Does your student enjoy reading? Is he able to summarize the events in a story? Can he analyze the characters, identify symbols, and discuss a story’s theme? Does he need help with reading? I offer English reading tutoring near Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, Belmont and Lexington in Massachusetts.
How Can Experienced English Tutor Help?
I begin by identifying the child’s strengths and weaknesses. I then design a course of study that works best for each individual. In working with struggling readers, I use engaging, level-appropriate books and scripts. My younger students love getting out of their chairs and acting as their characters. During these dramatic readings, children improve their fluency and learn to like reading. Helping children to discover the joy of reading is one of my greatest goals.
When working with more advanced readers, I guide students in interpreting texts to discover their “hidden” meanings. We analyze characters, conflict, figurative language, foreshadowing, and other literary techniques. We explore the novel’s explicit and implicit themes and relate these to our lives. Recently, one of my students exclaimed, “These stories we read have so much in them, but if you just read without thinking, you miss why they are so great!”
Wherever your student is in learning how to read, understand, and analyze literature and nonfiction, my private tutoring service will meet his specific needs.
Questions I Ask When Teaching Reading (From Lower to Higher Level)
- What is the title of the story? What do you think it will be about?
- What do you picture? Describe Jonas’s community to me.
- Have you ever felt like this character? When?
- What do you think is going to happen next? What makes you say that?
- What is the main idea of this paragraph?
- Why does the author keep using the word “savages” to describe the boys in Lord of the Flies?
- Let’s discuss the types of figurative language. Find some similes and metaphors in this Ray Bradbury story. What is being compared? Why?
- Is Tom right to keep “mum” about how the doctor really died? What is the right thing to do here?
- What is the message about life of this story?
- How are Jerry from “Through the Tunnel” and Millicent from “Initiation” similar? How do they both grow and change?
SSAT & ISEE Reading & Vocabulary Tutoring
Is your son or daughter applying to attend a private school? If so, he or she will likely take the SSAT or the ISEE.
Your student needs to be able to walk into the SSAT/ISEE test day confident of what is on the test and of her abilities. She needs to know how to take each section of the test.
We will study the verbal and reading sections of the test and determine the best way to score the most points on them.