University of Oregon
I am a lifelong reader, learner and writer. I have a degree in English from the University of Oregon. Samples of my writing, including articles, poetry and a little short fiction may be seen by request.
I was going to be a teacher and now wish I had been, but spent years in the business world of title insurance instead. Even in that business, I was involved in education, designing and presenting classes for new real estate agents and lenders. I trained many people over the years in the basics of title insurance.
I am also a poet and belong to a writing group that meets and critiques each other's work regularly.
As to my methods of tutoring, I want to start where the problem is, whether it is basic grammar, writing technique, reading or interpreting literature. Once that is established, perhaps from teacher's notes or parental input, I will design a method to work on the specific problem.
I am now qualified on WyzAnt to tutor in American History as well. I am a lifelong reader, learner and writer. I have a degree in English from the University of Oregon. Samples of my writing, including articles, poetry and a little short fiction may be seen by request.
I was going to be a teacher and now wish I had been, but spent years in the business world of title insurance instead. Even in that
James is a great tutor. He answers all my questions very calmly, and he explains difficult grammar rules in a clear and concise manner. My grammar has improved because he encourages me to ask questions. He is supportive and very helpful.
Your feedback was available for me to read this morning. Thank you very much for such kind words, Lizzie. Let me know when you wish to meet again, and good luck on that paper!
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I have been a student of American History all my life. If I had a minor in college, it would have been American History. I read much about it even today.
In tutoring American History, as in any subject, I would start where the problem lies, whether it is simple lack of interest or a reading problem or not grasping concepts.
I have published newsletters and engaged in business correspondence for many years. Also, I have designed and presented classes with accompanying handouts for new real estate agents to help them understand their careers.
I have been working with a Puerto Rican born student who, though she speaks English quite well, was having problems with sentence structure and repetitive grammar errors. Her grades and her writing ability have both improved due to the lessons we have completed.
I believe her rating of me and the comments she left illustrate my success with her.
The ability to write and speak standard English is a must in this twenty-first century. To be able to do so requires that we learn certain rules about spelling, agreement of subject and verb, use of plurals, pronouns and apostrophes as well. I am also married to a former English teacher, so must use poor grammar at my peril or strictly in jest.
My library of read and unread books fills many shelves. I received a BA in literature from the University of Oregon with a GPA of 3.7.
I have been a lifelong reader and make a study of language and its uses.
Words have always fascinated me. As a student of literature and as a writer, I always hope to find what the French author Flaubert called le mot juste (the perfect word).
That is not to say I look for the longest or most obscure word however. Clarity in writing of any kind is paramount.
I have written stories and poetry for years, and have won some contests with the Oregon Poetry Association.
Samples of my writing, including some poetry, short fiction and articles may be seen on request.