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Paul P.

Retired professor knows what you need to succeed

Tacoma, WA (98481)

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ACT English

The hardest part about the ACT is not the questions, it is the time limit. You simply don't have enough time to answer all the questions like you need to.

The key to making a better score is to improve your reading skills. I can help you to read at a faster pace. The difference could mean your making a perfect or near perfect score.

ACT Reading

The key to making a better score is to improve your reading skills. I can help you to read at a faster pace. The difference could mean your making a perfect or near perfect score.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified in the State of Washington as Resident Teacher, with a K-8 Elementary Education Endorsement.

English

I taught high school and college English courses in American and British literature for twenty-two years. As Chair of the Curriculum Committee, I help design the curriculum for English majors at The University of Pittsburgh-Bradford.

Grammar

"Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children--we can all do grammar. But to be able to talk about how sentences are built, about the types of words and word groups that make up sentences--that is knowing about grammar. And knowing about grammar offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity.

People associate grammar with errors and correctness. But knowing about grammar also helps us understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear and interesting and precise. Grammar can be part of literature discussions, when we and our students closely read the sentences in poetry and stories. And knowing about grammar means finding out that all languages and all dialects follow grammatical patterns." -NCTE

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can always learn more about English grammar, and I can help you learn it.

Literature

Unfortunately, sometimes school can ruin the love of literature. My aim is to help you appreciate as well as love it. Thomas E. Barden writes, "Only literary study persists in posing those questions we all asked before our schooling taught us to give up on them. Only literature gives credibility to personal perceptions, feelings, dreams, and the "stream of consciousness" that is our inner voice. Literature wonders about infinity, wonders why God permits evil, wonders what will happen to us after we die. Literature admits that we get our hearts broken, that people sometimes cheat and get away with it, that the world is a strange and probably incomprehensible place. Literature, in other words, takes on all the big and small issues of what it means to be human."

I'll get you excited about studying literature.

Proofreading

Proofreading prevents "Let's eat, Grandma!" from becoming "Let's eat Grandma!" This is a trivial example, of course, but it makes a point. You need to be sure that what you intend to write is understood by a literate reader.

There are lots of techniques I can show you. This is actually an enjoyable subject!

Reading

It's simple: the better you can read, the more successful you will be. I'll take you to the next level.

SAT Reading

According to the College Board, "the SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness."

I can help you understand the SAT—what it measures, how it is developed, and why you should take it. I will show you the best ways to prepare for the SAT.

SAT Writing

I can help you understand the SAT—what it measures, how it is developed, and why you should take it. I will show you the best ways to prepare for the SAT.

Spelling

With most other languages you can at least predict the pronunciation from the spelling, even if the sound can be represented in more than one way (e.g., French). Unfortunately, good old English suffers from a “double whammy” when it comes to spelling – not merely can’t you predict spelling from pronunciation but you can’t always predict pronunciation from spelling. This is because English has many different ways of representing the same sound AND has some letter combinations as well that can represent more than one sound. Understanding this fundamental problem will help you to understand the difficulties you may be facing'

And once you gain this understanding, you'll find the historical reasons for English spelling fascinating. You might even run the risk of becoming an orthography nerd.

Vocabulary

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." –Mark Twain

The larger your vocabulary, the better you can communicate. Johnson O'Conner, a researcher in the field of communication, has determined that no matter what the area or level, a person’s vocabulary level is the best single predictor of occupational success.

I'll show you ten ways to improve your vocabulary.

Writing

You write with ease, to show your breeding,
But easy writing's curst hard reading. -- Sheridan

I have taught high school students, freshmen, undergraduates, graduates, and teachers how to write better. I can help you, too.

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