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Patricia R.

Indianapolis, IN

$35/hr

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I am a retired minister, born and raised in Indiana. I have lived in a variety of places, including 4 years in Switzerland. My undergraduate degree is in psychology, and I have a Master's of Divinity degree, as well.

I have always been interested in young peoples' education and spent a great deal of time helping my own children with their homework when they were young. Since my retirement I have done a lot of volunteer and part-time work, mainly in two areas:

1. I have worked as an English as Second Language tutor, have in fact organized the ESL programs in 2 different library systems in Indiana, and have been a resource person for a number of refugee families from Eritrea who came to Indianapolis, associated with the church I was attending there.

2. I have worked as a tutor through the Boys and Girls Club where I was honored as Volunteer of the Year, and also helped to tutor 4 of the Eritrean children mentioned above. One of my greatest joys in that regard was in teaching 2 brothers to read; they were 6 and 12 years old at the time, barely spoke English, and could not read or write in their native language (neither could their parents). One of those boys is now in college, and doing very well.

What I enjoy most about tutoring children, or teaching ESL to kids or adults, is seeing the "light bulb" suddenly turn on, when a previously difficult or seemingly impossible concept suddenly makes sense to them. My strong points are in the social sciences and humanities, including language arts, psychology, sociology, and religion, and could easily tutor in any of these at both the elementary and high school levels. I am also fairly fluent in German and do well in elementary school math. In fact, I have experience (see above) tutoring in all elementary school subjects.

I look forward to an opportunity to get to know you, and to help you become the best student you can be.

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Science:
Philosophy, Psychology,
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion,
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
ASVAB,
GED,
PSAT,
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

On both the ACT and SAT English exams, it is important to demonstrate proficiency in vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. With my two academic degrees, and a quarter-century spent writing sermons and scholarly articles, I am well-prepared to help you prepare for these important examinations.

ACT Reading

Both the ACT and SAT Reading exams test not only for the ability to actually understand the words on the page, but to also comprehend the meaning of the passage. Learning to absorb what a passage says, instead of just skimming over the words, is essential if one wants to do well on these exams. That is the emphasis of my tutoring in this area. Learning to read as quickly as possible, but still slowly enough to comprehend and retain what is being said, is my goal with the student.

Algebra 1

Math in itself can seem like a foreign language to students; algebra even more so, because it is in algebra that we start using letters as well as numbers, we start arranging the letters and numbers in sentences, and we start using functions other than the familiar addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. All of which can seem extremely daunting to the average student. But algebra is nothing if not logical; in fact, it is the essence of logic. The trick to understanding algebra is understanding that logic. My goal as an algebra tutor is to help the student "break the code", so to speak, to break through to the essential meaning of a number statement, and then to solve it. I have had experience doing just this; and it is extremely rewarding to watch the student's face light up when he or she finally "gets it".

ASVAB

The ASVAB is comprised of eight different tests: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension. Students are scored on each of these tests individually; in addition, they are provided with three composite Career Exploration scores: Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. The goal of the ASVAB is to determine what skills and job aptitude an individual possesses. With that in mind, it would be counter-productive to try and “cram” for the test, learning information that would help one pass the test, but which would soon be forgotten. The best preparation for taking the ASVAB, therefore, is to review what one already knows, and to make sure that one is prepared to present that knowledge in the best possible way. I am prepared to help you do just that.

Bible Studies

Throughout the almost 34 years since I have been an ordained minister, I have taught classes on a wide variety of aspects of the Bible. Last spring I developed and taught a 12-week course on the "I Am" statements in the Gospel according to John, at the church I currently attend. This past fall and this spring I have been teaching a 24-week course on a historical introduction to the New Testament. Next fall I will be teaching a 12-week course on the book of Revelation. In the past I have taught courses on a variety of individual books in both Old and New Testaments, and on themes running through several books. I have also taught classes on the synoptic gospels, comparing and contrasting Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In summary, I feel qualified to tutor both Old and New Testament, both content and history, according to the student's need and desire.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored children through the Boys and Girls Club, as well as children of refugee families sponsored by the church I attended at the time. I have worked with them on whatever subjects they needed the most help with. One little girl simply could not understand math; one boy was far behind in reading; another boy had great difficulty with social studies; and still another boy struggled with elementary school level science. I feel competent and confident about working with elementary school children in all of their subjects.

Elementary Math

Math can seem very daunting to elementary students, almost like a foreign language - because it IS a foreign language. But my experience is that, once the light bulb turns on, the student finds that math can be fun. My task is to help find ways to turn that light bulb on for the student; and I have discovered and invented several different ways to do just that. The key is to always keep it fun, to use activities that teach and re-enforce math concepts while seeming to be only games. I love working with young students, and watching them go from fearful, timid students, afraid even to sit down with a math worksheet, to confident math scholars, ready to conquer the math world.

English

Strengthening one's English skills involves Reading, Writing, and Spelling. I have talents and experience in helping people develop skills in all three of these areas.

I love to help kids (and adults, too) learn to read, or improve their reading skills. I have experience doing this through volunteer work at the Boys and Girls Club, and through working with some refugee children from Eritrea, who were sponsored by the church I used to attend in Indiana. At the Boys and Girls Club, I was honored by being named Volunteer of the Year. The 4 Eritrean children I worked with ranged in age from 5 to 12 at the time I started working with them; none of them could read or write English at all - they could barely speak it. The oldest is graduating from high school this year, and has a scholarship to college. I feel very proud (and humble) to have had a part in laying the groundwork for their education.

There is so much involved in learning to write well. First of all, one must understand English grammar, have a good grasp of punctuation, and possess a well-rounded vocabulary. Secondly, one must have or develop a vivid imagination and intent observation skills, in order to have something to write about. Finally, one must have strong organizational skills, in order to put their thoughts into a format which will be understandable to a reader. Of course, one must also develop the necessary skills to actually put the words on paper, as well, whether that is typing them into a computer, or developing the best possible cursive handwriting. I look forward to helping you develop and strengthen all of these skills.

Some people believe that spelling is an inherent trait; you either know how to spell or you don't. I don't believe that. I know from experience that, with the proper tools, and given the necessary dedication, anyone can learn to spell. Tools for spelling include learning phonics, as well as the English grammar/spelling/reading rules, which admittedly are difficult. However, difficult does not mean impossible. I'm here to help you master those rules, and to learn phonics, which I consider the foundation for English reading, writing, and spelling. Your part is to give the necessary effort and dedication, which includes lots of practice.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught English as a Second Language for both children and adults, both 1-on-1, and in a classroom setting. I have worked with students from a variety of countries, including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, India, Poland, and Eritrea. All of my ESL tutoring is done in English, whether or not I know any of the student's native language. Complete immersion is the way in which I have learned the various languages I do speak to whatever extent; and I believe it is the best way to learn English, as well. But I am patient, taking my time, using pictures as necessary to teach vocabulary, and allowing the student to move at his/her own pace.

GED

I so admire adults of whatever age who decide to work toward their GED. The General Education Development examination tests basic subjects that students learn about in high school. Subjects tested include writing, reading, social studies, math, and science. I feel well qualified and experienced to assist you with all of these areas. Whatever caused you to not get your high school diploma on time, it is never too late; and I look forward to working with you to achieve this important and life-affirming goal.

Grammar

English grammar seems to be a lost art in today's world; and I think our society is a great deal poorer for that fact. When I was in high school, we were required to take four years of English, each year consisting of one semester of grammar and one semester of literature. Even during the literature semesters, though, we did not get away from grammar; we had to write essays about the various books we were reading, and they were graded on our grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as our composition, style, and theses. I cannot say that, at the time, I enjoyed diagramming sentences, for instance, but I did learn how to do it; I'm not sure that today's students do. In fact, I'm not sure that today's teachers even know how to do that. It is my contention that it is only when we are able to speak and write correctly and coherently, that we can actually think accurately and coherently. Therefore, I feel it is my mission to teach correct grammar and punctuation to those who are willing to learn. Please join me on this adventure!

Phonics

The subject of phonics is key to reading, writing, and spelling English. I was fortunate as a child to be taught phonics in the lower grades; and it has stood me in good stead ever since. I have successfully used phonics whenever I have worked with students wanting to learn to read, write, or spell better. I have found, and also created, a number of fun games and activities which help to teach and reinforce the phonics concepts. Phonics is not only the extremely important foundation to English; phonics can also be fun!

Prealgebra

Math in itself can seem like a foreign language to students; algebra even more so, because it is in algebra that we start using letters as well as numbers. We start arranging the letters and numbers in sentences, and we start using functions other than the familiar addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. All of this can seem extremely daunting to the average student. But algebra is nothing if not logical; in fact, it is the essence of logic. The trick to understanding algebra is understanding that logic. My goal as an algebra or pre-algebra tutor is to help the student "break the code," so to speak, to break through to the essential meaning of a number statement, and then to solve it. I have had experience doing just this, and it is extremely rewarding to watch the student's face light up when he or she finally "gets it."

Proofreading

I have always had a nit-picking kind of brain. Errors seem to jump off the written page as I read. I actually put this to use at one point in my life when I was living in Switzerland, and went to work for an American company with a branch located there in German-speaking Switzerland. My official title was Head of the Typing Pool, but my job was to proof-read everything that the typists transcribed for the German-speaking executives, mark the necessary corrections, have it re-typed, and then send it back to the executives for their approval and signature. Sometimes this resulted in my having to defend my position on English grammar and/or punctuation to the German-speaking executives; and sometimes one document would go back and forth between executive, typist, and me for three or even four times before both the executive and I were satisfied with it.

Teaching someone to proofread involves teaching the rules of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation; it also requires the student to be very conscientious and careful as they read documents. This is not an easy habit to acquire; but if a student is willing to give the time and effort necessary, I am definitely willing to share my skills and experience.

PSAT

The PSAT Reading exam tests not only for the ability to actually understand the words on the page, but to also comprehend the meaning of the passage. Learning to absorb what a passage says, instead of just skimming over the words, is essential if one wants to do well on these exams. That is the emphasis of my tutoring in this area. Learning to read as quickly as possible, but still slowly enough to comprehend and retain what is being said, is my goal with the student.
The other portion of the PSAT is the Math exam. Math in itself can seem like a foreign language to students; algebra even more so, because it is in algebra that we start using letters as well as numbers, we start arranging the letters and numbers in sentences, and we start using functions other than the familiar addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. All of which can seem extremely daunting to the average student. But algebra is nothing if not logical; in fact, it is the essence of logic. The trick to understanding algebra is understanding that logic. My goal as an algebra tutor is to help the student "break the code", so to speak, to break through to the essential meaning of a number statement, and then to solve it. I have had experience doing just this; and it is extremely rewarding to watch the student's face light up when he or she finally "gets it."

Psychology

Understanding how people think, and why they do things the way they do, has always fascinated me. So much so that I got my undergraduate degree (with honors) in psychology. I then went on to become a minister and to spend more than a third of a century in active service, pastoring in various churches across the country, where I have been exposed to just about every normal (and abnormal) psychological situation one could imagine. I would truly love to share my knowledge and experience with you, as we delve together into this fascinating field.

Public Speaking

My first encounter with public speaking was in elementary school, grades 5-8. Every 6 weeks we were required to give a 5-minute speech, and every semester we were required to give a 20-minute speech. Then I also had to give speeches in my high school English classes; and I took public speaking classes in college. Finally, my seminary education included classes in "homiletics", or public speaking, as well. Add to that the fact that for 25 years I was required to stand in the pulpit and give a 20-minute sermon virtually every Sunday (or at least 45-48 Sundays a year); and I think I may be one of the more experienced public speaking tutors around!

Reading

I love to help kids (and adults, too) learn to read, or improve their reading skills. I have experience doing this through volunteer work at the Boys and Girls Club, and through working with some refugee children from Eritrea, who were sponsored by the church I attend. At the Boys and Girls Club, I was honored by being named Volunteer of the Year. The 4 Eritrean children I worked with ranged in age from 5 to 12 at the time I started working with them; none of them could read or write English at all - they could barely speak it. The oldest has graduated from high school, and is now doing very well in college, to which he won a merit-based scholarship. I feel very proud (and humble) to have had a part in laying the groundwork for their education.

Religion

I have taught history of Christianity classes several times during my almost 34-year ordained ministerial career, and would enjoy focusing on that history with a student. Also, recently I have become interested in our multi-cultural, multi-faith society, and have been studying on my own, comparing and contrasting a variety of religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. I would love to share what I have been learning with others.

SAT Reading

Both the ACT and SAT Reading exams test not only for the ability to actually understand the words on the page, but to also comprehend the meaning of the passage. Learning to absorb what a passage says, instead of just skimming over the words, is essential if one wants to do well on these exams. That is the emphasis of my tutoring in this area. Learning to read as quickly as possible, but still slowly enough to comprehend and retain what is being said, is my goal with the student.

Spelling

Some people believe that spelling is an inherent trait; you either know how to spell or you don't. I don't believe that. I know from experience that, with the proper tools, and given the necessary dedication, anyone can learn to spell. Tools for spelling include learning phonics, as well as the English grammar/spelling/reading rules, which admittedly are difficult. However, difficult does not mean impossible. I'm here to help you master those rules, and to learn phonics, which I consider the foundation for English reading, writing, and spelling. Your part is to give the necessary effort and dedication, which includes lots of practice.

Vocabulary

Having a strong and extensive vocabulary has always been seen as a sign of both intelligence and education. And it is not hard to achieve. Studying a dictionary or a thesaurus is one way to accomplish the goal, albeit a difficult and lengthy way. Another easier, and more playful way is to use vocabulary quizzes, such as those which can be found in the "Readers' Digest" magazines.

Writing

There is so much involved in learning to write well. First of all, one must understand English grammar, have a good grasp of punctuation, and possess a well-rounded vocabulary. Secondly, one must have or develop a vivid imagination and intent observation skills, in order to have something to write about. Finally, one must have strong organizational skills, in order to put their thoughts into a format which will be understandable to a reader. Of course, one must also develop the necessary skills to actually put the words on paper, as well, whether that is typing them into a computer, or developing the best possible cursive handwriting. I look forward to helping you develop and strengthen all of these skills.

Purdue University
Psychology
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Master's
Princeton Theological Seminary
Graduate Coursework

Education

Purdue University (Psychology)

San Francisco Theological Seminary (Master's)

Princeton Theological Seminary (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Patricia will travel within 25 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46217.


About Patricia

I am a retired minister, born and raised in Indiana. I have lived in a variety of places, including 4 years in Switzerland. My undergraduate degree is in psychology, and I have a Master's of Divinity degree, as well.

I have always been interested in young peoples' education and spent a great deal of time helping my own children with their homework when they were young. Since my retirement I have done a lot of volunteer and part-time work, mainly in two areas:

1. I have worked as an English as Second Language tutor, have in fact organized the ESL programs in 2 different library systems in Indiana, and have been a resource person for a number of refugee families from Eritrea who came to Indianapolis, associated with the church I was attending there.

2. I have worked as a tutor through the Boys and Girls Club where I was honored as Volunteer of the Year, and also helped to tutor 4 of the Eritrean children mentioned above. One of my greatest joys in that regard was in teaching 2 brothers to read; they were 6 and 12 years old at the time, barely spoke English, and could not read or write in their native language (neither could their parents). One of those boys is now in college, and doing very well.

What I enjoy most about tutoring children, or teaching ESL to kids or adults, is seeing the "light bulb" suddenly turn on, when a previously difficult or seemingly impossible concept suddenly makes sense to them. My strong points are in the social sciences and humanities, including language arts, psychology, sociology, and religion, and could easily tutor in any of these at both the elementary and high school levels. I am also fairly fluent in German and do well in elementary school math. In fact, I have experience (see above) tutoring in all elementary school subjects.

I look forward to an opportunity to get to know you, and to help you become the best student you can be.

Education

Purdue University
Psychology
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Master's
Princeton Theological Seminary
Graduate Coursework

Education

Purdue University (Psychology)

San Francisco Theological Seminary (Master's)

Princeton Theological Seminary (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46217

Patricia’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Science:
Philosophy, Psychology,
Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion,
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
ASVAB,
GED,
PSAT,
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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