Because of large class sizes, it is extremely difficult for teachers to work one-on-one with students and to individualize instruction. I know; I taught in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools for thirty-four years. Some of my most effective and rewarding teaching came during lunchtime or after school when I was able to work with the individual student on his/her writing and/or understanding of the literary text. Working with individual students I can
help with current school language arts and history assignments.
fill in academic gaps (what is the subjunctive or a dangling modifier, anyway?!).
provide enrichment activities in reading, writing, and vocabulary development.
demystify the college application essay process from start to finish.
coach students in “real life writing” such as cover letters and resumes.
Let me be more specific.
In the area of reading and literature
I can help with the understanding and appreciation of the literary works the student is reading for class.
I can teach him/her how to annotate and analyze a literary or informational text.
I can read individual books with the student for enrichment or prepare a unit module on a particular topic (examples: nature; dystopian fiction; art and literature; Southern literature).
In the area of writing, I can
work closely with the student in gaining competence and confidence in communicating ideas through various methods of discourse (such as analytical essays, informational writing, and informal personal writing).
help the student learn how to organize and to support ideas in a rhetorically effective manner.
suggest strategies to increase cohesiveness and flow within and between paragraphs.
coach the student on ways to develop and hone effective thesis statements.
suggest specific ways to revise and proofread his/her work.
guide the student through the brainstorming, writing, and revising of the all-important college application essay.
In the areas of grammar and usage, I can
work with the student on understanding the building blocks of writing: the sentence and the paragraph.
review the basics of punctuation.
focus on common mistakes in usage such as subject/verb agreement, pronoun reference, and parallelism.
go over commonly misused words such as “effect” and “affect.”
Note: The new SAT puts increased emphasis on grammar and usage.