Need a tutor with over 20 years of experience and a love for students? Here she is!
I have a BA and an MA in English, and have taught in middle school, high school, and am currently teaching in college. In middle school I specialized in teaching reading comprehension and paragraph structure as well as grammar, vocabulary building, and spelling. As a high school instructor, I taught British literature, American literature, World literature, introduction to composition, advanced composition, and Advanced Placement English. Currently I am an instructor in a local college teaching comp 1, comp 2, American literature, World literature, and Developmental Writing. At each level of instruction, I have developed independent learning modules for my students so that the pace of learning is comfortable and successful.
Another passion of mine is SAT and ACT Test Prep in the areas of reading and writing. Here my tutoring includes subject-specific information as well as test-taking tools because frequently a student's anxiety is what prevents success.
Whether tutoring English or test prep, my focus is always on the one individual student when I tutor and his or her needs, so first I interview the student to find out his or her perception of the strengths and weaknesses in that particular academic discipline. Next, I have my student take a diagnostic test that reveals the strengths and weaknesses. With this information,both anecdotal and statistical, I create an action plan for that student that includes the following: goals to be reached, material to be covered, timeline for covering that material, exit test.
I use PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and textbooks when I tutor. Educational research has shown that all students learn best when instructors use a variety of materials - visual, auditory, tactile. So in our tutoring session we will often use the computer - and I bring my laptop - as well as use a portable white board which I also bring.
I teach students, not material - and keeping that in mind as a guide is what makes my tutoring sessions so successful for the student.
As one of my past students put it, "You made me believe in myself and so I learned I could write."
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