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Karen D.

Simpsonville, SC

$40/hour

Experienced English Language Tutor and ESL Teacher

In-person lessons

$40/Hour


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USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
BA English BS Econom
USC Columbia
MBA

Education

USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC (BA English BS Econom)

USC Columbia (MBA)

About Karen

I started tutoring in college and felt a great sense of reward watching students who had struggled with math and English start to master their subjects. As a result, I double majored adding an English degree to my Economics degree.

My recent experience includes teaching English as a foreign language at the Fachhochschule in Munich, tutoring my own daughter, first as she learned to read and later as she prepared by invitation to take the SAT in the 7th grade, and as a volunteer reading tutor in public schools.

I place a strong emphasis on writing. Through writing essays, students must navigate through the various grammar rules, utilize complex sentence structure, develop a higher level of vocabulary, and increase the speed with which they are able to produce a five paragraph essay. I cannot take credit for this method; it was the method my twelfth grade teacher used. That was the year I learned to love writing as well as reading. Other types of writing such as letters, reports, news articles and other individualized forms are also incorporated.

Depending on the student's needs, I utilize both short essays for reading analysis and novels that the student has to read outside of our sessions for discussion. Reading comprehension is developed by reading various types of writing, such as essays, instruction manuals, business letters, and other material best suited to the age and level of each student.

Based on an initial meeting with each student, I develop a plan to help him or her meet the agreed upon goals in the time frame that is available to them. I work with each student to develop his or her own style of writing, as well as teach the framework, i.e. the rules of grammar and ACT/SAT expectations, within which students are expected to remain. I help students see that, although reading interpretation and writing are arts which can be expressed in various ways, there is a time and place for personal expression and a time and place to strictly adhere to the expectations of teachers and test givers. This is an area that many students struggle with, especially if they have had conflicting teaching styles over the years and are avid readers of writers who do not conform to the framework within which students are expected to work.

I only accept motivated students. If your student is motivated to improve any area of his or her reading, grammar, or writing, I'm here to help.
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Simpsonville, SC 29681
In-person lessons

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USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
BA English BS Econom
USC Columbia
MBA

Education

USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC (BA English BS Econom)

USC Columbia (MBA)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Karen will travel within 10 miles of Simpsonville, SC 29681.