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Middlebury College (American Literature)
Seton Hall University (Master's)
Writing has always been my passion. At Middlebury College, I learned from inspirational professors how to write effective essays. The more effort I put into my writing, the more I picked up on habits and strategies that have stayed with me as a student, teacher and participant in the business world. As a graduate student at Seton Hall University, where I earned an MA in English, I took my writing even further, winning a statewide essay writing contest and graduating the program with honors. I also began my career as an instructor at Seton Hall, supplementing my tuition payments by working as a teaching assistant.
As a public school teacher in New Jersey, I learned to adapt to the needs of all different types of students and discovered how to instill strong reading habits. I remember when I was younger how difficult it was to read a passage when the pressure was on. Timed reading comprehension sections on many of the test students take can be very intimidating. Based on my own experience as a student (how I gradually unlocked the mystery of reading under pressure) I know how to approach difficulties students may have with reading. At this point in my career, I am very comfortable with both reading and writing; I am extremely confident in my effectiveness in the one-on-one setting.
Not only do I have the necessary experience and qualifications, I also have developed the motivation skills necessary to unlock an understanding of reading and writing we all have. My main goal is to maximize potential and make the classroom experience more manageable for students who may need some extra focus outside of school.
I am confident in all aspects of middle school language arts and high school English. I also have experience with standardized testing (SAT) and the college application process.
Writing has always been my passion. At Middlebury College, I learned from inspirational professors how to write effective essays. The more effort I put into my writing, the more I picked up on habits and strategies that have stayed with me as a student, teacher and participant in the … Read more
I have witnessed many of my students greatly increase their English testing scores.
As a teaching assistant at Seton Hall University, where I was obtaining my Masters degree in English, I knew from the start I had chosen the correct subject to focus on. I studied American Literature at Middlebury College. I am also a certified English teacher in the state of New Jersey with four years of high school teaching experience.
With ten plus years of experience as a published writer and certified English teacher I have become a grammatical expert. While a common modern practice these days is to encourage students to figure out grammar rules on their own, emphasis on the rules of writing strongly enhances the overall understanding of the student. As a tutor, I have learned grammar becomes more clear to students in the focused one-on-one setting.
I have worked with English and Language Arts students of all different levels. It was at the high school level where I took an interest in tutoring after school, and discovered my strength in the more focused one-on-one approach to learning. I have also worked with middle school students as a language arts instructor. My eyes were opened to the specific approaches necessary to tap into the minds of younger students. Students often need a mentor or a tutor to help unlock reading skills and the wonders of literature.
Everyone benefits from an extra set of eyes to look over their reading. Years of writing papers in college and grad school, along with correcting countless essays written by students on the middle school, high school, and collegiate level have made my eyes finely honed. As a tutor, proofreading the work going on in school adds needed reinforcement to students who may feel the pressure of their workload or time constraints.
We all become better readers by challenging ourselves as much as possible and reading as often as we can--the same is true for middle school and high school students. But many youngsters have trouble reading under pressure. Effective reading comprehension is a skill that can be learned. When reading a passage, there are many tactics that can alleviate the pressure of a time limit and make the questions that follow the reading section easier to answer.
While reading, it is important to keep an eye out for the problem or conflict, the characters, the setting and plot. Also, it must become second nature for readers to identify the piece's specific point of view.
When students start seeing themselves as skilled participants in the world of language arts and English everything will start clicking. Focused readers will pick up on the importance of sensory or figurative language and will learn to interpret figures of speech (metaphor, simile, euphemism, oxymoron, hyperbole) in context and analyze their role in the text.
The following is a list of my specific areas of expertise regarding the writing section of the SAT: structure based on support, transitions, effective intros and conclusions, incorporating figurative language, sentence variety, thesis statements and strong vocabulary (million dollar words).
After graduating college, when I decided to pursue a career as a writer and an English teacher, I was determined to become a wordsmith. In doing so, I read the dictionary front to back, and wrote down in a notebook all the words I did not know along with their definition. I have used many different tech-savvy techniques to teach new words to students. Vocabulary has always been a central focus of my approach as an English / language arts tutor.
The writing process cannot be forced on a student. It seems easy for adults as we have taken the many years necessary to develop our own understanding and style. I can guide in a variety of ways: how to structure an essay, how to add variety and spice up sentences, how to write effective transitions. As a grad student, I won the annual NJCEA (New Jersey College English Association) essay writing contest, and my piece was awarded publication in the association's journal.