Children can easily come to hate a particular subject, or even learning in general. It could be because they've experienced a lot of failure, or because they've had a teacher who didn't care about them, or a teacher who has made them feel nervous or frightened. They can often get so discouraged they see no point in even trying any more and have given up. That is the sort of situation that I am good at correcting. I like to help young children who have become discouraged or bored or frustrated, and have no hope of success left, to find joy in learning again, and to stir up enthusiasm for subjects that they had grown to hate.
I started tutoring around 1980, mostly with homeschoolers. I've tutored children from Kindergarten to 8th grade as well as some high school students, both homeschooled and attending regular schools. I've also taught in some small parent-run and private schools.
My main job now is teaching courses for homeschoolers on-line.
I have a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University (1987), summa cum laude, and teacher certification.
Most of my tutoring has been in beginning math and reading, which I find the most rewarding, but I have taught a wide variety of subjects and ages over the years. I've even had a couple of live-in tutoring jobs for homeschooling families where I taught just about all the subjects.
I'm a very patient teacher, and I am good with nervous or shy children.
I do not have one method of teaching that I always use. I believe each child is a unique individual, and therefore there is no one method that works for everybody. I believe in adapting my style and methods based on the strengths and weaknesses and interests of the particular child I'm working with at the time.
My evenings are pretty full right now, but I am available for tutoring in the morning or early afternoon for homeschooled students!
(If a child who is attending a school needs my help, I'll make every effort to fit them into the after-school hours somewhere.)
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