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Julie F.

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Houston, TX (77094)

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I have spoken Spanish fluently for 20 years and have spent a great deal of time immersed in the Spanish culture. I have applied my Spanish speaking skills on many mission trips as a translator. I have also been employed as a medical translator for Black Diamond, a national translation firm. I managed a crisis hotline in Spanish and English for DePelchin Children's Center.

In terms of teaching style, I believe that one cannot gain a complete knowledge of Spanish (or any other language) without a healthy grasp of verbal, written, and reading skills. I employ a set of workbooks for each grade level, however, I am completely comfortable working with existing homework assignments. I employ visual aids such as verb conjugation charts to aid in memorization. I bring patience, along with my experience to meet each student's needs. Conversely, if a student is on an accelerated path, I can rise to that challenge as well. My teaching methods can adjust to all scholastic ages and grade levels.

The most effective method of teaching a second language is conversation. As I work with a student, based on the student's ability, I will switch from English to Spanish. I will continue for a sentence or two. I will then ask if the student understood what I said. This teaches them to rely upon context. I gauge vocabulary weaknesses by how easily they follow the thread of conversation. The words or concepts they struggle with will be stressed in subsequent lessons in conjunction with any homework they bring to me. If a student expresses an interest in a subject that might not be addressed in their text at that point, I will address it vaguely in an attempt to pique their interest in their coursework. The end goal is for the student to be confident and to be fully conversational in Spanish.

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Julie’s subjects

English:
ACT English, English, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, Psychology
Language:
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Religion
Music:
Music Theory, Voice (Music)
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Business:
Economics
Homeschool:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:

ADD/ADHD

While studying Psychology at the University of Houston I specialized in learning difficulties such as ADD and ADHD. I have worked with students whose parents use varying approaches from medication and/or CBTE to help their children cope with their difference. I have become open to any approach that works best for the student.(Be it either of these approaches or a combination of the two.) In any event, patience and a carefully constructed I.E.P. with parental input is called for.

American History

I was an American History tutor for two years while in college at U.H. I have a passion for American History, and I firmly believe that, as Americans, we cannot begin to know where we are going, until we have a firm understanding of where we have been. No matter if one is discussing George Washington, or John Jay The First Chief Justice of the United States' supreme Court, knowing who the people were who helped lay the foundation for our nation is very important, if we are to become an educated or informed nation. That is why we study American History.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with children grade K-6 for the past eight years. I have worked with children in all subject areas with higher grades or test scores after working with me for one year. I have a great deal of success with: Reading vocabulary, Social Studies and Science. I have successfully executed lesson plans and assisted students in completion of assignments. I am also well-versed in different learning styles. I can shape my teaching style for each. I have the skill and patience required to plan and execute objectives successfully.

Elementary Science

Why do things fall down instead of up? Why do we have seasons? Why do animals behave as they do? These are a few of the questions Elementary Science classes seek to answer.

English

Grammar and sentence structure are the foundation of any good paper. Once your foundation is secure, then you can build upon that foundation with thesis statements for each paragraph. (A thesis statement clearly declares your point in writing the paper.) All of the statements that follow should support your key point. Your conclusion restates your key point and the supporting points that prove your thesis.

Hard Of Hearing

I grew up with several Hard of hearing family members. I am well-versed in the use of hearing aids and I read lips. I also know how to speak clearly so that those who are hard of hearing and use lipreading as a way of communicating can easily understand what I am trying to communicate to them. I grew up spending Summers in the deaf and Hard of hearing community and I developed a love for the community and culture. I understand that special education may be necessary, but allowing hard of hearing students to learn in a "normal" setting should be encouraged.

Phonics

Phonics is the standard method of teaching young children the basics of reading whereby the instructor builds upon the language rules or sounds made by vowels and consonants in the groupings that form words.

Proofreading

Proofreading is one of the most important skills any author has. The ability to detect and correct errors in your writing makes it easier for your reader to understand your thesis (point), and thus to take you more seriously.

Psychology

Psychology the study of the way each person acts within their environment and is effected by it. Regardless of your preference for Erikson or Young or any other theorists, the study of the mind (Psychology) is of great value for the individual and society at large. I have studied Psychology for over twenty years.

Religion

I have taken part in Religious studies for over twenty-five years. As part of these studies I am currently researching a comparative religions program at Dallas Theological Seminary. While at U.H. I had close friendships with people whose religious backgrounds varied greatly. My knowledge of Western and Middle Eastern faiths is foundation. As a Christian I understand that Christianity, Islam and Judaism trace their roots to the same place. This is both a point of pride and strife. Eastern faiths have points of common ground and strife as well.

SAT Reading

Test reading is a matter of reading FOR INFORMATION. It is easy to become lost in a river of useless facts. You must learn how to read with purpose. The purpose of test reading is to determine what your key points are and to read with those key points in mind while understanding that the secondary information holds no importance for the objective of doing well on your exam. "Sifting through the weeds" of a text will help you pick the "flowers" you will use as answers and save you time as it helps you zero in on answers to questions.

Sign Language

I grew up spending summers arround people who, like myself had differences. One community I was in frequently was the deaf community. In the seven yeas I spent in that community (though hearing) I learn to sign and to love their culure. I can not only teach the language, but I hope to convey the love of the culture aswell.

Spanish

Spanish is one of the most ancient languages on Earth. It finds it roots in Latin. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken non-Englih spoken languages in the world. This makes it heavily marketable and thankfully easily learned. Children who are given a second language class between the ages of six and twelve tend to do better in school over all.

Vocabulary

A well-developed vocabulary is one of the most obvious marks of a well-educated person. Teaching children to expand their vocabulary is more than a function of knowing what words mean. To have a well-developed vocabulary one must be able to use those words effectively both verbally and in writing. A student with a growing vocabulary will have an advantage in all areas of learning.

Voice (Music)

I have studied the vocal arts for over twenty-five years. I competed on the college level in in vocal competitions with high scores. As a Soprano, I have a three octave range. When teaching, I stress the importance of breathing correctly and diction. I believe that the human voice is much like a violin. the vocal cords act much like the strings and they are just as fragile. Teaching vocal skill therefore goes far beyond teaching pitch and breathing, one must also learn to care for one's voice. I teach this as well.

Writing

In order to be an effective communicator, one must be a good writer. A good writer takes his/her key point and supports it with three or four follow-up points. They then provide a final statement that ties together the key points. This is the method of an effective writer.

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U of Houston

Very Patient and Understanding — Julie has been helping my son in his SAT preparation for English language. She has demonstrated commitment to the role in providing invaluable tutoring tools to my son. She is willing to go the extra mile. I will highly recommend her. ...

— Ucheoma, Sugar Land, TX on 2/23/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Group rates-5 or more: $30 per student in my home, $35 offsite. Each student provided one free lesson. Private lessons $40. Lessons are 1 hour. Two lessons per week required.

Travel policy

Julie will travel within 15 miles of Houston, TX 77094.

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