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Trisha Q.

Experienced Tutor, Editor, Writer. Verbal skills; ISEE/ACT/SAT prep

Norristown, PA (19403)

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Hi! I am an experienced tutor and editor and I look forward to working with any student who requires help improving writing and reading skills. I am also experienced and approved to help students prepare for many standardized exams. It is very important to me that my students enjoy the process. Learning, reading, and writing can be a great source of joy ~ I would like to assist any students who struggle to understand what they are reading or get frustrated when trying to express their thoughts in writing. I am patient, easygoing, consistent, and believe in teaching by positive reinforcement, use of praise, and frequent encouragement.

I edit, help in drafting rewrites, and proofread essays and presentations for adult students and professionals who want to ensure their work is commensurate with their peers. I offer online work to accommodate your busy schedules.

I take every step to make certain my students benefit from maximizing every effort to assist them with areas they find challenging. For example, when tutoring my younger students, I often ask for parental permission allowing me to communicate with my students' teachers. I ask for their input, advice, and recommendations as well as to keep me apprised of current assignments and any areas proving difficult or challenging to the student. It also allows me to make certain that no assigned work is incomplete and/or not submitted on time; I may ask if students can get makeup or extra-credit assignments to improve their grade; and I learn of all observed improvements as well as any areas that still require additional attention. I have found that this guarantees that the student receives the full benefit of maximum attention from all those responsible for providing assistance needed to ensure improvement.

I am always prepared with age- and grade-appropriate lesson materials to make certain my students are engaged while learning. I always ask about their interests to assist me in explaining an assignment or making a point. I find that especially when working with boys, if I use a sports-related reference, the "light bulb" comes on and the point is understood. It also helps in building rapport with my students; they know I care enough to learn about what interests them.

For many, it is an unforgiving and grueling task to comprehend required reading. I have seen the joy expressed by my students when they begin to improve their verbal skills and realize they are capable of comprehending what they are reading, thus achieving their long-term goals. I am most rewarded in helping those who have struggled to the point of frustration, often just giving up, having lost any desire to try to improve their basic language skills. I volunteered at the Literacy Councils in New Orleans and Norristown for many years; tutored those for whom English is not their first language; and helped many who, having been just passed over by an apathetic, disinterested educational system, found themselves unable to read even the simplest reading materials. I experience tremendous joy helping those who struggle or just need 'fine-tuning' in understanding more complex materials and writing.

I was an Editor for nearly a decade (college, professional, medical texts, Encyclopedia Yearbooks, and military defense manuals at Boeing). I was a substitute teacher (HS) for several years and published several articles (related to my later, 20+ year career in Broadcast and Cable Advertising). I was a frequent guest speaker and seminar leader at major media conferences.

My love of learning came at an early age. When I began helping others, who struggled at school or rarely read or wrote for pleasure, I realized the innate pleasure of seeing others experience joy in reading, writing, and the learning process.

I believe that no child should suffer for lack of an adequate education. My primary objective is ensuring that any student I tutor will learn to write and speak English as it was meant to be read and heard and discover the pleasure of reading and understanding a great book and not struggling to express thoughts onto paper.

Of greatest significance, I have observed that when all these approaches and beliefs are put into effect, along with improvement in academic skills, my students' self-esteem and confidence markedly benefit.

While I consider myself my student's tutor, I value parental guidance, input, and assistance in relaying any specifics that could be affecting your child's performance. There are many factors that contribute to a student's academic work: they can include personal, social, and school problems. You have intimate knowledge of your child, and I would appreciate your sharing any relevant information so that I can be of the greatest help to your child's education. Anything you relay to me about your child is considered strictly confidential.

While I ask for a 24-hour cancellation email, I offer makeup sessions. I have found that, especially with my older students, we can incorporate online work particularly when helping them with their essays or major projects. My students are always free to call me when we are utilizing this approach. I am pleased to say that I have helped several students achieve their highest grades ever, and I always enjoy when my students email me to relay how they did on a test, midterm, or final; so far they have all been to tell me how well they did! I give my email address to all of my students and encourage them to ask me for help when needed. I want my students to feel at ease in asking for my help; I believe that is what defines a great tutor.

I hope this gives you sufficient information so you can assess my ability to work effectively with you and your child to vastly improve his or her language skills. To my "future students": I welcome the opportunity to work with many of you and especially to watch you achieve your goals!

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Trisha’s subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

ACT English

I have a BA in Communications and a BS in Biology; I did post-grad study in Communications at The New School in NY and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
I was a substitute teacher for several years (HS level only); volunteered as a tutor for the Literacy Councils in Norristown and in New Orleans; and was an Editor for nearly a decade.I edited college, professional, and medical textbooks. This required a full comprehension of the subject matter in order to correct errors and inconsistencies and also often entailed significant re-write.

I published several articles in trade magazines (related to my later career in broadcast and cable advertising). I served as a speaker and seminar leader at several media-related conferences and moderated two annual seminars for the Philadelphia, NY, & Baltimore advertising community. I served on several Boards, including The American Red Cross and American Women in Radio and Television.
On a personal note, although I worked full-time, I thoroughly scrutinized my daughters' homework assignments and was always there to assist them with all their school work, including preparing for their PSAT & SAT exams and helping with their college application essays. They still refer to me as a grammar "task master," but I trust my "hands-on" approach served them well (my elder daughter is an MD; my younger daughter is a director of grants at Harvard). I mention this more because, although both attended a well-regarded school district, I found their otherwise excellent education to be sorely lacking in basic verbal skills. Given my editorial experience, I prioritized their mastering their verbal skills.

As noted, I have been qualified and approved to tutor students prepping for both ACT and SAT exams.

ACT Reading

I got my start working with my two daughters from early childhood to homework assignments, prepping for their SATs, and assisting with their college application essays. I enjoy helping students achieve success and realize their full potential.

English

I have a BA in Communications and BS in Biology as well as post grad study in Communications. However, I view my 10-year career as an Editor of college, professional, and medical textbooks as well as a major Encyclopedia Yearbook and defense (military) manuals as a unique and significant addition to my academic studies~ one not found in any university curriculum. Major publishing houses mandate excellence in all editorial work and have zero tolerance for any failure to correct errors, whether grammatical or inconsistencies in the manuscript. This is especially of import in the textbook division as these texts were widely-used by colleges, universities, and medical schools as well as among practicing physicians, engineers, the military, and other professionals. I worked directly with the authors, who were university professors or practicing physicians affiliated with an academic institution. I also edited medical monologues and articles published in medical journals. As reputations of both publisher and author were deemed paramount, the Editor was responsible for ensuring no errors appeared once the manuscript moved through the various stages from galley to bound-book stage. Having been thanked by several of my authors among the many colleagues included in their Acknowledgements was not only a great compliment but also recognition for my role in successfully bringing the author's work to press.
I had several articles published in my later career in Broadcast and Cable Advertising. I was responsible for writing hundreds of client presentations as well as materials prepared for my participation as a frequent guest speaker and seminar leader at major media conferences. My writing skills include my ability to address a broad-spectrum of readers, from middle- and high school as well as college students to engineers, physicians, and other professionals. I enjoy assisting others who struggle to express their thoughts on paper.

ESL/ESOL

I have extensive experience tutoring ESL/ESOL students including those who required help comprehending materials required for school and professionals who wanted to improve their written and oral presentations so that they were comparable to that of their peers and colleagues.
I volunteered at the Literacy Councils in New Orleans and in Norristown, both of which attracted many ESL students.
English is among the most, if not the most difficult language to master and I make every effort to explain that to my ESL students. I have ESL lesson plans; grammar worksheets; and other materials that are designed specifically for those for whom English is not their first language.

Grammar

I was an Editor for nearly a decade, specializing in college, professional, and medical textbooks. I also worked for Boeing, editing defense materials for the government, and was an Editor for a major Encyclopedia Yearbook.

I always chose to copy edit all my manuscripts, which required full understanding of complex subject matter in order to correct errors and inconsistencies as well as re-write substantially.
It is a mandate that no grammatical or punctuation errors be in any published textbook, so I have had extensive experience that exceeded anything beyond post-graduate study.
I can supply a sample list of books I edited if needed.

I had several articles published in trade magazines (related to my 25 year career as in Broadcast and Cable Advertising).

I volunteered for the Literacy Councils in New Orleans and in Norristown where I worked with many adult students. Their needs ranged from those for whom English was a second Language (ESL); those who were functionally illiterate, having been ignored and passed along by a poorly-functioning public school system; and those who merely required assistance in writing on a level commensurate with their colleagues, peers, clients, professors, and supervisors.
My biggest objective is to help my students find confidence and joy in reading and writing.

Reading

I have a BA in Communications and a BS in Biology; I also did post grad study in Communications at The New School in NY and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
I was an Editor for nearly a decade. While I supervised all aspects of the publishing process from manuscript to bound book stage, I always chose to do my own copy editing. This entailed not only comprehension of the subject matter to correct any errors or inconsistencies but also often required significant rewrite. I edited college, professional, and medical textbooks as well as a major Encyclopedia Yearbook.

I have been published in several trade magazines (related to broadcast & cable advertising). I have a true love of reading and writing. The only greater joy is in seeing the pleasure experienced by my students when they begin to improve their comprehension.

SAT Reading

I have a BA in Communications and a BS in Biology as well as post grad work in Communications. I was a substitute teacher for several years; volunteered at the Literacy Councils in New Orleans and Norristown; and was an Editor for nearly a decade.
I edited college, professional, medical textbooks and a major Encyclopedia Yearbook. As I always elected to copy edit all my manuscripts, this entailed full comprehension of subject matter not only to correct any errors and inconsistencies but also to re-write substantially.
I had several articles published in trade magazines (related to my later career in Broadcast & Cable Advertising).
Not only have I tutored many students to prepare for their SAT and ACT exams, but I got my start working with my two daughters! I have an inherent love of working with students, especially anyone struggling to find the joy in reading and writing. Prepping for standardized exams can be frustrating and overwhelming; I try to work closely with my students to show them how best to improve their scores and take off some of the pressure!

Study Skills

I have both academic and real-life experience in working on developing approaches to the individual's attempt to improve his or her study skills. Key is time management. At The New School, I learned to integrate theory, research, and practice in a meaningful way and to think critically about the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to integrating both theory and interventions. While much of the study focused on broad-based psychodynamic study, it also incorporated a cognitive-behavioral emphasis.

In direct experience with students, I have incorporated a broad-spectrum approach to building a strong foundation to maximize time, effectively and efficaciously. I always design an individual approach based on each student's unique needs and habits. These are skills that will long surpass the student's academic career. As a manager in Broadcast and Cable Advertising, I implemented many of these time-management skills with my employees. While the professional vs. academic approach is tailored to focus on the typical daily activities encountered, the underlying principles of maximizing use of time; focusing on eliminating distractions by creating a proper work environment; implementing repetitious exercises to increase retention, among many others, combine to executing a successful overall approach to create resolution to difficulties in study skills.

Writing

I have a BA in Communications and a BS in Biology. I have tutored for many years and volunteered at the Literacy Council in Norristown. I was an Editor for many years, specializing in college, professional, and medical textbooks. Some of the subject matters (non-medical) include Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, and Management. I also was an editor for a major Encyclopedia Yearbook and freelanced for many years when my children were young.

As an Editor, I chose to copy-edit every manuscript on which I worked. This entailed the ability to comprehend the subject matter in order to catch and correct inconsistencies and any grammatical or punctuation errors and often required substantial rewrite.

I published several articles in trade magazines (broadcast & cable advertising related). I served on several Boards of Directors, including The American Red Cross and Women in Radio and Television. Of personal significance is a Mayoral Award I received for my work with women.

I have worked with several students to help improve their writing skills, from homework assignments to college application essays. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you in improving your writing skills.

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Education

University of South Carolina; Rutgers University (BA Communications and BS Biology)

New School For Social Research (Graduate Coursework)

Fairleigh Dickinson University (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor and Very Professional I worked with Trisha recently on my projects due for school. I had two projects for my paralegal writing class and Trisha went above and beyond what was expected. She not only helped me with the work that I have difficulty with she also made sure to make notes so I can understand for future references. I was so happy to have found on the site such a great attentive tutor that really helped me with ...

— Gayle from Philadelphia, PA on 12/13/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Editor (10 yrs.), offers project rate for editing and required rewrite on essays & papers, proving cost-efficient, time-effective, efficacious means to reduce your overall cost.

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Trisha will travel within 20 miles of Norristown, PA 19403.

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