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Casey B.

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Woodbridge, VA (22195)

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I've been tutoring since I was in 7th grade, when my best friend was a slower learner than I was and I often helped her understand the concepts she just couldn't quite grasp without a little extra help. At the time, I didn't think of it as tutoring; I was just helping out a friend. In the years since then, I've helped many students across a wide range of ages and subjects, and I've found I truly love helping people to learn.

Many of my students (or their parents) have commented that I have been able to make difficult new ideas finally "click" with them. Unfortunately teachers in a classroom full of students don't have enough time to make sure their lessons match the individual learning style of each and every student. That's where I come in. I'll find a way to help YOU master the material you need to learn. Because I tailor my approach to each individual student, it is difficult to define my tutoring style, but a few key points that are consistent across all students is that I strive to build confidence and find a way to spark enthusiasm for learning. It is a great feeling when I am able to help a student have that “ah-ha!” moment, or when I can watch them slowly transform from a struggling and/or reluctant learner to a successful student.

I have a BA in Literature from UCSB. This gives me a very strong background in reading and writing, as well as other English-related subjects. I spent my first 2 years in college as a biology major before deciding to switch to Literature, so I have a strong biology and general science background as well. Additionally, I have always been a strong math student, and due to math being a subject that many students struggle with, I have probably tutored as many students in math as in any other subject.

I have tutored students:
- aged from early elementary grades through college
- in gifted or other advanced programs
- who struggle to learn at the same rate as their age-peers
- who are reluctant and unenthusiastic
- with low self-esteem or confidence
- students with ADD/ADHD and other special needs

Subjects I have tutored most often include:
- English/language arts (including reading, writing, proofreading/critiquing, and more)
- biology/life science, elementary science
- math at all levels from elementary math through algebra

Here are a few specific examples:
- A 4th or 5th grade student who was struggling in most subjects and totally lost when it came to fractions. He attended an after school program I worked at part-time while I was in college, where in addition to basic daycare, we also offered homework help. This particular student possibly had a mild learning disorder, although I was never aware of an official diagnosis. Other staff members had labeled this student “too stupid to learn fractions,” and didn't want to “waste their time” helping him. After several days where I worked with this student one-on-one, mostly using techniques to help him visualize what the fractions represented, he began to develop confidence and true understanding, and went on to pass the chapter test.
- A 3rd grade student who was struggling with reading, behind grade level, and stated that she hated reading. Over a roughly 6 month period of time, she transformed into an enthusiastic reader whose reading level had jumped forward roughly 1 ½ grade levels, who was devouring books at a rate of several per week.
- A college student who had twice failed a course called “College Algebra.” I was hired when she was on the verge of failing the course a 3rd time, and seriously considering dropping out of college due to being unable to pass this requirement. With my help, she was able to regain her self-confidence, get a good grade on the final, and finally pass the course.
- I was a major part of homeschooling my step-daughter from Kindergarten through 4th grade, responsible for roughly 50% of the teaching.

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Casey’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills
Science:
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
English:

ADD/ADHD

I have tutored children who have ADD/ADHD and other special needs as well as worked with them in other capacities including in a daycare setting, as a nanny, team coaching, and in my own family. I understand that working with these kids can take a lot of patience and good humor, as well as a lot of creativity to find what methods work with each child's individual style. There is no "one size fits all", and although the very nature of these situations requires some trial and error, in the end the effort is worth it.

Algebra 1

I have always been a strong math student, and have been very successful tutoring math at all levels from elementary through algebra. I seem to have a knack for finding just the right way to explain math concepts for the individual student I am working with, even if they have always struggled with math before.

American History

If you are looking for a tutor who can help a struggling student in multiple subjects including history and one or more of my stronger subjects (English/language arts, biology/life science, and math), then I'll definitely be able to provide some help in history. I'd be happy to discuss details of your individual situation and my qualifications to see if we are a match. On the other hand, if the only subject you need tutoring in is history and/or if you are looking for someone who can provide deep understanding of history to ensure an honors or AP student gets an A in the course or passes the AP test, then I am not the best tutor for you.

Biology

Although my bachelor's degree is in literature, I spent my first two years of college as a biology major, and thus I have a very strong background in that subject. I have never lost my interest in the study of living things, and enjoy working with students to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm for this fascinating area of study.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with numerous elementary students over the years, and really enjoy working with this age group.

I feel it is extremely important that children get a very solid foundation in reading and basic arithmetic. These are the basic building blocks upon which virtually everything else in their entire school career will be built. If a child falls even a little behind their peers, it can damage their confidence, and if it is not addressed, it may snowball out of control. But because a young child's brain is designed to be a sponge that just sucks in knowledge at an incredible rate, most children who have fallen a little behind can catch back up to their peers with some extra help. It is an honor each time a parent asks me to be part of building this very important foundation in their child, and a delight each time I see the child's progress and growing confidence.

I was a major part of homeschooling my step-daughter from Kindergarten through 4th grade. My husband and I split the work roughly 50-50. That included not just teaching, but also:
- investigating and implementing curricula, often designing our own curriculum to meet her individual needs
- finding online, library, and other resources to support and enrich her learning experience
- researching SOLs and other standards to ensure that she did not fall behind her age-peers in any subject
- evaluating her progress to determine which subjects needed extra review and which subjects we could accelerate
For 5th grade, she went to public school and handled the transition very well, making the honor roll. While I understand that homeschooling is very different than tutoring, I do feel that being nearly solely responsible for a student for 5 years, and having such good results both by my own standards and that of the public school, is a good testament to my abilities in elementary education. Also the experience exposed me to numerous educational theories and resources that I had been unaware of before, and thus greatly strengthened my ability to be an effective tutor.

Elementary Math

I have always been a strong math student, and have been very successful tutoring math at all levels from elementary through algebra. I seem to have a knack for finding just the right way to explain math concepts for the individual student I am working with, even if they have always struggled with math before.

English

I have a bachelor's degree in literature, and so I have a strong background in all aspects of English and language arts. Perhaps more importantly, I have always loved reading and writing since a very young age. I truly enjoy helping students in this subject I love so much. I am capable and willing to work with anyone from a young child who is just learning to read and write to a college student.

Prealgebra

I have always been a strong math student, and have been very successful tutoring math at all levels from elementary through algebra. I seem to have a knack for finding just the right way to explain math concepts for the individual student I am working with, even if they have always struggled with math before.

Proofreading

I consider proofreading to be a service I offer more than a subject I teach, although I do also help students with their proofreading skills as a natural extension of teaching them to write. When a student has me proofread an essay or story, I do a lot more than just look for spelling and grammar errors. "Critiquing" is a better word to describe what I do, but it is not offered as an alternative on WyzAnt. I make sure to evaluate the paper as a whole, and then help the student understand how to fix the problems. This, obviously, helps the student get a better grade on the paper in question, but also helps them identify their strengths and weaknesses in their writing and thus raise the level of their future efforts.

Here are a few examples of the things I look for when critiquing.
For essays:
- Does it flow smoothly from paragraph to paragraph or are the transitions awkward?
- Does the conclusion match the introduction, or did the student inadvertently change his topic halfway through?
- Does it meet the requirements of the assignment?

For stories:
- Does the story have a recognizable beginning, middle, and end, or does it just ramble aimlessly?
- Does the plot follow a logical progression?
- Are the characters developed enough that the reader actually cares about them?

My charges for proofreading/critiquing are different than regular tutoring sessions. Please ask for an explanation if you are interested in this service.

Reading

I have a bachelor's degree in literature, and so I have a strong background in all aspects of English and language arts. Perhaps more importantly, I have always loved reading and writing since a very young age. I truly enjoy helping students in this subject I love so much. I am capable and willing to work with anyone from a young child who is just learning to read to a college student. I feel it is extremely important that children get a very solid foundation in reading, and will work very hard to find an approach that will work for your child. At higher levels, I help students develop deeper reading comprehension and critical reading skills. At all levels, I strive to build confidence, enthusiasm, and a life-long love of reading.

Special Needs

My experience with special needs children extends beyond tutoring them, and includes working with them in other capacities such as in a daycare setting, as a nanny, team coaching, and in my own family. I understand that working with these kids can take a lot of patience and good humor, as well as a lot of creativity to find what methods work with each child's individual style. There is no "one size fits all", and although the very nature of these situations requires some trial and error, in the end the effort is worth it. Some of the special needs I have experience with are ADD/ADHD, OCD, emotional disorders, mild learning disabilities, and mild physical disabilities. I also have experience with gifted children, who have a different sort of special needs.

Study Skills

"Work smarter, not harder." Yes, it is cliche, but it became that way because of what an important idea it is. I work with all of my students to help them identify places where their study skills need improvement, and to find effective ways to make those improvements. While it is often true that the most important immediate goal is to pass the upcoming test, I also strive to be sure that my students gain knowledge that they will retain, and skills that they will be able to use for a lifetime of success. I work on traditional study skills such as note-taking, test-taking, and memorization strategies, as well as other important skills required for success in school including time-management, organization, thinking skills, and motivation.

World History

If you are looking for a tutor who can help a struggling student in multiple subjects including history and one or more of my stronger subjects (English/language arts, biology/life science, and math), then I'll definitely be able to provide some help in history. I'd be happy to discuss details of your individual situation and my qualifications to see if we are a match. On the other hand, if the only subject you need tutoring in is history and/or if you are looking for someone who can provide deep understanding of history to ensure an honors or AP student gets an A in the course or passes the AP test, then I am not the best tutor for you.

Writing

I have a bachelor's degree in literature, and so I have a strong background in all aspects of English and language arts. Perhaps more importantly, I have always loved reading and writing since a very young age. I truly enjoy helping students in this subject I love so much. I am capable and willing to work with anyone from a young child who is just learning to write to a college student. Young children often need some help building confidence to discover that the words are in their head, and in fact they often have no trouble speaking them aloud, so they just need to write them down and it will be fine. At higher levels, I help students with all aspects of writing, from the critical thinking skills necessary to develop ideas and present them clearly and logically, all the way to putting the final polish on an essay with proofreading for spelling and grammar mistakes. I also have extensive experience helping students with their creative writing, especially the writing of narrative prose (e.g., stories and novels).

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Education

UC Santa Barbara (Literature)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Modest travel fee outside Woodbridge, VA. Proofreading, critiquing, and other services not provided in person will have different rates. Please ask if you have questions.

Travel policy

Casey will travel within 20 miles of Woodbridge, VA 22192.

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