I am a certified English
teacher. I have been employed as an SAT
tutor for more than four years, so I know all about the tests, their format, the types of questions to expect, what to and when to skip, and the short-cuts to do well.
Unlike most teachers, I'm a published writer and an expert at spotting grammatical mistakes, a key part of the Writing
section. I was a copy editor
for many years, editing
stories for accuracy and grammar
. I continue to write for a local newspaper.
My own curriculum, taken from a variety of test preparation
books, teaches students to actively read and know what to expect on reading
passages. I will show your child not only what areas to focus on in long or double passages, but how to make correct inferences, determine the main idea and tone. I believe a student should not only know vocabulary
, but also rhetorical terms (assertion, substantiate) in order to answer a question successfully.
My curriculum, which includes tips and strategies, focuses only on what appears on the exam. I will not waste your time/ money with material your child already knows. The grammar section follows a certain pattern, and once students recognize the types of errors, their scores will go up dramatically.
With the essay
, I have a specific formula that will allow a student to maximize his or her score and still have enough time to revise. I will teach you time-saving test-taking methods and how to write concise and effective responses to exam questions.
I grew up in Ireland and have resided in Bucks County for 14 years.
I have the knowledge and the time to tutor your child, and I want your child to succeed in life. Why not choose me?
3 hours notice required
$10 dollars off if I tutor you for more than four hours a week.
Travels within 30 miles of Kintnersville, PA 18930
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Many of my students second guess themselves or tend to speculate. So I devised the
Beth Cof strategy to help students eliminate wrong answers.
There are five possible answer choices on the SAT; four on the ACT. Therefore, it's crucial to be comfortable when choosing the right answer.
B stands for too broad. E stands for extreme answers.
T stands for...
When I work with students on the SAT essay, many have difficulty coming up with concrete, adequate examples. Many can't get out of the quicksand of vague and directionless ideas.
Instead of ideas, let individuals from history, literature, science, and the modern era be your guides. Create a list of influential and inspiring people for each category like...