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Elizabeth E.

Baltimore, MD

$40/hour

Creative, Dynamic Tutor with Wide Experience

Background check passed as of 1/16/14
4.3 average from 60 ratings
Great tutor
— Graham, Towson, MD on 2/4/15

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College of Notre Dame of Maryland
English
Catholic University of America
Master's
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Master's

Education

College of Notre Dame of Maryland (English)

Catholic University of America (Master's)

University of Maryland School of Social Work (Master's)

About Elizabeth

I bring to tutoring proven experience (see below), boundless enthusiasm, and an absolute refusal to be bored or boring. I am endlessly creative, and will find a way to make the material understandable to and interesting for you (and me), whether it means designing grammar lessons from Harry Potter or Falling Skies, or comparing Legos and Lincoln Logs to illustrate the differences in Latin conjugations. Don't confuse that with lack of challenge however! My students typically tell me, "This is actually fun, but I think I've never worked this hard in my life."

This is definitely not about fitting you into some one-size-fits-all approach. My priority is making this your individualized tutoring and I will work hard to help you identify your strengths and needs as well as the learning activities that work best for you. Student feedback is crucially important to me--whether from students or their parents, whether from one person or a group of 35.

My first tutoring job was the summer I turned 14: I tutored three rising 8th graders from my elementary school whom the school was concerned might not be able to handle 8th grade. The 8th grade teacher was delighted with their progress--something which amazes me now! I've gone on to tutor individuals, work with home school groups, tutor in a full-time home school academy (students attended two days a week and we gave them work for the other days), and teach in middle school, high school, college, GED classes, and private ESL programs.

I am willing to work with grades 5 through college. The subjects I prefer to work with are English grammar, writing, ESL, reading and Latin. I ordinarily do not accept last minute, "get-me-ready-for-this-test/exam-I'm-taking-in-two-weeks" assignments.

I've always been a good student. I did my undergraduate and two graduate programs on whole or partial merit scholarships. And if it were possible to get a job just taking standardized tests, I'd be a wealthy woman! I'm a voracious reader, an excellent writer, and lifelong learner. All of this helps me understand high standards in the subjects I tutor, but it has never prevented me from understanding why other people have difficulties with the material. I'm adept at--and get energized by--using my smarts to find ways to lead others to success.

I have a discount policy for two or more children back to back at the same location, because it saves me time and gasoline. This can be students from the same family, a school friend or neighbor with a lesson immediately before or after yours, or two or more students being tutored together.

I'm happy to answer any questions you or your parents may have. If you would like to see whether we're a good fit, let's try a session together and then see if you want to keep having me as your tutor. I look forward to hearing from you.
I bring to tutoring proven experience (see below), boundless enthusiasm, and an absolute refusal to be bored or boring. I am endlessly creative, and will find a way to make the material understandable to and interesting for you (and me), whether it means designing grammar lessons from Harry Potter or Falling Skies, or comparing Legos and Lincoln Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Discounted rates for two or more children back to back at same location: same family, two+ doing the same tutoring session, or a classmate or neighbor. (This saves me time and gasoline.)

Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of Baltimore, MD 21201
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor"

- Graham, Towson, MD on 2/4/15

"Great and timely tutor!"

- Lakia, Windsor Mill, MD on 3/20/14
Language:
Latin
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

A history minor in college, I've maintained an avid interest in history. I've continued lifelong learning through quality nonfiction and well-researched historical novels and films and always enjoy testing myself when Jeopardy has history categories. Although it's not my primary area of teaching experience, I have taught both U.S. and world history in high school.

English

My main qualification in all aspects of English tutoring is that I love grammar, love good writing, and love literature.

An English major, I have taught English in Grades 4 through high school in both traditional classroom, homeschooling, and individual tutoring. My work with ESL has expanded my understanding of what even native speakers need to grasp in order to use the language effectively. I have always been a good writer and currently work professionally as a freelance editor; a degree in English and two Master's degrees have given me additional practice in academic writing. An avid reader I have continued my interest in reading and literature.

With grammar, I have worked out a teaching sequence that many of my students have found more helpful than the typical grammar text approach. An important focus in each area is how this can improve your writing. If you are having general problems with English we would work through this as quickly as works for you, stopping only in the areas you need. If you have a specific area, we would focus on that--relating it to the overall picture only as helpful.

Since my approach is to see individual grammar issues in relation to the whole, I do not work with "quick fix" cramming. That is, I don't do "I have an English test next week and need help" unless your grades in English have so far been excellent and there are just one or two points where you've become confused.

Grammar

An English major, I have taught English in Grades 4 through high school in both traditional classroom, homeschooling, and individual tutoring. I have always been a good writer and currently work professionally as a freelance editor. My grammar skills are strong enough that folks are always bringing their questions to me. I have worked out my own sequence for grammar work which many students find more helpful than the approach used by many texts. It is important to me that students see how to use grammar skills to improve their own writing. Check out my profile for my approach to tutoring.

Latin

I had three years of Latin in high school and had to polish up my skills years later to pass a Latin test as one of my languages for graduate work in religious studies. Since then I have taught Latin in traditional high school, in grades 6 through high school in a home school academy, and in individual tutoring sessions. I am familiar with a wide range of Latin textbooks and have developed supplementary lessons and practice exercises for many of them.

Proofreading

As an English major and as someone who has done two Master's and other graduate work, I've had a lot of experience carefully proofreading written work. My skills and "eye" are good and I have been frequently asked to proof others' work. I've also turned that into a work area and have years of experience as a professional free lance editor and proofreader. Check out my profile for my approach to teaching.

Reading

I began my reading teaching with instruction to all levels in grade 4 and in middle school. Later I taught remedial reading in high school for many years. Since I also taught high school English and history, I had the opportunity to review reading skills in those subjects as well. As an individual tutor, I have worked with fifth and sixth graders reading below grade level.

My approach is to assess each of the following areas and then work on those as necessary.
1) Can the student sound out words?
2) Can s/he use the context of a sentence to choose the missing word from four possible choices?
3) Can s/he divide a sentence into meaningful thought groups?
4) Does s/he spend so much time struggling with sentence by sentence that s/he misses the overall communication of a paragraph or passage?
5) Does the student need work to increase speed in reading?
6) Does the student need tips on taking standardized reading tests more effectively?

If the student has a favorite genre (funny stories, scary stories, historical fiction) or interest (space, dinosaurs, politics) I try to use those kinds of materials for our practice. With younger readers I also try to develop an enjoyment of reading by spending 8-10 minutes a session reading aloud to the student while s/he follows along from a separate book. When the material gets to a particularly interesting part I stop and have the student read the next few sentences to find out what happens.

Spelling

I'm a good speller and have used spelling skills both in teaching English and in my own writing and freelance editing. In my work with other subjects (e.g., Latin) I've accumulated an array of exercises to help with memorization, which is a large part of learning spelling.

Study Skills

As a middle and high school teacher of English, reading, history, and Latin, I have often found with both average and remedial students that I have had to teach basic study skills in order to have students succeed in the subject itself. Drawing on my coursework in education (undergraduate and graduate) as well as self-study, I now automatically include in any tutoring/teaching an analysis of the student's preferred learning style and a cultivation of appropriate study skills. Most recently, I have become interested in the research and consequent recommendations concering executive function and have given a workshop for adults on that subject.

Vocabulary

My own vocabulary is extensive, thanks to my wide reading. Studying and teaching Latin has given me an interest in word origins which can be useful in tutoring if it is a fit with the student's school's approach. Recently I have become interested in the Leitner "game schedule" as a way of studying vocabulary. It can incorporate a wide variety of creative approaches that I have used in the past but has been shown in testing trials to improve retention of memorized work.

Writing

I am an English major, a writer myself, and a freelance editor. I have taught writing in grades 4-introductory level college courses. My own academic work (including two master's degrees, most of a doctorate, and a smattering of community college courses for continuing ed credits for my social work license) has given me a wealth of practice in planning and writing academic papers.

I cover the following areas (depending on student needs):
1) Writing strong, vibrant, varied sentences by analyzing professional examples, using them as models, rewriting dull samples and having student write her/his own.
2) Same as #1, but for paragraphs
3) Helping student to choose from a variety of organizational tools the one (ones) s/he finds most helpful and using that to develop ideas
4) Researching a paper for a class and writing it plagiarism-free
5) Practicing the mechanics of grammar/usage with humorous materials.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland
English
Catholic University of America
Master's
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Master's

Education

College of Notre Dame of Maryland (English)

Catholic University of America (Master's)

University of Maryland School of Social Work (Master's)

Great tutor

Elizabeth had a great first session with my son - he felt that she understood where he has been having some difficulty with his Latin and that she was able to give him some valuable tips. We were very pleased.

— Graham, Towson, MD on 2/4/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Discounted rates for two or more children back to back at same location: same family, two+ doing the same tutoring session, or a classmate or neighbor. (This saves me time and gasoline.)

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 18 miles of Baltimore, MD 21201.