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Michael B.

Flushing, NY

$40/hr

Social Studies and English Tutor

Background check passed as of 2/17/14
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Social Studies and English Tutor

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I have a license to teach Social Studies Grades 7-12. I have taught Social Studies in the NYC school system on the junior high school and high school level, and have prepared students in high school for the Regents in American History and Global Studies. I have tutored expository writing to students at Queens College, and as an instructional assistant to a history professor at Baruch College, CUNY have improved the essay writing of students whose first language was not English. I have tutored reading and writing to all ages, from the second grade through the adult years. I have tutored at WyzAnt about 200 hours and have achieved an outstanding rating of 4.91 out of 5.

I provide practice on past standardized tests, such as the English Language Arts Test, but I also work with the student in writing about subjects that interest him or her. The student learns that writing is a means of communication, expression, and thinking. I work to move the student to express emotion and include sense experience in his or her writing. I teach all kinds of writing, especially the personal narrative story form and the persuasive form. I teach students how to organize their writing simply, to make a point and to support it, and to recognize the organization of writing when they read. The student learns to differentiate important from less important text and to see how each part of an essay or story contributes to the whole. This consciousness of organization in writing helps the student in his reading in all subjects. I have tutored the literary elements as well and will show the student how characterization, conflict, setting, and point of view contribute to a work of literature. I have experience tutoring the English Regents and the English Language Arts examinations, as well as the ACT.

I have a Master of Arts from Queens College, and a Master of Philosophy from the Grad Center CUNY in History, and have completed a good deal of Doctoral Studies work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, particularly in the subject of modern European History. I have conversed in writing with practicing historians in the United States, France, Britain, and Israel.

I have a certificate to teach Social Studies to Students with Disabilities. I have taken a good deal of special education courses on the graduate level at Queens College, and am trained to develop lessons that focus on student strengths in learning style. I can develop lessons for a kinesthetic, auditory, visual/spatial, or verbally oriented learner. I excelled in a course in Behavior Analysis, which through observation studies the function of student behavior, and decides on appropriate interventions to improve behavior, in order to ensure student is on task and learning. I have experience teaching students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

I take great efforts to show the parents of the students what I do and how the students are progressing in the work I provide. I find a means to challenge the student without frustrating him or her, and I make the lessons lively and fun.

Mike

Testimonials

"Experienced Tutor"

- Michael, Oakland Gardens, NY on 5/26/11

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Adria, New York, NY on 6/24/14

"Very thorough"

- Manya, Forest Hills, NY on 6/4/14

"A Great Tutor"

- Jenny, Oakland Gardens, NY on 3/12/14

"Great Tutor"

- Josie, Whitestone, NY on 8/15/13
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Regents,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Bodybuilding, Track & Field
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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.

American History

I have a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Philosophy in History. As a teacher and tutor I have prepared students for the Regents Exam in American History. In addition, I have served as a research and teaching assistant to the history chair at Baruch College, CUNY. I have taken extensive doctoral courses. I am certified to teach social studies to children with disabilities.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a good deal of experience teaching elementary level English and social studies to young children and to teens. I have taught reading and writing to students with intellectual disabilities at JFK School in Elmhurst. These students are working at reading levels of first, second, and third grade.

I am practiced in the use of differentiated learning levels. The important thing is to first find out what level the student is at. Next, the tutor must be careful to challenge the student without frustrating him or her. In this way the student can learn confidence and pride and obtain a good knowledge of what he or she CAN do. I have in addition used many different methods to motivate students, making up rap songs, and having them act out what they read. I inject humor into the lessons, and I have a lot of energy. I connect the lessons to the experience and interests of the student. I have a great interest in music, history, and stories, so the student will find me interesting. I have successfully tutored students from the second grade through sixth grade. My WyzAnt rating is 4.91 out of 5, and I have over 200 hours experience tutoring at WyzAnt. Many of my students at WyzAnt have been elementary school students.

My teaching license is social studies, Grades 7-12, but nearly half of the students I have taught have read at level at or lower than the sixth grade. I have in addition a certificate to teach students of learning disabilities, Grades 7-12. I have taught essay writing to students from foreign countries at Baruch College, in Manhattan, and I have taught essay writing to students at Queens College.

Almost every student I have taught, child, teen, or adult showed progress in better organizing his or her writing, and making his or her written communication more detailed and exciting. I like to teach the writing of stories, concentrating on having the student include a good deal of sense experience and emotion in the story, so that the reader feels like he or she is right inside a world of the writer's creation.

Writing is a means of communication, a means of expression, and a means of thinking thoroughly about a subject. When a child is tutored by an experienced and knowledgeable individual the focus is on the individual needs and interests of the child. Therefore, he or she is better served than is likely or even possible in a group setting.

If you choose me as a tutor, your child will have an interesting, productive, and enjoyable time.

European History

I have a Masters of Arts and Masters of Philosophy Degree in History, with a specialization in British and European history of the last three centuries. At the doctoral level I was tested by a panel of European historians for three hours and passed my oral examination. I have prepared students for the Global History Regents as both a tutor and a teacher. As a writer of history in my doctoral work I have conducted research and have spoken to historians in this country, in Europe, and in Israel. I have a particular interest in World War I; my Masters Thesis was written on the subject of Britain during that war. I have taken several doctoral courses on Russian history as well.

Reading

I have extensive experience teaching reading comprehension as a classroom teacher and as a tutor on the elementary through high school level. I have prepared many students for reading on standardized tests for the arts and for social studies.

I develop a program that taps the interests and skills of the child. I evaluate the child's reading level, then proceed to challenge the reader, without frustrating him or her.
Phonics, vocabulary development, and thinking inferentially will be more easily developed if a good portion of the child's tutoring session deals with material that truly interests the child. My ratings have been high (4.91 at WyzAnt) because I treat the child as an individual.

Writing is organization. I teach the organization of a paragraph, story, or essay so that students may more easily follow what is written down.

Regents

I am an experienced English Regents tutor. I have experience as a teacher and as a tutor preparing students for the Regents examinations in American History and Government and in Global History as well. As a tutor I have taken students who have failed the Regents before and have helped them pass. I have a Permanent License to teach Social Studies Grades 7-12 and a certificate to teach Social Studies, Grades 7-12 to students with Special Needs.

Social Studies

I have a NY State Permanent License to teach Social Studies, Grades 7-12, and a Certificate to Teach Social Studies, Grades 7-12 to Children of Special Needs. I have a Master of Arts degree in History and have taken extensive doctoral level courses in history. I have taught Social Studies, including Global History and American History and Government Studies, in junior high school and in high school in the New York City public schools. I have successfully tutored students for the Regents exams in American History and Global History after they had failed these exams, and have successfully tutored elementary students in the social studies as well.

Special Needs

I have a New York State certification to teach students with disabilities. I have taught students with intellectual disabilities at the JFK Jr High School, and at elementary, intermediate, and high schools throughout the city. Furthermore, I have tutored students in special education programs from ages 6 through adult years.

World History

I have a Masters of Arts and Masters of Philosophy Degree in History. I have done extensive doctoral work on global history subjects and have been in contact with historians in Britain, France, and Israel. At Baruch College I helped foreign born history students improve their essay writing and served as teaching and research assistant to the Chair of the History Department. Finally, as a tutor and teacher I have prepared students for the Global History Regents.

Writing

I have tutored writing at Queens College and Baruch College, CUNY. Most of my students at WyzAnt are writing students, and my rating after over 50 submissions is 4.91. I have tutored writing to very young children, to intermediate and high school students, and to adults. As a teacher and tutor I have taught writing to children and adults with disabilities.

Queens College, CUNY
History
Queens College, CUNY
Master's
graduate center, cuny
Master's

Education

Queens College, CUNY (History)

Queens College, CUNY (Master's)

graduate center, cuny (Master's)

Experienced Tutor — Michael is an experienced and wonderful teacher. For the past of six months my son learned a lot from him and I see that he has a better grade in every subjects now. This is all thanks to Michael's efforts and time. I want to thank him for everything. He is truly a good tutor. ...

— Michael, Oakland Gardens, NY on 5/26/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Flushing, NY 11355.


About Michael

I have a license to teach Social Studies Grades 7-12. I have taught Social Studies in the NYC school system on the junior high school and high school level, and have prepared students in high school for the Regents in American History and Global Studies. I have tutored expository writing to students at Queens College, and as an instructional assistant to a history professor at Baruch College, CUNY have improved the essay writing of students whose first language was not English. I have tutored reading and writing to all ages, from the second grade through the adult years. I have tutored at WyzAnt about 200 hours and have achieved an outstanding rating of 4.91 out of 5.

I provide practice on past standardized tests, such as the English Language Arts Test, but I also work with the student in writing about subjects that interest him or her. The student learns that writing is a means of communication, expression, and thinking. I work to move the student to express emotion and include sense experience in his or her writing. I teach all kinds of writing, especially the personal narrative story form and the persuasive form. I teach students how to organize their writing simply, to make a point and to support it, and to recognize the organization of writing when they read. The student learns to differentiate important from less important text and to see how each part of an essay or story contributes to the whole. This consciousness of organization in writing helps the student in his reading in all subjects. I have tutored the literary elements as well and will show the student how characterization, conflict, setting, and point of view contribute to a work of literature. I have experience tutoring the English Regents and the English Language Arts examinations, as well as the ACT.

I have a Master of Arts from Queens College, and a Master of Philosophy from the Grad Center CUNY in History, and have completed a good deal of Doctoral Studies work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, particularly in the subject of modern European History. I have conversed in writing with practicing historians in the United States, France, Britain, and Israel.

I have a certificate to teach Social Studies to Students with Disabilities. I have taken a good deal of special education courses on the graduate level at Queens College, and am trained to develop lessons that focus on student strengths in learning style. I can develop lessons for a kinesthetic, auditory, visual/spatial, or verbally oriented learner. I excelled in a course in Behavior Analysis, which through observation studies the function of student behavior, and decides on appropriate interventions to improve behavior, in order to ensure student is on task and learning. I have experience teaching students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

I take great efforts to show the parents of the students what I do and how the students are progressing in the work I provide. I find a means to challenge the student without frustrating him or her, and I make the lessons lively and fun.

Mike

Testimonials

"Experienced Tutor"

- Michael, Oakland Gardens, NY on 5/26/11

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Adria, New York, NY on 6/24/14

"Very thorough"

- Manya, Forest Hills, NY on 6/4/14

"A Great Tutor"

- Jenny, Oakland Gardens, NY on 3/12/14

"Great Tutor"

- Josie, Whitestone, NY on 8/15/13
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Education

Queens College, CUNY
History
Queens College, CUNY
Master's
graduate center, cuny
Master's

Education

Queens College, CUNY (History)

Queens College, CUNY (Master's)

graduate center, cuny (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Flushing, NY 11355

Michael’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
European History,
Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Regents,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Bodybuilding, Track & Field
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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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