Welcome students and parents! I focus on one-on-one and group tutoring for all levels that is rigorous and effective but, mindful of individual goals and fun. After graduating with a B.A. from Yale, I was able to use my skills as a writer and spent 20+ years successfully writing for and educating the staff and clients of various financial service companies. I have now changed my career orientation so that I can help others with English, ESL and math.
I currently tutor elementary and secondary students in English and Math, concentrating on problem solving, skill-sharpening and preparation for New York State tests. I work with “English as a Second Language” (ESL) students on their difficulties with reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and speech, helping them to achieving greater fluency. Finally, I assist business people looking to enhance their writing and communications skills and high school, college, and graduate students with essays and presentations.
My work for financial companies involved writing clear and concise communications as well as explaining complex financial products and concepts to clients and procedures to staff. My experience in education includes working in a charter school where I helped elementary students improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling; I also helped them to sharpen their math skills, i.e., addition, subtraction, and with understanding such applied mathematical concepts as fractions, 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 guides and interacts with her students: for all of these reasons, I believe I am able to see solid improvements in them. I encourage the use of workbooks that are thought provoking and fun and that use exercises at times as drills to get the student to grasp and master 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, 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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