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In my experience, no two people learn the same way. Because of this, I like to take the time to get to know my student's personality, likes and dislikes, and any strengths or weaknesses. These bits of information help me tailor my teaching to the student's individual needs. With the right kind of individualized attention, any student can be successful!
Learning is more effective when it's fun, therefore I try to incorporate educational games, creative learning tools, and plenty of laughter. For example, students who struggle with letter recognition, spelling or rhyming often enjoy games involving magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (this hands-on approach is particularly effective for younger learners, tactile learners or children with short attention spans). Older students, however, may prefer to play a short game of Scrabble Junior or Boggle to get the brain actively enjoying word play.
I have worked with all types of students, including children who have special needs, gifted & talented children, and adults from all over the spectrum of learning. I have worked as a writing tutor at UMA (University of Maine at Augusta) and I currently work as a reading tutor for elementary-aged children. Contact me for more information about my teaching philosophy, experience, or availability. Thank you!
I graduated from UMA with my Bachelor's degree in English in May of 2011. This is one of my areas of expertise.
Teaching language acquisition is one of my strong points.
I have taken all but one of the prerequisite courses for becoming a certified music teacher (I am currently enrolled in the last one I need, MUS 362, Music Methods). This includes Music Theory 1 and 2, methods courses for voice, strings and woodwinds, Music History and many musical ensembles. I have also been heavily involved with music my whole life and have performed in many musical theater productions as well as many vocal solo performances.
I have studied a plethora of literature, including Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Bronte, and many others. I love discussing symbolism, themes, character development and plot. Need help writing thesis-driven papers? Look no further... I can help.
This is something I absolutely LOVE to do... my dream job would probably be working as an editor from the comfort of my own home. I almost always notice the silly little mistakes that tend to go unnoticed even by professional editors. I have even helped local businesses correct signs and advertisements.
I have experience helping younger students learning to read. I wish to expand my experience of helping older students (as well as those learning to read English as a second language) learn to read more effectively. I have worked with adults with learning disabilities, teaching them how to read more fluently and how to extract meaning from what they have read.
I have been singing in choruses and vocal ensembles since middle school, which is when I started to learn how to read music. I have had even more extensive training in sight singing as part of my studies at University of Maine at Augusta. I will be a fully certified music teacher by the end of this year.
I've done plenty of research on effective ways to remember English spelling rules and ways to become a better speller. I like working with students who need help with spelling because it encourages me to think about how I know what comes naturally to me.
I have been in five musical theater productions in the past three years. Four of those five plays have featured me in a lead role. My theater experience goes all the way back to middle school, and although I have no formal training, I have a lot of direct experience.
Memorizing lists of words week by week is not an effective way to expand your vocabulary. I work with unfamiliar words in context, in conjunction with dialogic reading, to create lasting connections that really help with remembering vocabulary.
I sang my first solo at the age of five. I love singing and it is a huge part of my life (I am currently studying to become a music teacher, with voice as my instrument of choice).With my experience in teaching and my knowledge of vocal performance, I believe I would make an excellent voice instructor.
Writing does not have to be a chore. I like to bring a little "creative writing" into every other genre, from technical writing to research papers. Writing is creating!
Thank you!!! — My wife and I found Rebecca to be an excellent reading tutor for our son. He is in first grade and had been struggling with his reading. We feel that working with Rebecca has really helped to boost his reading ability, and we’ve seen this in his most recent school work. She is very personable and seemed to hit it off with him from the start. We would highly recommend Rebecca if you’re looking ...
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