As I get closer to finally finishing all of my teaching licensure tests and certifications, I have really realized where my passion lies within the subject of English: literature. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of poetry – when it comes to the world of sonnets, haikus, limericks, and anapests, I have to really put my thinking cap on and analyze the poem to understand it. I enjoy editing papers and getting into the science of grammar and punctuation, but that doesn’t get me fired up. What I absolutely love thinking about, analyzing, and dissecting is classic literature, and reading literature throughout my life ultimately helped me realize that I wanted to teach it to students and make it interesting for them.
Ultimately, I am making a point with this post, I promise. But let me explain a little bit first. I almost flew off the handle last night when my friend’s little sister (who is 16 years old) said that she hated the book The Catcher In the Rye. I was appalled. When I was...
I will be the first to admit I wasn't always a great student when I was in school. In regular school, my own folks couldn't help me with my homework as neither parent had finished high school. They tried, but it was too much for them. So I really struggled through grade school and then high school. In college I struggled once again. I was smart, but I just couldn't understand some subjects the way they were taught, which honestly seemed all backwards to me. Science was a particularly difficult subject at the time. Try as hard as I might, I just could not seem to make sense of anything I was learning.
Then everything changed when a relative suggested I get a tutor. I looked around and found a great tutor. What a difference he made in my life. Suddenly, the things he did to help me made me realize that it wasn't me that had a problem; it was the way the subject was being taught in school. He helped me to create a context for what I had to learn, and gave me a logical order for everything...
Has there ever been a time where you or someone you know swears they read over a paper they wrote, but still ends up with point deductions on their grade?
It's more common then you think and here's why:
After finishing a paper that you've essentially read parts of over a dozen times, your mind sometimes registers it as what you're trying to convey as oppose to what is actually on the paper. You may have essentially mastered the paper in your mind, unfortunately it might not be the same situation on paper.
Here's a helpful tip:
Once you've completed your paper, put it away. Do something else and take your mind off it. Get a good night's rest and let your brain recharge. The next morning, grab the paper and re-read it with your rested eyes. You are bound to catch a few mistakes you overlooked the day before.
I know this because I once had the problem of handing in what I thought was quality work only to get back a mediocre grade. This technique help me turn my B grade...
Summer learning loss can affect everyone. Teachers must spend quite a bit of time in the beginning of every year reviewing to get students past the summer slump. There are a variety of ways you can keep yourself or your child from losing to much ground over summer. One of the best ways to keep the brain sharp and active is to keep reading both fiction and nonfiction literature at or above grade level. Even if it is only 25 minutes a day, you will keep the reading skills sharp and continue to learn new things. I also found out that Barnes and Nobles is offering a free new book reward to children who read 8 books. You can check out their website or visit the nearest store for more information. Whether in a cool place during the heat of the day, or as part of the night time relaxation, reading for 25 or more minutes is possibly the best time investment you can make.
There are also many kinds of puzzles you can practice solving such as Suduko to keep the math and problem solving skills...
Updated Summer Availability:
Mon: No Available Sessions
Tues: No Available Sessions
Wed: After 3:30 pm
Thurs: After 3:30 pm
Fri: After 1pm
(Some flexibility required for recurring weekend sessions due to prescheduled out of town obligations)
Please message me to inquire about setting up a tutoring session! Having your payment information on file will allow us to begin more quickly.
- Weekends flexible
Mon-Tues: Limited availability pending graduate coursework times. (I will have a clearer sense of this by 6/25/12)
Wed-Fri: Anytime after 3pm
Prefer to meet in public place such as a library or coffee shop for initial session. I will consider private residences after the first meeting.
A great way for students to learn reading comprehension, with lots of opportunity at the end to test themselves and their friends about what they've just learned. Also, if they are up on current events, it will create more possibilities for conversation. I like the vocabulary, synonym and phrase match sections:
Sundays are days to be lazy, to hang out with friends, to read books or swim in pools or play outside. Today is an exceptionally hot Sunday in early June. Since I got up, I've been holed up in my home office, working on tutoring. Even though I've spent the past nine or so hours (with breaks for shrimp tacos, diet Coke, and ice cream) working, I haven't actually had any students today. I realized that not many people are aware of the "behind the scenes" of tutoring (well, at least of good tutoring), and it's gotten me to think a bit about the concept of having an "hourly rate." Realizing that mine is one of the higher rates on WyzAnt, I thought I'd share a bit of the "secret life of a (good) tutor," so you might have a better idea of what you're getting for your money.
Although I work very hard during our tutoring sessions to make them as productive and educational as possible, it's everything I do when you aren't around that helps me do that. Before...
I say: "I love teaching and I have extensive experience teaching beginner, intermediate, advanced subjects to adults, teens, and younger children, in both group settings and private tutoring. My classes are fun, engaging, and geared to help my students learn fast. For private students, I customize my lessons according to each of my students’ learning style and individual needs. My students’ confidence and grades improve greatly after just a few private lessons. I use games, songs, music, computers, videos, many authentic materials or whatever is necessary to help you get to the levels you desire. Your success motives me and I will help you anyway I can! If you really want to learn to write, speak, read and listen Spanish/English correctly, I am here to help you today"
This is what some of my students have said about me & my classes:
"Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!I had so much fun in your class. I enjoyed learning Spanish more than any...
Welcome! I am passionate about teaching all areas of English and the reading and English sections on the ACT exam. I can also give you tips on how to master all parts of the exam. I have tons of resources and I will individualize lessons to your needs and timeline. I tutor 9th grade through college level. I am a certified English teacher with eight years of experience. Contact me today for a free consultation. References are available upon request. I care and I will do everything that I can to help you succeed. Don't waste another day struggling! Learn how to write an essay without the stress. I also do editing/ proofreading. Learn how to master vocabulary. Bump that ACT score up. EVERY POINT MEANS MORE MONEY FOR COLLEGE! Talk to you soon.
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It's summer, and everyone is ready for vacation, especially with all this beautiful weather we've been having. But "use it or lose it" applies to your English language skills even during the summer! Look for ways to keep using language while you're having fun this summer:
- Get involved in a summer reading program at the library
- Find a group of friends and form a book club -- everyone reads the same book and gets together once a week or once a month for discussion
- Write a new ending to your favorite book or story
- Give your texting thumbs a break and write a real, pen-and-paper letter to a friend or family member
- Watch the news on TV or listen to talk radio
- Listen to internet broadcasts like NPR's StoryCorps (short stories of people's real-life experiences in America) or the Voice of America (interesting news stories specially written for English language learners)
- Find a tutor - hint, hint! :-) - to help you review what you learned...
Sweat. And blood. And tears. And a cramped hand. If you want readers to enjoy your work, you must suffer. The term "writer" is misleading, however. The correct term is "rewriter," for all good writing requires rewriting. Good writers are not born good; they are forged by study and practice. Consider the ancient Greek rhetorician Isocrates:
In the art of rhetoric, credit is won not by gifts of fortune, but by efforts of study. For those who have been gifted with eloquence by nature and by fortune, are governed in what they say by chance, and not by any standard of what is best, whereas those who have gained this power by study and by the exercise of language never speak without weighting their words, and so are less often in error as to a course of action. (Antidosis, 15.292)
So examine every word, every sentence, every paragraph. Eradicate awkwardness, ambiguity, and bad grammar at all costs. The more rhetorically effective and clearer you are, the more...
As a public school teacher on a traditional academic calendar, I will have flexible day-time hours available starting June 14! I am willing to work with students in all areas of English language arts on middle and high school levels. I can also help with writing and proofreading for college work! Don't forget that I can also work with students who need help with MLA format and other research skills!
Summer is a great time to brush up on skills! Studies show that every child benefits from year-long school, but often there is no way to provide a curriculum that works with our vacation schedules.
I work with your schedule! If your child could use some extra special quality teaching this summer, even if only for a few weeks, I'm here to help.
I have beginning reading and advanced phonics programs, math through algebra II, as well as vocabulary and writing programs designed to help the student stay current or even gain in skills over the summer. I am a credentialed teacher and have years of experience working with students who are struggling and needing intervention.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Although retired from the medical field, I am qualified in several different subjects and I have gone through many certification processes to do so. At this stage in my life being a Tutor is so rewarding. Tutoring not only benefits the student but the Tutor as well. Learning is a daily process, and if we learn to focus on what our goals are day by day, then and then only, will we begin to accomplish them. I am prepared to Tutor your children, grandchildren and actually, children of all ages!
My experience is in various fields and here is a list of subjects that I am qualified and certified to Tutor you, or your child in...
* Reading: Comprehension
* Nutrition: Naturopathy-Medical Science, Licensed, ND., Ph.D.
* Test Prep: Cosmetology- Licensed with the Florida State Board), also SAT, FCAT, ACT's.
* Grammer: Proper rules and formations in speaking and writing.
If you have a child of Elementary School age that needs help over the summer months,...
I pride myself in having the patience to explain things in more ways than one, so that children don't get frustrated. Being very personable and kind helps children feel secure in learning new ways to understand what is difficult for them. I also show children strategies which can be used for future work which is similar, that way they are not just learning the problem or skill specific to the moment, but can remember what they learned and how, so they can apply the knowledge later and forever. I love sharing what I learned at the University of Georgia School of Education. The teaching skills I took to heart set me apart from most tutors who assist children with their work, but don't really know how to help them advance at a rate that will help them catch up quickly, and build self-respect and self-esteem, the keys to the learning curve.
Many kids become numb to failure, since they are behind in certain subjects, and they are expecting to fall further behind and possibly be ridiculed...
Welcome to ESOL instruction for international adults. Teaching and learning with international adults has been one of life's most enriching experiences. We live in a world which needs us to reach out to one another in friendship and mutual respect. I hope to hear from you!
Although there are many things you will learn in your academic career that you may never use again, there are just as many that you will use on a regular basis or will come in handy when you least expect it. The basics of any subject will never let you down.
You DO need to know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide in YOUR HEAD. Why? Because people make mistakes when inputting data into calculators and computers. The answer that comes out of those devices is only as good as the data that went in. If you are shopping and something is advertised as 25% percent off, you should be able to do the mental math to determine if it really is a good deal or not.
When applying for a job and writing a cover letter or resume, you better be using grammatically correct sentence structure or the person who is reading either one will decide that if you can't write a simple cover letter, you aren't worth the time to interview.
Learning about cultures other than your own will be invaluable...
I just completed my certification in the following subjects: vocabulary, grammar, reading, spelling, elementary (K-6th), phonics, study skills, theatre, Bible studies and public speaking. I am looking forward to tutoring students in these areas.