University of North Texas (English)
I spent nine months teaching English grammar in Madrid at a school in Leganes. Working with students in the 3rd and 4th grade, I helped prepare them for their end of year tests. Every single student passed. I also taught private lessons on the side with a few sixth graders, who had a variety of tests depending on which level they were testing for. They all passed. Before this, I gave private lessons to students looking to improve their SAT scores on the writing section. None of my students have ever scored anything but a perfect 6.
I have over 100 hours of tutoring experience, mostly in an ESL environment. What this means for you and your student is that I not only understand how to teach your students, but I know how to break down the rules so they will understand it long term, not just for an approaching test.
My philosophy is classical. The brain works best with repetition, and as you move into new lessons you review old material to make sure it is being passed into long-term memory. I create my own worksheets based on the individual student's needs. I am always prompt. I am always ready to work. However, and I think most importantly, I am also always ready to listen.
I believe students learn best with teachers they respect and by whom they feel respected. One of my most recent students enjoyed telling me about his basketball league and his favorite NBA players. I helped him learn better sentence structure through those conversations, which was fun because he got to talk about things for which he had a passion. I know to keep watching the Spanish leagues for an upstart young point guard. :)
I am here because I want to help. My goal is to be a freshman English teacher at university. I want to help you with your writing, with your grammar, and with your syntax. I can't promise you many things, but I can promise you that at the end of our sessions you will have a better understanding of the topic(s) we discussed. I spent nine months teaching English grammar in Madrid at a school in Leganes. Working with students in the 3rd and 4th grade, I helped prepare them for their end of year tests. Every single student passed. I also taught private lessons on the side with a few sixth graders, who had a variety of tests depending on which level they were testing for.
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My degree is in English with a focus on creative writing. The program focuses on understanding different styles of criticism and establishing a foundation of some classics (Shakespeare, Milton, Homer, etc). I have over 100 hours of experience tutoring English.
I spent nine months in Madrid as an assistant teacher in English and science classes. In addition to my time in the classroom, I held private lessons with five students for one hour each per week. That gives me more than 100 hours of private instruction experience in an ESL environment to go with my classroom time. The age range I have worked with are from seven up to twelve.
Grammar is probably my favorite part of language. It is like advanced mathematics. Unfortunately, I am not as good at math as I am with grammar. I carried a 4.0 through all classes of my major, and since my focus is creative writing, my understanding of grammar isn't limited to what it is, but includes why it is as well as how it creates meaning.
Literature is about understanding all the things not written, but clearly stated, in these six words: For sale - Baby Shoes. Never worn. When I teach literature, I teach asking questions of the text. A good writer makes you, the reader, work for it. I will help you by expanding your tool box.
When I was young I had trouble reading sentences. I did not understand classifications like verbs, nouns, and adjectives, how they related to one another, or why they are necessary. If this sounds like your student, I can help. I completed my English degree at UNT with a 4.0 in the classes of my major.
The difficulty of the SAT in Reading is in the similarities of words used in answers to words used in the text. I can help your student understand the format of paragraphs and the purpose of word usage to find main ideas and sentences that fit within the writing. I've also worked with ESL students on their standardized tests in Spain, so I have an array of illustrations and examples to help students learn what words are key to the answer.
SAT Writing was my first tutoring subject about eighteen months ago. My student scored a 4 on her test and wanted to improve. I was quite nervous, but gave her all the information I learned in my college writing classes and explained how it worked. She scored a 6, which is a perfect score. I tutored three more students, and they all scored 6's, too. Two of those were ESL, so I possess a strong ability to connect to what the student already understands in order to create a basis for new knowledge.
I am a writing major, and all students I have tutored for the SAT writing portion have scored 6's. I won the Mary Patchell award as a Senior at UNT for commitment to literary studies and writing. I carried a 4.0 through all classes of my English major, which included both literary criticism and creative writings (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry). My poem 'Stairs' was published in the North Texas Review. I don't feel comfortable brandishing my flags of success, but I am very proud of what I've accomplished so far in my writing career.