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Since retiring in February 2014 from teaching high school English full-time, I have really enjoyed tutoring all aspects of English instruction. I loved teaching high school, and I am finding tutoring just as enjoyable. I am meeting many new, interesting people, and I am teaching students of all ages now.
I am patient, flexible, and personable. I prefer to praise and encourage students whenever possible; however, a teacher's job is also to point out weak areas and help students strive for improvement. I also pride myself on being businesslike: punctuality and communication with my students and their parents are important to me.
I was named teacher of the year twice (1992 and 2011), once by the National Honor Society (students) and once by my teaching peers.
I feel very confident teaching anything English-related: grammar, writing (I teach grammar, writing, essay, and ACT English at an SAT prep company), literature, test prep (I do quite a bit of SAT prep), vocabulary, reading comprehension, and college admissions work.
It's important for me to get to know each student's strengths and weaknesses, and to proceed from there to improve skills. English allows for different approaches and styles, and experience has taught me how I like them completed, and how other teachers' expectations may differ.
As I have learned from my other teaching experiences, I continue to find that I am not perfect, that students teach me as much as I teach them, and that I love what I do. Since retiring in February 2014 from teaching high school English full-time, I have really enjoyed tutoring all aspects of English instruction. I loved teaching high school, and I am finding tutoring just as enjoyable. I am meeting many new, interesting people, and I am teaching students of
Very happy with the tutoring services that are provided by Don. He is great with my son and very patient. Good parent follow-up. He always follows up with an email on what he went over and asks if there is anything that I would like for him go over with my son. Always on time and wastes no time in getting right to the planned lessons.
Don has the right temperament to motivate, evaluate, and key in on the skills my son needs. After the first lesson, my son feels more comfortable with the writing analysis project. We will continue to have Don work on writing skills so that our son can improve his concepts and strategies.
Don well-planned his lessons. He reviewed my son's essay thoroughly, identified the areas that need improvement, and explained to him patiently. Don always asks for feedback after every lesson and adjusts the lesson plans accordingly. The tutoring was definitely constructive and helped my son continue to excel at school.
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I have worked with hundreds of students and their college essays. Most of this work was done in my high school Honors and College Prep English classes. I have also worked with many students on highlighting skills for their applications. Finally, I have contacted colleges and spoken to their representatives on behalf of students several times.
I have 35 years of experience teaching English. I have taught literature, writing, test prep, vocabulary, and grammar. I combine good knowledge of subject matter with different strategies of practice and learning. I have always loved this field and I have enjoyed tutoring since my retirement from teaching.
Many students have commented that my grammar instruction has been practical and helpful. I love to focus on common writing errors and words commonly confused with one another. Because most people tend to use the same words regularly, I also work with writing samples to focus on personal growth. I am currently teaching an SAT writing and grammar class.
As a high school teacher, literature was the mainstay of my curriculum. I have taught British, World, and American literature many times. I love to focus on theme and character analysis, and to make literature approachable by comparing it to everyday life.
My teaching experience required constant attention to reading, comprehending, and discussing many different reading selections.While vocabulary and grammar help a reader to understand what he is studying, reading different genres is important to develop stronger skills. For today's student, who typically does not read as much as students 20 years ago, reading different materials is even more important to raise skill levels.
The SAT reading section is changing in January 2016, so it's important to know which test your student is taking. I work with students preparing for the current test and students preparing for next year's test. I work to build vocabulary( this will change in 2016). Next, I work on reading selections critically. Main idea and tone are important concepts to learn. Finally, I look at types of questions asked and how to evaluate them. These methods, with practice, pay off.
The SAT writing section asks students to answer several different types of question. I currently teach an SAT writing class, so I am familiar with these categories of questions. Any new test also requires practice and experience with the format. I also have decades of experience teaching the essay and currently teach and grade SAT practice essays.
I have 35 years of experience as a high school teacher. I have helped students organize notebooks, speeches, essays, and test reviews. Study skills depend more than anything else on understanding the lesson, objectives, and unit being studied.
Every student of English should work on building vocabulary. I have materials that focus on building good vocabulary, especially for the middle school and high school years. Finally, I provide 'common context' to illustrate appropriate usage in a sentence for new words.
In 35 years of teaching English, I learned to specialize in analytical or 'college' writing. Organizing essays, using proper sentence structure, and avoiding common writing errors are strengths of mine. I have several different formats to help students write more clearly and to be more organized.