College of William and Mary
Old Dominion University (Master's)
I am an experienced, enthusiastic, effective tutor in the above listed subjects. As an undergraduate, I concentrated heavily in English and History at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. I earned a Master's degree in psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. It has been my good fortune to travel and live widely in the United States and abroad. I believe that this is particularly relevant with regard to my capabilities as an English as a second language tutor. Learning other languages while living abroad and teaching English to students both overseas and in the United States has given me, I think, an ability to know "what works" from a practical point of view in a tutoring setting. That is, I know how to teach in a way that allows students to learn and put into practice what they really need to know in order to succeed.
I tailor my tutoring to my student's needs. For example, while grammar is important in reading, writing and speaking English, an overemphasis on textbook drills at the expense of spending time on developing free-flowing conversational skills is not helpful to a student whose primary objective is to be able to speak and understand English in the "real world". Using a customized approach has allowed me to successfully tutor a wide range of students including those who have virtually no experience speaking or writing English as well as foreign businessmen and military officers associated with NATO who want to polish the skills that they do have.
I take a similar practical approach to tutoring in English and literature as well as in history, psychology, and standardized test preparation. The most important thing is to identify what the student's learning objectives are and then to accomplish them efficiently and, ideally, in a way that is fun as well. I do try to make learning fun and I don't think that it hurts that I'm a pleasant personable person! I am an experienced, enthusiastic, effective tutor in the above listed subjects. As an undergraduate, I concentrated heavily in English and History at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. I earned a Master's degree in psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. It has been my good fortune to travel and live widely in the
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