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R.L. C.

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45 Years of Experience Teaching at High School and University Level

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Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
English, Speech, Theatre
The University of Arizona


Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (English, Speech, Theatre)

The University of Arizona (Master's)

About R.L.

I have over 45 years of experience teaching English grammar and literature, Speech Communication and Public Speaking as well as Theatre Arts at the high school and university level. I have been fortunate to work with students from a broad variety of countries and cultures. I have worked with international students from the age of five up to seventy as a teacher of English as a Second Language. I have taught test preparation for both college and graduate school admissions exams, including ACT, SAT and TOEFL preparation. I have developed and taught classes that focus on the needs of academically challenged students.

I tailor my instruction to the needs of the individual student or student group. I can easily alter my approach to cater to a student's immediate objective and then shift to a comprehensive technique that addresses long-term learning goals.

Now that the school year is well under way, it is the time to schedule tutoring sessions to get a grasp on those subjects that are becoming more of a challenge than you expected with a focus on making good grades even better by building on academic strengths and working toward eliminating academic weaknesses. Juniors should be preparing for college entrance exams, either the ACT or the SAT, or both if you want to cover all bases. And, some Seniors may want to consider sharpening skills to re-take an ACT or SAT to make a higher score.
I have over 45 years of experience teaching English grammar and literature, Speech Communication and Read more

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Open to negotiation on group rates.

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Travels within 25 miles of Houston, TX 77071
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"Wholehearted recommendation!"

- Diana, Cypress, TX on 5/8/13

"Nice and patient tutor"

- Xue ying, Houston, TX on 8/15/16

"Knowledgeable and very experienced tutor"

- Saad, Houston, TX on 7/20/16

"Knowledge and very patient."

- Andrea, Sugar Land, TX on 7/15/15

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Frank, Katy, TX on 7/7/15

"Met all my expectations so far."

- Jesus, Sugar Land, TX on 6/10/15

"Very good for theater and voice"

- Sarah, Aliso Viejo, CA on 3/12/15

"Great Tutor"

- Long, Sugar Land, TX on 10/15/14

"A Great Acting Teacher!"

- Vincent, Houston, TX on 6/5/14

"Very patient"

- Virginia, Houston, TX on 8/10/13

"Excellent tutor."

- Michelle, Sugar Land, TX on 6/21/13

"Honest and excellent tutor."

- Oleksandr, Brooklyn, NY on 6/17/13

"Highly recommend."

- Rui, Houston, TX on 5/2/13

"Good Teacher"

- R, Missouri City, TX on 6/15/12
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

The English sections of the ACT cover a range of language skills including: Usage and Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills (the effective use of strategy, organization and style in persuasive writing), Reading Comprehension and Analysis, as well as Writing. Although one may feel comfortable using English on a daily basis, the ACT may catch even a very skilled student off guard once he or she is asked to apply these skills in a structured, timed test environment.

ACT Reading

The Reading section of the ACT is only one of three sections that test one's English language skills. Test takers will be asked to read four passages and answer a set of questions about each passage. The reading selections may come from prose fiction, the humanities, social studies or natural science and it would be rare for a test taker to have prior experience with any of the passages. Mastering certain test taking strategies will improve one's potential for achieving a preferred score on the ACT Reading section.


I have a Master of Fine arts in Theatre Design and technology. I am an accomplished artist in a variety of media including pencil, water color, tempura, and oils. I have enjoyed art as a leisure activity and as a professional scenic and costume designer with dozens of productions in my credits. I can help you with basic drawing techniques as well as figure drawing and perspective. Let me help you make your ideas come to life in the media of your choice.


I have been a teacher of English as well as English as a Second Language for over 40 years. I am certified by the state of Texas to teach English at the secondary level. I have also taught grammar and literature at the college level.


I have 21 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language at the college level and for an internationally recognized proprietary education and test preparation company.


Developing grammar skills is an essential step to becoming a better writer and speaker. Everything from recognizing and using parts of speech correctly to properly structuring sentences and effectively using capitalization and punctuation will lead to you having more confidence as a writer and speaker.


The reading and sharing of literature is a favorite pastime of many people. The oldest form of literature is poetry which was used by wandering minstrels to carry news from village to village and to tell stories. That was followed by plays which were originally written in poetic form. Then, finally, came the prose form that mimics the way everyday individuals share information and tell stories. All of the genres of literature have their own unique characteristics which can be easily understood with just a little bit of effort.


I have a degree in Speech Communication and a background in teaching English pronunciation using phonics and the International Phonetic Alphabet. I have taught students as young as five as well as students from 16 to 60. I have taught English pronunciation to high school classes as well as at the college level.


One of the challenges of being a good writer is to be able to proofread and edit your own writing. I can share with you a variety of skills that will make you a better proofreader and, therefore, a better writer.

Public Speaking

I am certified by the State of Texas to teach Speech Communication. I have taught Public Speaking at the high school and university level. I am, myself, an experienced public speaker.


As surprising as it may seem, reading comprehension is closely tied to reading rate and the extent of one's vocabulary. Slow readers and those that struggle with the vocabulary in their reading material tend to recall less of what they read than those who can read at a higher rate with fewer stumbles due to unfamiliar vocabulary. By expanding one's daily vocabulary and improving reading speed, reading comprehension soon follows. I have more than 20 years of experience in working with students to improve their vocabulary, reading rate and reading comprehension.

SAT Reading

For 12 years I taught SAT Verbal skills for one of the nation's top test preparation company. Prior to that I taught English and communication skills at the secondary and college level for 29 years. When it comes to the critical reading, grammar and vocabulary sections of the SAT, I have mastered them in my teaching in one way or another.

SAT Writing

I have over 30 years of experience teaching writing skills at the high school and college level. Additionally, I taught SAT preparation for one of the top test preparation companies in the U.S. I have also taught writing skills for graduate level admissions tests.


Whether you want to make an apron for yourself or as a gift, I can help you. Or, if you want to design and make your own prom or wedding dress, I can help you with that too. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and production, including costume design and construction. I can guide you with mastering the simplest of hand-sewing techniques to advanced design and execution.


I am certified by the state of Texas to teach Speech Communication. I have taught speech at the high school and university level.

Study Skills

Organization, note-taking, priority-setting and recognition of helpful resources all contribute to more effective learning no matter what the subject may be. My 16 years of secondary school teaching and 15 years of college teaching, including specific work assisting learning challenged students, has given me a broad background in effective study skill instruction.


I was a competitive swimmer as a youth and was certified by the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. I taught swimming to children and adults for several years. In college, I was chosen to teach swimming for the Physical Education Department. I can teach you in your private pool or at a gym or club pool where you are a member. I continue to enjoy swimming several times a week for exercise and relaxation.


I am certified by the State of Texas to teach Theatre Arts. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. I have taught Theatre Arts at the high school and university level. I have designed and directed more than 40 plays and musicals.


The Test of English as a Second Language--the TOEFL--requires you to apply English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also tested as part of the speaking and writing sections is one's correct use of English grammar. All of these skills can be improved with an experienced instructor. With 20 years of experience in TOEFL preparation, I have assisted hundreds of students to achieve their score goal on the TOEFL and I can help you do the same.


Whether we realize it or not, an individual is often judged by their proper and effective use of vocabulary. Increasing one's vocabulary requires little effort once one recognizes his or her strengths and weaknesses in their current vocabulary foundation.


Writing is the last skill mastered by learners in any language, following listening, speaking and reading. Whether it is personal, academic or business writing, the same basic skills are required. Audience recognition, topic management, detail development and logical organization all lead to an individual becoming a more effective and confident writer.

Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
English, Speech, Theatre
The University of Arizona


Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (English, Speech, Theatre)

The University of Arizona (Master's)

Wholehearted recommendation! — My husband and I have been very pleased with the work R.L. has done with our son. R.L. is helping him develop skills necessary for success in school currently and for the future. Our son is a freshman in high school and has been struggling with study skills and time management, as well as reading comprehension and writing skills. R.L. is working with him to help develop all of these necessary sk ...

— Diana, Cypress, TX on 5/8/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Open to negotiation on group rates.

Travel policy

R.L. will travel within 25 miles of Houston, TX 77071.