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Robin S.

Schenectady, NY

$40/hour

English the way you want to use it

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/24/16
5.0 average from 16 ratings
Very patient, kind and consistent
— CORY, Albany, OR on 5/21/17

$40/Hour


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Eastern Michigan University
Master's
SUNY Albany
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

SUNY Albany (Master's)

About Robin

My interest in teaching English began as volunteering with refugees and exchange students. It led me back to school for a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and a position with a local language school. At the school I enjoyed teaching adults and university students who had relocated to the Capital District either temporarily or to make this their permanent home.

I believe that students learn best when they are talking, reading, writing and listening to things they enjoy. I teach vocabulary and phrases that they will use in writing and speaking about things that relate to their daily lives and encourage students to incorporate self-talk, music listening, and reading in their new language as a part of their everyday routine. I, too, study new languages, so my students and I can share learning experiences. Nobody is too old to learn a new language, but it involves repetition, experimentation, training the mouth to make new sounds — and making mistakes!

When children speak they make many language mistakes, but gradually the mistakes disappear. The same is true for adults if they aren't afraid to make mistakes. Simply mistakes, never failures. I make language learning fun.



My interest in teaching English began as volunteering with refugees and exchange students. It led me back to school for a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and a position with a local language school. At the school I enjoyed teaching adults and university students who had relocated to the Capital District either temporarily or to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Schenectady, NY 12302
Background Check: Passed

"Very patient, kind and consistent"

- CORY, Albany, OR on 5/21/17
Robin replied on 5/23/2017

Thank you, Cory! Your brother and I learn from each other. - R

"Excellent Tips!"

- Dare, Clifton Park, NY on 1/2/17
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ESL/ESOL

I have a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and taught grammar, writing, and U.S. accent to adults for an accredited language school.

Reading

Based on my own experience in graduate school reading challenging texts, I believe it's never too early to learn good academic reading habits.Taking brief notes as you read, researching concepts or words you don't understand, and connecting what you read to other texts or personal reflections and the outside world is the secret to getting the most out of a book.

Writing

As an ESL teacher I have taught writing using Cambridge publisher's "Writers at Work" series. I have taken writing courses and had a children's story published in "UUWorld" I feel that writing is an art, best taught at both the micro and macro levels. The micro level is the mechanics: punctuation, grammar, vocabulary. The macro level is the ability of the piece to create a vision in the mind of the reader. I ask my students to imagine what they are trying to say as a movie they are directing. What is the opening scene? How can you bring all of the reader's senses into play? This is not just valid for the humanities, but science as well.

Eastern Michigan University
Master's
SUNY Albany
Master's

Education

Eastern Michigan University (Master's)

SUNY Albany (Master's)

Very patient, kind and consistent

She has done a great job working with my autistic brother on vocabulary and reading. So glad we have her. She has made a tangible difference in my brothers reading ability.

— CORY, Albany, OR on 5/21/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robin will travel within 20 miles of Schenectady, NY 12302.