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Brunda D.

Princeton Junction, NJ

$90/hour

Teaching them to fish: Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 6/15/13
5.0 average from 65 ratings
She is really teaching my child how to fish!
— Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 5/7/15

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University of Texas, Arlington
BA
San Diego State University
Master's
Rutgers University
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Arlington (BA)

San Diego State University (Master's)

Rutgers University (PhD)

About Brunda

I have a PhD in literature and experience teaching at the college level. My focus in tutoring is to get students to do “critical” reading, which is to discover and understand the information and ideas in a piece of writing, and then to evaluate this information in order to carefully reflect and analyze the work.

Critical writing follows critical reading when students are able to make their own argument in the paper and support it from their critical reading of the text. This is a skill that will go beyond their tutoring session with me because they are being trained to become “critical” thinkers who can look at any given topic in more than just a literal way with the goal of analysis. Such an approach has many benefits, and one benefit is watching students gain confidence and competence by becoming critical thinkers, readers and writers. I tutor high school, college, and graduate level students.

Seeing students learn and grow gives me much satisfaction, and I approach students with a passion, dedication and dynamism that can be contagious.
I have a PhD in literature and experience teaching at the college level. My focus in tutoring is to get students to do “critical” reading, which is to discover and understand the information and ideas in a piece of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"She is really teaching my child how to fish!"

- Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 5/7/15

"An Encouraging and Patient Tutor"

- Jung, Monroe Township, NJ on 11/29/14

"Wonderful Tutor!!!"

- Jane, Hightstown, NJ on 10/9/14

"Encourages expression."

- Ahilya, Princeton Junction, NJ on 12/15/13

"Well qualified and experienced combined with a wonderful temperament"

- Michael, Princeton, NJ on 10/2/13
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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SAT Reading

Critical reading is a prerequisite to critical writing. My experience teaching college writing courses has prepared me to guide students through the process of analysis and inference that is crucial to understanding not only what a text says but also what a subtext is and what it says.

SAT Writing

SAT essays require the student to write a persuasive essay by make a valid argument. This is done by writing an essay with a well thought out introduction which includes the argument, a body which includes examples that back up the argument, and a conclusion that ties it all together.

I will help the student formulate their arguments, organize the essay and guide them through the critical writing process.

University of Texas, Arlington
BA
San Diego State University
Master's
Rutgers University
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Arlington (BA)

San Diego State University (Master's)

Rutgers University (PhD)

She is really teaching my child how to fish! — First of all I want to say that Brunda's teaching methodologies helped my daughter go from a 26 to a 32 score in ACT Reading, and a 27 to a 33 score in ACT English! Brunda did a phenomenal job with our daughter, and her instruction will serve my daughter for the rest of her life! My daughter improved consistently and immensely in both the English and Reading sections of the ACT exam through Brunda ...

— Vijay, Trenton, NJ on 5/7/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brunda will travel within 10 miles of Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.