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Megan S.

English Language and College Writing Tutor with MA in Teaching (ESOL)

Seattle, WA (98108)

Travel radius
10 miles
Hourly fee
$25.00
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About Me:
I'm an extremely knowledgeable, creative, and patient tutor. My methods vary depending on learner goals, values and learning style. However, in general I aim for student-centered lessons by developing individual learning strategies (how the student can improve on their own) and raising student consciousness of the structures at play during all aspects of language. (e.g. the specific uses of a semi-colon, the pronunciation confusion of "can" vs "can't", or the general formula for a persuasive essay.)

First and foremost, I value student interests and feedback and try to reduce interference (whether internal or external) to better facilitate recall and retention. This means I believe a good teacher must cultivate a positive learning environment as well as a positive learning relationship. The less time a student spends worrying about environmental factors (external or internal), the more effective their learning can be.

Credentials:
Master of Arts in Teaching (English to Speakers of Other Languages) - University of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Art - Concordia University, Portland

1 year teaching experience at an International Intensive English Language Program
Subjects: Intermediate Grammar and Intermediate Listening and Speaking

2 years tutoring experience at a college writing center.

Teaching abroad experience for an English conversation course northern Spain.

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Megan’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
GRE, IELTS, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Business:
GRE
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Language:
ESL/ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL
Math:
SAT Math
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

English

BA in English
MA in Teaching English
I have taken several advanced grammar and writing courses. I have also taught intermediate grammar and tutored college level writing.

ESL/ESOL

I have one year of experience as a conversation partner for ESL students.

I have two years of experience as a writing tutor where many clients were ESL students.

I have one semester of a graduate level "Advanced Grammar for ESL Students" course during my final semester as an undergraduate. I received special permission from the instructor to take the course.

I have a passion for helping ESL students and my future career goals revolve around teaching English abroad and living a life immersed in many cultural experiences.

Grammar

I taught intermediate grammar for two quarters at an international intensive English language program. I have taken several advanced grammar courses and read grammar blogs and books. I own and actively use copies of Cowan's "The Teacher's Grammar of English" and source books by both Azar and Raimes.

GRE

I scored above the 87th percentile for my test year (2010) on the verbal reasoning section. I have led GRE information sections on how to study and prepare for the exam as well as what to expect.

Proofreading

2 years experience as a college writing tutor
2 years experience as an editor for my university's literary journal
1 year experience as assistant editor for my university's student newspaper

Vocabulary

87th percentile on the GRE verbal reasoning section
MA in Teaching (ESOL) - several of my classes covered current effective ways to teach vocabulary and several of my mentors and colleagues were vocab pros and showed me some of their brilliant ideas.

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Education

Concordia University - Portland (English)

University of Washington, Seattle (Master's)

An excellent and perfect teacher Megan is very, very good. She is nice, honest, patient, very knowledgeable, kindhearted, frank, cordial and amiable. She gives simple and clear answers to your every question. In summary, Megan is an model American teacher. I say this from the heart, as my father is a wonderful university professor. ...

— Dawang from Woodinville, WA on 9/14/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $25.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Megan will travel within 10 miles of Seattle, WA 98108.

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