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English, SAT, TOEFL, Reading, Writing, College Counseling, Chinese
Susan C.

1,432 hours tutoring

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English, SAT, TOEFL, Reading, Writing, College Counseling, Chinese
English, SAT, TOEFL, Reading, Writing, College Counseling, Chinese
Susan C.

1,432 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

1,432 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Susan


Bio

One of my specialties is teaching English language skills, to both native and non-native speakers of English. I am able to tailor TOEFL and SAT Reading/Writing prep sessions to accommodate each learner’s strengths and weaknesses.

I have helped high school and college students with their strategies and application materials for university admissions. Because I have written professionally for many years, I am able to help students find their "voice" for personal statements and other admissions...

One of my specialties is teaching English language skills, to both native and non-native speakers of English. I am able to tailor TOEFL and SAT Reading/Writing prep sessions to accommodate each learner’s strengths and weaknesses.

I have helped high school and college students with their strategies and application materials for university admissions. Because I have written professionally for many years, I am able to help students find their "voice" for personal statements and other admissions essays.

In addition to English-related subjects, I teach Chinese Mandarin to beginning and intermediate-level students. Because I lived in China and have studied the language intensively over the years, I now have a near-native command. Here again, my approach is to design a strategic study plan, tailoring each session to accommodate each individual's goals -- whether it be for school, business or travel.

Because I have worked at standardized testing organizations, developing multiple-choice and free response questions for a variety of tests, I am able to demystify questions for students.

My students have included a wide range of individuals: elementary school children, junior and senior high school students, university students, corporate employees and retirees, in the US and abroad.


Education

Indiana University
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Indiana University
Masters

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Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

My background in public speaking is rich. From youth experiences in theater, I learned the importance of diction and voice projection, as well as audience engagement. Since then, I have judged speech competitions for children, teens and college students. Through participation in Mercer County Toastmasters, I honed presentation skills which I have used in educational, marketing and sales settings. I have made live and taped presentations to international audiences and the media. I often draw from Wyeth’s Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, Cohen’s Public Speaking: The Path to Success and from selected speeches representing the best of American rhetoric. Increasingly, I have been providing corporate public speaking training designed to help sales and outreach teams communicate better to diverse audiences. These lively interactive training sessions are efficient and outcome driven, as they contain exercises and industry-based role-playing. A wide range of topics and skills are covered, from eye contact to Zoom presentations.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have many years experience writing, editing and proofreading diverse texts. Examples include marketing copy, blogs, PhD dissertations, technical articles, works of fiction, and job search documents, just to name a few. My strengths: I don't go crazy marking up writing that is fine as is. I do look for clarity of expression, and of course flat-out errors in spelling, grammar or word usage. I am good at putting myself in the position of the target reader.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

My background in public speaking is rich. From youth experiences in theater, I learned the importance of diction and voice projection, as well as audience engagement. Since then, I have judged speech competitions for children, teens and college students. Through participation in Mercer County Toastmasters, I honed presentation skills which I have used in educational, marketing and sales settings. I have made live and taped presentations to international audiences and the media. I often draw from Wyeth’s Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, Cohen’s Public Speaking: The Path to Success and from selected speeches representing the best of American rhetoric. Increasingly, I have been providing corporate public speaking training designed to help sales and outreach teams communicate better to diverse audiences. These lively interactive training sessions are efficient and outcome driven, as they contain exercises and industry-based role-playing. A wide range of topics and skills are covered, from eye contact to Zoom presentations.

English

English,

English

Over a billion people in the world speak English, making the English language a powerful communication tool. Native and non-native speakers alike can benefit by honing solid English-language skills. Because the subject of “English” encompasses such a broad array of language and skills, I believe each English tutor should tailor the curriculum for individual learners (or classes). Some individuals want to enhance their English skills for the classroom; others want to improve their English for the workplace; still others are preparing for an exam of some sort. Workplace English is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic English; however, English for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. My approach to teaching English is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can develop a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student begins to work on improving Component Skills (such as grammar, vocabulary and even pronunciation), Key Skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and Enabling Skills (such as skimming, scanning and organizing one’s ideas in English). In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, academic writings, opinion columns, audio lectures, etc.) to gain familiarity with words, structures and usage conventions. Such English texts serve to provide "teachable language contexts." They also inspire the learner, fostering progress and making class more interesting.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have many years experience writing, editing and proofreading diverse texts. Examples include marketing copy, blogs, PhD dissertations, technical articles, works of fiction, and job search documents, just to name a few. My strengths: I don't go crazy marking up writing that is fine as is. I do look for clarity of expression, and of course flat-out errors in spelling, grammar or word usage. I am good at putting myself in the position of the target reader.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

My background in public speaking is rich. From youth experiences in theater, I learned the importance of diction and voice projection, as well as audience engagement. Since then, I have judged speech competitions for children, teens and college students. Through participation in Mercer County Toastmasters, I honed presentation skills which I have used in educational, marketing and sales settings. I have made live and taped presentations to international audiences and the media. I often draw from Wyeth’s Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, Cohen’s Public Speaking: The Path to Success and from selected speeches representing the best of American rhetoric. Increasingly, I have been providing corporate public speaking training designed to help sales and outreach teams communicate better to diverse audiences. These lively interactive training sessions are efficient and outcome driven, as they contain exercises and industry-based role-playing. A wide range of topics and skills are covered, from eye contact to Zoom presentations.
Writing

Writing

There are many reasons to study writing. From elementary school through high school, writing is taught and tested. In the upper grades, academic writing -- including persuasive writing and report-writing -- is vital for students who want competitive grades. Some people want to learn writing for business. Workplace writing is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic writing; however, writing for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. Still other people want to learn and practice creative writing -- for short stories or blogs. This type of writing requires yet another skill set. My approach to teaching writing is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can tailor a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student writes a series of essays or stories, etc. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these works, and then the student rewrites the piece. In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, opinion columns, etc.) to understand the best practices in that writing genre. These usually serve to inspire and "teach" the writer, fostering progress in content, language and form.

Homeschool

English,

English

Over a billion people in the world speak English, making the English language a powerful communication tool. Native and non-native speakers alike can benefit by honing solid English-language skills. Because the subject of “English” encompasses such a broad array of language and skills, I believe each English tutor should tailor the curriculum for individual learners (or classes). Some individuals want to enhance their English skills for the classroom; others want to improve their English for the workplace; still others are preparing for an exam of some sort. Workplace English is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic English; however, English for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. My approach to teaching English is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can develop a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student begins to work on improving Component Skills (such as grammar, vocabulary and even pronunciation), Key Skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and Enabling Skills (such as skimming, scanning and organizing one’s ideas in English). In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, academic writings, opinion columns, audio lectures, etc.) to gain familiarity with words, structures and usage conventions. Such English texts serve to provide "teachable language contexts." They also inspire the learner, fostering progress and making class more interesting.
Writing

Writing

There are many reasons to study writing. From elementary school through high school, writing is taught and tested. In the upper grades, academic writing -- including persuasive writing and report-writing -- is vital for students who want competitive grades. Some people want to learn writing for business. Workplace writing is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic writing; however, writing for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. Still other people want to learn and practice creative writing -- for short stories or blogs. This type of writing requires yet another skill set. My approach to teaching writing is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can tailor a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student writes a series of essays or stories, etc. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these works, and then the student rewrites the piece. In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, opinion columns, etc.) to understand the best practices in that writing genre. These usually serve to inspire and "teach" the writer, fostering progress in content, language and form.

Most Popular

English,

English

Over a billion people in the world speak English, making the English language a powerful communication tool. Native and non-native speakers alike can benefit by honing solid English-language skills. Because the subject of “English” encompasses such a broad array of language and skills, I believe each English tutor should tailor the curriculum for individual learners (or classes). Some individuals want to enhance their English skills for the classroom; others want to improve their English for the workplace; still others are preparing for an exam of some sort. Workplace English is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic English; however, English for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. My approach to teaching English is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can develop a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student begins to work on improving Component Skills (such as grammar, vocabulary and even pronunciation), Key Skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and Enabling Skills (such as skimming, scanning and organizing one’s ideas in English). In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, academic writings, opinion columns, audio lectures, etc.) to gain familiarity with words, structures and usage conventions. Such English texts serve to provide "teachable language contexts." They also inspire the learner, fostering progress and making class more interesting.
Writing

Writing

There are many reasons to study writing. From elementary school through high school, writing is taught and tested. In the upper grades, academic writing -- including persuasive writing and report-writing -- is vital for students who want competitive grades. Some people want to learn writing for business. Workplace writing is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic writing; however, writing for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. Still other people want to learn and practice creative writing -- for short stories or blogs. This type of writing requires yet another skill set. My approach to teaching writing is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can tailor a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student writes a series of essays or stories, etc. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these works, and then the student rewrites the piece. In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, opinion columns, etc.) to understand the best practices in that writing genre. These usually serve to inspire and "teach" the writer, fostering progress in content, language and form.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

I have worked in the US and overseas with students who are applying to undergraduate and graduate programs. My counseling work has encompassed a wide range of activities--from soul-searching about one's list of safety and stretch schools, choosing references for letters of recommendation and writing a compelling essay or two which captures one's "voice" and fully expresses one's personality, background and dreams. In addition, I coach applicants for college interviews, demystifying the intimidating interview process. Through familiarity with the questions most often asked and targeted practice, students learn how to formulate sincere, compelling answers that make an impact.

Summer

Writing

Writing

There are many reasons to study writing. From elementary school through high school, writing is taught and tested. In the upper grades, academic writing -- including persuasive writing and report-writing -- is vital for students who want competitive grades. Some people want to learn writing for business. Workplace writing is less abstract and less "wordy" than academic writing; however, writing for the workplace also has a set of rules. These are usually industry-specific. Still other people want to learn and practice creative writing -- for short stories or blogs. This type of writing requires yet another skill set. My approach to teaching writing is usually as follows: After I understand the learner's writing goals, I carry out a quick diagnostic test so that I can tailor a study plan to meet the individual student's needs. Then, the student writes a series of essays or stories, etc. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these works, and then the student rewrites the piece. In general, I recommend that students look at certain "model texts" (stories, articles, opinion columns, etc.) to understand the best practices in that writing genre. These usually serve to inspire and "teach" the writer, fostering progress in content, language and form.

Test Preparation

College Counseling

College Counseling

I have worked in the US and overseas with students who are applying to undergraduate and graduate programs. My counseling work has encompassed a wide range of activities--from soul-searching about one's list of safety and stretch schools, choosing references for letters of recommendation and writing a compelling essay or two which captures one's "voice" and fully expresses one's personality, background and dreams. In addition, I coach applicants for college interviews, demystifying the intimidating interview process. Through familiarity with the questions most often asked and targeted practice, students learn how to formulate sincere, compelling answers that make an impact.

Ratings and Reviews


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Highly qualified and knowlegable

Susan did a wonderful job in helping my daughter in her SSAT reading and verbal, not only with specific problems, but also in general approach and strategy. She provided a very detailed lesson summary afterwards.

Steve, 4 lessons with Susan

Knowledgeable and friendly tutor

Susan went straight to business and did not waste mine nor her time. The time was spent productively and I appreciate Susan’s insight. There were many tutors to choose from and I think Susan definitely hit the spot. She is knowledgeable, quick, and incredibly witty. She was able to provide me with feedback and wonderful guidance

Ruby, 4 lessons with Susan

Knowledgeable Tutor

Susan is very patient and helpful. She edited my supplementary supplemental application within one class, and used her professional experience with TOEFL to helped me to prep for my interview in another class. I have made great progress after having sessions with her!

Celine, 2 lessons with Susan

Awesome Tutor!

Susan is just simply amazing ! We have no words to express how thankful we are to her for helping both us parents and our son with the admission application statements. Our son loved how his essays and short answers looked after he went over them with Susan. And same was our feeling for parent statements. She has an amazing talent of being able to help you frame your thought in words that flow better , are expressed clearly and are grammatically correct. We would not have felt so satisfied with our application without her help. Also of note is Susan understands the time sensitivity of things and will go above and beyond to help you complete your work on time despite her busy schedule. Once she talked to us at 9pm on Sunday when we were hoping to submit an application and had last minute questions. Our son earlier this year needed help frame his science fair answers and Susan came to our rescue ! We were surprised how good those answers looked at the end. Our son absolutely loves Susan's classes and her sense of humor ! She helped us so much this year with the admission process for our son that we will be forever grateful to her ! We very highly recommend Susan !

Shilpa, 33 lessons with Susan

Nice and patient

Susan coaches my son for a college interview. She talks clearly at a moderate speed. She wrote down things that are important to memorize. Even helped afterwards if questions, and without charge for her time that spent. Quite helpful tutor.

Na, 1 lesson with Susan

Great College Essay Coach

Susan is a great college essay coach with such an ocean of knowledge and hands-on experience. She goes above and beyond to ensure the student succeeds. She researched about the prompts and reviewed the drafts in advance to the lessons. She also provided many practical and realistic tips. My son loved her lessons! Highly recommend!

Murali, 1 lesson with Susan

Inspiring

Creative and inspiring teacher! Expands students' horizons and makes them think. My daugtee loved her first lesson with Susan. She inspired her to do the research on author's biography And read more.

Irina, 8 lessons with Susan

Great tutor!

My twins are in second grade, they like writing, and have the first writing lesson with Susan this week. Susan is an experienced and knowlegeable tutor, She knows how to work with child. She try to motivate and cultivate the chilren's inspiration for creative writing, And teach them how to learn and own new words from their reading... We can't wait for the next lesson with Susan!

Fang, 2 lessons with Susan

Knowledgeable and patience

Susan helped us with reviewing the draft of writing, and providing valuable feedback and recommendations on how to improve, which is very much appreciated.

Hanwei, 1 lesson with Susan
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