Succeed in K-12 Reading/Writing/SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS & CBEST
Succeed in K-12 Reading/Writing/SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS & CBEST
My goal is to turn students' weaknesses into strengths and to enable them make the changes they need to get the grades they want in exam preparation and in their school coursework. I believe in guiding rather than instructing; by leading students on a path of discovery to learn, retain and apply, in order to avoid making the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is to say that firstly, hard graft is required to acquire a vocabulary base substantive to pass...
My goal is to turn students' weaknesses into strengths and to enable them make the changes they need to get the grades they want in exam preparation and in their school coursework. I believe in guiding rather than instructing; by leading students on a path of discovery to learn, retain and apply, in order to avoid making the same mistakes twice. Students are responsible for their own learning which is to say that firstly, hard graft is required to acquire a vocabulary base substantive to pass SAT. Secondly, reading comprehension strategies must be applied effectively and consistently to eliminate errors and realize one's full potential. Thirdly, it is needed to develop cohesion and coherence in essay writing, and to allow a structure that allows ideas to be connected and cogently expressed. So there are no short cuts to success, but the rewards are many.
Students should think of test prep as a life lesson: what you learn in the process of taking this course is going to stand you in good stead, not only in college but later in life. A good vocabulary is an asset that will enable you to impress people who you need to impress, whether you are trying to get into college, writing assignments at college or having a job interview once you have graduated.
All that I require from students is the motivation to succeed and the willingness to learn. Oh, and an infinite capacity for hard work. But you will probably be expecting that sooner rather later, and probably later as well.
Aside from having an impressive range of vocabulary at your disposal, the other key to success is recognizing the different question types, knowing exactly what you have been asked for and applying the strategies successfully.
My approach is to give new students a diagnostic to assess any areas of weakness or uncertainty. Depending on what emerges, I prepare materials to address these issues and ensure that any weaknesses were turned into strengths. With writing, I would specifically ask to see a sample of the student's writing to locate any
Tim is a great tutor. He is very patient. He helped me to improve my writing. I recommend Tim to others who wants to improve their reading and writing.Iva, 40 lessons with Tim
Thank you, Mr. Charles!
My experience under Mr. Charles' tutoring has helped me to greatly improve my expression and the way I form arguments. His experience and skills with finding supporting examples and neatly rephrasing sentences were invaluable. I also appreciated his patience and live feedback on every lesson. Thanks to him, I'm much more confident in my ability to write critical, well thought-out essays.Eli, 16 lessons with Tim
Tim works wonderfully with my son. He is patient and thorough. Even when my son struggles, he helps give him confidence that he can do it! I have seen real progress. I would highly recommend him.Melani, 22 lessons with Tim
Comprehensive, helpful, and flexible - Great tutor!
I am a student in high school and I found Tim's profile while looking for help with the SAT Essay portion online, since local tutoring institutions were closed due to the virus outbreak. Even though Tim did not live in my time zone, we were able to figure out a time that worked for both of our schedules. For our lessons, Tim used Google Documents to connect with me, which was great because I find Google Documents to be very intuitive and easy to use. On the first lesson, he gave me a comprehensive lesson on the devices and techniques I needed to look out for in order to do a successful rhetorical analysis, the type of essay that is required for the SAT. He is clearly very knowledgeable about what he tutors and gave me a lot of helpful information I could work with. With further lessons, I would be assigned to write an essay as homework and we would discuss it and make edits and improvements during the tutoring session. I felt that this was a good use of the time we had together. Compared to some of my previous experiences, where the tutor frequently sat and watched while I worked, doing little to help me, I got a lot more out of working with Tim. Because I was writing the essay on my own time instead of during the session, my time with Tim could be better spent targeting problem areas and making improvements. He was also very specific and constructive with his feedback, so I had a very clear idea of what I needed to improve at and how to do it. Additionally, Tim was very flexible and accommodating when I decided to shift the focus of our sessions away from the SAT Essay portion and to instead preparing for the AP English Language and Composition exam. He easily adapted our session to focus on helping me be successful on that exam, and I realized also that some of the work we did earlier for the SAT Essay portion was also applicable with the AP English Language and Composition exam. Overall, my experience with Tim was positive and I felt very prepared for my exam. I'm very thankful for his help and I feel like I improved over the time we worked together.Julia, 9 lessons with Tim
A good tutor
Very patient and knowledgeable tutor. We did many tests on grammar and reading, it really helped that he established the order of the questions. That made it seem more manageable and organized. Furthermore, we compiled a vocabulary list where we wrote down words that are likely to appear on the SAT. It was good that we started to do timed tests after some practice, the transition felt easy and not stressful. Overall, a great tutor and the lessons were really enjoyable.Denis, 30 lessons with Tim
Knowledgeable & patient
Tim helps my student think in a different way which increases his knowledge and skill. Always ready for the lesson and knows the material. Has great follow up and is very professional.Stacy, 25 lessons with Tim
Knowledgeable and friendly Tutor
Tim was very friendly knowledgeable tutor. He highlighted the strength and taught how to answer reading questions and study vocabulary. Very happy with the session and looking forward for more sessionsJAYASHREE, 8 lessons with Tim
Played a major part in editing my Master's thesis within short notice.
From the limited time he helped me of within a week of when my thesis was due, Tim went through my entire 50+ page Master's thesis together with me page-by-page. He was quick and very thorough, despite the paper being with a specialized subject - Tim was able to suggest a better, more compact word choice while consistently retaining the entire meaning of what I have originally written. He quickly understood what I was writing within short notice and we edited the paper together while he explained exactly where I went wrong. I have the tendency to apply my (as my actual advisor of my thesis implied) "broken English" as I wrote, despite that - Tim rapidly understood what I meant and corrected my whole essay. Admittedly I didn't expect this much help at short notice of admittedly within the weeks of when my thesis was due. However, his help may have possibly saved my master's thesis. I rightly have him mentioned as part of my acknowledgements section. I am very fortunate in meeting him promptly after my initial messaging online after coming back to this site after four years.Josiah, 3 lessons with Tim
Knowledgeable and Patient tutor
Tim reached out to us promptly and the scheduled first lesson . Our son really enjoyed working with Tim on his first paragraph. We are hopeful his writing skills will improve in time with Tim's guidance .Dilip, 8 lessons with Tim
Knowledgeable and thorough tutor
Tim was very patient. He discussed student’s need and deficiencies and planned his lesson accordingly. My son was very happy with his thoroughness and his detailed explanation.Ravi, 38 lessons with Tim
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