Taylor University, Oral Roberts University
Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism (Master's)
Trinity International University (Graduate Coursework)
I am passionate about helping students succeed in reaching their academic goals and, ultimately, their professional goals. I have been an educator my entire career—as a teacher, tutor, teacher-trainer and as founder and director of a university School of Journalism on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and a School of Government & International Studies in Switzerland.
I have a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Oxford Seminars. I have taught conversational English to high school exchange students, international university students, wives of Ph.D. students, and working professionals who have been transferred to the US. In addition, I tutor in GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test preparation and in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), helping students strengthen their skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing. Presently I am teaching adults, high school students and children.
The subjects I teach are ESL/ESOL, TOEFL, SAT and GRE test preparation, reading, writing, journalism, history, government and international studies. I also do editing and proofreading for individuals, organizations and corporations.
My students, who have come from 35 nations, feel very comfortable with me. They know I take a sincere interest in them and am committed to help them excel beyond their expectations. They comment that they appreciate the high standards I set for myself and for them. I love to see students’ faces light up as they learn new concepts, master practical skills and gain new-found confidence.
My academic background is a B.A. degree in Religious Education, a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and coursework toward a Ph.D. in Education and Intercultural Studies. I have studied five languages, including French at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. I enjoy working with students and professionals of all age levels and nationalities.
I am committed to excellence in facilitating students’ love of learning and pursuit of their academic and professional goals. I believe that’s what teaching is all about. I am passionate about helping students succeed in reaching their academic goals and, ultimately, their professional goals. I have been an educator my entire career—as a teacher, tutor, teacher-trainer and as founder and director of a university School of Journalism on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and a School of Government & International
So far we are sooo pleased with Alison! My Italian cousin immediately felt comfortable with her and is already learning so much. I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you Alison, and I truly look forward to working with you over the next few weeks.
Alison is an excellent resource for SAT. She's kind, caring and best of all is truly interested in my success. She makes me works hard and her feedback is very helpful. She deserves 5+ stars!
We had Alison started teach my son who moved from China to US with very limited English skills. It's been 2.5 month since she starts teaching and we can tell my son is very engaged while she's teaching and making good progress in improving his English.
Alison has been very patient and explored different ways of getting the 11 year old boy's attention. She's brought cards, Atlases and other reference books to help my son out.
We are thankful to her good teaching!!
Alison is an excellent tutor who worked with my daughter to improve her verbal and writing scores on the SAT. Alison began by doing a thorough assessment of strengths and needed improvements. With my daughter's input, Alison created a plan of action to maximize my daughter's SAT performance. We purchased books at Alison's suggestion that were very useful. Alison gave my daughter assignments to prepare for each session. Alison's gentle but sure approach was just what my daughter needed. She kept my daughter focused on the preparation for the SAT over several months and helped to improve her confidence in the process. My daughter felt very prepared and sure of herself when she took the SAT. We are very pleased with the results and highly recommend Alison to students needing help with the verbal and writing portions of the SAT.
We have been very happy with Alison. She has been tutoring my children in all subject matters and doing a great job!
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