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Ellen M.

Asheville, NC

$45/hr

Education/Learning Difference Specialist/Study Skills Expert

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Education/Learning Difference Specialist/Study Skills Expert

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All students, from elementary to post secondary, can realize their potential and reach their goals, given the right tools and strategies. This concept is the basis of my work with students- discovering their strengths and interests to motivate and support their learning. Developing study strategies and activities that teach AND reinforce their studies and mastery of a particular concept.

However, I cannot make this happen without a partner who is hopefully, motivated! Motivated or not so invested, I can help you get there! I can make learning less difficult and more fun and enjoyable. My diverse educational background and experience has allowed me to work with a variety of students, from urban and suburban settings, different cultures and backgrounds, with all types of educational issues and demands. Equally important is my understanding of elementary and secondary curriculum and expectations, including differentiated learning and using technology to enhance learning.

My expertise in regular education, Pre-K through post-secondary, along with specific learning differences,including Asperger's and ADHD,reading and written language issues, make me a great asset and tutor for you or your child! I employ strategies and techniques that are research based and differentiated, tailored to your child, or your own style and approach to a particular subject. There's more than one road or avenue that can, ultimately, help you reach your goal as a better and more confident student and learner.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor! "

- Kara, Asheville, NC on 5/4/13
Math:
Algebra 1, Differential Equations, Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

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.

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that interferes with a student's ability to properly decode sound/symbols properly when reading to form meaningful words. It also impacts spelling (encoding),or sound discrimination. If can also impact numbers and simple math.
As a learning specialist, I utilize a multi- modal approach and I am trained and certified in an Orton-Gillingham program to remediate significant reading issues.

Elementary (K-6th)

My undergraduate degree is in elementary education, k-6th. When entering K, students are expected to know their letters, colors, and are taught social skills and beginning reading skills and concepts. Students, within each primary grade, are taught reading, arithmetic and basic writing skills in a variety of ways, through experience-based activities and different modalities, which also include science and social studies, art and music.
Children progress at different rates, and curriculum is based on prior learning from lower grades. By the upper grades in elementary education, students learn to work together on project-based activities and learn more independent thinking and are expected to do more on their own, with somewhat less teacher direct assistance. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure as well as for information from text, and to learn basic math facts and word problems based on different situations.

Reading

Reading with fluency and understanding impacts everything we do throughout school and in everyday life. Many students try and hide their difficulties and frustrations so that their peers are not aware. Reading skills and strategies have to be taught properly and learned through practice, and depends on many factors. Some students are more phonetic and others initially are better at memorizing word families! However, words must be taught for their meaning through context clues and more specifically in other ways. Students benefit as preschoolers by being read to by their parents and within programs they may attend. Later on, kids learn through class discussions and the teaching of specific concepts and contextual clues, among other specific reading strategies ( main idea, supporting details, ...)
Often students need more intense programs to remediate dyslexia or fluency
Issues.

Special Needs

As a learning specialist for over forty years I have had experience working with students with a variety of learning differences and significant disabilities. My Master's and post-Master's courses, conferences and workshops have kept me abreast of the latest information in the field of autism, including Asperger's and behavioral disorders. My success working in both regular classroom and severely handicapped classes previously and more recently as a substitute, as well as working with students make me adept at helping and supporting many kinds of students reach their potential.

Study Skills

Developing good study skills makes learning, comprehending and retaining new information so much easier for all students at any age level! Strategies should be based on a particular student's intact learning style and particular subject matter. For instance, learning to take notes from listening during a lecture is different from taking notes while reading literature or from understanding when reading from a textbook. Using notes to study by figuring out to highlight important information is another skill and important to making connections to previously learned information. I use research based strategies such as SQ3R, the Frenauld method, and oth methods that incorporate all learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic tactile to facilitate understanding and improve grades.

Ellen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Ellen. View all of Ellen’s resources

Great advice, Kathryn! I would also add, Annie, that you check your planner, or at least list what you need to accomplish immediately, and what is due later, and RANK each subject by priority. Then, you can see visually, what needs to be tackled first and what is not due till later in the week...

George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University
Elementary Ed.
University of Miami: Exceptional Ed.:Specific Learning Disabilities
MEd
FIU (FLORIDA INT'L UNIVERSITY), Miami, FL
Graduate Coursework

Education

George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (Elementary Ed.)

University of Miami: Exceptional Ed.:Specific Learning Disabilities (MEd)

FIU (FLORIDA INT'L UNIVERSITY), Miami, FL (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome tutor! — Ellen has provided a great deal of help to my dyslexic daughter. She is very patient and has provided assistance not only in reading, but math as well. My daughter's self confidence has improved since she has started her sessions with Ellen. Ellen understands children struggling, really listened to our concerns and is always easy to reach. We are very pleased with our experience. ...

— Kara, Asheville, NC on 5/4/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Hourly rate may be reduced depending on how many sessions per week client requests; the above is also applicable for multiple hour lessons; group rates are dependent on # of students and subject.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 35 miles of Asheville, NC 28803.


About Ellen

All students, from elementary to post secondary, can realize their potential and reach their goals, given the right tools and strategies. This concept is the basis of my work with students- discovering their strengths and interests to motivate and support their learning. Developing study strategies and activities that teach AND reinforce their studies and mastery of a particular concept.

However, I cannot make this happen without a partner who is hopefully, motivated! Motivated or not so invested, I can help you get there! I can make learning less difficult and more fun and enjoyable. My diverse educational background and experience has allowed me to work with a variety of students, from urban and suburban settings, different cultures and backgrounds, with all types of educational issues and demands. Equally important is my understanding of elementary and secondary curriculum and expectations, including differentiated learning and using technology to enhance learning.

My expertise in regular education, Pre-K through post-secondary, along with specific learning differences,including Asperger's and ADHD,reading and written language issues, make me a great asset and tutor for you or your child! I employ strategies and techniques that are research based and differentiated, tailored to your child, or your own style and approach to a particular subject. There's more than one road or avenue that can, ultimately, help you reach your goal as a better and more confident student and learner.

Testimonials

"Awesome tutor! "

- Kara, Asheville, NC on 5/4/13
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Education

George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University
Elementary Ed.
University of Miami: Exceptional Ed.:Specific Learning Disabilities
MEd
FIU (FLORIDA INT'L UNIVERSITY), Miami, FL
Graduate Coursework

Education

George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (Elementary Ed.)

University of Miami: Exceptional Ed.:Specific Learning Disabilities (MEd)

FIU (FLORIDA INT'L UNIVERSITY), Miami, FL (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Hourly rate may be reduced depending on how many sessions per week client requests; the above is also applicable for multiple hour lessons; group rates are dependent on # of students and subject.

Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Asheville, NC 28803

Ellen’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Differential Equations, Prealgebra
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, Career Development, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

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.


Ellen’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Ellen. View all of Ellen’s resources

Great advice, Kathryn! I would also add, Annie, that you check your planner, or at least list what you need to accomplish immediately, and what is due later, and RANK each subject by priority. Then, you can see visually, what needs to be tackled first and what is not due till later in the week...


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