I am a home-schooling mom of four children, ages 13 – 19. I have been home-schooling for eight years now. My two middle children, a senior and sohpomore in high school, are currently attending MassBay Community college full-time.
I believe that my approach to home-schooling, and thus to tutoring is unique. I am very good at teaching so that the student “sees” the solution. I am excellent at figuring out what the student is not understanding, so that I can get to the heart of the problem and show the student what the concept is, in a way the student understands.
This is a unique tutoring approach, and it is due to my home-schooling experience. Home-schooling is, in essence, tutoring. I need to work with my children one-on-one until they feel confident enough to try the material independently. My oldest is dyslexic. I took the Wilson training program and I was able to successfully teach her to read and write so that she was able to take college-level courses starting in her junior year of high school.
But, more importantly, my daughter, and the other three children, were able to learn to love learning. To love writing, reading, doing math, studying science, for the sake of learning the material, as well as for the real benefits of mastering each subject.
I do not believe there are any “C” students, only students who have not been taught in a way they can understand. Math, for example, is one of my strengths. I believe anyone, anyone, can learn math, internalize its concepts, and learn to appreciate its logical beauty. I despise our society’s message that math is “hard” and the concepts are only for those favored few who understand it. I have taught my two oldest daughters through algebra II and they both placed into precalculus math at MassBay.
I am also very good at teaching writing. I can teach the basics of grammar, spelling, and punctuation for the lower levels (K-5), and essay writing, critical analysis, and critical essays of the classics for upper level grades.
Before I began a family I was in the actuarial field. I also worked at Framingham State University, in their CASA department, which provides walk-in tutoring for FSU students. I did this from 1998-2000. At CASA I tutored algebra through calculus.
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