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I've had extensive experience working with students with ADD/ADHD and struggled with this disorder myself as a child. I've learned a variety of methods that help me effectively work with ADD/ADHD students, including breaking up study sessions into smaller, manageable time segments with frequent breaks. This helps to support overall student engagement and learning.
I have had experience working with students and growing up around family members who struggle with dyslexia. Throughout my studies related to education, I have been especially interested in how dyslexic students learn strategies in order to effectively read and do math. In order to learn how to be empathetic toward their peers, I think it's very important that students learn about dyslexia, as well as other learning disabilities, and understand the challenges that they pose. The more understanding students can be of one another, the more support students with learning disabilities will have to overcome these obstacles.
I have had extensive experience working with youth from K-6th grade in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Through my educational background in Human Development and Family Sciences, I have gained a strong understanding of child development and how to effectively communicate with youth within this age group. I have worked with youth who have learning disabilities, English language learners, as well as with gifted students. I am very patient, understanding, creative, and motivated to help my students succeed in their studies.
I received the CELTA (ESOL) Teaching Certificate from the University of Cambridge in 2009 and I've spent the past five years teaching English to students in Latin America, Asia, and the United States. I've taught a wide array of age groups, from preschool to adults, and enjoy to have students of various ages. I truly enjoy teaching small groups of students because there is more opportunity for student-teacher interaction, I'm able to better learn the strengths and weaknesses of each student, and have more opportunity to effectively teach them.
I am currently an ISEE tutor for a private tutoring agency and am trained and comfortable in using the ERB preparation materials that are used in ISEE tutoring sessions.
I am a certified language teacher and have had extensive phonics training through my ESOL coursework at the University of Cambridge, as well as my graduate level linguistic coursework at DePaul University. I have a special interest in language acquisition and development, including phonetic understanding and instruction, and I am always learning new strategies to incorporate into my phonics-based lessons.
I have taken the Praxis I and Praxis II (Spanish) and scored in the 95th percentile on both exams. I am familiar with the study guide books that are published by Barron's, ETS, etc. and can help students to effectively prepare for these exams.
I have had a great deal of experiences working with students who struggle with learning disorders, behavioral issues, and physical disabilities. From volunteering in New Delhi, India at Mother Teresa's Home for the Disabled Children when I was a teenager, to working with homeless youth in Oregon and South America, to tutoring IEP students on an individual basis, I have developed a great interest and passion to help students with special needs overcome the obstacles that challenge their abilities to learn.
I'm very interested in speech development, linguistics, and language acquisition processes. I've dedicated a vast amount of time toward working with English language learners on improving their speech patterns, with special attention given to pronunciation and accent reduction.
Effective studying often requires a great deal of discipline and focus, and many students need to learn study skills and strategies in order to get the most out of their study time. As a graduate student, I have had many years or experience to develop my own set of study skills and have learned which types of strategies work for some people, and which work for others. Most of us lead quite busy lives and I have found that learning how to manage our time and find a quiet, calm environment, are the first steps to building a foundation that effective study skills grow from.