Search
Alan G.'s Photo

Alan G.

PhD. Patient and knowledgeable-Writing, Reading, Speech, Communication

PhD. Patient and knowledgeable-Writing, Reading, Speech, Communication

$50/hour

  • 1,736 hours tutoring

About Alan


Bio

IN PERSON and ONLINE tutoring available

I am a knowledgeable and caring teacher/tutor with 20 years of experience, and the author of four teaching guides. I was recently a member of an online course development team for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and an editor for an SSAT study guide.

I provide provide individual and small group tutoring for Writing, Reading, Spanish, Speech, SAT, ACT, AP English Language, AP English Literature, and AP US History. I've worked for the major...

IN PERSON and ONLINE tutoring available

I am a knowledgeable and caring teacher/tutor with 20 years of experience, and the author of four teaching guides. I was recently a member of an online course development team for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and an editor for an SSAT study guide.

I provide provide individual and small group tutoring for Writing, Reading, Spanish, Speech, SAT, ACT, AP English Language, AP English Literature, and AP US History. I've worked for the major standardized test companies, so I know how tests are created, and how test developers create questions to challenge (and sometimes confuse) students.

I also help GRADUATE students with their masters' theses and doctoral dissertations in fields such as English Language and Literature, Communications, ESL, Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health.

A good tutor listens to a student's issues, understands how the student perceives a subject, and gets a grasp of the particular problems she or he may have. By learning WHY a student is having difficulties, a tutor should develop an individualized student plan, so that she or he can eventually "self-tutor."

With a certificate in Counseling Psychology, I can help develop learning strategies for students that don't fit neatly into a typical student profile, for example, those with ADHD or dyslexia.

I've had a lot of formal education, but I've always tried to stay well-rounded. When I attended college, I was a member of the track and wrestling teams.

About hourly rates: Hourly tutoring rate does not include commuting and preparation time. What may seem a high per hour rate is actually far less for the tutor. For example, an Uber driver may earn $20 or 25 per hour, but he or she does not require extra time that tutoring does. If we can schedule tutoring sessions online or within a fifteen minute drive, I'd be happy to request an adjustment in the rate.

Background Summary:

PhD. New York University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. Hunter College, City University of New York


Education

City University of New York, Hunter College
Language Studies
Columbia University
Masters
New York University-Stenhardt School of Education
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: Rate for two or more students during same tutoring hour is $70 for two students.
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/6/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

Loading...

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat


Subjects

Art

Art History,

Art History

As a former contributing editor to Arts Magazine, I have published articles on Renaissance Art and Modern Art, I have written and edited many articles on the visual arts. You can see my explanation of "Post-Modernism" on the Q & A section of the Wyzant website.
Art Theory,

Art Theory

I have written for art magazines.
Film,

Film

Besides teaching and tutoring students in film theory and aesthetics, I've taught courses on film analysis and screenplay writing. I am also a regular film reviewer for the Critical Movie Critics online film review website.
Theater

Theater

With a Master's degree in theater, I have taught playwriting, directed one-act plays, and have written ten plays of my own that have been performed in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia. I can help you with developing research papers on theater topics and also help you edit your own plays to enhance their dialogue and improve their structure. If you'd like to read any of my own work, feel free to ask once you've registered with WyzAnt.

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

As an Intake Coordinator for Montgomery College, I was responsible for developing work-study programs that matched the skills of college-age students. For high school seniors and juniors, I work in conjunction with parents to find appropriate colleges to which students should apply, and assisted them in articulating their experience and goals for college admission personal statements.
GRE,

GRE

As a former Graduate Record Exam test developer, I helped devise sections of the test for its parent company, Educational Testing Service. Do you need help with the writing, verbal, or quantitative sections? I have recently helped complete an on-line video course for students who would like to improve their knowledge about the GRE, and tips on how to study for it. I can provide you with these tips in a one-to-one environment through tutoring that is even more effective. Additionally, since I was part of the team that developed test questions and prompts for the read GRE, I know exactly what test raters look for when they are determining your grade.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I received a Teaching Fellowship in Public Speaking at New York University. I also had two years of extensive training in voice articulation with the famous Julliard School's speech coach and have spoken to student groups, teacher groups, and professional groups. I have helped native English speakers improve their presentation skills, and have assisted professionals such as physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople in helping them reduce their foreign ACCENTS, so that they pronounce the English language clearly and efficiently. I also tutor techniques in developing public speaking skills and to help reduce the fear of public speaking.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

As an Intake Coordinator for Montgomery College, I was responsible for developing work-study programs that matched the skills of college-age students. For high school seniors and juniors, I work in conjunction with parents to find appropriate colleges to which students should apply, and assisted them in articulating their experience and goals for college admission personal statements.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Grammar,

Grammar

Do you have trouble with the fine points of grammar, for example, what is the proper tense to use or whether "who" or "whom" is the proper pronoun? Or, you might know the basic rules of grammar, but would like to write more "elegantly" or more complexly, and don't know how to expand the depth or breadth of your sentences. Regardless of what grammatical issues or goals you may have, I can help you achieve them.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a professional writer and editor, I've had a lot of experience in proofreading documents from college level research papers to master's theses and doctoral dissertations. I can work in the MLA style, the APA style, or the U. of Chicago style. Some of the subjects I've proofread and edited include psychology, sociology, public health, theology, English literature, and others. I have also worked as an editor and writer for two major publishers, Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I received a Teaching Fellowship in Public Speaking at New York University. I also had two years of extensive training in voice articulation with the famous Julliard School's speech coach and have spoken to student groups, teacher groups, and professional groups. I have helped native English speakers improve their presentation skills, and have assisted professionals such as physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople in helping them reduce their foreign ACCENTS, so that they pronounce the English language clearly and efficiently. I also tutor techniques in developing public speaking skills and to help reduce the fear of public speaking.
Spanish

Spanish

As an undergraduate student, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and continued my Spanish studies in college. After taking educational seminars in Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, I earned a Certificado de Estudios Avancados (Certificate in Advanced Spanish Studies) from the Fairfax, VA Board of Education. I work for several international organizations in the Washington, DC area, as a translator of documents, and as a simultaneous translator at meetings and forums. A note from the father of a high school Spanish student: Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughter's homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Do you have trouble with the fine points of grammar, for example, what is the proper tense to use or whether "who" or "whom" is the proper pronoun? Or, you might know the basic rules of grammar, but would like to write more "elegantly" or more complexly, and don't know how to expand the depth or breadth of your sentences. Regardless of what grammatical issues or goals you may have, I can help you achieve them.
Reading,

Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students comprehend reading assignments or read well in the "real world" but get rattled in test-taking situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your child's basic reading skills, whether you are getting ready to take the SAT or ACT test, or are applying to graduate or professional schools where there is a requirement to take the GMAT, LMAT, or GRE tests, I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Having a broad and accurate skill in vocabulary is important for success at all educational levels as it is in the world of work. Unfortunately, a lot of 'vocabulary building' is not very helpful because it teaches new vocabulary words in a mechanical, artificial way, for example, by memorizing lists of words or using 'mnemonics,' meaning learning to memorize words and meanings without using them in writing or speaking. I have had a lot of success in improving the vocabulary of native English speakers as well as ESL/ESOL students by using context-specific vocabulary exercises. In other words, I can help you enhance your vocabulary through 'natural' methods, the same way you would learn new words and their usage in everyday contexts.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

As a high school and college counselor, I have regularly assisted students in deciding whether they should take the ACT test, and have successfully tutored high school students in the four ACT sections: Reading Comprehension, Science, Math, and Writing. I have also served as a consultant to publishing companies for textbook development.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students read and comprehend easily when completing regular assignments in class or for homework, but get anxious in test-taking situations. When I help a student prepare for a standardized test, I use a holistic approach by helping him or her prepare in a safe, supportive environment so he or she can harness reading skills and apply them to the test. I have also written and edited three textbooks that focus on developing critical reading skills.
English,

English

IN-PERSON and ONLINE: I have taught and tutored all aspects of English or, as it is often called, "Language Arts" for nearly 20 years. I am enthusiastic about helping others, whether it be to improve writing, reading, or speaking skills. I have taught students from middle school through the doctoral level. I also am a successful AP English Language and Literature tutor/teacher. If you are composing something lengthy such as a thesis or dissertation and require guidance, or simply want to improve your basic writing skills, I can help. I have also worked with professionals such as lawyers, business people, and physicians to improve their communication skills to enhance their job-related performance.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Grammar,

Grammar

Do you have trouble with the fine points of grammar, for example, what is the proper tense to use or whether "who" or "whom" is the proper pronoun? Or, you might know the basic rules of grammar, but would like to write more "elegantly" or more complexly, and don't know how to expand the depth or breadth of your sentences. Regardless of what grammatical issues or goals you may have, I can help you achieve them.
Literature,

Literature

I have written four instructor guides for English teachers to help provide ideas concerning ways to teach literature, including fiction, poetry, and drama. I have also successfully tutored many students who plan to take the AP (Advanced Placement) English Literature Exam. All have received the highest awarded grade--a 5!
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a professional writer and editor, I've had a lot of experience in proofreading documents from college level research papers to master's theses and doctoral dissertations. I can work in the MLA style, the APA style, or the U. of Chicago style. Some of the subjects I've proofread and edited include psychology, sociology, public health, theology, English literature, and others. I have also worked as an editor and writer for two major publishers, Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I received a Teaching Fellowship in Public Speaking at New York University. I also had two years of extensive training in voice articulation with the famous Julliard School's speech coach and have spoken to student groups, teacher groups, and professional groups. I have helped native English speakers improve their presentation skills, and have assisted professionals such as physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople in helping them reduce their foreign ACCENTS, so that they pronounce the English language clearly and efficiently. I also tutor techniques in developing public speaking skills and to help reduce the fear of public speaking.
Reading,

Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students comprehend reading assignments or read well in the "real world" but get rattled in test-taking situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your child's basic reading skills, whether you are getting ready to take the SAT or ACT test, or are applying to graduate or professional schools where there is a requirement to take the GMAT, LMAT, or GRE tests, I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some high school students, even for those that have good reading skills and who enjoy reading. The critical reading skills one needs in college (or in preparing for college by taking the SAT or ACT) differ from those that many of us use for casual reading or reading for entertainment. Additionally, many students do well on reading assignments, but may have test anxiety on a "high stakes" standardized test like the SAT. I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment where we will assess where your difficulties with reading lie so as to maximize your reading comprehension and test taking strategies.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Do you need help with the SAT Writing section? I've taught and tutored many students in preparation for all aspects of the SAT. I've also helped develop test questions and prompts for the SAT, and know exactly what the readers of the test look for when they are determining what grade to give you. Whether you have trouble with grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, or overall essay organization, I can quickly pinpoint the areas you need for improvement, and show you ways to enhance your writing skills for the SAT specifically, and for academic work in general.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

YOU CAN'T GET A HIGH SCORE ON THE TOEFL TEST BY STUDYING A BOOK! WHY? BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT The TOEFL test requires that you demonstrate competent listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills, and is designed to test these skills in a NATURAL setting. If you've ever tried to learn a language by reading a book or doing exercises in a workbook, you probably know that these strategies don't help much. I can work with you in all these areas of language by focusing on YOUR particular problems in comprehension. Since I tutor ALL areas of language, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, I can develop a personalized program for you to get the highest score on the TOEFL test you can.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Having a broad and accurate skill in vocabulary is important for success at all educational levels as it is in the world of work. Unfortunately, a lot of 'vocabulary building' is not very helpful because it teaches new vocabulary words in a mechanical, artificial way, for example, by memorizing lists of words or using 'mnemonics,' meaning learning to memorize words and meanings without using them in writing or speaking. I have had a lot of success in improving the vocabulary of native English speakers as well as ESL/ESOL students by using context-specific vocabulary exercises. In other words, I can help you enhance your vocabulary through 'natural' methods, the same way you would learn new words and their usage in everyday contexts.
Writing

Writing

Writing is perhaps one academic area where even the best students have difficulty. Often, this is because we don't do much formal writing outside of academic settings. The electronic age may have contributed to this, but if you want or need to improve your writing skills, you probably don't really care WHY you find writing difficult. You want to IMPROVE it! Whether you are in middle school or graduate school, need help in organizing and structuring your ideas and sentences for a short essay or a doctoral dissertation, I can help you significantly improve your writing by first, learning what your difficulties are in the writing process, and then, help you find strategies to overcome these difficulties. Nearly every profession requires clear, concise writing. And once you develop your writing skills, you can be certain that you'll keep them throughout your academic or professional career.

History

American History,

American History

American History not only helps one understand the basis for how our government developed, but also is essential in understanding the values that Americans hold regarding one another, education, work, the make-up of organizations, and interpersonal relationships. American History is one of the subjects for which there is an Advanced Placement or AP test. I have helped lots of students prepare for the AP history test, and use a book especially designed for developing the knowledge and skills to pass it. In addition, knowing American History in depth is essential for the American citizenship test, and researchers have found a large percentage of people born in the U.S. would fail the test if they had to take it to become citizens. Mmmm! Did you know that the modern American University was based on the educational ideas of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and the first President of the University of Virginia.
Art History,

Art History

As a former contributing editor to Arts Magazine, I have published articles on Renaissance Art and Modern Art, I have written and edited many articles on the visual arts. You can see my explanation of "Post-Modernism" on the Q & A section of the Wyzant website.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

My experience in Government & Politics has been in two major domains. I have a Ph.D. in Communications and have studied international relations, propaganda theory, and political and economic theory from the Enlightenment period to the present. Additionally, I've had "hands-on" experience in my capacity of working with educational organizations, I've been involved in many projects that have been funded by the federal government, for example, projects involving the US Department of Education, Office of Juvenile Justice, Department of Housing, Department of Human Services. In addition, I've worked with a number of immigration organizations in partnership with the federal government, and have translated "white papers" on immigration issues from Spanish into English.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

Social Studies encompasses a number of disciplines including government, political science, sociology, communications, and anthropology. I earned a Ph.D. in social science, which included considerable reading and research in all these areas. In addition, I've taught many courses in interpersonal communication, Mass Media, media and society, and government and propaganda.
Sociology

Sociology

As an educator and researcher, I worked in public health education, where I studied quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology. I have conducted sociological and psychometric research in the field, and was the head of a team that conducted the first HIV/AIDS demographic study of Atlantic City, NJ. The study was selected by the NJ Department of Health as part of their official HIV/AIDS state-wide analysis of the problem. I've not only had academic training in sociology, but have had true hands-on experience as well.

Homeschool

English,

English

IN-PERSON and ONLINE: I have taught and tutored all aspects of English or, as it is often called, "Language Arts" for nearly 20 years. I am enthusiastic about helping others, whether it be to improve writing, reading, or speaking skills. I have taught students from middle school through the doctoral level. I also am a successful AP English Language and Literature tutor/teacher. If you are composing something lengthy such as a thesis or dissertation and require guidance, or simply want to improve your basic writing skills, I can help. I have also worked with professionals such as lawyers, business people, and physicians to improve their communication skills to enhance their job-related performance.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Reading,

Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students comprehend reading assignments or read well in the "real world" but get rattled in test-taking situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your child's basic reading skills, whether you are getting ready to take the SAT or ACT test, or are applying to graduate or professional schools where there is a requirement to take the GMAT, LMAT, or GRE tests, I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some high school students, even for those that have good reading skills and who enjoy reading. The critical reading skills one needs in college (or in preparing for college by taking the SAT or ACT) differ from those that many of us use for casual reading or reading for entertainment. Additionally, many students do well on reading assignments, but may have test anxiety on a "high stakes" standardized test like the SAT. I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment where we will assess where your difficulties with reading lie so as to maximize your reading comprehension and test taking strategies.
Spanish,

Spanish

As an undergraduate student, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and continued my Spanish studies in college. After taking educational seminars in Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, I earned a Certificado de Estudios Avancados (Certificate in Advanced Spanish Studies) from the Fairfax, VA Board of Education. I work for several international organizations in the Washington, DC area, as a translator of documents, and as a simultaneous translator at meetings and forums. A note from the father of a high school Spanish student: Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughter's homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is perhaps one academic area where even the best students have difficulty. Often, this is because we don't do much formal writing outside of academic settings. The electronic age may have contributed to this, but if you want or need to improve your writing skills, you probably don't really care WHY you find writing difficult. You want to IMPROVE it! Whether you are in middle school or graduate school, need help in organizing and structuring your ideas and sentences for a short essay or a doctoral dissertation, I can help you significantly improve your writing by first, learning what your difficulties are in the writing process, and then, help you find strategies to overcome these difficulties. Nearly every profession requires clear, concise writing. And once you develop your writing skills, you can be certain that you'll keep them throughout your academic or professional career.
SAT Math

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Spanish,

Spanish

As an undergraduate student, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and continued my Spanish studies in college. After taking educational seminars in Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, I earned a Certificado de Estudios Avancados (Certificate in Advanced Spanish Studies) from the Fairfax, VA Board of Education. I work for several international organizations in the Washington, DC area, as a translator of documents, and as a simultaneous translator at meetings and forums. A note from the father of a high school Spanish student: Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughter's homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

YOU CAN'T GET A HIGH SCORE ON THE TOEFL TEST BY STUDYING A BOOK! WHY? BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT The TOEFL test requires that you demonstrate competent listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills, and is designed to test these skills in a NATURAL setting. If you've ever tried to learn a language by reading a book or doing exercises in a workbook, you probably know that these strategies don't help much. I can work with you in all these areas of language by focusing on YOUR particular problems in comprehension. Since I tutor ALL areas of language, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, I can develop a personalized program for you to get the highest score on the TOEFL test you can.
USCIS

USCIS

Living five minutes from Washington, DC, I have worked with many people preparing to take the USCIS Reading and Writing exam as well as the USCIS Civics exam. These exams are quite tricky. Many native-born U.S. citizens have trouble with selecting the correct answers in history and civics. I have worked with people from 15 countries and with professionals including doctors, lawyers, and business people, who have done extremely well on these exams. I use the recommended teaching material (texts and flash cards), and develop an individual plan for each person.

Math

SAT Math

Most Popular

English,

English

IN-PERSON and ONLINE: I have taught and tutored all aspects of English or, as it is often called, "Language Arts" for nearly 20 years. I am enthusiastic about helping others, whether it be to improve writing, reading, or speaking skills. I have taught students from middle school through the doctoral level. I also am a successful AP English Language and Literature tutor/teacher. If you are composing something lengthy such as a thesis or dissertation and require guidance, or simply want to improve your basic writing skills, I can help. I have also worked with professionals such as lawyers, business people, and physicians to improve their communication skills to enhance their job-related performance.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Reading,

Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students comprehend reading assignments or read well in the "real world" but get rattled in test-taking situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your child's basic reading skills, whether you are getting ready to take the SAT or ACT test, or are applying to graduate or professional schools where there is a requirement to take the GMAT, LMAT, or GRE tests, I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment.
Spanish,

Spanish

As an undergraduate student, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and continued my Spanish studies in college. After taking educational seminars in Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, I earned a Certificado de Estudios Avancados (Certificate in Advanced Spanish Studies) from the Fairfax, VA Board of Education. I work for several international organizations in the Washington, DC area, as a translator of documents, and as a simultaneous translator at meetings and forums. A note from the father of a high school Spanish student: Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughter's homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.
Writing

Writing

Writing is perhaps one academic area where even the best students have difficulty. Often, this is because we don't do much formal writing outside of academic settings. The electronic age may have contributed to this, but if you want or need to improve your writing skills, you probably don't really care WHY you find writing difficult. You want to IMPROVE it! Whether you are in middle school or graduate school, need help in organizing and structuring your ideas and sentences for a short essay or a doctoral dissertation, I can help you significantly improve your writing by first, learning what your difficulties are in the writing process, and then, help you find strategies to overcome these difficulties. Nearly every profession requires clear, concise writing. And once you develop your writing skills, you can be certain that you'll keep them throughout your academic or professional career.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have been both a college counselor and a psychological counselor, and possess a certificate in counseling from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA., a graduate program that included coursework in psychological testing, psychological theory and practicum, an internship at a community mental health clinic, and supervised interviewing techniques. I have helped many high school students select colleges and universities that match their goals and aspirations. I have written for the journal Inside Education on matters concerning the college experience, and have also written and edited seven books on education issues.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

My experience in Government & Politics has been in two major domains. I have a Ph.D. in Communications and have studied international relations, propaganda theory, and political and economic theory from the Enlightenment period to the present. Additionally, I've had "hands-on" experience in my capacity of working with educational organizations, I've been involved in many projects that have been funded by the federal government, for example, projects involving the US Department of Education, Office of Juvenile Justice, Department of Housing, Department of Human Services. In addition, I've worked with a number of immigration organizations in partnership with the federal government, and have translated "white papers" on immigration issues from Spanish into English.
Sociology,

Sociology

As an educator and researcher, I worked in public health education, where I studied quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology. I have conducted sociological and psychometric research in the field, and was the head of a team that conducted the first HIV/AIDS demographic study of Atlantic City, NJ. The study was selected by the NJ Department of Health as part of their official HIV/AIDS state-wide analysis of the problem. I've not only had academic training in sociology, but have had true hands-on experience as well.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.
USCIS

USCIS

Living five minutes from Washington, DC, I have worked with many people preparing to take the USCIS Reading and Writing exam as well as the USCIS Civics exam. These exams are quite tricky. Many native-born U.S. citizens have trouble with selecting the correct answers in history and civics. I have worked with people from 15 countries and with professionals including doctors, lawyers, and business people, who have done extremely well on these exams. I use the recommended teaching material (texts and flash cards), and develop an individual plan for each person.

Science

Psychology,

Psychology

As a graduate student in counseling psychology, I studied theoretical and practical aspects of psychology, which I put to use as an intern while working at a community counseling center in Philadelphia. I have the mandatory requirements to conduct and score psychometric tests (personality inventories, job skills, attitudinal tests), developed a website that served as a knowledge-based resource center for the doctoral students in Counseling Psychology at LaSalle University.
Sociology

Sociology

As an educator and researcher, I worked in public health education, where I studied quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology. I have conducted sociological and psychometric research in the field, and was the head of a team that conducted the first HIV/AIDS demographic study of Atlantic City, NJ. The study was selected by the NJ Department of Health as part of their official HIV/AIDS state-wide analysis of the problem. I've not only had academic training in sociology, but have had true hands-on experience as well.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have studied the physiology of ADHD, and keep up with the very latest research regarding the condition (see the research of Dr. Russell Barkley--the most esteemed researcher in the field). My graduate studies in counseling psychology and my work with college students that have ADHD both have contributed to my expertise in the area. I work with people that are seeking advice or 'coaching' individually since ADHD is not a "one size fits all" problem. While there are general behaviors, cognitive functioning, learning styles, issues with concentration and "executive functioning" that most individuals with ADHD seem to exhibit, the spectrum of challenges requires a one-on-one approach for both young people and adults that are seeking help. I have impeccable references that I can provide from some of the leading authorities in the field, and would be happy to discuss your needs regarding how you can work more efficiently, whether in school, at home, or in a career.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

As you can see listed on my profile, I have a 30-credit Master's Level Certificate in Psychological Counseling and a 100-hour externship in the LaSalle University Community Mental Health Clinic, where I was trained to help both young people and adults that have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), dyslexia, and other learning challenges. Thus far, on WyzAnt, I've been able to develop personal study strategies with a number of students with a range of these types of issues. Specific references from students are available upon request.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I was awarded a C.S.W. (Certified Social Worker) Certificate from the State of New Jersey, and completed 30 graduate credits in Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia--resulting in obtaining a Certificate in Counseling Psychology. I completed an internship at the LaSalle University Community Mental Health Clinic and worked at the Office of Family Services in Fairfax Virginia as an assistant counselor and as a bilingual (Spanish/English) translator for Latino clients.
Speech,

Speech

I am a speech and voice coach with a specialty in improving pronunciation, speaking more clearly and confidently in public, and feeling comfortable in professional situations like conferences and meetings. I work with native speakers as well as speakers whose first language is other than English. I have a Ph.D. in Communications from New York University, I have had two years of intensive training with the speech coach of the famous Julliard School. In addition, I have successfully taught and tutored speech and communication to college and high school students
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and ESOL at New York University's American Language Institute, where I helped students develop reading, writing, and listening comprehension skills. The student population represented dozens of countries from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Many were students about to enter their first year at an American university, while others were older adults who were improving their English language skills for business, professional schools (Medical school and Law school), as well as graduate school.
GED,

GED

As an administrator at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland, I worked in curriculum development and testing of students that were preparing for the GED test. This experience provided me with first-hand understanding of the challenges both high school aged and older students face when taking this test. I have had considerable success in helping students that have wanted to learn individual test taking strategies.
Reading,

Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students comprehend reading assignments or read well in the "real world" but get rattled in test-taking situations. Whether you are seeking to improve your child's basic reading skills, whether you are getting ready to take the SAT or ACT test, or are applying to graduate or professional schools where there is a requirement to take the GMAT, LMAT, or GRE tests, I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment.
Spanish,

Spanish

As an undergraduate student, I studied Spanish in Mexico, and continued my Spanish studies in college. After taking educational seminars in Spain, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica, I earned a Certificado de Estudios Avancados (Certificate in Advanced Spanish Studies) from the Fairfax, VA Board of Education. I work for several international organizations in the Washington, DC area, as a translator of documents, and as a simultaneous translator at meetings and forums. A note from the father of a high school Spanish student: Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughter's homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have written four study guides for students that focus on critical reading and writing and time management. They are published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Prentice-Hall, Inc., and available on Amazon. I can help traditional and non-traditional students, and am very patient and individualized in my approach, which is to discover what kinds of specific study skill improvements a student needs, and how best to find specific strategies to improve them.
Writing,

Writing

Writing is perhaps one academic area where even the best students have difficulty. Often, this is because we don't do much formal writing outside of academic settings. The electronic age may have contributed to this, but if you want or need to improve your writing skills, you probably don't really care WHY you find writing difficult. You want to IMPROVE it! Whether you are in middle school or graduate school, need help in organizing and structuring your ideas and sentences for a short essay or a doctoral dissertation, I can help you significantly improve your writing by first, learning what your difficulties are in the writing process, and then, help you find strategies to overcome these difficulties. Nearly every profession requires clear, concise writing. And once you develop your writing skills, you can be certain that you'll keep them throughout your academic or professional career.
SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

As a high school and college counselor, I have regularly assisted students in deciding whether they should take the ACT test, and have successfully tutored high school students in the four ACT sections: Reading Comprehension, Science, Math, and Writing. I have also served as a consultant to publishing companies for textbook development.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Reading comprehension can be frustrating for some students, even for those that have good reading skills and enjoy reading. Additionally, many students read and comprehend easily when completing regular assignments in class or for homework, but get anxious in test-taking situations. When I help a student prepare for a standardized test, I use a holistic approach by helping him or her prepare in a safe, supportive environment so he or she can harness reading skills and apply them to the test. I have also written and edited three textbooks that focus on developing critical reading skills.
Career Development,

Career Development

As an Intake Coordinator for Montgomery College, I was responsible for developing work-study programs that matched the skills of college-age students. For high school seniors and juniors, I work in conjunction with parents to find appropriate colleges to which students should apply, and assisted them in articulating their experience and goals for college admission personal statements.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have been both a college counselor and a psychological counselor, and possess a certificate in counseling from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA., a graduate program that included coursework in psychological testing, psychological theory and practicum, an internship at a community mental health clinic, and supervised interviewing techniques. I have helped many high school students select colleges and universities that match their goals and aspirations. I have written for the journal Inside Education on matters concerning the college experience, and have also written and edited seven books on education issues.
GED,

GED

As an administrator at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland, I worked in curriculum development and testing of students that were preparing for the GED test. This experience provided me with first-hand understanding of the challenges both high school aged and older students face when taking this test. I have had considerable success in helping students that have wanted to learn individual test taking strategies.
GRE,

GRE

As a former Graduate Record Exam test developer, I helped devise sections of the test for its parent company, Educational Testing Service. Do you need help with the writing, verbal, or quantitative sections? I have recently helped complete an on-line video course for students who would like to improve their knowledge about the GRE, and tips on how to study for it. I can provide you with these tips in a one-to-one environment through tutoring that is even more effective. Additionally, since I was part of the team that developed test questions and prompts for the read GRE, I know exactly what test raters look for when they are determining your grade.
ISEE,

ISEE

I have recently completed work as the technical editor for the book, "The ISEE and SSAT for Dummies" (Yes, I hate the title too!) and "Idiot's Guide to College Financial Aid" (I'm not crazy about that title either).
Praxis,

Praxis

I have a Ph.D. from the New York University School of Education, and have been a teacher for 15 years. As a test developer and test scoring leader for the Educational Testing Service (the organization that creates and administers the Praxis Exam), I know the best strategies for studying for the Praxis, and can help you with preparing for the entire exam or any particular part of it that you may find difficult.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I know that reading comprehension can be frustrating for some high school students, even for those that have good reading skills and who enjoy reading. The critical reading skills one needs in college (or in preparing for college by taking the SAT or ACT) differ from those that many of us use for casual reading or reading for entertainment. Additionally, many students do well on reading assignments, but may have test anxiety on a "high stakes" standardized test like the SAT. I can help you improve your reading skills by using a holistic approach in a supportive environment where we will assess where your difficulties with reading lie so as to maximize your reading comprehension and test taking strategies.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Do you need help with the SAT Writing section? I've taught and tutored many students in preparation for all aspects of the SAT. I've also helped develop test questions and prompts for the SAT, and know exactly what the readers of the test look for when they are determining what grade to give you. Whether you have trouble with grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, or overall essay organization, I can quickly pinpoint the areas you need for improvement, and show you ways to enhance your writing skills for the SAT specifically, and for academic work in general.
SSAT,

SSAT

Students that wish to attend private high schools are required to take one of two tests: either the ISEE or the SSAT. Although these tests are similar, there are a few important differences in their make-up and scoring. I served as one of the editors of the book 'SSAT and ISEE for Dummies' test preparation book. Whether you are preparing for the lower, middle, or upper level SSAT tests, I can help the student with developing the reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and vocabulary building necessary to improve his or her score.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

YOU CAN'T GET A HIGH SCORE ON THE TOEFL TEST BY STUDYING A BOOK! WHY? BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT The TOEFL test requires that you demonstrate competent listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills, and is designed to test these skills in a NATURAL setting. If you've ever tried to learn a language by reading a book or doing exercises in a workbook, you probably know that these strategies don't help much. I can work with you in all these areas of language by focusing on YOUR particular problems in comprehension. Since I tutor ALL areas of language, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, I can develop a personalized program for you to get the highest score on the TOEFL test you can.
USCIS,

USCIS

Living five minutes from Washington, DC, I have worked with many people preparing to take the USCIS Reading and Writing exam as well as the USCIS Civics exam. These exams are quite tricky. Many native-born U.S. citizens have trouble with selecting the correct answers in history and civics. I have worked with people from 15 countries and with professionals including doctors, lawyers, and business people, who have done extremely well on these exams. I use the recommended teaching material (texts and flash cards), and develop an individual plan for each person.
PSAT, SAT Math

Examples of Expertise


Alan has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 8 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (401 ratings)
5 star
(378)
4 star
(19)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(2)
1 star
(0)

Reviews


Knowledgeable and patient

Alan reviewed my Statement of Purpose essays and gave me great feedback. He helped me with my essay structure, word choice, and grammar. My themes were pretty disorganized and rambly, but he took the time to read through it and make my essays more direct.

Adam, 1 lesson with Alan

Knowledgeable and patient tutor!

He did go through all the fields with me, which I needed to review and correct my mistakes. The lesson was well planned and I wasn't rushed. He paid attention the whole time.

Dora, 2 lessons with Alan

Knowledgable and patient tutor

Alan was very helpful to my daughter, in the first lesson! He worked closely with me. Alan spent a lot of time reviewing my daughters homework, and helping her memorization problems. Alan, tactfully, in the lesson brought up some learning and communication issues, I had noticed with my daughter; and suggested to her some good solutions. He also found an excellent and appropriate skill level Spanish movie to help my daughter build confidence in hearing and understanding the Spanish language. He went the extra mile do this.

Ron, 6 lessons with Alan

Polite, Helpful, And Very Professional

Mr. Alan and I met for two hours at a local DC coffee shop. He helped me into finding new approaches to solving reading section questions in TOEFL. He was polite, helpful, and very professional. Defiantly we'll meet for future lessons.

Abdullah, 1 lesson with Alan

Great Teacher!

Alan is a very patient teacher with a lot of knowledge base. He is very patient with me and always finds away to explain concepts so that I understand them. I have learned a lot and learned about other valuable resources that can help me with particular math concepts thanks to him.

Whitney , 2 lessons with Alan

Excellent First Lesson with Alan

During the first lesson, Alan was able to determine which areas our daughter needed to focus on to prepare her for the SAT exam. He effectively covered a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time. His patient, easy going personality put our daughter at ease, allowing her to get the most out of her tutoring session. Alan recommended a number of books for self study, based on our daughter's needs. Overall, an excellent lesson!

Michael, 1 lesson with Alan

Patient and knowledgeable

Alan was patient and knowledgeable. He understood the deficiencies that his students had and needed work, and made a plan for it. We are confident that he will be able to provide guidance for my nephew to finish his GED.

Ghazia, 1 lesson with Alan

Great tutor

Alan helped my daughter on how to write a good essay for her English class. Alan provided specific suggestions to improve the writing. He is knowledgeable and is a great tutor. We are grateful.

Delia, 1 lesson with Alan

Great help with essays!

Alan met with my son to review his essays for college applications. He had wonderful suggestions, helped with rewording, with shortening essays and clarifications. Thank you Alan!

Carin, 2 lessons with Alan
Contact Alan

Response time: 1 hour

$50/hour

Alan G.'s Photo

Alan G.

$50/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Alan

Response time: 1 hour