I am a recently retired high school English teacher with 35 years experience teaching all levels of high school English. My favorite subject to teach was AP Language and Composition. In over 25 years my classes had an average 90% pass rate. I also enjoyed working with academically challenged students with whom I had much success.
Besides AP I taught British Literature, Russian Literature, American Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, and Speech.
My classes always included grammar and vocabulary study, essay writing, active reading strategies, and all literature genres.
Because I love teaching, using some of my free time a to tutor seems like a natural choice for me.
However, I am not limited to tutoring high school students. I am also quite willing to work with grade school students and college students. In fact, I financed my way through graduate school by being a grad assistant who tutored undergraduates in essay writing.
My students high quality essays were instrumental in my being selected as a paid judge in an essay writing contest sponsored by the University of Illinois.
I love children and teens, and I have kept up with many of my former students over the years. It's a shame that teachers like me have to retire!
I had Ms. Egdorf for two out of my four years of high school as an English teacher. The lessons she taught me about writing I still remember and use about 5 years later. She is a great lady and teacher!
I like to interview the student before we start the learning process to get an idea of what he or she needs. For example, if the general need is writing help, I need to know if the student is having a hard time with developing a thesis, creating concrete examples, staying on topic, and so on. I also need to know how the student learns best.
I graduated with a degree in English, secondary teaching and journalism. I did my student teaching at Naperville North. I have 35 years teaching experience.
My fees are $25.00 per hour, or $40.00 for two hours per session.
I cannot remember a time when I did not want to be a teacher. Since I was a teenager, teaching just came natural to me.
I have tutored 10-11 year olds, high school students as well as college students. My teaching career was with high school students from the academically challenged to advanced placement.
Last year I enjoyed working with 10 and 11 year olds, teaching them speech and reading. They were quite enthusiastic because they liked my methods.
A student needs a teacher with years of experience, enthusiasm, patience, and deep knowledge of the subject matter. Also, if the teacher cannot motivate and challenge the student, maximum learning will not take place.
These questions are crucial: Specifically, what do I need to learn, how do I need to learn it, and will this teacher be able to understand how to help me accomplish my goals.
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