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I have a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Philosophy in History. As a teacher and tutor I have prepared students for the Regents Exam in American History. In addition, I have served as a research and teaching assistant to the history chair at Baruch College, CUNY. I have taken extensive doctoral courses. I am certified to teach social studies to children with disabilities.
I have a good deal of experience teaching elementary level English and social studies to young children and to teens. I have taught reading and writing to students with intellectual disabilities at JFK School in Elmhurst. These students are working at reading levels of first, second, and third grade.
I am practiced in the use of differentiated learning levels. The important thing is to first find out what level the student is at. Next, the tutor must be careful to challenge the student without frustrating him or her. In this way the student can learn confidence and pride and obtain a good knowledge of what he or she CAN do. I have in addition used many different methods to motivate students, making up rap songs, and having them act out what they read. I inject humor into the lessons, and I have a lot of energy. I connect the lessons to the experience and interests of the student. I have a great interest in music, history, and stories, so the student will find me interesting. I have successfully tutored students from the second grade through sixth grade. My WyzAnt rating is 4.91 out of 5, and I have over 200 hours experience tutoring at WyzAnt. Many of my students at WyzAnt have been elementary school students.
My teaching license is social studies, Grades 7-12, but nearly half of the students I have taught have read at level at or lower than the sixth grade. I have in addition a certificate to teach students of learning disabilities, Grades 7-12. I have taught essay writing to students from foreign countries at Baruch College, in Manhattan, and I have taught essay writing to students at Queens College.
Almost every student I have taught, child, teen, or adult showed progress in better organizing his or her writing, and making his or her written communication more detailed and exciting. I like to teach the writing of stories, concentrating on having the student include a good deal of sense experience and emotion in the story, so that the reader feels like he or she is right inside a world of the writer's creation.
Writing is a means of communication, a means of expression, and a means of thinking thoroughly about a subject. When a child is tutored by an experienced and knowledgeable individual the focus is on the individual needs and interests of the child. Therefore, he or she is better served than is likely or even possible in a group setting.
If you choose me as a tutor, your child will have an interesting, productive, and enjoyable time.
I have a Masters of Arts and Masters of Philosophy Degree in History, with a specialization in British and European history of the last three centuries. At the doctoral level I was tested by a panel of European historians for three hours and passed my oral examination. I have prepared students for the Global History Regents as both a tutor and a teacher. As a writer of history in my doctoral work I have conducted research and have spoken to historians in this country, in Europe, and in Israel. I have a particular interest in World War I; my Masters Thesis was written on the subject of Britain during that war. I have taken several doctoral courses on Russian history as well.
I have extensive experience teaching reading comprehension as a classroom teacher and as a tutor on the elementary through high school level. I have prepared many students for reading on standardized tests for the arts and for social studies.
I develop a program that taps the interests and skills of the child. I evaluate the child's reading level, then proceed to challenge the reader, without frustrating him or her.
Phonics, vocabulary development, and thinking inferentially will be more easily developed if a good portion of the child's tutoring session deals with material that truly interests the child. My ratings have been high (4.91 at WyzAnt) because I treat the child as an individual.
Writing is organization. I teach the organization of a paragraph, story, or essay so that students may more easily follow what is written down.
I am an experienced English Regents tutor. I have experience as a teacher and as a tutor preparing students for the Regents examinations in American History and Government and in Global History as well. As a tutor I have taken students who have failed the Regents before and have helped them pass. I have a Permanent License to teach Social Studies Grades 7-12 and a certificate to teach Social Studies, Grades 7-12 to students with Special Needs.
I have a New York State certification to teach students with disabilities. I have taught students with intellectual disabilities at the JFK Jr High School, and at elementary, intermediate, and high schools throughout the city. Furthermore, I have tutored students in special education programs from ages 6 through adult years.
I have a Masters of Arts and Masters of Philosophy Degree in History. I have done extensive doctoral work on global history subjects and have been in contact with historians in Britain, France, and Israel. At Baruch College I helped foreign born history students improve their essay writing and served as teaching and research assistant to the Chair of the History Department. Finally, as a tutor and teacher I have prepared students for the Global History Regents.
I have tutored writing at Queens College and Baruch College, CUNY. Most of my students at WyzAnt are writing students, and my rating after over 50 submissions is 4.91. I have tutored writing to very young children, to intermediate and high school students, and to adults. As a teacher and tutor I have taught writing to children and adults with disabilities.