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Michael M.

Magnolia, TX

$45/hour

Certified and Effective EC-6th, English, and ESL Tutor

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/22/15
4.9 average from 36 ratings
Knowledgeable tutor
— MONICA, Katy, TX on 2/19/16

$45/Hour


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Florida State University
English Literature
Florida State University
Master's

Education

Florida State University (English Literature)

Florida State University (Master's)

About Michael

I am a certified teacher who has been tutoring for over 6 years. While pursuing a bachelor’s in both English literature and Chinese language and culture at Florida State University, I joined F.S.U’s Reading and Writing Center, where I worked as a tutor specializing in helping students in writing, English as a foreign language, and Chinese. Additionally, I created educational materials for training incoming tutors and ran writing workshops. Later on, while working towards a master’s in education, I worked as a tutor for my university’s tutoring and academic outreach department, where I tutored elementary and middle school students in math, language arts, science, and social studies. I also tutored high school students in mainstream and AP/IB English, history, and psychology classes.

My tutoring experience quickly led me to attaining a teaching position at an international English program, the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES). While there, I taught students from all over the world in English grammar, writing, reading, and oral communication skills. I later decided to go into public education and became certified in Early Childhood Education through Sixth Grade (EC-6th), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Gifted and Talented Education (G/T). During the process of acquiring my certification, I worked as an instructional aide who specialized in providing differentiated instruction for students with special needs and as a substitute. While I enjoyed teaching in the public school system, I found that I love tutoring even more, and I have since then dedicated most of my time to helping my students in a one-on-one setting in which I am able to contribute to the success of a student much more than I was able to in a full classroom.

As a certified teacher with years of experience tutoring a variety of subjects, I can provide more than just help with homework and school assignments. For my K-12 students, I can design personalized lesson plans with custom materials that are linked to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) or relevant school standards. For my adult students, I can design courses of study tailored to your needs and goals, whether it is for success in college or for language or writing success at your workplace.

I am a passionate and enthusiastic educator who believes in providing my students with the best resources to help them succeed. I am a proponent of organized learning and rely on goal creation, repetition, and feedback to ensure consistent student progress. I like to shape my instruction techniques to the interests and learning preferences of my students and seek to make instruction both effective and enjoyable. I love helping struggling students find the motivation and skills to succeed and assisting highly motivated students achieve their goals and further their knowledge.

I am here to help you achieve your goals, and I am looking forward to assisting you! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any more information or would like to make an appointment.
I am a certified teacher who has been tutoring for over 6 years. While pursuing a bachelor’s in both English literature and Chinese language and culture at Florida State University, I joined F.S.U’s Reading and Writing Center, where I worked as a tutor specializing in helping students in writing, English as a foreign language, and Chinese. Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Magnolia, TX 77354
Background Check: Passed

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- MONICA, Katy, TX on 2/19/16

"Knowlegdeable and patient tutor"

- Frederick, Magnolia, TX on 1/6/16

"Very dynamic and well organized class"

- Yu Fen, Spring, TX on 9/1/15

"Very nice and very organized."

- Giridhar, Spring, TX on 8/26/15
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

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.

Dyslexia

I have years of experience working with dyslexic students both in a classroom setting as well as one on one. Through my education and my experience working with my students, I have consistently found that highly structured lessons with an abundance of repetition and patience are the keys to providing these students with an academic environment in which they can achieve. I have assisted students with dyslexia in grades ranging from first to eleventh in a variety of subjects.

For my students still developing basic literacy skills, my lessons often include three main components: individualized sight word recognition, direct instruction in phonics, and application of phonics while reading grade-level texts. For my older students, I include the above components while also incorporating important skills, like summarizing, note taking, and study skills in order to increase their autonomy in their studies. I do not believe in diluting academic material for my students with dyslexia. Instead, I use grade-level texts and authentic materials, and I expose students to concepts at a pace that works for them.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am certified in Early Childhood Education through Sixth (EC-6th), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Gifted and Talented Education (G/T). Within the school system, I have worked extensively with students grades kindergarten through sixth providing small-group and differentiated instruction in and out of class for all major subjects, and I also have years of experience as a university tutor who worked with students in grades kindergarten through sixth in all major subject areas. Additionally, I have experience working with students learning English as a second language and students with special needs, including dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. I have experience teaching all major subject areas, including language arts, social studies, math, and science. To meet the needs of the students I tutor, I can gather and/or create my own materials to teach or supplement concepts or create detailed and individualized lesson plans linked to each student's school standards when applicable.

Elementary Math

I have extensive experience working with students grades K-8th in basic math through Algebra 1. I assess students' levels of ability in grade-level concepts in order to determine which topics need additional reinforcement. After planning a lesson based on relevant school standards, I go over every facet of a concept, starting with a basic application of the concept and eventually work up to applying it within the context of a word problem.

I place a strong emphasis on word problems in my lessons as this is a common area in which students struggle. Word problems are often the most difficult application of a concept, and they are commonly used to assess students' mastery of material, both in class and on standardized tests. I also value review and repetition in order to help students develop true mastery and fluency over math. I have experience helping struggling students catch up as well as assisting highly motivated students get ahead in order to master concepts to come.

English

While attaining my bachelor’s degree in English literature, I worked as an English and writing tutor for Florida State University’s Reading and Writing Center. As a tutor, I assisted undergraduate and graduate students with any stage of the writing process for a variety of purposes, from preparing for standardized tests, like the GRE, to writing papers and dissertations. I also specialized in assisting English language learners. Additionally, I designed and ran workshops for students needing help with English and writing skills, and I created English tutoring materials adopted by Florida State University.

After I graduated and began my master’s, I began tutoring with my university's tutoring and academic outreach department, where I tutored elementary and middle school students in all major subject areas, including reading and writing, and I also worked with high school students in mainstream and AP/IB English, history, and psychology classes. I also taught at the Center for Intensive English Studies, an international English program. While there, I designed and taught various English classes for students in reading, writing, grammar, and oral communication.

Later on, while pursuing my teaching certification, I worked as an instructional aide and helped students of various grade levels in multiple subjects, including language arts. Since receiving my certification, I have taught and tutored students from a variety of grades, backgrounds, and proficiency levels in English and related subjects.

ESL/ESOL

I have a master's degree in ESOL education from Florida State University, and I have worked as a university writing tutor specializing in assisting ELLs. While working as a writing tutor, I helped undergraduate and graduate students from varied disciplines, language backgrounds, and proficiency levels improve their writing and language skills. I have taught in the Center for Intensive English Studies, an international English program in Tallahassee, Florida, where I taught ELLs from a myriad of language backgrounds, cultures, and proficiency levels. I taught classes in oral communication skills, reading, writing, and grammar, and I designed my own curriculum and materials for my classes.

I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language, and my performance in Chinese allowed me to earn scholarships to go to China, where I furthered my own studies and also taught Chinese students learning English. I have studied another language, so I understand how difficult learning another language can be! Although English is my native language, I come from a family of English language learners, so teaching ESL is a subject near to my heart and one that I am passionate about.

Study Skills

Being a successful undergraduate and graduate student while tutoring and teaching demanded that I have strong study skills. Throughout my coursework I adopted strategies that worked and tweaked them when needed to achieve my academic goals. Working as a tutor and teacher gave me opportunities to use what I learned to improve the study habits and techniques of my students, and I have had ample practice modifying what I know to fit the needs of others. While working as a graduate tutor, I created and ran workshops for undergraduate and graduate students focused on time management and study skills. As a teacher, I designed lessons for several of my classes with information regarding effective studying techniques and strategies. I have an arsenal of studying tools and years of experience at my disposal that I would love to use to help those who could benefit from them.

Writing

During my time as an instructor, I helped students from elementary to high school with a variety of writing assignments. Whether it was a casual reflection piece, rigorous research assignment, or STAAR preparation, I was able to provide students with the appropriate support to meet their needs. Additionally, while working as an instructor in an international English center, I designed and taught my own writing classes to prepare international students for university-level writing and TOEFL exams.

During my time as a university writing tutor, I assisted students from a variety of academic fields, ages, and writing proficiency levels. Students who made an appointment with me would receive guided instruction and support with any stage of the writing process. I helped students brainstorm and research, draft, revise and edit all types of assignments from casual personal creative stories to formal college application essays as well as graduate theses and dissertations. Additionally, I created and ran a series of workshops for students on how to implement strategies to improve their writing, and I co-authored educational training materials for incoming tutors that were later implemented by F.S.U.'s Reading and Writing Center.

Although writing is a complex process that necessitates the use of specific strategies based on the needs of the student and nature of the assignment, in general, a simplified version of my approach to teaching writing is as follows:

Writing can often be an overwhelming process for students, so clearly communicating the purpose of writing throughout the process is crucial so that students have a guide to keep them on track.
Next, the individual steps needed to fulfill the purpose of writing need to be broken down to make the assignment tangible for the student. Students then take initiative with appropriate guidance to fulfill the purpose established earlier with their own voice and ideas. Lastly, revision is crucial to refine student ideas, enhance coherence, and ensure that the purpose of writing has been clearly achieved by the content.

Florida State University
English Literature
Florida State University
Master's

Education

Florida State University (English Literature)

Florida State University (Master's)

Knowledgeable tutor

Michael is a very efficient tutor. He develops his teaching plan based solely on individual students needs and level of understanding. Most of all he includes parents by giving them feedback at the end of each session.

— MONICA, Katy, TX on 2/19/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Magnolia, TX 77354.