Improve your English Skills for Professional Success
Improve your English Skills for Professional Success
I will help you with every aspect of English (or ESL): reading, writing, grammar, proofreading and TOEFL prep. After 25 years as a successful freelance writer, with thousands of articles published in The New York Times and other newspapers and magazines, I earned a TESOL Certificate from Columbia University. My goal now is to help native English speakers as well as newcomers to the US learn to speak, read and write excellent English. These skills are not only basic to good communication; they...
I will help you with every aspect of English (or ESL): reading, writing, grammar, proofreading and TOEFL prep. After 25 years as a successful freelance writer, with thousands of articles published in The New York Times and other newspapers and magazines, I earned a TESOL Certificate from Columbia University. My goal now is to help native English speakers as well as newcomers to the US learn to speak, read and write excellent English. These skills are not only basic to good communication; they are also vital in achieving personal success. I can teach you strategies for passing the TOEFL and GED that will also strengthen your writing and reading abilities for the rest of your life. My approach is to teach English in everyday situations rather than through older techniques like repetition and memorization alone. An ESL reading lesson might be focused on understanding a menu or a train schedule. A writing assignment might begin with writing a TV review and lead to an essay about the changing role of TV in our society. Grammar is one of my specialties. You can't communicate effectively without it, but TESOL students--as well as native English speakers--struggle more with grammar than anything else in English. Grammar is a highway for ideas, and when the highway is blocked, the ideas stall. My job is to help students express their ideas, so they can speak and write without fear.
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I've been working with Roberta for the past few weeks and all I can say is--she's an amazing tutor. Not only is she a good teacher, but she is a great mentor who also motivates me too excel. Furthermore, she is always prepared with a lesson that she has specifically tailored to improve my flaws. In addition, she has fine-tuned my writing, and has helped me define my own writing style. As a result of working with her not only have my grades increased, but I've impressed my Professors' as well. A true profesional--Roberta's background and knowledge has enlightened me as a writer; for that reason, I am more than satisfied with my experience.Stefan, 11 lessons with Roberta
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
Roberta is a very accomplished and experienced writer, in her own right, so whatever suggestions she makes about my writing are gladly accepted and appreciated. I trust her opinions and am overjoyed when she sees something she likes in my writing. She is a terrific and inspiring tutor. You'd be silly not to work with her.Françoise, 97 lessons with Roberta
Very great Totur
She's very good, she understands and listens to you, she makes you feel comfortable while she teach you, and she does not rush she's very patient as well. If you looking for English tutor Roberta she's the One!!Agnes, 5 lessons with Roberta
Roberta is the best!
I started working with Roberta in the spring of 2015. I came in with a general sense of what I wanted to explore. I wanted to learn the basics of journalism. We got right into learning the main principles of both your standard hard news piece and also opinion news pieces. She's excellent at listening to what you want to accomplish and forming a lesson plan to best address those goals. In addition, Roberta is great at expanding on what you're looking to accomplish. One lesson comes to mind in particular. I was given the liberty to choose one topic, but I had to present it both as a hard news piece - object and concise, and then as a political op ed. That exercise is still bearing fruit, as it truly helped me understand the principles and skills that go into writing both. Again, Roberta is great at helping you reach your goals through creative and fun lesson plans. Recently, in the winter of 2016 Roberta and I made a pivot toward creative non-fiction. I wanted to practice descriptive writing. I knew this was important for writing features and an overall essential skill for journalists to have. I came in with a free-write, it was a description of an experience I had at a diner. To Roberta's credit she saw something in this free-write and urged to explore 'creative non-fiction'. A couple months later I find myself with a personal essay - a piece of creative non-fiction that I'm now looking to publish. It took me many hours to write and Roberta's guidance was invaluable. Along with being an excellent and professional grade editor, (a testament to her many years working as a professional journalist), she was able to see the strength of my story and help bring it to life by encouraging me to focus on certain elements and ignoring others. Finally, before I came to Roberta I had a very loose sense of what direction I wanted to head in with my writing. While I'm still trying to figure out how to turn my passion for writing into a career, I'm starting to see a path forward. If it wasn't for my work with Roberta, I would still be lost. I encourage anyone with an interest, or passion for writing to work with Roberta as she is the very best at transforming your interests into a lesson plan that can see those motivations realized in ways you probably didn't know existed. On a side note: Roberta is extremely accessible. Centrally located in Manhattan and responsive via email to any concern you might have. She's a very nice personable-women who has a genuine interest in your work and fulfilling the role as teacher and mentor. I don't have any real negative comments. For a while I was coming from the Jersey Shore so it was tough to get into Manhattan, but I think this has more to do with NJ Transit.Jesse, 110 lessons with Roberta
Great editing work!
Roberta has the knowledge and the experience of a great editor. She is able to read my writing, connect to content, correct the grammar as well as suggestions about where to add dialogue or transition parts between paragraphs.Rina, 15 lessons with Roberta
Amazing, Really Patient
This is a very good teacher. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She motivated me a lot. She taught me grammar and verbs. Overall great experience!Marie, 21 lessons with Roberta
I have already taken the TOEFL test twice before I started taking classes with Roberta. I needed to achieve a score of 26 at the speaking test in order to advance in my veterinary career, and I was feeling very frustrated I couldn't achieve it in the previous two tests. Roberta was very patient and helped me to identify my weaknesses, and she gave me great advice on how to have stronger answers at the test. After 10 classes with her, my total score at the TOEFL was 111, and I achieved 27 in the speaking test. She is as great teacher, and I would recommend her to anyone that is interested in having a great score at the TOEFL test.Lucila, 11 lessons with Roberta
A great tutor for essay writing.
Roberta is great on giving valuable advice on my essays. She provided advice according to my customized needs. She not only gave advice on grammar, sentence structure, word choice, but also on content, and the essay structure. She made my essays look more smooth and more reader friendly. She's very patient answering all my questions and our section went very efficiently. I sincerely recommend Roberta.Gary, 16 lessons with Roberta
I took classes with Roberta three times a week for a moths before my TOEFL test. I needed to score minimum a 100. After Roberta taught me how to deal with the words of semantic structures I didn't know and how to arrange my essays I scored 110! I am very pleased with the results. Thank you Roberta.Yulia, 12 lessons with Roberta
Roberta is reliable, competent, qualified and a pleasure to work with. In this case, the specific goal was TOEFL preparation. She was very helpful.Julia, 36 lessons with Roberta
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