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The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The University of Colorado - Boulder (Graduate Coursework)
As a veteran English teacher and tutor of nearly 24 years, I have taught and tutored students in an array of study areas. I have worked with ELL/ESL teen and adult students from around the world on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing, and TOEFL preparation.
Likewise, I have worked with middle and high school students on reading comprehension, literary study, composition, grammar, vocabulary, speech, and standardized test preparation.
Moreover, I have led numerous ACT and SAT preparation workshops for high school students. In addition to being a classroom teacher, I find working one-on-one with students to be rewarding and extremely helpful for the student's progress.
I love building personal relationships through tutoring as I watch my students gain confidence and improved skills in any area of focus. I routinely begin my tutoring sessions by getting to know my students and finding out their individual needs through assessment and interview. Once I understand what my students need most, I am able to direct a program that meets those needs in the time allowed. As a veteran English teacher and tutor of nearly 24 years, I have taught and tutored students in an array of study areas. I have worked with ELL/ESL teen and adult students from around the world on … Read more
Amy is helping my son prepare for the ACT, particularly English. As with most 16 year old boys, my son doesn't want to study for the ACT, even though he knows it's important. Their weekly meetings provide structure and accountability. Amy assigns homework, which expedites learning, making the best use of their time. I like that. Her patience and coaching create a positive learning environment, which my son appreciates. Win. Win.
As a writer and editor, I could teach him myself, but he's more attentive and receptive to learning from someone who's not family. She's not only a terrific educator, she's a partner in our goals.
Follow-up: My son was consistently scoring 24-25 on the practice ACT tests, but he got a 27 composite on his first ACT test. His highest score was in a 29 in English.
Amy is a very patient and helpful tutor. My daughter has only been to one session with her but she zeroed in on some of her deficiencies and offered useful general advice for taking the SAT and ACT. She wasn't condescending, critical, or rushed, and her explanations were easy to understand. We will be going back!
Update: We used Amy for the last few months. Today my daughter got her ACT back - her improvement was off the chart! She went from a composite score of 24 last fall to a 30 this spring. Amy's tips helped on all subjects. Her English 24 went to 31; her Math 27 went to 32; Her 23 Reading went to 25 and her 22 Science went to 32. She really enjoyed working with Amy and obviously, it was helpful! THANKS AMY!!!!
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I have been involved in ACT English test preparation for many years. I also have much experience prepping students for ACT Reading, Essay, and Science. My students have met with great success on all sections of the ACT.
I have taught Middle and Upper School English for 24 years now. My experience has covered every course from grammar to writing to literary analysis. I have taught all levels of English from 6th grade through 12th grade Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. I have also tutored students in language acquisition, test prep, and study skills.
In my nearly 24 years of teaching English to both native and non-native speakers in private schools, I have had the pleasure of planning and teaching ESL/ELL classes as well as working one-on-one with a variety of students. I first taught ESL reading and grammar at The Colorado Springs School to several students from a variety of countries: Korea, Japan, Spain, Germany, and Russia.
After several years of working with our school's program, we decided to close it and move from a boarding situation to a home-stay program for our foreign students. Since then, I have worked with foreign students both in classroom situations and one-on-one. Currently, I have 10th grade students from China, Russia, and Korea. Additionally, I work one-on-one with students from Russia, China, Korea, and Angola. I am also working now with an adult couple from Switzerland and another adult couple from Japan.
In all cases, I design my lessons according to my students' needs. For instance, I am helping my Chinese student with her college essays and applications as well as ACT and TOEFL preparation. My Russian student is very advanced in language acquisition and needs help with writing organization and development. The Korean student is working doggedly on SAT preparation, and my student from Angola is needing intense concentration on basic English language acquisition and classroom support. The adult couples are here working and desiring further confidence in day-to-day communication. The Swiss couple is at an Intermediate Advanced level, so we focus upon clear writing and word choice; in contrast, the Japanese couple is at a very beginning level of English learning. In all of my ESL/ELL teaching experiences, I have felt great reward from learning about other cultures while I help my students gain confidence in my native language.
Having been involved in standardized test preparation for many years, I have repeatedly prepared students for the PSAT/NMSQT both in classes and one-on-one tutoring. I know the test very well, so I am able to assess quickly the areas that need special focus after administering a pre-test to students. I am then able to help students focus upon areas of weakness and reinforce areas of strength in order to better their chances at a higher score and hopeful qualification into the National Merit Scholarship competition in the junior year of high school. Naturally, this test helps prepare students for the SAT college entrance exam usually taken in the spring of the junior year.
As a veteran English teacher of 26 years now, I've worked with students of all reading abilities. I am able to determine reading weaknesses and offer many strategies for improvement of both comprehension and speed.
Throughout my nearly 24 years of teaching middle and upper school, I have had the opportunity to work with a multitude of students demonstrating a wide array of learning styles and learning issues. As a result, I am well-prepared to assess study skill needs, whether in organization, homework completion, attention to detail, or test preparation. My goal is to teach students how to be self-advocating and self-sufficient in their study habits. Thus, I cover a wide range of techniques and best practices to allow students the opportunity to explore and experiment with many options in order to discover those that work best for them. This, in turn, leads to greater self-confidence and academic success.
I've taught composition to middle and upper school students for nearly 26 years now. I am completely comfortable working with all types of writing at all stages of development.
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