Strive for success in K-12 Reading/Writing/SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS Prep
Strive for success in K-12 Reading/Writing/SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS Prep
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 it is also required to consistently apply the strategies effectively to pass the reading. Thirdly, it is needed to develop cohesion and coherence in essay writing, and to allow a structure that allows ideas to be freely 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 problems. I would then concentrate on building clarity of expression, the use of asophistcated level of vocabulary, cohesion and coherence, and asense of structure.
This is what I concentrated on during the two and a half years that I worked for Huntington, tutored in a private capacity and the twenty four years that I have been teaching reading and other skills to ESL students in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I am also an IELTS speaking and writing examiner and know exactly is required to succeed.
I can assist you with:
-Preparation for success with time sensitive exams including IELTS, SAT, ACT and TOEFL that takes into account the students' needs.
-Help you develop confidence and boost your grade performance in writing, including basic sentence writing, paragraph and essay development, college applications and graduate thesis work.
-Enable you to become confident in your conversational ability. You can hold your own in conversation for both native and non-native English speakers.
-Help younger learners (K-12) to build their reading, writing, grammar, and creative writing skills
-Work on all ESL skills areas.
I look forward to working with you all.
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, 38 lessons with Tim
It was a really good lesson, I can keep up when you talk and you can explain in a way I understand in! Very kind and helpful and I appreciate the lessons with you thank you :)Ellinor, 20 lessons with Tim
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
My son and daughter are taking SAT reading classes with Tim. He is giving lot of Tips to analyse the questions and solving it. My children enjoys his class. He has good experience and very patient tutor.Neena, 4 lessons with Tim
Tim is a really great tutor for SAT reading
I scored a 690 on the reading section for my first try of the SAT. After 14 hours of practice with Tim, I jumped from a 690 to 780 for reading on the second try. That’s 90 whole points! Tim provided useful tips, tricks, and effective strategies to use on the passages. We went over each mistake I made as well. Overall, he was very patient, kind, and he has a great sense of humor too! I am very grateful for his tutelage and would definitely recommend him to others.Naomi, 8 lessons with Tim
Great SAT Reading Tutor
Tim helped me prepare for my SAT reading and I ended up improving from the last test I took. Tim was patient and had a great sense of humor too. Unlike other SAT reading tutors, Tim helped explain what I had done wrong and gave tips on ways to improve. I would highly recommend Tim for SAT reading.LingSen, 47 lessons with Tim
Kind, very patient tutor.
Tim is excellent in teaching. My daughter enjoys his lessons greatly and has steadily improved in short amount of time. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone.Minh, 5 lessons with Tim
Tim worked with my nine-year-old son this past summer two times a week to help with reading and writing. My son is the anti school work kid and I was dreading the complaining about going to work with Tim but he never did. In fact he looked forward to it. Tim is patient and worked well with my son.Jennifer, 14 lessons with Tim
Familiar with the reading/writing portions of the SAT
Throughout the summer, Tim helped me with the reading and essay portions of the SAT. In the beginning, he guided me through the SAT questions and helped me learn how to approach them effectively. He would later help me grade my essays while I was practicing, and gave me advice on which areas that I needed improvement in. With each lesson, I was able to answer things faster, get more of them correct, and do better on the essays.Thomas, 8 lessons with Tim
Experienced and patient tutor
Tim has taught me the importance of writing every week in order to improve. He is aware of many historical events that can give you background for the reading passage. He has a lot of experience with the SAT, so he can work with you in a time efficient manner. I have improved my ability to write during timed essays because of the help Tim has provided.Nakul, 46 lessons with Tim
My son was preparing for the SAT (reading and writing part) with Tim and just for one month increased his score on 90 points (from 540 to 630). Tim is very consistent and attentive tutor who pays attention to student weaknesses and is able to make them much stronger. Also Tim is kind and patient so my son was happy to work with him. Strongly recommend!Olga, 35 lessons with Tim
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