Elizabeth M.


Elizabeth M.

Tutor

Roanoke, TX 76262

Will travel 10 miles

$60 per hour.

5.0 15 ratings

Writing/Test Prep Tutor: brevity, clarity, heart/know the rules!

Clear communication is just as important today as it was 20 years ago. Although technology has changed the learning process and seriously disturbed students concentration, writing and speaking clearly is critical to succeeding at school and on the job. Whether it's writing a paper, preparing a debate, writing a business letter, outlining a college essay, preparing for standardized tests, I work to ensure students are better communicators after we have finished working together. At the very ... [more]


American History


Vocabulary


Grammar


European History


Reading

The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've had several students break 650. Much of the preparation for this is knowing the rules of grammar and applying them. I use several different texts as this offers a broad perspective and it makes the student feel as though they have covered all bases. And they have and know what to look for by test time. This section of the test is straightforward, either they know the rules or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing better on the tough questions. Repetition is key here and we review exercises and drills for part of each session so it becomes very familiar. I also have specific writing strategies that follow the SAT outline that I teach to students so they maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses. SAT Reading I've been teaching SAT reading for over 3 years. The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices. Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author?s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense. Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I also, on occasion, can teach techniques for reading faster.


Writing

At Brown University, I majored in English and American literature, so have a strong foundation in English and American Literature as well as interdisciplinary work that deals, in part, with American history. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American English and American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam. I am also a trained journalist and very good editor. I have written for magazines, newspapers, community newspapers, corporations, banks, mutual fund companies, technology companies, hospitals, management consultant companies, investment companies, law offices and medical practices. I am an editor?s editor. My love of words and stories lead me to study English literature in college; I learned how to interview, report and write when I studied journalism in graduate school. I truly enjoy helping others write well. It can be done. Everybody can learn to write clearly and succinctly.


English

Expertise: writing enrichment. I have a clear grasp of the written word and how to teach one to write a clear message on paper or online. I am able to construct concrete ways to organize thoughts, ideas and concepts into short, clear sentences. I ask the tough questions. I am a dogged, tireless researcher. Editing is an innate strength, I can ?see? or hear the way it sounds before it?s written. I truly appreciate words and how they are used, both orally and in print. ACT English I have over 2 years of teaching the ACT English section tests students on many rules of grammar--most of which are readily teachable. The structure of the test presents purposely presents several "pitfalls" that students can be thrown by. I make sure to show these areas to students and tell them specific ways to avoid falling into the traps. English and American Literature At Brown, I majored in English and American literature, so have a strong foundation in English and American Literature as well as interdisciplinary work that deals, in part, with American history. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American English and American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam.


Literature


World History


Proofreading


GED


SAT Reading

SAT READING I've been teaching SAT reading for over 3 years. The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices. Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author?s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense. Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I also, on occasion, can teach techniques for reading faster. SAT WRITING The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've had several students break 650. Much of the preparation for this is knowing the rules of grammar and applying them. I use several different texts as this offers a broad perspective and it makes the student feel as though they have covered all bases. And they have and know what to look for by test time. This section of the test is straightforward, either they know the rules or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing better on the tough questions. Repetition is key here and we review exercises and drills for part of each session so it becomes very familiar. I also have specific writing strategies that follow the SAT outline that I teach to students so they maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.


SAT Writing


PSAT


SSAT


Spelling


ACT Reading

I've been teaching ACT reading for over two years. The reading test is standardized and includes particular trends and preferences of the test. Some components must be taught to know what to look for and I help students review questions to best eliminate wrong answer choices. Understanding, precision and clarity are key components to careful reading. I teach reading techniques so students can better understand the intent of the author, put themselves in the author?s shoes to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense. Having taken the Evelyn Wood speed reading course in high school, I have, on occasion, taught techniques for reading faster. I've had several of my students score very well as a result.


Study Skills

I currently work at a college as a writing tutor part-time helping students conduct research for papers and essays in a variety of subjects including history, English and business. I have worked in the field of communications for over 18 years writing and editing for the following industries: aviation; technology; publishing; finance and healthcare. I was taught the Socratic method in high school where I attended classes 5 1/2 days a week. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree (English Literature) from Brown University and a Master of Science degree (journalism) from Columbia University.


College Counseling

I have earned two college degrees and a Master of Science degree. Two of my degrees are from Ivy League universities. I have had to write many essays to gain admittance to boarding school, college, graduate school and a Biblical studies program. I am familiar with the essay part of the school application process. I have helped students write essays as recently as last August. One was completing an essay for boarding school, another college and another a post-graduate essay. The schools were very competitive: Hotchkiss, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Columbia University. Crafting the essay is a painstaking, rigorous process and is a proven area where a student can make a personal impact. The essay is a critical component of the application process. I was told, after the fact, that my essay tipped the scales in my gaining admittance to Brown University. The essay can illuminate hidden character traits, illustrate thought process, problem solving, character building and dealing with failure. It allows a student to highlight what makes them unlike any other applicant. I know a member of an admissions committee at university and they said that they do read all the essays and review them carefully. I'd like to help. It can be a challenge to organize and to write but ultimately fun and really rewarding.


ISEE

I taught ISEE test taking skills for seventh and eighth graders with marked success in Connecticut for over two years. Worked with Greenwich Education Group in Greenwich, CT.