Georgetown/Excelsior College (Liberal Arts)
I have been tutoring since I coached a friend who was failing in seventh grade German. Dan got a "B" in exchange for some sandwiches. I have also tutored middle-aged adults preparing for their high school equivalency exams as a senior in high school, I have coached university classmates in economics, history and philosophy and I tutored remedial college students in Buffalo, NY in math and writing. i have been a certified ESL teacher for 22 years in New York, Maryland, Romania. South Korea, the Czech Republic and Taiwan. It is a field I enjoy because I am able to teach science. history and math along with language and literature. I was a National Merit Scholar in NY (770Verbal/710 Math) and I scored at the 97th percentile on the Graduate Record Exams exams in American and European history. I have also done extensive training in teaching dyslexics to read using a variation of the Orton-Gillingham method, a method of phonics instruction pioneered in the 1920s and 1930s. I have also found it useful in working with non-native English speakers who find the rich phonology and and an an alphabet based on the historic origins of a word do be daunting.
I have different approaches to tutoring based on the needs of the student. If providing assistance with a particular class, I evaluate my students' strengths and weaknesses through thumbnail assessments of core vocabulary, reading level and general proficiency. It is important for the student to know that no tutoring program works without the students' active participation. I will work to provide a program of self-study that complements your child's works in school. I have done extensive work in helping bring out the best work students are capable of producing through the use of templates, anchor papers from student peers and intense editing. I do not write papers for my students. of course, but I do make sure that they do not write too little, they do not write too much and they do not write nonsense.
If you are concerned about standardized state exams, I have extensive experience in preparing ESOL students for the Language Arts, Biology and Government assessments in Maryland. As a public school teacher who studied in New York, a state where we had assessments, better ones I believe for Language Arts, Government, World History. Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Earth Science. Biology, Chemistry, Physics and World Languages, and as someone who has prepared Korean and Romanian students for their demanding university exams, I am as well prepared as anyone for the new national assessments that are being piloted this year and will be arriving this year or next.
I have been tutoring since I coached a friend who was failing in seventh grade German. Dan got a "B" in exchange for some sandwiches. I have also tutored middle-aged adults preparing for their high school equivalency exams as a senior in high school, I have coached university classmates in economics, history and philosophy and I tutored remedial
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