regards to my English writing achievements, I was recently published in an undergraduate research journal at Rutgers, and earned an award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Writing. This comes after 5 writing-intensive courses beyond the writing and papers otherwise required in my other classes. Happily, I've only received 2 B grades in the past 2 years (so, almost all A's!); I believe this largely comes from a close attention to detail and a solid work ethic.

Testimonials

"Saved by the Bell "

- Noorene, Scotch Plains, NJ on 4/11/14
Sarah replied on 4/20/2014

High praise indeed! It's a pleasure to tutor you, and I find that I learn a lot in the process. So glad I could help!

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Education

Rutgers University
Spanish

Education

Rutgers University (Spanish)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
20 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Highland Park, NJ 08904

Sarah’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Spanish,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED,
GMAT, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar,
Proofreading, Spanish

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.


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