Professional customized tutoring, results guaranteed. Sensitive, creative, effective, experienced. Ages 8 - adult.
I will work with you to pinpoint exactly how to master your subject.
- Specialties: ESL, middle-school math, language arts/writing (K through post-grad). Editing, proofreading and study skills for all ages. Oral communication (speech, public speaking, pronunciation).
- Tutoring methods based on current education and learning research. No guesswork or "hoping for the best."
- Currently completing MN teaching licensure for Language Arts (grades 5-12) and Math (grades 5-8).
- Academic tutoring: elementary, secondary, university and post-grad level. Papers, theses.
- Non-academic tutoring: business and professional. Reports, presentations, proposals, grants. Workplace math and communication.
- Kind, patient, sensitive, fun. I can show you how to build on YOUR unique learning style to experience success and overcome obstacles.
- Efficient, prepared, productive.
- 30 years professional experience in communications, journalism, writing and business.
- B.A., Portland State University. Language, Literature, Journalism. Two-time award winner in university essay competition.
- M.B.A, Penn State. Marketing and public relations. Can tutor in business-related topics including math, finance, marketing, communications.
- Individual or small group tutoring. Family and long-term rates available.
If you're looking for a tutor, you are in one of two situations. You were basically doing fine recently but not lately; or, you haven't been doing fine for quite a while.
Be proactive with tutoring. Don't ignore problems, thinking they'll magically go away (or won’t matter). In most subjects - especially math - they won't (and they do).
In fact, ignoring problems can make the situation much worse. We learn a new concept by connecting it with something we already know. Now we’re ready to connect with the next concept in the sequence. If we don't make connection after connection, we stop learning.
It's like stretching rubber bands between doorknobs in your house, from one room to the next and the next. If you're missing one of the door knobs, or run out of rubber bands, you can't make the next connection. You're stuck where you are. All you can do with the new pattern is hear other people talk about it, and try to imagine what it looks like. But you lack the equipment to actually do it yourself. You can’t learn the new concept because you can’t make the connection.
If you've only recently started falling behind, let's backtrack a few steps to discover where your brain started saying "Huh?" This happens when the material gets harder. It shows that you are moving along through the concepts, and that's a good thing! It's called "learning."
Fixing those huh-spots might be all you need. You still need to follow along in class with the newest concepts as well as you can, so they don't become huh-spots themselves. So, for a short time, you will be catching up on some recent concepts and at the same time learning new ones. This takes concentration. No worries, though, this situation is do-able and will be resolved very soon.
You're at a critical point here. BE PROACTIVE. Nip this thing in the bud. You will probably only need a little bit of tutoring to stay on top of this situation.
If it's been a while (or never) since you were doing okay, it may mean that several "huh-spots" have occurred and there's now a stack of them.
Or, there may be concepts that you simply were never taught along the way for one reason or another (changed school; sick for a while, etc.) but now it's just assumed you know those things and nobody bothers to check.
It's like trying to build a brick house. When you missed out on a concept, it's like being handed an invisible brick. Now, when you try to build concepts on top of that, it doesn't work because the new bricks don't have anything to hold them up. So it's literally impossible to learn the new concepts.
This situation also requires concentration, and it will take more time, so you can relax, make a plan, and start making steady progress on your plan.
Don't panic, don't rush. You will be tackling your stack of "huh-spots" in a logical sequence. We'll figure out whether there are basic concepts "everybody knows" but you don't, through no fault of your own, and you will learn those concepts - making your life suddenly much easier.
The meaning of success
In my mind, tutoring isn't just me showing up to help you with some math problems, or talk about how to write the famous "three-point essay," or work with you on English grammar, vocabulary and oral comprehension. Those things are important, and I can do that.
My reason for tutoring is that I want to see you understand something you didn't understand before. I want your life to be good, which means having options. I don't think your life should be limited because you "got stuck" at a certain level of math, or English, or humanities - especially when the tools for getting "un-stuck" are easily shared.
Ultimately, I want you to enjoy learning and especially the experience of growth and success when you try hard, grapple with your obstacles, and turn them into strengths.
Tutoring isn't about grades or subjects or assignments. It's about you accomplishing your goals.
As your tutor, it is my privilege to provide tools, methods, information, encouragement, learning materials and guidance, using the best information I can get my hands on about how people learn.
I say that I "guarantee results" for my tutoring. This is not because of what I do, but what you do: You learn. You succeed.
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