Portland State University
Portland State University (Master's)
I love words, words in poems, in essays, in fiction, even words in dictionaries large and small. Words have colored my world since I began reading. When I worked for 26 years as a community college educator, I helped many motivated students grow academically and personally. Of course, it follows that, in advance, I helped those students attain their future careers. If you would like a tutor to help you improve your skills, my enthusiasm for words and their ability to formulate logical constructs and/or describe the movement of clouds at Seaside in March could be just for you. Here are areas in which I can help you:
• High school and college reading
• High school and college writing
• Vocabulary building
• Basic spelling
• College entrance essays
• Scholarship applications
• PSAT and SAT preparation
• Interpreting British and American literature
•English as a second language (ESL)
What I like so much about one-on-one teaching is that I can tailor my tutoring approaches to an individual student. Do we all think alike? None of us has the same background or the same strengths and weaknesses. I think it is up to me to find where you stand in the world of words and help you expand that status. I do it with initial conversation, with quick and painless skill “quizlets,” and by asking to you write something short. Then, we begin building a plan for you, not a plan the bad speller across the street or for the literary whiz on the corner. We do this by keeping in mind that your understanding why you are learning what you’re doing is all important. Why is my favorite question word. Whenever we have time, I’ll ask you to ask me questions about our language that begin with why.
I love words, words in poems, in essays, in fiction, even words in dictionaries large and small. Words have colored my world since I began reading. When I worked for 26 years as a community college educator, I helped many motivated students grow academically and personally. Of course, it follows that, in advance, I helped those
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