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Michael T.

New Haven, CT

$50/hour

Effective Tutor and Multi-faceted Renaissance Man

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Background check passed as of 10/22/14
5.0 average from 28 ratings
Funny, knowledgeable, and willing to explain lots of details.
— Alvaro, East Haven, CT on 7/19/15

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Southern Connecticut State University
English
2014
Other

Education

Southern Connecticut State University (English)

2014 (Other)

About Michael

My name is Michael. I believe patience and persistence is a major factor in the success of a child's learning. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English. I am well versed in a variety of subjects including history, English, and Literature, including the writing of creative fiction as well as term papers and poetry. I am an active community volunteer and take pride in my efforts to educate the next generation and pass on my love of learning.
My experience in the education of young minds began 18 years ago to currently at the Yale Peabody museum as a docent where my responsibilities included leading a tour of the Great Hall of Dinosaurs and having open discussions with the children during which time they were allowed to ask questions from the material covered. I also volunteer as a tutor with the New Haven Reads after school program for children grades K-6. As a volunteer tutor, I have assisted my students with reading and writing using the Lexia computer program and Explode the Code. Though my experience is mostly with mainstream learners, I possess the patience and skills to work with a variety of students and learning styles.
My name is Michael. I believe patience and persistence is a major factor in the success of a child's learning. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English. I am well versed in a variety of subjects Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New Haven, CT 06511
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Funny, knowledgeable, and willing to explain lots of details."

- Alvaro, East Haven, CT on 7/19/15

"Great Tutor"

- Fabiola, New Haven, CT on 12/8/14
Math:
ACT Math, Elementary Math,
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology, Botany, Ecology, Geology, Psychology
Music:
Sight Singing
Art:
Drawing, Film, Theatre
English:
ACT English, Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
Geography, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I am currently tutoring three pupils, two in second grade, and one in fourth. I am familiar with the teaching materials including Lexia and explode the code. I have testing materials to see how advanced the student is in reading. In college, I took a course on how to teach elementary school kids math for which I received an A.

I have taught students as a docent K-6th at the Peabody museum of natural history. I use my vast knowledge of science and dinosaurs to teach young people how to pronounce long multi-syllabic words. This knowledge excites young people and gives a want to learn more. They get a sense of geologic time and love of learning for life.

Elementary Math

I graduated from SCSU with high honors and took a course in teaching elementary math for which I received an A. I have experience working with young people from all grade levels as a tutor. With math, there is always more than one way to arrive at an answer, and sometimes there is more than one right answer. Using different algorithms to see what works best for a particular child is always a good strategy.

English

I graduated with high honors in English from Southern Connecticut State University with departmental honors. In the course of my academic career, I have written dozens of papers and stories including a memoir.

Currently, I tutor three young people for whom English is a second language. I use multiple tools to engage my students including books, word games, and magazines. I also quiz at every level in spelling and homonyms that are difficult for even the most fluent of speakers and writers.

Phonics

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English from Southern Connecticut State University with departmental honors. Since then I have logged over a hundred hours teaching phonics to elementary school youth at New Haven Reads, a local non-profit. I have also taught phonics through Wyzant to a fourth grade student. I am familiar with the Lexia computer teaching program and the Explode the Code workbook, which cover phonics for elementary school students. I am a docent at the Peabody Museum of Natural History and use dinosaur names to further phonetical pronunciation.

Prealgebra

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Connecticut State University, where I took a class in elementary school math for which I received an A. I passed out of their math requirement. In high school I was awarded the math award for distinguished work in that subject.

Proofreading

I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University Magna cum Laude with a degree in English with departmental honors. I have written numerous papers and am well versed in the MLA citation format. I also am an expert short story writer. For my thesis, I wrote a memoir. I am, therefore, familiar with all aspects of English writing.

Reading

I tutor at least three students a week in reading comprehension. Having graduated Magna Cum Laude from SCSU with departmental honors in English, I am quite qualified to teach the subject. I have experience dealing with children with ADHD, and have used teaching tools such as Explode the Code and Lexia to help them.

Study Skills

I received an English degree, Magna cum Laude with departmental honors from Southern Connecticut State University. I am familiar with computer and library search engines including Jstor and Project Muse. I have completed numerous research papers on diverse subjects such as Ernest Hemingway's early life; the book, Dorian Gray; film maker, Hal Hartley: and African American women's hair in a political context.

In college, I tutored incoming freshman in the Liberal Studies I course, which teaches critical thinking. I stressed clarity in writing, as well as, questioning assumptions that, though they may be in vogue, do not promote healthy thinking.

I showed them how to take notes in class in outline form and how to convert those notes into flash cards for tests. I also taught them proper MLA citations, so they do not inadvertently plagiarize when writing. I also showed them how to combine notes from class with secondary sources to produce an argument.

All of this fosters good study skills: knowing how to write: take notes: and ask questions, so one can clearly and concisely demonstrate what one has learned.

Writing

I am an expert in MLA citations and have written numerous papers using this format. I have written a manuscript and many short stories, as well as, poetry. I am well versed in American and English literature.

Southern Connecticut State University
English
2014
Other

Education

Southern Connecticut State University (English)

2014 (Other)

Funny, knowledgeable, and willing to explain lots of details. — I hired Michael to revise my admissions essay. He saw errors in my essay that I missed despite multiple revisions, and he explained his corrections thoroughly. He seemed to understand common mistakes people make in writing their application essays, and sounds like he has had a lot of experience writing admissions essays. ...

— Alvaro, East Haven, CT on 7/19/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of New Haven, CT 06511.