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Marissa C.

Charlotte, NC

$40/hr

Experienced Learning Consultant Specializing in Literacy and LD's

Background check passed as of 6/15/13
Usually responds in about 11 hours

Experienced Learning Consultant Specializing in Literacy and LD's

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As a learning consultant, I have nearly a decade of experience implementing successful learning plans for struggling students.

Using research-proven methods and strategies, I strive to understand your student's learning differences, provide recommendations, and create personalized learning plans. I specialize in the areas of reading development, comprehension, spelling, writing, and elementary math.

I have experience with a variety of learning diagnoses including but not limited to: dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ASD/Autism Spectrum disorders, CAPD and language processing disorders.

It is my goal to provide quality, multi-sensory, cognitive instruction to enhance learning for all students who demonstrate need. My rates are negotiable.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!!!"

- Tamika, Charlotte, NC on 1/29/14

"Hitting the Mark."

- Joe-Anne, Charlotte, NC on 2/24/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Anne, Charlotte, NC on 4/26/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Nicole, Charlotte, NC on 4/25/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- LAY IM, Charlotte, NC on 12/3/12
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, 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.

Aspergers

As a learning consultant, I've had nearly 10 years of experience developing learning and behavior plans for students with Aspergers.

In my experience, students with Aspergers respond to many of the following strategies: establishing a predictable lesson format, incorporating use of a nonverbal token or reward system, providing visual aids like charts or graphs to track progress, and providing extrinsic motivators that reflect the students' interests.

Autism

As a learning consultant, I've had the opportunity to work with autistic students for almost a decade.

My instruction centers around strengthening language processing and comprehension skills. As comprehension is enhanced, I help address weaknesses in many of the following areas: vocabulary development, following oral directions, critical thinking, and oral and written expression.

Dyslexia

I began working with students diagnosed as dyslexic in 2004. Using a sensory-cognitive approach, my lessons are designed to strengthen weak learning components like phonemic awareness and visual memory. As individual components are strengthened, I include reading exercises to support concept application and use of context.

Phonics

I have nearly a decade of experience helping non-readers and struggling readers develop strong phonics skills. I use techniques to strengthen visual memory recognition of letters and letter pairs. I also draw attention to articulation of sounds in order to help students develop automatic sound and symbol associations.

Proofreading

Implementing and applying an effective editing process is important for student development. In order to proofread effectively, material should be reviewed in a strategic manner. Creating a mental or visual checklist and then reviewing one aspect at a time, gives a student multiple opportunities to make corrections. Additionally, reading the material aloud enables the student to experience the style and flow of the written word.

Reading

Reading is not only a necessity in school, but for life!

In a one-on-one learning environment, a struggling reader benefits from tailored instruction that responds to his/her individual needs. Using a multi-sensory and integrated approach, I address the essential components required to develop reading fluency.

Special Needs

For six years I've had the opportunity to work with special needs populations. My philosophy is person-centered and I've attended numerous trainings designed to help clients discover and achieve on their own terms. I've had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients with various diagnoses: MR/DD, ASD, CP, and Down's Syndrome.

Spelling

Spelling ability comes naturally to some. For others, spelling is a frustrating task with little rhyme or reason. My approach to spelling involves an analysis of decoding and word imagery reinforced through repetitive review. In order to stabilize the spelling process, it's important to rely upon reading rules, when applicable. However, since so many words fail to follow common reading rules, attention to the word's orthographic pattern also becomes important. Experiencing spelling words on a multisensory level gives a student multiple opportunities for word acquisition.

Study Skills

Using cognitive strategies, I've been successful in helping students organize and prioritize their study needs. Using a 'learning partnership' approach, I encourage students to take ownership of their learning and seek out resources as needed. My study skills sessions include: drills for writing down homework assignments, using school databases, using an agenda/planner, time-management discussions and effective use of materials for successful test-taking.

Vocabulary

Developing expressive and receptive vocabulary entails much more than memorizing definitions. In order to truly retain unknown words, a student must be able to create some sort of mental picture for the concept in question. Using illustrations, Google images or reference pictures is a great place to start. Once an image is established, describing the image verbally is important. With that verbal description should come an opportunity to practice the word in context. Ultimately, reviewing the word meaning becomes more than just memorization, it becomes understanding on a cognitive level.

Writing

The difficulty many students experience with writing often comes from lack of planning. It's important to begin by engaging in a critical thinking discussion and formulating a verbal plan. Once the plan is verbalized, the student creates an outline that meets the requirements of the assignment. There are a variety of outline formats and other graphic organizers that can serve as visual aids during the planning phase. From the outline, an initial draft should be completed. Using editing techniques, secondary and final drafts can then be developed.

Angelo State University
Psych and Sociology
Houston Baptist University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Angelo State University (Psych and Sociology)

Houston Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor!!! — Marissa has been a true blessing to my son. She is very patient when working with him in the areas that he is weak in. She continues to encourage him along the way and offer great suggestions on how I can continue working with him at home. She makes the lessons fun too!! ...

— Tamika, Charlotte, NC on 1/29/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marissa will travel within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28209.


About Marissa

As a learning consultant, I have nearly a decade of experience implementing successful learning plans for struggling students.

Using research-proven methods and strategies, I strive to understand your student's learning differences, provide recommendations, and create personalized learning plans. I specialize in the areas of reading development, comprehension, spelling, writing, and elementary math.

I have experience with a variety of learning diagnoses including but not limited to: dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ASD/Autism Spectrum disorders, CAPD and language processing disorders.

It is my goal to provide quality, multi-sensory, cognitive instruction to enhance learning for all students who demonstrate need. My rates are negotiable.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!!!"

- Tamika, Charlotte, NC on 1/29/14

"Hitting the Mark."

- Joe-Anne, Charlotte, NC on 2/24/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Anne, Charlotte, NC on 4/26/13

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Nicole, Charlotte, NC on 4/25/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- LAY IM, Charlotte, NC on 12/3/12

Education

Angelo State University
Psych and Sociology
Houston Baptist University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Angelo State University (Psych and Sociology)

Houston Baptist University (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28209

Marissa’s Subjects

English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, 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.


Background Check Status for Marissa C.

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