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Michael B.

Mckinney, TX

$60/hour

English educated

Background check passed as of 5/20/13
4.9 average from 87 ratings
Michael was fantastic!
— Stephanie, Dallas, TX on 10/8/15

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Oxford UK
Classical Languages
MA Middlebury College, Middlebury VT
Master's

Education

Oxford UK (Classical Languages)

MA Middlebury College, Middlebury VT (Master's)

About Michael

I have 44 years of experience teaching in prestigious private schools (42 at St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas). I teach kids; the subject matters less. My experience begins with 7th graders and goes on through senior year. My education took place in England, but I found my way to Texas and became an American citizen. I am currently retired and available 24/7.

I have had great success teaching Latin, and that is my first love. I have learned from my experience to listen to students and to respect their needs. I have also taught English language and literature with a special emphasis on writing.

My approach to essay writing is to teach analysis and outlining. Students need to become more self-confident; they just have to tap into their own ideas and learn how to become simple, clear, and cogent. Sentence structure and grammar form a part of those three concepts.
I have 44 years of experience teaching in prestigious private schools (42 at St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas). I teach kids; the subject matters less. My experience begins with 7th graders and goes on through senior year. My education took place in England, but I found my way to Texas and became an American citizen. I am currently retired and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required

My fees are negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070
Background Check: Passed

"Michael was fantastic!"

- Stephanie, Dallas, TX on 10/8/15
Michael replied on 10/9/2015

Appreciate it. Looking forward to our continuing relationship.

"Knowledgeable and kind tutor"

- Jayanthi, Allen, TX on 6/21/15

"Excellent Latin Tutor"

- Kamini, Plano, TX on 5/16/15

"Great teacher"

- XIN, Plano, TX on 4/12/15
Michael replied on 4/13/2015

Thanks. You are very kind.

"Best Tutor"

- Vivian, Mckinney, TX on 10/9/14

"Easy to work with, knowledgeable and flexible."

- Eric, Garland, TX on 1/26/14

"Knows what he's doing."

- Patricia, Allen, TX on 12/20/13
Michael replied on 12/20/2013

Thanks, Patricia. Let me know how things go.

"Patient!"

- Shane, Plano, TX on 10/30/13
Michael replied on 10/30/2013

Thanks. I will try to do better than satisfactory.

"Extremely Patient!"

- Karen, Plano, TX on 10/3/13

"Professional"

- Dana, Dallas, TX on 7/24/13
Michael replied on 7/25/2013

Dana,
Thanks so much for taking the time to post a positive review. I wish you and your daughter all the best. Let me know how college acceptance goes.

"Patient & Kind"

- Lisa, Cincinnati, OH on 6/6/13

"Great tutor"

- Ming, Allen, TX on 6/27/12

"Tough but light hearted"

- George, Plano, TX on 4/3/12
Michael replied on 4/3/2012

Cool!

English:
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, ASVAB, College Counseling,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Greek,
Latin,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

I have an MA from oxford university. I graduated in 1962 after four years study of Greek, Latin, ancient history, and modern and ancient philosophy. I also have 44 years of experience teaching high school and middle school.

College Counseling

In my 44 years of teaching, I have written numerous college recommendations and supervised college applications and essays for seniors applying to top colleges like Harvard and Princeton.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught 6th grade English at St. Mark's in Dallas. I have 44 years of experience as a teacher.

English

I have taught 7th grade and 10th grade English. My second degree is an MA from Middlebury in English.

ESL/ESOL

I took 4 years of high school French in the UK and I have lived in Mexico for 8 months. I have taught Latin and English in private schools for 44 years. I have a great deal of knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Grammar

Do you want good grammar or good taste? Well, I want both. Anyway good grammar is good taste.

Greek

I studied Classical Greek for four years at Oxford University in England. I have 44 years' experience teaching Latin, and I am currently tutoring a pastor in Greek over the phone.

Latin

My degrees are MA from Oxford University and MA in English from Middlebury University. I taught for over 40 years, mostly at St. Mark's School of Texas.

Public Speaking

I have taught Debate in the past. I have taught English essay writing, which includes organizing one's thoughts. I have also appeared on stage over five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival.

Reading

I have taught close reading in Latin studies for over forty years together with writing for AP students. My degree and experience also include English.

SAT Reading

I have taught literature and careful reading for over forty years. Recently, I have worked with a couple of sophomores, including one from St. Mark's. If reading is an issue, then writing probably is too.

SAT Writing

So you want to be a writer? Nope. So you have to be a writer? Whichever, in this day, we all have to be thinkers and communicators.

Writing begins with thinking of ideas. Thinking requires words. Communicating shares those words and thoughts simply, clearly, and cogently.

Teaching writing, then, necessarily involves teaching thinking and the best way to share those thoughts. Simple sentences, clear expression, and cogent argumentation can be taught in that process.

Study Skills

I have 44 years' experience teaching middle and high school (boys and girls). My main areas of expertise are Latin and English, but I have also counseled and supervised how best to learn subjects. Part of my responsibility was to advise students about how to improve in all of their subjects.

Writing

So you want to be a writer? Nope. So you have to be a writer? Whichever, in this day, we all have to be thinkers and communicators.
Writing begins with thinking of ideas. Thinking requires words. Communicating shares those words and thoughts simply, clearly, and cogently.
Teaching writing, then, necessarily involves teaching thinking and the best way to share those thoughts. Simple sentences, clear expression, and cogent argumentation can be taught in that process.

Oxford UK
Classical Languages
MA Middlebury College, Middlebury VT
Master's

Education

Oxford UK (Classical Languages)

MA Middlebury College, Middlebury VT (Master's)

Michael was fantastic! — We are definitely scheduling additional sessions with Michael! Michael is an engaged and engaging tutor in Latin (with outstanding credentials) and really wants his students to succeed. Our son very much enjoyed/appreciated the session and felt much more prepared for his upcoming test. Thank you so much! ...

— Stephanie, Dallas, TX on 10/8/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

My fees are negotiable.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070.