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Louise K.

Certified Teacher, Experienced Tutor, all subjects, especially math

Merrimack, NH (03054)

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Are you (or is your child) "math phobic"? Are you lost in math class, or stuck at the first sentence of a paper you have to write for Monday? Is your idea of organization "well, it's in there somewhere!"? Do you want to do better in school? Are you taking an honors class and want to excel? Do you have to pass college math and you were awful at it all through public school? Do you need someone to help with all subjects? with writing papers? with just getting through that mountain of work that you can't even figure out how to start?

I'll help...and we'll have fun doing it.

Note: I'm currently scheduling for summer! Lots of options available. I typically schedule weekdays only, though.

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I specialize in getting stuck problems unstuck. Helping people who didn't get it in class go AHA! Giving that extra boost of understanding, clarity, or organizational help so you can be the best student you can be.

I am a certified teacher in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, MEd general special ed, HQT in math through algebra 1, English through HS level. I taught/tutored in public and special ed schools in NH for six years, mostly middle school through 9th grade, but also high school. I am a former technical writer (15 years) and computer programmer (8 years). I'm currently tutoring students privately and through WyzAnt, and loving it!

I'd be delighted to tutor either home or public schooled students in math, writing of any type, general subjects, and organization. Also adults who have "never been good at math", or it's rusty, and must pass college pre-algebra or algebra 1. I have written a lot, professionally, and know how to help you organize and write anything you might need to write. I have worked with students with many special needs and assure you that you are all people first and foremost, and you can succeed! I am patient and have a quirky sense of humor; my students are often laughing as they learn. References on request.

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Louise’s subjects

Algebra 1

I really enjoy teaching Algebra 1. I had to relearn many of the concepts to become highly qualified, and to teach it and, as I relearned it, I understood why some of them did not make sense the first time through. A lot of math understanding is actually language understanding, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework.

Algebra 1 uses every piece of math taught prior to that point. When a student lacks fluency in the basics, they often struggle with applying them in Algebra. I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.

Aspergers

I have an MEd in Special Ed. I've been a case manager at the High School and Middle School level. Many of my students have been coded with Aspergers or PDD of various sorts. I have worked at a private special ed school in Concord, which specializes in helping students with Aspergers. And I worked for years in the high tech industry, most recently as a technical writer, and worked closely with many adults who were very likely Aspergers. I do "get it". :-) And I know how to communicate and teach students who struggle with other teachers.

ASVAB

I am available to tutor the academic portions of the ASVAB test, as I'm a certified teacher and very qualified in both the English and Math topics that are on the test. These portions are what is used for your AFQT (the qualifying test).

I am also excellent at problems requiring pattern recognition and matching, and thus can help with the section on assembling objects. In addition, I can help you with test-taking skills.

I am not a qualified expert in the vocational portions (electrical, car mechanics, or mechanical). However, I managed to pass the questions they asked me... and I can help you understand the questions and how they are asked, given a practice test on those portions of the ASVAB. The vocational portions are used to help place you in the appropriate training program within the armed forces; you need to bring your own skills to this portion of the test anyhow.

Biology

I studied Biology at a college level years ago. I worked with students learning Biology at a high school level, who needed help in my assisted study, during the 2008/9 school year. I found that my knowledge of the basics of Biology are still applicable for students taking Biology at a high school level. Cells still have the same parts and, though there are more kingdoms of life, and arguments over whether there are 5 or 6!, the basics of classification are still the same. And so on.

I'm also able to help with study skills and the writing needed for Biology, including lab reports and the math needed to complete lab reports. Your teacher will have provided a guideline; I can help you follow it to produce a good lab report from your notes and results.

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm WyzAnt-certified in elementary math and in reading. I'm a certified general special ed teacher in my state, also. I typically take students who are grade 4 and above, since that is my experience. I have taught students who are older but have lower skill levels, though, both in math and in reading.

Elementary Math

I was fine in math as a child, but I distinctly remember struggling with some parts of it. As an adult, I still remember that, and can sympathize with young learners who need extra help. I've also studied different techniques of teaching math. As a special educator, I understand the need for concrete examples to promote understanding. I have many of my own manipulatives, and am skilled in creating and using physical models to promote understanding. I also believe math should be fun, and children should be laughing while they learn. I have many math games, and many silly but effective ways to explain concepts. When a child laughs while learning, the ideas definitely stick better!

English

I have been certified as HQT in English since it was my undergraduate major. I wrote, as a career, for many years. I've studied reading and literature.

I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with understanding texts and with writing. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand... I can give you a hand with it.

GED

The GED covers many topics. I'm proficient in several topics; please see individual topics for information on my skills in each.

Textbooks on GED preparation are available in public libraries and bookstores. You might already have the book and have taken the test and know where you're at and what you need to improve. That's terrific, because what I'd do to work with a GED student is have you get a study guide and take a practice test before we even started, on your own time, without spending a penny on tutoring. Then either you could look at the results and determine what you want to do, or we could look at the results together and decide which sections you needed help improving. Then we'd work together to improve your skills.

Grammar

English grammar rules are often a difficult topic for students. I can help you look at sentence diagrams and understand what's going on and what the rules are. I have resources to use in our sessions and to recommend. Since I worked as a technical writer for years, I'm excellent at helping you proofread your work and at explaining why the corrections need to be made, so you can get it right the next time.

Literature

I was an English major in my undergraduate years. I love to read, and have read many stories and books in class, and analyzed them. I've also been a special educator in English classrooms from 8th grade level through high school. I can help students in lower grades also.

I won't claim to have read everything, but I've read enough of everything to be able to help you understand your assignments. I've written enough papers to help you decide on a topic and find evidence in a piece of literature, or to discuss what you might compare between two pieces. If you let me know beforehand, I might even be able to read the entire text before we meet. Just give me a bit longer if it's a novel or harder to find.

Prealgebra

Students need a firm foundation in all the concepts of pre-algebra if they are going to do well in Algebra. I'm skilled in working with students to make sure they understand all the elementary basics that are used in pre-algebra, and have a firm understanding of the beginning algebra concepts so they can go on to succeed.

I'm a practiced detective in finding what underlying piece of math a student needs to relearn. I have often heard my students say, "OHHHH!!!" and then become suddenly more capable, once I work with them to correct a misunderstanding about a basic idea in math. It is a beautiful sound.

A lot of math is actually language, so I work to make sure students understand every word that I use or that is on their homework.

I believe math should be fun, and students learn better when they are laughing. I also have many different math manipulatives and other physical representations and know how to use them to make ideas more concrete.

Proofreading

I've done quite a lot of my own proofreading, as a professional technical writer. I'm not sure whether this entry is to DO proofreading for people or to help students learn how to do proofreading!

If it's teaching proofreading to students, I'd do that in the context of general language arts help.

If what you need is someone to proofread a paper, or papers, or a longer work, contact me and we'll see how I can help.

Reading

I've worked with students to improve reading fluency using various techniques. I still have many of the materials. Let me know what you need. I would be delighted to help a student who needed reading help along with other subjects.

Note: I'm a special educator and have taken reading seminars, and a full semester class in Orton Gillingham at the graduate school level, but I'm not a certified reading specialist in OG or other methods. I can include the techniques, but I want to be clear about my certifications. Thanks!

Social Studies

As a case manager for students in middle and high school, I've helped with all classes, including social studies. I'm very good at helping students read through selections for understanding, and I specifically know the middle school social studies curriculum and have helped students prepare projects for class.

Spanish

I studied Spanish in high school and college, up through third year in high school and a 300 level class in college. I lived in a Spanish speaking dorm in college, though I only took one class. I recently helped a student start Spanish 1, and assisted him when, after about a month and a half, he was finally enrolled in the VLACS Spanish 1 class.

My Spanish is very useful for a first year student, or a struggling second year student, but probably not beyond that, and my accent is good for a non-native speaker, but not native. The benefit of me not being native is I do remember, vividly, where I had trouble when I learned the language, and what was new to me as an American English speaker.

I prefer to help someone in Spanish in conjunction with other subjects, for example, someone who needs mainly math but some help in Spanish would be great.

Special Needs

I have an MEd in Special Ed. I've been a case manager at the High School and Middle School level, taught pullout math for 8th grade special needs students, and have taught math through Algebra 1 at a private special ed school. I've tutored students ranging from grade 4 to grade 9 in both general subjects and specifically math, and have run studies for students up through 12th grade as a case manager, helping students with many subjects.

SSAT

I am familiar with the materials that are on the SSAT test. I've helped one student prepare for the test, using a preparation booklet. As well, I've explained test taking specifically for the SSAT, and helped students prepare for taking tests.

If you need some quizzing and review, and reteaching on any area we find you're weak in, we can do that together. I can also help you understand the information on when you should guess on a question, and when you should not guess, and why.

Study Skills

As a special educator (MEd) I've taught studies for students from 8th through 12th grade. I've helped students with organization and study skills during these studies. I have taught a separate class in organization, including both materials and how to organize information for papers and projects. I've taken specific classes in study skills.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is best learned while learning material that uses the vocabulary. And, material is best learned when every word in the material is understood. When I work with students in any subject area, we go over the words used in the material. I don't just give definitions. I work with students to understand the words.

For example, when I work with a student on the topic of fractions, decimals, and percentages, and converting between them, we discuss what the words "fraction", "decimal", and "percent" mean. We look them up, and examine where the words come from. We compare them to words the student might know, for example, that if you "fracture" a bone you have broken it, a "fragment" is a piece of something, and the word "fraction" comes from the same Latin word.

If a student understands the words of a subject, they are much more likely to understand the subject. Vocabulary is critical to understanding.

Writing

Along with my undergraduate degree in English and my graduate degree in education (including classes on teaching language arts), I worked for many years as a technical writer in the computer industry, honing my skills at writing. I'm very good at organizing materials, and have written everything from paragraphs to poetry to technical books.

I've worked with students in the elementary, middle school, and high school grades, helping them with writing assignments. Whether it's a poem you need to write for a class, or a research paper, or a short story you need to read and understand ... I can give you a hand with it.

If you're in high school, college, or after and need help with papers or research -- I was a 4.0 student through grad school; I researched and wrote a LOT of papers. I'm very confident that if you have a paper you need help on, we can work on it together so that you will do well.

In addition, I've studied how to teach penmanship and taught it from A to Z to two students, one who had undecipherable writing. I can help with that also!

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Oberlin College and Conservatory

Rivier College , Nashua, NH (MEd)

Great tutor for any level math student. Louise has been tutoring my high school Freshman in Honors Algebra for the past several months. In that time my daughter's grade steadily improved to an A-. She feels more confident in her math ability and is able to do her homework independently. Prior to Louise’s help, she was consistently asking for help and felt anxious and stressed about her ability to keep up in class. Louise is very p ...

— Barbara from Bedford, NH on 3/20/13);

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Louise will travel within 15 miles of Merrimack, NH 03054.

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