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Brenda B.

Eupora, MS

$42/hr

Prescriptive Mentor

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I have had the privilege of helping people attain their educational/learning goals. The opportunities have ranged from ESL students who were able to get their GED to a student who had received her Master's degree but couldn't pass the comprehensive exam. After we spent some time determining the areas of weakness in her educational/learning foundation and pursued a disciplined course of study, she gained the ability to comprehend what she read and assimilate it into content. We followed a prescriptive curriculum to remediate the learning structure deficiencies and she passed the comprehensive exam and was able to pursue her chosen career field.

Many times the students with whom I am working have a behavior issue which interfere with their learning, and/or they haven't learned to create a suitable learning environment. Once these issues are addressed and a disciplined course of action is pursued, they are often able to excel in reaching their education goals. I explain to students and their caregivers; you build a foundation of learning precept by precept, skill upon skill. If there are weak areas in the foundation, it will eventually begin to fall. This means that you have to look back to see where the problem actually began and then begin to move forward by rebuilding the learning structure from the point where difficulties began and/or a skill wasn't properly learned and applied.

I often use the Project Light prescriptive software and/or the Basic Learning Systems to rebuild the foundation of a learner who is experiencing failure to succeed. My experience as a Sylvan Learning Center instructor and later as a center director has proven invaluable in understanding the learner and helping them to build a support structure (i.e., parents, grandparents and siblings who can help the learner to achieve his or her goals). I have had the privilege of experiencing a tutor/mentor relationship with students from elementary school to college level and with students from multiple economic and cultural backgrounds.

There are multiple factors which may lead to academic difficulties. Therefore, it is often necessary to pre-test a learner so that time and money are not wasted. I appreciate the opportunity to use the education and experience I have gained to help learners to move over the "bump in the road" and assist them in gaining the ability to travel on to their educational goals.

English:
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia
Homeschool:
Piano,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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.

Bible Studies

I have completed the Teaching the Bible course at Columbia International University, which included making a Bible Chart as a teaching tool. I am also a Libery University graduate, where Bible was integrated into every subject. I taught my 2 homeschooled sons their required Bible courses. I co-write Expository Bible Studies with my husband for teaching and publication.

Bible Studies involve using the Bible's historical account of God and His relationship to His children to give insight to life issues and concepts. The Bible is an instruction book with mulitple in depth applications to current life situations. The Bible provides character studies with insight to the psychological implications of given persons and the influence of circumstantce and environments. Contents of the Bible address "justice", right living, science, history, geography and other social study subjects. Math is even covered.

General Music

I have taught advanced level piano and voice training. Reading of music on the staff and learning the associated pitch and value of notes as regards the timing of music is just the beginning of general music. An appreciation for rhythm, tempo, style and the cultural aspects must be studied. Music is a vital part of life, whether is is organized or presented by nature in the call of a bird, harmonies of horns blowing, the percussive beat of rain upon the concrete or the howl of the wind. A study of various instruments and their particular characteristics increases appreication for those who perform and the intergration of harmonies in performance.

Photography

I have taught a limited number of photagraphy classes. I assist my husband in his photograpic pursuits. He is an international award winning photographer.

Taking a picture to be recorded requires patience and understanding of your equipment. First you must compose the image using the golden mean principle to make sure you capture a picture that will portray what you have in mind. I prefer to use a non automatic camera that will allow control of exposure, apeture and the corresponding depth of field. Taking the picture is just the beginning. Development either of film or manipulation of a digital image can yield a satisfactory picture even if it is not properly exposed, when it is properly composed.

Piano

Beginner students learn theory, practical keyboard and sight reading, at a level the will provide a firm foundation for learning more advanced skills. As a student progresses more difficult music skills are taught until the student reaches a level of learning advanced skills such as improvisation and beginner level composition. There are numerous course for teaching piano, I prefer Gail Smith's Piano Course with appropriate sheet music to give well rounded music foundational skills.

Sight Singing

In order to sight sing one must first become competent in reading music and voice production. The only road to success is discipline and positive, competent coaching and evaluation.

Study Skills

I was a study skills instructor for Sylvan Learning Center, Jackson, MS and taught Developmental Skills classes at Hinds Community College.

Effective study skills can bring academic success to even marginal students. Knowing how to organize your time, material, subjects, and prioritize gives student a competitive edge. Once a study habit is learned a student must discipline themselves to use it. Personality, environment and resources influence personal study habits but these factors can be used in a manner that makes them more effective and helps to achieve positive results.

Voice (Music)

I have participated in all levels of choirs for over 40 years and have limited experience teaching voice.

Voice production includes not only proper pitch and an ability to read the music but breath control is vital. Voice production requires discipline, vocal exercise and a trained ear. A good voice coach can provide the same elements required of anyone who coaches atheletes and/or other activities. Encouragement, materials selected for the proper level of competency and an environment conducsive to proper study and exercise of learned skills are essential for success.

Liberty University
Liberty University
Master's
Columbia International University, Columbia, SC
MEd

Education

Liberty University

Liberty University (Master's)

Columbia International University, Columbia, SC (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $42.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Group rates may be negotiated Cancelled lessons without 24 hours notice are billable.

Travel policy

Brenda will travel within 30 miles of Eupora, MS 39744.


About Brenda

I have had the privilege of helping people attain their educational/learning goals. The opportunities have ranged from ESL students who were able to get their GED to a student who had received her Master's degree but couldn't pass the comprehensive exam. After we spent some time determining the areas of weakness in her educational/learning foundation and pursued a disciplined course of study, she gained the ability to comprehend what she read and assimilate it into content. We followed a prescriptive curriculum to remediate the learning structure deficiencies and she passed the comprehensive exam and was able to pursue her chosen career field.

Many times the students with whom I am working have a behavior issue which interfere with their learning, and/or they haven't learned to create a suitable learning environment. Once these issues are addressed and a disciplined course of action is pursued, they are often able to excel in reaching their education goals. I explain to students and their caregivers; you build a foundation of learning precept by precept, skill upon skill. If there are weak areas in the foundation, it will eventually begin to fall. This means that you have to look back to see where the problem actually began and then begin to move forward by rebuilding the learning structure from the point where difficulties began and/or a skill wasn't properly learned and applied.

I often use the Project Light prescriptive software and/or the Basic Learning Systems to rebuild the foundation of a learner who is experiencing failure to succeed. My experience as a Sylvan Learning Center instructor and later as a center director has proven invaluable in understanding the learner and helping them to build a support structure (i.e., parents, grandparents and siblings who can help the learner to achieve his or her goals). I have had the privilege of experiencing a tutor/mentor relationship with students from elementary school to college level and with students from multiple economic and cultural backgrounds.

There are multiple factors which may lead to academic difficulties. Therefore, it is often necessary to pre-test a learner so that time and money are not wasted. I appreciate the opportunity to use the education and experience I have gained to help learners to move over the "bump in the road" and assist them in gaining the ability to travel on to their educational goals.

Education

Liberty University
Liberty University
Master's
Columbia International University, Columbia, SC
MEd

Education

Liberty University

Liberty University (Master's)

Columbia International University, Columbia, SC (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Group rates may be negotiated Cancelled lessons without 24 hours notice are billable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Eupora, MS 39744

Brenda’s Subjects

English:
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia
Homeschool:
Piano,
Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Corporate Training:
Grammar

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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