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Michael

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I use techniques I developed as a Rutgers University professor to help high school and college students of all ages and backgrounds raise grades/overcome writing struggles.

My specialties include preparation for the SAT and GRE. Having taken the GRE myself in recent years, I have acquired insight into the traps these exams lay for the unsuspecting student. Doing well on the SAT and the GRE calls not only for an ability to work very quickly under pressure but also to arrive at the answer via the shortest possible path - without wasting time on unnecessary reading. Thus, my SAT and GRE preparation program includes speed training and exercises designed to streamline the thinking process and boost test results. I also ground students in the writing, grammar and reading comprehension skills they need to perform competently on the SAT/GRE, regardless of ability level or writing/English experience.

My services include editing and providing guidance in the writing of college admission letters and job applications.

My passion is helping public speakers at all levels to become more effective oral communicators, including showing them how to manage speaking anxiety. My expertise in this topic has been enriched both by my experience teaching public speaking as an adjunct professor and by my experience as an award-winning public speaker with Toastmasters International.

Having taught Expository Writing in college, I have tips to help students improve their grades in any course that involves writing essays, reports or reviews. As a former business journalist, I show students at all levels how to write clear business English or become better reporters and editors.

I also edit reports, dissertations and any other written work and help non-native English speakers polish their conversational skills so they can deliver the crucial "elevator speeches" that can lead to career opportunities.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Toronto and Ontario Teacher Education College - Bachelors, English and K-13 Education (B.Ed and Ontario Teachers Certificate)

Graduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Masters, Communication and Information Studies

Hobbies

Jazz, guitar, public speaking, yoga, hiking, Sinatra

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Business

Business Writing

College Application Essays

College English

Composition

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

Music

Other

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Test Prep

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

You keep helping him pile up successes and praising him/her. Nothing is so motivating as getting a better grade or becoming proficient at a skill after hard work - and being recognized for it.

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