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I am currently a college professor of English, with expertise in teaching literature, writing, reading, study skills, and other liberal arts subjects.
I graduated from Williams College with a degree in English with honors and followed that passion to Sarah Lawrence College, where I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. As a professor, I have experience teaching basic English skills, as well as advanced critical reading and writing techniques. My teaching and tutoring philosophy is based on encouraging students to explore their own voices while learning the fundamentals.
My students are challenged as well as supported; we work as a team to approach assignments with a can-do attitude. I have experience partnering with ADD/ADHD and ESL students.
Focus on time management and study skills are also incorporated into each tutoring lesson. Knowing that no student is the same, I do not use prefabricated lesson plans. Each lesson is designed for your student, and your student alone.
I also help students prepare for the Reading and Writing portions of the SAT exam and the Verbal portion of the GRE exam. Typically, I work with students of all ages, elementary through graduate school.
I have a strong knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject of English and writing. I am available days, nights, and weekends for tutoring sessions. I look forward to meeting you, and answering any questions you might have.
I graduated with a degree in English with honors from Williams College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Needless to say, English is my passion, and teaching English is my joy!
As a teacher, I focus on making the subject of English accessible and interesting, with proven results.
I have taught grammar to students ages five to fifty. I focus on grammar in every class I teach, from basic English to advanced literature. No matter our age or level, grammar is an essential building block of coherent writing.
It was in college that I first discovered my love of English literature, where amazing teachers supported and inspired me.
My approach to literature is "bite size," meaning we take small portions of text and break them down to find all the delicious hidden meanings.
We aren't born with an eye for detail; we learn how to be detail-oriented. There are easy, proven ways to become a better reader of your own work. The first is to understand that everyone makes mistakes--once we realize this, it becomes exponentially easier to find our own!
I believe becoming a critical and educated reader is a fundamental part of becoming an excellent student in all other subjects.
I teach students to recognize main ideas and themes, organizational patterns, and authors' purposes with the goal of 100% comprehension and retention.
Study skills is an integral part of each subject I tutor. Knowing the fundamentals of a subject only gets you so far; students need a tool kit to build on their foundation of knowledge. The tool kit includes organization skills, time management skills, and study skills. As a tutor, I actually provide a "tool kit," filled with a day calendar, a binder, dividers, post-it notes, and colored pens.
I was a swim coach for 6 years in high school and college, as well as a lifeguard. I swam on my college's varsity swim team, and was an Academic All-American, meaning I held higher than a 3.3 GPA while actively competing on the swim team. I was also a three-time NCAA Division III champion.
My experience teaching writing to students ages 11 to 60 has provided me with an extensive tool kit for enable you or your student to craft coherent sentences, paragraphs and essays. My specific methods will be personally tailored to each situation and student.
Williams College (Williamstown, MA) (English and History)
Sarah Lawrence College (Master's)
An excellent tutor, very knowledgeable and proactive, you must hire her! — This tutor is excellent, she is very reliable and has great knowledge, an absolute credit to teaching. She is very responsive and caters for your needs. ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $85.00
Cancellation: 1 hour notice required
Outside the 5 boroughs: 2 hr lesson minimum, or 1.5 hr with added travel costs. Outside Manhattan: 1 hour min. If the student is more than 30 minutes late to a lesson, I do charge for time lost.
Lauren will travel within 20 miles of Mc Lean, VA 22102.
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