I have been tutoring fourth and fifth grade students in math. I try to make all of my sessions stress free and attempt to empower the student as to how she/he can approach and understand various concepts. I ask the student what is problematic for them and we go from there. At times, a review of past work is needed before we move on to the present assignment. I follow the curriculum of the classes and tutor those students who are having difficulty understanding the concepts and are not able to complete the math assignments.
The subject matter I have covered with the students are as follows: Addition with several numbers, subtraction, multiplication, long division, decimals, fractions, and how to add multiply subtract and divide working with fractions. Also we have done work with prime and composite numbers and factoring them
The biggest challenge thus far has been helping them solve math word problems teaching them what information is pertinent and what kind of math calculations are needed to get the right answer.
All students are different and I use different techniques for each student.
There are those students who have difficulty understanding the various concepts and it needs to be broken down for them and put in terms that they can relate to and understand. Others are careless and merely want to complete the assignment. Here it is important to teach them how to be methodical and to pace themselves. Some pupils are apathetic and have no interest in learning and it is my function to engage them and make the subject more interesting. I try to do this by showing them what they can accomplish in everyday life when they have math skills
Writing skills and English are most important especially when a student is in high school. The student may know the information but is at a disadvantage if he /she cannot express what is known.
Writing comes easy to some but not to others. In helping a student I emphasize that there should be a beginning, middle and end to what is being written. Sentences should be concise and informative as well as grammatically correct. There should be no misspelled words and unfortunately we cannot rely on "spell check." It just does not work.
I have been tutoring students for two years and have worked with children of all ages all my professional career.
I enjoy writing and I like to help others enhance their writing skills so they can achieve their academic goals
I am a social worker who has worked with children most of my professional career. I have been tutoring four and fifth grade students in a parochial setting for the last two plus years. I primarily tutor them in math and reading but at times I have helped them with other subjects (English, writing, religion, etc.) when they were in need. I went to private school as did my children in the Bronx and Westchester.
Given the above I know what the different schools looked for. The emphasis is on reading math and merely thinking logically which I am able to teach.
I was a psychology major in college and have been a social worker my entire professional career. I have taken various psychology courses, such as general psych, abnormal psych, statistics, experimental psych to name but a few. In experimental psych we performed different types of experiments, collected data and wrote up our findings. After graduating college, I took 21 credits toward a degree in Child Development
I have been tutoring grade school students in reading for the past two years. Students don't make the time to read and enjoy books as much as they should. Reading is basic; if a student cannot read it is difficult to do well in any subject.
In tutoring third through fifth graders, my objective is to make sure that they understand what they are reading. A great deal of the time students are just reading "words" and they have little if any idea what some of the words actually mean. I make it a point to ask the child the meaning of words in an effort to enhance their vocabulary and to make sure that they comprehend what is being read
In addition I ask the student to relay back to me what they have read in their own words. Many times students have difficulty retaining and putting what they have read in their own words. Reading comprehension is important and has to be cultivated at an early age.
I was born and raised in the Catholic religion and I am a practicing Catholic. I attended Catholic elementary school and was taught religion by the Sisters of Charity. I also attended catholic high school as well as college. In college religion was a required course each and every semester.
I am familiar with the parts of the Mass and know the necessary preparation for the seven sacraments
I was affiliated with an association known as Cornerstone which was a organization run by and for woman in my local church for several years. Here we discussed various various aspects of religion.
I have been tutoring reading and math to students for the past two years. I feel that reading and knowing what you have read is a priority. If a student can't read it is difficult to understand and learn other subjects.
In addition to reading and understanding what you have read, it is important for the student to be able to relay and explain what has been read to others.
Comprehension is most important. This is achieved when one increases vocabulary. Skipping over words that one does not understand in a reading passage can distort the reading material. It is necessary to know the meaning of words and to increase vocabulary as you go along.
Writing has always been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. Writing a paper, essay, report has been an easy task for me. I realize that others may not share my passion for writing but it is a necessary tool if one is to achieve their academic goals and to progress in their careers.
I will try to help you learn how to write a concise, informative organized grammatically correct written piece.
One must learn how to organize their thoughts before putting pen to paper. There must be a beginning middle and conclusion. Correct sentence structure and proper grammar is also pertinent.
It seems like an arduous task but I believe that I can help you in this endeavor to achieve your goal whatever it may be.
When tutoring students in reading and math, I try to emphasize to them that their study habits are very important if they are to achieve their academic goals. One has to focus and and be committed to complete the task at hand. Just taking a book or material and trying to understand and retain as an aside when trying to do other things is not the way to go about it.
I emphasize to students that they must develop a routine when they are trying to complete their academic tasks. Academic work should be done in the same place, preferably a desk with no distractions; that is no cell, television, social networking, etc. Have all the materials you need before you start whatever they may be: paper, pens, books, information, etc.
Students should be organized. If you have more that one subject to tackle, decide what order that you will tackle them. Students should not jump from one subject to another. Do not leave the difficult parts to last. you will get tired.
If you have only one subject, divide the material in sections completing one section at a time.
Try not to rush through what has to be done. When you do so, you more than likely will make mistakes and end up redoing what you have done or going over material that you have studied or completed. Ask questions or go to resources if you do not understand something. Take a short break if need be. Set a time limit as to how long the study session will last. Study sessions that last well into the night are usually not that effective. Always pace yourself.
For the last two years I have been tutoring fourth and fifth graders. Before we proceed and while we are going over the subjects at hand, I emphasize to the students that they must concentrate on what they are doing, be it math, reading or any other subject. For example, when doing Math it is easy to make mistakes even when you know and are comfortable with the material. When the math is new or somewhat unfamiliar it takes that more effort. I try to encourage the students to maintain their focus and not take an easy way out by guessing. If a student does not seem interested or lethargic,I stop the lesson and explain that it will be a waste of time to continue unless they change their mindset. The options are to continue or to reschedule for another time when they are more amenable to doing the work .
In reading the same principles apply. There are those student who are able to "read" but when asked to recount what they have read or when asked to define a specific word or phrase, they are not able to do so. I encourage students to ask if they do not know the meaning of a word or phrase or look it up before going further. Also, I emphasize that it is important to retain what they have read and have the ability to tell what they have read in their own words.