Tutor for ESL and Students Who "Hate to Write"
Tutor for ESL and Students Who "Hate to Write"
"A creative ESL tutor for my wife!"
Mario, 9 lessons with La Dawn
In Iowa I taught part-time for ten years at a League for Innovation community college with enrollment of 15,000. While there I found I preferred teaching one-on-one in our writing center, where I could help students with the specific part of the writing process where they were struggling. Sometimes it really is spelling, punctuation and citations (which normally brought them in the door) but more often their writing had bigger problems, like organization, sufficient support for their ideas or...
In Iowa I taught part-time for ten years at a League for Innovation community college with enrollment of 15,000. While there I found I preferred teaching one-on-one in our writing center, where I could help students with the specific part of the writing process where they were struggling. Sometimes it really is spelling, punctuation and citations (which normally brought them in the door) but more often their writing had bigger problems, like organization, sufficient support for their ideas or just understanding the assignment on the sheet.
After a few years, I had enough seniority that I COULD teach Comp. 1 or 2 if I wanted to, but I mostly stuck with ENG 101 because it was so gratifying to see those reluctant students--whose low baseball caps and slumped posture on day 1 clearly told me "NOT another English class"--turn into expressive writers who, somewhere around midterm, discovered they had something to SAY in their essays! And helping somebody who cares about their story get it 'ready for prime time' with all the spelling, formatting and punctuation in place is really a labor of love.
My OTHER favorite class was a business writing course, where we focused on the employment packet--resumes, cover letters, thank you for the interview letters (not email, if possible.) We even went so far as to do mock interviews (ungraded) to help raise students' confidence levels. I was surprised to learn that my over-25-year-old students in the night classes often needed this more than the teenagers, since more than a few of the 30-somethings had partied their way out of college on their first pass. Now, with a stable job and often a family to keep their priorities straight, they're all about "I WILL SUCCEED." If determination were enough to learn a skill these folks would do it, but sometimes a little guidance (like, say, how to document a research paper according to MLA style) can make a world of difference. I am currently teaching college level technical writing in the classroom at UAH and continue to teach this course online for Kirkwood Community College.
I recognize that a personality match can be key to a successful tutor-student relationship, so that's my excuse for ignoring a key rule of business writing: Omit needless words. I should probably mention that my ESL experience (also called ELL for "English Language Learner") includes international students in my credit classes, as well as volunteering at Literacy Services of Wisconsin in downtown Milwaukee. I found unfolding the students' life stories to be inspiring as we struggled through the workbooks week after week.
I have limited transportation options at the moment, but if students are willing to either meet in my neighborhood or on weekends I'm sure we can work something out.
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A creative ESL tutor for my wife!
I was looking for an ESL tutor for my wife to help on developing her listening and speaking skills and LaDawn was a great fit. She listens to my wife's needs and she's very creative to find different material to bring to the tutoring sessions to make it more dynamic. She is very patient and provides excellent feedback. I highly recommend LaDawn to anyone that is looking for an ESL tutor.Mario, 9 lessons with La Dawn
Ladawn was very helpful to my daughter this summer. She tutored her in High School English where she helped reinforce writing principles and guided her through some college preparation exams. She was an excellent communicator and fostered a great rapport with my daughter. We will definitely contact her again if the need arises.Hal, 5 lessons with La Dawn
Ms. LaDawn was very helpful! She was very easy to communicate with and her instructions were very helpful. She provided me new insight as to how to approach testing. She responded quickly and was willing to work with my schedule.Ara - Son is Garett, 3 lessons with La Dawn
Great Tutor All Around
LaDawn is very easy to talk with. She knows what she is tutoring very well. She made it very easy for my child to understand. She is very professional. This was the best experience I had with getting my child a tutor. I would recommend her for anyone.Sara, 9 lessons with La Dawn
Mrs. LaDawn is a great tutor. I like that she is patient and understanding. She takes her time, and she makes sure I understand before moving on. My ACT English score improved by 5 points, and I gained an extra point in math. Mrs. LaDawn is easy to contact via phone and very good about responding to emails in a timely manner. She was also very helpful in providing additional resources to aide in reaching my educational goals. I will definitely seek her out each time I may need tutoring assistance in the future.Dee, 22 lessons with La DawnTutor responded:
Some students need both tutoring and advising as they make the transition to college. I am happy to share what I've picked up in my 10 years of college teaching.
Patient and knowledgeable
Ms. LaDawn is a very helpful tutor. She is very patient and knowledgeable. I will try to improve my writing with a great help that she offers.Sussan, 9 lessons with La Dawn