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Personal Description:

I have many years of teaching experience and at all levels, from kindergarten to the high school and college levels. My area of expertise is English: writing and literature. I hold advanced degrees (master's and Ph.D.) from McGill University and the University of Toronto, and have been published in several academic journals. Currently, I am pursuing research and writing independently.

Tutoring Experience:

For many years I taught in the public school system and for five years at the post secondary level. I have been tutoring English for the past ten years, while also working as a freelance and contract editor.

Tutoring Approach:

Note: During this pandemic, I am tutoring both in person and online via Zoom.

My approach is student-based, which means I use a variety of methods and learning tools depending on the student's age and learning style. With regard to content, I focus on the acquisition of writings skills, beginning with grammar exercises. After the student has mastered the parts of speech, I move on to elements of style. These include learning how to construct a paragraph, write a thesis statement, use transitional words and phrases, and alternate short and long sentences so that the writing has rhythm and flow.

I ask, but do not require, that all students keep a journal, which they bring to each tutoring session, since most learning happens by engaging in the writing process rather than by answering a set of questions. Typically, the journal summarizes a book the student is reading or a portion of a book. I give appropriately graded book suggestions to students who have trouble reading and ask that they read for at least a half hour every day. Developing good reading and writing skills requires time and effort, but significant improvement as indicated by a higher grade in school is usually possible within a few months.

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


  • St. Michael's College at the U. of Toronto (2009) - arts and humanities (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • McGill University (1991) - arts and humanities (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Simon Fraser University (1988) - professional teaching certificate (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Trinity Western University (1986) - arts and humanities (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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