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 as this work during the school year.
I have tutored several "Generation 1.5" students. These are students who have come to America as young 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 correct grammar usage are below grade level. The earlier these problems are addressed, the better for the student later on.
Shirley English is a curriculum I have tutored a couple of students in and I quite enjoy it.
A number of my students are ADHD. My work with them includes teaching study and organizational skills that work for them. We just keep trying until there is a good fit. My students understand they are to be ready for me with all materials on the table and snacks eaten. They show me how their binder and folders look each week and I try to keep them on track. Many times I have had a student dump out a back pack and we go through it and discuss what to keep and where to file.
Students with ADHD try. Their parents try. I respect this and I don't give lectures on what to do. Students with ADHD are not one size fits all. We work together to discover what works.
A student asked once, "Why does 45 minutes with you feel like only 10 minutes has passed? Ten minutes with my math tutor feels like 45 minutes!" This is a student who works hard to stay on task. I try to meet with him before his medication has worn off and he is tired after school, so this was quite a compliment.
When I work with a younger student, sometimes I will have him jump up and run around the table to wake up. My sessions with these students are a patchwork of short lessons to keep them on task. We may start with spelling, move to reading and back to spelling before doing math flash cards. My goal is not to stretch the attention span. My goal is to tutor in a way that the student will see results.
I am a retired federal webmaster and was also a technical writer for my agency. I graduated with a liberal arts degree 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.
Social media is definitely in my comfort zone and it can be in yours too! 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 or children for training!
I tutored a class of senior citizens in beginning computer and have taught many people how to use a computer. I will tutor basic computer skills for beginners.
I will do tutoring on how to set up your new 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 also know how to publish a book on Kindle, how to set a book up to sell on Amazon and how to market the book. These are tasks I am familiar with and I am also able to edit novels and memoirs. (I do a Kindle book blog.)
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 English Second Language for a couple of years. 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 or at the Parman Library in Stone Oak. 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 distractions, cell phones, loud televisions etc. If a laptop is needed for tutoring, I am quite comfortable with that and can help students set up Word templates.
Parents and other family members are welcome to observe.
I look forward to meeting you and meeting my new student!
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