Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Communications)
New York University (NYU) (Master's)
The George Washington University, Washington, DC (Other)
I'm a very enthusiastic and experienced tutor at these levels, which I tutor and advise in the Writing Studio at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck Campus. In addition to first rate formal education (Northwestern, NYU, George Washington University) I have solid professional background and success in museums, theater, journalism, and as instructor of English composition. I also hold valid NJ teacher certification, and have had particular success with ACT, SAT, Praxis, and GRE and NYS Regents (US and Global) test preparations. I've published plays and essays, reviews, and a national award-winning weekly column with other publications forthcoming. I approach all student writing through dialog, tailored to the student's actual assignment or situation, to develop stronger ideas about what students (or authors) are trying to say from their unique, individual perspectives. Together, we seek to identify or establish a context, point of view, or central idea in another author's work and our own. Much difficulty in writing arises from conceptual confusion that can be sorted out in conversation and 'feedback' in these areas to correct misinterpretations and patterns of error. Thus students often discuss many sources and references with me in history, drama, poetry, film and popular culture to support their work and arguments and engage their best thinking. Needed corrections in grammar and punctuation are not overlooked, either, and techniques for paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism in scholarly or argumentative papers are developed.
I've served in full-time museum curatorial positions at such institutions as Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. I've also supervised two competitive intern programs and can advise and provide effective guidance for internship or college written applications.
I've enjoyed my work at FDU immensely, working one-on-one with international students from many countries and cultures including India, China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Latin America, and the US. These students represent a diversity of experience and skills. I avoid harmful, negative, or discouraging remarks completely, which are always counterproductive, but foster and encourage critical thinking and ability. I also welcome discussion of current affairs as a means of clarifying a students 'stance' on a variety of issues that pertain to written work. In short, I've very interested in what a student has to say. My thorough knowledge of both American and European history, acquired over many years of gainful study, is a particularly strong asset in this regard.
I believe in and encourage 'critical thinking' and innovation, which is a prominent objective with most institutions of higher learning and is openly stated in their student admission and course curriculum guidelines. This means, in many cases, questioning and analyzing sources, primary and secondary, and recognizing their biases, oversights, or existing counterarguments or facts. Historical awareness and vocabulary development I also emphasize as major components of a successful critical thinking approach. For ambitious upper secondary and college level students, I recommend Terry Eagleton's Ideology: an Introduction (Verso Books) and Glenn Ward's Understanding Postmodernism (Teach Yourself) as excellent reading and examples of critical practice. William Stunk and E.B. White's classic on usage The Elements of Style is also a consistent reference of mine.
I have a flexible schedule and can travel throughout northern and central New Jersey to work with you, or occasionally farther distances such as NYC. Please feel free to contact me for any further information or references. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks! I'm a very enthusiastic and experienced tutor at these levels, which I tutor and advise in the Writing Studio at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck Campus. In addition to first rate formal education (Northwestern, NYU, George Washington University) I have solid professional background and success in museums, theater, journalism, and as
On our first session, Terry was thorough with his critique on Praxis Core Practice test on Writing. He also gave me some strategies on how to respond to exam. His recommendation on a book was great. Thank you!
Terry's a great tutor. I recommend him to anybody that needs help writing a English paper. He help my daughter with her English research paper. He and my daughter hit it off right away.
Terry is a wonderful writing tutor! He listened and helped me with my rationale and writing organization of my research paper. I appreciate his advice and encouragement! My writing confidence has improved and look forward to working with him again.
ACT English and test preparation are areas I especially enjoy working in; I've always excelled in my scores and English language and literature capability. My success as a student at universities such as Northwestern (BA) and NYU (MA) is also evidence of that. I'm an active writer, and therefore aware and engaged in changing styles and trends in language usage. I am also a national award winning journalist in 2015, by the Association of Alternative News Media and the Society of Professional Journalism, and currently employed as a writing tutor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I work with students to overcome test anxiety, apply effective test strategies, and to bring their own appreciation for English to the exam situation; to realize that the 'words aren't going to run away,' and to relax. ACT is not an adversary. Though interpreting questions on the test can be problematic. In effective ACT test preparation, we learn self-control and assertion to achieve and prevail with a higher score. So let's get started.
I have a thorough knowledge and understanding of American history from 1750 to the present, particularly its political, social, and cultural changes over time. It's a subject of continuous personal and professional activity for me. I've written and published in a number of areas including Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and of Hollywood's portrayal of rural Americans in films. I served for two and a half years on the curatorial staff at Mount Vernon and as Curator of Agricultural History for the Maryland Historical Trust. After receiving a BA in Communications at Northwestern University, I was awarded an MA in History from New York University and studied European Intellectual History for two years as a PhD candidate at George Washington University.
I offer students a range of language skills and developmental possibilities in English, from the appreciation of literature to usage, vocabulary, and speech. I encourage students to develop an 'ear' for language, as first described by the legendary master William Strunk in his Elements of Style, as the best means of recognizing errors in punctuation, meaning, and grammar. My current tutoring in the Writing Lab at Fairleigh Dickinson University allows me to examine and correct a diversity of student written assignments, which I enjoy, from essays on Edgar Allan Poe (American Literature) to historic bridge collapses in 1908 (Engineering). I can also boast of my own list of publications, any of which I invite you to review, ranging from plays, to creative nonfiction, theater criticism and journalism, all in print or online. I must actively collaborate with editors for these assignments, meaning I'm in the continuous process of revising and elaborating my work in keeping with contemporary standards, practices, and styles. This, too, is passed on to my pupils to their advantage. Further, I have a thorough grasp of history and literature, both American and European, to enhance our study of English, with many sources and references to share and stimulate discussion. Classic film and theater may also intersect with our work and discussion, to help illustrate or highlight themes, contexts and symbols and how they are used in literature. My goal is to develop student confidence and a sense of enjoyment, of finding or discovering in literature 'who we are.' I'm a graduate of Northwestern University (BA, Communications) and New York University (MA, History). Let's get started.
I have excellent formal training from Northwestern and NYU in English and American literature, (BA, MA) and a long fascination with Russian writers, such as Dostoevsky and Chekhov. I completed major graduate work on Steinbeck and Hemingway, and won honors from the Sewanee Writers' Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Playwriting.
My graduate and post graduate work concentrate on the Enlightenment and early modern republic, the rise of western parliamentary systems, and ideology. I've maintained a strong interest in Marxism and critical theory. I cite and reference in tutoring sessions many authors and political theorists, and the changing ideological and historical trends they represent. I'm deeply interested in the English, French, and Russian revolutions and their impact on political history. I was a museum curator and project coordinator for many years: for Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, for the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
After careful study and guided preparation, I passed the Praxis exam in World History the first time by a comfortable margin. I now have NJ Teacher Certification. I could not have passed without understanding the logic behind each question and the overall test design. Ultimately, you are tested for reasoning rather than knowledge, for locating and selecting the most plausible answer according to Praxis' unique criteria. I help students develop their ability to think accurately in response and find the correct answer quickly. Even with careful preparation, Praxis is a very difficult exam, and cannot in my view be passed without prior understanding of its testing methods.
In addition to my experience as a lecturer, tutor, and conference speaker, I'm a member of Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors' Guild. I've appeared in major and supporting roles in many regional theaters, in numerous Hollywood films, tv programs, commercials, and voice overs. I've also taught acting, and corrected speech for American Standard pronunciation. When a piano is available, I offer training in vocal development, as well, in "freeing the natural voice" based on my own years of vocal training with many teachers. I'm a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Speech (BA), New York University (MA) and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. (AOS)
At the secondary level and in tests, reading is completely misrepresented and often mistaught, as something intimidating and competitive. I often work in tutoring sessions against this misunderstanding and fear. Scores and comprehension improve from a 'search for meaning,' its discovery and elaboration. Thus we seek both improved vocabulary and an understanding of themes and contexts, and to strengthen a student's own interest, confidence and reading preferences. In reading and writing we discover 'who we are,' and it's an exciting discovery that enables many new learning possibilities and skills. Let's get started.
I've written and published in multiple genres - fiction, history, and journalism - and continue to, most recently a play produced in New York and a major article on theater forthcoming in Chance Magazine. In addition to my work for WyZant, I tutor in the Writing Studio at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and so familiar and comfortable with students of all levels of ability. I place particular emphasis on how a student feels toward their topic, of developing and clarifying those feelings or attitudes and knowing the subject and references as well as possible. This approach and preparation helps a writer immensely, I find. Of grammar and usage, I refer to Strunk's The Elements of Style, and other more recent volumes, such as Hacker and Sommers. I try to develop in the student an 'ear' for good writing as a means of acquiring 'voice', which is invariably the most sought after and successful trait desired by editors and college instructors. I welcome parents and students to review samples of my own work. For my theater criticism and weekly column in the Colorado Springs Independent, I won two national awards in 2015. I am also very experienced in historiography, and can advise on footnoting and proper referencing for historical or argumentative essays in the APA and MLA formats. I'm a graduate of Northwestern and New York Universities, and hold current New Jersey Teacher Certification.