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My name is Eleanor. I specialize in writing, reading and study skills for students from elementary school through college. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I can cure the homework BLAHS. I can change a student's "I don't want to" or "I can't do this" to "I've already got it done. It was easy." I can make homework both fun and exacting. I can teach students study skills to use all the way from pre-school to the last period on the last page of their college thesis! I am a friendly person who actually enjoyed college, was a perfectionist in business and teaching, and have taught my own 3 children how much fun reading, writing, and good study skills can be.
I have extensive academic and real world experience with the written word. I have a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature, and a Bachelor's Degree in English. These degrees entailed years of reading, analyzing and writing about literature. My master's thesis won an award in the thesis of the year category at my university. I graduated with a B.A. Magna cum Laude and an M.A. Summa cum Laude.
Thereafter, I spent nearly 25 years writing legal documents as a paralegal, and I have spent the past 11 years as a teaching assistant at our local elementary schools, building students' reading and writing skills one-to-one. I know what teachers want. I know what state guidelines require. I also have years of experience utilizing homework study skill techniques with my own 3 children, now in elementary and high school. I have taken numerous studies skills classes, and I am qualified to train others in this field.
I can teach your child to write clear, concise research-based papers, personal opinion essays, and creative narrative, all within MLA guidelines. Reading comprehension is a particular specialty. I have coached my own three children through school, and my eldest through our local gifted student program. He is now an honors student headed for law school. I have truly enjoyed teaching children to read and write, both at school and at home. I teach them to think critically and to express themselves on paper, using sophisticated writing techniques and their own unique personalities as tools. I am confident that I can teach your child to read thoughtfully and to write well.
Children always respond well to me. I know how to speak their language, and to keep them interested in what they need to accomplish. I make sure that they learn to do all of this by themselves, with a firm foundation in spelling, grammar, vocabulary, organized ideas, research citations and proofreading. I know how to make work fun and precise at the same time, creating a lifelong positive attitude toward classwork and homework.
I have also worked extensively with students who have A.D.D., with substantial study skill and focus problems. I can easily teach both students and parents the simple but consistent steps to overcome this homework roadblock, to get the work done efficiently and stress-free, to allow for more relaxing family time in the evenings, which is so important for these families.
I also have a great deal of experience with high school and college homework "overload", and the simple efficiency tricks to master time management, a skill which will follow a student into the workplace.
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I received a degree in child development several years ago, which included training in ADD/ADHD education. Approximately 50% of my 29 students have learning disabilities. One example: Three years ago I was hired as a tutor for a child diagnosed with ADHD, who had gone through public and private schools for K through 2nd, and had learned almost nothing, due to his severe disability. I have worked with him now for 3 years, successfully getting him caught up. He is now functioning above grade level, making great use of his savant memory, which no one knew he had, previously. The family has asked me to stay on, throughout his entire education through high school. This is just one example of many.
I earned a degree in child development several years ago, and thus took many classes in developmental disabilities. Over the years, I have had several tutoring students diagnosed with Asperger's. For example, I was hired to guide one Asperger's child through all subjects in home school, as a tutor in conjunction with the California Board of Education. He had been expelled from public school. We worked through 7th, 8th and 9th grades successfully. We used a tried and true system of time breaks and reward points, in order to get through his emotional breakdowns. He was then ready to return to public school with self-confidence. I also guided another very shy boy with Asperger's, for several years as an after-school tutor. We worked through learning to focus and get work done, despite his social drawbacks. Through study skills training, he became an honors student in high school, which made it easier for him to make friends using his improved self-image. These are just two of many examples through the years.
I have 11 years experience as a teaching assistant at our local elementary schools.
I have taught phonics for 11 years as a teaching assistant in local Orange County elementary schools. I also taught phonics to my own 3 kids from age 1-5.
I have a degree in child development, in addition to my M.A. in humanities. For many years, I have utilized my knowledge from classes in ADHD, Asperger's, and Autism education, and also abnormal psychology, in order to tutor my many special needs students. Using visual aides, such as time clocks, reward points, and short breaks, I have had success with special needs students of all ages, and in fact a large percentage of my full-time 29 tutoring students are special needs learners. I have been hired and retained for the long-term, in fact continue for multiple years, working with these students.
I have successfully taught study skills to ADD, ADHD, and homework overloaded GATE and college kids. The use of wall calendars to monitor long-term assignments, white boards for current assignments, daily backpack organization, and time management techniques have proven to be of great value to my students. Also, a plan for breaking homework tasks into small do-able units with intermittent rewards chosen by the student, have proven to be very successful for pupils who tend to procrastinate with homework. Further, there are modern memorization techniques which are very helpful in studying for tests. Students from elementary through college age can develop lifelong study skills which will later help them in the work world. I can quickly and inexpensively help students and parents to implement these efficiency techniques right away, before grades are adversely affected by procrastination.
The Perfect Tutor! — Prior to meeting Eleanor, my 9 year old son had been working with a very expensive tutor for the past two years. He has achieved more in the past couple months, with Eleanor, than he ever did in the 2 years with the Phd. My son's grades, confidence and focus have all sky rocketed. Eleanor is wonderful, she's on time and my son loves her. I would highly recommend Eleanor. ...
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