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Muhammad
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Muhammad
« Perfect! Ethan is a brilliant teacher who uses his tremendous strategies and excellent teaching capabilities to help his students score high marks in their exams. He has helped me in scoring 28/30 in both speaking and writing sections and achieve a target score of 100+ in the TOEFL exam. This, in turn, allowed me to apply to several dental universities that seemed arduous before I met him. I am fortunate to have found Ethan as my TOEFL tutor and a great reliable friend. I would recommend him to all those who plan on writing their TOEFL or ILETS exams because I know he will try his best to help you achieve the score you have been aiming for but have not been able to achieve. »
$45/h
1st lesson is free!
Profile and diploma verified
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Ethan
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at their home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
Levels
  • All Levels

Expert IELTS/TOEFL Instructor with 18 years' experience (British Council & Cambridge Certified)/ PhD, Online prep courses for IELTS 7+ & TOEFL 100+ (Skype, Google Duo, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Zoom)

Methodology

If you need expert help achieving your desired IELTS/TOEFL score, then I am the right tutor for you. During my 18-year career as a(n) IELTS/TOEFL instructor and ESL professor, I have successfully tutored hundreds of students, helping them achieve 7.0+ in IELTS and 100+ (25 and over in each skill) in their TOEFL exam (for some of the latest results, see the reviews below).

During our sessions, I will teach you the latest IELTS/TOEFL tips, tricks and strategies based on the training I have received from the British Council (the official administrator of IELTS) or the ETS (the official administrator of TOEFL). Through my feedback, you will gain insight into the examiner's mode of thinking and the kinds of mistakes you are making that affect your score. As your mentor, I will continue to support you until you feel completely prepared to ace the test!

At the start of our tutoring sessions, I will give you a customized course plan that could look like the following:

1- One-Week Crash Course (SP and WR scores of 7+/LIS and RE scores of 8+):
Ideal for IELTS candidates who need to boost their overall score by .5 to 1 point. Classes range from 2 to 4 hours a day depending on your needs and my availability.

2- Two-Week Intensive Prep (SP and WR scores of 7+/LIS and RE scores of 8+): Ideal for IELTS candidates who need to boost their overall score by 1 point. Classes range from 6 to 8 hours a week.

3- One-Month IELTS Prep (SP and WR scores of 7+/LIS and RE scores of 8+): Ideal for IELTS candidates who need to boost their overall score by more than 1 point or for those who are looking for a semi-intensive course experience. Classes typically range from 2 to 8 hours a week.

For TOEFL candidates, a customized course plan could look like the following:

1-Two-Week Intensive Prep (RE: 25+, LIS: 25+, SP: 25+, WR: 25+):
Ideal for TOEFL candidates who need a boost of 5 points or less in one or more than one skill. Classes are typically 6 hours a week.

2-One-Month TOEFL Prep (RE: 25+, LIS: 25+, SP: 25+, WR: 25+):
Ideal for TOEFL candidates who need a boost of 5 or more points in one or more than one skill. This option could also suit those who seek a semi-intensive course experience. Classes range from 2 to 8 hours a week.

If you are an ESL learner who is not planning to take any English exams but would like to improve your English language proficiency, I have just the right plan for you! My custom-made lessons and my choice of educational materials will help you improve your English in no time! Contact me for details.

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Background

I have taught ESL and international examinations such as IELTS and TOEFL for more than 18 years in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Currently, I am an ESL Professor and academic advisor in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sheridan College. Prior to this position, I taught at York University and Centennial College for around 5 years. I am also a PhD Candidate in Second Language Education at the University of Ottawa and hold IELTS, TOEFL and English teaching certifications (CELTA) from the British Council, the ETS and the University of Cambridge.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $ 45/h
Lessons offered by Ethan
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at their home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
Levels
  • All Levels

Ethan 's Resume

2018 - Present - ESL Professor and Academic Advisor, Sheridan College
2014 - 2018 - Sessional EAP and ELL Professor, Centennial College
2014 - 2018 - York University, Academic English Instructor
2009 - 2014 - Hermes Institute of Science and Technology- Chair of Academic Programs
2002 - 2009 - Various universities, colleges and language schools across Europe and the Middle East - IELTS and Academic English Instructor

Education:
2014 - 2019 - PhD in Second Language Education, University of Ottawa
2018 - British Council IELTS Teaching Certificate
2012 - University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
2007 - 2010 - Master of Arts in Second Language Education
2002 - 2006 - Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

The 29 reviews on Ethan
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Muhammad

Perfect! Ethan is a brilliant teacher who uses his tremendous strategies and excellent teaching capabilities to help his students score high marks in their exams. He has helped me in scoring 28/30 in both speaking and writing sections and achieve a target score of 100+ in the TOEFL exam. This, in turn, allowed me to apply to several dental universities that seemed arduous before I met him. I am fortunate to have found Ethan as my TOEFL tutor and a great reliable friend. I would recommend him to all those who plan on writing their TOEFL or ILETS exams because I know he will try his best to help you achieve the score you have been aiming for but have not been able to achieve.

Ethan 's response

When I first met Muhammad, he was very frustrated and confused with the results of his previous two TOEFL tests. Through an intensive plan that covered all four skills, we, firstly, transformed his essay organization and paragraph structure. We, then, did some listening and reading strategy training and addressed the mistakes he was making when answering the questions in these two sections. Finally, we practiced academic speaking strategies, which he very effectively applied to his answers during our speaking practice sessions. Congratulations on scoring 100+ (28 for SP and WR) in your TOEFL test, Muhammad! Very well-deserved!

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Habiba

Perfect! I had difficulty in the writing part of the IELTS test. After taking private classes from Ethan, my paragraph structures, supporting ideas and organizational skills have improved dramatically. I feel more confident in my writing skills and my essays now look so professional, concise and comprehensible. I highly recommend him for those who are willing to improve their writing skills to the next level.

Ethan 's response

It's been a pleasure working with Dr. Habiba, and I'm happy to report that her essay writing has improved significantly after only 5 sessions. Her strength to me as her IELTS tutor is the quality of her sentence structure which enabled me to focus specifically on improving her method of support for her main points in each paragraph. Subsequently, working on her essay organization was a very smooth process. I'm very optimistic about her IELTS test results once the IELTS centres re-open. Good luck with your IELTS test, Dr. Habiba!

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Lambert

Perfect! I must say he is definitely the best IELS teacher you could find in Toronto. I at first planned to have some face to face classes with him, but due to the epidemic, I was trapped in china so we decided to have some online classes through skype. To be honest, I wasn't expect too much since I don't trust online courses. However, after have taken 11 private writing classes with him, now I can see a huge improvement in my writing. I must say he knows what he is doing and always trys to make it better. He can easily find mistakes in my writing and pinpoint it accurately. In one word, he deserves his price and if you want to get a quick improve, please take no hesitation and contact him immediately.

Ethan 's response

Lambert is one of the most resilient and hard-working students I have worked with. Once we were done with his essay structure, we realized we needed to continue improving his sentence structure. This does not come easily and requires a lot of time and effort. He wrote a good number of essays himself. We also wrote together in class, specifically targeting his sentence structure mistakes and his ways of supporting his main points. After much hard work, we realize we have come a long way since our first session! Great job, Lambert and good luck with your IELTS test!

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Jasmine

Perfect! Ethan is a very professional and responsible instructor. He helped me with improving IELTS writing skill and provided me with all the useful feedback. I enjoyed taking his classes and have gained more confidence with my writing skill. I would definitely recommend his class to anyone who is struggling with IELTS.

Ethan 's response

Jasmine is a very creative writer. What I enjoyed most about her essays was the fact that she combined the writing techniques I taught her in class with her creative writing style to produce amazing essays! Great job, Jasmine!

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Niloofar

Perfect! I had a class with Ethan for two months and I progressed a lot in my essay writing and speaking. The essays that I write now are more organized and have less errors. In speaking, I talk with more confidence and more fluently. I recommend him to anyone who wants to improve his/her English.

Ethan 's response

Niloofar was able to improve not only her essay structure and paragraph organization, but also her sentence structure in our classes. We wrote a good number of essays together and at the end, we noticed a huge difference in her quality of support for her main points in each paragraph. Well done, Niloofar!

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Anmolpreet

Perfect! My learning experience with Ethan has been excellent. He is a vastly knowledgeable, organized and dedicated teacher, his techniques and attention to detail are second to none. I connected with Ethan hoping to improve my writing score in the IELTS exam. After only a few classes, I feel that the quality of my essays has improved significantly, I have become familiar with the various essay types and learned several strategies to structure my essays better. I highly recommend him to everyone who wants to improve in English.

Ethan 's response

As Anmolpreet and I approach the end of our sessions, it brings me great joy to read his essays. He now writes well-structured and well-organized essays with relevant, fully extended and well-supported ideas expressed throughout. There is no doubt in my mind that he can get a score of 7 and above in his writing once the IELTS test centres open. Good luck, Anmolpreet!

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Romina

Perfect! As an educator, I admire his attitude and techniques. Throughout our online classes, Ethan has made essay structure and language clear and has certainly improved my overall essay writing and understanding of different topics in good detail. He is knowledgeable and his recommendations were really helpful for my progress.

Ethan 's response

Romina's writing style is sophisticated which makes her sound creative and sharp-minded. What we had to do during our sessions was to improve her overall essay structure and paragraph organization. We also worked on resolving her lexical ambiguity which led to improved sentence structure in her writing. I really enjoy reading her essays now! Great job, Romina!

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Leila

Perfect! Ethan leads interesting and helpful lessons and I have learned something new every time. He has helped me with my general language, while helping to improve my IELTS exam techniques. We have had a variety of lessons to practise IELTS techniques to ensure I used the correct language. Particularly, my weaknesses were improved including writing and reading skills. Most of our classes were online which worked very smoothly for me as well.

Ethan 's response

The challenge Leila and I had was improving her general English language proficiency while practicing the use of IELTS techniques and strategies. In the past couple of months, through intensive online sessions, her general English has improved significantly. Her writing has become better organized and her grammatical accuracy has increased dramatically. I am very optimistic about her future IELTS exam results. Good luck, Leila!

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Simon

Perfect! No comparison. Ethan taught me writing and speaking for ielts. Firstly, I learned how differently I should write an essay according to the types of the question. He explained it so clearly with model essays that I could understand perfectly. Secondly, I learned how to improve my speaking. He analysed my speaking, figured out the weak points and gave me some tips. I am sure that I will get a higher score because now I know what my problems are and I am practicing efficiently. In addition, we used Skype because we live in different cities. In my opinion, the online lesson was awesome because of screen sharing and chatting. With the help of those functions, I could see what and how he was correcting, which was effective and time-saving. Even though I cannot take the exam due to the outbreak of the corona virus, I feel prepared and confident. I will mark 7.0 or higher in those two areas. Thank you, Ethan.

Ethan 's response

Thinking about Simon's progress in our 20 hours of online classes brings me joy! Firstly, all elements of his essay writing improved, including his sentence structure, paragraph organization and essay structure. I, in particular, lauded his usage of excellent examples to fully support his main ideas. His speaking also became significantly more fluent and coherent by the end of our classes. I very much look forward to hearing about his IELTS exam results once the test centres open. Good luck, Simon!

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Richard

Perfect! Ethan is a great teacher; I scheduled six sessions with him to get the score I need for immigration. I need 8877 and eventually I got 9 8.5 7.5 7.5. At the first Ethan helped me to improve my writing from 6.5 to 7.5 and taught me speaking techniques as well. I took 4 exams in total and all of them were better than what I had at the first time. Ethan is very diligent and warm-hearted, he always respond to my questions on a timely manner and even help me to making a customized plan to enhance my weakness. I strongly recommend him.

Ethan 's response

I have seldom seen a learner achieve Richard's brilliant IELTS scores during my career! In our writing classes, we worked on his overall essay structure while focusing on techniques that could help him get a higher writing score. He meticulously analyzed his mistakes and ensured that his sentence and paragraph structure improved every time. For his speaking, we practiced strategies that helped him improve his coherence and the organization of his ideas. Congratulations on getting an IELTS score of 8.5 (Lis: 8.5, Re: 9, Wr: 7.5, Sp: 7.5)! Amazing!

7 recommendations

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Obadah

Ethan is one of the best IELTS teachers I have ever seen. After just a few classes, my essays improved significantly with Ethan’s organized plan. He always gave me great feedback on each part and I have learnt from my mistakes. I definitely recommend him!

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Missiny

I took private Grade 12 English lessons from July 2019 to December 2019 with Ethan. My lessons were very productive as Ethan is professional and helped me improve my English and my knowledge of English literature. My final grade was an amazing 88%.

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Neshat

Ethan is a great teacher who motivates you to get good results in your IELTS test. Thanks to him, every part of the test became clear to me. He also encouraged me to believe in my abilities and to have the confidence to do well in the speaking section. I got these results in my IELTS test. Thanks a million Ethan!
Speaking: 7.5, Writing: 7, Reading: 8, Listening: 7

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Einas

Ethan is a talented and gifted person who delivers information in a way that is very easy to connect with and understand. He is currently teaching me Grade 12 English which I am taking online. Despite the difficulty of the course mentioned, he keeps encouraging me to go ahead. He deserves all the respect and appreciation because he is my best teacher ever. My progress in English till now has been because of him.

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Basak

I took IELTS lessons from Ethan for 2 months and I can definitely say that he helped me by improving my writing and speaking skills. He has a good knowledge in IELTS technics, he gives very good recommendations and feedbacks that increases one's ability in English. My final results from IELTS are Listening - 9, Reading - 9, Speaking 7.5 and Writing 7.
Ethan is a really great teacher!

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Pinar

I had a chance to get tutoring for IELTS from Ethan and he is one of the best teacher I have ever seen. He loves his job and you can understand that teaching is his passion and this makes him a great teacher. He always ensures that the student understood even he has to repeat a couple of times. I have never felt stressed with him and enjoyed our lessons.

Thanks to him I was successfull in IELTS.

Pinar

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Parastoo

Ethan is an amazing teacher. He motivates you, he encourages you and he leads you to achieve your goal. I highly recommend him as to put is simply, he knows what he is doing and he knows all your strengths and your weaknesses.

I had all my 4 skills with him, and it was a great experience as during my classes I learnt how to write finally (lol), how to effectively read a passage in a timely manner, how to focus and concentrate on a subject in my speaking test, and how to listen and find the key words for my listening exam. Here are my IELTS scores:

Speaking: 7, Listening: 8.5, Reading: 8.5, Writing: 7.5. Overall: 8

Yay Ethan!

Ethan 's interview

QUESTION 01 | 05
When and why did you develop an interest in your chosen field?
Ethan — When I was six years old, my family and I moved to the U.K., and as a result, I naturally picked up English in school. This experience made me interested in the process of Second Language Acquisition later on in my life. When learning a second language, your whole person is involved; various regions of the brain, a wide range of emotions, your motivation, and a whole host of socio-cultural factors are at work that lead to the mastery of a second language.
QUESTION 02 | 05
What makes you passionate about your subject?
Ethan — IELTS opens doors, creates opportunities and helps newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian society. IELTS also enables international students to function effectively in their future college or university programs. It is beautiful to play a small role in the future success of new Canadians.
QUESTION 03 | 05
What do you like about tutoring? What makes you a "Superprof"?
Ethan — The fact that I can help make positive change in my students' lives makes me very passionate about tutoring. Seeing my students' success is the most rewarding aspect of my job. I think my qualifications and experience are an essential part of being a "Superprof", but more importantly, my positive attitude toward teaching and my dedication to student success make me a real "Superprof"!
QUESTION 04 | 05
Do you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Ethan — When I was doing my master's, my psychology professor's passion for the subject matter, his curiosity for learning and his care for his students really rubbed off on me. I think these are important qualities that a teacher needs to possess to be effective in their role.
QUESTION 05 | 05
What are your keys to success?
Ethan — Being open to new experiences, having a clear vision of the future and persevering in the face of hardship.

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