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Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (MEd)
Dear Prospective Students,
I have a total of 25 years of teaching experience in the northwest suburbs. My background is quite unusual because I taught grades 3 through 8, substituted for several years in high school, and have tutored students in grades 4-12 since 1995. I instinctively know what kinds of reading, grammar, writing, and study skills you are weak/strong in just by working with you. My students will frequently say that what I tell them about their skills is identical to what their classroom teachers have said. For thirteen years I taught 7th and 8th grade reading/lit comp gifted classes.
The bulk of my outside tutoring is with high school ACT test preparation. In the last several years I have also had former students who are now college come to me to ask for help in writing papers, in taking lecture notes, and in organization for taking quizzes/tests. They email me or tell me personally that they wish they would have known the things I show them before they went to college.
I show my students patience, and in our sessions, I switch up the learning so it's not the a complete session of the same thing over and over. Many of my students tell me that they definitely learned new skills and techniques which they really do use right away in class or in completing large projects. I believe this because their parents will also tell me this!
I want my students to succeed in whatever they are trying to do. I am on their side. I think this comes through in every session. You also should know that I don't waste time in my tutoring sessions. Turn off your cell phone or Blackberry! You or your parents are paying for these sessions, so you and I must make the most of that time.
I am available to travel to the following suburbs:
Clermont Winter Garden Minneola Groveland
I look forward to working with you. Dear Prospective Students,
I have a total of 25 years of teaching experience in the northwest suburbs. My background is quite unusual because I taught grades 3 through 8, substituted for several years in high school, and have tutored students in grades 4-12 since 1995. I instinctively know what kinds of Read more
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We will review all grammar/punctuation/usage for the test as well as complete rhetorical skills. Strategies and test hints will be presented.
I offer two methods of instruction for reading passages. Type of question breakdown is taught as well as test distractors.
I will teach any aspects of English grammar, punctuation, and usage from grades 3-12. Writing formats include all types of paragraph structures, all essay types including book reports, all research paper components, and poetry constructions from grades 3-12.
Using student's directions for assignment/project, we will work to make sure structure criteria is met. I can use proofreading symbols if so desired and strategies for determining misuse of grammar, punctuation, usage and rhetorical skills.
Predictive and focused pre-reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction materials such as texts, short stories, novels, and other nonfiction works will be covered. I will teach comprehension and application strategies for critical thinking skills. I will also offer encouragement of daily reading for purpose and pleasure.
I can teach you word stem, prefix, and suffix recognitions, instruction for effective word/comprehension placement, and strategies for how to develop vocabulary strings.
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