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Sweat. And blood. And tears. And a cramped hand. If you want readers to enjoy your work, you must suffer. The term "writer" is misleading, however. The correct term is "rewriter," for all good writing requires rewriting. Good writers are not born good; they are forged by study and practice. Consider the ancient Greek rhetorician Isocrates: In the art of rhetoric, credit is won not by gifts of fortune, but by efforts of study. For those who have been gifted with eloquence by nature and by fortune, are governed in what they say by chance, and not by any standard of what is best, whereas those who have gained this power by study and by the exercise of language never speak without weighting their words, and so are less often in error as to a course of action. (Antidosis, 15.292) So examine every word, every sentence, every paragraph. Eradicate awkwardness, ambiguity, and bad grammar at all costs. The more rhetorically effective and clearer you are, the... read more

As a public school teacher on a traditional academic calendar, I will have flexible day-time hours available starting June 14! I am willing to work with students in all areas of English language arts on middle and high school levels. I can also help with writing and proofreading for college work! Don't forget that I can also work with students who need help with MLA format and other research skills!

Summer is a great time to brush up on skills! Studies show that every child benefits from year-long school, but often there is no way to provide a curriculum that works with our vacation schedules. I work with your schedule! If your child could use some extra special quality teaching this summer, even if only for a few weeks, I'm here to help. I have beginning reading and advanced phonics programs, math through algebra II, as well as vocabulary and writing programs designed to help the student stay current or even gain in skills over the summer. I am a credentialed teacher and have years of experience working with students who are struggling and needing intervention. I look forward to hearing from you! Shelley

Hi Friends: Although retired from the medical field, I am qualified in several different subjects and I have gone through many certification processes to do so. At this stage in my life being a Tutor is so rewarding. Tutoring not only benefits the student but the Tutor as well. Learning is a daily process, and if we learn to focus on what our goals are day by day, then and then only, will we begin to accomplish them. I am prepared to Tutor your children, grandchildren and actually, children of all ages! My experience is in various fields and here is a list of subjects that I am qualified and certified to Tutor you, or your child in... * Reading: Comprehension * Nutrition: Naturopathy-Medical Science, Licensed, ND., Ph.D. * Test Prep: Cosmetology- Licensed with the Florida State Board), also SAT, FCAT, ACT's. * Grammer: Proper rules and formations in speaking and writing. If you have a child of Elementary School age that needs help over the summer months,... read more

I pride myself in having the patience to explain things in more ways than one, so that children don't get frustrated. Being very personable and kind helps children feel secure in learning new ways to understand what is difficult for them. I also show children strategies which can be used for future work which is similar, that way they are not just learning the problem or skill specific to the moment, but can remember what they learned and how, so they can apply the knowledge later and forever. I love sharing what I learned at the University of Georgia School of Education. The teaching skills I took to heart set me apart from most tutors who assist children with their work, but don't really know how to help them advance at a rate that will help them catch up quickly, and build self-respect and self-esteem, the keys to the learning curve. Many kids become numb to failure, since they are behind in certain subjects, and they are expecting to fall further behind and possibly... read more

Although there are many things you will learn in your academic career that you may never use again, there are just as many that you will use on a regular basis or will come in handy when you least expect it. The basics of any subject will never let you down. You DO need to know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide in YOUR HEAD. Why? Because people make mistakes when inputting data into calculators and computers. The answer that comes out of those devices is only as good as the data that went in. If you are shopping and something is advertised as 25% percent off, you should be able to do the mental math to determine if it really is a good deal or not. When applying for a job and writing a cover letter or resume, you better be using grammatically correct sentence structure or the person who is reading either one will decide that if you can't write a simple cover letter, you aren't worth the time to interview. Learning about cultures other than your own will be invaluable... read more

Summer break is on its way for many students. For most kids, summer is a time to relax and try not to think about school for a few months. Unfortunately kids have a difficult time retaining what they have learned, so teachers have to start over at the beginning of the following school year. That is where summer tutoring comes in. If a student has fallen behind through the school year, summer is a great time to catch up. If a student is already doing well, but would like more in-depth study in reading or writing, summer is a great time to get ahead. I am just beginning to tutor students in English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and proofreading) and look forward to helping others love the English language as much as I do. So if you are a parent whose child needs help in language arts, or if you are an older student who needs help with literature and writing papers, I would love to work with you! As an incentive, I am offering a limited-time discounted... read more

Hi WyzAnt readers, I'd love to start blogging my tutoring experiences. This is to keep a record for myself, my students, and other teachers and people of interest. I am here on WyzAnt to get experience teaching students of all ages in as many subjects as possible. I love reading, writing, and literary subjects. I have been a student for 22 years, and after finishing my degree in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, I am interested in giving back to the community. I have had minimal experience helping friends with editing their papers or talking them through situations, but tutoring one-on-one is new for me! I appreciate all feedback and critique so I can produce the best results for my students. My first session with N was excellent! N is a special needs student-adult in need of help organizing thoughts from mind to paper. Isn't it easy to think or talk about something, but sometimes that same subject proves difficult once trying to really express it? All... read more

"Lisa tutored my son, James, for two years through his 5th grade year, during the summer before 6th grade and the whole year of 6th grade. Lisa asked me what areas James needed help in, and then she got in contact with his teacher and stayed in contact throughout the whole school year. She gave me feedback on what the teacher's concerns were. She worked with James on the projects he was dealing with in his classroom. On the days he did not have anything, she had resources/writing activities prepared for him to work on. She is on time, patient and never in a hurry to see James go. Lisa showed concern and asked questions. She kept communication open with me. I always knew what they had worked on, or even what I could work on with him, or what he needed to finish. James felt comfortable with Lisa. She was enthusiastic about his progress. I could sense the build up of pride that James had when Lisa went over what they did that hour. The papers that James wrote with Lisa are... read more

What should my child know by the end of the school year? This is a very common question for concerned parents. Each state has a list of Grade Level Content Expectations, also known as GLCEs. In Michigan, you can take a look at this website to find out the GLCEs for your child's grade: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-28753_33232---,00.html Not a very pretty url, but very informative. In an ideal world, all children would accomplish all the goals each year AND retain the information to make a smooth start into the next school year. This does not happen for all children. As an educator for over fifteen years, I witnessed very successful students rise to the top of the class, and students who needed to be retained in order to be successful. It takes the commitment of dedicated parents to ensure their child or children are ready to succeed. There are many other factors that go into a child's success in school, such as attitude, ability, and opportunity. Children... read more

Do you wait until the LAST MINUTE to complete that all important paper that was assigned to you a while back and you have put it off until the last minute? No worries, as I am here to proofread and edit your paper and send it back, ready to be printed and turned in. I know that when I was in college, I had so many things going on, including working two jobs, and student teaching, that quite often I was pulling an "all nighter" in order to get a paper turned in on time. You can send your paper to me, and I can go over it with a fine tooth comb and send it back to you in time to print it and turn it in on time. So, if this is something you are interested in, send me a message and let me know your circumstance (when the paper is due, what the assignment topic is, etc.) and I will work my schedule so that I can have your paper back to you in time. I just did this for a young lady yesterday, and it worked out well for us both. I will be sure to check my account several... read more

I find that a very common confusion when first learning any language is the confusion of nouns and verbs. The best thing to do is to make sure the student has a firm understanding of parts of speech in English. This way, when the confusion arises you can ask the student what function the word serves in the sentence. Also, many times students try to apply verb rules to nouns and visa versa. When first learning a language (especially Latin), it is important to focus on each word in the sentence and understand its function and why it looks the way it does (ie. endings for verbs, nouns, adjectives). These are easy to correct when caught early, but once it's an engrained habit, it is much more difficult to address.

This afternoon, I found myself writing to one of my ESL students: ______________________ Hello, XXXXXX--- I am imagining you and your dog having a fine time at the cabin as I write this. I bet you are in the cabin as well. In the first sentence at the cabin is correct, just as you would say "I am at home" rather than in home. It would also be correct to say "I'm in the house" rather than outside in the yard. When you are at home, the yard is included. When you are in the house, the yard is excluded. With cabin, the same word is used both ways. When you are at the cabin, the exterior property is included, but when you are in the cabin, it is excluded. By the way, while you might be in your yard, you would be on your property. ______________________ Preposition problems are common to all but the most advanced English language learners, including many native speakers. After sending my student this email, I realized the word office... read more

For twenty-three years, working with Kindergarten through eighth grade in a classroom setting, working in three different private Christian schools. Including tutoring after school. Using the Spalding Reading, Writing and Spelling method, to teach reading, which is a phonics program developed for students with dyslexia, has been a great tool. Teaching Grammar and Language Arts to Russian-speaking students, in their home, after school. Tutored a math student with special needs, for the West Linn/Wilsonville High School. I started to work as a secretary in a charter high school. Three years ago, I retired from the office work. However, I am still tutoring. Presently, I am tutoring a 6th grade boy who has Downs’s syndrome plus Asperser Autism syndrome. We have made great progress with the multiplication table. Although it has been challenging for both of us, we have found ways for him to learn, and the rewards are, the wonderful new confidence he has in himself... read more

The ELAs are coming. Is your child ready? Well, if your child was not practicing reading, vocabulary and math for a few hours per week, there is a great chance that you need a tutor to explain the subject curriculum one more time. As the time goes by, the memory fades away. My students play games that help to train their memory, speed and attention. Education is a year long (including summer time) process that is built up by understanding simple things that will help your child to gain a better knowledge and understanding of next grade math, language, and other subjects. Please do not procrastinate! Alexei M.

I enjoy helping students with their education. It is vital to me that we all learn and do our best. I encourage students to work hard and I find the best way to make lessons fun. Say we are working on spelling and you just cant seem to spell I have them practice with me out loud, write them three times or more, use them in sentences and definitions. I also have them use them in games like Scramble, Family Feud, etc... Some of my other tutoring techniques speed reading, word association. I have a passion for writing so I have students brain storm, use writing webs, we discuss and research their topic before writing. In science and reading I make sure that they truly understand the chapter, as we both work through the chapter review to prepare for the test. Also we defined and spell the vocabulary. I use phonics and other resources. I have them work on math assignments independently and with me. I give extra work and discuss and practice it. this will help them better understand... read more

A study techniques can be utilized to tackle any subject, especially when you are required to retain information on multiple subjects. There are many techniques that can be used and some of which I found helped me survive both undergraduate school and graduate school. I've listed some of them below for you and provide an explanation of each. 1. Mnemonics or mnemonic device - is a learning technique that aids memory. To improve long term memory, mnemonic systems are used to make memorization easier. They do so by increasing efficiency of the process of consolidation of facts and information. This process involves the conversion of short term memory to long term memory. 2. Outlining - This should be a two step process. You should begin outlining at the beginning of the course and continually updating the outline as the course proceeds. During your finals week, you should then take your long course outline and condense it down to a two page key word memory jogger or concept... read more

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