I am a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. As a result of having a child with significant dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, I had to learn a whole different approach to teaching mathematics. I developed several different techniques that proved very effective in teaching her math. In 2002, I started my own tutoring business and began putting these techniques into practice with other students. Over the years, I have tutored students at all grade levels, K - 12, and also some students taking remedial math courses in college. I have also helped high school dropouts to obtain their diplomas using the Penn Foster HS Diploma correspondence course. These students have ranged in age from 16 to 32.
My students quickly learn that I respect them and their ability to learn. After a brief introduction to a concept, I have the students do work and explain to me their thinking as they go. This method helps me help the student more effectively, and every once in a while they teach me a thing or two in the process! I also try to teach the student how to work more efficiently.
Since 2002, I have also tutored in reading, or more specifically decoding words. Because of my own daughter's difficulties with learning to read, I have learned how to help other students using a combination of sight words and phonics. Many times when I first meet with reading students, I will use manipulatives that help the student understand the basic concept of how letters form words. As with math, different students have different stumbling blocks, so I customize my approach to each student's particular needs.
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