Professional English Tutoring
Whether you're thinking of a career in nursing, psychology, literary studies, the STEM disciplines, economics, or accounting - all careers have one thing in common: you need the ability to express your ideas clearly and logically. Learning about how your language works is one of the most practical things one can do - an effective command of your language convinces people to listen to your ideas, arguments and opinions, and yes - even to hire you.
That's where I come in. As a Ph.D. in English with a proven publication and editing history, I am pleased to offer affordable professional tutoring to clients living from Frankston/Mt. Eliza to Melbourne City and suburbs. If you aren't sure if you're in this area, please get in touch - I'm sure we can work something out.
Here are some of the skills I offer, and can help you develop:
Academic English is what you're expected to use when writing university-level essays, theses, and giving oral presentations. Academic English is used to express the thoughtful relationship between ideas with an objectivity and critical distance that one doesn't normally hear in everyday English. It also relies on a field's specialised vocabulary, and writing that top essay will require a command of that vocabulary.
Academic English can sometimes pose a challenge for students whose first language is not English, or students who have difficulty adopting a more formal tone in expressing their ideas. That's where I come in!
Some people say there are easy rules to writing academic English, but with any language it ultimately comes down to one thing: experience. The more you write in an academic English tone, the more you learn it. As a published scholar, I have the tools and the experience to teach you how to make academic English your own, how to master your subject matter, and how to start writing that top-notch paper.
Great essays have two main ingredients:
- They clearly state and develop a reasoned argument on a topic, and
- They situate that argument relative to what others have argued about the same topic.
Critical Reading Skills
In order to write high-calibre papers and projects, you need to know how to focus on the project or task at hand. What is the essay topic or question asking of you? What are the main ideas and arguments of the paper or article you're reading? Not all articles and essays are written clearly...this means you'll need to know how to extract the main points of an argument and respond to them.
As someone who has proofread and edited everything from secondary-school essays and International Baccalaureate projects to finance website copy to a neuropsychology thesis, I can ensure that your document or website has clarity, concision, and continuity. All information (even financial data) is expressed as narrative; when you communicate information you put it in a certain order and are essentially telling a story with that information.
How it works
You must register a free account on LiquidFractal. Once your account is created and validated and payment is received, I'll update your member status to reflect your tuition package. If you have a Tier package, I'll create your Learning Domain and send you some basic instructions on how to use and customise it (I'm always available to answer questions via Private Message). You'll also be given access to additional site resources such as quizzes, discussion forums, and so forth as they become available. Depending on your Tier package you are guaranteed a certain amount of feedback, which will be posted in your Learning Domain.
Once your subscription ends your status will revert to Member. You can still participate in site discussion (and talk to some cool and interesting people), but you won't have access to the Tutor Client forums and resources, and your Learning Domain (if you have one) will be locked. To get all this good stuff back again, simply purchase hours or a Tier package!
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