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Laurel T.

Queen Creek, AZ

$35/hr

Effective, patient tutor skilled in reading, math, grammar and writing

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Effective, patient tutor skilled in reading, math, grammar and writing

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Over 10 years experience of one-on-one teaching & tutoring. I am familiar with and have utilized many curricula. My research and hands on experience with different learning styles has spanned 10+ years. My philosophy is that a student must be excited about what they are learning in order to succeed. Traditional teaching methods utilized in the classroom do not work for every child, and it is my responsibility as an educator to find what works for EVERY student.

My passion for teaching was ignited when I decided to forsake a career away from home and homeschool my two children. I planned to homeschool them through 6th grade, but we were having such success I have continued through middle and high school.

My own students have consistently scored in the top national percentile of the Stanford 10 Norm-Referenced Test, and have scored in the 8-9 national stanine. We have reached this success, not by preparing for standardized tests, but by absorbing the skills and concepts necessary to be successful learners.

I graduated in the top of my high school class and attended Arizona State University. At that time, I did not know teaching would be my calling. I have learned in teaching that there is something out there that works for every student. Those students only need to be given the opportunity to find what lights the fire within them.

I am highly skilled in writing, reading and phonics. I love to teach spelling and grammar, and know how to make it clear and easy. I write children's books, and have had poetry and articles published online.

I also teach basic math through Pre Algebra.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Tina, Chandler Heights, AZ on 12/12/14
Laurel replied on 12/16/2014

Tina's son is a pleasure. He is the perfect example of a brilliant child who just needs to learn how to shine! I always look forward to my sessions with him!

"Highly recommend "

- Karli, Gilbert, AZ on 5/10/14
Laurel replied on 5/11/2014

Karli,
The girls are so smart and so well behaved, it would be nearly impossible for them not succeed. I love our sessions, and am so excited to see them learn that they are capable of great things. I can't wait to see how they progress over the summer. Thank you for trusting me to work with your darling daughters!

"Laurel is a great tutor and my daughter loves going to see her"

- Denise, Queen Creek, AZ on 5/10/14
Laurel replied on 5/11/2014

Denise,
Your daughter makes my job very easy! I love to see kids come out of their shell and realize their potential! I can't wait to continue to watch her grow and gain the confidence she is so worthy of.

"Amazing tutor!"

- Kelly, Queen Creek, AZ on 2/26/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Amber, Chandler Heights, AZ on 1/25/14

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Jody, Mesa, AZ on 1/17/14

"Great Tutor"

- Greg, Queen Creek, AZ on 1/16/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Physical Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have homeschooled my own children through middle school and am currently homeschooling a high school student. I have privately taught and tutored students for 10 years in elementary education. I specialize in phonics and reading, but also have tutored students in basic math through Pre-Algebra, elementary science, test prep, language skills, and writing.

Elementary Math

Privately tutoring in the East Valley has allowed me to become very familiar with the different schools' math curriculum.

I have worked with nearly every public and charter school math program, and incorporate my own resources to help supplement student's needs.

Elementary Science

I have taught complete science courses during my years of teaching and tutoring. My experience includes Earth Science, General Science, Physical Science, and Biology. I participated in a science co-op for over 3 years, and conducted many hands on experiments.

Grammar

Years of teaching grammar has helped me discover tips and tricks that are sure to help any student.

I know how to make grammar apply to real life situations, so that it makes sense.

Phonics

I completed two years of extensive research on phonics programs. I have privately taught students for 10 years utilizing a method that provides quick results and does not focus on rote memorization, which hurts reading skills in the long run. My students have all excelled in reading, grammar and spelling, which I incorporate into my phonics program. I teach phonics through games and use materials that the students find engaging and fun.

Prealgebra

I have taught complete pre-algebra courses for over two years. I am familiar with and utilize curriculum that works for each different learning style. My patience with students as they learn these math concepts allows them to gain confidence and achieve success.

Reading

I have helped many students become better and more confident readers. I do not overwhelm with rules and rote memorization.

I prefer to teach the art of language and understand that every child progresses at their own pace. Forcing too much too soon can impair a child's reading. I know how to find the balance and work at a pace suited to each student's needs.

Study Skills

Years of working with all different learning styles has prepared me in the art of study skills.

Studying is about discipline, and anyone can learn to study well with the right tools and techniques.

I can help by finding what will work best for each student. I make sure each student is accountable for the work they put into studying.

Writing

I have had some poetry published along with online articles. I ran a personal letter writing business for several years and for fun I write children's picture books and young adult novels. I plan on pursuing publication in the near future.

Laurel’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Laurel. View all of Laurel’s resources

I am running into a multitude of families whose teachers and schools are recommending their children be held back a grade. After working with most of these students, I find they are on track academically, and perhaps really only lacking confidence. Are any of you seeing this same trend? Why do you think this is becoming the norm? It is mostly occurring at the elementary level.

I can't think of many things more rewarding than getting a call from a student only to be informed she finished the year with an A in math!!! Bittersweet of course . . .as she no longer needs me, but so fulfilling to know I played a role in her success. What do you do when you help a student reach their goal?

Arizona State University
psychology

Education

Arizona State University (psychology)

Wonderful Tutor — We have used Laurel for several sessions and our son has enjoyed this time. It is great to have one-on-one attention for the areas where he struggles. She is very good at doing different things during the hour that keeps him attentive. Our son is starting to feel confident in his work, and asks questions when he doesn't understand. We would highly recommend Laurel for tutoring. UPDATE: We are now ...

— Tina, Chandler Heights, AZ on 12/12/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laurel will travel within 20 miles of Queen Creek, AZ 85140.


About Laurel

Over 10 years experience of one-on-one teaching & tutoring. I am familiar with and have utilized many curricula. My research and hands on experience with different learning styles has spanned 10+ years. My philosophy is that a student must be excited about what they are learning in order to succeed. Traditional teaching methods utilized in the classroom do not work for every child, and it is my responsibility as an educator to find what works for EVERY student.

My passion for teaching was ignited when I decided to forsake a career away from home and homeschool my two children. I planned to homeschool them through 6th grade, but we were having such success I have continued through middle and high school.

My own students have consistently scored in the top national percentile of the Stanford 10 Norm-Referenced Test, and have scored in the 8-9 national stanine. We have reached this success, not by preparing for standardized tests, but by absorbing the skills and concepts necessary to be successful learners.

I graduated in the top of my high school class and attended Arizona State University. At that time, I did not know teaching would be my calling. I have learned in teaching that there is something out there that works for every student. Those students only need to be given the opportunity to find what lights the fire within them.

I am highly skilled in writing, reading and phonics. I love to teach spelling and grammar, and know how to make it clear and easy. I write children's books, and have had poetry and articles published online.

I also teach basic math through Pre Algebra.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Tina, Chandler Heights, AZ on 12/12/14
Laurel replied on 12/16/2014

Tina's son is a pleasure. He is the perfect example of a brilliant child who just needs to learn how to shine! I always look forward to my sessions with him!

"Highly recommend "

- Karli, Gilbert, AZ on 5/10/14
Laurel replied on 5/11/2014

Karli,
The girls are so smart and so well behaved, it would be nearly impossible for them not succeed. I love our sessions, and am so excited to see them learn that they are capable of great things. I can't wait to see how they progress over the summer. Thank you for trusting me to work with your darling daughters!

"Laurel is a great tutor and my daughter loves going to see her"

- Denise, Queen Creek, AZ on 5/10/14
Laurel replied on 5/11/2014

Denise,
Your daughter makes my job very easy! I love to see kids come out of their shell and realize their potential! I can't wait to continue to watch her grow and gain the confidence she is so worthy of.

"Amazing tutor!"

- Kelly, Queen Creek, AZ on 2/26/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Amber, Chandler Heights, AZ on 1/25/14

"Fantastic Tutor!"

- Jody, Mesa, AZ on 1/17/14

"Great Tutor"

- Greg, Queen Creek, AZ on 1/16/14
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Education

Arizona State University
psychology

Education

Arizona State University (psychology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Queen Creek, AZ 85140

Laurel’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Physical Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Laurel’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Laurel. View all of Laurel’s resources

I am running into a multitude of families whose teachers and schools are recommending their children be held back a grade. After working with most of these students, I find they are on track academically, and perhaps really only lacking confidence. Are any of you seeing this same trend? Why do you think this is becoming the norm? It is mostly occurring at the elementary level.

I can't think of many things more rewarding than getting a call from a student only to be informed she finished the year with an A in math!!! Bittersweet of course . . .as she no longer needs me, but so fulfilling to know I played a role in her success. What do you do when you help a student reach their goal?


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