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Elizabeth M.

Roanoke, TX

$55/hour

Writing/Test Prep Tutor: brevity, clarity, heart/know the rules!

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/2/13
5.0 average from 14 ratings
A great tutor!
— Longwa, Riverside, CA on 4/21/14

$55/Hour


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Brown University
English Literature
Columbia University School of Journalism
Master's

Education

Brown University (English Literature)

Columbia University School of Journalism (Master's)

About Elizabeth

Clear communication is just as important today as it was 20 years ago. Although technology has changed the learning process and seriously disturbed students concentration, writing and speaking clearly is critical to succeeding at school and on the job.
Whether it's writing a paper, preparing a debate, writing a business letter, outlining a college essay, preparing for standardized tests, I work to ensure students are better communicators after we have finished working together.

At the very least, I want them to perform better, get better scores or acquire greater confidence in their ability to write.

With me, students test scores have improved by 40-50% on average implementing test-taking skills as well as different methods of preparation depending on the students strengths. Over time, I earned the respect of my students by being an honest, empathetic listener, clearly being the teacher in charge and encouraging dialogue.

Students, particularly millenials born in the 1980s & 1990s, need to know how to connect to their audience, read carefully, think clearly and write well. They also need to understand the rules of etiquette and proper communication. I sense that many have missed this vital communication tool due to the growth of technology. I am not simply interested in helping a student find their words and create meaning when they read and write. I want to show them how to take these skills and apply them to succeed in their ever widening world. It is imperative and, I think, the very definition of a teacher.

As a teacher, I am resourceful and creative; sensitive and gentle; humorous but firm. Other teachers and parents tell me that I've proven to be flexible, generous, dependable, and a top choice go-to tutor for a wide range of grades and levels. (One former boss said, "I could use ten of her, frankly.") I try to connect with everyone I work with: students, their parents, and my colleagues. Aside from the subject, I want to connect with my student, leaving an imprint of caring, ethics, morality, and grace.

My background has allowed me to bring to my students a deep and wide skill set and business savvy, tech competency, a deep knowledge of literacy, and a successful run as a teacher to any student or group of students who desire to both learn and excel.
Clear communication is just as important today as it was 20 years ago. Although technology has changed the learning process and seriously disturbed students concentration, writing and speaking clearly is critical to succeeding at school and on the job.
Whether it's writing a paper, preparing a debate, writing a business letter, outlining a
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The rate is $55 per student, per hour. If the same student wants to extend another hour, the second hour is $45.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Roanoke, TX 76262
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"A great tutor!"

- Longwa, Riverside, CA on 4/21/14
Math:
GED, GMAT
Science:
Biology, Elementary Science, PSAT
Art:
Ballroom Dancing, Theater
English:
ACT Reading,
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading,
Career Development, College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, ISEE,
PSAT, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, SSAT
Computer:
Macintosh, Microsoft Word
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Science, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Business, Career Development, GMAT, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Reading

I've been teaching ACT reading for over two years.
The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices.

Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author’s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense.

Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I have, on occasion, taught techniques for reading faster. I've had several of my students score very well as a result.

Bible Studies

I attended RHEMA Bible College (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) for 2 years from 2007-2009 and completed the course requirements. I have served in churches as a teacher, prayer minister, choir, helps ministry (greeter, emergency disaster relief, prayer ministry, web work and missions trips.

I currently serve at my local church as an altar care minister, children’s church minister (3 year-olds room), choir, prayer leader and Bible teacher for that prayer group.

Please let me know if you need more information. We read through the Bible during school. I have a ministerial resume that gives greater detail. Thank you.

College Counseling

I have earned two college degrees and a Master of Science degree. Two of my degrees are from Ivy League universities. I have had to write many essays to gain admittance to boarding school, college, graduate school and a Biblical studies program. I am familiar with the essay part of the school application process.

I have helped students write essays as recently as last August. One was completing an essay for boarding school, another college and another a post-graduate essay. The schools were very competitive: Hotchkiss, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Columbia University. Crafting the essay is a painstaking, rigorous process and is a proven area where a student can make a personal impact.

The essay is a critical component of the application process. I was told, after the fact, that my essay tipped the scales in my gaining admittance to Brown University.

The essay can illuminate hidden character traits, illustrate thought process, problem solving, character building and dealing with failure. It allows a student to highlight what makes them unlike any other applicant.

I know a member of an admissions committee at university and they said that they do read all the essays and review them carefully.

I'd like to help. It can be a challenge to organize and to write but ultimately fun and really rewarding.

English

Expertise: writing enrichment.
I have a clear grasp of the written word and how to teach one to write a clear message on paper or online. I am able to construct concrete ways to organize thoughts, ideas and concepts into short, clear sentences. I ask the tough questions. I am a dogged, tireless researcher. Editing is an innate strength, I can “see” or hear the way it sounds before it’s written. I truly appreciate words and how they are used, both orally and in print.

ACT English
I have over 2 years of teaching the ACT English section tests students on many rules of grammar--most of which are readily teachable. The structure of the test presents purposely presents several "pitfalls" that students can be thrown by. I make sure to show these areas to students and tell them specific ways to avoid falling into the traps.


English and American Literature
At Brown, I majored in English and American literature, so have a strong foundation in English and American Literature as well as interdisciplinary work that deals, in part, with American history. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American English and American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam.

ISEE

I taught ISEE test taking skills for seventh and eighth graders with marked success in Connecticut for over two years. Worked with Greenwich Education Group in Greenwich, CT.

Reading

The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've had several students break 650.

Much of the preparation for this is knowing the rules of grammar and applying them. I use several different texts as this offers a broad perspective and it makes the student feel as though they have covered all bases. And they have and know what to look for by test time.
This section of the test is straightforward, either they know the rules or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing better on the tough questions. Repetition is key here and we review exercises and drills for part of each session so it becomes very familiar. I also have specific writing strategies that follow the SAT outline that I teach to students so they maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.

SAT Reading
I've been teaching SAT reading for over 3 years.
The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices.

Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author’s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense.

Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I also, on occasion, can teach techniques for reading faster.

SAT Reading

SAT READING
I've been teaching SAT reading for over 3 years.
The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices.

Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author’s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense.

Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I also, on occasion, can teach techniques for reading faster.


SAT WRITING
The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've had several students break 650.

Much of the preparation for this is knowing the rules of grammar and applying them. I use several different texts as this offers a broad perspective and it makes the student feel as though they have covered all bases. And they have and know what to look for by test time.

This section of the test is straightforward, either they know the rules or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing better on the tough questions. Repetition is key here and we review exercises and drills for part of each session so it becomes very familiar. I also have specific writing strategies that follow the SAT outline that I teach to students so they maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.

Study Skills

I currently work at a college as a writing tutor part-time helping students conduct research for papers and essays in a variety of subjects including history, English and business.

I have worked in the field of communications for over 18 years writing and editing for the following industries: aviation; technology; publishing; finance and healthcare.

I was taught the Socratic method in high school where I attended classes 5 1/2 days a week. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree (English Literature) from Brown University and a Master of Science degree (journalism) from Columbia University.

Writing

At Brown University, I majored in English and American literature, so have a strong foundation in English and American Literature as well as interdisciplinary work that deals, in part, with American history. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American English and American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam.

I am also a trained journalist and very good editor. I have written for magazines, newspapers, community newspapers, corporations, banks, mutual fund companies, technology companies, hospitals, management consultant companies, investment companies, law offices and medical practices. I am an editor’s editor.
My love of words and stories lead me to study English literature in college; I learned how to interview, report and write when I studied journalism in graduate school.

I truly enjoy helping others write well. It can be done. Everybody can learn to write clearly and succinctly.

Brown University
English Literature
Columbia University School of Journalism
Master's

Education

Brown University (English Literature)

Columbia University School of Journalism (Master's)

A great tutor!

Elizabeth tutored my son, 5, in phonetics, basic reading comprehension, and compiling simple sentences. My son already knew his alphabet but needed help with the pronunciation of certain vowels and consonants. English is not his native language. Elizabeth is a rare teacher who understands the connection between reading and writing. She can take a specific task (helping Kevin practice tougher let

— Longwa, Riverside, CA on 4/21/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The rate is $55 per student, per hour. If the same student wants to extend another hour, the second hour is $45.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 10 miles of Roanoke, TX 76262.