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Joan C.

Brunswick, ME


Joan--Tufts grad, B.A., M.S.Ed. Reading and writing, study skills, ESL

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Tufts University
Harvard University, Tufts University


Tufts University

Harvard University, Tufts University (MEd)

About Joan

I have experience tutoring students from 6th grade to adult, with a wide range of skill levels, including some with learning disabilities, and English as a second language. I present the lessons in different ways, depending on how the student learns best. I have taught and tutored literature, study skills, composition, grammar, reading comprehension, test preparation, and time management, note-taking, and research. Teaching is all I've done, and I love seeing students succeed! I have experience tutoring students from 6th grade to adult, with a wide range of skill levels, including some with learning disabilities, and English as a second Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Brunswick, ME 04011
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ASVAB,
College Counseling,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Business, GRE

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Besides teaching English skills, I have been helping students take standardized tests for many years, including the SAT and GED. The preparation includes strategies for approaching the questions, seeing patterns in the types of questions, and understanding the scoring in case you have to guess. Students go over many practice questions and increase their knowledge as well as their confidence. Results are very gratifying for both students and tutor!

College Counseling

This is a subject I've taught both as a tutor and a classroom teacher, to college freshmen. We'll review the skills needed for college and helps students assess how well they've mastered them. Most colleges offer this class as a non-credit course requirement for incoming freshmen. Examples of necessary skills we cover are reading comprehension, basic composition, and study skills like time management, note-taking and test preparation. Students will also learn how to search for and select sources of objective information by evaluating web sites and other digital and print materials.


I have taught English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, composition, and literature to students from grade 6 to college freshmen. As a tutor I have also taught English to learning disabled students and ESL students, and I can customize my approach to students' learning styles, backgrounds, and needs.


I worked at the Resource Center at a community college, tutoring ESOL students in grammar and English usage. I also taught the basic composition and reading classes that ESOL students needed to qualify for freshmen composition. My classes covered grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and composition for ESOL students, with a wide range of educational backgrounds, from countries such as South Korea, Columbia, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Peru, and Turkey. I have a BA in European literature and a master's in Education from Tufts, and spent my senior year with Tufts-in-London.


I used to teach high school and college English, and now I tutor exclusively. I've tutored test preparation before, and I like doing it; students are motivated and make good progress.


I have taught reading comprehension to high school students and to college freshmen who needed more basic reading and writing before they could take college English classes. I've also tutored students with learning-disabilities and English as a second language. A few essential tips about what to look for, plus enough time to practice, can make a huge difference in the student's success, confidence and enjoyment in school, so reading better is a gratifying topic for both student and teacher.

SAT Reading

I've tutored students for the English sections of the SAT, and I've also taught the skills it requires to classes of college freshmen: analyzing main points of readings and organizing one's writing into clear, concise paragraphs. I currently grade English papers as a volunteer, because it's fun for me to help students with their writing.

SAT Writing

I have taught all types of essay writing -- expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive, to high school and college students. They key is well-organized essays with clear main points and supportive details.

Study Skills

I taught a study skills course to college freshmen at the University of Hartford, in CT, and tutored my own students and others in note-taking, time-management, research, and other study skills at a junior college. Before that, as a high school English teacher, I included study skills in my classes, along with ways to improve reading comprehension and take notes on reading assignments. I have seen students' grades and enjoyment increase after they learn these skills!


I taught English to adults at a community college that had many immigrant students. Both in class and as a tutor, I found that students from other countries almost always have a good foundation in the grammar of their native language, and by comparing that to English grammar and structure, I could help their written and oral fluency. Conversing improves fluency, too, as do increasing vocabulary and improving spelling.


I have taught several writing courses. I help students organize their sentences into paragraphs, use proper grammar, and eliminate any unnecessary words, so their writing is clear and concise. Critical reading also helps one's writing; as you read, you see how authors organize their main points and support them with examples. Then you can apply those same techniques to your own writing, whether it is one paragraph or an entire essay or story. Using language well is satisfying, and as your progress you enjoy it more and more!

Tufts University
Harvard University, Tufts University


Tufts University

Harvard University, Tufts University (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joan will travel within 25 miles of Brunswick, ME 04011.