Welcome! After more than 20 years of successfully educating and writing for the staff and clients of financial service companies, I have changed my career orientation. I am now focusing on providing one-on-one tutoring that is “outcome-oriented” for a wide range of ages and abilities.I currently help elementary and secondary students with Math and English, concentrating on problem solving and skill-sharpening and preparing them for New York State tests. I work with “English as a Second Language” (ESL) students on their difficulties in reading, writing, grammar, and speech and guide them to achieving greater fluency. Finally, I assist pre-college and college students with essays and presentations, and help business people looking to enhance their writing and communications skills.
My work for financial companies always involved writing clear and concise communications, explaining complex financial products and concepts to clients and multifaceted procedures to staff. My experience in education included working in a charter school where I helped elementary level students improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling. I also helped them to sharpen their math skills including addition, subtraction, and fractions, and with such applied mathematical concepts as symbols, telling time, and making change.
I go about my work gently, with lots of patience, sympathy and a sense of humor. I believe that my role is not only that of a tutor, but of a mentor who stimulates and engages her students. For all of these reasons, I believe I am able to see solid improvements in my students. I encourage the use of workbooks that are thought provoking and fun even if they provide some exercises that are drills to get the student to remember various concepts. I select materials that help engage students in conversations so that they can be encouraged to use correct English. I like to ask questions to make sure that a student has grasped the material.
When I review my students’ responses with them, any incorrect answers are discussed and reworked. I encourage students to work out solutions for themselves as much as possible and relish seeing work completed independently.
You will find me to be communicative, warm, and attentive to details, quick to ascertain where you need help, but not judgmental, and you will feel comfortable with me easily. I will help bring out the best in you, but you will not feel unnecessarily pushed.
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