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Maria C.

Johnstown, PA

$40/hr

Writing/Reading/English/Study Skills

Background check passed as of 9/10/12
Usually responds in about 10 hours

Writing/Reading/English/Study Skills

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Hi! I look forward to being able to help you. I believe that every person will succeed, given the right tools and opportunities. Tutoring is not just about teaching basic skills but about giving encouragement and instilling confidence. I have been able to help elementary, secondary and college students perform well on testing, greatly improve their writing and reading skills, and build on other fundamental skills.

I have substitute taught in grades K-12 and with special needs students, and I have taught religious education classes for students in grades 2, 4, 6 and 11. I have written and edited for a major newspaper and a magazine. I have also worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support person, working one-on-one with children with special emotional and behavioral needs, helping them to become organized and focused for homework assignments and other tasks. I have edited and evaluated students' undergraduate or graduate papers and provided corrections and suggestions for improvement for a better quality paper.

I help students break down an assignment to ensure that they clearly understand what is being asked of them. While we are communicating regarding their work, I have them regularly check to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the instructor and class.

I work with students to help them improve:

-reading, writing, proofreading, grammar, spelling, punctuation, factual accuracy
-organization
-ability to break down an assignment into manageable steps
-discipline
-comprehension
-self-awareness of what methods best fit their personality

I believe that the best thing I can do for a student is to help them so well that they no longer need me but can move forward on their own.

Each person has unique gifts that are meant to be used. By getting past the obstacles and challenges to schoolwork, each person can more readily shine in their areas of talent - and have much less stress!

I very much look forward to working with you.

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences/Sociology. I am a lifelong reader and learner, a volunteer teacher and a paid tutor in various subjects. I have worked professionally as a writer and editor and as a social worker with teens, adults and with children with regular needs and those with special emotional and behavioral needs, including ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s and OCD.

Based on tutoring experience as well as skills developed in my own studies, I am able to help elementary students with fundamentals and advanced needs:

Spelling
As a good speller from a young age, it is a joy for me to be able to pass along this skill to others. It helps students in every subject. Their proficiency helps them to test well and will help them in every paper, letter, job and task throughout their lives.

Math
I help students to master the fundamentals of Math, developing study tools and fun ways of learning that suit their learning style. I help them to see Math’s application to their daily lives.

Reading
I work with students to break down words into their separate parts so that they can sound out and learn unfamiliar words. I use comparison words to help them remember how to pronounce and spell new words. I work with students on expression and pace, so that they understand the emotion and impact of what they are reading and are able to convey that to others.

Writing
I help students to realize that they have creative ability that we simply need to tap into. What interests them and motivates them? We can use these interests even for assignments that they are less interested in.

For Science, Geography, History, Current Events, etc., I use the same fundamentals approach, helping students to grasp the basics and build their skills from these foundations.

Additional tools that I use to help students succeed are:

-organization
-time management
-prioritizing
-managing papers (what to keep, what to discard, how to file and manage what is kept)

Positive reinforcement is a major component of my work with a student. This has proven to increase students' confidence as well as their belief that they can learn the information and do the work required for their class . . . and prepare themselves for higher levels of the subject and other coursework.

Improved grades are a result, but, even better, skills and confidence that they can succeed at schoolwork. This confidence overflows into other areas and choices in their life.

English

English can become one of your favorite subjects - really! As the fundamental tool for writing and talking with people, you will be fascinated to see how it affects your everyday thinking and communication. You and I will walk through assignments together, figuring out what the teacher is asking and discussing how you can best respond to the assignment. When you have completed assignments, we will evaluate them for accuracy, making any corrections where necessary. We will continue to work on this until you have developed your own ability to accurately critique your work.

Grammar

It is amazing to see the way in which people are critiqued by their ability to use language. Grammar is easier than you think! If you learn the fundamentals, you will have these tools all of your life. I teach students the basic rules of grammar that apply whether writing a simple essay or a lengthy paper. The Rules rule - once you learn them, you will rule all of your assignments!

Proofreading

Did you ever work on a job where you fixed something that was broken? Wasn't it great to see it repaired and in better shape? Proofreading is just like that! We look at your work, find the areas where there are holes, extra pieces that are not needed, wrong parts, places that need more glue to hold your ideas together and areas where you may need to follow the instructions better. By the time you step back and look at your proofread quality work, you will be amazed by just how great a repair person you are!

Reading

I love to read! . . . and hope that everyone with whom I work develops a love - or at least a tolerance - for reading as well. To learn from reading is to have a chance to avoid a lot of mistakes in life. In working with students, I break down a reading in parts - there is the natural break of chapters and subsections, then the breakdown of ideas and concepts. I have students verbalize and analyze the main ideas and supporting ideas. This gives them ownership and a sense of control with the material.

Spelling

I like to make spelling fun, using ideas to help make a word's spelling easy to remember. It works! The words are easy to remember not just for a test but years later.

Study Skills

Based on tutoring experience as well as skills developed in my own studies, I am able to help students with study skills in the following ways:

-organization
-time management
-prioritizing
-managing papers (what to keep, what to discard, how to file and manage what is kept)
-"ownership" of the subject - i.e., making the subject and its components their own, by learning what is their best approach to the subject to be able to master it and retain the information and concepts for current use, test taking, and future reference.

For various subjects, I have a student break down the topic into its smaller parts. Mastery of each part leads to mastery of the whole.

Positive reinforcement is a major component of my work with a student. This has proven to increase students' confidence as well as their belief that they can learn the information and do the work required for their class . . . and prepare themselves for higher levels of the subject and other coursework.

I have a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences/Sociology. I am a lifelong reader and learner, a volunteer teacher and a paid tutor in various subjects. I have worked professionally as a writer and editor and as a social worker with children, teens and adults.

Improved grades are a result, but, even better, skills and confidence that they can succeed at schoolwork. This confidence overflows into other areas and choices in their life.

Vocabulary

To help students remember what a word means, I have them use it within a sentence pertaining to their life, in addition to spelling the word and providing its definition. Once a word can be identified in a personal context, it becomes much easier to remember.

Writing

Writing involves the act of trusting yourself. Many people do not know where to begin. The best place to begin is with your heart - yes, even on a Science project! If you allow your heart to lead you to your greatest area of interest, you will find that it is easier to write about something that matters to you. What if you cannot choose? Look for a unique approach to the subject matter. No one can tell the story like you can. Through questions and discussion, I will help you get to what matters most to you. Then, we will discuss what approach works best for you - sitting down and writing at length or doing snippets at a time. I will evaluate your work and provide feedback, we will discuss areas for improvement and the way that you can make these improvements. Then we will begin the process again, as many times as necessary, until you have a finished project.

Maria’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Maria. View all of Maria’s resources

There are key tools for preparing for a test that, if used during the elementary school years, will serve a person for any project throughout their lives. 1. SLEEP The first tool is sleep. While it may seem counterintuitive to spend our time sleeping when we have lots of information to digest and memorize for a test, sleep is our greatest asset. During sleep, we escape from stress and... read more

Did you ever hear the expression, "You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time"? It's true! We can only do anything, including our homework, one step at a time. Maybe you're trying to complete 10 steps in 1 step and you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and you are blaming yourself because you can't get it done. Of course you can't - nobody can do 10 steps in 1 step! So... read more

B.A.

Education

B.A.

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 20 miles of Johnstown, PA 15905.


About Maria

Hi! I look forward to being able to help you. I believe that every person will succeed, given the right tools and opportunities. Tutoring is not just about teaching basic skills but about giving encouragement and instilling confidence. I have been able to help elementary, secondary and college students perform well on testing, greatly improve their writing and reading skills, and build on other fundamental skills.

I have substitute taught in grades K-12 and with special needs students, and I have taught religious education classes for students in grades 2, 4, 6 and 11. I have written and edited for a major newspaper and a magazine. I have also worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support person, working one-on-one with children with special emotional and behavioral needs, helping them to become organized and focused for homework assignments and other tasks. I have edited and evaluated students' undergraduate or graduate papers and provided corrections and suggestions for improvement for a better quality paper.

I help students break down an assignment to ensure that they clearly understand what is being asked of them. While we are communicating regarding their work, I have them regularly check to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the instructor and class.

I work with students to help them improve:

-reading, writing, proofreading, grammar, spelling, punctuation, factual accuracy
-organization
-ability to break down an assignment into manageable steps
-discipline
-comprehension
-self-awareness of what methods best fit their personality

I believe that the best thing I can do for a student is to help them so well that they no longer need me but can move forward on their own.

Each person has unique gifts that are meant to be used. By getting past the obstacles and challenges to schoolwork, each person can more readily shine in their areas of talent - and have much less stress!

I very much look forward to working with you.

Education

B.A.

Education

B.A.


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Johnstown, PA 15905

Maria’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English,
Reading,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Maria’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Maria. View all of Maria’s resources

There are key tools for preparing for a test that, if used during the elementary school years, will serve a person for any project throughout their lives. 1. SLEEP The first tool is sleep. While it may seem counterintuitive to spend our time sleeping when we have lots of information to digest and memorize for a test, sleep is our greatest asset. During sleep, we escape from stress and... read more

Did you ever hear the expression, "You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time"? It's true! We can only do anything, including our homework, one step at a time. Maybe you're trying to complete 10 steps in 1 step and you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and you are blaming yourself because you can't get it done. Of course you can't - nobody can do 10 steps in 1 step! So... read more


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