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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.
I have raised a child with ADD and tutored at least 15 - 20 children with ADHD/ADD diagnoses. I have developed effective strategies for teaching them math, although most need the most help memorizing math facts, rather than understanding the concept itself. For example, when teaching the addition of integers, the written rules are very confusing to an ADHD student, but I teach them how to easily use the number line to accomplish the same goal and they can pick up the concept almost immediately.
Many students come to me for help taking this test because the basic study guides did not sufficiently cover the math concepts that are on the actual test, and they have to retake the test. Over the years, I have also developed additional practice worksheets so that the student will be sure to have experience with all the different ways the test may ask questions about each different concept. I also include instruction on how to improve scores on the paragraph comprehension section of the test.
I have raised a daughter with dyslexia, who only learned to read at the age of 10 when I intervened, using a technique from the research I had done. I also had to develop new techniques to help her learn to read. For the last 10 years I have been tutoring students with dyslexia in both reading and math. My proudest accomplishment is meeting a student at the age of 13 who was placed in life-skills classes, helping him learn to read within about 6 months, and him then going on to graduate with a high school diploma.
I have tutored elementary math for many years. I recommend students get tutored in elementary math by their fourth grade year if they are having any difficulties with math, and especially if they do not know their times tables yet. I have a technique for teaching times tables that automatically enables the student to do division as well using the same method. It also can be used to make equivalent fractions or simplify fractions.
Most students do not have a problem passing the GED, which requires a score of 410. It is passing the Pre-GED with a score of 480 that usually poses the problem. I do a pretest with a new student and then review the concepts that were missed on the pretest. For some students it is also about learning some test-taking strategies and how to solve problems more quickly. I also assign homework so that students who are taking the prescribed classes at the community college will be able to use that time more productively.
I really enjoy tutoring geometry, but the information comes at the student very fast for this subject, so it is important for students to get help as early in the semester as possible.
I prefer to use the Manhattan Prep materials to study for the math portion of the GRE. Their sixth study guide is a good review of the overall test, but if you need help in one particular area, they have very thorough study guides for those as well. Another perk of the system is that they have six practice exams available for you to try. You can try the verbal and math portions for each practice test, or you can work on either the math or verbal sections separately. The official website for the GRE also gives you the opportunity to take a practice exam to see where you stand before you hire a tutor. This will allow your tutor to pinpoint your difficulties and make the learning process more efficient.
I have used phonics instruction with my tutees that are learning to read. Because most of my students are dyslexic, I prefer to use the Alphaphonics program which does not include any pictures for the student to refer to. It requires the student to become totally focused on the sounds of the letters and letter blends. For my students with ADD/ADHD, I have found that I must also, in the beginning, include instruction in sight words, because they respond better to learning phonics in word families - like my, try, dry, fly, etc.
I have taught beginning piano for many years and prefer the Alfred Series, especially since they have started adding a variety of music styles to their level 2 lesson books. For the last 7 years I have been the organist/pianist for a local church. I also direct the choir. I usually teach students through the first three levels and then refer them to a more advanced teacher if they want to proceed with lessons.
Precalculus is mainly an extension of Algebra II, where students begin to apply what they learned in Algebra II to real world applications. Many students start needing help when they reach the lessons on the unit circle and describing angles in terms of pi.
I usually take on reading students during the summer after their first grade year, especially if it has been suggested they be held back. I use a mixture of techniques that I adapt to fit the individual student. I have also taught students that are older to read more efficiently by finding the gaps in their sounding out of words. Most of these students struggle with long vowel, or irregular vowel sounds.
I have worked with students in the past to prepare them for the PSB or TEAS exam for entrance into a college medical or allied health program. I first make sure they have the basics of fractions, decimals, and percents. Then I walk them through their first practice exam. That is followed by assigning them practice problems using IXL to follow up on any weaknesses. Then the student takes a practice test on their own. We review that to see if there are any problem types they are still struggling with. I assign additional review until they perform at their goal level. All the while we keep in mind the deadline of their particular testing date.
Best Tutor Ever! — Nancy is the tutor we chose from WyzAnt to help our 10 year old granddaughter get on track with math. Our granddaughter has always had a difficult time with math in school. After looking at various tutors, we read about Nancy on the WyzAnt website. Because she had a different approach to math, we decided to give her a try to help us catch up to grade level. From the first meeting, we could not h ...
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