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I am a joyful, passionate,and fun teacher. I have a BA in French, an MA in Teaching of Writing, and a PhD in Rhetoric. I have been teaching and tutoring writing for 24 years. I am an expert on grammar and mechanics. I can help you develop your thesis, your argument, your paragraphs, your introduction, and your conclusion. I am incredibly good at helping write college application essays. In addition, I can help you find quality research and integrate it professionally into your essays. I do test prep as well, from elementary through graduate student. I'm also patient and kind, and I care very much for my students. I look forward to working with you!

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Susan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, French

Graduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - PHD, Rhetoric

Hobbies

Poetry slam, creative writing, community theatre, geology, space sciences, evolution, American History, stand up comedy, archaeology, unconnected tribes, linguistics, film, revolutionary rock and roll, anthrolophology.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Administrative Law

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

African-American History

AIMS Prep

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

Anthropology

AP English Language and Composition

AP Research

AP Seminar

Art

ASVAB Prep

Audition Prep

Basic Computer Literacy

Business

Business Writing

CHSPE Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP College Composition Modular

CLEP English Literature

CLEP French

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CogAT Prep

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Composition

Creative Writing

CSAP/ TCAP Prep

DAT Reading Comprehension

Earth Science

ECAA Prep

ECAA/ERB Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ERB CTP Prep

ERB WrAP Prep

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

FCAT 2.0 Prep

Fiction Writing

French

French 1

GATE/ TAG Prep

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

Handwriting

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School Writing

History

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

IB

IB Extended Essay

IB Film

IB Geography

IB Language A: Language and Literature

IB Language ab initio

IB Language B

IB Literature and Performance

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Theatre

IB Theory of Knowledge

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

ISAT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Primary

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing

Journalism

Languages

Law

Legal Writing

Linguistics

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Math

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

NNAT Prep

OAT Quantitative Reasoning

OAT Reading Comprehension

OLSAT Prep

Other

PARCC Prep

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Political Science

PRAXIS

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

SHSAT Prep

Social Sciences

Social Studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

STAAR EOC Prep

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

TACHS Prep

TEAS Prep

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

WISC IV Prep

World Civilization

World Literature

WPPSI Prep

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that people learn much more efficiently and permanently when they are having fun. My lessons are fun and visual, and often include games. I do not provide strict answers ... I teach you how to learn on your own. If you are interested, my main influence is Paulo Freire and Lev Vygotsky. Both educators believe in starting in student experience and building from there. I am very, very good at what I do. Students love me, but much, much more importantly, they love me too. I can't wait to work with you!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, I would find out what the topic is. Then I would assess if I could do the right thing by that student in helping them. In terms of writing, I'd be sure they had a thesis and content first, and then I'd focus on grammar and mechanics. I want students to come away from their experience with not just with a better grade, but with a better learning experience.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I won't give answers...instead, I will teach students how to become active learners in their own right. For example, when teaching grammar, I have specific fun exercises that help them visualize how to use commas. These exercises work. Students are in charge of their work. I am a mentor helping them to scaffold to the next level.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

There are several things I could do. I could ask a colleague with experience in developmental education. I could research pedagogy. And if it fails, I would recommend another tutor. I highly doubt it would come to that, but I am willing to ask others for help. After all, that is human.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I am trained in reading comprehension. First, I advise students to look up a word they don't know, and then incorporate them into their own sentences. Second, I highly recommend annotation for every single paragraph, paraphrasing what the paragraph is teaching.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I ask them about themselves. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What do they enjoy doing? Connecting pedagogy to what interests them is one of the very best ways to teach. In fact, this is probably my main strength. Students learn best when they can apply their knowledge to their own lives.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Again, connecting the subject matter to their hobbies and their future plans is the best way to engage students.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask them questions I devised myself. For example, in grammar, I would write sentences and ask them to correct them. Secondarily, I would ask them to correct their own work after I gave them lessons.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I tell them that if a person like me, a poor girl from the projects, can succeed -- with two Ivy League degrees -- then they can do ANYTHING they want. All it takes is perseverance and the ability to break big tasks into smaller, more doable tasks.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I will look at their work, first. Then, I will ask them what they think they need to work on, and additionally ask them what their instructors think they should be working on.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Adapting to student needs depends on each individual student. As I work at a community college, one of the first things I learned was to take an individual approach to EVERY student. I will do the same as a tutor, as some students may struggle with disabilities, with children and other jobs, and with other issues. I am sensitive to their lives.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

It depends on the lesson. I have many pre-made grammar and punctuation lessons. I also have premade guides on the writing process. Other times, I use my own experience.

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