I have been an elementary school teacher for thirteen years, have been tutoring for ten years, and have worked with children with a wide variety of learning needs. I have taught reading, second, and third graders of many different ability levels and cultural backgrounds. I take time to get to know each student so that I can best identify their interests and unique needs. I insist on talking with parents beforehand, and usually contact the child's teacher to learn more about each child's particular areas of need. I have many resources to use as needed to most quickly and efficiently meet the needs of each child. I think that learning should be an enjoyable experience, but insist that those I tutor be serious and focused during each session. I typically inform parents beforehand about the specific learning goals and activities I plan to use for every session, and at the end report to parents the progress made, and areas of additional help they need before the next session. I fully realize the need for students to master the basic skills of reading, writing, and the basic math facts by the end of the third grade. My first introductory meeting is free of charge.
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