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ACT reading and language comprehension tests key skills used in the college classroom. I emphasize reading speed and comprehension so reading becomes less tedious and I use highly stimulating reading material selected by knowing what career trajectories the student is exploring. My premeds read about healthcare economics (my professional work), and they read medical journals. Future teachers read articles in the Economist and American Education Weekly. Lawyer-want-to-be-maybes' read law journals and case law and the kid who plans to repair cars will find himself with copies of Automotive Innovation and Inc. so he can become aware of marketing trends for small businesses.
Next we must develop vocabulary. I use the 500 Greek and Latin Root Words and hold a constant contest for the best short stories and poems that integrate all the words with enough context so that meaning can be inferred.
Finally, grammar matters in writing and in the ACT-SAT testing so I developed and use a grammar tool box that has 100% of the skills needed for grammar perfect writing.
I am currently working with Richard Deth, PhD, RPhD, of NorthEastern University, to help the young adults on the Autistic Spectrum who he serves work successfully through my program called LAUNCH...80 things to do before you ask us to call you an adult. To date 22 young men and women have completed the orientation program and started mastering the skills of LAUNCH which include completion of the ACCUPLACER for entry into credit-bearing college courses (which is a true challenge but not at all impossible for the high end of the spectrum folk with ASD) and also include things like changing a tire or collecting a complete family medical history. This last task because it demands engaging others in conversation, one student described as being "torture....sheer and utter torture!" But he did it....
I am by no means an expert in autism; I leave that to my cousin, Dr. Deth (pronounced Deeth) who also serves as the medical director for Autism Speaks; a family support group. But I am writing about the research findings and their practical application quite often and I provide academic and life coaching for students and adults on the spectrum from autism to Asperger's as well as parental coaching for families of small children during and after diagnosis.
What I've learned is that there are a lot more Temple Grandin's out there than first meets the eye. Dr. Grandin, is both an autistic woman and the holder of a PhD in animal science. In spite of; in fact, because of her ability to tune out the minutia of life and focus on what is concrete and real Dr Grandin has two unique characteristics: she can see, or rather she takes the time to see, the emotional expressions displayed by animals, especially cows, and she couldn't care less about what others think and therefore tunes out all human gossip. What a great combination!
It is critical when tutoring/coaching a person challenged by the cerebral changes of the ASD brain to help that individual and those who love them know they are whole and not broken; constructed differently; but not by mistake. There are many ways to help the person with ASD optimize academic and social performance and at the same time to fully utilize those unique areas of giftedness which the "disorder" allows. For example, I have two college students with ASD's who attend yoga classes twice a day and they've found no difficulty in the times of mediation; whereas many people have a difficult time with quiet; they embrace it! Both say that yoga has also made a huge impact on their ability to study.
An exam for ADD/ADHD certification is not available but here is my experience:
1) MSN and PhD in nursing
2) Certification in life and in health coaching which included significant content in ADD/ADHD coaching
3) Coach for Balance; SUMMIT Coaching Solutions program of health coaching for families of children with behavioral health challenges
4) Author of LAUNCH, 80 things to do before you ask us to call you an adult...a book used by many families and young adults facing behavioral health challenges
5) Writer for Parents: May 2009, article: "Not Broken...how behavioral health challenges began as life saving adaptations"
I have provided academic and health/life coaching for many students with ADD/ADHD and related challenges. My focus is on helping them understand their strengths and making those even stronger.
I currently teach the AFOQT as well as the GRE/GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and ASVAB. My students consistently rate their instruction as a critical factor in achieving their desired test result and I look forward to the opportunity to prepare WyzAnt students for this exam.
Algebra 1 is the foundation of math and science at the high school and college levels. In tutoring this critical subject I do two things simultaneously; make certain math fundamentals are gap-free and at my student's command and then I teach the 20 algebra problems to a level of mastery. Yes, there really are only 20 problem types and if you can do these you can work any problem.
Master algebra and the whole world of STEMI-H (science, technology, engineering, math and information and health)in laid at your feet. Algebra one can be mastered by almost all students and yet some of the strongest mathematicians I know say they once struggled to get through it. Don't let anyone imply there otherwise; you can do this and it would be my honor to help.
In Algebra Two the student makes the leap into abstract math. Most difficulties come from two areas: not having a firm foundation in algebra one or even in basic math skills and not being able to "see" the imaginary parts of higher level problems. My job? I'm a gap-filler and a reality-bridge-builder.
This is when math really starts to get fun! Give me a call and let me show you (or your child) how mastery of Algebra Two will open the door to chemistry, physics, computer science and all of the 21st century careers in science, technology, engineering, medicine and information tech (STEMI).
I coach ASVAB students and those preparing for the ACCUPLACER,ACT and SAT. In addition, I am a Life Coach for ROTC at UCCS in Colorado Springs, seeing about 14 students per semester. This has made me well versed about the two alternative entry points for military enlistment and several of my ASVAB students have successfully entered the ROTC program after simultaneously scoring highly on both the ASVAB and ACTs.
ASVAB, like ACCUPLACER is designed to test basic skills and getting a passing score is never the goal. The aim should be to fill in all the educational gaps; things such as fractions, decimals, vocabulary, grammar basics so that the recruit's score is high enough to open the door to many opportunities and simultaneously to prepare the man or woman for success in military course work.
As a professor of healthcare ethics and economics and a nurse-midwife my skills in math and the language arts are solid and my ability to make very complex material simple is my professional strength.
I studied classical ballet at the School of American Ballet in NY City and taught at the University of Houston while in college and for Ormao Dance Studio and Springs City Ballet.
I tutor groups of 1-5 students at Attitudes and at other Springs locations, especially students who are preparing for college admission auditions.
I have served as a consultant to the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and I have taught Health Care Business Development at the University of Phoenix; an MBA/MHA course. In addition I have started and now operate SUMMIT Coaching Solutions and for 15 years after launch I ran the Brazosport Birth Center, in Lake Jackson, Texas.
As a Certified Executive Coach I have led over 50 health-related business through their development; from an entrepreneur's initial vision through launch and sustainable growth.
I serve as a Career coach also to students and health care professionals and lately my work with students in SUMMIT Coaching Solutions' College Bound Coaching Program has been largely for students launching non-healthcare related careers.
Personally, I opened the Brazosport Birth Center in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1988 and, together with Ron Paul,MD I provided comprehensive services to women and children in this suburb of Houston. My work the center's Clinical Director involved business management as well as career supervision and guidance for the residents in nurse-midwifery who served as my apprentices. Then, in 2006 when I opened SUMMIT Caching Solutions I began coaching health and life coaches in private practice as well as providing Executive Coaching for health care executives.
One of my favorite groups of clients are those who are over 65 and have decided to restart or continue their career trajectories. For them I wrote the book, Nevertirement, published by Shaltz Publications.
It would be my pleasure to meet with you for one session or many to help you work through the art and science that is needed as you launch or relaunch your own career path.
I have tutored children, especially homeschooled kids since I was in college. I have been most successful with students who are willing to work in between our sessions on assignments. Helping to prepare for projects and tests is not just a one subject investment; as a Certified Coach I use the skills of stepping back, deciding the desired goal and breaking the process into little tiny steps.
Recently, I personally taught and coordinated the teaching by other volunteers for a young man who wanted to learn to read. His teachers at D11 schools has all agreed this was impossible but I guessed they were wrong. In 11 weeks he went from complete illiteracy to passing the ACCUPLACER for entry into college English. He has a long way to go to achieve true fluency but now he plans to be a first grade teacher!
I believe all children (and all adults) can learn. Motivation, persistence and method is the key.
I am certified in TOEFL and teach many students from non-English speaking nations who are preparing for the nursing boards (NCLEX and HESI). I have also served as a primary tutor for doctors and attorneys who need to speak business-level English, from India and the Philippines, as they prepare to increase their ability to communicate effectively.
The GMAT differs from the GRE is two significant ways: the way math is presented and the focus on analytical reasoning. Both require careful preparation specific to this exam though many graduate school candidates prepare using materials for both exams first and then targeting in on the GMAT's nuances after the basics are solid. This is especially true in math and grammar and reading comprehension, the latter two flowing all through the qualitative section of the GMAT.
Making these complex exams simple is my job. For instance: there are really only 25 math problems on the GMAT--25 types. Thoroughly understand the rules for each and nothing can throw you!
I have tutored the MCAT for over two decades and my students have enjoyed great success. Tutoring both the quantitative and qualitative sections of all the graduate degree exams and the science courses covered in the MCAT for the same length of time, as well as being a professor and a writer of exam questions for the NCLEX-RN gives me the experience and knowledge students require to prepare with confidence.
Microsoft Access is a simple to use database management tool or DBMT, that requires only three skill sets: development of a database, production of queries; questions asked to solicit needed information, and creation of macros. A macro refers to a set of actions that can be run automatically, and on demand and this is what sets Access apart from other DBMTs in common use.
I have taught Access as a tutorial and I made a video tutorial re: its use, for nurses and other healthcare professionals using the Health Care Practice Incubator at SUMMIT Coaching Solutions. My approach is to use data the client really needs to organize to create the database and then to work with them, side by side, as they develop macros and query directives. This empowers greater retention by motivating the client to return day after day to the site.
I have taught the NCLEX review since 1998; as a national lecturer for ERI (until 2008) and then as the developer and lead teacher for Starting Point RN. I tutor all levels of RN and LPN students in their classes and in NCLEX prep and have a 98% student satisfaction rate.
References are available upon request.
As the co-developer of the Starting Point-RN Program, which prepares nurses for the NCLEX-RN, I have lectured in nursing all around the nation. To date nurses taking this comprehensive review have achieved a 98.6% pass rate on the exam and this includes students and international grads who were considered "high risk" for failure to pass due to their school's statistics or their own status as graduates of schools outside the US.
I tutor all nursing courses and offer all of my tutoring clients access to Starting Point materials for additional practice and review. Often small groups of local students in Colorado Springs and Pueblo schedule weekly reviews but I also work with many students 1:1, especially in the online classes and I specialize in preparing MSN and PhD candidates for their certification exams, course exams, comprehensive exams, and dissertations.
Phonics involves the coding and decoding of sounds to form letters, blends, words and, then thoughts. It's never a skill set learned alone but rather a part of the learning process on the journey towards becoming a fluent reader.
I studied, as a part of my Bachelors Degree in Education, a whole-life approach to teaching reading, developed by a professor from my own home town; Dr. Michael Kibby and my work has been refined over the years by the research of my colleague, Dr. Barbara Swaybe of UCCS. I use Ramolda Spaulding's beautiful Writing Road to Reading, fun and age appropriate real books to read (including my own series: Oscar of the Compost Pile--whenever possible) and many reading games. Phonics is to reading what notes are to music: the most basic element; and one that respectfully deserves time spent in mastery. That doesn't have to be; and never should be boring! It must be fun to learn and I call this work reading play--not reading tutoring.
How fortunate I am to have the chance to play with children of all ages (even some in their elder years who for one reason or another never learned to read well) as they explore the world of words I love so much. I use 21st century tools such as youtube videos of the reading of a book (so that it can be shared with grandparents.) I also use voice recognition software, having children use to tell a story aloud and then read back their own words....way too much fun to be called tutoring....
My reading sessions for children always involve a parent and it's never too early or late to begin. Whether to prepare a child for reading or to help the struggling or reluctant reader it is my pleasure to be a family's reading coach and to play at reading altogether.
Of course my greatest pleasure is in hearing one of my coached kiddos read "Oscar...." and then write their own stories too!
I have tutored the PRAXIS as well as the HESI, TESI and other preprofessional college exams for over a decade. When I earned my Bachelor's degree in Health Ed (way back when) the PRAXIS was not on the scene but I began tutoring teacher candidates for it through UC-Co Springs when I moved here in 1988 and the Dean of the College of Education, knowing I tutor, began referring students.
This is far from a basic skills exam; it covers very specific content in child development and Adolescent psychology, history, English, math, scientific principles and civics. The best time to begin studying for it is the first day of college because it tests material largely covered in the first two years of study for most people.
I tutor PRAXIS, and all other exams, exclusively through WyzAnt and refer all of students requesting my services directly to the WyzAnt system. This makes life much easier for me and it is actually less costly for the student too.
From 2007 to 2008 I served the Campaign for Change as a speaker on health care and I will serve the campaign to Reelect, in the same role, in 2011-12.
In my capacity as a professor of healthcare ethics and economics I teach 20 to 500 students and as a lecturer for Educational Resources Inc. I have taught 25 to 2000 daily for week long seminars.
Preparing and executing a public presentation is one of the ways you can differentiate yourself as a subject expert; a critical skill for the 21st century at all levels to acquire, from high school through graduate school.
As a healthcare professional and an educator I bring academic qualifications to my work with students challenged by one of many behavioral health or physiologic issues. Children with PDD, autism or other combined, severe educational barriers should be receiving tutoring from those certified in their educational needs and I refer these kids to educators with those qualifications. Instead my specialty is in working with students, generally at the high school or collegiate level who require Academic and Life Skill Coaching due to PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, OCDs and Avolitional Disorder as well as those recovering from trauma, addiction or the effects of a physical illness on their academic or professional lives.
I am a Certified Professional Coach and an Affiliate of the International Coach Federation. My work is very whole-person centered and I help students work through the MASTER Goal process to discern, select, plan and attain their goals while managing roadblocks proactively.
Everyone faces a challenge! Some folks face little ones that they hardly notice and others; equally worthy of completing academic goals, confront mountains they have to ascend. In that I consider myself to be a guide; I help students learn how to learn and help them navigate the strategies that are research=proven to improve performance and reduce errors and stress.
As a tutor for ESL and as a professor who prepares professionals from many nations to study and work in the US I am qualified to tutor speech and public speaking. In addition, I have participated in and led a Toastmasters group on two occasions; the first, in 1977 was in college and the last was in 2008 when I worked with Toastmasters Elite, a group that was engaged to prepare speakers for the DNC. Finally, I served as a speaker for the Democratic National Committee re: health care reform. I traveled to 122 sites and spoke before audiences of 100 to 15,000. In 2012 I did the same in support of the Affordable Healthcare Act and for the campaign to reelect.
I tutor stats for my own doctoral candidates and for students in the master's and doctoral programs that have not been able to pass the departmental exam despite our requirement for the course. I also assist my own cohort of doctoral candidates as they prep the stats for their dissertation research analysis.
I'd be pleased to work with you.
I am a professor of life coaching, health care ethics and health care economics for the University of the Rockies and I developed the Health Coach Certification program for Health Coach Alliance.
But perhaps most telling for study skills; I wrote the book - actually 2 books: "LAUNCH: 60 things to do before you call yourself an adult" and "CollegeBound Coaching" both of which deal with study skills needed for lifetime learning.
I tutor things like analogy building, memory techniques such as stories and acronym creation and speed reading and I help students look at all 8 Realms of Life to increase their academic prowess: physical health, psychological health, social patterns, spiritual connection to a purpose for learning, professional exploration to guide learning choices; academic strategies for optimizing performance and finally; my favorite: environmental factors that can enhance or serve as roadblocks to learning.
I have taught the TEAS and HESI (its predecessor) for 20 years along with the RN-NCLEX. AS an RN and a professor fo nursing and healthcare economics and ethics I am uniquely skilled to prepare nurses for the exam and for success in school. And, since the content is similar to the ACT-SAT-GRE-GMAT-MCAT and LSAT I teach daily for WyzAnt I have a proven ability to help a student master difficult content with ease.
I am certified to teach trig but that's not why a parent or student should choose to work with me. Why should you? Because I use trig and its cousin, calculus, everyday to decide and decode the statistics presented by researchers so that readers of articles I write for Livestrong, Real Simple, MORE and Parents can better understand what scientists have discovered and apply it to their lives.
Trig is a transitional math; between the simplicity of algebra which is absolutely concrete and the abstract levels of math which begin in calculus. Most of the difficulty that arises in trig is from either not having a firm foundation of math and algebra and geometry YET...or from having difficulty visualizing how triangles fit into a 360 degree circle. These are easy to fix problems and once the repair work is done it is my honor and great privilege to see the light bulb go on and all the fear dissipate like frost under the heat of the morning sun.
I was the student who struggled in math in high school; the kid who had to do 50 calculus problems a night to grasp what my classmates saw after 20. Perhaps because of this I came to appreciate how critical it is to become comfortable with each new concept in math and most importantly to discover always the real ways math can be used in work.