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Teaching is my calling. I am motivated by love of my subject, fascination with the teaching process, and desire for my students to learn and do well.
Literature, writing, test prep of all kinds--if it concerns the English language, I have taught it, repeatedly and expertly.
I can help a student plan an essay, draft it, and revise it, reducing anxiety and increasing skills.
In SAT prep, my students often add 100 points or more in their Reading or Writing scores; over the years, I have developed effective techniques that Kaplan and The Princeton Review do not teach. I have helped people who write for a hobby get published.
Since doing graduate work in English at Duke University, I have been an English teacher for over 30 years and a test-prep teacher for over 20. I charge more than some tutors, but you want an expert, right?
I have taught for several years at Olympiad Academia, a Korean-American after school academy, where many of my students speak Korean as their first language. Currently I also am tutoring an adult native Spanish speaker from Peru. Besides having a thorough grounding in English grammar and speech, I am especially good at correcting writing and speech that many teachers would just label "awkward," instead clearly explaining fine differences in word usage or idiom.
I am an excellent tutor of the ISEE reading sections; I generally do not teach the math, since it is not my specialty. I have tutored this test for over five years at Olympias Academia, the after-school Korean-American academy at which I work. My students have usually gone on to placement in extremely good schools. I use prep material from Barrons, The Princeton Review, Kaplan, Peterson's, and McGraw-Hill, chosen for the strengths and weaknesse3s of each student.
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