Specializing in General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, general test-taking strategies
My goal as a tutor for Elementary kids is to use your child's own natural strengths as a learner to bridge the gap into areas of academic weakness he may have.
As a credentialed English teacher as well as a drama coach, I've worked with kids from grade school to high school. As a mom, I've given homework guidance to my own daughter all through school. I was there to help teach her to read when she was 5 and to help her edit the essay that got her into Grad school just recently!
In particular, I am a very strong writing coach who knows how to make the writing process fun. I have a special interest in vocabulary development and in helping kids make the "reading-writing-thinking" connection. Areas of help for your child in English could also include grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, reading comprehension and isolating major themes in stories.
Areas of social studies help can include understanding and writing about native cultures, California history, American history and the influence of world cultures.
With respect to math, I bring years of customer service experience in the financial industry to the table, where I used practical math on a daily basis. It required me to walk customers through complex financial transactions and explain them in plain English. These are the skills I use to make basic math concepts accessible to young students.
Finally, I can work with your student to improve her general study skills and oral presentation skills.
My approach is to break challenging tasks down into manageable chunks so that kids can have lots of small successes on the way to meeting larger academic goals.
Physical sciences, earth sciences
Nothing fancy. Just the basics of how to get things done on a PC, explained in plain English. Transferring files, backing up data, using browsers and search engines, storing family photos, downloading music, emailing, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), using common programs such as Word Processing.
Parts of speech, common usage, basic sentence structure
Thematic analysis, character analysis, figurative language
Common formulas, formatting, business usage, home usage
Basic word processing, formatting, home usage, academic usage, business usage
I have been a drama coach and a director of shows in Community Theater for many years. I've worked with casts from grade school to high school as well as adults. I am known as the director who can get a performance out of anyone! Even if you are a beginner, I can help you develop confidence in your speaking and show you how to let your best personality traits shine onstage.
In addition, I had a full career in business before entering the teaching profession. I did sales and customer service in the media and financial industries where I honed my business speaking skills.
Whether you need to sharpen your one-on-one presentation techniques, your negotiating skills, or your ability to write and deliver effective seminars and speeches, we'll focus on some key principles that you can put to work right away to impact your audience.
Young people and adults alike can see real improvement in their ability to speak with authority, deliver information and tell a compelling story.
Focusing on literacy skills: vocabulary expansion, summarizing strategies, finding the theme, finding the conflict in a narrative, remembering supporting details, using creative visualizing and using your five senses to make text more memorable. Students with active personalities can enjoy unique approaches such a role playing to help bring their reading to life. I employ common sense activities (using section headings and pictures to predict what the chapter is about) to reduce reading anxiety and make the content of text books more comprehensible. I match my approach to the student's style of learning as much as possible.
My approach to study skills is to show students how to plan their work and work their plan. Students apply basic planning techniques that are practiced by successful people in education, business and industry. These can be as simple as keeping a daily journal or planner and setting aside 10 minutes a day to review the tasks they've completed as well as what's on deck for the rest of the week. I also teach the Secrets of the "To-Do List" and how to prioritize activities. I teach that time management is a skill that can be learned and perfected, even by folks with a tendency to procrastinate. A few simple organizational skills, such as breaking down large assignments into small, manageable chunks, can make a noticeable difference in a kid's success in school. Most kids (and many adults!) simply don't realize that the extra effort they put into advance preparation yields huge benefits. It is the key to confidence and achievement.
Predicting meanings by context, predicting meanings by roots and affixes, word games, word exploration, reading comprehension
Writing and editing are two of my key strengths as a professional. They are also subjects I love to teach! I am skilled in educational writing, creative writing and business writing. I am comfortable teaching the four main types of writing: expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative. I teach students how to "pre-write" or organize their thoughts before beginning a first draft, and how to be an effective editor of their own work. I focus on "finding your voice as a writer" and on using the five senses to give the reader a strong feeling of time, place and action. As a veteran business writer and ad copywriter, I can also help adults who need their professional proposals and correspondence to pack the biggest possible punch.
Skills: Research, citing sources, summarizing, organizing of material, writing a clean, clear paragraph.
Creative writing: finding your voice, using your senses.
Business writing: Writing to persuade; getting the message across in the fewest possible words; making a strong, assertive point; editing for impact.