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Richard E.

Vineyard Haven, MA

$40/hour

Professional & Graduate Level Writing Skills Tutor

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Trinity College
English
Duke University
Master's
Duke University, NC, USA
PhD

Education

Trinity College (English)

Duke University (Master's)

Duke University, NC, USA (PhD)

About Richard

Dear Reader,

I started out as a High School English teacher. Then I joined the Methodist Church, and served for many years as a practicing Minister, before accepting an invitation to Duke University. While there I taught in the English Dept and was part of the faculty team that worked on what has since become known as the Reader Expectation approach to writing. I moved north to the Vineyard, where I served many years in Mass State Geriatric Program Management in Home Care and Elder Abuse.

Not counting family (and you can see them at R George Eli on Facebook) my most satisfying work has always been in music and in English. My approach to 'lessons' is entirely based on student need, and no two students are the same. As such, I always seek to zero in on areas of need, quickly and accurately. Then the student and I need to agree on a realistic plan that we can execute.

In joining WyzAnt, I am seeking hard working and ambitious students who desire to improve a specific skillset - the command and control of the English Language.
Dear Reader,

I started out as a High School English teacher. Then I joined the Methodist Church, and served for many years as a practicing Minister, before accepting an invitation to Duke University. While there I taught in the English Dept and was part of the faculty team that
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Language:
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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ACT English

In ACT English, I begin by assessing student proficiency levels using both writing and verbal skills tests. Once done, we will focus on the weaknesses that have been demonstrated and create and execute a customized plan. Over the years, what i have found invaluable is the difference a genuinely concerned tutor can make to student motivation. It gives me great satisfaction to hear students say "The encouragement made all the difference!"

ACT Reading

Work will start with assessing style and habit. We will focus on presenting elements that prevent good reading and comprehension. While the traditional approach has been to move from passage to question, I also advocate the reverse. Multiple choice questions are often predetermined by their answers and with practice and supervision students can improve their scores. The focus is on comparative analysis.

Bible Studies

I am an ordained retired Methodist Minister. My teaching expertise in bible studies is mostly focused on the Old Testament and the Gospels. My doctoral dissertation on John Wesley was published and is still available. My practical experience covers bible teaching, expository preaching, and decades of marriage and family Christian Education seminars and workshops.

Proofreading

I see Proofreading as a final check that fine-tunes a completed piece of writing that has been reviewed and revised. This is how I practice it, and how I taught it in the English Dept at Duke University. I have since taught this approach to all of my writing students, and it has always worked well. There is one caveat - more often than not, I will also teach punctuation as we proceed, so that distinctions, for example between when to use a colon or a semi colon, are clearly understood. My approach is to help students identify their own habits, and then work with them to correct as needed.

Public Speaking

My professional life has many public speaking facets. I've been a Methodist preacher, with a Th.M in Homiletics (preaching) from Duke University, and have served churches in Singapore, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

I also hold a Ph.D. from Duke University and served as teaching faculty in their English Department. In the State of Massachusetts, I have served as a Public Heath Program Administrator. Finally, I continue to work part time as a musician, as both a lead vocalist and an instrumentalist. All these have given me a public speaking skill set not easily come by.

My approach to public speaking is to focus on what I call the 4 C's - content, control, conviction, and confidence.

Reading

My approach is based on the question "How does a student correctly interpret a sentence on the first go?" Sentences are now longer and often convoluted, and complex sentences can have a multiplicity of potential subjects. The student must be able to figure out subject priority. Verbs may be hidden by nominalizations, so that action is rendered ambiguous. My approach is to look at the student's background knowledge, general and specific, and then consider vocabulary base and comprehension skills, after which we work on a strategy to develop and enhance needed skills.

SAT Reading

Reader Expectation methodology provides a critical difference when it comes to correct interpretation. Too often, because of misplaced information in a sentence, a writer may send the wrong message to the reader. Effective reading involves understanding what the writer intends, even though it may not have been said effectively. It is looking carefully at what the topic/s are in a sentence, and finding what emphasis has been placed on them, to what degree that emphasis has been qualified, and what responses are being sought from the reader.

SAT Writing

My approach to writing utilizes Reader Expectation methodology. Readers have relatively fixed expectations of where grammatical constructs should appear in a sentence. The approach provides writing tools, as opposed to the traditional form of grammar and rules. , Students are able to learn quickly and effectively, and see tangible improvement in their writing within a short time period.

TOEFL

Past English Dept Writing Skills faculty. Duke University.

Writing

My approach focuses on one single principle - is the student able to write sentences that communicate well? There is always room to upgrade writing skill levels. We start with assessing style and habit in order to identify and eradicate weaknesses, replacing them with substantive patterns that produce effective writing. Students learn how to quantify the effectiveness of their writing according to the tools of placement that are taught. This is the excellence of the Reader Expectation Approach.

Trinity College
English
Duke University
Master's
Duke University, NC, USA
PhD

Education

Trinity College (English)

Duke University (Master's)

Duke University, NC, USA (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 0 miles of Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.