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Michael S.

Improve your English with a Professional

Improve your English with a Professional

$60/hour

  • 1,140 hours tutoring

  • Seattle, WA 98133

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About Michael


Bio

After a series of tutoring lessons with me, you will write, read, speak, listen with more confidence and creativity. You will work hard for the skills to get you beyond blocks and overcome language limitations. It is a team effort: I teach and you practice, practice, practice: but keep your eye on the vision. Our world needs you: the person in the group with "better communication." As a member of our world community, I need you! I need to know what you love doing. Do you like to read, bu...

After a series of tutoring lessons with me, you will write, read, speak, listen with more confidence and creativity. You will work hard for the skills to get you beyond blocks and overcome language limitations. It is a team effort: I teach and you practice, practice, practice: but keep your eye on the vision. Our world needs you: the person in the group with "better communication." As a member of our world community, I need you!

I need to know what you love doing. Do you like to read, but would like to improve your reading comprehension? Do you like to learn, but would you like to improve your grades? Bottom line, your goals are my goals. I work with all motivated students and subjects from study skills to test prep, and every one of them starts to taste the satisfaction of better communication.

If you want to speak and listen to English more easily, I can help. Perhaps because of my background in languages and linguistics, I am good at helping students with pronunciation, and also grammar, which is a key to clear and powerful communication.

Professionally, I have both a B.A. and an M.A. in English, with years of experience teaching writing, grammar, and literature in a community college.

I can provide a model, an inspiration and the discipline to guide you.

I live in Shoreline, but I am very flexible and willing to travel.


Education

B. A., Willamette University, Salem, OR
English
University of Washington
Graduate Coursework
University of Chicago
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Rate details: I am willing to give you a special pricing if you take a two-hour lesson at a time, unless the location requires considerable travel time.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Seattle, WA 98133
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/28/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a thrill. Through practice you can take the fear and transform it into excitement. Eventually, you will jump at the chance to take the microphone. You will learn to connect with your audience, to feed off of their energy and appreciation. You will bathe in their laughter, and stand in awe at the gift of their rapt attention. I can guide you to get there.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Grammar,

Grammar

What do most people think when they hear the word "grammar"? They start worrying about their mistakes. I take a totally different approach. Certainly, it is important to speak and write correctly, but the higher priority is to become able to use the tool of grammar to accomplish your goals. Clarity and organization of thought are the higher priorities. I will teach you to have that, and at the same time I will communicate to you my love of grammar, a beautiful system of distinctions and nuances which empowers our meaning.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is something I have a great deal of experience with. I spent several decades teaching writing in a community college, and a good part of my work was reading for correctness. I was also editor of the campus creative writing magazine, and there, because we were publishing the work, I had to make sure it was perfect in mechanics.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a thrill. Through practice you can take the fear and transform it into excitement. Eventually, you will jump at the chance to take the microphone. You will learn to connect with your audience, to feed off of their energy and appreciation. You will bathe in their laughter, and stand in awe at the gift of their rapt attention. I can guide you to get there.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I actively work with children from two different elementary schools as an aide on the school buses. In my tutoring business, I work with students on reading and writing projects. I have raised two sons through their elementary school years, helping them with homework, reading to them and so on. This is in addition to my professional preparation as an English teacher and my experience teaching in a community college in English.
Grammar,

Grammar

What do most people think when they hear the word "grammar"? They start worrying about their mistakes. I take a totally different approach. Certainly, it is important to speak and write correctly, but the higher priority is to become able to use the tool of grammar to accomplish your goals. Clarity and organization of thought are the higher priorities. I will teach you to have that, and at the same time I will communicate to you my love of grammar, a beautiful system of distinctions and nuances which empowers our meaning.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a skill and an art. There are things in both areas I can do to help. As a skill there is learning to read faster and in blocks instead of single words; as an art there is the state of mind in which you can actually hear the voice of the writer, you can sense what is the direction and tone and purpose of his words. Reading is a pleasure, and study can open new worlds to you. I would like to offer my skill and inspiration in the journey.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

From the extensive reading I have done in my life, including my college teaching career, I have developed an excellent vocabulary. I have studied enough languages, including Latin, to be thoroughly familiar with word roots and stems. In my tutoring, I have helped many students to improve their vocabulary, with books specifically designed for vocabulary improvement, such as Word Smart and 400 Must Have Words. I believe I am quite qualified to coach students in vocabulary study.
Spelling

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have several years of instructional experience at the community college level with the ACT's English skills, reading, and writing sections.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have several years of experience tutoring students for the ACT test (as well as for the SAT, etc). My work helping students with Reading starts with a review of basic grammatical concepts, which are essential to be able to read carefully and intelligently. Then we work through the skill passages in an ACT prep book, and finally work on some practice tests. I have a belief that in preparing for a multiple choice test, it is smart to spend as much time as possible going through similar tests. You not only learn the material, but also gain familiarity with multiple choice tests and strategies that work for them.
English,

English

English was my major in school and the field I have taught for the whole of my career. In a community college, I taught mostly the basic college writing course, so I am well qualified to teach the rudiments of good college writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Grammar,

Grammar

What do most people think when they hear the word "grammar"? They start worrying about their mistakes. I take a totally different approach. Certainly, it is important to speak and write correctly, but the higher priority is to become able to use the tool of grammar to accomplish your goals. Clarity and organization of thought are the higher priorities. I will teach you to have that, and at the same time I will communicate to you my love of grammar, a beautiful system of distinctions and nuances which empowers our meaning.
Literature,

Literature

I received both a BA and an MA in English and American Literature, and I had a career of almost 30 years in which I taught literature in a community college. For the last few years I have been tutoring. My method is inductive, in which I elicit the student's essential self, especially as it resonates with the plot, setting, characterization, point of view, and so on, of the literary work. How does the work move the student? I may also assign the student to write, not a formal essay but a personal essay of response to the literature. Sometimes it takes the form of a letter to the author, or a poem.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Proofreading is something I have a great deal of experience with. I spent several decades teaching writing in a community college, and a good part of my work was reading for correctness. I was also editor of the campus creative writing magazine, and there, because we were publishing the work, I had to make sure it was perfect in mechanics.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a thrill. Through practice you can take the fear and transform it into excitement. Eventually, you will jump at the chance to take the microphone. You will learn to connect with your audience, to feed off of their energy and appreciation. You will bathe in their laughter, and stand in awe at the gift of their rapt attention. I can guide you to get there.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a skill and an art. There are things in both areas I can do to help. As a skill there is learning to read faster and in blocks instead of single words; as an art there is the state of mind in which you can actually hear the voice of the writer, you can sense what is the direction and tone and purpose of his words. Reading is a pleasure, and study can open new worlds to you. I would like to offer my skill and inspiration in the journey.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I understand what the SAT testers are looking for: more than anything else, they are looking for comprehension, for getting the main idea of a passage. But they are also interested in the student's having an ear for the tone of the passage, and they would like the student to have a sense of the structure of the argument. Vocabulary is critical in a student's ability to understand a passage.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT is the premiere test for college entry, and I have helped many students with this material. As a long term writing teacher on the college level, I think I have a good idea what the admissions people are looking for in a new applicant.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I have tutored many students to do well in the TOEFL. With my background in English grammar, writing, and especially in the graduate work that I have done in linguistics, I am well qualified to help you to a good score. I enjoy working with students who have a good motivation, such as improving their score on the TOEFL.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

From the extensive reading I have done in my life, including my college teaching career, I have developed an excellent vocabulary. I have studied enough languages, including Latin, to be thoroughly familiar with word roots and stems. In my tutoring, I have helped many students to improve their vocabulary, with books specifically designed for vocabulary improvement, such as Word Smart and 400 Must Have Words. I believe I am quite qualified to coach students in vocabulary study.
Writing,

Writing

I taught college writing for many years and have in the last few years tutored students in writing and related English subjects. I know I could help you. Organization, clarity, nuanced use of words, focus, purpose - these are key. I can help, I can inspire, I can teach the skills.
Spelling

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I actively work with children from two different elementary schools as an aide on the school buses. In my tutoring business, I work with students on reading and writing projects. I have raised two sons through their elementary school years, helping them with homework, reading to them and so on. This is in addition to my professional preparation as an English teacher and my experience teaching in a community college in English.
English,

English

English was my major in school and the field I have taught for the whole of my career. In a community college, I taught mostly the basic college writing course, so I am well qualified to teach the rudiments of good college writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a skill and an art. There are things in both areas I can do to help. As a skill there is learning to read faster and in blocks instead of single words; as an art there is the state of mind in which you can actually hear the voice of the writer, you can sense what is the direction and tone and purpose of his words. Reading is a pleasure, and study can open new worlds to you. I would like to offer my skill and inspiration in the journey.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I understand what the SAT testers are looking for: more than anything else, they are looking for comprehension, for getting the main idea of a passage. But they are also interested in the student's having an ear for the tone of the passage, and they would like the student to have a sense of the structure of the argument. Vocabulary is critical in a student's ability to understand a passage.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.
Writing,

Writing

I taught college writing for many years and have in the last few years tutored students in writing and related English subjects. I know I could help you. Organization, clarity, nuanced use of words, focus, purpose - these are key. I can help, I can inspire, I can teach the skills.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I have tutored many students to do well in the TOEFL. With my background in English grammar, writing, and especially in the graduate work that I have done in linguistics, I am well qualified to help you to a good score. I enjoy working with students who have a good motivation, such as improving their score on the TOEFL.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I actively work with children from two different elementary schools as an aide on the school buses. In my tutoring business, I work with students on reading and writing projects. I have raised two sons through their elementary school years, helping them with homework, reading to them and so on. This is in addition to my professional preparation as an English teacher and my experience teaching in a community college in English.
English,

English

English was my major in school and the field I have taught for the whole of my career. In a community college, I taught mostly the basic college writing course, so I am well qualified to teach the rudiments of good college writing.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a skill and an art. There are things in both areas I can do to help. As a skill there is learning to read faster and in blocks instead of single words; as an art there is the state of mind in which you can actually hear the voice of the writer, you can sense what is the direction and tone and purpose of his words. Reading is a pleasure, and study can open new worlds to you. I would like to offer my skill and inspiration in the journey.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.
Writing

Writing

I taught college writing for many years and have in the last few years tutored students in writing and related English subjects. I know I could help you. Organization, clarity, nuanced use of words, focus, purpose - these are key. I can help, I can inspire, I can teach the skills.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

As a long term English professor at Highline Community College, I was given the additional responsibility of advising students, both in terms of their college course choices as well as in their career plans. I did this for nearly thirty years. I know what admissions offices are looking for in prospective students.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.

Special Needs

Speech,

Speech

When I was in high school, I competed in speech contests, and I won first place in the state in oratory. That was the first highlight of my career in speech. Then I became a college teacher and for thirty years found myself growing in my skill to stand in front of an audience, and I enjoyed persuading, moving, instructing, entertaining them a great deal. Since then, I have tutored many students in speech, and I have been successful in moving them forward, from their initial fears into experiences of success and satisfaction.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I actively work with children from two different elementary schools as an aide on the school buses. In my tutoring business, I work with students on reading and writing projects. I have raised two sons through their elementary school years, helping them with homework, reading to them and so on. This is in addition to my professional preparation as an English teacher and my experience teaching in a community college in English.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I love to teach small groups and individual students. For ESL this is the ideal size, where I can listen carefully to your pronunciation and give you individual attention for drilling on your particular problem with English. I also have a background in linguistics, so that I am able not only to provide the example of a native speaker's pronunciation for you, but can take that sound apart and work with it on a "feature" level. I can help you speak perfect and formal English, or I can help you in casual conversation. Please contact me and we can work out arrangements that will be satisfactory with you.
Reading,

Reading

Reading is a skill and an art. There are things in both areas I can do to help. As a skill there is learning to read faster and in blocks instead of single words; as an art there is the state of mind in which you can actually hear the voice of the writer, you can sense what is the direction and tone and purpose of his words. Reading is a pleasure, and study can open new worlds to you. I would like to offer my skill and inspiration in the journey.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Here are my skills: I have a mind that can take a teacher's assignment and decipher what the teacher is actually wanting to have the student deliver. I have a great appreciation of authentic voice and the use of details which come from the student's actual experience. In preparing work to be handed in, you may need some coaching on time management, as well as such things as formatting your work to meet the teacher's assignment. You may profit from some coaching on how to study, when and where to get the most out of your study. I can help you with all of this, as well as tips on reading with comprehension and remembering, effective note taking and recall.
Writing

Writing

I taught college writing for many years and have in the last few years tutored students in writing and related English subjects. I know I could help you. Organization, clarity, nuanced use of words, focus, purpose - these are key. I can help, I can inspire, I can teach the skills.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have several years of instructional experience at the community college level with the ACT's English skills, reading, and writing sections.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have several years of experience tutoring students for the ACT test (as well as for the SAT, etc). My work helping students with Reading starts with a review of basic grammatical concepts, which are essential to be able to read carefully and intelligently. Then we work through the skill passages in an ACT prep book, and finally work on some practice tests. I have a belief that in preparing for a multiple choice test, it is smart to spend as much time as possible going through similar tests. You not only learn the material, but also gain familiarity with multiple choice tests and strategies that work for them.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

As a long term English professor at Highline Community College, I was given the additional responsibility of advising students, both in terms of their college course choices as well as in their career plans. I did this for nearly thirty years. I know what admissions offices are looking for in prospective students.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I understand what the SAT testers are looking for: more than anything else, they are looking for comprehension, for getting the main idea of a passage. But they are also interested in the student's having an ear for the tone of the passage, and they would like the student to have a sense of the structure of the argument. Vocabulary is critical in a student's ability to understand a passage.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT is the premiere test for college entry, and I have helped many students with this material. As a long term writing teacher on the college level, I think I have a good idea what the admissions people are looking for in a new applicant.
SSAT,

SSAT

I have academic training in English language and literature on both the undergraduate and the graduate level. My experience in tutoring includes over 900 hours of working with students on a variety of needs, within WyzAnt. My method of tutoring is to prepare the lesson based on a standard test prep book, but in the actual lesson, I do a lot of listening to the student to find out what motivates him.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I have tutored many students to do well in the TOEFL. With my background in English grammar, writing, and especially in the graduate work that I have done in linguistics, I am well qualified to help you to a good score. I enjoy working with students who have a good motivation, such as improving their score on the TOEFL.

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Reviews


Excellent Writing Tutor.

Michael has been helping my daughter with refreshing her writing skills in preparation for graduate school and her progress over 3 months has been amazing. Michael is an excellent teacher and I am very grateful for what he has done for my daughter.

Joan, 11 lessons with Michael

Great experience, kind and expert teaching

Michael did a great work on exploring our accent and the challenges we have with it. He is knowledgeable and able to provide excellent phonetic examples to become aware of the different sounds in english.

Danilo, 10 lessons with Michael

Helpful and knowledgeable

Michael help me with my writing assignment for graduate school. He is very helpful and knowledgeable. The time I spent with him went by very quickly.

June, 2 lessons with Michael

Knowledgable tutor

Michael was prompt and maintained a good working relationship with my son who was preparing for a test. My son felt that the session was helpful to him and we will use Michael again!

Atousa, 1 lesson with Michael

Wonderful Tutor

I have been learning English with Michael for 1.5 years. He has been a great tutor. I had a lot of trouble with English pronunciation and I have considerably improved thanks to his classes. He has reviewed my papers for submission in scientific journals and has helped me a lot on improving them. I highly recommend Michael as a tutor.

Marivi, 83 lessons with Michael

Amazing tutor.

I really enjoyed my 6 lessons with Michael. Michael is a very professional and helpful teacher. Always on time, he's a funny guy too! He helped me a lot with my pronunciation. I highly recommend him. Thanks Mike!

Karen, 6 lessons with Michael

Highly Recommended

Michael helped me with my scholarship/college essays and I cannot place enough emphasis on how much confidence he gave me as a writer and a person. I’ve always known that I’m my biggest critic when it comes to my own writing, and I’m still amazed at what a pat on the back and some helpful guidance did for me. While receiving this guidance, I could work at my own pace, as his calm manner assured that I never felt overwhelmed or rushed. At first I was a little skeptical about getting help with my writing, for fear that the finished product would not be my own. However, I soon learned that two minds are better than one when it came to coming up with ideas and organizing my thoughts. He worked with what I already had, and helped me make it better. Only after he listened to my own ideas would he contribute his own. To this day, I rarely use the “backspace” key, because he taught me that everything I write has value to it. I really enjoyed working with Michael and getting to know what a bright, talented man he is in the process.

Ginger, 7 lessons with Michael

Great tutor

He is a tutor of my daughter. As s linguistic specialist, he teaches English very well. He tries to enhance her English ability.

Kwan Seok, 32 lessons with Michael

Great tutor

He is a nice tutor and he knows my English problems. I am happy that he can teach me and help me to do my essay.

Jim, 2 lessons with Michael

$60/hour

Michael S.

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