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Mark R.

Rockville, MD

$35/hour

Writing and SAT/PSAT tutor and/or coach, and violin teacher

In-person lessons

$35/Hour


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Lawrence University
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About Mark

I am an essay coach/tutor as well as editor. I can help you write that essay you're afraid or not certain of, or coach you in doing it. I can do the same for the SAT or PSAT if you're apprehensive, and am doing that currently. I can help you improve your score if you want to do better, or make you more confident taking it.

Finally, I can edit and offer feedback on any document you want edited, helping increase its readability and clarify, and helping with organization and flow, in addition to a spelling and grammar check. I can also coach you in writing it.

I've got considerable experience in both these areas, have helped notably Ph.D. candidates, and also am a reporter for a newspaper in DC, as well as for one in Baltimore.

I also offer myself as a violin teacher, as an accomplished semi-pro level player and experienced teacher.

I took lessons years ago from a very good violinist who had been a student of a famous violin teacher named Galamian, whom many consider the greatest teacher of the 20th century. He taught the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman and other virtuosos. This man wasn't quite that good but was extremely good and talented, and taught me the basics of what he learned from Galamian.

I absorbed most of that, and am able to pass that on to my students. The Galamian method, which is documented in textbooks that are now famous, makes the violin accessible to most people, and reduces it to very doable steps and a definitely understandable method.

I can pass this on to students, and consider myself a good natural teacher. I've also been told the same by several students and parents of students who have observed me. The only thing you have to do is practice, and you do have to practice, daily. Violin is difficult enough that if you don't practice every day you lose quickly the proficiency you had gained before. That goes for me, too.

I can teach anybody, any age, if they are willing to be put in the practice time. I'm easy to get along with and enjoy watching a new player develop as well as watch an experienced player blossom. And I will make you better.

I will work you, and your progress will largely depend on how much time & effort you're willing/able to put in. I'll push you as much as you want, and will definitely encourage you.

I also believe in having fun while we're doing this, and like to think I don't take myself too seriously. We'll have some fun while we're learning, and we'll do it together; you'll teach me while I'm teaching you.
I am an essay coach/tutor as well as editor. I can help you write that essay you're afraid or not certain of, or coach you in doing it. I can do the same for the SAT or PSAT if you're apprehensive, and am doing that currently. I can help you improve your score if you want to do better, or make you more confident taking it.

Finally, I
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Rockville, MD 20852
In-person lessons
Music:
Violin
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming, Tennis

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.

ESL/ESOL

I've taught ESOL to adult students both for hire and as a volunteer, and think it's a very important thing to do. I've also made several friends doing it.

My background in writing and editing, as well as my teaching experience, help with this.

I've been to my wife's native Peru five times and my Spanish has gotten better; I am conversant in it much of the time. I get better every time we travel to S. America.

Grammar

I have been writing for a newspaper in Washington, D.C. called Street Sense for the past two years, and run my own editing business from my house. I consider grammar and spelling strengths of mine.

I also consider myself a very good teacher, and have experience both teaching high school kids SAT and PSAT prep as well as teaching some ESOL classes in the past.

Several of my editing clients, who have been mostly Ph.D. candidates at DC-area universities, have been foreign-born people who need help or at least coaching in English grammar and effective writing. I have coached and helped them and consider myself good at it. Nobody has complained; most have thanked me, often effusively, for my efforts on their behalf.

I have had several repeat customers and several referrals. The business was started with an ad on craigslist that a lady doctoral candidate at Howard University in DC responded to. She was so happy with my work on her thesis that she passed my information on to six of her program colleagues. So I edited seven people in the same program. All were happy with what I did.

I can do the same thing for you.

Violin

I've been a violinist since age 9, a lot of the time seriously, including for the past 25 years. I am a performance member of a semi-professional DC-area music club and am in its orchestra and have been since auditioning in 1985.

I also took lessons from a very talented violinist who had been a student of a man considered by many the greatest violin teacher of the 20th century, named Ivan Galamian, at the renowned Julliard School in New York City. Tom taught me the basics of Galamian's method, which makes the difficult violin accessible to most people if you practice regularly. That applies to me as much as it applies to my students. I retain the basics of that method, use them in my own practicing, and can pass them on to students.

Lawrence University
history

Education

Lawrence University (history)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 20 miles of Rockville, MD 20852.