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Virginia H.

Ivy League Grad with 25+ years in teaching and administration

Marlboro, NJ (07746)

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A student's confidence is key to success and is nurtured by working with a compassionate, qualified teacher like myself. I hold New Jersey certification for English, grades 1-12, certification for Elementary Education, a degree in English literature, and many graduate-level reading and language courses, which, along with my many years of teaching and administration, have made me an extremely effective tutor. I have had students whom I began tutoring in fourth grade who still keep in touch with me as college students!

My teaching experience covers many areas. For the past 8 years I have been working as a private tutor. I work with Grades 3 through 12 in reading skills and interpreting literature; writing, including essays, term papers, grammar, and mechanics; social studies, vocabulary development, study skills, test prep, and spelling. I was an elementary school teacher with my own class for a decade working with Grades 3 through 8 in all elementary school subjects, such as reading, writing, social studies, math, science, and vocabulary. After a child-rearing leave, I returned to teaching as a Resource Room teacher for 11 years, working with students in Grades 3 through 8. My job was to provide support to mainstreamed students with learning disabilities, in such areas as reading, language, study skills, test prep, and organization, pinpointing and developing the skills that needed work, while helping them with classwork and homework. I also worked with mainstream teachers to help them understand the abilities and learning styles of my students. Eventually, I became the assistant administrator. My responsibilities included guiding the Resource Room staff to the best available materials and approaches for each of their students. In addition, I wrote guidelines for the Resource Room staff to follow for each grade level. I also administered standardized tests to the entire school population. I continued to support a roster of my own students while fulfilling these duties.

I use research-based teaching methods to pinpoint where my students need to correct and rebuild their skills. We will work from this point on to firmly establish the skills necessary for achievement. At the same time, I show my students how to apply their skills to the school work they are assigned, thereby giving each student practical application of what they are learning with me. I will contact a student's teachers, with a parent's permission, and keep parents informed about my students' progress.


My compassion and expertise bring results.

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Virginia’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar
Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Social Studies, World History
English:

American History

American history can become very interesting to a student, once the student realizes that just memorizing facts is not the way to a good grade. History is a matter of understanding cause and effect. When the student sees the main forces in a time period that brought about change, it is easy to recall the details without memorizing them! There is also a way to preview a chapter to see what the important concepts are before reading for detail. This also tremendously increases retention of information.

Classics

Classic history is also often referred to as ancient history. As a certified teacher, I have taught classic history, such as Egyptian, Roman, and Greek history for 25 years. About 15 years of the teaching were in elementary and middle school levels. I have also taught classic history at the high school level for at least 10 years as a tutor. I also had 3 years as a student myself of the Latin language and 2 years as a student myself of the ancient Greek language, which also involved studying the history of the ancient Roman and Greek worlds.

Elementary (K-6th)

Grades K through 6 lay the foundation for all future learning. Through these important years, students learn basic reading, language arts, and math, then begin to apply these basic skills to learn other subjects, such as science and social studies. Good study skills and organization skills hold all this learning together. It is very important that everything learned in these grades is well understood and easily applied by a student. That's where I can be helpful! I can asses a student's abilities and begin to work on the weaker skills, while at the same time giving guidance about school work so that no one feels overwhelmed.

Elementary Science

As a New Jersey certified Elementary Teacher, I have taught science in both a classroom setting and in remediation settings. Science in the elementary school should be a hands-on experience through which students can explore their world. If a student is having difficulty in science, many times it is due to poor reading and study skills. Science students must learn to read for detail, and formulate a system to recall this detailed information. Let me show your child the logical way to approach this subject.

English

I am a New Jersey state certified English teacher. I've taught English for most of my professional career, both as a classroom teacher and as a tutor. English is the essence of our communication; it is needed to both express ourselves and to understand others. I can help a student express him/herself by checking his/her skills in both the receptive and expressive areas of language, and working to enhance the weak areas of the needed skills. I use both study-based techniques to help students, as well as the art of a well-seasoned teacher!

Literature

Literature - the love of my teaching career! There is nothing more powerful as a teacher than exposing a student to the wonderful ideas and craftsmanship of an author! There are basic skills of analysis that must be learned, which will enhance a student's appreciation and understanding of a piece of literature. There is that wonderful moment when I see a student realize, "Now I get it" and begin to enjoy literature on many levels: for the story, the theme and the language used. I have New Jersey state certification as an English teacher, Grades K-12, and have taught literature to students of all ability levels for over two decades.

Praxis

Passing the Praxis can feel like a daunting task. I know, because I just took it myself recently. I passed with a score of 193 out of a possible score of 200. This high score earned me a Recognition of Excellence from ETS. I would be happy to help others achieve their goal!

Reading

To be a functioning member of our society, reading is essential. I am an NJ certified English teacher, and I have taught reading throughout the decades that I have been in education. There are many aspects to reading: phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and inferences. Through testing, I can pinpoint the level of a student's skill in all these categories, and begin remediation at that point. If a student's skills are intact, then I will work on enhancing and enriching his/her reading skills. Because I have taught and tutored on many grade levels, I know where a student's skills should be each year, and the challenges that must be met in the following grade. I also tutor for the SATs, the SSAT, and the ISEE, so I know which skills are considered important for these tests and can make sure that each student is working toward those goals, no matter the skill level or grade level. Being able to read is both a necessity and a wonderful gift.

SAT Reading

Taking the SAT Reading test not only requires good comprehension, but an effective strategy for taking the test. Knowing how to take the test is almost as important as having good reading skills. Because I am a NJ certified English teacher, I can work on both reading skills and test taking skills. I can pinpoint specific reading skills that might need improvement, and work on those while practicing how to take the test. I have many years of tutoring experience in both reading and SAT test-taking. Many students assume that "reading" will also include working on essay writing, grammar needed for sentence completions, and vocabulary. I also tutor for these sections of the test.

This can be a very stressful time for a student. He or she can approach the test with greater confidence, good strategies, and the ability to attain a higher score with my guidance.

SAT Writing

I have New Jersey certification as an English teacher and have spent more than two decades teaching language skills as both a classroom teacher and a personal tutor preparing students for the writing, reading, and grammar sections of the SAT. Three components are necessary to write a successful SAT essay: the student must have a good vocabulary, and present his/her ideas in a written form that shows an understanding of the elements of an essay and the order that these elements must be presented. The student must also have detailed knowledge of literature, history, and current events to use to defend the thesis. There is a limited amount of time to formulate and write a coherent essay. A student needs to be prepared with knowledge that can be applied to this essay quite quickly. I can show a student how to prepare for this challenge so that he/she will feel confident.

Social Studies

As a certified teacher, I have many years of experience teaching social studies. I've taught it in Grades 4 through 8 for about 15 years on the elementary and middle school level as a classroom teacher and as a Resource Room teacher, and for about 10 years as a high school tutor.

Study Skills

I have always taught study skills as part of my classroom curriculum. I have been teaching for twenty-five plus years. I've taught study skills for about fifteen years at the elementary and middle school level, and at least ten years at the high school level. I have also taught study skills as a tutor. Sometimes students think that they don't understand the subject matter; in my experience, many times the problem is a lack of good study skills. It isn't enough to just teach the various subject material; a student must learn how to logically learn the material, not just memorize information.

Writing

I have more than 25 years experience teaching writing in both a classroom setting and one-to-one, and I have a NJ State Certificate as a Teacher of English. Writing is an essential skill for a well-rounded education. There are many building blocks that are needed to become a skillful writer: ideas to express, grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph and essay development. There is an order in which these should be taught to achieve the best potential. It's easy when you have a tutor like myself to show you the way!

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Education

St. Peter's College (English Literature)

Columbia University, NY (Master's)

Manhattan College, Monmouth University (Graduate Coursework)

Awesome Tutor Mrs. H knows exactly what it takes to prepare a student for the SAT. She teaches the student how to take the test as opposed to just learning the subject. In addition, as a result of the lessons, my daughter was able to apply what she learned to prepare for the essay and apply that to her work at school. On a particular essay she wrote, her teacher, along with the rest of the administration, chose ...

— Carol from Morganville, NJ on 6/15/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Virginia will travel within 15 miles of Marlboro, NJ 07746.

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