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Now is the time to solidify the strengths from last school year, overcome the weaknesses, and lay a good foundation for next school year. My schedule is beginning to fill up for summer tutoring, so contact me soon if you're interested in summer tutoring.
I have been involved education as long as I can remember. My parents were educators. They helped start a school, were on the board of another, and were founding board members of the North Dakota Home School Association. I started teaching at the age of thirteen, as a volunteer. I have taught professionally, for over fourteen years. I have coached soccer. I co-founded a school and taught a wide array of subjects there for three years, including Latin, Rhetoric, General Science, and History. For nearly twelve years, I have been an education consultant, tutor, and mentor.
I am prepared to tutor students in all subjects through high school, and I am well-versed in ACT and SAT preparation. I also do some college-level tutoring, particularly in English, Writing, Study Skills, and other humanities-related subjects. Feel free to ask for more details. I tutor adult students in a variety of subjects, and I have also had success in the past working with students who have a variety of "learning disabilities," including ADD/ADHD and dyslexia.
My particular specialties, in addition to ACT and SAT preparation, are in the liberal arts—reading comprehension, writing, logic & reasoning, and language studies, for example. I have had a great deal of experience helping students with their reading skills; I taught writing at the college level for five-and-a-half years; I have taught logic and rhetoric courses; and I have studied eight foreign languages at varying levels (Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, French, German, and Russian; German is my current focus). I have done ESL tutoring, though I do not have ESL certification.
I can help students at all levels with their study skills, and analyzing a student's study skills always plays a role in my tutoring. At a basic level, it is the skill in studying that determines a student's success in studying. For the most part, better grades and better learning come with better studying. Often that simply means smarter studying.
Please not that there is no "magic" fix. For most students, it takes several weeks to begin to see significant improvement. I have been working with students at various levels for over twenty years, and I have been studying educational theory and practice longer than that. If you merely want a better test score next week, I can help with that, but note that that's like taking aspirin to mask the pain when real medical treatment is what you need. If I can see a simple or immediate fix, you may be sure I will tell you. I take what I do very seriously, and I have three very important personal policies related to this: (1) I don't continue working with students I'm not actually helping; (2) I don't continue working with students when they reach the point that they can do just as well on their own; and (3) I strive to always analyze, diagnose, and treat "educational maladies" with as much precision as possible, and recommend only "treatments" that I believe will be the most effective in eliminating the root problem as quickly and as completely as possible.
Finally, please keep in mind that I come at education from an "outside-the-box" perspective--and I don't say that lightly. I believe strongly that our educational system almost across the board--public, private, and parochial--is flawed at its foundation, not just in certain particulars. I taught within the system, and I have actively chosen to withdraw. I do not even want to teach ACT and SAT preparation--though I am very good at it--because the ACT and SAT exams are inherently flawed. It is, in my opinion, shameful for institutions that claim to support higher learning to demand such flawed exams in order to enroll in those institutions. But, as I said, I am very good at helping students make the most of their abilities and knowledge in taking the ACT and SAT exams, so I continue doing that because it's not their fault these institutions require the flawed tests. Is it possible that I may once again teach within the system? It's unlikely. I don't judge those who choose to remain in the system, whether teachers, students, or parents. Just because I have chosen to withdraw from the system doesn't mean you should, and it doesn't mean that I can't help you make the most of your time within the system. In fact, because of my position outside, I am uniquely positioned to help you and your student maximize your time within the system.
If you're interested in hearing more, I'll be happy to speak with you, and you're always welcome to pick my brain or use me as a sounding board, whether or not you choose to enroll with me. The rates listed are for meeting at my location; the rate to meet at your location is higher. If you're looking for tutoring that looks like what you're used to, you should probably find someone else to work with. If you want the same thing you're used to, I'm not your guy.
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The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the English portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Math portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Reading portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The ACT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the ACT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the ACT. If you would like help preparing for just the Science portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
I have spent over twenty years studying and researching ADD/ADHD, and I have had good success in the past working with students who struggle with their attention, including those who are hyperactive.
I have worked in publishing, including hands-on desktop publishing for over 15 years. I have worked as an editor and as a designer, and I have been doing desktop publishing freelance for nearly as long. I have used Adobe PageMaker and InDesign, along with other Adobe CreativeSuite products (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.). I have also used other products and am well-versed in word-processing programs including Microsoft Word and iWork Pages.
I have been tutoring for over ten years, and much of that experience is with elementary students. I have a strong background in all aspects of elementary education. I have worked with students with a variety of "disabilities," as well.
English is one of my specialties. I have a degree in English, and I have taught English at various levels for over 10 years, including teaching at the college level.
I have studied several foreign languages, including Ancient Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Russian. I have over ten years experience teaching English speaking and writing skills, including teaching English as a Second Language.
I have been tutoring for ten years, and I have worked with students at all levels, including the ISEE. I am well prepared to cover all aspects of the ISEE.
I took two years of college Latin, and I have taught Latin in both the classroom setting and to individuals, starting in 2000. I have not taught Latin constantly since 2000, as I have spent time teaching college English and pursuing entrepreneurship, but I currently tutor Latin to multiple students.
I have over four years of college level training in logic and rhetoric. My experience and training are in the areas of propositional logic and some symbolic logic.
In college, linguistics and semiotics were areas of interest, and I spent a great deal of time studying and researching in these areas. I have worked with students of varying ages for over a decade to help them develop their reading skills, including phonics. I am also certified in the Project Read Program by Language Circle.
Reading and other study skills are my true specialty-areas. I relish the effort to help students improve not just a score or a grade, not just a piece of information or bit of knowledge, but to help them improve their ability to gain and maintain scores and grades, information and knowledge. That's what the teaching process is all about: Helping students learn how to learn for themselves.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Math portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Reading portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
The SAT is one of my specialties. I have been working with students to prepare for the SAT and similar tests for nearly 10 years. I am capable of helping your student in all areas of the SAT. If you would like help preparing for just the Writing portion of the test, I can help you or your student with that, or I can help you prepare for the entire test.
Ultimately, education is a learning endeavor, not a teaching endeavor. Students must be ready, willing, and able to learn. If they are not, good teaching will do nothing for them. Studying the “right” subjects will do nothing for them. The only thing that will help them is to apply themselves to what they are studying. Or to put it another way: They must study. The word student itself implies personal initiative in the education process. Not all people who attend school are students, strictly speaking. Some of them might better be called “attendees.” They come to class, but little more. The role of the teacher in education is to understand, communicate, motivate, facilitate, and inspire. It begins with understanding. The teacher enters the classroom full of students, some eager, some not. He must first take in and understand the members of his class. The old adage applies here as well as anywhere: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” The teacher who never understands his or her students will never truly be able to teach them. The sooner the teacher understands each student, the sooner each student will begin to learn, and therefore, the more and better each will learn. A large part of understanding students is being able to see where they are in their understanding of the subject at hand.
As a teacher and tutor, my goal when teaching study skills is to help students in three fundamental areas, based on (1) their current level of ability and (2) their current need. The three areas are (a) Reading, (b) Reasoning, and (c) Rendering. These three areas can collectively be called studying, and each of the three areas has techniques associated with it that, when learned and applied properly, make the whole of studying more effective. The three areas are, of course, overlapping and recursive processes. We go through each of them again and again throughout a course of study. My study skills course is in three sections, one related to each of the three areas of study skills. The first includes reading comprehension, speed reading, note taking, organization, filing, outlining, and review. The second helps students think more clearly, more effectively, and ultimately, more productively. It combines an overview of the principles of effective thought with real-world applications that students can use in everyday life. The workshop will include elements of decision-making, logical analysis, effective memorization, improved reading comprehension, and more. The third guides students through the entire writing process and helps them gain the skills necessary to write just about anything. Understanding and mastering the writing process is an important element for success in any school subject. Classes will include the three elements of the writing process, research sources and methods, how to read better in order to write better, editing and rewriting, writing for fun, the importance of taking breaks, and more.
Excellent English ACT Tutoring Session — We were very impressed and satisfied. Courtney taught my son reading skills necessary for successfully taking the English and Reading parts of the ACT. My son’s reading comprehension has greatly improved, and he has a renewed confidence and a great understanding of what is required for the ACT. ...
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