Does your student have any formal English grammar instruction at school? Do her teachers take the time to teach rules for comma usage? What about the power of parallel structure? Does she know the difference between the active and the passive voice? Does all this sound like complete mumbo-jumbo to you? Private grammar tutor can help.
Shakespeare did not know the difference between who and whom. He also used comparisons like “more sweet” instead of “sweeter.” But back in his day, the rules of grammar as we know them did not exist.
How Can Experienced English Tutor Help?
When working with your student, I will review his or her writing to see if she needs grammar help. For example, if I see that she does not know how to use commas, or if her writing is riddled with fragments and run-ons, we will spend some time studying these concepts. In particular, I find that students with disabilities benefit from learning about different sentence types and conjunctions because this knowledge helps with clarity and flow. For example, I currently work with a dyslexic student who confused the usage of prepositions “to,” “for,” and “of,” so we spent some time studying the meaning and usage of prepositions. ESL students find direct grammar instruction extremely useful as well. Whatever your student’s needs, I will be sure to cover the grammar that will help improve her writing and teach her to proofread her work with this new knowledge in mind. My students learn to look at their writing with the eyes of an editor; they learn to edit and polish their sentences until they shine. Instead of relying on instinct, they gain an understanding of language and how it works.
Some Grammar Concepts I’ve Helped My Students Master
Many students’ writing is awkward because they don’t understand or use the conventions below. Studying these has helped my students write clearly and articulately.
- The four sentence types (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex)
- Conjunctions vs. transitions
- Run-ons and fragments
- Prepositions and prepositional phrases
- Clear pronoun references
- Active vs. passive voice
- Parallel structure
- Subject-verb agreement