B.A. Gettysburg College (English)
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 school years. I have worked in positions where I have assisted in putting educational catalogs together,
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 and more. My child loves Mark's tutoring and has been showing great interest in pursuing the classes as she herself sees the improvement. Mark receives my feedback well and immediately incorporates it into his tutoring. We have a great discussion after every class. I am impressed with his dedication and sincerity in his work.
Mark has been an excellent tutor and my boys are looking forward to learn a lot from him. He is very knowledgeable and explains with a lot of patience and dedication.
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Mark has been working with two of my elementary aged homeschooled children in reading and math. Neither of my children enjoyed learning to read, but now it's all they want to work on! Mark has been very patient with them even when they have their "moments" and provides appropriately challenging work. The amount of progress they have made so far is tremendous, and we look forward to continuing to work with him.
Mark did some math review with my son . After mark left it's the first time my son told me That he loves math and He loves the way that mark uses to explain the math problem. Thank you Mark.
When Mark started working with my daughter she was a "D" in math. After one month her grade improved tremendously. Thanks to Mark being on point not trying to figure what she needed but testing her to see exactly where the issue was.I am proud to say my daughter is a solid "B" student in math on her way with Mark becoming an "A" student. My 9 year old daughter came to me and said "mommy I'm the only in my class that knows how to multiply decimals, Mr.Mark taught me". She is ahead of her class. Thank you so much Mark for your dedication and wisdom.What I like most is that you teach in real time. What ever the teachers are teaching in class you teach the same thing to Bintu and make sure Bintu knows it before you move on.You are heaven sent and Bintu adores you.
He taught math and language and arts . My daughter told me, he likes Mr Mark better than her previous tutor. When I asked her, What do you like about him? She said, He let her do her things and if she needed help, he will show her how to do it, unlike the previous tutor, he solved the problems by himself on the board . And I think my daughter didn't like her previous tutor. We are looking forward to have Mr Mark this coming Friday again.
We are so thankful to find Mark on WyzAnt. My daughter started 3rd grade this year and she struggles with math and writing in the beginning. Just within a few classes with Mark, she was able to do the entire multiplication table without any mistake. Mark made math easy and interesting! I was amazed by my daughter's progress and she really starting showing a keen interest in math. And for writing, even better. Mark helped my daughter to build vocabulary and he taught her to write vivid descriptions in her writing which got her a lot compliments from the teacher and her writing was put on the Principle Wall! Thank you Mark, we couldn't be happier with your work! You are a great teacher.
Mark did a second lesson with my both kids and he seems very patient, professional, and is able to get both kids engaged and want to learn! Kids are looking forward in the upcoming lessons!
I asked my son if he likes Mark as his home teacher and he stated yes. He was unable to articulate why probably because he truly rather play than study, but at least he likes working with him.
I can be a tad bit of a tiger mom at times, but I like the way Mark tactfully cut back from my wishlist, which really is overwhelming for a 5 year old. He assessed Boubacar's vocabulary, knowledge of vowels and consonant sounds, spelling, handwriting and reading abilities and will continue to work with him in these areas.
Also, Mark offered Boubacar and I a lot of positive verbal reinforcements, acknowledged us for what the two of us have been able to accomplish thus far and encouraged us to continue on that path. My 5 year old is a talkative but Mark was very patient with him. Also he came with his own materials and incorporated them with ours. He will create a folder for himself and Boubacar so we can keep track of materials covered and be able to review them with him at home. I think we will have a long working relationship.
We are very pleased to have found Mark to work with our son over the summer and continuing on during this school year. He is knowledgable about what is needed to cover for fourth grade and is also very patient with our ADHD son. Mark is also always well prepared for the lesson time and always on time. He is flexible to change things up if that is what is needed to make the time most useful.
Mark continuously assesses Charlies needs and adapts as necessary. I continuously look forward to the next session with Mark.
Mark is very reliable and very patient! He is really a big help on my exams! Thank You! I would recommend him as a tutor!
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Mark D. is an exemplary tutor. We had a brief interview before the first tutoring session to discuss my son’s strengths and weaknesses and what exactly wanted to achieve with the tutoring sessions .My son loves to have lessons with Mark after first lesson. Working with Mark was an excellent experience and feel my son made real progress because of him skills and dedication to the process. He is very flexible with his schedule, and extremely well-prepared for my son’s sessions. He is very knowledgeable, he is incredibly understanding, has unlimited patience. Mark D. is awesome, he is very detail oriented, make sure my son understand every step. He's not only an outstanding tutor, but a great guy who cared about student’s success almost as much as parents did. I would strongly recommend the private tutoring sessions and try to take a class with Mark and/or private tutoring.
Mark is very patient to answer any questions my son has even those not very related to the class. Because of Mark's kindness my son leaves the whole week questions to his class to ask his help. Mark is very trustworthy.
Mark has helped both of my children in math. My 6th grader learns math concepts that she has trouble learning in class. Her grade has gone from a B to an A since Mark has been helping her.
Mark has helped my very difficult and stubborn 4th grader. She has never liked tutors in the past. She actually likes Mark and never gives me a fit before he tutors her. Mark has definitely helped her with her confidence in math. I highly recommend Mark.
Great tutor, patient, always on time, and well prepared to tutor my 12 year old son. My son needed extra guidance in using descriptive words in his writing, as well attention to grammar. Mark has helped my son gain interest in writing and grammar while giving him constructive feedback to improve his writing skills.
Mark has been helping my child since last December and I see renewed focus in my child towards her academics. He is helping her improve her confidence in speech and conversation, writing stories and report by using vocabulary learnt over time. Overall I am pleased with his teaching style. Soon we will be involving Mark in educating our other daughter too.
The very first lesson started off with Mark asking my son what his interests were and he is now using those subjects while teaching him to keep him engaged and excited about writing. My son seems to be enjoying the tutoring lessons much more than school because he gets to express his ideas and thoughts instead of writing about a subject that's chosen for him. Mark also makes my son feel intelligent which gives him a lot of confidence.
Since my daughter was upset and nervous the session had an awkward start, but by the end she was feeling comfortable and eager to work with him.
When we first met Mark, he was able to identify math problem areas with my 10 year old daughter through process of elimination. His suggested ways to help her improve, as well as teach her anticipated math problems for her grade level so she will be ahead of the game, which was great! He printed out math packets for her, and we anticipate her understanding math to be better. My daughter responded well to him. I highly recommend Mark.
I'm very happy about Mark working with my son. First, my son was very pessimistic about me hiring a new tutor. My son always hesitated to try new things or completing tasks. Mark makes it much easier for me and my son to schedule tutoring sessions because he actually cares for his students! Mark's helping him not only reading and writing. He helps cover other homework, find missing assignments, and he even contacted teachers to make sure he understands what they are looking for!!
We finally found an amazing tutor!
Mark is helping my children (6 and 11 y/o) with math and English. Kids have great time and count days to see Mr. Mark again.
Mark has started tutoring English, reading, and writing for about a month. Both my sons have enjoyed his lessons. He is very patient. His lessons encompass a variety of skills, including vocabulary, reading and writing. I like the idea of using adjectives to supplement the details in writing. He will bring a list of adjectives and discuss their usage. Overall, we have had a fabulous experience with him as our tutor so far.
Mark is a good, patient tutor. My son likes him, and he has gotten big progress in his reading in a short term! Recommended strongly!
Mark has been great with my son. He is patient and understanding of his needs. I would highly recommend him. His recommendations has been helpful and my son has a good understanding of the process that needs to be done.
After relocating from another state to a new school district and curriculum, my 9 year old fell behind in instructional time. I searched for a tutor to assist her in coming up to speed with math, science, and social studies. Mark is extremely patient and personable and instantly made my daughter feel comfortable and open to asking questions. He adapts to her learning style. Mark has been very flexible and has gone out of his way to purchase materials and collaborate with her teacher to best assist her. We work with Mark 4x/week, I highly recommend his tutoring services.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am qualified to help your child with Reading. I would be able to help with any homework as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.