As a tutor, my aim is to do everything I can to help my students achieve their goals, and I take a personal interest in each of my students. I find out your interests and goals and personalize each lesson to match your learning style and needs. My past students have said that I am patient, enthusiastic, skilled, dedicated, “a great teacher” and “a gifted educator.”
I am trained and experienced in tutoring and teaching English, ESL, Language Arts, Spanish and test preparation. I have been an educator for the past twelve years. Please read below under My Skills, Experience and Educational Background for more information.
The most satisfying aspect of my work is helping my students overcome their challenges and go on to achieve mastery of their subject. I enjoy helping students learn to express themselves more clearly and compellingly in writing and speaking. I also love helping students to gain full understanding of what they read, whether it be fiction, plays, poetry or nonfiction. Finally, as a tutor, I am excited to lead students toward a love of the English and Spanish languages, two of the most beautiful languages on earth.
My Skills, Experience and Educational Background:
I graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1991.
I am a certified English as a Second Language teacher and can help English learners with speaking and conversation, reading, listening and writing, including professional and academic writing. I received my Cambridge University CELTA ESL teaching certificate in 2011 and have been an ESL educator since then.
I am also an English/Language Arts specialist and have worked in that capacity for the past twelve years as a private tutor, in the public schools and with community organizations. I have worked successfully with elementary through college students on all aspects of English including reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and academic papers. Several of my students have received awards for academic progess and a number have been admitted to colleges of their choice. I provide mentoring and college essay guidance throughout the application process.
I also provide test preparation services for the English and writing sections of the SAT, ACT and CBEST. I provide test preparation for the TOEFL.
I tutor beginning and intermediate Spanish. I lived and studied advanced Spanish for a year in Ecuador at Academia LatinoAmericana and I edited a Spanish textbook for English speakers while there.
My students and their parents have said that I am a patient, encouraging, enthusiastic and skillful tutor.
Khaja Numan A.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I offer a free in-person or online consultation so that the student (and parents) and I can meet. This gives everyone a chance to ask questions before starting lessons. During this session, I informally evaluate the student’s needs and we set preliminary goals. If applicable, I also review the student’s academic work. Some of this process can also be done over the phone or by email if preferred.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Anthropology from Tufts University. I completed advanced studies in India and Nepal with School for International Training. I also hold a BFA. I completed advanced Spanish studies at Academia Latinoamericana de Español in Ecuador. I received my Cambridge CELTA English as a Second Language teaching certification at St. Giles International. I trained and worked as an English/Language Arts educator with Americorps, in the public school system, and with educational nonprofit organizations. I founded Cosmos Learning, a private tutoring agency, in 2006 and have been a private tutor since then.