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Elizabeth M.

Ann Arbor, MI

$25/hour

English & K-8 Math Tutor, Proofreading, Test Preparation, and ESL

Background check passed as of 4/12/16
4.9 average from 146 ratings
She was very patient and nice which made me feel comfortable.
— Julia, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/12/16

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Indiana University, Bloomington
Social Work
University of Michigan
Master's
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
PhD

Education

Indiana University, Bloomington (Social Work)

University of Michigan (Master's)

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (PhD)

About Elizabeth

Hi,

My name is Dr. Elizabeth M. English is my first language and I am certified to help students and professionals improve their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Also, I proofread and edit papers, job and school applications, and other writing projects. I am experienced at working with English language learners; I volunteered for almost five years as a one-on-one tutor for graduate and undergraduate international students interested in improving their English.

In addition, I tutor people preparing for standardized tests, including the GED, the SAT, the ACT, the TOEFL, the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE, and the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehensions sections of the ASVAB.

I am usually available to meet face-to-face from 9-5 Monday through Saturday. After 5 pm, I am available on line or to meet by phone. I am often available on a short notice and can work on a short or long term basis. I look forward to talking with you to find out your needs and possible ways I can be of service.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth M., Ph.D.
Hi,

My name is Dr. Elizabeth M. English is my first language and I am certified to help students and professionals improve their English listening, speaking,
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

The first hour is refundable and will include introductions, working out details and expectations, and sample tutoring. Two-hour lessons are discounted 5% and three-hour lessons are discounted 10%

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Background Check: Passed

"She was very patient and nice which made me feel comfortable."

- Julia, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/12/16

"A very engaging teacher"

- Maryam, Saint Paul, MN on 10/6/15

"Very sweet and gentle teacher!"

- Izabela, Ypsilanti, MI on 4/14/15

"Patient, great tutor to improve my English pronunciation."

- Linda, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/30/13
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS,
TOEFL
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I am qualified by WyzAnt to tutor in ACT English and related subjects, including ACT Reading, English, Grammar, the GRE, Proofreading, SAT Writing, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing. My English grammar and punctuation and my organization and presentation of the written word are excellent. I have been reading educational research and other professional material and writing reports for over 40 years in human service careers.

ACT Reading

Besides being certified by WyzAnt in ACT Reading, I am certified to tutor in several relevant subjects, including English, grammar, punctuation, writing, and proofreading.

ASVAB

I can help you prepare for the Verbal sections of the ASVAB: specifically, the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension subsections of the test. In the Word Knowledge subsection, you will need to work on increasing your vocabulary. In the Paragraph section, you will need to work on inferences. I can help students for whom English is their first language and students for whom English is their second language.

Bible Studies

I am currently leading a monthly Bible study for women from my church's single mothers' ministry. I have read and studied the Bible from front to back using a variety of Bible study methods ever since I was 16, which was a long time ago. I have taught non-believers from other countries as well as believers from the US. I have taught Sunday school for almost 45 years, working mostly with 1st-5th graders. I love the Bible and helping people learn more about it because that deepens my knowledge of it as well.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have used Family Math and Family Science materials produced by the EQUALS project at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkely, CA to help elementary school-aged and middle school-aged children improve their understanding and participation in mathematics and science.

Elementary Math

I went as far as college calculus as an undergraduate. I am able to tutor in elementary school math and pre-algebra. I am trained in "Family Math" and "Math U See," both of which use hands-on manipulatives to illustrate and teach math concepts.

English

I love to read, and English is my first language. I am certified to tutor in English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, the reading and English portions of the ACT, and the reading and writing portions of the SAT. I am adept at helping English language learners as well, since I volunteered for almost five years as a one-on-one tutor for graduate- and undergraduate-level international students interested in comprehending specific English texts.

ESL/ESOL

My goal as an ESL/TESOL tutor would be to help students wanting to improve their speaking, listening, reading, or writing skills in the English language, to prepare for standardized tests, or to learn the academic or professional English that is unique to their field. Last year I tutored ESL students preparing for the GED and the GRE. Several years ago, I tutored English language learners in the English Bible once a week for almost 5 years as a volunteer for International Students, Inc. in Ann Arbor. Also, I am moderately proficient in German. Several years ago, I spent a summer in Germany and had the experience of being a non-native speaker immersed in another culture and language, so I am sensitive to some of the cultural conflicts non-native speakers might face.

GED

After having completed a Ph.D in Education, a Master's in Social Work, and a Bachelors of Arts, I can say with confidence that I can help you as you strive to master all of the subjects given on the GED. I plan for us to go through a GED test preparation of your choice, e.g., a manual published by Kaplan, Princeton Review, or Steck-Vaughn. We can spend time going over the explanations, discussing the sample problems, and working the practice drills. We will focus on portions of each of the 5 topics that the student requests help with and that the practice drills indicate a need for.

Grammar

I am a native English speaker. I love the English language and have always excelled in English in school and college. Having studied other languages as well (specifically Latin, German, and Spanish) makes it easier for me to teach English grammar.

GRE

I passed the GRE several years ago in order to get into graduate school. The Educational Testing Service published a new version of the GRE in 2011 and provides practice material to prepare for it. There are other GRE test preparation manuals that are also of help. My approach is to start with the sections of the test the student wants to focus on and go through the materials he or she prefers.

IELTS

American English is my first language. For the last four years, I have taught English to English language learners from a range of backgrounds, including professionals and graduate students, who were preparing for the TOEFL and IELTS. I have a Ph.D. in Education, which has led me to be aware of some of the challenges for English language learners when not in their home culture. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring English language learners in the language and culture of the United States.

Prealgebra

I did well in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in high school and Calculus I in college. I studied and used statistics in my doctoral program and wrote a dissertation for my Ph.D. that involved statistical analysis. I would like to make sure students have the math sense and other pre-requisite skills that prepare them for higher level math, including algebra, geometry, and data analysis.

Proofreading

I have proofread and edited newsletter articles for an agency newsletter for several years. Before that, I wrote, proof read,and edited my dissertation. One clue to proof reading is reading backwards. Your eye catches spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors more easily reading backwards than reading forwards.

Reading

I first want to make sure my students are proficient in the building blocks of reading. Learning to read starts with such building blocks as letter recognition, pronunciation of individual letters and combinations of letters, sounding out words by syllables, memorization of sight words (the most frequently used words in the English language), and understanding English grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and punctuation. Next, I want to make sure my students are good at reading comprehension. One of the best ways to get good at reading comprehension is to read frequently, starting with short, high interest texts that are at your reading level and to gradually progress to more challenging texts. Another way to improve one's reading comprehension is to listen to short books on CD or DVD, with the book in front of you, so that you can follow along with the narrator. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking English are integrally linked, so I would also want to help my students strengthen their writing, listening, and speaking skills.

SAT Reading

English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills have been some of my strongest and most useful skills ever since I was in grade school many years ago. Understanding and skillfully using the written and spoken word were crucial to my careers as a social worker and, then, as a program manager. In addition, I have enjoyed sharing the love of words and learning with my daughter and grandchildren through books and DVDs. Success on the SAT and other standardized tests that college bound students take is built on a foundation of excellent early learning opportunities.

SAT Writing

My professional work over the last 40 years has involved researching and collecting information to write reports, newsletter articles, and business letters.

Study Skills

I have successfully studied through and completed high school, a master's program in social work, and a Ph. D. program in education. My study skills include self-monitoring, using multiple approaches to learning, and going beyond the homework that a teacher requires of his or her students.

TOEFL

I am certified by WyzAnt.com to tutor you for the TOEFL. I have tutored ESL students who were preparing for the GED and the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). English is my first language. I have an excellent grasp of academic English writing and speaking at the university and college level because of the 31 years I worked at The University of Michigan School of Education.

Vocabulary

I took 4 years of Latin when I was in high school and found that helped me considerably in mastering vocabulary, since many English words have a Latin root. Another way to bolster one's vocabulary is to read extensively in the subject area one wants to master. Each content area has its own unique set of words. For instance, the word "table" in mathematics conjures up a different picture than the word "table" in geography or "table" in food science. Playing scrabble or other word games is another way to expand one's vocabulary, not to mention studying the dictionary, although that can be a little boring.

Writing

Writing was part of my job responsibilities when I was a social worker and when I was a program manager for an educational agency. Also, I proof read and edited articles of an agency newsletter for a few years. I can assist at whatever point you are at in the writing process, for example, brainstorm topics, organizing ideas, outlining, proofing reading, or editing.

Indiana University, Bloomington
Social Work
University of Michigan
Master's
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
PhD

Education

Indiana University, Bloomington (Social Work)

University of Michigan (Master's)

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (PhD)

She was very patient and nice which made me feel comfortable. — We worked on the writing section of the SAT. I felt comfortable asking her questions which she was able to answer for me. ...

— Julia, Ann Arbor, MI on 1/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

The first hour is refundable and will include introductions, working out details and expectations, and sample tutoring. Two-hour lessons are discounted 5% and three-hour lessons are discounted 10%

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 10 miles of Ann Arbor, MI 48104.