My students call me Miss Marilyn.
I live in Timberwood Park and tutor only in zip codes 78260 and 78258.
Of my many clients, two particularly stand out:
-The second grader whose handwriting showed spectacular improvement. I made corrections in how she held the pencil, how she sat, and of course how she formed the letters.
-The high school senior whose ACT English score went up several points in a couple of months. He called me first when he received the results! I could not have felt more honored.
Both of these students were highly motivated and worked on their own outside of the tutoring lessons. Circumstances vary, but I usually expect my students to do additional work. I try to use their homework during the school year. I will review and comment on work outside of the tutoring lesson on my own time and at no extra charge and then discuss it with the student during our scheduled session.
I have tutored several "Generation 1.5" students. These are students who have come to America as children and English is not their first language. Typically their language skills are fine, even above average, as far as speaking, vocabulary, understanding and reading. But writing and grammar are below grade level. The earlier this is addressed the better.
Shirley English is a curriculum I would enjoy tutoring again. You would need to loan me the text and I might only be a lesson ahead of the student, but this is a great way to teach English.
I am a retired federal webmaster and was also a technical writer for my agency. I graduated with a liberal arts degree in anthropology from DePauw University with an emphasis on English and writing. I do temp work scoring standardized essay tests, such as Texas STARR, TAKS and GED. I substitute teach in the Comal ISD school system.
My computer skills are comprehensive as I have worked tech support and have worked with personal computers for 25 years. When in tech support, I was much in demand for my patient style and ability to explain software in a non-technical way.
I tutored a class of senior citizens in beginning computer and have taught many people how to use a computer.
However, I only tutor basic computer skills for beginners. I know HTML and use Dreamweaver and Photoshop, but do not teach web programming.
I am the person you want when you need to learn how to make that Facebook page or how to email photos to friends and do not want to ask your spouse for training!
I will do tutoring on how to set up your Kindle and how to download library books. Much of the Kindle is easy, including setup, but borrowing from the library is a bit complicated. Some of it involves downloading software and configuration that only has to be done once. I can show you how to use your new Kindle and give you tips on finding free books.
I came to tutoring at a very young age. I was selected in first grade to help other students in my class on a daily basis and I loved it. I was hired to tutor neighborhood children when I was in grade school and in high school. As an adult I tutored for two years in English as a Second Language. Tutoring is something I enjoy that comes naturally to me and it has been my pleasure to return to it in my retirement.
My style of teaching is to work with the individual and engage his interest in the subject as well as show him how he is progressing and where he needs more work. The key word is encouragement and the student should end each session with the satisfaction that progress has been made. The tutoring time will be spent concentrating on the subject. Unlike a classroom, the teaching is one-on-one and the student will appreciate that this is quality time where rapid improvement may be made.
I will tutor in your home, but I am flexible as long as the work is done in an environment where I can have the student's full attention. There will be ground rules such as no cell phones or iPads. Parents and grandparents are welcome to observe.
I look forward to meeting you and meeting my new student!
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