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Susan Y.

Lexington, MA

$105/hr

All-Around Tutor -- Math! Standardized Testing! Reading! Writing! ESL!

Background check passed as of 10/1/14
Usually responds in about 2 hours

All-Around Tutor -- Math! Standardized Testing! Reading! Writing! ESL!

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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.

Testimonials

"Susan, the perfect fit!"

- Carrie, Winchester, MA on 12/5/13

"Susan makes learning fun and interesting"

- Jing, Lexington, MA on 10/4/14

"Clear and methodical - a real pro"

- Eden, Somerville, MA on 9/21/14

"Kind and very flexible."

- Laurie, Billerica, MA on 8/12/14

"Great tutor helping ESL student achieve academic excellence"

- Danielle, Lexington, MA on 6/12/14

"Kind, engaging and focused"

- Jenny, Brookline, MA on 5/25/14

"Helpful tutor"

- Judi, Brighton, MA on 8/26/13

"Provides informative write-ups."

- Ben, Harvard, MA on 8/20/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Psychology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Handwriting, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, COOP/HSPT, GED, GRE, ISEE,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have many years of experience, both within the classroom and privately, in working with students with ADHD. As part of this, I often work with the student on organizational and time management goals and on learning goals. I help my students gain more awareness around who they are as learners and help them to figure out strategies that work for them, based on their strengths, needs, and learning styles. I also often work with individuals on social thinking.

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 both in a classroom setting and as a private tutor. I focus on helping my student develop both improved content knowledge as well as learning helpful problem-solving/learning strategies. My interest is in helping my students improve their analytical thinking and attain a deeper understanding of underlying concepts that will help them succeed not only in Algebra, but in math classes and on standardized tests in the future.

Aspergers

I have many years of experience in helping individuals with Aspergers be successful, both within and outside the classroom. Although there are commonalities among students with Aspergers, each student also has a unique combination of needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles. My approach is to capitalize on the strengths and interests, target the needs, and teach in ways that take my students' learning styles into account. I adjust my approach to match their current learning and behavioral goals. I have also worked with students on social thinking.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have 13 years of classroom teaching experience, teaching students in all grades from PreK to Grade 8. I have taught all subjects typically found in an elementary school curriculum and have a solid understanding of the content mastery requirements at each grade level. I teach using a variety of teaching tools and techniques, individualizing instruction so that each student I tutor is taught in the way that he or she learns best.

I also have completed graduate coursework toward an M.Ed. in elementary education.

Elementary Math



I have years of experience teaching math as a classroom teacher, as a tutor, as a math club coach, and in coaching other teachers. I focus on helping my students to develop both improved content knowledge as well as learn helpful problem-solving strategies. My interest is in helping my students improve their analytical thinking and attain a deeper understanding of underlying concepts that will help them succeed, not only in their current class, but in math classes and on standardized tests in the future. I have had great success in helping math-phobic students gain confidence in their abilities, and in fact, come to regard math as one of their favorite subjects.

ESL/ESOL

I have a degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley and have completed additional graduate coursework in Linguistics both at Berkeley and at the University of Minnesota, where I also took graduate coursework in ESL. I have experience teaching ESL both in a classroom setting and one-on-one. I also have lived in a number of foreign countries in Asia and in South America, and have family members who have English as their second language.

My instructional strategies vary according to the age of my student, my student's learning style, and my student's needs and goals.

ISEE

My teaching approach to the ISEE is very student-specific. I start by analyzing my student's specific strengths and weaknesses on a practice test so that our time together is spent in the most productive and efficient way possible. As we progress, what we spend time on each step of the way is in response to my student's evolving needs. In general, though, my teaching methods for the ISEE focus on helping students learn both overall testing strategies for scoring well on the test in general as well as content-specific strategies that will help them in each of the subtests. Because I have taught math for so many years, I know the content that is tested on the math portions of the ISEE extremely well. I also am familiar with all the typical "traps" that students fall into on these sections, and am able to help my students avoid them. On the essay portion of the test, I use the Six Traits writing model to help students improve their content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions so that their essays will stand out. On the reading comprehension and verbal reasoning sections of the test, I help my students learn how to identify main and supporting ideas, how to figure out what the tone and style of a reading passage is, how to identify common literary techniques and figurative language, and how to recognize key words and phrases in the sentence completions that give clues to the correct responses.

Prealgebra



I have years of experience teaching math as a classroom teacher, as a tutor, as a math club coach, and in coaching other teachers. My interest is in helping my Pre-Algebra students not only to develop strong content knowledge, but also to improve their analytical thinking and attain a deeper understanding of underlying concepts that will help them succeed, not only in PreAlgebra, but in math classes and on standardized tests in the future. I have had great success in helping math-phobic students gain confidence in their abilities, and in fact, come to regard math as one of their favorite subjects.

SAT Reading

I received a 780 on the Reading portion of the SAT when I took it, and I have a solid understanding of the types of skills and strategies needed in order to attain top scores on this section. More than that, I know how to teach these skills and strategies to others so that my students are able to excel on this portion of the SAT as well. By assessing my students' individual strengths and weaknesses, I am able to target the portions of the test and the types of questions that are most difficult for each individual, and I work with my students to improve their abilities in those particular areas, thus making the best use of our time together.

Special Needs

I have years of experience working with students with special needs, both within the classroom and privately. I also have taken graduate coursework in this area, and have attended seminars and done extensive reading. Students with whom I have worked include students with Aspergers, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, learning disabilities, and behavioral and emotional challenges.

In addition, I have a lot of familiarity with IEPs and have experience in writing and revising goals and objectives, in interpreting neuropsychological reports, in advocating for students with teachers and with districts (by writing letters, making phone calls, and attending meetings), and in general, helping students receive the support they need in order to be successful.

Study Skills

As a classroom teacher with years of experience, I have had many students who have struggled with organization and study skills, and have seen first-hand the types of approaches that have worked for them as well as what has not helped. My approach is to treat each student as an individual, helping each one identify the specific strategies that work best for him or her. As part of that, I teach my students specific approaches to note-taking, including outlining, the Cornell method, charting, mapping, and (for math), a two-column approach. I also help them learn to take notes from both oral presentations, such as lectures, and from books. I help them learn to identify the different types of information that need to be included in their notes as well as the types of information that are extraneous. I also help students learn to read textbooks both for meaning and for locating specific information. I teach them strategies for studying for tests and for organizing schoolwork, belongings, and "life." I work with them on "meta" strategies, helping them to know themselves better and helping them come to determine which particular strategies work the best for them.

TOEFL

I have a degree in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley and have completed additional graduate coursework in Linguistics both at Berkeley and at the University of Minnesota, where I also took graduate coursework in ESL. I have experience teaching ESL both in a classroom setting and one-on-one. I also have lived in a number of foreign countries in Asia and in South America, and have family members who have English as their second language.

Writing

I have taught writing classes to both adult learners and to younger learners, including teaching writing skills to people for whom English is not their first language and to people who have had learning challenges of various kinds. I also have taught business writing in a corporate setting. In addition, I have written and edited computer training manuals, and have edited and proofread other types of materials including essays, reports, a dissertation, magazine articles, and a book.

University of California at Berkeley
Psychology, Linguistics
Gordon College
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California at Berkeley (Psychology, Linguistics)

Gordon College (Graduate Coursework)

Susan, the perfect fit! — We have had Susan tutor our daughter for 10 sessions now and feel confident leaving a recommendation response. I have to wholeheartedly recommend Susan Y. to tutor your children. She is so well versed at teaching and keying in on areas and creating improvement in children I wish we could get the school systems to adopt her methodology. I have an advanced learner who has a passion for learning all ...

— Carrie, Winchester, MA on 12/5/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $105.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Susan will travel within 5 miles of Lexington, MA 02421.


About Susan

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.

Testimonials

"Susan, the perfect fit!"

- Carrie, Winchester, MA on 12/5/13

"Susan makes learning fun and interesting"

- Jing, Lexington, MA on 10/4/14

"Clear and methodical - a real pro"

- Eden, Somerville, MA on 9/21/14

"Kind and very flexible."

- Laurie, Billerica, MA on 8/12/14

"Great tutor helping ESL student achieve academic excellence"

- Danielle, Lexington, MA on 6/12/14

"Kind, engaging and focused"

- Jenny, Brookline, MA on 5/25/14

"Helpful tutor"

- Judi, Brighton, MA on 8/26/13

"Provides informative write-ups."

- Ben, Harvard, MA on 8/20/13
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Education

University of California at Berkeley
Psychology, Linguistics
Gordon College
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California at Berkeley (Psychology, Linguistics)

Gordon College (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Lexington, MA 02421

Susan’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra,
SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Psychology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Handwriting, Prealgebra,
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, COOP/HSPT, GED, GRE, ISEE,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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