With over a decade of experience as an educator and tutor, I excel in helping students with essay writing, reading comprehension, SAT Reading and Writing, study skills, and college applications. I am a gentle, but rigorous and goal-oriented tutor. I will always come with a lesson plan, but have no problem changing that plan based on your needs. I'll work with you closely during our sessions and equip you with techniques and resources to further your skills independently. The final product... [more]
After working with junior high students for six years, I have realized that students often need help identifying the particular reading strategy that works for them. Teaching students different reading strategies and allowing them to pick the one they prefer is something I include in my lessons. Students also often need help identifying the genre of a text. When they know this, it makes reading and searching for informational much easier!
Teaching writing skills is a particular passion of mine. During four years of teaching high school, I made excellence in writing part of my curriculum. Students learned to write strong paragraphs, they read one another's work, and they submitted multiple drafts of assignments. I also helped students with college applications, whether it was formulating their thoughts or paring their essay down to fit a word count. As a doctoral student and TA for the past two years, I frequently coached students in essay-writing, from the research stage to the fine points like proper citation and phrasing. I approach writing with three principles in mind. (1) Start with the paragraph. I received advice from a former professor: "If you can't write a good paragraph, you can't write a good paper." (2) Keep your reader in mind. I'll introduce you to a character I call "The Educated Reader." (3) Say it first - then say it better. It's sometimes hard to articulate your thoughts. Don't worry about how it sounds until you've gotten it on paper. You can always revise later.
I have been writing graduate-level academic work for eight years. As a doctoral student, I frequently assist undergraduates with their essays and have assisted high school students with college admissions essays and applications. I have perfected my revision process and would be happy to share the fruits with you, whether it's a one-time edit or a longer process. I can help you begin the writing process, meet a word count, organize your thoughts, or provide a fresh set of eyes on a draft.
SAT Writing has its own particular challenges, and I can teach you some strategies to approach this section with confidence and a plan, no matter the topic you might receive. Teaching writing skills is a particular passion of mine. During four years of teaching high school, I made excellence in writing part of my curriculum. As a doctoral student and TA for the past two years, I frequently coached students in essay-writing, from the research stage to the fine points like proper citation and phrasing. I approach writing with three principles in mind. (1) Start with the paragraph. I received advice from a former professor: "If you can't write a good paragraph, you can't write a good paper." (2) Keep your reader in mind. I'll introduce you to a character I call "The Educated Reader." (3) Say it first - then say it better. It's sometimes hard to articulate your thoughts. Don't worry about how it sounds until you've gotten it on paper. You can always devote the last portion of the allotted time to edits.
I spent two years writing sample ACT Science passages and questions for a test prep company, so I can teach you strategies for how to approach this section.
Two years' experience teaching Saxon math to 6th-8th grade students, including students with IEPs and advanced students working independently. Two years' experience tutoring elementary students (2nd, 4th grade) in math. I teach math through a combination of memorization, logic, and real-life application. Math requires discipline, but it also requires building confidence!
I have a Master of Education degree with a focus in junior high science. I taught 6th-8th grade science for two years, and started our school's first science fair! Science is an endlessly fascinating subject, and although I now study the humanities, I retain a particular passion for passing along the marvels of science to elementary and junior-high students. I enjoy teaching science through inquiry, experimentation, and real-life application, so science tutoring will involve a mix of desk work and field work!
In addition to two years teaching 6th grade math and science, I have two years' experience tutoring elementary-aged students in math, reading and study skills. Sometimes parents would ask me to help their child in other subject areas, like social studies and English. Finally, as a nanny, I would often help elementary-aged students with their schoolwork.
I have an M. Ed. and six years' experience teaching junior high and high school math, science and religion, as well as two years' experience as a TA for undergraduate courses. During this time, I have worked to instruct students of various ages in good study habits and skills. While the precise techniques vary based on the age group and subject area, I always include the following features (a) giving students ownership of their study habits by helping them assess their own strengths and weaknesses, (b) metacognitive skills, that is, thinking about how they are thinking, (c) helping students identify various options for studying successfully, and helping them choose which one best suits their needs, (d) utilizing a variety of resources based on content, learning style and exceptionalities, (e) evaluating the success of certain study skills and building upon this information for further success.
I have completed ten credit hours in Koine Greek (the dialect of the New Testament and some Early Christian authors) and have passed a Greek reading exam for my doctoral program. During my coursework, I assisted other students in working through our Greek lesson book. Now, I regularly have recourse to Greek texts as part of my research.
As a doctoral student, I frequently help undergraduates craft sound arguments for their essays. College admissions essays are similar: no matter what you write about, you need to make the argument that you are a good candidate for admission. I can help you write a competitive personal statement for college admissions. I taught juniors and seniors in high school for four years, and frequently assisted students with college applications, especially preparing personal statements. Please be in touch, whether you need a quick edit or help from start to finish!