As a college counselor and college essay writing coach, I possess a variety of talents and skills. I am conversant with the college admissions process and know what admissions officers are looking for in an essay and supplemental materials. I’ve attended high school meetings and worked with college guidance counselors to create the college list of reach, right fit and safety schools. I have interviewed high school students and have brainstormed with them to create a list of essay topics. As a creative thinker with excellent research and writing skills, I help students discover their passion and write about it. My credentials are a Bachelor of Arts in literature and communications and a Master of Science in publishing. I’ve worked as a reporter, interviewer and publicist, asking teens, adults and seniors about their vision, their passion and their goals. I’ve interviewed heads of companies about their organization, mission and corporate culture. I currently work as a substitute teacher and professional tutor, and because I understand a variety of student’s learning styles and personalities, I can guide them to achieve their potential. I listen, ask questions, suggest, advise, tutor and inspire. My passion is to help people help themselves.
I hold a New Jersey State certificate to work as a substitute teacher for grades K - 12 in New Jersey public and private schools. I have been working for two years in this capacity, mostly with K - 8th grade, my preference. I have just finished successfully tutoring a student who completed 1st grade. We worked on phonetics, reading and writing. I have also tutored another 1st grade student in reading comprehension and writing. Additionally, I have tutored a 6th grade student in writing, and a 3rd grade student in reading and writing, spelling and grammar.
Speech, reading and writing are part of English, in which I am certified. I can tutor in speech: how to pronounce letters, the beginning, middle and ending sounds. I've worked with pre-school and elementary school children in pronunciation of vowels, consonants and combinations of letters - sounding out loud and using rhymes and patterns in words to recognize similarities and differences.
Speaking words while reading words and writing letters while pronouncing the sounds of letters are reinforcing methods for developing speech and word recognition.
I have tutored privately in these areas, working with elementary school-aged children and I have worked for two years as a substitute teacher in K - 12 in language arts and communications classes.
My success in teaching phonics to preschool and elementary school aged children is based on the following: it must be fun, colorful and free of stress. I use repetition with hearing, speaking, reading and writing, and a rewards system (with parental approval). I provide simple meanings of words based on the child's daily life
experiences. The child tells me about their favorite television characters, and I incorporate that into the lessons, which entertains and increases attention levels.
When appropriate, I use magnetic letters, felt board letters, audio feedback with iPod (I may record the student's voice), easel board large written letters, story books, and other numerous teaching tools.
In summary, whatever level your student has achieved, I will introduce, reinforce or enhance the learning of phonics to promote reading comprehension and pronunciation.
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My qualifications as a tutor in reading comprehension are as follows: I have a BA Magna cum laude in Literature and Communications and a MS in Publishing. I am a substitute teacher K - 12 and teach language arts. I currently tutor students in grades K - 7 in reading comprehension working with all forms of literature (novels, poetry, essays, newspaper articles and standardized tests). I assist students in comprehending their textbook reading assignments in all subjects (history, science, math, health, language arts). I am familiar with the public and private school reading lists having working in both sector. I have worked as a newspaper reporter and as a publicist.
For SAT tutoring in the language arts sections, I use the College Board Official Study Guide and require my students to purchase a copy. I enjoy working one-on-one with students who are serious about practicing to improve their test-taking skills and language arts skills. I am easy to get along with, have a sense of humor, and take into consideration the student's learning style. A typical tutoring session consists of reading and discussing the directions in the study guide, practicing exercises in the various language arts sections and a question and answer period with reinforcement in the weakest areas. I expect students to take notes, review them at home and use them during their practice. Homework is assigned and corrected at the next tutoring session. Timed practice essays are written at home and emailed to me a few days before the tutoring session; I bring constructive criticism for each essay to the session and the student will take notes and rewrite sections as needed. Home practice culminates with the student writing timed essays during the tutoring session followed by analysis and critiquing of the essay. After several weeks of practice, students will take a complete and timed language arts SAT test at home from the Official Study Guide and online at the College Board website. Tests will be analyzed and discussed at a tutoring session and the weaker areas will be isolated for continued practice. Students should understand that they can take the SAT several times to improve their scores. I emphasize that students use the College Board SAT website Practice section, and we will navigate the site together during a tutoring session.
There are multiple ways to learn 4th grade spelling. I use the ones that the student feels most comfortable with. A 4th grade student is ready to learn spelling rules and I will emphasize learning these with a rhyme or song if that makes it easier and more fun. I also emphasize spelling aloud with repetition, because language is learned by hearing and speaking. The student must overcome shyness and speak loudly and clearly when reciting words and syllables. Additionally, writing the words carefully and using them in a sentence by speaking and writing will prepare the student for the spelling test. If the student has an iPod, I will supervise them to speak the word and the sentence and record their own voice. On the following days, they can listen to this recording and reinforce their learning. This is a helpful technology tool to use when in the car or on the school bus. Homework is checked carefully for neatness and accuracy.
Below is a brief outline of the "what and how" for my study skills teaching method. Different types of learners excel using particular study methods, but a little of everything goes a long way... Together we select the best practices from the following choices:
Tricks help! Acronyms help you remember material, especially when students create their own.
Recitation of notes, using an iPod to hear your own voice helps commit facts and notes to memory, flash cards help drill the facts into your visual and mental storehouse, practice writing short essays, sketch a picture/drawing with labels, a graph, a map, write an outline of class and chapter notes.
GO TO the teacher and ask, "Hi, I'm just double checking; will this and this be on the test?" Make sure you know all the material to study. Get missed notes from when you were absent. Review past test formats and past errors - so you don't repeat them. Understand the question wording, i.e, explain with examples, show all work, choose the best answer...
Plan ahead - block off study time on your calendar/organizer.
Welcome to study skills. Develop a steady relationship with these tried and true methods. Good luck and remember to check your work!