I am a caring, creative, and patient teacher with over 20 years of classroom teaching and tutoring experience. I don't just know a subject, I know how to teach it. I have degrees in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and have completed additional coursework towards a Masters degree in Education. Because of my background, I am able to quickly assess and pinpoint the greatest areas of need that a student has, identify how the student best learns, and then tailor my teaching to best address my student's needs and learning style. That way our tutoring time is used both effectively and efficiently.
I have very successfully worked with a wide variety of students from ages 4 to adult, including international students, students who are academically gifted or talented, students who struggle with ADHD, Aspergers, executive functioning, and/or learning disabilities, as well as students who are school-reluctant and/or anxious. I have tailored full homeschooling programs for students who are unable to be in a classroom setting for various reasons. I excel in both motivating and encouraging the reluctant or challenged learner, as well as in challenging the gifted or talented student.
I am happy to either work with a student using materials provided or else to assess a student's needs and individualize a program of instruction that will most benefit him or her. I am also happy to work with or talk to a student's classroom teacher in order to better understand a student's needs or to advocate for him or her.
Younger Learners: I very much enjoy teaching early reading, writing, and math skills to young learners, and use a variety of games and activities to make learning exciting and fun for them. I also have experience in teaching enrichment and competitive math skills to elementary and middle school students, and have both been a math club coach and, during high school, a math team member.
Older Students: I work with older students to help them prepare for standardized tests such as the SSAT, the ISEE, the PSAT, the SAT, and the GRE. I also teach ESL to international students, helping them to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills, and to achieve success on standardized tests such as the TOEFL. In addition, I have taught classes in writing skills, computer skills, presentation skills, and life skills, and I have written a number of computer training manuals.
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