I hold a B.S. degree in Special Education from the University of MD and have taught and tutored ADD/ADHD/LD students grades K-12-Adult in all academic areas. I have been a private tutor for over five years working with Special Needs students in school and at home. I provide parents assistance on interpreting and implementing IEP’s. My tutoring technique uses a relaxed, Socratic, student centric approach to: Note taking, Concentrating, Staying on task, Doing homework, Learning how to study, Developing good study habits, Developing good listening skills, Processing details and Improving Self Esteem. I also use an Executive Function / Metacognitive approach when working with students in all academic areas and have helped student improve grades and G.P.A.’s by 3 points.
My background is in Special Education with a focus on learning disabilities, organizational skills and special needs. I received my training at the University of MD, College Park and interned and taught at: Duckworth, a level 4 Center in Prince Georges County, MD and LEAP in Silver Spring, MD. At these locations I instructed grades six to adult whose educational descriptions were a combination of ADD/ADHD, Autistic, LD, Downs Syndrome and other Special Needs. I also interned at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD. There I taught: Math, English, Science, Reading, Writing, and Study Skills to ninth – twelfth graders.
I have been a private tutor for over five years working with Special Needs students in grades K-12-Adult in all areas of academics with several of the students improving their grades and grade point averages by as much as 3 grade points.
My tutoring technique uses a relaxed, Socratic, student centric approach to: Note taking, Concentrating, Staying on task, Homework, Learning how to study, Developing good study habits, Developing good listening skills, and Processing details. I also use an Executive Function / Metacognitive approach when working with students in all academic areas and the Linda Mood-Bell approach to reading and comprehension.
I help students in reading expand their reading repertoire and explore reading by considering a variety of approaches to reading and reading comprehension. They experiment with different genres and discuss their opinions and comprehensions on various reading material. Students are encouraged to experiment with and discuss different reading activities involving sentences: combining, expanding, and manipulating them to create stories of their own. I give students several opportunities and encourage them to read and write for a variety of purposes, real audiences, then encourage them to read, read, read. Students gain new perspectives on reading: fun, information, research and other things. They are also encouraged to: explore, state reasons, purposes, goals, work on comprehension and ways to improve as well as strengthen reading capabilities.
I have successfully instructed students in English at: ELT (Executive Language Training), MCLC (Montgomery County Literacy Council), students grades 5 - 12 and ESL / ESOL students.
I am a certified ESL/ESOL/TESAL Tutor. I received my certification and training from the Literacy Council of Montgomery County in Rockville, Maryland. My background is in Education and Telecommunications. I have a B.S. degree from the university of Maryland in Special Education and 15+ years in Telecommunications.
I have done private tutoring in: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, ESL/ESOL and TESOL.
I am skilled in instrument orientation, music theory, instrument technique and orchestration. I have played the flute for over 20 years and taught flute to both adults and children. I have also played the viola (in the DC Youth orchestra) and have studied and played: oboe (University of Maryland, College Park), violin, cello, piano trumpet and piccolo in high school and college. I studied music in college (University of Maryland), high school and have taken private lessons.
My approach to teaching grammar requires students to identify their communication goals and purposes. Students are encouraged to facilitate understanding of grammar by using accurate and appropriate examples and application. Students read narratives, hold conversations, construct sentences, make corrections; then ask questions about points they don't understand or not clear. The student’s errors are identified and corrected. They are then encouraged to apply their newly acquired skills for practice, improvement and to build confidence in their ability to correctly use grammar.
I have used and still currently use phonics to teach reading and spelling to grades K-12-Adult. In my approach to teaching phonics, I use: the alphabet, letter recognition, consonant blends, vowels, word decoding, digraphs and chunks to develope a foundation for word construction and recognition. I incorporate the use of oral, video and audio presentation to demonstrate and illustrate phonic sounds and shapes. I then have the student connect sounds to letters, then letters to words.
My approach to teaching reading is to first teach the sound of the various combination of letters. I then use phonics to teach reading and spelling to grades K-12-Adult. In my approach to teaching reading, I use: the alphabet, letter recognition, consonant blends, vowels, word decoding, digraphs and chunks to develop a foundation for word construction and recognition. I incorporate various topics of interest to the reader and start with easy to read books (for success, to build confidence and comprehension). I incorporate the use of oral, video and audio presentation(s) to demonstrate, illustrate and reinforce reading skills and techniques. I then have the student learn to relax and relate to what is read.
I am a Special Education Teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. I have done private tutoring in: Math, Science, English, Reading and Writing. I have worked with Special Needs clients at Duckworth (Prince Gorge's County, MD), LEAP (Silver Spring, MD), Springbrook and J. F. Kennedy Senior High Schools (Silver Spring, MD) and Cheltenham Center, Cheltenham, MD. I teach from grades K-12-Adult.
I have taught students how to develop effective study skills to improve: reading comprehension, time management, exam preparation, vocabulary, test taking strategies, listen skills and note taking. I have helped students focus on ways to avoid and deal with TEST ANXIETY. The students I have taught have improved their performance in school and learning ability.
I am a certified ESL/ESOL/TOEFL Tutor. I received my certification and training from the Literacy Council of Montgomery County in Rockville, Maryland. My background is in Education and Telecommunications. I have a B.S. degree from the university of Maryland in Special Education and 15+ years in Telecommunications. I have successfully tutored students from: Russia, South Korea, China and South America; all who have taken and passed the TOEFL, TESAL and TESOL tests.
I have student define and state use and importance of vocabulary. The student is then introduced to: Root, Prefix and Suffix and shown how to use them to get word meanings.
I also use: Passage Reading, Context, Inference, Personal Experiences to teach vocabulary.
I also use Marzano’s Six Steps to Teach Vocabulary:
Step one: Explain a new word, going beyond reciting its definition.
Step two: Students restate or explain the new word in their own words (verbally and/or in writing).
Step three: Ask students to create a non-linguistic representation of the word (a picture, or symbolic representation).
Step four: Students engage in activities to deepen their knowledge of the new word (compare words, classify terms, write their own analogies and metaphors).
Step five: Students discuss the new word (pair-share, elbow partners).
Step six: Students periodically play games to review new vocabulary (Pyramid, Jeopardy).