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Karl Z.

Calm, concerned, customized attention to your needs.

Calm, concerned, customized attention to your needs.

$40/hour

  • 144 hours tutoring

  • Jacksonville, FL 32223

About Karl


Bio

I have a BA in English from the University of Miami. I have worked for more than two decades as a journalist and news consultant in cities all over the country. I have worked as a reporter, writer, editor and manager. Now I work as a freelance tutor of English and Study Skills for middle and high school students.

I love helping young people understand new concepts and ideas in ways which help them grow and develop into accomplished adults. When I work with students individually, I do not...

I have a BA in English from the University of Miami. I have worked for more than two decades as a journalist and news consultant in cities all over the country. I have worked as a reporter, writer, editor and manager. Now I work as a freelance tutor of English and Study Skills for middle and high school students.

I love helping young people understand new concepts and ideas in ways which help them grow and develop into accomplished adults. When I work with students individually, I do not use pre-planned lessons. I assess needs and develop custom tutoring sessions for my student’s maximum benefit. Each student deserves individual attention to their specific learning objectives. One plan does not fit all students. I believe that the teacher/student fit contributes as much to the learning process as the subject matter.

I specialize in preparing students for SAT, ACT and FCAT tests. I also work with middle school students to prepare them for high school including English and Study Skills. I tutor at my home in Mandarin and my wife is always present. However I do require an adult chaperon for all minor students.


Education

University of Miami
English
Columbia University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Jacksonville, FL 32223
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/15/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Proofreading

Proofreading

Proofreading is often an ignored concept in the teaching of English. How else might we understand how correct our thoughts and ideas are stated, but by expert proofreading? It is not a difficult concept to master, but it is crucial to create clear written communication.

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

Education can not be pursued without a fine understanding of reading. My intent is to equip my students with the tools to read at a level and an ease which will serve them throughout their education and life. Reading should not be drudgery. Reading should result in a joy of comprehension, learning and clarity of thinking. I always aim to help my students to achieve that end.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is fuel to drive a young mind toward clarity of thought, pride of understanding and ease of communication. It need not be taught separately from reading, writing and literature, but introduced smoothly as an adjunct of those pursuits. Mastery of vocabulary comes not from memorizing lists of words, but from using words in sentences which clarify the nuances of meaning.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I am an English major from the University of Miami. I have spent most of my life writing or helping or supervising the writing of others. In addition to freelance writing,I work as a freelance editor, copywriter and proofreader. I am of course, an avid reader of literature, popular fiction, historical fiction, poetry, history and social sciences. I find many of today's students have difficulty with reading comprehension sometimes because the importance of English has not been instilled. At other times the situation is a result of the child's imagination not being inspired by the literature assigned to be read or written about. I believe the wonder of one on one teaching is a more intimate acquaintance with a student, allowing the opportunity to discover what can set alight his/her imagination and subsequent joy of learning. I spent many years in newsrooms instilling such enthusiasm for the task in the writing of numerous reporters, producer and editors. The joy of working with young minds is that the fondness of learning, understanding, and enthusiasm for English skills is nascent and can be shaped and honed with excellent results.
English,

English

Communication of ideas, thoughts, concepts and life roles makes up most of do in life. When prepared properly in English concepts a student can rise to heights perhaps never imagined. My goal is always to elevate a student's talent in such communication and thereby light up a path to success.
Literature,

Literature

What better way to expand a young mind than to introduce the student to literature of many different kinds. Thousands of writers, philosophers, reporters and thinkers have written stories examining every concept and intrigue of human life. A student ignores this treasure trove of mind expansion at his or her peril. Once the purpose of literature is understood, the study becomes a joy, not a toil.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is often an ignored concept in the teaching of English. How else might we understand how correct our thoughts and ideas are stated, but by expert proofreading? It is not a difficult concept to master, but it is crucial to create clear written communication.
Reading,

Reading

Education can not be pursued without a fine understanding of reading. My intent is to equip my students with the tools to read at a level and an ease which will serve them throughout their education and life. Reading should not be drudgery. Reading should result in a joy of comprehension, learning and clarity of thinking. I always aim to help my students to achieve that end.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Reading is the art of understanding the world around us and how it influences our life and the lives of others. Reading teaches students that imagination can be the driver of viewing others as they really are, and through that gained intelligence can show them how they can express themselves in writing, verbally and influentially. Many students in today's math and science driven school curricula don't read and don't understand how doing so can help ease them into maturity and excellence.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As an award-winning journalist for decades, and I am passionate about telling stories. I helped many young, less-experienced people find the magic in the words to create a compelling story. In literature, imagination plays a much larger role in storytelling. For young people it opens their hearts to the thoughts,needs and desires of others. Then they can express themselves capably in their writing.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is fuel to drive a young mind toward clarity of thought, pride of understanding and ease of communication. It need not be taught separately from reading, writing and literature, but introduced smoothly as an adjunct of those pursuits. Mastery of vocabulary comes not from memorizing lists of words, but from using words in sentences which clarify the nuances of meaning.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is the heart of the study of English. My hope for my students is always that they can communicate through writing in ways that express exactly what they mean, think, believe, hope and understand. That skill is basic to their ability to achieve with ease in any subject, at any level. A student unable to demonstrate superb writing skills, will find academic success to be elusive. For my students that is not acceptable.
ACT Reading

History

World History,

World History

I have been a journalist for 30 years. You cannot report on events in the modern world without an extensive knowledge of what came before on the world stage. I have studied world history from the beginning of my college education until the present time. My specialty is European and Middle Eastern history from the 1500's to the present time.
American History

Homeschool

English,

English

Communication of ideas, thoughts, concepts and life roles makes up most of do in life. When prepared properly in English concepts a student can rise to heights perhaps never imagined. My goal is always to elevate a student's talent in such communication and thereby light up a path to success.
Reading,

Reading

Education can not be pursued without a fine understanding of reading. My intent is to equip my students with the tools to read at a level and an ease which will serve them throughout their education and life. Reading should not be drudgery. Reading should result in a joy of comprehension, learning and clarity of thinking. I always aim to help my students to achieve that end.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Reading is the art of understanding the world around us and how it influences our life and the lives of others. Reading teaches students that imagination can be the driver of viewing others as they really are, and through that gained intelligence can show them how they can express themselves in writing, verbally and influentially. Many students in today's math and science driven school curricula don't read and don't understand how doing so can help ease them into maturity and excellence.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!
Writing

Writing

Writing is the heart of the study of English. My hope for my students is always that they can communicate through writing in ways that express exactly what they mean, think, believe, hope and understand. That skill is basic to their ability to achieve with ease in any subject, at any level. A student unable to demonstrate superb writing skills, will find academic success to be elusive. For my students that is not acceptable.

Most Popular

English,

English

Communication of ideas, thoughts, concepts and life roles makes up most of do in life. When prepared properly in English concepts a student can rise to heights perhaps never imagined. My goal is always to elevate a student's talent in such communication and thereby light up a path to success.
Reading,

Reading

Education can not be pursued without a fine understanding of reading. My intent is to equip my students with the tools to read at a level and an ease which will serve them throughout their education and life. Reading should not be drudgery. Reading should result in a joy of comprehension, learning and clarity of thinking. I always aim to help my students to achieve that end.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!
Writing

Writing

Writing is the heart of the study of English. My hope for my students is always that they can communicate through writing in ways that express exactly what they mean, think, believe, hope and understand. That skill is basic to their ability to achieve with ease in any subject, at any level. A student unable to demonstrate superb writing skills, will find academic success to be elusive. For my students that is not acceptable.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!

Summer

Reading,

Reading

Education can not be pursued without a fine understanding of reading. My intent is to equip my students with the tools to read at a level and an ease which will serve them throughout their education and life. Reading should not be drudgery. Reading should result in a joy of comprehension, learning and clarity of thinking. I always aim to help my students to achieve that end.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have always been a highly-organized individual. Studying calls for strong organizational skills, concentration, and designated study times. During a long career as a journalist, deadlines arose many times a day. To meet them I had to be organized, disciplined and practiced at dealing with stress. I teach that kind of discipline and organization to the students I tutor. Often, a student is bewildered by having to study for several subjects. Also homework varies from day to day and subject to subject. For some students, this leads to confusion, frustration and stress. Organizing study time and methods will help deal with these problems, using three principles: • Divide the study tasks into individual units. • Complete one subject before moving to the next task. • Give yourself credit for accomplishments. I find that this method removes study-anxiety, and allows the student to more easily complete the work. As a journalism consultant, I taught many young people these skills as they sought to produce a newscast, or report a story. Often I found that making a diary of how we spend our time completing a task, i.e. producing a newscast, we find tasks that could be eliminated or shortened. Looking back at the diary gives us a road map for what is ahead, a method with which to complete all of the tasks. Being organized reduces stress, relieves pressure and gives us clarity about the task at hand. I use the same method to start my students on an organized, stress-reduced regimen for study. It works! It can work for you!
Writing

Writing

Writing is the heart of the study of English. My hope for my students is always that they can communicate through writing in ways that express exactly what they mean, think, believe, hope and understand. That skill is basic to their ability to achieve with ease in any subject, at any level. A student unable to demonstrate superb writing skills, will find academic success to be elusive. For my students that is not acceptable.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I am an English major from the University of Miami. I have spent most of my life writing or helping or supervising the writing of others. In addition to freelance writing,I work as a freelance editor, copywriter and proofreader. I am of course, an avid reader of literature, popular fiction, historical fiction, poetry, history and social sciences. I find many of today's students have difficulty with reading comprehension sometimes because the importance of English has not been instilled. At other times the situation is a result of the child's imagination not being inspired by the literature assigned to be read or written about. I believe the wonder of one on one teaching is a more intimate acquaintance with a student, allowing the opportunity to discover what can set alight his/her imagination and subsequent joy of learning. I spent many years in newsrooms instilling such enthusiasm for the task in the writing of numerous reporters, producer and editors. The joy of working with young minds is that the fondness of learning, understanding, and enthusiasm for English skills is nascent and can be shaped and honed with excellent results.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Reading is the art of understanding the world around us and how it influences our life and the lives of others. Reading teaches students that imagination can be the driver of viewing others as they really are, and through that gained intelligence can show them how they can express themselves in writing, verbally and influentially. Many students in today's math and science driven school curricula don't read and don't understand how doing so can help ease them into maturity and excellence.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As an award-winning journalist for decades, and I am passionate about telling stories. I helped many young, less-experienced people find the magic in the words to create a compelling story. In literature, imagination plays a much larger role in storytelling. For young people it opens their hearts to the thoughts,needs and desires of others. Then they can express themselves capably in their writing.
ACT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (52 ratings)
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Reviews


Good Tutor

Neel has taken only one lesson and it is too early to say his progress but definitely Mr. Karl is very patient and knowledgeable tutor.

Bhavna, 9 lessons with Karl

Great tutor. Very hardworking. Great at what he does.

Mr. Karl is one of the best tutors I've ever had the chance to work with. He is truly a hardworking person. When it comes to English tutoring, he takes it upon himself to read or re-read anything that I am reading and working on. Mr. Karl is also flexible; we are able to talk or meet in person. Overall, he is a friendly person who is caring as a person and tutor. He still looks out for me even though we haven't seen each other in awhile. I couldn't ask for better.

Tracy, 15 lessons with Karl

Superb teaching!

Karl really shows you respect and supplies you with an variety of learning techniques. He provides the work and tells you what you are doing wrong or what you are doing right, and even if you get a question on a work sheet, he will understand and explain what you are having trouble with. He is also very easy to reach, easily by email. I would really recommend his teachings to anyone struggling with English.

Andre, 22 lessons with Karl

Great interpersonal connection

Our son tends to be a bit shy and has difficulty expressing his thoughts at time. In the few short weeks Karl has worked with our son, we have noticed a change in his ability to express his thoughts with confidence.

Raymond, 24 lessons with Karl

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Karl Z.

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