Having spent twenty years with little more than words and some ingenuity to influence judges and juries that my cause was correct, I have come to appreciate the punch of the English language and the importance of word choice and diction. While working my way through college, I took a job in a supermarket as a cashier to pay off a phone bill that I was too embarrassed (and too eager to prove my independence) to bring to my parents. Just as cream rises to the top, so too do responsible employ... [more]
As an English major and attorney, I work with writing all the time. In that regard, I have great respect and appreciation for the English language; I work hard with my students to infuse that very same passion. Writing well presents an image that speaks positively. In the alternative, writing poorly has the exact opposite effect. I help my students to buy into this concept so they will take the appropriate care to present themselves well in writing and understand and respect the language.
I work with students to develop strategies to help them critically read and comprehend. This will help them to improve their reading and comprehension across the content areas. In particular, I help them to become good readers by making connections to the text, making inferences, and picturing what they are reading. Once they develop these various skills/strategies, their reading comprehension will improve, as will their scores in critical reading and other standardized arenas.
I have a bachelor's in English and I am very much an advocate for the dramatic arts. In this genre, I work well with students to help them critically read and understand all works, as well as work with grammar and test preparation skills.
Graduated from law school in 1991 and practiced law for 22 years. I passed the bar in three states.
I work well with people of all walks of life to help them pass the GED test. I try to understand the way my students learn and try to adapt my teaching style to match. I am very much an advocate and support my students to help them develop skills that will work best for their particular style.
Having worked with my 17 year old twins on the SAT/ACT, and going through the process of applying for scholarships, etc, I am very aware of the need for scores in the 700's to tap into the higher echelon schools and their scholarship money. As such, I have a good amount of experience in working with all portions of the SAT/ACT pertaining to English/Language Arts, and have been successful in working with adolescents to develop strategies to attack each question and get them right. There is no substitute for hard work, however. I found with my own children/students, working with them directly, going through the questions, and disciplining them to do the questions repeatedly under testing conditions--which takes a lot of time and energy--ultimately paid off with scores above 750 across the board.
As a parent, I worked with my own children through the process of studying, preparing and doing well on the SAT. As a high school english teacher, I work with students regularly, and have run numbers workshops and study groups for the SAT, concentrating on the ELA portion of the test. I also have undergone the KAPLAN training and am aware of various strategies and tips that will help students to stay on track and score well.
As a teacher working with students over the years, I have been very successful in helping them to develop various habits--2 column notes/index cards/memorization tactics and various executive function skills that will keep students organized. The ultimate goal is to help them to devise ways that work for them and the specific task at hand so they can spend their time wisely to learn/remember the material and study effectively.
I have taken and passed the bar in three states, NH, MA and Maine. I have practiced law for more than 20 years in all three states.
I have a bachelor's degree in English and am very well versed in the classics, including Shakespeare, Greek Classics, The Aeneid, Homer, The Odyssey, Aristophanes, British literature and American literature of all levels. Love it! I work very hard with students to make these works relate to present day so as to help them understand the language, make inferences and critically read. I also teach strategies that will carry across all content areas to help them improve their reading comprehension and reading ability. I have taught in all areas of the classics, not the least of which is Homer, The Odyssey, Beowulf and other classical works. My strength is in helping students to decode and understand the difficult language, while also relating the material to present day.