Hello, to prospective students! I look forward to working together not only to improve your writing and reading skills but to ensure you enjoy the process! Both reading and writing can be a great source of joy ~ I would like to assist any students who struggle to understand what they are reading or get frustrated when trying to express your thoughts in writing. I am patient, easygoing, consistent and believe in teaching by positive reinforcement, use of praise, and frequent encouragement.
I take every step to make certain my students benefit from maximizing every effort to assist them with areas they find challenging. For example, I often ask for parental permission to allow me to communicate with my students' teachers. I ask for their input, advice, and recommendations as well as keeping me apprised of current assignments and any areas proving difficult or challenging to the student. In addition it allows me to make certain that no assigned work is incomplete and/or not submitted on time; I may ask if students can get makeup or extra-credit assignments to improve their grade; and I learn of all observed improvements as well as any areas that still require additional attention. I have found that this guarantees that the student receives the full benefit of maximum attention of all those responsible for providing assistance needed to ensure improvement.
For many, it is an unforgiving & grueling task to comprehend required books. I have seen the joy expressed by my students when they begin to improve their verbal skills and realize they are capable of comprehending what they are reading, thus achieving their long-term goals. I am most rewarded in helping those who have struggled to the point of frustration, often just giving up, having lost any desire to try to improve their basic language skills. I volunteered at the Literacy Councils in New Orleans and Norristown for many years; tutored those for whom English is not their first language; and helped many who, having been just passed over by an apathetic, disinterested educational system, found themselves unable to read even the simplest reading materials. I experience tremendous joy helping those who struggle or just need 'fine-tuning' in understanding more complex materials and writing.
I was an Editor for nearly a decade (college, professional, medical texts, Encyclopedia Yearbooks, and military defense materials at Boeing). I was a substitute teacher (HS) for several years, and published several articles (related to my later, 20+ year career in Broadcast & Cable Advertising). I was a frequent guest speaker and seminar leader at major media conferences.
My love of learning came at an early age. When I began helping others, who struggled at school or rarely read or wrote for pleasure, I realized the innate pleasure of seeing others experience joy in reading, writing, and the learning process.
On a personal note, having raised 2 daughters (for whom I scrutinized all their homework and assisted in SAT prep and college application essays) I am proud to say that my elder daughter is a physician and my younger daughter is a director of grants at an Ivy League university. I take pride in both still referring to me as a "grammar taskmaster," but I trust that my insistence on their prioritizing academics proved successful. I mention this not to brag about my children but because, while both attended public school in a highly-ranked district, I was dismayed at the lack of attention to basic verbal education, especially grammar. I feel that, particularly given current financial problems facing our public schools, I see the great need for students to receive additional assistance ~ most especially "getting back to basics"!I believe that no child should suffer for lack of an adequate education. My primary objective is ensuring that any student I tutor will learn to write and speak English as it was meant to be read and heard and discover the pleasure of reading and understanding a great book and not struggling to express thoughts onto paper.
Of greatest significance, I have observed that when all these approaches and beliefs are put into effect, along with improvement in academic skills, my students' self-esteem and confidence markedly benefit.
While I consider myself my student's tutor, I value parental guidance, input, and assistance in relaying any specifics that could be affecting your child's performance. There are many factors that contribute to a student's academic work: they can include personal, social, and school problems. You have intimate knowledge of your child, and I would appreciate your sharing any relevant information so that I can be of the greatest help to your child's education.
I hope the above gives you sufficient background and information so you can assess my ability to work effectively with you and your child to vastly improve his or her verbal skills. I welcome the opportunity to work with many of you and especially to watch you achieve your goals!
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