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Terrence T.

North Billerica, MA

$75/hr

Academic and computer tutor with disabilities expertise

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Hello! Education is the cornerstone of success. I know this both professionally and personally. My career has afforded me the opportunity to mold children, and guide adults. With specialties in language, behavior and learning disabilities, I especially enjoy work with children and adults who experience difficulties in learning due to ADD/ADHD or those on the spectrum. However, I am interested in providing academic support to any child or adult in need of extra help.

I see the use of tutors coming from two positions; either the person wants to get a head start, advancing beyond the class, or, the person is struggling. This struggle may came from a number of causes; material presented in a manner that does not allow the person to integrate it well, learning disabilities, lack of motivation, and others. I seek to identify the cause and provide strategies to address the underlying reason for difficulty.

Having a BS in Speech Pathology and a MS in Human Services Administration, I am well prepared to address educational needs and recommend changes to IEPs or 504 plans, where appropriate. Special Education is not, however my limitation. I am quite skilled in providing tutorship to children and adults of all levels, with a forte in English/grammar, math and the sciences.

As children are about to become adults, they need to prepare for that transition effectively. They are about to lose the "safety net" of the public school system. Both parent and child need to fully understand the ramifications of this move. When do you start to plan? What are the real choices? How do you access services? What services are appropriate to my needs?

My experience in educational and human service positions- from direct service to social work and program management- have provided me the knowledge base to effectively guide you and/or your child to the services needed and available. I am well-versed in most disabilities. I raised my own adopted child with multiple medical issues until her death. I can provide you the understanding and empathy needed to find success, whether you have a disability or not. My experience provides me the ability to evaluate your best modality(ies) to learn, and help you tap into them.

Consider me as you assess your needs and the skills in the tutor you seek. But whomever you choose to assist you, I wish you the best in your/your children's educational growth.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor"

- Libby, Stoneham, MA on 3/12/13

"Excellent Tutor, Highly recommended"

- Lisa, Lynnfield, MA on 10/21/13
Terrence replied on 10/22/2013

Thank you for your kind words!

"First Meeting"

- Nancy, Boxborough, MA on 8/6/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Tax Preparation
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
College Counseling, GED,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have supervised a program for adolescents with ADD/ADHD compounded by other emotional and acting out behaviors. I have served as a social worker in an extended care facility, where the children often had ADD/ADHD as a condition above their medical issues. I have tutored adults and transition age youth with ADD/ADHD in GED prep through a Career Center.

Algebra 1

Algebra presents people with problems as it goes beyond numbers. Where straight use of numbers is fairly straightforward, adding "x"s and "y"s can be intimidating. I will work with you to overcome that anxiety and see that these letters are not as complicated as they appear.

Aspergers

I have worked with young adults with Aspergers in a career center and various children in residential programs. I am also very familiar with Aspergers from a personal position, having a nephew with Aspergers; now an MIT graduate. My brother, the MIT Grad's father, was undiagnosed, but is almost assuredly Aspergers.

My approach to working with Aspergers is, first and foremost, work to the strengths. Beyond that, I address the areas that present issues to the client and find tools and methods to accommodate those issues. The goal being to enable the client to function to his greatest potential.

My ultimate intent is to ensure that every client has all appropriate skills needed to compensate for weaker areas, thereby improving the probability of success.

Autism

I spent three years in residential care at the Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring) in Wichita, KS, providing academic support, life skills training and behavior management for children with autism. Two of these years was as a houseparent, while the third as Crisis Counselor. As Crisis counselor, I would assist other houseparents with behavior management, intervene in acting out situations and support academic training.

Career Development

I spent three years working in a Massachusetts career center as Disability Program Navigator. In this position, I counseled job seekers on all aspect of the career search; resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, job matching, training needed for career, interest surveys and addressing needed accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of a job, where needed.

Dyslexia

People with Dyslexia use parts of the brain others do not when trying to learn. The key to dealing with dyslexia is to find the modality of learning upon which the brain is capitalizing . I have worked with children and adults, helping them do just that. I worked for three years in a residential program in VA. There, I supervised a campus of students with various forms of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, ensuring homework was done and aiding students understand the concepts.

I also assisted adults in a career center as the disabilities specialist. I aided in tutoring adults in GED prep working with those who could not understand due to the teaching methods being utilized. I would identify what was needed to help the student see the concepts.

I would help you by assessing what modalities you use (Vision, touch, etc.) when trying to learn and use tools and techniques to make that learning easier.

Elementary (K-6th)

Having been Director of a child care program with an After-school component, I managed an hour-long homework time for all children in the After-school program. All children in this program were in K-6 and would receive instruction and assistance with their homework. I would aid children with math, social studies, English and any other area of study for they needed assistance.

Elementary Math

Having spent my career working primarily with children, and having a strong math sense, I am well-qualified to assess what is preventing your child from succeeding in his or her study of mathematics. I am well in tune with children's development and have am a strong advocate for appropriate education within the school program. I feel many schools overlook the children who are struggling, unless an IEP is in place. These struggles come in the form of subject-specific issues as well as those students who are advanced, but not challenged. This lack of challenge can result in the student becoming bored and result in acting out behaviors. I use my knowledge and experience to provide you, the parent, recommendations on how to proceed in getting appropriate services for your child.

English

English is a very complicated language. It has too many exceptions and has developed from numerous sources. However, the ultimate base of our language is Latin and Greek. I took four years of Latin and have used that learning well to develop my skills in English grammar, syntax and semantics. I will use these skills to aid you in developing your skills and in assessing where you are having difficulties

ESL/ESOL

I am well versed in English, especially as it relates to grammar and semantics. Having a degree in speech pathology aids in my ability to guide speakers of both English and where English is not the natural tongue, to appropriately articulate and understand the nuances of this language.

GED

I have numerous years of experience assisting adults and young adults in preparing for the GED. Recently, I worked in a One-stop Career Center as Disabilities Specialist. Within that position, I often worked with customers seeking to improve their knowledge and prepare to take the GED tests. I would be called in to our self-directed program to provide guidance in varied subjects, primarily math. The participants did not need to have identified themselves as having a disability to access my assistance.
Previously, I also assisted young adults in a residential program studying for the GED and general studies to help them develop into productive adults.

General Computer

Computers- a necessary evil in today's world. If you do not have basic skills, at a minimum, you could find yourself passed over for a job, a promotion, or simply lost. I have been using both Mac and PCs since the 80's. I do prefer PCs.
I am well versed in key combinations, as I prefer the keyboard over a mouse. I can teach you the basic- from turning on the machine and options, to complex programs. I do not do programming!
If you are struggling with your computer and feel guidance will help- it usually does- give me a try. I will help you become comfortable with the machine.

Geometry

Geometry is a subject that requires the ability to visualize. This is often difficult for children and adults. I approach teaching geometry through helping the student see real-life uses. You will learn to drive easier and be a better driver if you know geometry. I try to put a face on learning, rather than only using factual information.

Grammar

Grammar is the backbone of English (and all languages). However, Grammar is not taught in the public schools as it was in the past. Grammar is now an afterthought. The schools seem to feel students will "pick up" grammar as they do other language-related activities. This is wrong! I am well-versed in Grammar, having been taught this well, I took four years of Latin, a major base for English. I believe all students must be taught Grammar in order to utilize our language, in writing, speech and comprehension.

Hard Of Hearing

I have a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Towson University. I have worked with HOH individuals in a number of settings; including, but not limited to, residential care program, pediatric extended care program and employment facility. I have a strong knowledge of the deaf culture and present myself well when working with all clients. In tutoring, it is important to ensure the client is looking at the tutor prior to initiating anything. This improves the communication and strengthens the likelihood of success.

Microsoft Word

MS Word has gone through multiple revisions. Whether you are new to the program, or trying to update from a former version, I can guide you through the menus, key combinations and overall formatting to get a working knowledge. You will be able to do all basic skills and, if desired, learn some complex aspects of the program to improve the overall appearance of your documents.
I always gear my tutorials to the current level and needs of the individual.

Phonics

Phonics requires breaking words down so that they may be recognized and pronounced correctly. Having a background in Speech Pathology, I have had to be able to not only decipher words, but listen to how these words are said by clients and aid in correcting the mispronunciation. These skills are applied to learning to use phonetic cues to read. Further, having taken Latin for four years, I have an excellent understanding of the makeup of words and their meanings.
Phonics is only the first step to reading and speech, knowing what you are saying and its use is also vital.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the beginning of the demise of non-math students. If they have had trouble with operations on numbers, they are now going to be utterly dumbfounded by teachers adding letters and weird symbols to this previously number system.

Children's frustration over math is expected. I try to demystify this complex system and make the student see this as "just another assignment" rather than a dreaded subject matter. I do so by providing the tools the student can use to see the problems clearer. I have worked with multiple children facing numbers as enemies and gotten them to see that this is a process, just like all other subjects. Getting the student from point A to point B need not take a battle, just finesse.

Reading

Reading skills begin at birth. The love of reading is learned by a parent or significant individual to the child reading to the child. As the child sees that books are enjoyable and fun, they are more likely to desire learning from them.

Armed with the skills instilled from birth, older children, especially those having difficulty with the task, are more receptive to different techniques and approaches to help them master reading.

Never give up on your child's desire to learn to read, even where s/he voices a dislike for doing so. Keep reading- your example will do vastly more than you may believe. Then use others to augment and aid your child's skill building.

SAT Math

There are two aspects to taking the SAT Math test. First, you must have a good handle on math. Then, you will do well to understand how to take standardized tests. I can assist with both of these aspects of the SAT.

I have been tutoring math to high school and adult students throughout my time at a career center, in residential programs for adolescents and privately. This experience spans some thirty years. Inevitably, taking tests becomes a major discussion and teaching. I have assisted students with the SAT, as well as the GED. The process of learning to take tests is the same, regardless of the test.

SAT Reading

The SAT, like all standardized tests, does not simply require a knowledge of the subject matter. Rather, understanding how to take standardized tests is almost as important. I have assisted others in multiple settings understand what to look for in the questions and answers to rule in or out choices. This process can help improve scores, when done correctly.

Special Needs

My career has been with special needs children and adults. I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Mass. I raised a significantly medically impaired daughter. She was tracheostomy dependent, gastrostomy fed, with a litany of diagnoses. To name a few: congenital encephalopathy, seizure disorder, developmental delay, neurogenic bladder and COPD. Further, I worked as social worker in a pediatric nursing care facility. All 80 of my patients were medically and cognitively impaired. I also have my own disabilities, principally, a seizure disorder, for which I had brain surgery.

Speech

I have a BS in Speech Pathology. This affords me the ability and knowledge needed to assist people with speech difficulty caused by a disorder, and those who need to improve their articulation, language and enunciation due to dialect or culture. My career has found me assisting others, who have spanned the ages of childhood to adulthood, in this regard.

Study Skills

My career has been working primarily with children. This includes children in need of homework/study skills assistance. I did this in at least two settings, first in a residential program for adolescents, and then as Director of an after-school program. I assisted these children, especially those with attention issues, to stay on task and recognize when he or she needed assistance. I did similar work with high school youth and young adults within a career center, aiding them in preparing for the GED tests

Vocabulary

A good majority of the English language is derived from vocabulary that originated through Latin and Greek. I studied Latin for four years in high school, followed by a degree in Speech Pathology. This degree, though centered in language and speech disorders, relies upon the use of vocabulary to enhance speech.

I encourage students to seek beyond the "spell check" and "grammar check" to enable themselves to grow as an effective user of the language. Having a broad vocabulary creates opportunities that children, and adults, may not consider. This may include the use of poetry to brighten another's day, improved career choices and interviewing skills, and many more.

Towson University
Speech Pathology
Nova Southeastern University
Master's
MS at Wichita State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Towson University (Speech Pathology)

Nova Southeastern University (Master's)

MS at Wichita State University (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome tutor — Terrence has done an incredible job tutoring our high school freshman who has difficulties with math and English. He has created a tutoring plan curtailed to the specifics of her class work and school so that she has a good understanding of what to expect during his tutoring sessions. Terrence is very clear that his job IS NOT to merely help her with her homework, it is to help her understand wha ...

— Libby, Stoneham, MA on 3/12/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Other rates: 2 students on same level seen together- $85.00/hr 2 students, on different levels and seen together- $120/hr

Travel policy

Terrence will travel within 20 miles of North Billerica, MA 01862.


About Terrence

Hello! Education is the cornerstone of success. I know this both professionally and personally. My career has afforded me the opportunity to mold children, and guide adults. With specialties in language, behavior and learning disabilities, I especially enjoy work with children and adults who experience difficulties in learning due to ADD/ADHD or those on the spectrum. However, I am interested in providing academic support to any child or adult in need of extra help.

I see the use of tutors coming from two positions; either the person wants to get a head start, advancing beyond the class, or, the person is struggling. This struggle may came from a number of causes; material presented in a manner that does not allow the person to integrate it well, learning disabilities, lack of motivation, and others. I seek to identify the cause and provide strategies to address the underlying reason for difficulty.

Having a BS in Speech Pathology and a MS in Human Services Administration, I am well prepared to address educational needs and recommend changes to IEPs or 504 plans, where appropriate. Special Education is not, however my limitation. I am quite skilled in providing tutorship to children and adults of all levels, with a forte in English/grammar, math and the sciences.

As children are about to become adults, they need to prepare for that transition effectively. They are about to lose the "safety net" of the public school system. Both parent and child need to fully understand the ramifications of this move. When do you start to plan? What are the real choices? How do you access services? What services are appropriate to my needs?

My experience in educational and human service positions- from direct service to social work and program management- have provided me the knowledge base to effectively guide you and/or your child to the services needed and available. I am well-versed in most disabilities. I raised my own adopted child with multiple medical issues until her death. I can provide you the understanding and empathy needed to find success, whether you have a disability or not. My experience provides me the ability to evaluate your best modality(ies) to learn, and help you tap into them.

Consider me as you assess your needs and the skills in the tutor you seek. But whomever you choose to assist you, I wish you the best in your/your children's educational growth.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor"

- Libby, Stoneham, MA on 3/12/13

"Excellent Tutor, Highly recommended"

- Lisa, Lynnfield, MA on 10/21/13
Terrence replied on 10/22/2013

Thank you for your kind words!

"First Meeting"

- Nancy, Boxborough, MA on 8/6/12
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Education

Towson University
Speech Pathology
Nova Southeastern University
Master's
MS at Wichita State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Towson University (Speech Pathology)

Nova Southeastern University (Master's)

MS at Wichita State University (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Other rates: 2 students on same level seen together- $85.00/hr 2 students, on different levels and seen together- $120/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of North Billerica, MA 01862

Terrence’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Speech
History:
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Tax Preparation
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th),
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Geometry,
Physics, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
College Counseling, GED,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
General Computer,
Grammar,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
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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