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I have worked with students preparing for the ACT and SAT for almost 10 years. I was trained in the Kaplan method of test prep in 2004. I have worked with several students who have seen their ACT scores increase after tutoring. I will work not only on the information needed for a good score, but also on the knowing about the test - whether or not to answer a question the student is unsure of, how to manage test time, etc.
In addition to having taught Algebra 2 for several years, I have tutored Algebra 2 students for exams and placement tests, as well as for the math portions of the ACT and SAT. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects, and I have been told that I have a knack for explaining the concepts and steps in a way that students finally "get" it.
In addition to teaching each step needed to be able to do their Algebra 2 work, I try to impart a solid conceptual knowledge of the concepts. This conceptual framework aids in students gaining an understanding of how math works that will help them in their math classes going forward.
I'm a total history buff! I have taught social studies for over a decade, and I hope to be doing it for many more years! As a history tutor, I will not only try to provide insight into the eras and topics being studied, I will also help the student make connections to prior learning, in order to make the studying "stick." I try to make history come alive with stories that are easy to remember and that will allow the student to see the importance of the events.
Before settling on teaching secondary, I spent a lot of time subbing in elementary in K-6th grade, including a full year as a permanent 6th grade sub. In addition, I have been private tutoring elementary students in math, English, reading, and social studies for nearly 15 years. The school I currently teach at full time is K-8th, so I have been able to participate in a lot of development directed toward K-6th grade students, including methods for teaching k-6th students with ADD, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, and other learning challenges. I have been able to attend k-6th grade development seminars, including differentiated instruction and assessment for elementary teachers. While I enjoy tutoring elementary students in any area, I particularly love the one-on-one benefits of tutoring elementary math. Even after teaching several years, it wasn't until my elementary age son began to struggle in school, and particularly in math, that I really became passionate about introducing concepts in personalized ways that he could understand. This is one of the reasons I love tutoring. I get to know each student and figure what methods will work best for them. It is a very rewarding experience.
I have experience with Saxon, Everyday Math, ABeka, Glencoe, Mammoth Math, Math U See, and more.
I use both traditional methods and less traditional learning tools, such as lattice multiplication.
I use manipulatives and hands-on methods when necessary.
Prealgebra teacher - Agape Christian School, 2003-2009
Prealgebra tutor - Farmington Hills, Northville, Redford Union, 2010-present
I have loved learning Spanish since I first started watching Sesame Street as a toddle and learned my first Spanish word, "agua, agua...!" Since then, I have studied Spanish for many years, excelling in all my classes, spending time in Mexico and Spain. I have also taught high school Spanish, levels 1-4 for over a decade. I have seen several of my students able to test out of the 100 and 200 levels of Spanish at the university level, saving them thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Having been a full-time teacher for 16 years, I have had many opportunities to develop a plan for teaching study skills, including teaching a study skills class for three years. My approach is three-fold: organization, reading, and note-taking. By developing these three skill sets, students can learn how to approach any class and achieve to their potential. I work on making sure the student develops an organization system. Then, I work on how to read for understanding, while simultaneously teaching note-taking skills to be used with reading and verbal lectures.