Q. Where will we meet for tutoring? A. We will try to find a suitable place that is convenient for both of us. Though I do travel to meet you, time and distance are important factors in making this work feasible and profitable for me, so I try to find locations that minimize my travel time, while also providing convenience to you. Q. How will we decide on a time to meet? A. We will try to find a suitable time that is convenient for both of us. Q. When are you available to tutor? A. It varies from week to week, but my general availability begins at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and ends at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 3:00 pm Saturday. Please contact me for my current availability. Q. How long will each session be? A. The session length can vary, depending on the subject, the student, and the schedule. Unless otherwise agreed, the session times will be two (2) hours each. Q. Why do you recommend two (2) hours per session? A.... read more
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I would strongly suggest that the tutee read aloud to a parent or to himself for at least l5 minutes, five days per week.
Hi everyone. My name is Jennifer, and if you read my profile, you will get to know a lot about me and my teaching philosophy. I have been teaching since 1997, but have been out of the classroom since my husband went to Iraq. I have been subbing for the past 3 years, and have worked at a tutoring learning center. I enjoyed the one on one so much that I decided that I would love to work with more students without being told what or how I have to teach. I believe that it is important for a tutor to figure out how their student learns so that they are able to help them learn the best way for them. Not all students learn the same. One suggestion that I have made to my current clients, which the parents have agreed with, is that I believe that having tutoring sessions in the students’ home is a source of distraction. I know that when my son comes home from school, the last thing that he wants to do is “study” or do homework. He wants to play, relax, and spend time with family... read more
· Pre-Reading Strategies: -Question yourself: § What is the topic? § What do you already know? § What has already happened? § What do you think will happen? -Read headings: § What do you already know about the headings? § Turn headings into questions to be answered. · What is...? · Who is...? · What happened in...? · Why is...important? - Look at pictures: § What do you think the pictures show/tell? § Read captions. - Read special print: § Sentences within reading section bolded or in italics. § Read anything in the margins. - Look up unknown vocabulary. · Reading Strategies: - Visualize: § What do you see when you read? §... read more
As you know, all teachers (and tutors!) were once students. So they know all the pitfalls that can cause a student to not get their homework done. The reason can be social - maybe the student wants to get his or her work done but the distraction of all the social media is too much to resist. The reason can also be academic - maybe the subject is difficult, such as challenging concepts or perhaps they're faced with an assignment that didn't get explained well enough to be done independently. Or sometimes it's the dreaded PROCRASTINATION. That can be the worst of all reasons to not get work done because the longer you procrastinate, the more the work piles up and then the student becomes "paralyzed", overwhelmed by the mountain of work that has accumulated. When procrastination has gotten the better of you, the important thing is to not let yourself be so overwhelmed that you don't do the work at all. Here's what you do: PRIORITIZE AND GET STARTED! It is a simple phrase with... read more
I'd like to think that I have a pretty decent children's book collection. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of going to the public library to check out books, but it's important for children to have a couple books to call their own (with their name written on the inside cover). Since it takes repetition to master skills, reading the same book over and over can really enhance a child's memory and knowledge retention. I've always been an avid reader, even as a young child. At the age of five, my mom allowed me to belong to a book club so I would receive books in the mail on a monthly basis. Since then I have kept most of those books, because I have so many great memories reading with my parents and grandparents. Many of those same books have traveled across the U.S. with me, and now I am able to share them with my daughter, Brynn. She has shown a great interest in books and that definitely makes me smile. We read to her daily and she has many board books that she independently... read more
I never thought I would enjoy and learn so much from teaching and tutoring my students. I have had the blessings to tutor/teach students as young as 6 years old, with their driven parents wanting me to teach their child/children Spanish,English, Romanian, Beg. French, Reading, Writing and Phonetics. It never failed to amaze me the memory capacity, endurance and confidence a child can gain from simple encouraging words, your faith in their abilities and your unwavering patience. Having students of all ages, cultural backgrounds and learning levels gave me the opportunity to learn lots of ways to adapt, challenge, engage, understand and enhance the lessons to better suit and challenge the students comprehension and progress. I look forward to each and every session for it gives me great pride to see the hard work, troubleshooting and progress toward their educational, social, linguistic and emotional development. When one is confident in their capabilities there is no limit... read more
"One afternoon while working around his yard, a man spotted a cocoon. Looking closely, he noticed that something was struggling to get through a very small hole in the cocoon. He sat and watched for several minutes before he was certain that what he was seeing was a butterfly attempting to get through the hole in the cocoon. As he watched, the insect inside the cocoon pushed and twisted, but could not squeeze its way through the hole since the hole was smaller than the body of the butterfly. Intending to help the butterfly emerge, the man took his pocketknife and very carefully cut the hole larger so the butterfly could pass through the opening. The butterfly emerged easily with no effort at all. However, the butterfly had a body that was far too big to permit its undeveloped wings to lift it. The man waited with hope that the butterfly would continue to transform but this never happened. The butterfly needed to struggle to squeeze its body through the small opening. In the... read more
I am fully aware that English is one of those subjects students tend to either love or hate. Personally, I'm a lover of all things English; literature, grammar, language arts and so on. I attained my Bachelor's degree in English with a double major in History, another of my loves. Though I am not a teacher by trade, I've discovered through the years that I'm a darn good one. I can help any type of student; children, adults, lovers and haters of English and grammar. I am very well-read and possess a strong understanding of grammar; thus, I am able to connect with students of all ages and skill sets. Whether you need help with English literature classes, grammar or learning English as a second language, I will be able to not only connect with you, but also guide you through your learning journey.
I shared my WyzAnt profile with a friend the other day. She asked me why I included the term dyslexia in quotes. "Its not like you don't think it exists," she went on, "you've been working with dyslexic kids for so many years now! Isn't that a little bit dismissive?" I answered her as best I could, "Of course, I don't mean it dismissively, but the term "dyslexia" is over-used." I continued to ramble, "Some people describe themselves as dyslexic without having a formal diagnosis. For many people, the label "dyslexia" helps lessen feelings of insecurity they may have." Without going too much deeper, we moved on to a different conversation. In my mind, I have recently been going over that discussion, and I feel it is worth sharing my thinking in a little more depth. "Dyslexia" is a term that means many things to many people, even within a clinical setting. Reading is a complex cognitive process, one that combines many different processes to extract meaning from writing... read more
Sharing success stories can be a little bit heady – I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I am so very proud of my students and their accomplishments, it’s hard not to share! The following excerpt is taken from a student’s letter to the International Dyslexia Association in response to their “Honor A Teacher” campaign. Through mail and email, members, friends and supporters of IDA were invited to submit information about a special teacher, and “Unsung Hero” who has made significant contribution to their life or their child’s life. In my student’s letter to IDA she stated, “Kim is very patient, explains a lot, and never misses a day. She is kind, nice and friendly with a very warm personality. At first I was very nervous because I didn’t know the place or the people, but I was very comfortable with Kim. Kim is a very good teacher. I am thankful to have her versus any other teacher. I understand things the first time she explains them, my reading is much better now and I... read more
I taught in Minneapolis students for 41 years after I taught in North St. Paul/Maplewood and Teaneck, NJ which was the first district that voted to integrate. Starting with students on that wonderful new year students were confused about what their parents had fought about and they all made friends quickly. I have taught teachers in the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Africa and Bangladesh. I have written three educational books. I continue to follow educational issues with a number of publications.
The Orton-Gillingham methodology is a method of reading instruction that focuses on multi-sensory learning. The basic idea is that some students, particularly students with learning issues like dyslexia, benefit from using their senses to activate and retrain parts of the brain that are used in reading. As a result, Orton-Gillingham based instruction features a lot of interesting hands-on activities. From my own experience as a teacher and tutor, Orton-Gillingham methodologies work very well when they are used as intended and when instruction is not rushed. Reading issues often develop over years and sometimes take years to successfully address. Students must be receive systematic instruction in phonics where they do not move onto the next step until they demonstrate mastery of the current step. Some students move through the levels in days while others can take months. Some tutors will be less than forthcoming about how long reading instruction can take, but I prefer... read more
Why teaching? Why tutoring? As a second-generation educator, I can honestly say that my education is one of the most valuable assets I possess and can share. My mother has taught hundreds of school children and both she and my father have passed along their passion for learning to me. To this day I can remember a conversation my dad had with me when I was still in high school. He shared with me that one of the greatest gifts about an education is learning how to learn. Thus, it only seems right that I take what I've learned and pass it along to others in pursuit of their own discoveries. That's why I teach. That's why I tutor.
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One day in college, my favorite professor approached me at my desk. She spoke in a hoarse whisper. "I need your help today. Will you please teach the class for me?" Who, me? I looked around at my fellow students, who were getting seated and unpacking their notebooks. This was hands-down my favorite class of the semester, an expository writing class. But...me? Teach? "Laryngitis," she croaked, pointing at her throat. She flashed a grin of confidence and leaned in closer. "Can I count on you? I know you can do it!" Looking back, that afternoon changed the course of my life. I don't remember how that class went, but I do remember that it lit a serious spark in my spirit. I started work as a tutor almost immediately, at first working in the National Center on Deafness (NCOD), which was located on my campus, which was California State University, Northridge. I also met with that professor to discuss the possibility of getting a teaching assistantship. With her encouragement,... read more
The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped adults with ESL/ESOL, general and academic reading/writing/comprehension/test preparation as well as public speaking for different-sized audiences, sometimes at-the-last-minute before "the big presentation day".
Greetings learners, I'm back with another tip in learning. Now! How many of you leave your house without an Umbrella knowing there is going to be rain? Most likely none of you would make that mistake. Well it's the same in learning. Before you come to any session, be organized. 1.Firstly, eat a good breakfast or lunch. 2. Have all materials needed e.g Pens,pencils,work from school etc. Good Luck!
Hello all, hope you guys are eager to learn as I am eager to teach you. Remember that even though I and my fellow tutors are here to help; your success is also contingent on the effort you put in. Tip of the day: Prepare your mind to work, come to each session to actively participate. Have a great day!
Hello! My name is Kathleen (Kathy). I came across WyzAnt, and I feel like it is exactly what I have been looking for! I have always excelled at all things English. I love spelling, grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, teaching computer skills, etc. I am fascinated by language and by the choices people use to express themselves. I would love the opportunity to help a student feel more confident in all subjects related to English. I also worked as an Executive Assistant for many years, and am very proficient in all Microsoft Office programs, and find them to be a great deal of fun once you get used to them. Technology is moving so fast, and keeping up with the latest software versions is crucial to surviving in today's workplace. I would love to meet you and see if there are some subjects I would be able to assist you with for your future success.