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California State University Dominguez Hills, Dominguez Hills (English Literature)
I work primarily with high school students, college students, test takers, and adults, with an emphasis on setting goals and meeting them. I have 25 years of teaching experience, and have specialized in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) for the last ten. I teach all the strategies that you can use to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, grammar, listening, time management, etc. Most of my students would describe me as funny, easy-going, easy-to-understand, and effective.
Most of my work now is centered in the Arcadia - San Marino - Pasadena - Monterey Park - San Gabriel - Temple City - Rosemead - El Monte area, although I will travel as far as Burbank, Glendale, USC, Rowland Heights, Pico Rivera, and Diamond Bar when my schedule permits me to. I also work with many PCC students.
I have worked with a diverse mix of English speakers from dozens of countries, from every continent. I work easily and comfortable with people from any culture or language background, any level of fluency, and any age. Many of my current students are from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Armenia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, India, Turkey, and the U.S.
I also taught for eight years in Japan. I have been working through Wyzant for five years.
Please take a look at the testimonials from previous students to get a sense of my lessons and their effects on your test scores.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals. Together, we can do it! I work primarily with high school students, college students, test takers, and adults, with an emphasis on setting goals and meeting them. I have 25 years of teaching experience, and have specialized in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, … Read more
Despite the fact that I only took 4 classes during two weeks with him I was able to achieve my TOEFL IBT score with a dramatic improvement. My score jumped from 85 with 22 in speaking to 97 with 28 in speaking. I'm speechless and very grateful for you. You really deserve the best. Thank you in heaps.
I often have different schedule but he is always willing to accommodate. Hopefully i get high in my speaking will have my TOEFL on the 22nd. Ill give more feedback after it
1st session went great. John takes his time to teach you what you need to know. So thankful I went with John. Great tutor.
Tutor John had helped me improve my toefl score in two months. It is totally worthy the money to work and study with him. He is a great teacher and he really knows how to crack each section. I am glad that I had him as my tutor. I can't thank him enough.
I started working with John three years ago. He keeps helping and teaching me how to write a good paper. I improved a lot!
Help me for My ESl test, improving my grammar, reading. He is very good tutor. He is nice and helpful.
John is a great teacher. He is friendly, professional and extremely patient. Studying with John was a great experience. I strongly recommend John as a tutor.
John helped me to get prepared for the TOEFL exam in a very short amount of time and I passed the exam with a high score! Thanks John!
John helped proofread my essays to A+ papers. I learn a lot more from him than my UCLA writing teacher. He is patient, efficient and precise in his working style. He not only corrected my errors, but also gave me many useful suggestions in writing good essays.
John K is my best teacher. He explains English in an easy way to understand (grammar, vocabulary and conversation). He is a passionate, considerate teacher.
John K. is very well prepared and informative. His claim that TOEFL is his specialty is absolutely true. I'm looking forward for more lessons.
John is able to explain the details about the SAT and able to guide me through some little error and helps me understand why. Very helpful.
John K. is a very nice, patient and responsible teacher. I enjoy his class very much. I am really lucky to have found this tutor. He has a very clear way of speaking. He worked effectively with me to improve my reading analysis skills and speaking. He told me how to use vocabulary roots to remember words quickly and accurately. He also has very special and excellent teaching technique. He always corrects my homework carefully and gives me detailed review comments. He gives me suggestions to make it better. He encourages me to let me build up confidence. What a real excellent teacher!
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ESL is my specialty. I have worked with students of all ages, from over 30 different countries, from absolute beginners learning their very first words to advanced students seeking an additional edge. I have a variety of effective and fun techniques that make learning English easier. I tailor my lessons to meet the needs of each individual student. I help students overcome shyness, pronunciation difficulty, and forgetfulness. I am proud of my record of success on two continents with my ESL students.
Proofreading for test taking, essay writing, and technical writing. Learn the most common mistakes made by writers and how to avoid them. Understand the function and effective use of punctuation. Learn how to analyze a sentence so that errors are easy to spot.
Reading skills for children and adults, native speakers and ESL students. Depending on the needs of the student, I focus on elementary reading ability, standardized test prep, how to read more efficiently and effectively, and speed reading. I approach reading with the notion that reading can be fun, even if it is part of a test. I am very patient with those just beginning to read, and offer creative techniques for improvement.
SAT reading can be challenging for most adults, let alone young people whose vocabularies are still developing. I offer practical ways to analyze written passages, accurately infer meaning, see their structure and organization, and eliminate incorrect answer choices. There are systematic ways to improve SAT reading scores, and my lessons will familiarize you with all of them.
SAT writing can be confusing for adults, let alone high schoolers who are still developing a familiarity with college level writing. I can help students analyze sentences, avoid errors, apply grammar appropriately, and outline and organize essays efficiently. Writing is crucial for success in college; preparing now can give a student a significant edge when test day arrives.
TOEFL is a specialty of mine. Students will understand how the TOEFL tests work, what TOEFL looks for in the written and speaking sections, how to find answers in the reading section quickly an accurately, and how to use selective note-taking to do well on the listening section. I also focus on time management, and how to avoid common mistakes. I also show you how taking TOEFL can actually be fun, and should not be feared. If you are facing a TOEFL test soon, or just want to improve your overall skills, please don't hesitate to make an appointment.
For native speakers and ESL speakers. I offer effective vocabulary techniques that can help you speak English better and more accurately, help you pass your standardized test, improve your reading skills, or give you an edge in business. I can help you determine meaning from context and determine meaning from prefix, suffix, and root. A strong vocabulary makes your writing and speaking much more effective, and helps you get your point across with eloquence.
I offer writing lessons to suit every need. We cover structure, organization, essay formats, style, and effective word choice. These skills may be applied to standardized tests, such as TOEFL or SAT. I also offer practical advice and technique for those who would like to write effectively in English in business, correspondence, and even creative writing.