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Gerald H.

Dallas, TX

$40/hour

Master teacher specializing in writing, public speaking, reading

Background check passed as of 11/20/15
5.0 average from 18 ratings
Knowledge excellent
— Janet, Irving, TX on 12/8/16

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University of Southern Maine
English
University of Southern Maine
MEd
University of Southern Maine
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Southern Maine (English)

University of Southern Maine (MEd)

University of Southern Maine (Graduate Coursework)

About Gerald

I was an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University for 28 years during which I taught college freshman English and a course on literary theory. The synthesis essay and thesis paper were emphasized in both courses. So, if a guided revision of your essay or an in-depth discussion over a particular reading will benefit you, please contact me. I will teach you analytical strategies to use on future papers.

In addition, I have taught both Public Speaking and Debate. Observing my students grow into confident, articulate speakers has been a significant highlight of my career. My students, when I could convince them, often joined the Debate Team. As coach, this afforded another opportunity for me to further develop their skills in Congressional debate. Their commitment to honing their debating skills resulted in the team's earning the award of Congressional State Champions 8 consecutive times.

My wide experiences, together with my ability to listen and intuit what students need, enable me to create personalized and effective experiences for both high school and college levels.

I look forward to helping you achieve academic success.
I was an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University for 28 years during which I taught college freshman English and a course on literary theory. The synthesis essay and thesis paper were emphasized in both courses. So, if a guided revision of your essay or an in-depth discussion over a particular reading will benefit you, please contact me. I will Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

If you need to cancel with less than 24 hours' notice, you can have a free makeup lesson when one can be scheduled.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Dallas, TX 75204
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledge excellent"

- Janet, Irving, TX on 12/8/16

"Very organized"

- Alfreda, Carrollton, TX on 9/16/16
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

My experiences as a high school English teacher, along with my experience of teaching college freshmen English for Syracuse University, lend themselves well to prepping students for the ACT English Test. These two sections on the ACT English--Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills-- have always been the focus of my writing instruction. At present I have been using The Real ACT Prep Guide as my manual of choice with students.

ACT Reading

My experiences as a high school English teacher, along with my experience of teaching college freshmen English for Syracuse University, lend themselves well to prepping students for the ACT Reading Test. I have always supplemented my students reading with passages that comprise the four categories of the ACT: Prose fiction, Humanities, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences. Students reading must be varied in order for them not only to improve their reading comprehension using various types of reading but also to develop their thinking skills from a varied knowledge base. At present I have been using The Real ACT Prep Guide as my manual of choice with students.

English

I have taught English both at the high school level (in college preparatory and honors courses) and college level (as an adjunct instructor for Syracuse University). My focus for all my students was to further develop their reading and writing skills. To that end, we focused on synthesis essays that required understanding a variety of texts in order to create a well-supported thesis paper based on their readings.
In addition, I have worked with seniors to write their college application essays and a college-ready research paper.

Grammar

In order to communicate effectively, we must have a set of rules to which we all adhere. Of course, there are digressions when we consider the grammar of our songs, poems, texts, and tweets. Interestingly enough, we can understand these digressions thanks to "the rules." As a lifelong student of grammar (so necessary as a proofreader and essay corrector), I have observed that we consistently make the same mistakes. Once a writer knows his or her mistakes, that changes everything. My goal is that my students have an understanding of the rules in order to be proficient communicators.

Literature

My teaching of literature includes both American, English, and world literature at the high school level, along with literary analysis at the college level. My approach to understanding has been to bring in other texts related to the given one in order to have students consider a variety of possible interpretations. This approach encourages a richer understanding of the text. It is important for students to realize that they are the makers of meaning of the text.

Proofreading

It probably seems counterintuitive that I enjoy correcting (proofreading) student essays and research papers. On the contrary, it is the proofing of papers where I begin to understand students as writers and thinkers. From this place, lessons of writing (grammar, word choice, transition, coherence, documentation, etc.) and thinking (logic, evidence, evolved thesis) begin.
My experience proofreading includes my high school and college students, my two sons, and a friend's reports for her consulting business.

PSAT

I developed and taught test prep for Reading and Writing at my high school. In addition, I taught these courses at night to students from different high schools. Also, I have taught students how to write analytical essays and editing skills to improve their final essay copies. These skills will prove advantageous for success on the Writing section.

Public Speaking

I taught the Public Speaking course and the Speech and Debate course at Scarborough High School in Maine for 12 years (2004 - 2015). In addition, I coached the Speech and Debate Team for 11 years during which the team was the Maine State Congressional Champions for 7 consecutive years and Runners-up for two years. I had the pleasure of coaching students who earned nominations to national championships. More importantly, I had the pleasure of watching them hone their skills to become articulate speakers and analytical thinkers.

Reading

To understand the meaning of a text, the reader must focus on its author's word choice (diction). A close textual reading requires an exploration of words in context. Specific analytical skills applied to the reading of a text enable the reader to make meaning. I have taught students reading techniques to do just that.

SAT Reading

I developed and taught the SAT Reading and SAT Writing preparation program at my high school. In addition, I taught these SAT preparation courses at night to students from different high schools. I am familiar with the new SAT's analytical approach to reading with understanding.

SAT Writing

I developed and taught the SAT Reading and SAT Writing preparation program at my high school. In addition, I taught these SAT preparation courses at night to students from different high schools. I addition, I have taught students how to write analytical essays and editing skills to improve their final essay copies. These skills will prove advantageous for success on the SAT Writing section.

Writing

The writing assignments that I have taught include the following: the persuasive essay, the synthesis essay, the research paper, the college application essay, the SAT Writing essay.
All writing is persuasive by nature. Since the purpose of writing is communication, we writers want to ensure our readers understand us. Our task is to ensure that our writing is clear, that it contains effective word choice, that its logic and evidence are compelling. These are the components that I emphasize with writing instruction.

University of Southern Maine
English
University of Southern Maine
MEd
University of Southern Maine
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Southern Maine (English)

University of Southern Maine (MEd)

University of Southern Maine (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledge excellent

He's working excellent with us in English 1 we really like hem as tutor he knows what he's doing he knows everything about the class exelent person also.

— Janet, Irving, TX on 12/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

If you need to cancel with less than 24 hours' notice, you can have a free makeup lesson when one can be scheduled.

Travel policy

Gerald will travel within 20 miles of Dallas, TX 75204.