I have many years of experience working with both native and non-native speakers. My students have ranged in education from high school to graduate school. I am intelligent, patient, and full of energy. I also like to feel that I have helped a student to be more self-sufficient.
I am addicted to teaching! I love the challenge of helping a student improve and become more independent. I also enjoy research, so frequently I learn a great deal in the process. But for me, teaching a person is as important as teaching a subject.
Irene worked with me in my last two years of college. She helped me find topics for my compositions and speeches, research, develop and organize my subjects with appropriate details, and edit my final products. Energetic, resourceful, and highly educated, she never made me feel insufficient. I know personally many other individuals she has helped, teenagers and adults, all of whom remember her as someone who always encouraged them to do their very best. I learned so much from her, things that I still use today.
Irene has worked with me for eight years, ever since I was a freshman at New York City College of Technology. Most of my courses dealt with computer technology, but every time I had to write a long or short essay, she helped me. Because of our work together I learned how to explore and limit a topic, to find reliable resources, to prioritize the work that had to be done and to organize my ideas and support. After I wrote a draft, she helped me evaluate the structure of my sentences and proofread for errors in correct usage. She was invaluable in helping me with a major project when she taught the various uses for different graphs and questionnaires. Whenever I had questions about format, she would refer to Purdue’s Owl or her own dissertation for solutions to my problems, especially with tables and appendices. To keep up my stamina, she also fed me apple juice and chocolate chip cookies. She has a great sense of humor. She helped me complete a lot of projects. Thanks to her support, I was able to complete my MS in Computer Information Systems this January. Anyone who chooses Irene as a tutor will learn a lot, especially as a writer.
I interview students to establish a rapport, asking them about their interests and then move on to determine what they want to work on, where they think they might have problems, and then make suggestions on what I could do to help them. I might ask them to read something or how they might go about solving their particular learning problems. I would like to know if they wish to work with a specific textbook or on a particular project. If the latter, then I would help them access appropriate resources through the internet.
I have taught at Fordham’s ESL program since 2002. I earned my MS in English literature and my PHD in Humanities Education from New York University. Prior to teaching at Fordham, I taught and directed a US high school English program, taught in NYU’s School of Education and in the ESL programs of the School of Visual Arts and LaGuardia Community College. In Istanbul for three years, I taught AP English and supervised the ESL program at Robert College, a bilingual 6-12 school for Turkish nationals. I then spent five years in Japan teaching English at the American School in Japan. Awards include a Newspaper Fund Fellowship, a John Hay Foundation Fellowship in Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar in Painting as Text, and a Fulbright Travel Grant to study China’s Arts in Transition. I have travelled extensively to over 42 countries, especially in the Middle and Far East. At Fordham, I have developed and taught American History, Government, and Social Sciences, American Culture through the Arts, Introduction to Sociology, and Psychology through Literature, in addition to Modern Short Fiction, Creative Writing, Grammar Workshops, and various levels of writing and reading courses.
I charge $60.00 per hour. This is the standard rate for a tutoring session with a member of Fordham's faculty.
Initially, I worked in publishing when I first graduated from college; however, I simultaneously studied to complete my MS in English. Upon completion of that degree, I decided to teach because I wanted my efforts to give me more personal satisfaction than I received from participation in business. Teaching also afforded me opportunities to continue studying art, literature, and music, to experience different cultures, and to meet very interesting individuals - both students and colleagues.
My students have ranged from those with ESL problems and learning challenges to academically and intellectually talented individuals - ages 14 to 50. I have also help individuals who needed to formulate application essays or edit scholarly manuscripts.
This past semester, I tutored a very hard working young man who was completing his computer science degree. Because he is a full time computer techncian in a NYC high school, we worked weekends - from conception to completion - on three research projects: cyber security, cloud computing, and gentrification of East Harlem. Faced with limited time and deadlines, I found our sessions challenging, educational, and energizing.
Look for a teacher who is experienced, patient, intelligent, and enthusiastic. You want someone who can challenge and stimulate you, but you also want someone with whom you can easily and honestly talk. Compassion and a sense of humor help.
The student needs to be as honest and specirfic as he/she can in explaining goals, needs, and problems.