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Janine D.

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Skilled and Experienced!

$45/hour

  • 2,082 hours tutoring

  • Spotsylvania, VA 22553

About Janine


Bio

A French native speaker, my teaching career has evolved primarily through the teaching of French, English and Art in private and International schools in the US and abroad. Over the years, I have learned to optimize the first contact with a new student. The manner in which I approach a student for the first time determines the success or failure of our work together. Thus, making him feel comfortable and gaining his trust, facilitate communication and enable me to pinpoint his strong...

A French native speaker, my teaching career has evolved primarily through the teaching of French, English and Art in private and International schools in the US and abroad. Over the years, I have learned to optimize the first contact with a new student. The manner in which I approach a student for the first time determines the success or failure of our work together. Thus, making him feel comfortable and gaining his trust, facilitate communication and enable me to pinpoint his strong points as well as his weak ones. Only then can our work begin.

I specialize in helping students develop and/or improve their writing skills in English and in French.

Having recently moved to a new area, I currently tutor solely online via Wyzant's platform and on Skype.
Students, I am at your service!
My short story, "Yes, I can", was a finalist in the Spring 2018 Writing Contest run by Adelaide Magazine. You can read the story in the October 2018 issue of the magazine.
I was also awarded First Place in the 2014 Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition in the Unpublished Nonfiction Article/Essay/Book Chapter Category for my story entitled "The Making of Sugar: A Memory".
My first book was released on June 20, 2011. Targeting the young adult crowd, it explores a bias in Mauritian society. My second book is under construction...

Janine


Education

Christopher Newport University
BA French and Art

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: Online Hourly Fees: $45. Online = $45. Proofreading= $30. Group rate (siblings) = $25.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/10/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
French,

French

I am a Native French Speaker with over 25 years of experience as a MS/HS Classroom Teacher in Public, Private and International Schools in the US and Abroad. I focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking when preparing students for exams such as the DELF Primaire/Adulte and the SAT French. Tutor online to French students of all levels, Exam takers and Lovers of French. Bonne Chance!
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is the basis of language. In order to speak or write well, one must understand not only the structure, but the role of grammar in a sentence. So the fun in teaching grammar lies in taking a sentence apart so the student sees how and why the parts fit together.
Proofreading

Proofreading

As a published author, I have learned the importance of revision. It is this attention to detail that I offer the student who needs help proofreading his work. In so doing, I look for incorrect sentence structure, awkward construction, inappropriate wording, grammatical error and wordiness, just to mention a few imperfections. I work with the student in the expression of his ideas while these remain his own.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is the basis of language. In order to speak or write well, one must understand not only the structure, but the role of grammar in a sentence. So the fun in teaching grammar lies in taking a sentence apart so the student sees how and why the parts fit together.
Reading,

Reading

In helping a student improve his Reading skills, I usually contact the student's teacher for guidance. I follow the teacher's suggestions while evaluating and adjusting my own work with the student. Keeping in touch with the teacher enables me to monitor the student's progress throughout.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

When a student needs help with vocabulary, I encourage him to read and to have a dictionary handy at all times. While reading passages I bring to the session, the student underlines unfamiliar words. First, I show him how to understand the words through the meaning of the passage. Then I encourage him to look up the words in his dictionary and write down the meaning according to the reading. Prior to the end of the lesson the student makes a list of the difficult words encountered. He studies these words along with their definitions for the following's session application quiz.

English

English,

English

Mature and Experienced MS/HS Language Teacher specializing in SATs Reading and Writing sections, College Essay writing. Published Author, adept at imparting knowledge about Writing, more specifically, Grammar and Structure, and guiding students through the process of Proofreading. Tutor all levels face-to-face and online.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar is the basis of language. In order to speak or write well, one must understand not only the structure, but the role of grammar in a sentence. So the fun in teaching grammar lies in taking a sentence apart so the student sees how and why the parts fit together.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a published author, I have learned the importance of revision. It is this attention to detail that I offer the student who needs help proofreading his work. In so doing, I look for incorrect sentence structure, awkward construction, inappropriate wording, grammatical error and wordiness, just to mention a few imperfections. I work with the student in the expression of his ideas while these remain his own.
Reading,

Reading

In helping a student improve his Reading skills, I usually contact the student's teacher for guidance. I follow the teacher's suggestions while evaluating and adjusting my own work with the student. Keeping in touch with the teacher enables me to monitor the student's progress throughout.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

In order to be successful on the SATs Language sections, a student must 1. be able to read effectively 2. have sound vocabulary 3. have developed problem-solving skills 4. have strong writing skills Thus, in preparing a student for the Reading and Writing sections, I guide him in learning, improving, developing and strenghtening the above-mentioned skills. The student and I work together in understanding the process, reinforcing weak areas, developing stategies prior to beginning the practice. Once the student feels comfortable with the format, we work on timing and we practice. Practice does not always make perfect, but it helps familiarize the student with the process. This in turn leads to accurate answers within the allocated time.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The Writing component of the SAT's Language section is composed of two parts: 1. an essay 2. multiple-choice questions Under my guidance, the student preparing the "Essay" will learn to 1. develop and express ideas logically and clearly 2. develop a point of view using precise language 3. support ideas by using previous knowledge 4. work within a limited time frame In preparing for the "Multiple-choice" questions, the student will be shown how to 1. use grammar effectively 2. organize a paragraph coherently 3. use language in a clear, consistent manner 4. improve writing through revision and editing Understanding the process, reinforcing weak areas, developing strategies are important steps that the student must undertake prior to beginning practice and bettering timing. Writing and Reading more improve writing skills and language use. Therefore it is imperative that a student who is preparing the SAT's Language section spend more time Writing and Reading.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

Throughout my career as a Language Teacher, I have devoted myself to the teaching of English as a Second Language and French. During the six years I spent at the SHAPE International School in Mons, Belgium, I taught ESL to the children of the NATO forces stationed there. While I worked in the American section, my students hailed from various countries in Europe, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece to name a few. Recently I returned to the US after having spent four years in Senegal where I taught ESL to Middle School and High School students within a wide range of nationalities from Belgian, French, Italian, Senegalese, Congolese, Ethiopian and others. Here in Alexandria and its surrounding area, I have helped and continue to help international students improve their scores on the TOEFL Exam; in addition, I guide others in correcting and improving their writing skills. As a published author,language, as it pertains to writing, is my passion.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

When a student needs help with vocabulary, I encourage him to read and to have a dictionary handy at all times. While reading passages I bring to the session, the student underlines unfamiliar words. First, I show him how to understand the words through the meaning of the passage. Then I encourage him to look up the words in his dictionary and write down the meaning according to the reading. Prior to the end of the lesson the student makes a list of the difficult words encountered. He studies these words along with their definitions for the following's session application quiz.
Writing

Writing

Once the student in need of help understands the basic elements of a sentence and a paragraph, I can start work on guiding him through the development of his writing skills. I generally determine his need by asking him to either bring something he has written to the first session, or write a paragraph or two at the first session. Based on this, I determine how to proceed throughout the following sessions.

Homeschool

English,

English

Mature and Experienced MS/HS Language Teacher specializing in SATs Reading and Writing sections, College Essay writing. Published Author, adept at imparting knowledge about Writing, more specifically, Grammar and Structure, and guiding students through the process of Proofreading. Tutor all levels face-to-face and online.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
French,

French

I am a Native French Speaker with over 25 years of experience as a MS/HS Classroom Teacher in Public, Private and International Schools in the US and Abroad. I focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking when preparing students for exams such as the DELF Primaire/Adulte and the SAT French. Tutor online to French students of all levels, Exam takers and Lovers of French. Bonne Chance!
Reading,

Reading

In helping a student improve his Reading skills, I usually contact the student's teacher for guidance. I follow the teacher's suggestions while evaluating and adjusting my own work with the student. Keeping in touch with the teacher enables me to monitor the student's progress throughout.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

In order to be successful on the SATs Language sections, a student must 1. be able to read effectively 2. have sound vocabulary 3. have developed problem-solving skills 4. have strong writing skills Thus, in preparing a student for the Reading and Writing sections, I guide him in learning, improving, developing and strenghtening the above-mentioned skills. The student and I work together in understanding the process, reinforcing weak areas, developing stategies prior to beginning the practice. Once the student feels comfortable with the format, we work on timing and we practice. Practice does not always make perfect, but it helps familiarize the student with the process. This in turn leads to accurate answers within the allocated time.
Writing

Writing

Once the student in need of help understands the basic elements of a sentence and a paragraph, I can start work on guiding him through the development of his writing skills. I generally determine his need by asking him to either bring something he has written to the first session, or write a paragraph or two at the first session. Based on this, I determine how to proceed throughout the following sessions.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
French,

French

I am a Native French Speaker with over 25 years of experience as a MS/HS Classroom Teacher in Public, Private and International Schools in the US and Abroad. I focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking when preparing students for exams such as the DELF Primaire/Adulte and the SAT French. Tutor online to French students of all levels, Exam takers and Lovers of French. Bonne Chance!
TOEFL

TOEFL

Throughout my career as a Language Teacher, I have devoted myself to the teaching of English as a Second Language and French. During the six years I spent at the SHAPE International School in Mons, Belgium, I taught ESL to the children of the NATO forces stationed there. While I worked in the American section, my students hailed from various countries in Europe, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece to name a few. Recently I returned to the US after having spent four years in Senegal where I taught ESL to Middle School and High School students within a wide range of nationalities from Belgian, French, Italian, Senegalese, Congolese, Ethiopian and others. Here in Alexandria and its surrounding area, I have helped and continue to help international students improve their scores on the TOEFL Exam; in addition, I guide others in correcting and improving their writing skills. As a published author,language, as it pertains to writing, is my passion.

Most Popular

English,

English

Mature and Experienced MS/HS Language Teacher specializing in SATs Reading and Writing sections, College Essay writing. Published Author, adept at imparting knowledge about Writing, more specifically, Grammar and Structure, and guiding students through the process of Proofreading. Tutor all levels face-to-face and online.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
French,

French

I am a Native French Speaker with over 25 years of experience as a MS/HS Classroom Teacher in Public, Private and International Schools in the US and Abroad. I focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking when preparing students for exams such as the DELF Primaire/Adulte and the SAT French. Tutor online to French students of all levels, Exam takers and Lovers of French. Bonne Chance!
Reading,

Reading

In helping a student improve his Reading skills, I usually contact the student's teacher for guidance. I follow the teacher's suggestions while evaluating and adjusting my own work with the student. Keeping in touch with the teacher enables me to monitor the student's progress throughout.
Writing

Writing

Once the student in need of help understands the basic elements of a sentence and a paragraph, I can start work on guiding him through the development of his writing skills. I generally determine his need by asking him to either bring something he has written to the first session, or write a paragraph or two at the first session. Based on this, I determine how to proceed throughout the following sessions.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I'm a dedicated and patient MS/HS English as a Second Language Teacher with a wealth of experience in International Schools in the US and Abroad, specializing in TOEFL Exam preparation. I tutor all levels online.
French,

French

I am a Native French Speaker with over 25 years of experience as a MS/HS Classroom Teacher in Public, Private and International Schools in the US and Abroad. I focus on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking when preparing students for exams such as the DELF Primaire/Adulte and the SAT French. Tutor online to French students of all levels, Exam takers and Lovers of French. Bonne Chance!
Reading,

Reading

In helping a student improve his Reading skills, I usually contact the student's teacher for guidance. I follow the teacher's suggestions while evaluating and adjusting my own work with the student. Keeping in touch with the teacher enables me to monitor the student's progress throughout.
Writing

Writing

Once the student in need of help understands the basic elements of a sentence and a paragraph, I can start work on guiding him through the development of his writing skills. I generally determine his need by asking him to either bring something he has written to the first session, or write a paragraph or two at the first session. Based on this, I determine how to proceed throughout the following sessions.

Test Preparation

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

In order to be successful on the SATs Language sections, a student must 1. be able to read effectively 2. have sound vocabulary 3. have developed problem-solving skills 4. have strong writing skills Thus, in preparing a student for the Reading and Writing sections, I guide him in learning, improving, developing and strenghtening the above-mentioned skills. The student and I work together in understanding the process, reinforcing weak areas, developing stategies prior to beginning the practice. Once the student feels comfortable with the format, we work on timing and we practice. Practice does not always make perfect, but it helps familiarize the student with the process. This in turn leads to accurate answers within the allocated time.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The Writing component of the SAT's Language section is composed of two parts: 1. an essay 2. multiple-choice questions Under my guidance, the student preparing the "Essay" will learn to 1. develop and express ideas logically and clearly 2. develop a point of view using precise language 3. support ideas by using previous knowledge 4. work within a limited time frame In preparing for the "Multiple-choice" questions, the student will be shown how to 1. use grammar effectively 2. organize a paragraph coherently 3. use language in a clear, consistent manner 4. improve writing through revision and editing Understanding the process, reinforcing weak areas, developing strategies are important steps that the student must undertake prior to beginning practice and bettering timing. Writing and Reading more improve writing skills and language use. Therefore it is imperative that a student who is preparing the SAT's Language section spend more time Writing and Reading.
TOEFL

TOEFL

Throughout my career as a Language Teacher, I have devoted myself to the teaching of English as a Second Language and French. During the six years I spent at the SHAPE International School in Mons, Belgium, I taught ESL to the children of the NATO forces stationed there. While I worked in the American section, my students hailed from various countries in Europe, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece to name a few. Recently I returned to the US after having spent four years in Senegal where I taught ESL to Middle School and High School students within a wide range of nationalities from Belgian, French, Italian, Senegalese, Congolese, Ethiopian and others. Here in Alexandria and its surrounding area, I have helped and continue to help international students improve their scores on the TOEFL Exam; in addition, I guide others in correcting and improving their writing skills. As a published author,language, as it pertains to writing, is my passion.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (856 ratings)
5 star
(825)
4 star
(24)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(1)
1 star
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Reviews


Thoughtful and Insightful Tutor

Janine is a a great tutor. She has helped with every aspect of French -- listening comprehension, pronunciation, grammar, and so on. She provides a good structure through lesson plans and different exercises, and I am having a fantastic time learning with her.

Rex, 25 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

This is so thoughtful of you, Rex. Thank you. You are special, I so enjoy working with you because you keep me on my toes. Make the best of your stay in France!

Good lesson, keeps momentum going

I have had 2 lessons with Janine so far and have found her to be patient, knowledgeable and nice to talk to. She gently corrects my French mistakes and suggests new vocabulary to use. I look forward to more lessons together!

Urszula, 4 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Urszula. Good students, good teachers make! I appreciate your feedback. Un grand merci, Janine

First French lesson on Skpe

This was my first ever skype lession and I was a bit reluctant. But think it is going to work out. I am very encouraged. We had a very nice session.

Christina, 6 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

I am pleased you are not disappointed, Christina. The effort you put forth goes a long way towards the success of the class. Thank you.

Such a great teacher

Janine has helped Patricia on every step of her learning journey, always supportive and positive. She was a great teacher that really helped my wife to develop and unleash her potential. Thanks Janine for being a great teacher, coaching and supporting Patricia.

Roberto, 21 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Roberto and Patricia. A great student, a great teacher make! In praising the teacher, we tend to disregard the student. Patricia was the perfect student, so attentive, willing to learn and always on task. She made my job so easy. I loved working with her.

Very helpful teacher

I got a great lesson with Janine today. She was nice, patient and very helpful. She understood all my needs very fast. I am looking forward to our next lesson!

Maria Jose, 8 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Maria, Thank you for the feedback. As you know it takes a motivated student to motivate the teacher. Your enthusiasm buoys me. I look forward to working with you.

Patient and Knowledgeble

Very detailed oriented. Janine looks at each sentence and improves the sentence structure while teaching you the mechanics of grammar. I strongly suggest Janine at a tutor.

Cathleen, 14 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Cathleen. I wish all my students had your tenacity and your capacity to absorb and learn. All the very best.

Outstanding, very committed teacher

Janine has done an outstanding job in teaching our daughter of 12 years French to keep up with French in Belgium. She always prepared her lessons very well and kept my daughter motivated during a whole school year to take additional classes after school, and do homework and study. Janine has also helped our son Mathias to prepare for SAT testing, in particular to improve his writing as a non native english speaker (mothertongue Dutch). Attached his feedback: My SAT scores just came in and I thought you would like to know them. I scored 2120 points in total: 740/800 on math, 730/800 on reading and 650/800 on writing. Compared to the first practice test i took, this means that my writing score has increased by a full 100 points (I had 550 on the practice test) and my total score by 260.

Raf, 44 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Raf. It was a pleasure to work with both your children, in French and English. They are both dedicated, inquisitive and diligent students who enjoy acquiring knowledge. A rare combination indeed!

Very Good!

I needed to learn conjugations for my French class and she was very helpful! She also taught me past tense.

Noel, 33 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Hello Noël, Thank you for the feedback. Matt made my job easier by being attentive and on task. I look forward to helping him better his French language skills.

Very kind, knowledgeable and patient tutor! My daughter enjoys having her around to help with her French skills

Janine taught my daughter basic French lessons, taught her how to speak and pronounce proper French accent.. Janine has motivated my daughter to learn more in French. Janine is a wonderful lady. I would recommend her again once the next semester starts in Sept!

Nishani, 119 lessons with Janine
Tutor responded:

Working with Chloe was pure pleasure. She is so bright and lively. She absorbs and retains every bit of information because she approaches learning as an adventure. Nishani, I thank you for giving me this opportunity. I wish you both well.

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