Over 200 tutoring hours

Michael S.

Acton, MA

$50/hr

Experienced and Patient Reading/Writing/ESLTutor in Concord area

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Background check passed as of 9/20/13
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Western Michigan University
English
Western Michigan University
Master's

Education

Western Michigan University (English)

Western Michigan University (Master's)

About Michael

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, writing, and other English-language abilities, whether you are a native speaker or just now learning English. I can also help you or your child prepare for tests on these subjects, including the MCAS, ACT and SAT.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As an ESL teacher, however, I favor the total immersion technique, in which only English is spoken. And as a reading teacher, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

Many people engage tutors because they want to do well (or want their child to do well) on a particular test: MCAS, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and the like. I’m familiar with these programs and am happy to “teach to the test.” I’m not fond of relentless drilling and repetition, however. I’ve found that a student who is excited about a subject will probably test well, while one whose interest has been deadened by drilling is less likely to excel.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.
After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Discounted group rates

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Acton, MA 01720
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading

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ACT English


After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, writing, and other English-language abilities and pass the ACT test in this area.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading teacher, however, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

ACT Reading

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, writing, and other English-language abilities and pass the ACT test in this area.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading teacher, however, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught reading, writing and English as a second language to students of all ages, including elementary school students. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I taught English to elementary school students in a small village in Malaysia for two years. I find that young children learn quite quickly once they develop a love of reading. I make my lessons as varied and fun as I can to help eliminate any impression that reading and writing are "work." I am not a fan of relentless drilling - instead, I use examples, challenges and games to place learning in context and improve retention.

English

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, writing, and other English-language abilities, whether you are a native speaker or just now learning English.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As an ESL teacher, however, I favor the total immersion technique, in which only English is spoken. And as a reading teacher, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

Many people engage tutors because they want to do well (or want their child to do well) on a particular test: MCAS, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and the like. I’m familiar with these programs and am happy to “teach to the test.” I’m not fond of relentless drilling and repetition, however. I’ve found that a student who is excited about a subject will probably test well, while one whose interest has been deadened by drilling is less likely to excel.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

ESL/ESOL

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I would be pleased to help you or your child learn English and pass the TOEFL or other English tests if desired. I can provide training one-on-one or in a group.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, vocabulary and editing to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have also taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia. Meanwhile, my travels throughout Europe, Asia and South America have given me a strong understanding of people and cultures outside the United States.

As an ESL teacher, I favor the total immersion technique, in which only English is spoken. In my experience, the grammar translation method does not work well. In teaching reading, I don’t typically start with English “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern readers. Rather, I begin with texts that I hope will intrigue and excite students.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Grammar

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your grammar skills whether you are a native speaker or just now learning English.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught grammar to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner. (As an ESL teacher, however, I favor the total immersion technique, in which only English is spoken.)

Many people engage tutors because they want to do well (or want their child to do well) on a particular test: MCAS, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and the like. I’m familiar with these programs and am happy to “teach to the test.” I’m not fond of relentless drilling and repetition, however. I’ve found that a student who is excited about a subject will probably test well, while one whose interest has been deadened by drilling is less likely to excel.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Literature


After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I would be pleased to help you or your child learn more about English literature.

I hold a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University. As part of my pursuit of this degree, I studied comparative literature (English and French) at the University of Rennes and the University of Paris VII in France.

Since then, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express and LinkedIn. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing and editing to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have also given classes in English literature, including the plays of Shakespeare, to retirees and college students.

Many people engage tutors because they want to do well (or want their child to do well) on a particular test: MCAS, SAT, ACT and the like. I’m familiar with these programs and am happy to “teach to the test.” I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style - whether kinesthetic, analytic, or a combination of the two - and adapt my approach accordingly.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Proofreading

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Reading

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your English reading abilities and pass the MCAS, ACT, SAT or other tests if required.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing and editing career. Many of my jobs have involved teaching reading. For example, as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company, I created reading training programs and taught reading skills (including speed reading)to hundreds of young professionals. I have also given classes in English literature to senior citizens and college students, and I have taught reading to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading tutor, however, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

I am very familiar with major reading tests like MCAS, ACT and SAT and can help you or your child navigate the challenges of these tests. They aren't as daunting as they seem! Mainly it's a matter of practicing some basic test-taking techniques. The first thing to do is to read the question before you read the text - then you can look for the answer as you proceed.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

SAT Reading

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading abilities and pass the SAT test in this area.

Since earning a master’s degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing and editing career. Many of my jobs have involved teaching reading. For example, as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company, I created reading training programs and taught reading skills (including speed reading)to hundreds of young professionals. I have also given classes in English literature to senior citizens and college students, and I have taught reading to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading tutor, however, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

I am very familiar with the SAT and can help you or your child navigate the challenges of this test. It isn't as daunting as it seems! Mainly it's a matter of practicing some basic test-taking techniques. The first thing to do is to read the question before you read the text - then you can look for the answer as you proceed.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

SAT Writing

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your reading, writing, and other English-language abilities and pass the SAT test in this area.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading teacher, however, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

SSAT

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve on the Reading and Verbal sections of the SSAT test, and I can help with the math section as well.

My qualifications include:

-I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

-I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, editing and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in New York City and Dublin, Ireland.

-I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students.

-I have scored very high in math tests myself - for example, I scored above 2000 in the math section of the SAT.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner.

As a reading teacher, I don’t typically start with hoary “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern times. Rather, I begin with texts that may intrigue and excite students and move to classics only when the reading “bug” is deeply set.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Study Skills

I have taught hundreds of young people how to prepare for academic challenges and the requirements of corporate training programs. In addition, my own experience earning a Master's Degree has taught me valuable study skills. I have taught these skills to students at every level, including elementary school children, high school and college students and senior citizens. My approach to study skills involves (1) defining a task, (2) breaking it into components, (3) prioritizing the components, (4) creating a task list and schedule and (5) tracking performance.

TOEFL

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I would be pleased to help you or your child pass the TOEFL test. I can provide training one-on-one or in a group.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar, vocabulary and editing to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have also taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in Malaysia. Meanwhile, my travels throughout Europe, Asia and South America have given me a strong understanding of people and cultures outside the United States.

As an ESL teacher, I favor the total immersion technique, in which only English is spoken. In my experience, the grammar translation method does not work well. In teaching reading, I don’t typically start with English “classics” that may hold little relevance for modern readers. Rather, I begin with texts that I hope will intrigue and excite students.

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Vocabulary

I can help you or your child improve your English vocabulary skills. During a 35-year career as a professional writer, editor, and teacher, I created reading and writing training programs and taught grammar and vocabulary to hundreds of young professionals at a New York publishing company.
I have taught reading and literature to college students and senior citizens. I am very familiar with the MCAS, ACT, SAT and other tests and can help you or your child navigate their challenges.

I don't believe that learning vocabulary is just a matter of memorizing word lists. Rather, it's important to use new words in different contexts to fully understand their use and retain them well. Accordingly, I fill my vocabulary lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. I find this is not only more effective but more fun!

Writing

After a 35-year career as a professional writer and editor, I am now semi-retired and devoting most of my time to passing my knowledge and skills on to others. I can help you or your child improve your writing abilities, whether you are a native speaker or just now learning the English language.

Since earning a Master’s Degree in English from Western Michigan University in the late 1970s, I have pursued a rich and varied writing, editing and teaching career. On the corporate side, I have managed hundreds of writers and editors as Vice President of Editorial Services at a New York City publishing company. I have served as Senior Editor for the Robb Report luxury magazine and Copy Chief for the J.Crew fashion company. I have written and edited content for dozens of multinational clients, including Google, AT&T, American Express, and Sears. At this point, thousands of pieces that I have written or edited can be found on the Web.

On the educational side, I currently help teach college courses in writing and editing at Boston University. I have created customized training programs and taught writing, grammar and proofreading to hundreds of young professionals in Dublin, Ireland. I have given classes in English literature to retirees and college students. And I have taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students (second to sixth grade) in a village in Malaysia.

As a tutor, I adapt my approach to each student’s learning style. For kinesthetic (tactile, task-based) learners, I fill my lessons with relevant, real-world examples and challenges. For mental (linear, analytic) learners, I rely more heavily on drills and workbooks. I am not a proponent of any teaching technique. Rather, I assess a student’s learning style and then try different approaches until one emerges as a winner. (As an ESL teacher, however, I do favor the total immersion approach, in which only English is spoken.)

Many people engage tutors because they want to do well (or want their child to do well) on a particular test: MCAS, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and the like. I’m familiar with these programs and am happy to “teach to the test.”

My main goal in tutoring is to help students both master and ENJOY the subject matter. Once enjoyment begins, mastery follows.

Western Michigan University
English
Western Michigan University
Master's

Education

Western Michigan University (English)

Western Michigan University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Discounted group rates

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Acton, MA 01720.

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