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I have taken the ACT test (2x actually- once to improve my score) and have helped 10+ students for the last 3 years prepare for the ACT test using the ACT prep book.
Beyond taking the ACT test myself, in the past 3 years have helped 10+ students prepare for the ACT test using the ACT prep book and other high school aged students prepare for other college entrance exams.
I have taken the ACT test and have helped 10+ students prepare for the ACT test using the then current ACT prep book. I have been involved with an adult and child literacy program and have tutored students who were not native English speakers.
In the past 5 years I have been a life and academic mentor for high-risk youth in inner city Harrisburg, many of whom have ADD/ ADHD, learning disabilities, or social disorders that make succeeding in a traditional learning environment challenging without additional assistance and patience. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a little bit to find the strategy that will work for a particular child, but patience and perseverance to find the right one go a long way. My co-mentors and I often share tips and action plans that work for our struggling students so that we can help all of our students. There is a lot of research for strategies that go on between lessons in order to find the right one. I, personally, having had test anxiety, know how much anxiety is caused when you can not do your very best and you don't have the answer as to how to fix it yourself. I am appreciative of the mentor who took the time in my life to help me figure out what I needed to do to be successful and I apply that same passion for my students.
Being in the advanced math class since the 2nd grade, I started Algebra when I was in 6th grade. It was broken down from 6-8th grade allowing all the different aspects to sink in aiding my understanding of the concepts as a whole. I also have been tutoring Algebra students for the past 5 years and often do Algebra problems when I have spare time- just for fun (I know, who does that right?).
When I was in high school I took Algebra 2 as an independent study course in addition to my regular class load. I have also been tutoring Algebra students for the past 5 years and often do Algebra problems when I have spare time- just for fun.
For the past 5 years I have been a life and academic mentor for at-risk youth in inner city Harrisburg, PA, there I have helped many of my students get on the right path for their career choices. College isn't the only road for our students, and knowing this, we try to help our students pick the best choice for them as far as trade schools, community college, 4 year universities, internships, etc.
I have helped my students make resumes and write up excerpts on websites to market themselves. Some of my GED students have to market themselves even harder than the ones coming from high school as most have families and are trying to re-invent themselves to better life for their families- not just themselves.
I have helped my students with career path exams online- the ones that help you decide your strengths and offer suggestions of careers that may appeal to you based on your strengths.
Some of my students need help deciding between going straight into a career and going to school. Job shadowing opportunities are then organized so that the student can make an informed choice after interviewing the professional in the field.
Support in getting to people to follow their dreams is what I believe my role is in all of this, and I think that is what is needed. Sometimes a person to bounce ideas off of and to help steer you in the right direction is all a person needs to become fulfilled by their role in life, and I feel that I am that person to my current students.
Being from a family of caterers, I have been cooking since I was a small child. My favorite memories include my grandmothers and their kitchens and me helping them in some manner. The joy from those memories has stuck with me my entire life and it is something that I desire to pass on to other people, and have done so several times. Most of the people that I have taught to cook have gone on to teach others how to cook- in a casual, non-culinary arts setting. My goal is to get my current and younger generations out of the mindset that 'dinner comes from a box'. My style of cooking is definitely that of home vs. extravagant, but that doesn't mean that I don't dabble in trying new cuisines from time to time. My husband and I strive to make all or at least most of our food from scratch and that is how I teach my 'students' as well. Good food comes from a good creativity- my grandmother used to tell me, and it is something that I like to encourage my 'students' with. Cooking by color and tastes vs. with a box mix.
While in the past 5 years most of my experience has been with students in high-school, all of my previous tutoring experience was with students in the 6th grade or younger. I have helped students in 3rd grade with math, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade with reading and writing, and 5th-6th grade with math and science.
I am currently working with two 1st graders with math and following directions.
I appreciate being able to take a step back and support the teaching of the basics, so that when the students get to high-school, they can be the ones helping other students who need help.
Also, being a mother of two preschool kids, I have an understanding of the capabilities and strategies for the younger age groups. I fully support the use of incentives for doing work and will utilize them with other tools to help the kids learn.
I have been tutoring kids k-12 for the past 5 years. Elementary math has always been fun for me as I enjoy math and helping kids get the hang of it as well. I tailor lessons based on the child's need- some kids respond better to physically touching beans, skittles,etc when counting vs doing the mental math. I believe that helping a kid understand basic math will set them up for success down the line.
I have tutored several students who were preparing for the GED test in the past 5 years and look forward to helping more people take the next step in their lives towards a better job and possibly a better life for them and their family.
Working with high school students for the past 5 years in various subjects has allowed me to spend many hours tutoring the difference between complementary and supplementary angles as taught in Geometry- in addition to other concepts. Having a husband in the civil engineering field, I have plenty of real life examples of where students can see Geometry in action in real life allowing the students to see the value in learning it.
Hard Of Hearing
In college, for my business communications certificate, I took several classes on speech pathology and how to communicate with people who were hard of hearing. I am not certified in sign language, and know very little, but with someone with limited hearing I can use more visuals and speak slower, clearer, and more loudly so that communication is achieved.
With a degree in health care administration/ gerontology, I have had ample experience working with people who are hard of hearing in the nursing homes I have been in. I understand that above all patience and compassion are important in helping the other person to succeed in their endeavors.
Being in the advanced math class since the 2nd grade, I started Algebra when I was in 6th grade. It was broken down from 6-8th grade allowing all the different aspects to sink in aiding my understanding of the concepts as a whole. I also have been tutoring Algebra students for the past 5 years and often do Algebra problems when I have spare time.
My experiences with public speaking started when I was very young and paved a way for me to incorporate it throughout my life. In elementary school I participated in many plays, sung in the choir, and did announcements for my church. In middle school, I was an active member of the forensics team at my school- trying my hand at varying speaking opportunities that experience lead me towards.
In college, I took several speaking classes as necessary to obtain a business communication certificate on top of a comprehensive major (in health care admin) and an additional minor.
Beyond the meetings that I conducted as a health care administrator, I have spoken in front of large groups as a ministry leader at my church (a congregation of more than 500 people), and was a speaker at both of my commencement ceremonies (high school and college).
While I haven't been one to shy away from a public speaking engagement, I do know what it feels like to get nervous prior to such engagements and would gladly share my tips and strategies to help someone else succeed in this area as well.
Having two preschool aged children of my own allows me to see the frustration that many kids possess when it comes to learning how to read. Then when I have an adult student who has lived with that frustration their entire life, I find that the relief of being able to read what the outer world is communicating with them is exponential and highly motivating to the student. As an avid reader in my spare time, I would love to see more people rewarded with the pleasure and fullness to life that reading allows.
For the past 5 years, I have been a life and academic mentor for at-risk youth in inner city Harrisburg. In that role, I have helped students to succeed academically and socially by teaching them how to take notes, be organized, review for exams, do research, and finding ways to make the content of their homework relate-able to their lives in order to better understand what they are learning. The other mentors and myself then hold the student accountable to the action plan formulated between student and mentor. Advice varies with each student as everyone has different struggles and strengths.