Tutor Portland CT From 7th grade through 12 grade.
This semester’s finish line is out there — and you can make it across! Let a friendly, upbeat coach help you boost your academic performance. In your home or at the library — or through Skype — Finish line tutoring can help you succeed with every one of your writing and reading assignments:
- Find winning study strategies that fit who you are
- Make a solid finish, even in courses you don’t really like
- Build endurance with better organization skills
Tutor Portland CT Services
College Prep & Honors English
- If challenging books and words or phrases like “analyze,” “thesis,” and “supporting evidence” are making your head spin, this is the point when a tutor can really help. As we discuss the books you are reading, we’ll practice using these terms until they begin to make sense. As we continue talking, you’ll surprise yourself with ideas for a paper. I’ll break your writing task into doable steps and back you up as you complete each one, letting you know what you’ve done right and what you need to do next. You’ll succeed before you know it!
Middle School English Language Arts
- Not sure you like reading? Don’t know what to write? Let me surprise you. With your teacher’s expectations in mind, our informal talks about what you are reading will bring out ideas you didn’t know you had. Then, step by step, I’ll back you up as you develop and write a paper. I’ve worked happily with students who “hate reading,” or who struggle with ADHD. Our teamwork will ensure progress!
AP Literature & Composition
- Not sure your work is good enough? Or worried that you have fallen behind? With your teacher’s expectations in mind, our discussions of the sophisticated readings you’ve been assigned will bring out ideas you didn’t know you had. Then we can find what is working in the writing you have done, and what you need to strengthen. You will be surprised at your progress!
AP Language & Composition
- Writing at the AP level requires attention not only to organization and development but also to knowing what is worth writing about. At the Joel Barlow HS Writing Center, I helped scores of bright students quickly see what they needed to do next to make their essays shine. Our discussions will bring out your strongest ideas and guide you to write clearly and comprehensively about them. Get ready to be proud of your work!
- How do you turn raw ideas and opinions into a thesis? How do you organize a paper so that it supports your thesis? How much detail is enough? We’ll discover your strengths and ideas as I guide you in developing your papers step-by-step. As you finish each step, I’ll let you know what you need to do next to turn your beliefs into strong, substantial papers. Surprise yourself with success!
- Poetry, drama, short story? As an actor, I’ll help you believe in your right to write freely and without self-criticism. Once you have raw material, I will guide you in strengthening your work through timing, rhythm, tension, word play, character development and more. Let your inner voice speak!
Writing In All Subjects
- From English to Humanities to Social Science to Science, first let’s talk about your teacher’s expectations. Then we can talk about course materials and the reactions and ideas that you might not know you have. With your ideas and opinions in mind, we will break your writing task into doable steps. As you complete each step, I will let you know what is working and why. You’ll have a good paper before you know it!
College App Essay
- As a writing coach who has worked with a range of college application essay writers from college prep to Honors to AP, I can help you build confidence by identifying your strengths — especially the ones you didn’t know you had. Together we will break the writing task into doable steps. As you complete each step, I’ll support you and let you know what you have to do next to construct a winning essay. Read my college application essay tips and consider the FinishLine Tutoring package deal covering all the sessions you need. Call 203-644-0387 for details.
Middle School Social Studies
- History may seem like it’s all in the past, but the past leads directly to the world we live in now. Geography lets you see how all the world’s people and places fit together on a single planet. And civics gives you an idea of how government works and how it affects us. Dates, places, facts and maps—they can all be overwhelming! I can help you sort it all out, organize what you need to know and put your own ideas into papers and projects—especially ideas you didn’t know you had!
United States History
- What happened in the past that influences how Americans think and feel today? Let me help you sort out names, dates and places so that you can find meaning and identify patterns in your reading. With your teacher’s expectations in mind, our conversations will clarify ideas you didn’t know you had. Then I’ll help you plan, write and edit a strong, substantial paper or presentation. You’ll be amazed at your test scores!
Advanced Placement History
- Are all the facts, dates and names in this course daunting? Or are you just not sure your work is good enough? Keeping your teacher’s expectations in mind, our discussion of the texts and original source materials you’ve been assigned will draw out and clarify your ideas. Then we can find what is working in the writing you have done, and what you need to strengthen. Our teamwork will get you across the finish line!
- Is history repeating itself? With your teacher’s expectations in mind, let me help you sort out names, dates and places so that you can find meaning and identify patterns in your reading. Our conversations will clarify your thinking and draw out ideas you didn’t know you had. Then I’ll help you plan, write and edit a strong, successful paper or presentation. Don’t be surprised when you make it across the finish line!
Drama & Theater
- As a New York actor and producer for ten years and having taught theater and produced performances at both the high school and middle school level, I’m confident that I can help you read, understand and appreciate plays, and/or improve your acting. I’ll guarantee we’ll have fun while we raise your grade!
College Prep to AP Psychology
- Lots of science in this course! Let me help you master the neurobiology while we also talk about human emotions and mental health. Once our discussions have brought out ideas you did not know you had, I’ll guide you in planning, writing and editing a solid paper or presentation. And our teamwork will raise your test scores!
College Prep to AP Sociology
- As a sociology major in college, I will enjoy helping you master the sometimes-confusing principles, concepts and terminology this course presents. As we talk, you’ll discover ideas and opinions you didn’t know you had. Then I’ll guide you in planning, writing and editing strong papers or presentations. Watch your grade go up!
United States Government
- One of my favorite subjects! Let me help you see how government is structured as we watch our state, local, and federal officials utilize their powers in the current crisis. Once our conversations have drawn out ideas you did not know you had, I’ll guide you in planning, writing and editing a successful paper or presentation. Our teamwork will get you across the finish line!
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JASON V. HOWARD
Jason V. Howard is a Connecticut Certified Teacher with over 15 years of classroom and tutoring experience, including at the renowned Joel Barlow High School Writing Center, Greenwich Education Group and Danbury Adult Education.
He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Theater from Whitman College and an MAT in Secondary English from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He has studied with the Connecticut Writing Project and has completed course work toward a Reading Certificate.
In addition to teaching English and Theater courses, he has tutored scores of students individually in a range of subjects: reading, writing, social studies, history, psychology , drama and more. His middle and high school students have included overachievers, underachievers and lots of students in the middle. Additionally, he taught at the Karafin School in Mt. Kisco, NY, serving students challenged by ADHD, other learning issues and by emotional factors. In addition to Skype, Mr. Howard is proficient in Zoom, Google Classroom and Google Meet, platforms most often used in educational settings. He is also familiar with curricula in most area middle and high schools.
Mr. Howard is also an ultra (longer than a marathon) runner, a running coach, and a volunteer with the Norwalk River Valley Trail. He has mentored a Bridgeport student for over 6 years, helping him gain admission to a more challenging high school and guiding him toward college and a career. He is the founder of Finish Line Tutoring.
About My Approach
My students have ranged from exceptionally talented AP literature, social science and science writers to the quiet kids, hoping just to find a thesis for the paper they have to write. Whether working at the high school or middle school level, I start reluctant writers with doable tasks that they can accomplish quickly, establishing right away that successes are within reach. Then I go on to coach, cajole, cheer, and prompt them across the finish line. At Joel Barlow High School, one student specifically requested to work with me on his required writing portfolio. When asked why, he said, “Because Mr. Howard won’t let me not do it.”
I also help skilled, young perfectionists relax, refine, reflect upon, and appreciate their own good work. Those at the AP and Honors level sometimes don’t know how close they are to meeting their teachers’ high expectations. They appreciate a listening ear as they struggle out loud to figure out their own thinking. Sometimes all that very bright students need is the confidence to argue convincingly for what they believe.
With reluctant readers, I take a similar approach. Once I learn what school-sponsored testing can tell us, I begin working one-on-one, aiming toward little wins. I ask the student to read a short piece and tell me what it said. My praise of the student’s insights demonstrates that success is within reach. Then I offer three or four short books to choose from, books that students at the same reading level have consistently loved. Even students who “hate” reading discover that some books are fun. Once we have established a pattern of student-chosen reading followed by successful discussion, the student begins to move from level to level.
My goal is to persuade all students regardless of level that practice and persistence will get them much farther than they ever imagined. The belief that persistence will pay off in some way develops slowly—as slowly as an ultra-marathoner trudging through the night to finish 100 miles on foot.