My teaching approach is Socratic, meaning I draw heavily on your hidden knowledge, eliciting that though careful guided questioning and dialogue. I further use a technique called "Devil's Advocate," wherein I take a position opposite to yours, uncovering your knowledge and passion for your subject while clarifying your own position. Clear thinking leads to clear writing no matter the subject. I am also very humorous and like nothing more than to take a tough subject or fears about your performance and turn them into something to make you smile and relax. After all, I firmly believe that there is no academic situation that can't be greatly improved by putting our two heads together and tackling problems head on!
I am a linguist, editor and writer with 25 years experience teaching mainly at the college level. I have taught hundreds of students in linguistics and ESL and professionally tutored a similar number in English literature, grammar, rhetoric and general essay writing. A specialty is preparing grad students for the challenge ahead and finally with the dissertation in my own and other fields. Further, I prepare resumes and covers for job seekers with a high success rate. A sample of my success is having taken a functionally illiterate student in a community college through to a graduate degree at Yale. So, I know what it takes!
There is a cancellation fee of 15 because I am a professional and I respect and value my time just as you do yours.
Mary Teresa Ryan
Teacher, Tutor, Editor, Writer
Work in College Education
2011 – Present Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics. The Education and Language Acquisition Department (ELA), LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.
Courses: Introduction to Language; Bilingualism; Writing for Non-Native Speakers.
Teach curriculum as well as remedial workshops on topics in linguistics and language. Development of linguistic games into apps. Advise student on academic choices and progress. Upbeat and humorous presentation of what can often be an abstract and technical subject in an entertaining multimedia manner, superlative faculty and student assessments. Expert in teaching live and remotely.
2014 – Present Senior Tutor. The Writing Center. LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.
As a language expert and linguists, provide tutoring for individual and small groups of predominantly multilingual and/or multiethnic students in English grammar, composition, literature, citation conventions and rhetoric, including as they pertain to the other non-English subjects taught at the college in a full-service, high-octane tutoring center. Present successful workshops in grammar, cultural issues and reading theory for the center and train new tutors. Advocate for students with cognitive disabilities, conducting special individual sessions tailored for their unique requirements. Committed to student emotional and academic support, helping to optimize accelerated academic performance. Live and remote sessions.
2011 -2013;2016-pres Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, CUNY.
Courses: Syntax; Multilingualism in the USA; Introduction to Linguistics; Analyzing Language, College Now. Excellent peer and student assessments. Live and remote classes on several platforms.
2018 - Present Editor. MSK Editorial Services. Full editorial, proofreading and writing consultation services. Current project: “Daniela’s Journey” (ghostwriting)/ D. Goltermann.
2013 – 2016 Editorial Consultant. Donald T. Beldock, New York, NY.
Edited the work of prolific novelist and playwright for publicatio
Ph.D. Coursework. M.A./Ph.D. Program in Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Completed: 79/75 credits.
Elected Committees: Professional Development; Colloquium
Research: A New Experimental Technique on the Interaction of Syntactic and Prosodic Sentence Processing in Reading. Data mining and analysis, academic research and technical writing skills.
M.A. in Linguistics. M.A./Ph.D. Program in Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Thesis: Uniting Competing Models of First Language Acquisition, a study on how the mind learns.
Elected Committees: Executive; Curriculum and Examinations.
B.A. in Linguistics. Department of Linguistics, Queens College, CUNY.
Majors: 1. Teaching English as Second Language; 2. Theoretical Linguistics.
Minor: Greek and Byzantine Studies/Modern Greek Language.
Honors: Humanities; Linguistics; Greek and Byzantine Studies.
Languages Studied: Spanish, Greek and French.
Scholarship: University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Founder: The Summer English Project, an innovative ESL program for undocumented immigrants in Queens. Collected data used to obtain major Federal grant for the Department which established The Community Language Project at Queens College.
Research Grants, PI: Experiment on Greek/English Bilingualism; The Summer English Program.
Consistently superlative faculty and student assessments.
Languages Studied: Spanish, French and Greek.
Member, Mensa, a society for the study and cultivation of intelligence for the betterment of the human condition.
I also hold certifications in online teaching and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).
I, Linda Croson, have been Mary Ryan's immediate supervisor at the LaGuardia Community College Writing Center and friend for seven years and know and appreciate her as a human-centered and remarkably effective and engaging educator. Not only is Mary very knowledgeable and intelligent, she is also patient, kind, (her warmth is contagious), and sensitive to the individual needs and experiences of learners. Our students blossom with her thoughtful and personalized guidance and deep understanding of the learning and writing processes. Indeed, many students are unwilling to work with anyone but Mary and wait patiently for her next availability. Mary's integrity, responsibleness, and profound commitment to learners is incontrovertible and inspiring.
Mary was my beloved linguistic professor during my first years in college. She is one of the smartest persons I know and very knowledgeable. Mary is dedicated to seeing her students learning and thriving, and for that, she will walk the extra mile with you. I highly recommend Mary for any project you need help with.
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