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Trinity University (English)
Johns Hopkins U (Master's)
UT Austin (Graduate Coursework)
I'm a Houston native with a Bachelor's degree in English (Trinity U) and a master's degree in writing (Johns Hopkins U.) and some graduate classes in Instructional Technology (UT-Austin). Based on my high SAT scores and high grades, I won a full tuition scholarship to Trinity University. I taught English and TOEFL test to non-native university students for 3 years; also, I recently taught writing and math enrichment for one year to middle school students. I also counseled high school students for 4 years to help them with choosing what to study at college. I have written two technical books and have worked as a technical writer for various IT companies for 10 years. Also, I run a small ebook publishing company that publishes literary fiction.
"Learning how to learn" (or "metacognition") is something I know a lot about. In addition to helping you with your immediate learning goals, I can help you with long-term strategies to make learning easier. I'm a great believer in not going with a single strategy but finding a strategy best suited to YOU. My role is less to teach than to help you figure out which areas need the most work and the best way to tackle the challenge. I am comfortable working with international students and even with students who are currently experiencing "student burn out." Hey, we have all been there! I have looked at old STAAR tests (especially the middle school ones) and am reasonably well-versed in the required TEKS learning objectives to pass them. A test is a test is a test. It doesn't have to be a scary thing -- Zombies are 10 times scarier!
SCHEDULING. At the moment I am in between teaching assignments, so I'd be happy to fill my days with tutoring sessions. I'm flexible about schedule -- though I require 24 hours notice if you need to cancel. Ideally we should do our first session in a library or some other public place. If it's not too far, I could go to your home (I might even ride my bike!) I could be persuaded to have sessions in my home if needed. Generally, the first session will be a meet-and-greet and no charge (It will also be fairly short). If you prefer, we could do this meet-and-greet over the phone. I'm a Houston native with a Bachelor's degree in English (Trinity U) and a master's degree in writing (Johns Hopkins U.) and some graduate classes in Instructional Technology (UT-Austin). Based on my high … Read more
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MATH. In addition to acing the SAT math test when in high school, I did math coaching for some of my middle school students and understand the common issues students face in math. Recently I've been learning some incredible techniques for teaching math classes and know a lot of math trivia. I also have a few online math games which I can recommend. Every student finds math easy until they reach a certain point. Then, it becomes HARD! The trick is not to panic, don't lose confidence and try to have fun with your frustration. Riding a bike or swimming seemed really hard when you first tried it. Now, it's no sweat!
English was always my best subject at school. That didn't mean it was easy! But I aced both my SAT verbal and SAT math in high school and can help you figure out the best way to read for understanding and pleasure. In graduate school I studied with two well-known authors. The first later won the Nobel Prize in literature; the second won a National Book Award. I've written lots of literary essays which have been published and praised. I've also written articles about improving your vocabulary. I'm an ace at writing essays. Once, just for the heck for it -- I wrote a 10 page essay about breakfast -- on my iPad while riding a Houston Metro bus. (It took a few weeks though). I can give you tips for brainstorming and organizing your ideas into an essay.