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Christine H.

Charleston, SC

$30/hour

English Professor with 20+ Years' Experience

Background check passed as of 1/16/14
4.9 average from 130 ratings
Extraordinary Math Tutor
— Gary, Charleston, SC on 8/12/16

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College of Charleston
Biology
University of South Carolina
Master's

Education

College of Charleston (Biology)

University of South Carolina (Master's)

About Christine

Each student has different needs, whether in basic or in advanced projects, and my job is teaching effective writing and communicating. I have worked closely with clients in all phases of their writing processes,from generating, organizing, and focusing to final galleys. I know what teachers, professors, SAT graders, and other educators (as well as college and grad school recruiters)look for in writing assignments, and can help students improve their writing skills. My education includes an MA in English (1989) from the University of South Carolina. I also did PhD work (all but dissertation) at USC, specializing in composition and rhetoric. I was Director of the Writing Center at the University of South Carolina, then at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston. I have taught undergraduate classes in composition, literature, business and technical writing, public speaking, and vocabulary and language. My writing center work afforded me experience on all levels -- from basic writers to doctoral candidates. I am familiar with APA and MLA documentation styles. In addition, I spent a year teaching English in a high school -- to juniors and seniors. I've also received training in the Orton-Gillingham method, which garners success with students who have learning difficulties and attention issues.

Another component in my life as an educator has been outside the school setting. For a few years, I worked as an editor-adviser in producing two editions of a book and workbook used in relationship coaching sessions. I have several years' experience in assessing SAT and state exit exam essays. I tutored in after-school programs sponsored by the No Child Left Behind Act. At Huntington Learning Center, I worked with SAT, ACT, and GED preparation student. I have worked in restauraunts and catering, and in retail. I have a dog and a cat, love to travel, am addicted to ESPN, and I enjoy reading, cooking, exploring music, and gardening.
Each student has different needs, whether in basic or in advanced projects, and my job is teaching effective writing and communicating. I have worked closely with clients in all phases of their writing processes,from generating, organizing, and focusing to final galleys. I know what Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Charleston, SC 29407
Background Check: Passed

"Extraordinary Math Tutor"

- Gary, Charleston, SC on 8/12/16

"prepared for the job"

- Morgan, Charleston, SC on 8/5/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Thulie, Summerville, SC on 9/21/14

"Full of Knowledge!"

- Sonya, Goose Creek, SC on 3/25/14
Math:
ACT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Biology
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ACT Science, ASVAB,
GED,
Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I work with students on grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, and writing.

ACT Reading

I work with students on building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and improving reading speed.

ASVAB

I have recently tutored a successful ASVAB student. I have a science background, and have been an English professor and tutor for over 20 years. In addition, I used to work for a professional test-prep organization at which I learned to teach test-taking skills and strategies. I own the latest prep materials, and have access to practice tests.

Biology

I received my undergraduate degree in biology. Recently, I have worked with several students on the college level, in both BIO 101 and 102, and the corresponding labs. I took the AP biology test as well, so am familiar with the work required for high school students. Understanding the vocabulary, concepts, systems, and how they all work together is the key to understanding life science. I have experience in basic biology, basic botany, basic environmental science, and some upper-level subjects such as microbiology and parasitology.

English

I work with students on grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, documentation (APA and MLA), as well as spelling and usage. I help in all steps of the Writing Process -- prewriting (getting focused and organized), drafting (putting together a detailed paper with proper documentation if necessary), and revising (editing, proofreading, re-focusing, further development). I also help with reading comprehension.

GED

I formerly worked for a professional test-prep organization, and helped dozens of students get ready for and pass the GED. More recently, I have helped some mature students develop a successful process for completing the essay portion of the test. I own the most-recommended and most recent materials and have access to practice GED tests.

Grammar

I help students recognized the errors in their own writing as well as in examples of others' writing. I am fastidious and detail-oriented in editing, and will teach students to avoid the most common errors.

Literature

I specialize in American lit, but have experience in high-school level British lit. We works on reading and determining meaning. We learn to look for that pesky literary stuff like foreshadowing, symbolism, allegory, etc.

Praxis

I used to work for a professional test-prep company, which has since closed in my area. While there, I helped students prepare for the NTE and the Praxis. I have over 20 years' experience teaching and tutoring, and have worked with students on all levels. I recently tutored a student with auditory and visual processing issues for the Praxis. I understand the challenged these and other learning differences (like ADHD and dyslexia) pose, and know how to prepare students to work with the appropriate accommodations.

Proofreading

I have edited thousands of student papers, and hundreds of graduate-level papers. I have edited two books. I am fastidious about grammar, mechanics, usage, vocabulary, and style. I teach my students to recognized their own errors and to avoid making the most common mistakes.

PSAT

My twenty-odd years' teaching and tutoring and my work at a professional test prep company (since closed down in my area) has given me extensive experience working with students on all levels. I have helped dozens of students prepare for the PSAT, SAT, GED, and Praxis. Many of my students needed help with study skills, test-taking strategies, and a review of basic knowledge (vocabulary, grammar, and the like). I have worked extensively with students who have ADHD and other learning differences. I know about the accommodations allowed, how to ensure students receive them, and how to work with them.

Public Speaking

More people fear public speaking than fear spiders, or so it seems. I have taught public speaking for many years and have found that once students get over the fear of failing, or making a fool of themselves, public speaking is rewarding and useful. Promoting yourself and your ideas can be a bonus in the classroom, on the job, or in the community. We will work on focus, organization, support, techniques, visual aids, and technology. Learning to speak with more confidence and competence and with fewer "ums" and distracting gestures will make you a great public speaker.

SAT Reading

I have been an English professor and tutor for over twenty years, working with students on all levels, from elementary to graduate school. I have also worked at a professional test-prep organization, teaching students test-taking strategies as well as vocabulary building. I have the latest SAT prep materials and have access to practices tests.

SAT Writing

The SAT readers look for particular qualities and elements in all the essays. Not only must those be present, but they must meet certain degrees of achievement. It's not only necessary, for example, to be correct grammatically and mechanically, but also to use appropriate language and style. I teach against cookie-cutter essays that lack originality and voice, and toward essays that reveal confident, competent writers.

Spelling

Spelling can sometimes seem mysterious. There are, in fact, rules for spelling. Understanding the rules and exceptions goes a long way to improving spelling. Knowing roots, prefixes, and suffixes can take students even further. Reading, vocabulary building, and writing also help integrate correct spelling.

Vocabulary

Studying word parts -- prefixes, suffixes, and roots -- is the key to building a strong vocabulary. Extensive reading and writing also add richness to a student's vocabulary. Putting words in use in speaking and writing helps insure retention.

Writing

I approach writing as a process, not simply a product. I find the appropriate prewriting techniques, drafting styles, and revision skills for each student. I make sure assignments have focus, clear organization, adequate development, proper grammar, mechanics, and documentation, and meet the requirements.

College of Charleston
Biology
University of South Carolina
Master's

Education

College of Charleston (Biology)

University of South Carolina (Master's)

Extraordinary Math Tutor — Christine has been an extraordinary tutor. She has taught me how to eliminate probable answers, percent change, proportions, and compound interest problems. Her teaching methods are one and million. She is very patient and fair, and she also knows how to relate to her students through common interest. ...

— Gary, Charleston, SC on 8/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christine will travel within 30 miles of Charleston, SC 29407.