Fordham University (Psychology)
Hunter College of The City University of New York (Master's)
I have always enjoyed learning, and even more I enjoy helping other people learn so that they can achieve their goals. As a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, I understand the learning process, and the conditions necessary for learning to take place. I hold a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and have five years' experience in classroom teaching and small-group tutoring. I speak French semi-fluently, and also have a background in German, Spanish, and Latin. I enjoy working with immigrant students, and through my own language studies, I have come to appreciate the challenges faced by any second language learner. I am friendly, patient, and supportive, always encouraging the student to reach just beyond his or her current level of confidence.
In addition to ESOL, I have also worked as a professional proofreader. Thus, I am very capable of tutoring in the areas of grammar, proofreading, and light editing.
I have an excellent command of the English language, have studied several foreign languages, and excelled in graduate studies in the Teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language. I have not only an academic knowledge of how one learns language, but a natural feel for what the student might be trying to express. When the student cannot think of the right word, I suggest using a descriptive phrase instead. I recognize that in language acquisition, mistakes are to be expected as part of the process. I am very patient and do not pressure my students beyond their best ability to perform. In choosing between the importance of accuracy and fluency, I always stress fluency, as mistakes can be corrected, but too much concern for perfection can put a damper on confidence.
My schedule varies, but I am generally available most afternoons and early evenings, either at the student's location or online. My base rate is $40 per hour for in-person lessons, and $20 per hour for online lessons.
I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve success! I have always enjoyed learning, and even more I enjoy helping other people learn so that they can achieve their goals. As a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, I understand the learning process, and the conditions necessary for learning to take place. I hold a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and
I highly recommend Sara! She is a great Tutor! My sister made considerable improvement talking English! She taught her the basis of the English language and she is able to communicate now!
My sister is 23 years old and she enjoyed her classes! Sara is patient, nice, and did her best to accommodate us with her schedule! Her classes were fun and my sister had a great time learning! Again it was a great learning experience ! Thank you so much Sara
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I hold a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. in TESOL), and during my graduate studies earned a GPA of 3.95. I have personal experience in learning foreign languages -- I am nearly fluent in French, and have also studied Latin, Spanish, and German. I have taught adults both in the classroom and on a one-on-one tutoring basis. I have additional experience tutoring high school students.
As part of my liberal arts education, I have developed a sensitivity to the needs of diverse populations, including the wish to maintain one's identity as one adapts to a new cultural setting and learns to think and express oneself in a new language. I believe that students learn best when they are at ease enough to immerse themselves in the learning task. My awareness of this emotional component helps to build rapport and trust with students and helps them to work confidently toward their goals.