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Mark D.

Germantown, MD

$40/hour

Elementary subjects K-6, English, Writing and Speech all ages

In-person lessons
4.9 average from 229 ratings
Thorough and knowledgeable
— Sujatha, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/10/16

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B.A. Gettysburg College
English

Education

B.A. Gettysburg College (English)

About Mark

I have two sons who are both in their twenties and I taught them how to read, spell and use proper grammar. I also taught them ways to simplify and understand their math and helped with most of the homework they were given throughout their school years. I have worked in positions where I have assisted in putting educational catalogs together, proofreading and choosing the wording for many of the sections. I have been consulted many times for advice or help with wording, as well as math problems, mostly before we were all so dependent on a calculator.

I am able to work with students of elementary school age in assisting them with Math, English, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling and Writing. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but I try to be flexible for my students and try to offer makeup times whenever possible. I am able to travel to the student's home or the library for each lesson or teach at my home. Whatever is easiest for you. I do assign homework from our sessions, but It will not be overwhelming. I don't want to overburden the student and don't want to be a deterrent to their homework time and family time. I will also provide assessment reports so that there will be a clear understanding of the student's status.

I was an English major at Gettysburg College and I grew up locally and attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. I enjoy teaching and helping students learn. I try right away to understand where there is a lack of understanding and work to turn that around. Once a student can get past this, then it is possible for them to look at that situation completely differently and not feel that it is such a daunting task. If they can get past this point, then the pressure and stress of the work is relieved quickly. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping and especially enjoy the point in time for the student, where I can see they really understand what they have learned and can apply it for themselves. That is why I teach. I was lucky that my private school education was very thorough and was very hard to forget. I think that education provided a wonderful foundation for me to build upon and pass my knowledge along to others. I look forward to the opportunity to help your son or daughter at this important learning time in their lives.

I am also able to help adults with English speech, writing and grammar. The English language is tough for many people and I am able to assist men and women understand the phonics, pronunciation, accent, and written challenges that can be pretty overwhelming when you don't fully understand English. It is a real privilege to help people improve their English, both written and oral.
I have two sons who are both in their twenties and I taught them how to read, spell and use proper grammar. I also taught them ways to simplify and understand their math and helped with most of the homework they were given throughout their Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 17 miles of Germantown, MD 20874
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Thorough and knowledgeable"

- Sujatha, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/10/16

"Patient and Professional"

- Sadaf, Bethesda, MD on 12/3/16

"Committed"

- Fatmata, Gaithersburg, MD on 9/24/16

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Heidi, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/26/16

"Every lesson is helpful."

- Rebecca, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/25/16

"Excellent!"

- Paulo, Germantown, MD on 8/12/16
Mark replied on 8/16/2016

Thank you Paulo for your feedback. I appreciate it!

"Great Tutor for students."

- Melissa, Rockville, MD on 7/25/16

"Patience"

- Haiyan, Frederick, MD on 6/28/16

"awesome teacher. very patient and kind"

- Kim, Clarksburg, MD on 5/19/16

"Great Tutor"

- Rimple, Gaithersburg, MD on 3/12/16

"A very patient tutor"

- Biju, Germantown, MD on 2/3/16

"Motivating influence"

- Cristina, Rockville, MD on 2/3/16

"Good tutor"

- Nicole, San Francisco, CA on 10/21/15

"Caring, kind and progressive tutor"

- Lisa, Rockville, MD on 10/15/15

"He is a very caring tutor!"

- June, Rockville, MD on 10/7/15

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Marina, Frederick, MD on 9/26/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Udayan, Potomac, MD on 9/4/15

"GREAT TUTOR!"

- Maggie, Gaithersburg, MD on 7/25/15

"Great Tutor"

- Mimi, Bethesda, MD on 6/4/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Maya, Gaithersburg, MD on 3/12/15
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Elementary Math

I am qualified to teach math at the Elementary level. I have passed the WyzAnt test on the subject and I have been using math in most of my jobs for over thirty years, even before calculators were the norm. I understand ways to simplify math for children and have spent many years working with my two sons, so that they understand and can use math every day.

Elementary Science

I am qualified to teach elementary science and have passed the WyzAnt test for this subject. Why things are the way they are has always fascinated me, especially when I was younger. All of the forces that exist on the earth today are always worth knowing more about. You have to have some enthusiasm for the subject to teach it properly. I feel that I have that with science.

English

As the grandson of an English teacher and an English major in college, I have grown up and learned the value of the English language. Proofreading and grammar were a daily institution in my home, at the dinner table as well as with all of my homework and test and paper preparations. I was taught to read with a dictionary at my side which was a great help for spelling and vocabulary as well. My own children have been exposed to all of the English mentoring I received as a young person and I am glad that I get to witness examples of their proficiency as well. At least I know that my parents' teachings did not fall on deaf ears.

Geography

Teaching Geography is a real joy. After memorizing all the state capitals of the United States as a child and many of the more popular foreign countries, I feel that I have a good hold on many facets of Geography. Land formations, waterways, cities and rural areas all have such unique differences that are exciting to understand. Maps of foreign countries keep changing, while the United States has been pretty set for quite some time. Geography is a great way to understand what our surroundings are really like and how they can change over the years.

Grammar

I was lucky to go to a private school, growing up, where there was a great emphasis on grammar. We spent a lot of time dissecting sentences, understanding all parts of speech and making sure that we didn't end sentences with a preposition. As an English major in college, I would always go back over my work and scrutinize my grammar, spelling and punctuation. As an adult, the first thing I look for in a written document is proper grammar. It has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time and my two sons will attest to this as well.

Literature

I feel very equipped to teach literature as a former college English Major. It has been a great privilege being exposed to many of the greatest stories that have ever been written. Studying literature has strengthened my reading and writing and understanding for events that took place in the past. It is very eye opening to see how people lived in the past and have it so eloquently described by someone living at that time. Whether it is trying to understand Shakespeare, Chaucer or William Faulkner, each writer fills the pages with words that permeate your mind and send you back to times when things were very different.

Proofreading

I have had extensive experience in proofreading: first as an English major in college with all the papers I had to write, then later in my professional career helping to put newsletters and catalogues together. I feel that I could proofread most anything as long as it is not extremely technical.

Reading

I am qualified to help your child with Reading. I would be able to help with any homework as well.

Speech

In high school I had the opportunity to do some sports broadcasting and announcing in front of a good number of people. I really enjoyed speaking in front of people, so when I got to college and found that Speech and Public Speaking were offered, I made sure to sign up for the courses. I enjoyed the courses a great deal and feel they improved my confidence in speaking in front of people.

Spelling

I have always been a good speller. Reading with the dictionary beside me when I was young helped a great deal. In many cases, because I was good with phonics, I could sound a word out and get it. One of the greatest pet peeves I have nowadays is reading something important that has spelling errors in it. It is the one thing that I think truly demeans the quality of a written document.

Vocabulary

I feel that I have a good command of English vocabulary. I was brought up to read with a dictionary by my side, so that I could understand the spelling and usage of new words. This helped me to use these words in sentences and to understand the different meanings a word could have. This has been an ongoing habit in adulthood because I will run into a word that I haven't seen in a long time and see that I need to get reacquainted.

Writing

I became an experienced writer fairly early in my school years. My father was very meticulous and usually had me rewrite any paper that I was assigned to write, sometimes several times. I think this practice of constant rewriting was what led me to major in English in college. I had little trouble writing papers in college, but found myself constantly helping others and wondered about their high school English departments. I enjoy writing and I am used to helping others improve their papers with varied vocabulary and proper sentence structure.

B.A. Gettysburg College
English

Education

B.A. Gettysburg College (English)

Thorough and knowledgeable — I am seeing significant improvement in my child's vocabulary and writing as early as after 4 classes. Mark is very dedicated and brings about a variety of topics to focus on for every class, be it grammar, persuasive speech, writing essays, stories, situational leadership, creative writing, reading, analogies, verbal reasoning, comprehension etc. He challenges my kid and motivates her to do more ...

— Sujatha, Gaithersburg, MD on 8/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 17 miles of Germantown, MD 20874.