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My aptitude and love for tutoring finds its roots in twenty five years of homeschooling. Beyond teaching my own seven children, I have tutored outside my home, served in the role of curriculum writer, support group leader, and director of various learning co-operatives, all designed to engage students in the learning process. Viewing every student as a unique individual, I am willing to customize the tutoring experience in order to make it both productive and enjoyable.
I enjoy helping students develop their ability to organize and communicate their thoughts through writing, believing the art of "wordsmithing" is an essential means to educational accomplishment. After a 30 year hiatus, I recently finished my Bachelor's Degree, graduating summa cum laude. That experience served as a refresher in college level writing and has further enhanced my ability to prepare students for the requirements and rigors of higher level writing.
Thankfully, my home tutoring has seen success. One of my children graduated valedictorian; another graduated salutatorian and received his bachelor's degree as a writing literature major, going on to be a published writer. Another won a college scholarship based on her submitted essay.
A parent of one of my tutored students comments: "I was very pleased with Rebecca. She really loves her job and was really dedicated to teaching my son. She has met and exceeded my expectations. If I were a teacher, I would give her an A plus."
I am an experienced teacher of all K-6 subjects, having taught all seven of my children for the past twenty five years. Creating meaningful lessons that ignite the learning process is my goal.
I am an AFAA certified fitness trainer and group fitness instructor with a blackbelt in Taekwondo. I have instructed all ages and all fitness levels, including kickboxing and kid boot camps. Personal fitness is a way of life, and it is my joy to motivate and meet the particular fitness needs of my students.
A lack of basic grammatical skills impairs a person's ability to write well. Tutoring sessions are geared to strengthen writing by strengthening grammar and include 1) trouble-shooting by addressing areas of weakness in a student's current writing samples, and 2) employing top-notch resource material to establish a sure knowledge of important grammar rules.
A strong foundation in phonics sets the stage for strong reading skillls. Sing, Spell, Read, and Write is a phonics program par excellence which I use in grounding children in phonics. Tutoring sessions include learning sound/letter correspondence, short and long vowel sounds, and consonant blending...taught in a fun and meaningful way. Early on, children will be reading fully-decodable story books with single-, short-vowel words.
Tutoring sessions focus on specific strategies and tips for both the PSAT writing and reading sections that can greatly improve scores. The mother of a current SAT-tutored student writes, "When my son got in the car after meeting with you, he said, 'Mom, I'm not saying this just to be nice, but working with her is REALLY helping! I learned a LOT from her, and I'm not just saying that. I really mean it.' WoooHOOOO! THANK YOU, Rebecca!!"
Tutoring sessions focus on specific strategies and tips for the SAT reading section that can greatly improve scores. The mother of a current SAT-tutored student writes, "When my son got in the car after meeting with you, he said, 'Mom, I'm not saying this just to be nice, but working with her is REALLY helping! I learned a LOT from her, and I'm not just saying that. I really mean it.' WoooHOOOO! THANK YOU, Rebecca!!"
Tutoring sessions focus on specific strategies and tips for both the essay and writing section that can greatly improve SAT scores. The mother of a current SAT-tutored student writes, "When my son got in the car after meeting with you, he said, 'Mom, I'm not saying this just to be nice, but working with her is REALLY helping! I learned a LOT from her, and I'm not just saying that. I really mean it.' WoooHOOOO! THANK YOU, Rebecca!!"
In the academic setting, the litmus test of good writing is whether it concentrates on ideas and information. The communication of ideas and information should be simple, free of clutter, clear and specific. Incorporating high quality vocabulary and utilizing correct grammar are also important to the final product. Each of these components are addressed in each writing session.
Great tutor!! — My daughter enjoys the lessons with Rebecca very much. She is looking forward to seeing her every week. I read the school writing assignment that they were working on together last week, and I was so impressed how well it was written. Without Rebecca's help, my daughter wouldn't be able to make the assignment interesting and beautiful like that. I'm sure she'll get a better grade this year. Thanks ...
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