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Math

Price Guide
Early Development $18.00
Elementary $18.00

English

Price Guide
Early Development $18.00
Elementary $18.00
Secondary $18.00
College / University $18.00
Casual $18.00

History

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Elementary $18.00
Secondary $18.00
College / University $18.00
Casual $18.00

ESL

Price Guide
Early Development $18.00
Elementary $18.00
Secondary $18.00
College / University $18.00
Casual $18.00

Study Skills / Essay Writing

Price Guide
Secondary $18.00
College / University $18.00
Casual $18.00

Psychology

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Secondary $18.00
College / University $18.00
Casual $18.00

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Personal Description:

I am a part time English tutor looking to help others with the language. I teach ESL students (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) as well as students in school who are seeking help with their written assignments. I am passionate about helping people improve their writing and acquire the English language. I believe that knowing English fluently is an invaluable skill that non-native speakers in Canada should not be without.

Tutoring Experience:

I've been tutoring for 7 years and have approximately 760 hours of experience to this date (March 2nd). At this time, I'm teaching three ESL students once a week.

Online references are available, just ask for my website name. Phone references can be made available before meeting. If you are looking for tutoring for a vulnerable population (children, elderly, special needs), I can provide a vulnerable sector background check (dated Dec 2017).

Tutoring Approach:

Approach to class

1) Writing skills. My teaching philosophy for ESL and other English students (high school and others) is that writing is best learned by revision. We come up with new ideas and things to add to our writing each time we re-read it. I ask my students to provide a good writing sample for me, I then identify grammatical errors. After identifying errors, I provide links and readings related to these errors for the student to read as homework.

2) Speaking. I test a student's conversational abilities by roleplaying different topics and contexts with them. I provide readings/links to help them speak effectively in a specific role. I point out errors that they make when discussing a topic and we try it again in future classes.

3) Reading. I provide IELTS/TOEFL type reading tests from the internet for students to work on on their own time. We go over mistakes together during our class. I provide links and readings to help with reading comprehension that students are encouraged to read over on their own time.

4) Listening. I read to a student and ask them to take notes as I'm speaking. The student is tested later based on what I've said. The purpose is to test their note-taking ability, and their ability to distinguish important from unimportant pieces of information. I provide IELTS/TOEFL style listening exercises from the internet for students to work through independently. We look at errors made, and I provide readings/links to address these.

Each class starts with me answering questions that you have about the English language in general. Anything that you came up with during the week is up for discussion in the first 5-10 minutes of class. We then choose one or two sections to focus on for the day. I end a typical 1 hr class with 5 minutes to make sure that the class was to your liking, to get your notes on anything you'd like to focus more/less on, to confirm homework readings for next week, and set a tentative date and time for your next class.

$17/hr is my rate for the English tutoring class described above done online
In person class rates depend on location where we meet (I charge $17/hr for my time spent commuting to your preferred location and back).
English classes for elementary, high school, and post secondary students also differ based on the amount of time it takes to prepare for a class.

Consultations for all of these are free, done by phone or online, and are 15-20 minutes in length.

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Native Language: English (American)
Additional Languages: Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • York University (2014) - Psychology (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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