Dr. Susann M.


Dr. Susann M.

Tutor

Columbus, OH 43202

Will travel 10 miles

$44 per hour.

4.95 236 ratings

English (SAT/ACT), Composition, ESL (TOEFL) & German

I offer a free phone/online/in-person consult including a needs assessment to arrive at a customized strategic plan of learning with clearly defined learning goals, be it for tests (SAT, TOEFL etc.) college, business or travel here and abroad. I prefer 90-minute rather than 60-minute sessions as my experience has shown this to be the most effective interval of instruction. However, in specific instances, a 60-minute session too may yield the desired outcome. Rates are negotiable based on f... [more]


American History

As a professor in the Humanities, I teach History of a broad range of geographical areas and chronological periods. Similarly, my tutorials provide a broad synthetic understanding of history. Depending on the specific area of sub-study, its historical events and themes are reviewed in significant depth to help develop history's habits of mind by providing a thorough grounding in the skills required for historical thinking, including an in depth understanding of how to read and utilize primary sources and determine bias in secondary sources. My own experience includes historical writing about European History as it applies to the making of American History, significant experience in historical research and an understanding of the principles of historiography. My tutorials aim to provide grounding in the fundamental concepts of the connectivity between Geography, Culture, Economics, and Ecology that together impact the political events that make up US history.


Vocabulary

Vocabulary expansion is a continual endeavor for both, native as well as non-native speakers, in business, for tests, for pleasure, as a speaker/presenter and a writer. I know so from my foreign language studies, spelling bees, and as a poet and speech writer in different professional fields with industry-specific vocabularies. In my tutorials, we practice the advice, I leave my students with in the English Department: 1) Use a dictionary. It requires discipline to take the time to look up words and to learn how to spell and pronounce them, but it is the best way to expand your vocabulary. 2) Use a thesaurus. You achieve word variety instead of sounding repetitive. 3) Read. There is no substitute. 4) Choose your company wisely: If you socialize exclusively with people who have a limited vocabulary, yours will not grow either. 5) Be systematic and learn one new word a day, maintain a list, and review your list weekly, monthly.


Grammar

To achieve English language proficiency, grammar is the backbone. My grammar tutorials range from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels for international students, professionals, and spouses. They provide a structured foundation for basic skills, further learning and fine-tuning. Custom-designed to meet your specific needs, my grammar tutorials provide a series of language arts classes in an alternative educational setting to improve your knowledge and application of the English language.


European History

I offer both, Tutorials in AP Literature as well as European History. We will reflect on strategies as well as content related considerations pertaining to multiple-choice sections designed to measure the student?s knowledge of European history from the High Renaissance to the present. Helpful red threads will be established to mark the time line and blue threads to mark major political shifts while green ones mark main societal breakthroughs. Examining their intersections will reveal the connectivity between events and human development. Topical emphasis will be determined by the student?s strengths and weaknesses ? however, overall emphasis lies on the period from 1450 to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era to the present while nineteenth century and the twentieth century thought highlights cultural and intellectual, political and diplomatic, and social and economic themes. We will practice free-response with readings followed by respective essay questions and review various systematic approaches to answering thematic questions including planning, outlining, writing (content choices and focus) and reviewing (grammar and mechanics) essays. Reading strategies too are part of the tutorial for without cognitive understanding of the material provided, answers cannot reveal an adequate response. Textual analysis, speed and focus are reinforced through grouping exercises whether they are thematic, chronological or periodic. Most importantly though, my tutorial uses images to reinforce understanding and retention. (also: review my SAT test taking strategies on this site). More advanced students will learn how to navigate research through the time periods and come to understand the various theories behind comparative studies in the humanities, i.e. the history of ideas and its manifestations in European Cultures, from Art, Music and Architecture in the Early Middle Ages and reciprocal influences across the European continent to its global echoes in today's economy, ecology, and creative minds, - pitting the industrial against the technological revolution on the way.


German

A genuine ?Hamburger,? I have taught all levels of German from High School to University and Adult Continuing Education, served as a Member of the Foreign Language Roundtable in Washington D.C., Director of Foreign Language Schools, a Coordinator of German Exchange Programs and have been a German Language & Culture Consultant to several multi-national corporations. My philosophy of teaching reflects my philosophy of learning. As a writer and professor for over twenty years, much of my learning has transpired through a combination of diverse academic training and equally varied life experiences. Having moved from many a community to another on this continent and others, offered a wonderful clash and confluence of languages and cultures that demanded to converge and enter diverse discourse communities. Thus, I am able to not only recognize but also intuit learning problems in the target language and help address them with a customized approach. While my German tutorials are designed to help students acquire the skills and confidence necessary to read, write, converse and listen with understanding, I combine my native language with my training in Foreign Language Acquisition. All four language skills are addressed from this vantage point, i.e. language as an artificial construct and a puzzle. Systematically (grammar) and conceptually (content) we target individually weaker areas reinforced through role play, explanations, board games, music and assignments that help students gain and/or expand their proficiency. This integrated approach yields integrated skills on part of the learner to communicate in a personal, academic or profession-specific setting. In the latter case, the tutorial is customized even further as it focuses on business-specific vocabulary and cultural conduct. Pronunciation patterns specific to the student?s native language are addressed from the perspective of a speech therapist as part of the German language production to offset native accent, melody and sound emulation.


Reading

While I serve as a Speed Reading Coach in the arena of Adult and Continuing Education, it is not always true that Reading Faster is more Efficient! Letters, words, entire sentences on the page have to translate into meaning, so the primary goal is to read for comprehension and only the secondary goal is to reduce the time in doing so. Through key recognition exercises, scanning strategies, and mental fill-in-the-blanks practice, my students learn to spend less time reading but learning more, which means increasing memory and comprehension. While learning to read faster certainly helps, a big part of it is reading less. Reading Critically and with Focus! The degree of content comprehension is usually a reflection of the degree of focus on the main idea of the passage. To discern that focus, you will practice a mind shift in thinking when weighing the answers to respective text-specific questions and other prompts.


Writing

My English Composition Tutorials emphasize writing with particular focus on: ? increasing fluency with the composing process ? argument and research-based writing ? rhetorical understanding of language as it is used in different discourse communities ? comparing & contrasting ? cause and effect ? critical reading and thinking strategies ? textual analysis ? outlining ? proofreading ? revision


English

As a professor of English & Comparative Studies, I have taught the history of language, etymology, grammar systems, literature and literary theory as well as research methodologies, critical analysis and synthesis and composition. My teaching and scholarly experience covers three decades in college, university and adult education to promote effective communication and academic inquiry.


Literature

My English Tutorials engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature and include strategies regarding the close reading of texts, to understand a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as composition elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. It is important to distinguish among the different kinds of writing since they require different response sklll sets. Therefore, unless otherwise differently specified by the client, various genres and periods, are read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work's complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. In addition to considering a work's literary artistry, students learn to consider the social, cultural and historical values it reflects. A ?tool kit? for interpretation focuses on the weaknesses of each student that are established during a thorough skill assessment. Specifically, a) writing to understand a literary work involves writing response and reaction papers along with annotation, free-writing, and keeping some form of a reading journal; b) writing to explain a literary work involves analysis and interpretation, and includes writing brief focused analyses on aspects of language and structure. c) writing to evaluate a literary work involves making and explaining judgments about its artistry and exploring its underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation, and argument. My tutorials emphasize expository, analytical, and argumentative essays while well-constructed creative writing assignments help students see from the inside how literature is written. The goal of both types of writing is to increase the student?s ability to explain clearly, cogently, even elegantly, what s/he understands about literary works and how to interpret each. My writing instruction focuses on developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language; a study of the elements of style; attention to precision and correctness as necessary; and negotiating differing critical perspectives to develop an argument or present an analysis at length. Throughout the tutorial, I help students to write effectively under time constraints and how to develop stylistic maturity, which, for SAT and AP English, is characterized by the following: ? Wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness ? A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate constructions ? A logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques of coherence such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis ? A balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail ? An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving emphasis through parallelism and antithesis


World History

My background in Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies allows me not only to draw from great moments in World History - but more importantly, to draw connections. Test - takers will reflect on strategies as well as content related considerations pertaining to multiple-choice sections designed to measure the student?s knowledge of World history from the Caves of Lasceaux to the vaults in Silicone Valley. Helpful red threads will be established to mark the time line and blue threads to mark major political shifts while green ones mark main societal breakthroughs. Examining their intersections will reveal the connectivity between events and human development. Topical emphasis will be determined by the student?s strengths and weaknesses ? however, overall emphasis lies on cultural and intellectual, political and social, ecological and economic themes all of which contribute to societal order, class systems, and other discrepancies such as developed and developing countries. We will practice free-response with readings followed by respective essay questions and review various systematic approaches to answering thematic questions including planning, outlining, writing (content choices and focus) and reviewing (grammar and mechanics) essays. Reading strategies too are part of the tutorial for without cognitive understanding of the material provided, answers cannot reveal an adequate response. Textual analysis, speed and focus are reinforced through grouping exercises whether they are thematic, chronological or periodic. Most importantly though, my tutorial uses images to reinforce understanding and retention. (also: review my SAT test taking strategies on this site). More advanced students will learn how to navigate research through the time periods and come to understand the various theories behind comparative studies in the humanities, i.e. the history of ideas and its manifestations in major Wars and Cultures as they echo in today's world.


Proofreading

As an English and Foreign Language Professor, I possess a working knowledge of English, German, Swedish and French. I am familiar with various US as well as international formatting writing standards. It goes without saying that the proper use of punctuation as well as symbols in those respective languages is part of my proficiency. As editor and proofreader of a large pre-press company, many book reviews, scholarly as well as popular articles and manuscripts by other authors and myself, I have had the opportunity to work within the individual guidelines of various publishers including layout and printing conventions. Research for cross-referencing has proven to be essential and those skills can be found in my tutorial tool box which is loaded with my experience of several decades. Learning to recognize and appreciate the voice of an author requires understanding its peculiarities while advertisements usually seek grammatical and lexical correctness indicated by standard editorial marks that are easily understood and keyed.


SAT Reading

TIPS FOR SAT PREPARATION My SAT tutorials focus on essential test taking tips, powerful methods and exercises to help you reach your desired score: Reading Faster and More Efficiently The real goal of reading is to learn something. Students learn to spend less time reading but learning more, which means increasing memory and comprehension. While learning to read faster certainly helps, a big part of it is reading less. Reading Critically A better SAT Critical Reading score is usually a reflection of a better focus on the main idea of the passage. If you get this concept and apply it when taking the SAT, your score on the Critical Reading section will increase dramatically. You will practice how to eliminate ?careless mistakes? through a mind shift in thinking: it is not carelessness, it is focus. Writing Cohesively and Logically Understanding the importance of planning what you will write before you begin your essay requires systematic and sequential thinking and best practices suggest continual outline exercises that hone the logical progression of ideas. Sentence Completion There are 19 Sentence Completion questions on the SAT, and they count for almost 30% of the Critical Reading score. To break 700 on Critical Reading, you have to ace these questions. But no matter what your score goal, making the most of the Sentence Completions is key to reaching it and I will show you how you can get there.


SAT Writing

My SAT tutorials focus on essential test taking tips, powerful methods and exercises to help you reach your desired score. They include: Writing cohesively and logically, understanding the importance of planning what you will write before you begin your essay requires systematic and sequential thinking and best practices suggest continual outline exercises that hone the logical progression of ideas. Sentence Completion There are 19 Sentence Completion questions on the SAT, and they count for almost 30% of the Critical Reading score. To break 700 on Critical Reading, you have to ace these questions. But no matter what your score goal, making the most of the Sentence Completions is key to reaching it and I will show you how you can get there. Reading Faster and More Efficiently The real goal of reading is to learn something. Students learn to spend less time reading but learning more, which means increasing memory and comprehension. While learning to read faster certainly helps, a big part of it is reading less. Reading Critically A better SAT Critical Reading score is usually a reflection of a better focus on the main idea of the passage. If you get this concept and apply it when taking the SAT, your score on the Critical Reading section will increase dramatically. You will practice how to eliminate ?careless mistakes? through a mind shift in thinking: it is not carelessness, it is focus.


TOEFL

My TOEFL Tutorials are designed to help students acquire the skills and confidence necessary to receive the score they require by their US college/university of choice for admission or accreditation in their profession. All four language skills that are important for effective communication (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are addressed, targeting practice in individually weaker areas. My exercises are based on past TOEFL exams in conjunction with explanations and reinforcement assignments to help students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. This integrated approach yields integrated skills on part of the learner to communicate in an academic or profession-specific setting. Pronunciation patterns specific to the student?s native language are addressed from the perspective of a speech therapist as part of the English language production to offset native accent, melody and sound emulation.


Art History

As a professor in the Humanities, I teach Art History of all chronological periods of the Western World. Similarly, my tutorials provide a broad synthetic understanding of art history and the cross-pollination of painters and sculptors, composers, choreographers, writers, and architects. While guiding students through the history of art, my tutorials connect historical traditions and practices to techniques through the ages. Didactic instruction is combined with a practical application of the medium when we explore history of art through different time periods and geographic locations. Specific Cultural elements such as religion and philosophy are explored to reveal their impact on the artist?s imagination that yields a specific style. My tutorials deem changing theoretical considerations and world views as the backbone for related research relating theory to artistic expressions as found not only in museums but in the world around us. I came to the field as a studio artist, a painter and later sculptor in glass and ceramics, fascinated by both, the creative mind and process as well as the the pursuit of thorough understanding of technique and aesthetics.


ACT Reading

My ACT tutorials focus on essential test taking tips, powerful methods and exercises to help you reach your desired score. I help students read faster and more efficiently. The real goal of reading is to learn something. Students learn to spend less time reading but learning more, which means increasing memory and comprehension. While learning to read faster certainly helps, a big part of it is reading less. Reading Critically and with Focus! A better ACT Reading score is usually a reflection of a better focus on the main idea of the passage. If you get this concept and apply it when taking the ACT, your score on the Reading section will increase dramatically. You will practice a mind shift in thinking when weighing the answers to the respective text-specific questions when practicing with past ACT Readings and Questions.


ACT English

The ACT English test consists of 75 questions that address: Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills. To improve your score, you strengths and weaknesses in both areas are systematically assessed to focus on your weaker areas during the tutorials, specifically designed to your needs. You will also learn techniques that help increase your speed in comprehending the questions and discerning their aim.


ESL/ESOL

I've served as an English as a Second Language Instructor, Member of the Foreign Language Roundtable in Washington D.C., Director of ESL & Foreign Language Program, and English Professor. My philosophy of teaching reflects my philosophy of learning. As a writer and professor for over twenty years, much of my learning has transpired through a combination of diverse academic training and equally varied life experiences. Having moved from many a community to another on this continent and others, offered a wonderful clash and confluence of languages and cultures that demanded to converge and enter diverse discourse communities. Thus, I am able to not only recognize but also intuit learning problems in the target language and help address them with a customized approach.