Thomas H.

Truckee, CA


True Wordsmith

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Colorado State University


Colorado State University

About Thomas

I have a degree in Journalism, but I have always excelled at language skills. Reading was a religion in my family while growing up. I was always late on my paper route (starting in 4th grade) because I would stop to read the lead stories.

Later, in high school and college, and then in the business world, I learned that word power could open many doors. Simply conversing in an intelligent manner, became a persuasive tool and set me apart from the crowd. Tutoring allows me to share these tools, and that makes it a very rewarding endeavor.

I am able to help my students to visualize the effect of each word and phrase, and to question their own choices, rather than simply tell them what I think is best.

First, I emphasize that the English language has exceptions to every rule, and that makes it very difficult and sometimes frustrating. I then help them dissect the word in question, to allow them to "self-correct". I also use constant visual aids, such as presenting a multiple choice of correct vs incorrect spellings.

I am patient but demanding; easy-going and humorous, but strict when necessary. I believe in raising the bar rather than teaching to the lowest common denominator.
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12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Truckee, CA 96161
Elementary Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

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Colorado State University


Colorado State University

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thomas will travel within 25 miles of Truckee, CA 96161.