Though a classroom can be a wonderful setting for learning, I've found that there's nothing like one-on-one tutoring for helping students strengthen their skills and their grasp of subject matter. Tutoring makes it possible to focus on the individual's unique needs and learning styles. More can be learned in a shorter time because the student neither has to skim over a lesson in order to keep pace with a group, nor hold back to allow others to catch up. The student is challenged to go beyond his or her own past accomplishments, and the tutoring situation makes faster progress possible.
When I begin with a new student, I make informal evaluations to estimate his or her skill levels in particular areas. I express the findings in positive terms, emphasizing what he or she already knows, and outlining what needs to be done to move on from there. I study the the subject matter we will be working with, and provide myself with copies of the necessary materials for my own careful preparation outside the tutoring sessions.
I've tutored in several settings. While I was a private school teacher and principal I tutored in a local tutoring center after school and on weekends. At one of the last schools where I taught, I tutored during the summer and after school, then spent part of the summer writing and receiving a grant so the school could turn an unused classroom into a small tutoring center. After I retired from full-time teaching, I tutored on my own, and then worked for an in-home tutoring service.
I have a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Florida State University and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii. I received a State of Florida certificate in Elementary and Special Education soon after I graduated from FSU, but I moved to Ohio, where I earned a State of Ohio certifiate in Elementary Education, then worked through several certification levels until I received a Permanent State of Ohio Elementary Certificate which is still valid. Because I have always taught in private and religious schools, the Ohio certification has been accepted by all the schools and tutoring services I've worked for in Ohio, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. I've kept up my professional knowledge through professional reading, numerous in-service courses, and graduate courses at the University of Miami (Florida) and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
I've taught and tutored students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten through adult. I tutor all elementary subjects, and the high school subject in which I have excelled in my own academic work: English grammar, essay-writing, literature, and religious education.
For seven years I taught GED preparation in a residential facility which contained separate campuses for students who had various special needs. I worked individually with teens and young adults who had the ability to do middle school and high school work, but were unable to leave our campus to attend the local schools. Almost all of them finished the course of study, passed their GED exam, and were awarded the State of Florida High School Diploma. Since that facility closed, I have tutored several students in GED skills and helped them pass the exam and receive their diplomas. Individual tutoring can be an efficient way to study for the GED exam because the student may already be able to pass parts of the exam without taking a whole course.
I'm looking forward to working with the material for the new GED exam that is coming out next fall.
At the residential facility I've mentioned there were several teens and young adult students who had never learned to read because of developmental disabilities, but expressed a desire to do so. We obtained high-interest reading books, and I added those students to my tutoring schedule. All achieved some degree of basic literacy before they left. A few years later, a woman answering an ad I had placed, said she needed a tutor for her future son-in-law. He could not read a single word in any language, and she wanted him to overcome his illiteracy before marrying her daughter. He and I spent two or three evenings a week working with phonics rules, a list of most frequently-used words, and some simple reading material. Not long afterwards the future mother-in-law was astonished to hear him reading labels on supermarket shelves. The wedding took place a few weeks later.
Whatever your, or your daughter's or son's educational needs or skill levels, I look forward to working with you to achieve your own happy endings.
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