Over 200 tutoring hours

Bill M.

Royal Oak, MI

$35/hr

Personalized Tutoring for Adult, Business, and College-level

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Excellent tutor
— Abdullah, Farmington, MI on 3/31/15

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Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Language and Literature
Wayne State University, Detroit
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti (Language and Literature)

Wayne State University, Detroit (Master's)

About Bill

For over 30 years, I've had consistent success providing individualized coaching and tutoring that is specific to each of my student's needs.

CV: My professional teaching career began at Thurston High School in South Redford, Michigan, where I taught all things related to the English language - spoken or written. I also conducted the school's drama, debate, and forensics programs. I left Thurston after 14 years to pursue theatre production and classroom teaching at Henry Ford, Schoolcraft, and Oakland Community colleges. I also had a great time working as a professional actor in stage, film, and video.
Now I divide my time between travel and tutoring - both of which I enjoy immensely.

As a professional writer, researcher, and editor, I've done extensive study and writing in the subjects of language, history, and culture. I've traveled widely both in this country and abroad and have become familiar with many places and languages.

ACADEMIC: Whether it's formal schooling or individual self-improvement, I help adults as well as college-level students with academic tutoring in all areas of English, written and spoken, as well as American and European history, literature, theatre studies, and social studies.

ESL: The path to success in improved use of written or spoken English or in accent reduction is to first determine each person's needs and then develop a individualized course of lessons that addresses those needs. In addition to my years of experience as an ESL tutor, I also bring a knowledge of each my client's native culture and language and a lot of patience.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure of tutoring individuals from Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Israel, Italy, Nepal, Russia, Spain, and the Mideast.

BUSINESS: Business professionals often need help to prepare and present speeches to the public either live or on video. I provide them with support in both developing the presentations and coaching in presentation. I give the same kind of professional support when they need tutoring or editing in preparing written, business communications.
For over 30 years, I've had consistent success providing individualized coaching and tutoring that is specific to each of my student's needs.

CV: My professional teaching career began at Thurston High School in South Redford, Michigan, where I taught all things related to the
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Travels within 10 miles of Royal Oak, MI 48067
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor"

- Abdullah, Farmington, MI on 3/31/15

"More than English"

- Jorge , Troy, MI on 1/15/15

"A Terrific Tutor "

- Xiaoyun, Troy, MI on 2/11/14

"Bill: A fantastic tutor!"

- Bashir, Roseville, MI on 11/6/13

"First lesson"

- Christine, Royal Oak, MI on 3/12/10
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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American History

The real history of America is so much more than Plymouth Rock, Valley Forge, and the Alamo. The people and events that made us who we are are multifaceted and deeply interesting.

Knowledge and understanding of our country's history is vital for adults who want to have a well-rounded understanding of how we have become who we are. This is true whether the need is business-related, in advanced academics, or for personal satisfaction. Understanding the past helps us understand the present.

During my 40 years of teaching and writing about American history, I've also been to many of the places where history actually happened. Learning about our history can be enjoyable and interesting. I'd like to help you experience it that way.

English

I have been an English teacher, tutor, and trainer for over 30 years. My many years as a professional writer also give me a solid understanding of how English is used in a variety of situations.

I now work primarily with adults who want to improve their use of English in business, social situations, and advanced academics.

The specific approach taken in your tutoring will depend on whether you want to improve your written English, spoken English, or both.

I can provide the kind of help you need based on your current language abilities, your individual needs, and your language goals.

ESL/ESOL

I work with adults for whom English isn't their first language. My recent clients have included people whose native language is Indian English, Hindi, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Israeli, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic.

How we approach your tutoring will depend on whether you wants to improve your written or spoken English or both. The methods we will use have been tested and refined so we can address your individual need and reach your personal goal.

My 25 years as a professional writer and 30 years as an educator, trainer, and coach make it possible for me to help adults who need to improve their writing skills for business, social, or academic purposes. I have, over the years, been a high school and college-level teacher and coach in public speaking, linguistics, and acting.

European History

An understanding of the history of Europe is necessary for having a better understanding of current events in the world today as well as having a well-rounded and complete education. I work with adults who wish to know history either for personal, professional, or academic reasons.

I have taught and written about history for over 30 years. I believe learning history should be interesting and enjoyable, and I strive to make it both.

To support my academic background, I have visited and studied many of the important places where history has been made.

Grammar

I focus on tutoring adults who need to improve their grammar, written or spoken, for either business, social, or academic purposes.

Grammar is often more an art than a science. Understanding and using grammar well depends on both learning the "rules" of grammar and knowing when and why to apply a particular rule.

Grammar changes with the times and with when someone is writing and whom he or she is writing for. It's often more important, to use grammar well, to understand what form of grammar is appropriate than it is to just memorize a rule.

Literature

Literature isn't just words. It's a the sum total of what people have thought and felt about themselves and their times. It's a way for us to look into how people live and how they felt about the events in the world and in their own lives.

I work primarily with adults in either business, social, or academic situations who need to improve their knowledge of literature.

Understanding and enjoying literature depends on more than just reading words. It also depends on help in understanding the life and times of the writer and characters. How did they fit into their world, and what do they have to say to ours?

Public Speaking

I have, over the years, been a high school and college-level teacher and coach in public speaking, linguistics, and acting. I have also coached business people in preparing and delivering live and televised speeches.

As a professional speaker and actor, I have prepared and delivered numerous speeches on a wide variety of subjects for myself as well as writing speeches for business people including corporate executives.

I work primarily with adults who need to improve their oral presentation abilities in business, social, and academic situations.

Reading

Improved reading comprehension is based on three sets of strategies, which I have applied successfully with both individuals whose first language in English and those for whom English is a second or third language.

I work primarily with adults who need to improve their reading comprehension for professional, personal, social, or academic reasons.

Most importantly, though, is that each of these strategies be adjusted and personalized to fit the needs and abilities of each individual.

World History

In today's world, a knowledge and understanding of history is vital for understanding the causes and possible consequences of events. It's also basic to a well-rounded and complete education.

I work with adults who have a need to know world history either for personal, professional, or academic reasons. My goal is to educate but to do so in a way that the subject is both pertinent and interesting.

In over 30 years of teaching and writing about history, I have not just read books. I've actually visited many of the most important places where history has been made. I'd like to share what I've discovered.

Writing

My 30 years as a professional writer and 40 years as an educator, trainer, and coach make it possible for me to help adults who need to improve their writing skills for business, social, or academic purposes.

Writing, like any other skill, calls for basic knowledge and consistent practice, but just as importantly, it calls for understanding and individualized coaching support. My combined experiences have given me the methods and skills to do that.

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Language and Literature
Wayne State University, Detroit
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti (Language and Literature)

Wayne State University, Detroit (Master's)

Excellent tutor — Thanks, Bill. Your tutoring sessions were a joy! Bill is knowledgeable in different fields, disciplined, and respectful. I had tutoring in general English trying to improve my accent, and the topics of discussion were fun and helpful. ...

— Abdullah, Farmington, MI on 3/31/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Travel policy

Bill will travel within 10 miles of Royal Oak, MI 48067.

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