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Miami Dade College (English education)
University of Central Florida (Graduate Coursework)
I am very pleased to meet you! My name is Philip, and I have been a native of the Miami-Dade area for 26 years. I was raised in NY (go, Brooklyn!) and I am also a military veteran (US Air Force). In 2008, I graduated from Miami-Dade College in Florida with a degree in Secondary (high school) English Education. While I was enrolled at this college, I worked as an instructional lab assistant for 12 years. At that time, I helped adult students with their coursework, including English composition, remedial reading comprehension, and oral speech presentation. (It seems I’ve helped students of virtually every age and walk of life--from a homeless gentleman needing help with passing his GED examination to a 62-year-old grandfather with 18 children!) I’ve also taught English composition to children at charter schools in the local area. In 2015, I took classes at Ashford University, including courses in journalism law and a Journalism and Mass Communication Capstone course. Here, I earned a final graduate GPA of 3.79. Currently, I am working on my state certification in teaching children in grades 6-12, as well as a Master of Arts degree at the University of Central Florida. All of this work-related and academic preparation has given me the theoretical and practical knowledge that a good tutor needs to help students.
Because of my experiences, my approach to tutoring is similar to that of an experienced teacher: to me, tutoring involves an atmosphere of mutual respect where the student (you) can begin to think independently and make new connections between the material and your own life. As your English/reading tutor, I will discuss your fears, concerns, and past experiences with English before we dive into your assignment, because this will allow me to determine what your needs are. I also LOVE it when you ask questions! One of the things that my old students enjoyed was the fact that they could ask me anything! Whenever I answer a question, I use real-world examples wherever possible. Finally, I start slowly, and as we work together, I use questions to check your understand as we go along. So, don’t be afraid to ask me—together, we can learn anything!
I am very pleased to meet you! My name is Philip, and I have been a native of the Miami-Dade area for 26 years. I was raised in NY (go, Brooklyn!) and I am also a military veteran (US Air Force). In 2008, I graduated from Miami-Dade College in Florida with a degree in Secondary (high school) … Read more
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