Good Marks Tutoring

Good Marks Tutoring

Tutoring in the greater Bethesda area. All subjects, general or specific; SATs, ACTs, study skills, organization skills, time management. Any age.

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[06/12/19]   Congratulations to one of my former tutoring students, Justin Carboni, on being named as an Honorable Mention to The Washington Post All-Met baseball team this year!

[07/13/18]   What are the benefits of thoroughly learning the English language, its grammar, its nuances, its idioms? Enjoy:

A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.

A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.

Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.”

A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.

Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.

A question mark walks into a bar?

A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.

Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out -- we don't serve your type."

A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall but hoping to nip it in the bud.

A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.

Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.

A synonym strolls into a tavern.

At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar -- fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.

A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute little sentence fragment.

Falling slowly, softly falling, the chiasmus collapses to the bar floor.

A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.

An allusion walks into a bar, despite the fact that alcohol is its Achilles heel.

The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.

A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned a man with a glass eye named Ralph.

The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.

A dyslexic walks into a bra.

A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.

An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.*

A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.

A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar and the bartender nearly chokes on the irony.

*(The next morning, the Oxford comma wakes up, tries to figure out how a television could drink and smoke, and wonders why last night was so confusing.)

The very existence of “Grammer Hell” is one of the reasons why I started Good Marks Tutoring. How many “hellish” mistakes can you find?
(Thank you, Adam Morell, for the cartoon.)

[01/20/17]   I have always said that being a tutor helps keep a roof over my head, food on my table, clothes on my back and gets the bills paid. It is a job, but it is a job that I love and an email I received to day from a parent of one of the kids that I tutor is the #1 reason why I love what I do.

"on a day where we're all looking for a ray of sunshine, T______ received an A on his last two math tests. I think this is a first. Thanks for being a great tutor and mentor."

There is no amount of money equal to the feeling of getting an email like this!

--Good Marks Tutoring

[08/24/16]   Montgomery County Public Schools start on Monday August 29th. Prince George's County Public Schools started on Tuesday August 23rd. You have bought the school supplies, the clothes, the calculator, the pens; but have you bought the investment in a tutor to help your child reach his/her full academic potential?

[06/21/16]   The intangible benefits of hiring a tutor are numerous, but every now and then a clear, tangible, ROI result shows up. One of the students I was working with on SAT prep exceeded his goals on his scores. We spent 10-15 lessons together working solely on the SATs. The student has been accepted at the college of his choice and has a $15,000/year scholarship each year to attend based, in part, on his SAT scores. As the father pointed out to me, "I wouldn't mind getting that kind of return on everything I invested in."

Sometimes it really is possible to quantify investing in a tutor for your children!

[04/22/16]   As a tutor, there are always times when I wonder if I'm actually helping the students I work with each week, or if they are just putting up with me for the hour or two a week that they have to sit with me. Fortunately, there are measurable results available out there to occasionally let me know. A test result... a grade... things like that. This week was especially rewarding in the tangible results department as three of my students made Honor Roll for the third marking period. I'm delighted and proud of their achievements!

[11/06/15]   Okay, yes I tutor to pay the bills, keep a roof over my head and put food on the table. But feedback like this from the families I tutor is worth more than any amount of money. I may not retire a billionaire... but when I learn about results like this, I know I am a very wealthy person and I love what I do!

"Hi Mark, a positive note for your weekend — ******'s presentation was an “A”. Thanks so much for your help. ******* and I were saying yesterday that to listen to you is almost like listening to a recording of what we tell ******. We appreciate your calm professional approach to ******’s apathy; he obviously
respects you.

Have a good weekend."

[10/22/15]   Just got the results from one of my students I was tutoring for the SATs. The goal was to get him over 1300 combined math and verbal and over 2,000 total. Results: Math: 710, Verbal: 660 (1370-combined), Writing: 700. Total: 2,070. A job well-done... but, as always, the bulk of the credit goes to the student. He did the work; I was merely the guide.

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