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Brunda D.

Princeton Junction, NJ

$80/hr

Teaching them to fish: Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

Background check passed as of 6/14/13
Usually responds in about 6 hours

Teaching them to fish: Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

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I have a PhD in literature and experience teaching at the college level. My focus in tutoring is to get students to do “critical” reading, which is to discover and understand the information and ideas in a piece of writing, and then to evaluate this information in order to carefully reflect and analyze the work.

Critical writing follows critical reading when students are able to make their own argument in the paper and support it from their critical reading of the text. This is a skill that will go beyond their tutoring session with me because they are being trained to become “critical” thinkers who can look at any given topic in more than just a literal way with the goal of analysis. Such an approach has many benefits, and one benefit is watching students gain confidence and competence by becoming critical thinkers, readers and writers.

Seeing students learn and grow gives me much satisfaction, and I approach students with a passion, dedication and dynamism that can be contagious.

Testimonials

"She is really teaching my child how to fish!"

- Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 12/1/14

"An Encouraging and Patient Tutor"

- Jung, Monroe Township, NJ on 11/28/14

"Wonderful Tutor!!!"

- Jane, Hightstown, NJ on 10/9/14

"Encourages expression."

- Ahilya, Princeton Junction, NJ on 12/15/13

"Well qualified and experienced combined with a wonderful temperament"

- Michael, Princeton, NJ on 10/2/13
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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SAT Reading

Critical reading is a prerequisite to critical writing. My experience teaching college writing courses has prepared me to guide students through the process of analysis and inference that is crucial to understanding not only what a text says but also what a subtext is and what it says.

SAT Writing

SAT essays require the student to write a persuasive essay by make a valid argument. This is done by writing an essay with a well thought out introduction which includes the argument, a body which includes examples that back up the argument, and a conclusion that ties it all together.

I will help the student formulate their arguments, organize the essay and guide them through the critical writing process.

University of Texas, Arlington
BA
San Diego State University
Master's
Rutgers University
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Arlington ( BA)

San Diego State University (Master's)

Rutgers University (PhD)

She is really teaching my child how to fish! — Brunda has done a wonderful job with our daughter. My daughter has improved consistently and immensely in both the English and Reading sections of the ACT exam through Brunda's teaching style and instruction. Brunda's patient and didactic approach has allowed my daughter to grow as a critical thinker and writer, and we have seen her not only improve in her ACT exam by several points but more impor ...

— Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 12/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brunda will travel within 10 miles of Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.


About Brunda

I have a PhD in literature and experience teaching at the college level. My focus in tutoring is to get students to do “critical” reading, which is to discover and understand the information and ideas in a piece of writing, and then to evaluate this information in order to carefully reflect and analyze the work.

Critical writing follows critical reading when students are able to make their own argument in the paper and support it from their critical reading of the text. This is a skill that will go beyond their tutoring session with me because they are being trained to become “critical” thinkers who can look at any given topic in more than just a literal way with the goal of analysis. Such an approach has many benefits, and one benefit is watching students gain confidence and competence by becoming critical thinkers, readers and writers.

Seeing students learn and grow gives me much satisfaction, and I approach students with a passion, dedication and dynamism that can be contagious.

Testimonials

"She is really teaching my child how to fish!"

- Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 12/1/14

"An Encouraging and Patient Tutor"

- Jung, Monroe Township, NJ on 11/28/14

"Wonderful Tutor!!!"

- Jane, Hightstown, NJ on 10/9/14

"Encourages expression."

- Ahilya, Princeton Junction, NJ on 12/15/13

"Well qualified and experienced combined with a wonderful temperament"

- Michael, Princeton, NJ on 10/2/13
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Education

University of Texas, Arlington
BA
San Diego State University
Master's
Rutgers University
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Arlington ( BA)

San Diego State University (Master's)

Rutgers University (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Brunda’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English, Reading, SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

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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