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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.
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.
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 taught 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'?
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.
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.
I am a published writer of satire, travel writing, law (intellectual property), and years of arts reviews, both written and on air for National Public Radio. I have taught Legal Writing to first-year law students, and edited my Alma Mater's alumni magazine.