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Jim
« I am more than glad to recommend my brother, Norman, to prospective... More »
Jim
« I am more than glad to recommend my brother, Norman, to prospective employers. Of course, I'm prejudice, since I have known him all my life. However, he has helped me tremendously in maintaining our accreditation with ACCET in Washington D.C. over the past 20 years, which is essential to keeping our program going. The motivation and intelligence he has demonstrated over the years convinces me that he is capable of meeting and excelling at a wide variety of challenges. His written work has demonstrated exceptional initiative, intellect, inventiveness, and resourcefulness. His participation in our program has been invaluable, especially his ability to contribute original insights, to raise significant questions, and to be receptive to others' ideas. Norman exemplifies the combination of independence and responsibility, individuality and receptivity that I expect most employers would be please with. »
$35/h
1st lesson free!
Verified teacher profile
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Norm
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Literacy
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
  • Modernist literature
Levels
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education

Academic Writing & Critical Thinking for English, ESL, Literature, and courses requiring academic essays

Methodology

Education

Graduate coursework in English Composition, SFSU–2013-14
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Magna Cum Laude, SFSU–2013.
• Area of concentration: Modern and ancient Japanese culture and history
• Additional coursework and areas of interest outside of concentration: Technical and marketing writing, Journalism, and Communications law.
• Overall SFSU GPA: 3.85; GPA in degree major: 3.95.
Associate of Arts in Independent Studies, Foothill Junior College, 2002.
Member of San Francisco State Alumni Association, January 2013.
Member of Phi Theta Kappa Society and Foothill College Honors Institute.

Work History, Skills, and Accomplishments

Volunteer Writing Tutor
Graduate Advising Office, Division of Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University
10/2013-12/2013.
Tutored undergraduate students in developing letters of interest and intent for application to graduate programs.

Director and Instructional Associate
English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA.
1/2007 to 6/2010.
Supervisor: Paul Starer, Dean of Language Arts
Administration and Tutoring
Responsible for administering budget, hiring and training student tutors, managing day-to-day operations.
Tutored international (ESL) and domestic students in academic writing and critical thinking for core ESL and English courses.
Tutored international and domestic students in writing across the curriculum, including History, Psychology, and personal statements for admissions into colleges and universities.
Exercised sound judgment and sensitivity in a diverse social and cultural environment.
Aligned the ESL tutorial practices with ESL course objectives and student learning outcomes.
Generated interest and developed trust in the ESL Writing Center from the international student body and ESL faculty.
Increased student usage of Center from 130 to over 450 appointments per academic quarter–an increase of over 300%.

Instructional Associate
Temporary contract, ESL Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA.
9/2006 to 12/2006.

English/ESL student tutor
Language Arts Division
Foothill Community College, Los Altos Hills, CA.
9/2001 to 12/2005.

Background

I started tutoring English and ESL as an undergraduate student in a junior college in 2001, secured a position as a writing center director/tutor in a junior college in 2007, and continued tutoring during my graduate studies.

As a result, I have tutored hundreds of students over many hundreds of hours not only in ESL and English classes but also in courses that required academic essays such as history and political science. In addition, I have tutored many students in their personal statements and statements of purpose for admission to universities and graduate programs.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $35/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $33
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $30
Lessons offered by Norm
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Literacy
  • Resume / Cover letter writing prep
  • Modernist literature
Levels
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education

Norm's resume

Work History, Skills, and Accomplishments

Freelance Technical Writer
Self-employed, academic accreditation report and marketing writer. 6/2000 to present.

Academic Report and Marketing Writing
• Knowledgeable in the accreditation process for private language schools.
• Researched, organized, and wrote five successful accreditation self-evaluation reports
(ASERs)–2000 to 2016–for the American Academy (AAE) of English in San Francisco.
Participated in two on-site review by ACCET for AAE–February 2013 and February 2016.
• Wrote promotional AAE brochures.
• Wrote and revised sections of Policy and Procedure Manual required for accreditation by
ACCET–January-February 2016.

Editing
• Edited scholarly articles for Çigdem Kaya, Associate Professor at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.


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Volunteer Writing Tutor
Graduate Advising Office, Division of Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University 10/2013-12/2013.
• Tutored undergraduate students in developing letters of interest and intent for application to graduate programs.


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Director and Instructional Associate
English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA. 1/2007 to 6/2010.
Supervisor: Paul Starer, Dean of Language Arts
Administration and Tutoring
• Responsible for administering budget, hiring and training student tutors, managing day-to-day operations.
• Tutored international (ESL) and domestic students in academic writing and critical thinking for core ESL and English courses.
•Tutored international and domestic students in writing across the curriculum, including History, Psychology, and personal statements for admissions into colleges and universities.
• Exercised sound judgment and sensitivity in a diverse social and cultural environment.
• Aligned the ESL tutorial practices with ESL course objectives and student learning outcomes. • Generated interest and developed trust in the ESL Writing Center from the international
student body and ESL faculty.
• Increased student usage of Center from 130 to over 450 appointments per academic quarter–an increase of over 300%.


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Instructional Associate
Temporary contract, ESL Writing Center
Foothill Community College–Language Arts Division, Los Altos Hills, CA. 9/2006 to 12/2006.
English/ESL student tutor
Language Arts Division
Foothill Community College, Los Altos Hills, CA. 9/2001 to 12/2005.


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2 recommendations

Jim

I am more than glad to recommend my brother, Norman, to prospective employers. Of course, I'm prejudice, since I have known him all my life. However, he has helped me tremendously in maintaining our accreditation with ACCET in Washington D.C. over the past 20 years, which is essential to keeping our program going. The motivation and intelligence he has demonstrated over the years convinces me that he is capable of meeting and excelling at a wide variety of challenges. His written work has demonstrated exceptional initiative, intellect, inventiveness, and resourcefulness. His participation in our program has been invaluable, especially his ability to contribute original insights, to raise significant questions, and to be receptive to others' ideas.
Norman exemplifies the combination of independence and responsibility, individuality and receptivity that I expect most employers would be please with.

K
Keith

Norm takes great pride in his work, constantly striving to better himself for the benefit of the students. He possesses superior critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities, both necessary for effective teaching. I worked with Norm for several years at the community college level, and I was impressed with his teaching skills and the marvelous rapport he developed with students. He worked tirelessly toward excellence, adding much needed support to a department top-heavy with composition courses and motivated international students. We all still miss him very much.

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