While I hold other jobs, I am writer, freelance editor/proofreader, and tutor. I tutor a wide range of ages: children, teenagers, college/graduate students and adults. I try to help the student learn how to learn the material, through using mnemonics, looking for patterns, associating new material with ideas already learned, and providing background information on the topic. I also like to employ the Socratic method to make the student realize how much he or she already knows and challenge the student to make the next conceptual step in learning. I try to get to know a student's particular learning style--visual, auditory, verbal--and accommodate it.
I first tutored over 25 years ago, helping my friend pass the math exam required to graduate from Maryland public high schools. A few years ago, he told me (with some exaggeration, I assume!) that the day he learned that he passed the exam was the happiest day of his life. I began tutoring regularly in college, and have since tutored close to twenty students in English (including ESL), reading, phonics, spelling, Hebrew, American and world history, and arithmetic. In particular, my ESL and Hebrew students have told me that I helped them considerably in mastering the language.
Private Tutor, Boston and Brookline, MA (1998-present)
Helped adults and children learn ESL, academic writing, reading comprehension, spelling, Hebrew, and American and world history
Freelance Editor/Proofreader, Greenbelt, MD; Boston and Brookline, MA (1997-present)
Help clients improve their professional, academic, and creative writing
Edited informational pamphlet for the Greater Boston Shatnez Laboratory
Research Associate/Supervisor, ORC International, Boston, MA (2005-2016)
Proofread, edited, and wrote qualitative and quantitative reports and proposals
Coded and wrote code lists for categorizing open-ended survey comments
Tested web surveys before live deployment
Trained new associates
Supervised and liaised with client on special inbound phone project
Wrote bios of some of my colleagues for company website
Conducted online research as needed
Instructor, Brookline Community Center for the Arts, Brookline, MA (2004-5)
Taught poetry workshop with weekly lesson focusing on particular elements of craft while also critiquing students’ poems
Tutor, University of Maryland Writing Center, College Park, MD (1995-1997)
Self-published three poetry collections, Minutes From A One-Man Meeting (2016), Mystical Symphony (2019), and The Account (2021), as well as a business writing guide, Topline, Bottom Line (2017)
Poems published in several magazines including The Baltimore Review, The Lyric, The Eunoia Review, Literary Imagination, and The Penwood Review, and on the websites Helium and HubPages
Book reviews published in The Beacon Street Review, Poet Lore, Helium, and HubPages
Essays and articles published in the Greenbelt News Review, The Jewish Advocate, Shalom! Magazine, Helium, and HubPages
Guest Lecturer, Torah Academy, Brookline, MA (2010)
Spoke to 8th grade boys’ English class on the history of the English language and the role of connotation in word choice
ESL Conversation Host, Friends of the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA (1997-2001)
Helped non-native English-speakers improve their English by leading conversation groups
Staff; Head Reader; Poetry Editor, The Beacon Street Review, Boston, MA (1997-1999)
Read and evaluated poetry submissions
Tabulated readers’ scores for submissions
Selected submissions for publication and helped arrange their position in magazine
Member, Greenbelt Writers Group, Greenbelt, MD (1995-1997)
Edited first anthology of members’ work, Genius Loci
Wrote press releases and a feature article for local newspaper on group activities
Master of ceremonies for monthly open readings
Volunteer Hebrew Tutor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1995-1996)
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Emerson College, Boston, MA (1999)
Graduated with 4.00 GPA
Received Emerging Writer Award
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1997)
Graduated summa cum laude
Received Henrietta Spiegel Award for creative writing
Trilingual: proficient in French and Hebrew
Perfect! Robert was of great help to review and comment on my writings, giving suggestions on how to improve vocabulary and grammar. He has an accurate eye for even minor mistakes. As he speaks other languages, he's able to grasp issues a non-native has in English.
Tiago is a diligent, dedicated student, and very bright. I was quite impressed by his English and writing skills; his writing is imaginative, colorful, well-structured, and grammatically and mechanically correct, with a strong voice. His one weak spot so far is vocabulary, which he is aware of--although it's not as much of a weakness as he initially thought, and he is eager to improve.
Robert was consistently reliable, helpful, and creative in his teaching methods. I found him to be an excellent tutor who worked towards creating a lesson plan geared towards my strengths and spent extra energy on figuring out what connected material would be most interesting in order to maximize my learning.
Robert has been my English tutor for five years. First of all, he is an excellent tutor for conversation. When I came to the US, I was not good at speaking English, and was afraid of having conversation with Americans, who spoke so fast without taking care of my ability of English. But I find that Robert is so kind and approachable. Robert speaks English so clear, and he listens to me carefully and corrects my English moderately. His gentle character makes him a tutor like a friend. Also, his thoughtful expressions and profound knowledge make a conversation enjoyable. Speaking English with him is beneficial and fun.
Second, I believe that his strongest point is editing English. I have had some professional editors before I found Robert, but among them he is simply the best. Robert can provide a high quality of editing service, not only because he has a professional reading skill supported by his education and experience, but also because his broad knowledge and academic mind enable him to follow the argument even on the doctoral level. So far, Robert has edited my papers about politics, history, religion, and philosophy. He usually understands the argument first, and then points out the grammatical errors. I’m satisfied with his work. For he is not a mere editor who improves the quality of my English; moreover, his comments and suggestions educate me how to write English and how to think like English speaking people.
I have already introduced Robert to some of my friends. All of them are satisfied with his ability as a tutor and impressed with his gentleness. I recommend him as an English tutor both to the beginners and to the one who needs a tutor for advanced level.
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