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Margie S.

Austin, TX

$50/hour

Creative Tutoring in Reading, Writing, and Analytical Skills

In-person lessons
100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/2/14
5.0 average from 71 ratings
Amazing teacher!
— Shahnaz, Austin, TX on 1/11/15

$50/Hour


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Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX
B S Secondary Education English
Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX (B S Secondary Education English)

Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX (Graduate Coursework)

About Margie

My lifelong passion has always been to help students realize their full potential by using creative teaching methods, by addressing their unique learning styles, and by building their confidence. I have taught English and Language Arts to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (including AP, TAG, and Honor students). Most of my students' standardized test scores were in the higher than average percentiles, and some did remarkably well.

Now that I am retired, I enjoy tutoring because the feedback allows me to address the students' learning styles and needs immediately. I teach students how to focus on critical and analytical reading using the clues in passages. This is a vital skill when taking standardized tests and when dealing with challenges in the classroom and in life. Frequently, students overlook the importance of ellipses and dashes, italicized words and passages, parenthetical comments and brackets, irony and sarcasm, parallel structure, and figurative language. Therefore, I work with students to develop strategies that will help them to break down passages, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of complex reading material. I use a similar approach when teaching the writing process. We work through the process together until the student becomes proficient with each step, beginning with brainstorming and ending with the final step--the essay.

My teaching methods often provide students with a new way of looking at and dealing with challenging material. Helping students find new strategies to make reading, writing, and literature come alive for them often leads to a renewed interest in reading and a more confident approach to challenges. The constant interaction during a tutoring session benefits the student and, in turn, is gratifying for me as well. I would love to see the "light" go on in your student's eyes with each successful learning experience.
My lifelong passion has always been to help students realize their full potential by using creative teaching methods, by addressing their unique learning styles, and by building their confidence. I have taught English and Language Arts to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (including AP, TAG, and Honor students). Most of my students' standardized Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

1 hour for 2 students using the same lesson plan = $35.00 each 2 hours for 1 student = $70.00 My prices are negotiable for more than two students using the same lesson plan and material.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78734
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Amazing teacher!"

- Shahnaz, Austin, TX on 1/11/15
Margie replied on 1/13/2015

Thank you, Shahnaz, for your gracious response. Your daughter is a delightful student who is intelligent, inquisitive, and intuitive and who encourages me to challenge her in every way. Having her as a student is a joy.

"great teacher"

- Chandrakant, Austin, TX on 11/13/16
Margie replied on 11/16/2016

Thank you, Shivani, for your kind and thoughtful response. I sincerely enjoy working with your son, who is always attentive and engaged during the lessons. His bright mind and intense desire to learn speak well for his future endeavors.

"Outstanding Teacher"

- Peter, Cedar Park, TX on 11/12/16
Margie replied on 11/16/2016

How do I express my gratitude for your wonderful response? Your daughter's potential is limitless because of her intense desire to learn and to hone her skills and because of her creative and bright mind. She is a delightful and inquisitive young woman.

"Great nice teacher"

- Yun, Austin, TX on 9/28/16
Margie replied on 10/4/2016

Thank you, Yun, for your kind and gracious response. Your son is a delightful, intelligent, and attentive student who shows much promise. He is also polite and has a quiet sense-of-humor.

"Confidence Builder!"

- Sean, Cedar Park, TX on 1/21/15
Margie replied on 1/22/2015

Thank you, Anne, for your inspiring response. Your son Jack has a genuine desire to learn which shows in the way he willingly immerses himself in any challenge I provide. His honest and sincere responses to my questions and his bright and curious mind make teaching him a pleasure.

"Ms. Margie is a great teacher"

- Swati, Austin, TX on 1/15/15
Margie replied on 1/21/2015

Thank you, Swati, for your thoughtful response. Your son, Arjun, is a bright young man and an attentive student, who likes to be challenged and who is a pleasure to tutor. I believe that he is developing strategies and honing his skills as we work together on reading comprehension practice, on addressing writing prompts (to prepare for persuasive essay writing), and on analyzing classroom reading assignments.

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR,
TAKS
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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STAAR

I taught English Language Arts to sophomores, juniors, and seniors to prepare students for the AP English Literature Exam, the SAT, the ACT, and the STAAR. My students had a higher passing rate than the national average on the AP English Literature Exam, which is a challenging assessment of students' reading comprehension and essay writing. Several of the students whom I have tutored recently in reading comprehension to prepare for the STAAR Reading Exam have attained level three academic excellence.

TAKS

I taught sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken the TAKS (and also AP and SAT tests) and have done well. My teaching methods, strategies, and academic content provide the necessary material and, also, help to hone the skills over which the students will be tested. Most recently I tutored a fifth grade student who did extremely well on the TAKS.

Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX
B S Secondary Education English
Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX
Graduate Coursework

Education

Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX (B S Secondary Education English)

Texas A&M, Kingsville, TX (Graduate Coursework)

Amazing teacher!

Margie is a wonderful teacher who is able to connect and communicate with the student at an advanced level. She is able to enlighten the minds of her students in the most effective way possible. She is able to display the most polite behavior as well. She is an amazing teacher and is always able to teach something new.

— Shahnaz, Austin, TX on 1/11/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

1 hour for 2 students using the same lesson plan = $35.00 each 2 hours for 1 student = $70.00 My prices are negotiable for more than two students using the same lesson plan and material.

Travel policy

Margie will travel within 10 miles of Austin, TX 78734.