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Elizabeth B.

Highland Park, NJ

$70/hour

Highly Qualified, Effective English Tutor, Ph.D. and Published Writer

4.8 average from 409 ratings
Great tutor, very fun to be with
— Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/15/14

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Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
English and History
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (English and History)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)

About Elizabeth

“Good teaching,” Elizabeth believes, “requires a respectful student-teacher relationship that encourages students to take an active part in their own learning process.” When working with students one-on-one, she encourages an interactive, discussion-oriented process that challenges students to develop their own ideas and to express them both verbally and in writing. Her primary goals are to model intellectual inquiry and to provide students the opportunity to practice critical thinking for themselves, thereby “lighting the fire” that makes learning exciting.

Elizabeth has a doctorate in English and recently won the College Board's Bob Costas Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Her strong academic background makes her a versatile and creative teacher. In her fifteen years of teaching middle school, high school, and college, she has consistently received excellent evaluations from students, parents, and supervisors. Above all, she seeks to share her love of literature and writing with her students and to make their time in her classroom as productive and positive as possible.
“Good teaching,” Elizabeth believes, “requires a respectful student-teacher relationship that encourages students to take an active part in their own learning process.” When working with students one-on-one, she encourages an interactive, discussion-oriented process that challenges students to develop their own ideas and to express them both Read more

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"Great tutor, very fun to be with"

- Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/15/14

"Great wiring tutor!"

- Yundi, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 9/2/16

"Very focused and hardworking."

- Monica, Kendall Park, NJ on 6/3/16

"Very patient and knowledgeable!"

- Satyen, Piscataway, NJ on 2/8/16

"Knowledgeable and good with teens"

- Meng, Hillsborough, NJ on 1/18/16

"Knowledgeable, friendly and my kids like her. She was punctual."

- Maitree, Metuchen, NJ on 8/21/15

"Helpful and Fun!"

- Olga, Old Bridge, NJ on 8/17/15

"Very knowledgeable and understanding tutor"

- Jagath, East Brunswick, NJ on 8/10/15

"Kind and courteous tutor."

- Yusuke, Piscataway, NJ on 6/11/15

"Great Tutor"

- Mahua, Edison, NJ on 6/10/15

"Professional, patient, and passionate about teaching."

- Adolfo, Rahway, NJ on 6/1/15

"Great help for my student"

- Nilesh, Piscataway, NJ on 4/18/14

"Very helpful and patient!"

- Pratima, East Brunswick, NJ on 3/28/14
Elizabeth replied on 6/5/2015

Thanks, Pratima. I also see an improvement in your daughter's writing skills, and I am looking forward to seeing how she does when she takes SAT for the first time.

"Excellent English tutor"

- Patrick, Parlin, NJ on 10/7/13
Elizabeth replied on 3/27/2014

Thank you, Patrick! Good luck in the future!!

Elizabeth

"Not very professional"

- Alka, Piscataway, NJ on 9/3/13
Elizabeth replied on 6/6/2014

I felt that this was an unproductive teaching situation because neither boy was committed to being tutored. They frequently did not complete the work I assigned, and many sessions turned into drawn-out discussions with their mother about why they did not do their work.

I worked with the older boy for two years, and his Language Arts skills did improve, especially in writing. However, as time passed, he became less interested in working with me, and his younger brother was even less engaged. This was frustrating for me as a teacher because our time together yielded so few positive results. I informed the mother about the situation in January, but she was so insistent that I agreed to give it another try. However, there was no "buy-in" from the boys, so the session continued to be frustrating and unpleasant.

By the end of the summer, the geographical area in which most of my students lived had shifted, and continuing to drive to this family's home would have meant that I could not teach several other students who were more committed to the learning process. As a result, I made a business decision that would enable me to work with more students as well as with students who were more interested in utilizing the services I offer.

"Very Precise!"

- Vyomesh, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/19/13

"Great tutor"

- Dongming, Highland Park, NJ on 8/14/12

"Very perceptive!"

- Dublu, Watchung, NJ on 6/11/12

"Highly qualified! Excellent tutor!"

- Maria, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/25/12

"Patient & Knowledgeable"

- Sanjay, Edison, NJ on 5/16/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Shivani, Piscataway, NJ on 4/25/12

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- Rashmi, Morganville, NJ on 4/24/12

"Best tutor ever!"

- Tammy, Edison, NJ on 4/18/12

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- Anil, Edison, NJ on 2/28/12

"Exactly what we need !!"

- Michelle, Edison, NJ on 2/23/12

"Amazing tutor"

- Anna, East Brunswick, NJ on 2/8/12

"Wonderful teacher"

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"Good tutor"

- Malathi, Edison, NJ on 1/29/12

"Great Wonderful Experienced Teacher"

- Anand, Piscataway, NJ on 1/9/12

"Very knowledgeable and helpful"

- Paulina, North Brunswick, NJ on 9/14/11

"Very Satisfied =)"

- Puneet, Edison, NJ on 8/8/11
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

The new ACT essay is designed to allow students to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Students are asked to evaluate three perspectives on a given issue and to propose their own opinions. I help students to critique the three perspectives and to develop their own opinions on the assigned topic. We also focus on essay structure, the use of evidence and data, and the mechanics of essay-writing.

ACT Reading

I work with ACT students on reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and becoming familiar with the test's format, which is designed to help students answer questions as they read, instead of having to read long, uninterrupted passages and then reread to find answers. I explain errors as we go along so that students learn what they need to know without wasting time on unnecessary review. Students who are taking the ACT will find that they become more skilled and confident as a result of my work with them.

American History

I have a B. A. in history, and I have also co-taught interdisciplinary History/English classes many times. Also, in my work as a book reviewer, I have reviewed books on a wide variety of topics: the War of 1812, the Southern debate over slavery, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, immigration, agri-industry, biographies of important historical figures, and intellectual histories about American society and culture. Finally, I read history for fun, and those books, too numerous to mention here, make me able to teach American history effectively and memorably.

Bible Studies

Studying English Literature requires a comprehensive understanding of Biblical texts because they provide the foundation for much of our thought and culture. I have taken "The Bible as Literature" classes and continued to read and study on my own. I have also published several book reviews on Biblical texts. Although I teach in a religious school that does not belong to my tradition, I find that I am often more knowledgeable about Biblical allusions and references than my students are.

College Counseling

Many of my SAT students also ask for my help with college applications. We work on the many essays that are required, and I am skilled in drawing students out through careful questioning that we then turn into solid essay content. I am familiar with the applications of many universities, and I will work with you to understand the forms, requirements, and deadlines and to turn in the best applications that you can.

Elementary (K-6th)

Many of my tutoring students are in elementary school--the youngest are in first and second grade, and I have worked with some for over a year. I provide homework help, instruction in spelling, phonics, and grammar, and I also work on enrichment or remediation as needed. I introduce my students to many of the children's classics, which I use because they are rich in vocabulary and complex sentence structures that children need to be exposed to. Finally, I am familiar with both NJ PARCC and Terra Nova, and I help children prepare for the specific tasks that these tests ask them to do.

English

When working with students on school assignments, I focus on teaching them how to read, write, and think more critically so that they can improve both their grades and their understanding of the subject. I work with elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as with college students who need help with term papers, graduate school essays, Master's theses, and doctoral dissertations in any subject. As a published writer, I teach students how to express their ideas smoothly, clearly, and effectively.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught many international students in professional and school environments. Since I know what is required of college students and professionals, I can teach to any skill level. My experience includes college and job application letters, TOEFL,SAT, and conversation skills. I have also assisted many international graduate students who just needed some writing help to complete their M. A. theses. I offer a discount to adult and returning students because I know how important good communication is in today's competitive economy.

European History

My professional work as a book reviewer includes European history, the time of the ancient Greeks until today. I have special expertise in all aspects of the eighteenth century, the English Renaissance, the Victorian era, colonialism, post-colonialism, racism, anti-Semitism, women's rights, and the wars of the twentieth century. My work as a writer has taught me to write about historical topics clearly and effectively, to use sources effectively, and to connect important concepts and events coherently.

Grammar

Grammar is one of the least taught subjects in school, but it is essential for success on the SAT and other standardized tests as well as for the success of any student for whom English is a second language. I explain the concepts simply and then help the student to recognize patterns and the specific pitfalls that standardized tests generally use. My instruction also helps to improve a student's own writing and reading comprehension because knowing how sentences are structured increases understanding of what they say.

Literature

When teaching students to appreciate and understand literature, I focus on close reading skills, vocabulary, paraphrase, and structure. I have a strong background in American and British literature as well as specialties in children's literature. I've also read and taught most of the books that are typically assigned in school. As a classroom teacher myself, I am adept at helping my tutoring students to meet the expectations of their teachers. Many of my students have reported significant grade increases after working with me. I am patient, thorough, and willing to work as slowly or quickly as a student needs.

Proofreading

When I proofread, edit, or revise, my goal is to express your ideas as clearly, smoothly, and effectively as possible. I have been writing professionally for many years and was first published while still in graduate school. I have assisted many students with Master's theses and doctoral dissertations in subjects such as economics, linguistics, and chemistry. I am also available to help with graduate school application essays.

PSAT

The new PSAT is aligned to the Common Core standards, and it offers students a chance to sharpen their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Although the test can appear daunting at first, I work with students on strategies that are designed to help them succeed. Sessions include working on practice test questions, grammar instruction, and answering questions based on context rather than on prior knowledge.

I am especially good at vocabulary building and reading comprehension because I teach students many mnemonic devices and ways to think effectively about questions that may initially seem confusing.

I also work with students who need to improve their scores on PARCC, a test that shares many similarities with PSAT.

Public Speaking

I taught public speaking at DeVry University, and I am also an effective speaker myself. Twenty years of classroom teaching creates public speaking skills, and the classes I taught walked students through the many techniques that an effective speaker needs.

Reading

I work closely with students on reading comprehension and challenge them to apply critical thinking skills by using the Socratic method of questions and answers. I use materials that are aligned with the Common Core and supplement them with poetry, short stories, novels, and non-fiction. My integrated approach allows students to improve their reading, thinking, and writing skills in a methodical way that prepares them for any assignment they might encounter in school or on a standardized test.

SAT Reading

The new SAT Reading sections are entirely passage based, and the questions ask students to think critically about what they read. To improve reading comprehension, I teach reading strategies and spend time helping students understand what the test questions are really asking. Finally, I teach them to recognize common rhetorical strategies that writers use so that they can recognize the significant nuances in tone and diction that the test questions often target.

SAT Writing

The Writing section of the new SAT is passage-based, so I teach students to use context clues to define unfamiliar words as well as the tone, diction, and overall intent of any given writing selection. I provide grammar instruction and assign drills as homework to strengthen students' skills and confidence. I also work with students to understand the nature of the critical thinking task required by the new optional SAT essay, and I teach them rhetorical strategies used in the reading passages they are asked to analyze so that they can recognize and and discuss them effectively in their essays.

Spelling

I have a near-photographic memory for words and spelling formations. My large vocabulary and fascination with the intricacies of the English language make me effective at teaching this subject to students at all levels. I help students memorize various spelling patterns and rules that increase their vocabulary and comprehension--noticing similarities and differences in spelling greatly improve all aspects of Language Arts.

Writing

I write professionally, and I have over 100 book reviews and feature articles as well as scholarly publications. I even have an essay in a "Chicken Soup" book! I have taught writing for most of my career, in both secondary schools and colleges, and I am especially skilled at expository and persuasive writing. I edit fiction, and I have helped many graduate students complete their theses on topics as diverse as education, chemistry, and linguistics. I often work with high school students on research papers, SAT Essay preparation, and college application essays.

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
English and History
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (English and History)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)

Great tutor, very fun to be with — Ms. B is a master at literature and linguistics, and she knows precisely what strategies to teach in order to make taking tests far easier. Furthermore, unlike many other tutors, she is able to make sessions fun and something to look forward to rather then dread. Overall she offers both a very useful and fun experience. ...

— Michael, Staten Island, NY on 5/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts available for veterans and adult students pursuing additional education.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 15 miles of Highland Park, NJ 08904.