Search

Greg Z.

Fayetteville, AR

$42/hour

Experienced writing & reading instructor with humor & patience

50+ Hours
4.7 average from 34 ratings
Knowledgable, fun, and patient.
— Patricia, Fayetteville, AR on 3/18/16

$42/Hour


Send a message explaining your needs and Greg will reply soon.

Response time: 9 hours

Contact Greg

University of Minnesota
English and German
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

University of Minnesota (English and German)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

About Greg

I have a Ph.D. in English and many years' experience teaching writing and literature courses at the college level (four-year and community colleges). I've also written and published a great deal, both for academic and business uses.

My teaching and coaching are distinguished by a patient, goal-driven approach to the individual learner. Each learner is different, with different problems, challenges, and objectives. My aim is to urge the student onward incrementally, modeling clear and easy-to-follow writing / reading practices and asking for demonstrations of the student's learning in writing.

Humor is also important to this enterprise, as not everyone is a born writer, and many must be encouraged to make small improvements. Sometimes this is a matter of finding the right subject matter (there's really nothing that can't be written about passionately and clearly). Sometimes it's a matter of finding reading that the student can devote himself or herself to. Sometimes it's a matter of word games and stylistic exercises (modern English is awfully various and, in some cases, unpredictable).

In any event, I'm enthusiastic, patient, humorous, and level-headed.
I have a Ph.D. in English and many years' experience teaching writing and literature courses at the college level (four-year and community colleges). I've also written and published a great deal, both for academic and business uses.

My teaching and coaching are distinguished by a patient, goal-driven approach to the individual learner.
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

- $42/hr for 1 student - $60/hr for 2 or more students simultaneously - Block of 6+ lessons, 10% discount

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Fayetteville, AR 72701

"Knowledgable, fun, and patient."

- Patricia, Fayetteville, AR on 3/18/16
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

Have helped several Fayetteville area high school students enhance their ACT test-taking skills. Work with current preparatory materials, including books, and my experience of 20+ years teaching college writing and literature courses.

English

I taught college English many years, in Michigan, Minnesota, and overseas. After graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.), I taught literature and writing courses at Wayne State Univ in Detroit for seven years; in Yugoslavia as a Fulbright lecturer for one year; and then in Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota and various community colleges, for 10 years or more. My students ran the gamut from young adult to non-traditional and from native born to foreign (Latin America, Africa, Asia).

ESL/ESOL

I have taught many non-native and non-traditional students in a college teaching career of over 20 years, designing exercises for non-native speakers and guiding them through the irregularities of English grammar. I pay special attention to the patterns that emerge in students' writing, calling attention to any problems and explaining how English works in both speech and formal writing.

Grammar

As a college English teacher for many years, in both writing and literature, I taught grammar via exercise and example. That is, I used textbook exercises and required students to complete them. And I made up lots of handouts and exercises on my own, which included familiar and sometimes humorous content to engage the students. In grading student papers, I marked grammar errors ... and had students correct these errors when they submitted revisions.

Literature

Taught many years of college literature courses, both American and Continental, with some world literature thrown in. Got students excited about the subject matter and focused on certain themes and ideas they could write about easily.

Microsoft Word

Strong expertise in MS Word, including its array of formatting and graphics features. Over the course of many years I taught college English -- and taught my students, in the bargain, how to use the full formatting, graphics, and collaborating features of the software. Students had to learn such basics as aligning text, inserting headers, compiling a bibliography, and, yes, using footnotes or endnotes in research papers.

Proofreading

I can't say how many thousands of essays I've read over the years, as a college English teacher. Every one required me to read carefully for both content and form, including grammar and mechanics. I marked up papers using standard markup systems, catching both large and small errors, and required students to amend these mistakes. Even when I read the newspaper, every day now, I mentally correct the errors. In my own writing, I edit and proofread the text athletically.

Reading

Taught college reading, writing, and literature classes for many years. Have aided everyone from grade school to grad school students and beyond (professors who are writing grant applications and articles). Urge students on with humor, patience, and steadfast direction.

Writing

I taught all kinds of writing classes, from remedial to advanced, for native speakers and non-native, too, for many years. My approach is to get students to see the need for creative brainstorming; then outlining a quick sketch; then writing economically and with specific evidence in the service of their main idea.

University of Minnesota
English and German
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Education

University of Minnesota (English and German)

University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

Knowledgable, fun, and patient.

Greg came to the class well prepared with the right material to make the learning easier and fun. We are looking forward to the next class. Thank you!

— Patricia, Fayetteville, AR on 3/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $42.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

- $42/hr for 1 student - $60/hr for 2 or more students simultaneously - Block of 6+ lessons, 10% discount

Travel policy

Greg will travel within 40 miles of Fayetteville, AR 72701.