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University of Miami, Florida (Communications)
University of Bridgeport (Master's)
Most of what I tutor I use everyday in at least one of my many endeavors. My specialties are English, grammar, essay writing, literature, spelling, as well as time and task management. If I'm not taking in a new novel I'm jumping back into one of the classics (Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye? ANYTIME.) I'm also a writer (mostly screenplays and theater scripts these days) but this keeps me pretty sharp in vocab, sentence structure, and original and exciting ideas. I am also a Cartoonist with a 'toon in a few local papers. Talk about having to be efficient and precise with words when there's only so much ROOM for me to use to effectively get a point or a joke across. I'd BETTER keep sharp! You see, I'm a freelancer. This means that I shuffle a collection of smaller jobs rather than one big one - at least for now, anyway. One of these jobs, obviously, is tutoring. So let's focus on that for a minute.
Currently just 3 credits shy of earning my Master of Education degree for secondary Language Arts (middle school and high school grades), I will be returning on a part time basis to the University of Bridgeport for the 2016 spring semester to finish up. My Bachelor's degree in Communications was earned at the University of Miami, Florida. So before getting officially certified to teach in a public school - and most private schools as well - I have been preparing by tutoring. This is a perfect way to share all that I've learned through the years as well as create good connections with students, helping out with current weak points or struggles in the classroom. Two of my most interesting students so far have been a 3rd grade Broadway actress, and a high school junior who was a whiz in math but absolutely HATED reading and writing.
The actress was tough because of her attention span. When her mind wasn't on learning her lines or the razzle-dazzle of the Broadway stage, she pretty much just wanted to PLAY. It became obvious that in order to teach her, the lessons would have to be at least a little bit exciting. By utilizing online technology and learning games, we were able to keep our sessions fun but also effective! Once warmed up, we were able to conquer Her homework and outstanding class assignments with gusto. It was a win - win - win situation. We were learning, having fun, and staying on top of things all at the same time.
Well thanks to the teaching techniques I learned with her, working with the high school student was nowhere near as tough to figure out. As I said, this young man despised reading, writing, analyzing, mining for evidence in literature, the whole bit. I immediately did some mining myself, discovering his interests and tastes and then gathering three novels that I just knew he would enjoy. After clearing these books with his parents, I let him choose which book he wanted to read in his leisure, in between his sessions with me. "What do I want to read for LEISURE, Mr. R.?" he said at first. "Are you KIDDING me?" Well long story short (and with a very exciting and scary story by Stephen King), he was reading both his Lit class assigned novel AND his leisure novel - AND FULFILLING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ON THEM BOTH! In this way, he learned how to read with interest and enthusiasm. By reading something he wanted to read, he came to enjoy reading in general. This of course affected his writing on what he had read, or even writing when prompted. Last I heard, he fared quite well on all 3 portions of his SAT's--Math AND Critical Reading, and Writing. I'm thrilled when my past students succeed. Thankfully it happens a lot!
Truth be told, I dig helping students how to be better students - as well as better PEOPLE. I have a 17 year old son and he's a pretty good kid when he's not a whining punk (haha, he'd love to read that). The best is when he comes to me for help or with a question on something, whatever it is. I feel USEFUL and that all of what I've learned through school and life is put to good use. As a freelancer, my schedule is thankfully very flexible. So in between the writing and cartooning, I'm looking forward to working with more students who can use my help. To tell you the truth, it's my favorite part of all my jobs combined! Most of what I tutor I use everyday in at least one of my many endeavors. My specialties are English, grammar, essay … Read more
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