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University of Missouri, Columbia (Honors English, Music)
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D.)
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (Other)
Congratulations! You have taken the first step to achieving your goals in reading and writing English. The next step we take together. And, since I have lived half my life in the U.S., and the other in England and Europe, I understand the challenges which come with taking on a new or difficult task. It can be both exciting and overwhelming!
With great results, I have tutored in English (literature, writing fiction and nonfiction, SAT/ACT/LSAT and college-prep, and reading comprehension), and law. And, I love what I do!
Educated in the U.S. up to my doctorate in law, my international schooling and teaching includes one year at L'Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and post-graduate work at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) At Cambridge, I also taught a course in Shakespeare in Performance.
Through my decades of tutoring/coaching/teaching I have found that the art of tutoring is quite different from classroom teaching, and I prefer working with one, or two, getting and giving immediate inspiration. This was especially true when I taught legal writing on a tutorial basis at Hamline University Law School. (One of my 'tutee's' graduated first in her class.) And, recently, a tutee was accepted into the advanced business program at UW! The best teaching comes from experience in the 'real world', where I have been in law, higher education, nonprofit management, and most recently, diplomacy.
The open door policy I have allows family, etc., to be there during the tutorial, with the understanding that the most important person in the room is the one in front of the book or notebook. For that hour, my student is the most special person in the world. Does this sound like you?
I look forward to meeting you.
P.S. Please note that all lessons are held at my home office, which is centrally located and close to major highways. With covered parking should it rain, the coffee/tea is always on! In extreme cases, exceptions may be made to travel. Also, if you are from a British-oriented culture, I have a significant set of letters after my name, including JD, MA, MCOT, C MMXIV. clh Congratulations! You have taken the first step to achieving your goals in reading and writing English. The next step we take together. And, since I have lived half my life in… Read more
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From other people's reviews, I've learnt that Dr. Christine has the ability to help each one of her students, despite age and background, to achieve his or her full potential. However, what attracts me most, is her educational background. She has been to places I want to go, and she has read books I want to read. I highly recommend Dr. Christine to those who love liberal arts and whose ultimate goal is not to pass a standard test nor get an A on a class, but to master the English Language. I am glad to have Dr. Christine as my guide, to explore the world of English.
My kid needed to take a TOEFL iBT exam, but his English foundation is weak. I was very worried about his performance. Fortunately I found Dr. Christine, with her patience, efficiency, targeted counseling, my kid raised a score of 15 in a very short period of time. Amazing! I hereby highly recommend this tutor if someone is seeking an excellent tutor.
My daughter is in 4th grade. She was having trouble with reading/writing, feeling frustrated and lost confidence. We managed to find Christine to help; after several meetings, she enjoys the lessons with Christine so much. Every time coming back from the lesson, she is so excited and can't wait to tell us what she learns. Christine instructs her to read loudly 15 minutes every day. She gives her writing homework and then works with her to improve it. With Christine's encouragement and help, now she starts to gain confidence again. Christine is professional and well-organized. Every lesson is designed carefully and continuously. In addition to reading/writing, Christine teaches her habit of importance in her life, for example, focus, appropriate expression, etc. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Christine and believe she is playing a significant role in my daughter's success.
Working with Christine, I learned an effective way to outline my essay, which helps me a lot in organizing my ideas and focusing on my thesis when I write! Also, she often gave great advice when reviewing my essay, which definitely corroborates my essay in general and helps me to reach the next level!
Going into the first session, my daughter and I expected to find someone generally helpful in editing her college essays. However, Christine has given so much more. Her incredible background and experience provided my daughter with insightful and inspiring conversation throughout her sessions that built on and encouraged her ideas. Christine invested herself into what my daughter was doing and was beyond helpful in helping with her college essay. Not only is she an amazing tutor, she is a wonderful mentor to my daughter, and we are so grateful.
Provided pertinent feedback that improved critical thinking, as well as, wording. One on one counseling with handwritten statements on the paper, which provided a unique personal touch. The tea was lovely.
Christine is an incredible writing coach. She does an excellent job helping the writer through the process. I would highly recommend her services for anyone attempting to improve their writing skills.
Christine's knowledge is truly diversified and thorough covering a wide range of topics. Her methods keep students actively participating, instead of being just spectators, which is key in fostering an effective learning process. She can handle any age category and proficiency level with ease. Her explanations are clear and to the point. Whether you are an adult trying to improve your English skills (like me), or a K-12 or college level student, Christine is an excellent tutor.
My son, a 4th grader, has made lots of improvement after taking lessons with Christine. He used to have trouble grabbing the main theme from the story for book report. Christine asked him some leading questions and guided him to read the book effectively. Through writing exercises, she taught the guidelines of writing by giving basic and easy to follow rules. My son has been able to self correct his own writing following her instructions.
Most importantly, my child starts to enjoy writing now. He can come up with ideas of writing and correct his own writings. Christine is a special gift. We all feel that with her as a writing tutor, my child will be a successful and confident writer. No more headache for book reports!
My son is currently in 9th grade. He enjoys creative writing but has long expressed the desire to advance his writing skill, particularly in essay writing. It has been challenging for us to find a tutor whose teaching style fits his needs. We came across Dr. Christine H. on WyzAnt based on the stellar reviews left by her students, and decided to give it a try. After three sessions with Dr. H., my son and I both knew that he has found his tutor.
Dr. H.'s style is pragmatic and effective. At the same time, she also focuses on developing the student's literary interest so writing skill is not merely a tool. She took my son step by step through a structured approach towards writing while keeping the tutoring session fun and engaging. The result shows. There is a striking contrast between the same essay my son wrote before and after the three sessions. The sense of accomplishment was palpable on his face after the last lesson was over. We will stay with Dr. H. for long term.
First of all, Christine is very kind, polite and super friendly. She also truly cares that her student learns and be better at subject matter. she is very patient, professional and she has a very efficient method to help you find the answers on your own and think better. Her rich and diversified background in culture and knowledge is definitely helpful and makes her Excel at everything she does. I have had the pleasure and the true honor to work with her on helping me editing and proofreading my research paper and she did a fantastic job. I have learnt a lot from her and her skills so I can do it on my own as well. I highly recommend her as an amazingly excellent tutor!!!
There are lots of knowledgeable teachers but best to me is the one who can grow interest on learning. Christine's positive approach and constructive criticism was very helpful. My kids are happy and so do I.
English is my second language. I wanted to find a sophisticated and knowledgeable tutor to improve my writing and public speaking. At first, I was somewhat skeptical if I could find a perfect tutor on line, but I decided to contact Christine anyway because her international experiences and the knowledge in art intrigued me. It did not take long to realize that she was the perfect tutor for me.
I was very impressed in our first session by how she approached the lesson. As an educator myself, I have observed a variety of ways of teaching students. For Christine, her best interest is to find a tailored approach to fit an individual student’s goal. Every time, she tries her best to help you improve by giving you a candid diagnosis, appropriate explanation, and warm encouragement. I am sure that she has a different approach to every single student, because every student is different in his/her goals, abilities, experiences, and personalities. She doesn’t only correct errors in my writings or correct my pronunciations. She deeply gets into the subject matters. I was amazed by the range and depth of expertise she has. You can find the subjects in her bio, and she is not bluffing. With Christine, I do not just practice a language technically, but also enhance my critical thinking. Language is best learned when it has a meaning in your life and when it is engaged in your thoughts, I believe. Her sweet and patient personality also makes her a great tutor. Christine will help you to get to the level you aimed to reach.
I have been with Christine for two weeks and my ACT Writing has already improved immensely! She is very patient and always points out my strengths and weaknesses. We get so much done in one lesson! I love that we can work together to create a plan that allows me to improve my writing skills from now till test day. I am so glad that I got to meet her and I look forward to working with her in the future!
She is a gifted writer, and the sparkle and humor in her personal statement prove it. We work on getting that same 'voice', passion, and reasoning into her ACT writing. I have no doubt she will succeed brilliantly!
Christine is very well-oriented writing tutor who knows how to write appealing essays. She also has some great tips to write efficiently. In addition, she tries to her best to help improving students' weakness on writing. Great Tutor!
Christine can connect personally with both my kids 10 and 13 years old (and who are two different personalities). They have an hour each for Writing. The classes are geared toward their level and pace. Progress is seen every week. Not a single minute is wasted. She is very knowledgeable and the kids are really motivated! I am really happy we found her!
Christine teaches creative writing to two of our kids- a 5th grader and a 3rd grader. Kids really enjoy her style. She gives challenging homework and keeps the kids engaged and focused on the topic. She explains everything well and provides feedback rightaway, which is very helpful.
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Standardized tests are a challenge for gifted students as well as just the normal student. The first thing to reassure yourself: They have nothing to do with how smart you are, just how well you take a test. Even the Law SAT, which I had to take in two different states, was silliness itself with multiple choice law questions. (Wouldn't that make an interesting crime show!) So I work from 1st-hand experience, as well as a long time teaching, to set timelines, goals, practice exams, and reviews, so that the week of the exam there is no anxiety, and you do your best because you are confident and not flustered.
Worrying about scores/grades only leads to fear and to 'seizing up'. My students get a plan, backwards from the day of the test to today. And my last student who took the exam again increased her score by 30 percent after 3 lessons. Remember: all of the reading questions are basically the same. The fun and challenge is to work them out, and then ace whatever comes your way.
Lucky me: I took two bar exams because I moved states (and passed both). In addition to my own experience, I have advised colleagues and friends on bar exam strategies. Also, I have taught bar exam reviews on taxation and on negotiable instruments. In addition, I taught law school courses in: legal writing and drafting, taxation, intellectual property, and appellate advocacy.
My JD is from an accredited law school; practice with a law firm in criminal and civil procedure, and actual criminal and civil trial work. Also clerked for circuit court. I have also taught at Hamline Law School.
Last year, I was voted a Member of the College of Teachers, which recognizes the top educators in the United Kingdom. I have been teaching K-6th students starting in the '80s, in piano performance. My love of teaching continued with expanding into: special challenges, reading and writing, general subjects, art, and even speaking to be understood. I wrote several plays and musicals, especially for challenged children. Most recently, I have been at the lead in introducing Open Education Resources to the world's poorest children, which provides free resources to schools around the world.
I have a BA with honors, and honors certificate from the University of Missouri. I also hold a JD and a post graduate degree in English at the University of Cambridge.
I taught and tutored throughout my career, including undergraduates at Cambridge (NOT Harvard; that's the 'new' Cambridge). I also taught persuasive, as well as creative and good old-fashioned essay writing.
My published writing includes arts reviews, satire, law reports and travel writing.
I've taught ESL/ESOL at the University of Cambridge to Japanese university students (male and female) to Russian employees of a British company, to general (all sorts of primary languages) classes and one on one. My skill with teaching opera singers other languages with vocal exercises, gives some fun to learning the tricky English sounds.
Grammar is the backbone of excellent communicating. With excellent grammar, your audience knows exactly what you are saying; without it, your audience stumbles on vagueness, ambiguity, and therefore your communication loses its effectiveness. And, despite some critics complaints, it is not inflexible. The language is always changing. The key is to understand all the rules so you can write what you intend, and intend what you write.
"Literature" is a broad category; once upon a time, it meant fiction. Now, everything from poems (I wrote my first poem at age four) to journalism (I've published reviews, articles and travel writing) to blogs are considered literature, and are up for grabs if you want to analyze and to appreciate writing. I've taught the best of the best, Shakespeare, at Cambridge University (UK), as well as the other great writers. Sound boring? I bet you dollars to doughnuts that you have used expressions from Shakespeare and did not even know it. Why not learn 'the source'?
To begin: The LSAT is a miserable test with ridiculous questions. That having been said, best to work with someone who has excelled at that and other standardized tests, and helped others to understand the 'tricks of the trade'. In addition, after surviving law school, I had to take two separate state bar exams, and passed both. As a law professor, I taught first year writing and reasoning. One of my tutees graduated first in her class. I rest my case.
From speeches for the mayor of St. Paul, to student essays to signage for Target (yes, someone has to proofread all those '40 percent off' signs), my beady little eyes have caught and corrected thousands of pieces of writing. I've even corrected spelling of a sign in a book shop! (I received a discount on my book). Raised by parents who insisted on the rigours of proper language, I feel confident I can help you overcome grammar, syntax, and, of course, spelling, issues. Oh, and if you are applying to a British company/college, I 'speak' British, too.
Once upon a time, 'reading' was limited to set of Great Books, and set texts. While many of those books are indeed 'great', reading now encompasses science fiction, biographies, video games, on-line, and texting, with its own special language. The challenge for anyone learning English is to get the basics down, and then to develop a strong vocabulary. English is a brilliant language because it absorbs new terms and new ideas every day. I was raised bi-lingual (French), and also have learned several other languages, so I appreciate the challenges and the rewards of learning any language.
The rigour and time limits of standard tests take a disciplined and level-headed approach to learn how to read/think in a way which brings the best benefit. Not only have I taken too many standard tests (including the law SAT), but I have had success teaching the process to students.
The SAT is a test of close reading and, therefore, it is a test of details. Do you know your rules on all the parts of speech? Do you have a clear idea of what 'matching number' and 'tense shift' are? I have worked with students to review, to understand, and to identify quickly and efficiently the answers to test questions. Also, I am available in summer as well as throughout the year for students taking the autumn test. In addition, with me, you will finally understand what all those rules mean, which will hold you in good stead at the university.
At University, my friends would telephone me to ask how to spell a word (before computer spell-checks, which are not always reliable). I have learned several languages, and taught students in their own language and in English as a second language. I consider spelling a starting point for expanding vocabulary and improving grammar, which leads to excellent writing.
I have been an actor in music and dramatic productions in high school and university, as well as having my own works performed. At Cambridge University, I taught a course, Shakespeare in Performance. For seven years, I was the senior theatre critic for WCAL (NPR) radio, and also wrote reviews for magazines and newspapers.
Reading, writing, speaking, and listening at a very high level in English is how I speak, and how I succeed in teaching others. As a multi-linguist, I empathize with the frustrations of learning the subtleties of a foreign language and bring all my experience teaching both American and British English to all my students.
I still remember the first word I could recognize: "at"! And, that excitement continues today, as I learn new words (I speak 5 languages) and teach new words to students from 5 to 55. I greatly believe you have to make friends with your dictionary, and you have to keep a notepad of words not recognized. Then, at lessons, we zip right through them. Several of my students, who once thought of words as 'boring', are competing in spelling bees. And loving it!
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