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Judy L.

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I am eager to assist students in any elementary, high school, or college, adult education, or test preparation subject such as the recently revised GRE exam, the ACT exam, state exit exams, the Praxis exam, or the Compass exam. I would like to help students increase their understanding and grasp of the material. My instructional methods are to use demonstration and modeling, review and repetition after a thorough explanation of the material. Asking questions is another useful technique to help broaden knowledge.

A good education is the most important thing students can acquire for themselves today. Students need to be sure they not only "pass" a course, but have a good understanding upon which to build future learning, because new knowledge is based upon prior knowledge.

We will build a cognitive structure, activating the mind so that new knowledge can be related to previously learned material.

It will be my pleasure to help you learn.

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Judy’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Geology, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Latin, Spanish, Speech
History:
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Geography, Music History, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies
Music:
Composition (Music), General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Piano
Art:
Art Theory , Composition (Music), Drawing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics
Business:
Accounting, Career Development, Economics, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Handwriting, Physics, Piano, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, GED, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Fitness, Swimming
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Career Development, Economics, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Spanish, Statistics

ACT English

Preparing for a major English test such as the ACT, GED, or GRE sharpens language and writing skills. Tips, ideas, and suggestions are offered in the Study Guides for these exams. Extensive directions and examples are given for how to write effective essays, and there are exercises on subject-verb agreement, correct pronoun use, verb tenses, and sentence structure. Then there are sample exams to try out to see how well you perform. Even though a student has used English all his life, still, there are areas that can be sharpened. Effective speaking and writing is one of the things that makes a super first impression and helps define a leader.

ACT Math

The ACT Math test includes basic math, algebra, geometry, word problems, graphing, and a little bit of trigonometry. There are only 4 trig questions on the ACT at present, but 14 geometry questions and 19 algebra questions. That is quite a bit to study. By utilizing the Study Guide for the ACT, many tips and tricks are given which aid a student in getting a high score on the ACT. Anyone preparing to take the ACT should obtain this Study Guide and work in it diligently for weeks prior to the actual test. Many students have an "Aha!" moment when simple explanations are given to them about algebra or geometry concepts. I have an updated ACT Study Guide and will happily use it to work with any student who is preparing to take the ACT, either for the first time, or to improve their score.

ACT Reading

Of the four types of passages on the ACT Reading Test (prose, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences) the student should decide which is easiest and attack that first, then proceed to the next easiest and so on. In the prose selections, you might need to "read between the lines" to establish motivations of characters which may be revealed by hints within the passage. For social science or humanities passages, note details, or author's point of view, while for natural sciences, the answer will be easily found within the passage itself. Nothing can substitute for adequate preparation by using an ACT Study Guide with a tutor.

ACT Science

The ACT Science Test is about reading carefully and reasoning in the area of science. The test contains passages concerning experiments, graphs, and theories of scientists. HOWEVER, the ACT Science Reasoning Test is more about reading a passage related to science very carefully, gleaning information from that passage, and then responding to questions about that particular passage. Similar to the Reading test, this is about science ideas, and although it would be very helpful for the student to have some solid science knowledge, it is really not totally necessary. As long as a student reads carefully and responds to the questions thoughtfully, then checks himself, he should do well. Working with a tutor is very helpful because the passages can be discussed and it can be established why a particular response is the correct one, or why the distractors are incorrect.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a very important, fundamental course and it needs to be well understood by students. Topics in Algebra 1 are basic to understanding higher math courses, and concepts will be used over and over in higher math classes. Because of this, students taking Algebra 1 need a thorough understanding so that they may develop a solid base to build on. When I am working with a student in Algebra 1, I make sure the student has a good understanding of the ideas and how one idea is related to another, just as in building a house, the parts must fit together and support each other. Algebra 1 is the foundation and must be strong.

Algebra 2

A student taking Algebra 2 needs to be serious-minded and prepared to work sufficient problems to gain thorough knowledge. The student will come to understand, for example, how exponents and logarithms are related. The student will work with the number line and the coordinate system and begin to realize connections to geometry and trigonometry. Algebra 2 is very much based on a strong foundation in mathematical concepts such as properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This course should be taken slowly with enough time to delve deeply into the various topics. We are building on the foundation of Algebra 1, and must have a strong "first floor" in order to build our mathematical structure further.

American History

So many names, dates, and events to remember, but what an important subject! Citizens need to have a good understanding of how America got to this point, and what we must do to maintain our system of government and our freedom. To study the bravery of men and women of the past is inspiring, and if the student sees it as such, he or she will enjoy studying this fascinating subject. And incorporating art into history provides the opportunity for students to "get to know" historical figures and to understand their contributions to our lives today. The student should strive to go beyond mere memorization of dates and facts of history, and to develop a sound insight into the whys, the motivations, and the results of the actions of historical figures. Studying history requires reading and comprehending what is being read. Oral discussion is most helpful as well. Map study must be a part of the study of history, too, and good maps should be available to the student.

Anatomy

Knowledge of our anatomy is the basis of good health. This course is also the foundation for students who wish to enter careers such as medicine. In this course, terminology is extremely important and students will learn much about the derivations of terms and how many of them trace back to languages such as Latin. It is also important to have good diagrams of the various body components such as muscles and bones. Anatomy is a fascinating study and should be of great interest to everyone.

Biology

Biology -- the study of life. From the beginning of one-celled organisms up through the complex plants and animals that exist today, biology shows students what is needed for life to exist. It also demonstrates the interdependence of living things. Terminology will be very important in studying biology and students should be prepared to maintain vocabulary lists with definitions. This course is foundational for students wishing to enter medical professions or who wish to work with the environment. Preparing charts or diagrams is helpful in studying biology, and students are encouraged to keep a notebook of drawings, charts, or diagrams.

Botany

I have studied botany at the college level and am eager to help students in this subject. The world of plants is fascinating, and we need to know about them since our lives depend on them.

Career Development

I have helped many people construct new resumes for their job searches. During this process, I have the opportunity to talk with the client about their career development. Many clients come to realize that they have skills, talents, or abilities they may not have recognized before.

An association of which I am a member is the Professional Association of Resume Writers. This helps me stay cutting edge regarding career searches. Also, I am a member of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and have many contacts in the field of healthcare documentation. Both of these associations offer great opportunities and allow my knowledge to stay current.

Cooking

I have experience with cooking and recipes as a homemaker. I possess a multitude of recipe books which include healthy eating as well as recipes for specific control, such as diabetes control, or heart health control, or weight control. I am eager to work with students who are studying cooking or meal planning of any type.

Drawing

While in college, I took a class in Art Methods for Elementary Teachers. I have kept my portfolio and use it now with my tutoring students to teach such concepts as line value, shading, texture, proportion, and to draw distinctions between realistic art and abstract art. We do many projects, particular for holidays, using many media such as chalk, paint, pencil, marker, or ink and also use different surfaces such as cardstock, tissue, or toweling. We stamp nature items such as leaves or sticks. We also do fabric painting on pillow cases or table runners and use those as gifts for parents. We also do spontaneous drawings of the stories they are reading, of historical figures, or maps.

Economics

Studying economics allows students to gain a greater understanding not only of our economy as a whole, but of their own individual handling of money. Students will learn how banking works, how businesses make profits, how taxes support government services, and the importance of investments. Knowledge of economics helps students control their own financial future and will inspire them to handle resources responsibly, to create a balance between saving and spending.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught elementary school mathematics for many years and hold a lifetime teacher's certificate. I have methods which will help elementary students learn and retain the basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and can easily help them as they move into fractions, decimals, and percent.

Elementary Math

In elementary math, students learn the building blocks of arithmetic. It is extremely important for students to become knowledgeable about arithmetic and its four basic processes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students need a lot of practice in these processes, and the practice needs to be both on problems that are already set up in algorithm form and on problems that are written into a story form. Memorization of the basic facts will be very important, too, so that students do not need to continually count out an answer, but can draw upon that answer in memory. Time should be spent on memorization of basic facts. Then practice needs to occur, a lot of practice. . . Students often need a new explanation, a different way of looking at the problem, or to draw out a picture of the problem.

English

Knowing how to speak and write proper English is extremely important. A student would be wise to prepare himself or herself thoroughly in English. This would involve attending to the textbook or classroom lessons, completing assignments carefully and thoughtfully, reading books, doing some writing even if it is just keeping a diary, and being serious-minded about it. There are aspects of English that are quite simple to learn such as the parts of speech, but also there are aspects of English that require more thought and concentration such as types of clauses, tenses of verbs, and spellings of plural nouns. All of this requires building upon prior learned knowledge little by little, linking new learning to previously learned ideas.

ESL/ESOL

I have a fair knowledge of several languages which include German, Italian, and French. Teaching English to students from these languages or any other language will be a joy to me.

GED

To prepare for the GED exam, it is important to obtain a GED Study Guide and begin reading it carefully and thoughtfully, early on. Study guides offer important clues to doing well, as well as sample tests with discussion of answers. I have the Steck-Vaugh Complete GED Preparation Guide, which is admittedly a large volume, but it is so helpful. Students need to obtain this or a similar study guide, and also work with a tutor to discuss the various problems in math or the types of reading questions or science or social studies questions that might be asked. I consider this study guide to be a treasure of information, but that treasure of information needs to be accessed by students preparing for the GED exam.

General Computer

Learning General Computer can involve both the interior works of the computer as well as applications such as Word, a common computer application for writing letters or other documents. I have a lot of experience using applications such as Word and Excel to prepare documents or set up spreadsheets, and I would be glad to share the information about this with students.

General Music

I am a piano teacher and have been teaching piano for several years. Students come to my home to practice on my piano and organ. Students are provided with the lesson books and are not charged for these. I feel that learning music, reading notes, playing songs, singing, are very important parts of development for youngsters, or even for older people. I am eager to find and take in new students in piano particularly.

Geography

The study of geography is of utmost importance today because
(1) The world has "shrunk" due to technology and travel;
(2) Commumnication has increased due to technology;
(3) The world has become more dangerous due to weapons, strife, demonstrations in the streets, and war;
(4) A person is not truly educated if that person is unaware of where countries, cities, rivers, or mountains are located;
(5) Students need to understand how geography has influenced the development of the world's cultures.
For these and many more reasons, students need to study geography. They should work with maps of various types including outline maps where they may fill in names of countries or rivers. Students need to become fascinated learning about their earth and its features and how man has used those features to develop to where we are today.

Geometry

Geometry is a subject that builds upon itself. That means that a student must grasp early concepts in the course, if they are to be successful later in the course. It is very important for students to learn fully the more basic ideas of geometry. That might include the concept of point, line, ray, triangle, and then, special triangles. All of these are basic to proceeding in geometry. Also, parallel lines, transversals, perpendicular lines, corresponding angles, alternate angles, and many other concepts grow from initial ideas in the early classes in geometry. Students taking a basic geometry course must focus their attention on these concepts throughout the course, and then, build upon them in later courses in math or physics.

Grammar

Grammar is the study of how the words and phrases of the language work together to produce meaningful sentences. Grammar involves recognizing subjects and predicates of sentences, as well as knowing the parts of speech such as noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, interjection, conjunction, and such. Grammar can be learned by studying sentences and analyzing them. For those for whom English is a second language, a dictionary is most helpful and nearly indispensable. By studying many examples, hearing those examples spoken aloud, speaking them aloud, and even writing them, the student can make progress learning how to use English grammar.

GRE

The Revised General Test of the GRE consists of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. In Analytical Writing, the student will be expected to sharply focus and show skill in responding directly to a task. In Verbal Reasoning, students read a passage, then respond to multiple choice questions having 5 possible answer choices. And in Quantitative Reasoning, real-life situations are presented in addition to basic mathematical concepts. The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test is very, very helpful and should be studied carefully and thoroughly by the prospective test taker. This requires time, so early planning is very important so that the student may prepare with a relaxed, not stressed, mindset. This Guide to the revised test contains sample tests with full explanations of the correct responses. It also contains information on preparing for the test in general. I am happy to work with GRE candidates using this Offical Guide to the GRE revised General Test.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint has been a much used application for at least 10 or more years now. Almost every conference one attends has a PowerPoint presentation. It is important, therefore, for students to know how to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and make it attractive with graphics, color, or unique typeface.

It is also important to learn not to incorporate too much material on any one slide, but to organize one's presentation material in such a way that it is not overpowering to the audience.

I am happy to work with any student wanting to learn more about PowerPoint and how to prepare an effective PowerPoint presentation. There are many uses for PowerPoint presentations.

Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word for several years now, and have taught it at Remington College for 4 years. It is useful to prepare teaching documents, to write letters and keep track of my correspondence. Documents you prepare can be saved for future retrieval, or they can be deleted, at the user's wish. Corrections to a document are easily made, so that a document can be printed out in perfect condition. Microsoft Word helps you spell correctly, and use grammar correctly by alerting you to misspelled words or incorrect usage. It offers a thesaurus if you need an alternate word. There are many other functions to Microsoft Word, and these can be explored over time.

Phonics

I am very experienced in teaching phonics and consider it very important in learning to pronounce new words one encounters in reading. Phonics deals with the sounds letters make. It can be particulary challenging when letters make more than one sound.

The diacritical markings used to show how words are pronounced can be challenging to master. They require a bit of study and memory work.

Phonics can be very useful both for young students learning to read and for people who may be learning English as a second language. Speaking and pronouncing words correctly is very important in everyday converse, and is especially necessary for those in the business or academic world.

As an Education Specialist, I am very versed in this topic of phonics and am eager to help others undersand phonics and how to use phonics to pronounce words most effectively for good communication.

Piano

I am a piano teacher. I use the Robert Pace method of piano instruction along with many supplementary materials. Students are provided with the lesson materials at no cost to them. Learning music helps to develop the brain and open up new neural pathways. It is an important subject, but often overlooked in the school setting. I can provide good music instruction to children and adults.

Praxis

I have been a teacher for many years. I recently purchased the latest Praxis Study Guide and have worked with students preparing for the Praxis Exam.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a course in which students use their previously learned skills such as order of operations as they begin to move into working with variables, solving equations and inequalities, and graphing on a coordinate system. Prealgebra should be carefully and thoroughly taught to help students prepare for algebra 1 and 2. It may be necessary during a prealgebra course for the instructor to reinforce skills taught at lower grade levels such as working with fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, signed numbers, factors, and multiples. Practice is needed for the student to gain a good grasp of the concepts.

Reading

The subject of Reading really involves many skills. Some of them are knowledge of vocabulary word meaning and spelling, understanding of what is being said in a passage, recognizing parts of speech such as nouns and verbs, grasping the main idea of a passage, finding topic sentences, and even more. That is why is is such an essential skill, and other subjects such as science, social studies, and English depend very much on the reading skills of a student. That is why it is very necessary for students to be strong readers. To obtain tutoring in reading is a wise idea for many students, and many would improve their overall grades with improvement in their reading skills. An approach I like to use, besides using the student's reading textbook, is to read a short story of high interest with students and ask them, as we read along, what the meaning of words or passages is, what pronouns are referring to, and what a character means by what he says. Students should keep vocabulary lists for themselves, learning new words daily, weekly, and monthly in their classwork.

Social Studies

I have a strong belief that the study of geography is the beginning of social studies. Also, students need to be aware of developments in the world as the occur day by day. Historical events placed in their time period is also very important to students as they learn about what has gone on before their time. Previous historical events have influenced our time, and also, events in our time are going to influence the future. Social Studies teaches students about our dependence on one another, both as individuals and as political entities.

Sociology

I have taught a course in sociology at a technical college during the 1990s. I am also a certified teacher with a lifetime teaching certificate in the state of Louisiana. I have over 25 years of teaching experience and am currently tutoring many students each week. I have a good understanding of sociology and the importance of studying this subject.

Study Skills

Over a period of more than 25 years, I have studied for my own degrees and also assisted many students in studying for their particular classes. Because of this experience, I believe I am able to help students concentrate on how to develop their study skills. I have a strong realization that it takes time, effort, and perseverance to achieve an educational goal. Study time is a necessity. Concentration and focused attention are necessary to achieve success.
Learning proper study habits would be very beneficial to any student today.

Writing

Knowing some guidelines about how to write well is a very important thing. A person who takes the time to learn some writing principles, then applies them in their writing will be making strides in their writing ability. In school, tests are given that involve writing abilities, and for any student at any level, learning more about writing is very important and not a thing to be neglected. By writing, we express ourselves. And even if we are not great writers now, we can always learn and apply more skills in the writing task.

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Judy L ~ The Best Tutor At mid-term, our daughter was very working hard in Algebra II, and could not complete the assignments with proficiency. Without hesitation, Judy began to help, and made the work easier for our daughter. She has improved tremendously and will not have to repeat the course. We were very happy that Judy could place our daughter on her full schedule at such an advanced time in the school year! Our t ...

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