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Elem, Middle and High School/ACT and ASVAB prep...3 Rs and Beyond
Margaret S.

742 hours tutoring

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Elem, Middle and High School/ACT and ASVAB prep...3 Rs and Beyond
Elem, Middle and High School/ACT and ASVAB prep...3 Rs and Beyond
Margaret S.

742 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

742 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Margaret


Bio

Please call me Miss Peggy--it is much friendlier than Margaret.

I absolutely LOVE to teach! It is a joy to help students of all ages, even adults! We manage to have a little fun with it as you learn.

Since reading is fundamental to doing well in school and in life, I help lay a strong foundation in phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation, reading, and writing.

I love tutoring the ACT! All of my ACT students have raised their scores; six of them earned a perfect 36!! Math and English...

Please call me Miss Peggy--it is much friendlier than Margaret.

I absolutely LOVE to teach! It is a joy to help students of all ages, even adults! We manage to have a little fun with it as you learn.

Since reading is fundamental to doing well in school and in life, I help lay a strong foundation in phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation, reading, and writing.

I love tutoring the ACT! All of my ACT students have raised their scores; six of them earned a perfect 36!! Math and English are my favorites, and I help you actually understand HOW and WHY they work.

How do you learn best? I customize my lessons to your particular learning style (visual, auditory, kinetic, etc.). I want to help you be at your best!

How can I help you succeed? Elementary, middle school, high school and college math, reading, English, social studies, science? Help with ADD/ADHD? Preparing for the ACT, ASVAB or GED? Test-taking strategies and stress busters? I am a perfect fit for what you need.

I have a heart for the student who is struggling and perhaps doubting himself/herself. Together, we use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses, and we get results very quickly!

About me:

I have been tutoring full time for ten years and dearly love to help my students overcome and master challenging subjects. It is so gratifying to see the look on my student's face when he or she "gets it!"

As a substitute teacher in the Mobile County Public Schools System, I taught all types of learners. For more than seven years, I taught k-12 core subjects and electives in special education, regular and advanced classes.

I also have more than 20 years' experience as an executive secretary. I like to say grammar, spelling, and punctuation are in my DNA (I am a great resource for the ACT/SAT English tests)!

Learning is a life-long pursuit. Believing in yourself is a BIG part of the equation and sets you up for success, now and in the future.

Contact me so we can get started right away!

Sincerely,

Miss Peggy


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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was a substitute teacher in elementary, middle and high school. I helped the students gain a good understanding of the basics, so they could build on that success and apply themselves later in school and in adult life.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Math has always been easy for me, and I love breaking it down to the “nuts and bolts” to show how and why it works. Just like with reading, a solid foundation in math is laid down each year a “layer” at a time. I check for gaps in previous “layers” as we move along and ensure comprehension before going on to the next element. This heads off problems in higher grades in school.
Phonics,

Phonics

While I was substitute teacher, I used phonics extensively to help my students (in K-12, both in regular and special education classes), with oral reading and spelling. I would first have the student try to sound out the word on his/her own, assisting as needed. Most often, the student would realize he/she had all the sounds and just needed to "put the word together."
Reading,

Reading

Reading is my passion! It is vital: in school, at work and in life. It is not a dry subject. There are so many fun aspects to it: phonics, rhyming, making up stories, doing puzzles, etc. With my own children, and while I was a substitute teacher, I used phonics, word chopping, rhyming and humor to help with building fluency. For reading aloud, I had the students read the text upside down, for a little challenge and to make it interesting! They thought I was crazy at first, but they loved it! My second-grade reading student loves to draw, so I incorporate that into our lessons. I use whatever means something to my students to help them learn. It makes it fun, and they retain the information better.
Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

My very first ACT student needed help with the Language portion of the exam. He progressed rapidly, from missing all but a few questions on the first practice test, to getting 100% correct by the time he took the fourth practice test. With more than 20 years of experience as an executive secretary, I am a tremendous asset to help you gain a thorough understanding of punctuation, grammar, word usage and editing skills. Plus, I help with test anxiety and test-taking skills. Your student will get through the test faster without sacrificing accuracy. I am ready to help with this very important step towards the future!
English,

English

With more than 20 years of experience as an executive secretary, and 10 years as a tutor, I am a perfect fit for you. My students have ranged from middle school to college, and their scores have improved with my help. I can help you too, if given the chance .
Reading,

Reading

Reading is my passion! It is vital: in school, at work and in life. It is not a dry subject. There are so many fun aspects to it: phonics, rhyming, making up stories, doing puzzles, etc. With my own children, and while I was a substitute teacher, I used phonics, word chopping, rhyming and humor to help with building fluency. For reading aloud, I had the students read the text upside down, for a little challenge and to make it interesting! They thought I was crazy at first, but they loved it! My second-grade reading student loves to draw, so I incorporate that into our lessons. I use whatever means something to my students to help them learn. It makes it fun, and they retain the information better.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have experience tutoring the ACT and SAT. All of my students increased their scores across the board, and six of them earned a perfect score. I customize lessons to my students’ individual learning styles (visual, auditory, kinetic, etc.). I also coach stress-busters, time management and test-taking techniques.
Writing,

Writing

I was an executive secretary for more than 20 years, so I have a lot of experience composing, editing and proofreading. I look forward to hearing from soon, so we can get started. Sincerely, Margaret
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

I have lived through a lot of American history. I have taught history and made it make sense to my students. Since it can be a dry, boring subject, I bring my weird sense of humor to make it better, and maybe a little more fun. I look forward to helping you.
Social Studies

Social Studies

I have extensive experience tutoring social studies. It was not a particular favorite for my daughter, so I was very hands-on with her. I taught her to first read the questions at the end of the chapter. Next, I showed her how to break down the paragraphs into an outline. I also taught her to pay special attention to captions under photos. I ensured she could digest the information presented in graphs, maps and charts. I had her ask important questions about what she had covered, namely: What happened? Why and how did it happen? What changes resulted from this event? Why was this important? Her critical thinking was greatly improved, and she got all A's in social studies. She went on to graduate fourth in her high school class, and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Alabama December 14, 2013. Additionally, I tutor my autistic student in all subjects, and we are doing 7th grade civics. In help him study for tests. We have made posters and class projects together. Additionally, I made flash cards with mnemonic devices and drawings that helped him memorize the preamble to the American Constitution. He got an 88 in that class on his 2nd quarter report card! I taught all types of learners as a substitute teacher in the Mobile County Public Schools System. For more than five years, I taught everything from preschool to high school, and special education, regular and advanced classes.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The Algebra teachers especially liked me to substitute for them because I can teach math, and they would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, highlighting where students "got it," and at what point they had gone "off-track."
Biology,

Biology

I have taught biology in high school as well as science in middle school and elementary. I love breaking things down to the “nuts and bolts,” so they are easier to understand.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was a substitute teacher in elementary, middle and high school. I helped the students gain a good understanding of the basics, so they could build on that success and apply themselves later in school and in adult life.
English,

English

With more than 20 years of experience as an executive secretary, and 10 years as a tutor, I am a perfect fit for you. My students have ranged from middle school to college, and their scores have improved with my help. I can help you too, if given the chance .
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra teachers especially liked having me substitute for them because I can teach math. They would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, showing where the students "got it" and where they had gone "off track."
Reading,

Reading

Reading is my passion! It is vital: in school, at work and in life. It is not a dry subject. There are so many fun aspects to it: phonics, rhyming, making up stories, doing puzzles, etc. With my own children, and while I was a substitute teacher, I used phonics, word chopping, rhyming and humor to help with building fluency. For reading aloud, I had the students read the text upside down, for a little challenge and to make it interesting! They thought I was crazy at first, but they loved it! My second-grade reading student loves to draw, so I incorporate that into our lessons. I use whatever means something to my students to help them learn. It makes it fun, and they retain the information better.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have experience tutoring the ACT and SAT. All of my students increased their scores across the board, and six of them earned a perfect score. I customize lessons to my students’ individual learning styles (visual, auditory, kinetic, etc.). I also coach stress-busters, time management and test-taking techniques.
Writing,

Writing

I was an executive secretary for more than 20 years, so I have a lot of experience composing, editing and proofreading. I look forward to hearing from soon, so we can get started. Sincerely, Margaret
Algebra 2, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, SAT Math, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

My most recent ACT Math students took the test in October and called to tell me they had increased their scores. One had raised her Math score by four points and earned a composite score of 29! My ADHD student had raised hers by 5 in math and 6 in reading. It is gratifying to hear how well my students have done, and I am glad to play a part in helping them work toward their dreams.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The Algebra teachers especially liked me to substitute for them because I can teach math, and they would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, highlighting where students "got it," and at what point they had gone "off-track."
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra teachers especially liked having me substitute for them because I can teach math. They would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, showing where the students "got it" and where they had gone "off track."
Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The Algebra teachers especially liked me to substitute for them because I can teach math, and they would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, highlighting where students "got it," and at what point they had gone "off-track."
Biology,

Biology

I have taught biology in high school as well as science in middle school and elementary. I love breaking things down to the “nuts and bolts,” so they are easier to understand.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was a substitute teacher in elementary, middle and high school. I helped the students gain a good understanding of the basics, so they could build on that success and apply themselves later in school and in adult life.
English,

English

With more than 20 years of experience as an executive secretary, and 10 years as a tutor, I am a perfect fit for you. My students have ranged from middle school to college, and their scores have improved with my help. I can help you too, if given the chance .
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra teachers especially liked having me substitute for them because I can teach math. They would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, showing where the students "got it" and where they had gone "off track."
Reading,

Reading

Reading is my passion! It is vital: in school, at work and in life. It is not a dry subject. There are so many fun aspects to it: phonics, rhyming, making up stories, doing puzzles, etc. With my own children, and while I was a substitute teacher, I used phonics, word chopping, rhyming and humor to help with building fluency. For reading aloud, I had the students read the text upside down, for a little challenge and to make it interesting! They thought I was crazy at first, but they loved it! My second-grade reading student loves to draw, so I incorporate that into our lessons. I use whatever means something to my students to help them learn. It makes it fun, and they retain the information better.
Writing,

Writing

I was an executive secretary for more than 20 years, so I have a lot of experience composing, editing and proofreading. I look forward to hearing from soon, so we can get started. Sincerely, Margaret
Algebra 2, ESL/ESOL, Geometry

Other

ESL/ESOL

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have been tutoring for more than 10 years, and before that, I was a substitute teacher for 7 years. We will go through each section, and you’ll be stronger as a result We can weed out the problem areas, and we will manage to have a little fun too. Hope y to hear from you soon.
Biology,

Biology

I have taught biology in high school as well as science in middle school and elementary. I love breaking things down to the “nuts and bolts,” so they are easier to understand.
Anatomy

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have ADD/ADHD. After I received my diagnosed as an adult, I tried various strategies I found on the internet. Several of my clients have ADD/ADHD. They find my strategies very useful, especially in math. Bright colors on note cards and mnemonic devices help with attention to and retention of info. I also use alliteration, puns and humorous visualizations to aid in recalling info or for memorization. I have my students underline vital information in word problems. I also have them use fluorescent colored highlighters on variables, positive/negative signs, and exponents to help keep track of them while working the problems. I use color coding, underlining, visualization and mnemonic devices in explaining things, and I ensure eye contact both when giving and receiving information. I use reflexive listening to ensure comprehension. I teach my students to use sticky notes as reminders. I also contact them by phone to remind them as well. They have responded favorably to these techniques, and their families have also benefited as well.
Phonics,

Phonics

While I was substitute teacher, I used phonics extensively to help my students (in K-12, both in regular and special education classes), with oral reading and spelling. I would first have the student try to sound out the word on his/her own, assisting as needed. Most often, the student would realize he/she had all the sounds and just needed to "put the word together."
Special Needs

Special Needs

I substituted at first as an aide and then later as a teacher in preschool, middle school and high school special education classes. I also dealt with special needs students streamlined into regular elementary classes. I already possessed positive teaching skills. As an aide, I assisted with the students while the teacher instructed. By observing and asking the staff questions, I learned various techniques for conveying expectations, setting boundaries on behavior, and effectively handling transitions (i.e., going to lunch, P.E., etc).

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The Algebra teachers especially liked me to substitute for them because I can teach math, and they would not lose a day of instruction. I also graded papers, highlighting where students "got it," and at what point they had gone "off-track."
Biology,

Biology

I have taught biology in high school as well as science in middle school and elementary. I love breaking things down to the “nuts and bolts,” so they are easier to understand.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I was a substitute teacher in elementary, middle and high school. I helped the students gain a good understanding of the basics, so they could build on that success and apply themselves later in school and in adult life.
GED,

GED

I have successfully tutored my GED students as well as others taking standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. I coach test-taking and stress-busting strategies, and we do practice tests to build confidence. I break the subjects down to the basics, so that my students get a thorough understanding of the material. I
Reading,

Reading

Reading is my passion! It is vital: in school, at work and in life. It is not a dry subject. There are so many fun aspects to it: phonics, rhyming, making up stories, doing puzzles, etc. With my own children, and while I was a substitute teacher, I used phonics, word chopping, rhyming and humor to help with building fluency. For reading aloud, I had the students read the text upside down, for a little challenge and to make it interesting! They thought I was crazy at first, but they loved it! My second-grade reading student loves to draw, so I incorporate that into our lessons. I use whatever means something to my students to help them learn. It makes it fun, and they retain the information better.
Writing,

Writing

I was an executive secretary for more than 20 years, so I have a lot of experience composing, editing and proofreading. I look forward to hearing from soon, so we can get started. Sincerely, Margaret
Algebra 2, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

My very first ACT student needed help with the Language portion of the exam. He progressed rapidly, from missing all but a few questions on the first practice test, to getting 100% correct by the time he took the fourth practice test. With more than 20 years of experience as an executive secretary, I am a tremendous asset to help you gain a thorough understanding of punctuation, grammar, word usage and editing skills. Plus, I help with test anxiety and test-taking skills. Your student will get through the test faster without sacrificing accuracy. I am ready to help with this very important step towards the future!
ACT Math,

ACT Math

My most recent ACT Math students took the test in October and called to tell me they had increased their scores. One had raised her Math score by four points and earned a composite score of 29! My ADHD student had raised hers by 5 in math and 6 in reading. It is gratifying to hear how well my students have done, and I am glad to play a part in helping them work toward their dreams.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have been tutoring for more than 10 years, and before that, I was a substitute teacher for 7 years. We will go through each section, and you’ll be stronger as a result We can weed out the problem areas, and we will manage to have a little fun too. Hope y to hear from you soon.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I worked with a young man who needed to improve his math score on the ASVAB. We met for six sessions, and he scored 15 points higher in math. His score qualified him for his desired job field in the Army National Guard. I am looking forward to hearing how boot camp went for him.
GED,

GED

I have successfully tutored my GED students as well as others taking standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. I coach test-taking and stress-busting strategies, and we do practice tests to build confidence. I break the subjects down to the basics, so that my students get a thorough understanding of the material. I
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have experience tutoring the ACT and SAT. All of my students increased their scores across the board, and six of them earned a perfect score. I customize lessons to my students’ individual learning styles (visual, auditory, kinetic, etc.). I also coach stress-busters, time management and test-taking techniques.
SSAT,

SSAT

I have experience with both ACT and SAT student students. I will be able to study the SSAT specifics before we would start lessons. I coach test-taking and stress-busting strategies for the standardized tests. All of my students have raised their scores across the board; and six of them have earned a perfect score.
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing

Examples of Expertise


Margaret has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Margaret taught my daughter Science- Balancing Equations, and she even taught a much easier way to do them! My daughter practiced the worksheet of questions again today, and was able to do the entire worksheet correctly. And quickly! Before working with Margaret, she couldn’t get past the 5th question. Margaret was very patient and cared about wanting her to learn! We have already set up additional appointments for more help. Thank you Margaret!

Mary Anne, 15 lessons with Margaret

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Margaret taught my daughter Science- Balancing Equations, and she even taught a much easier way to do them! My daughter practiced the worksheet of questions again today, and was able to do the entire worksheet correctly. And quickly! Before working with Margaret, she couldn’t get past the 5th question. Margaret was very patient and cared about wanting her to learn! We have already set up additional appointments for more help. Thank you Margaret!

Mary Anne, 15 lessons with Margaret

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

She teaches my 6th grader maths science, ela and social studies. She has been a blessing to my son and my family. She is very kind patient and always has the right words to say

Abimbola, 25 lessons with Margaret

Experienced and Patient Tutored

Margaret S. continues to demonstrate exemplary knowledge and skills in tutoring my granddaughter. My granddaughter enjoys every lesson and looks forward to the next.

Shawna, 11 lessons with Margaret

Excellent tutor

My daughter has SATReading and writing lessons with her. Margaret is a great patient and knowledgeable tutor. She found out that my daughter has difficult time to comprehend science based questions in Reading. She made her take ACT science practice test and goes over it with her. She is also readily reachable. Responds quickly. In general she is a five star tutor. Very happy with her

Uma, 3 lessons with Margaret

She’s amazing!

My son is currently in the 6th grade and struggling in math and literature. She’s very patient, understand and thorough with her teaching lessons. As she tutor, she sure the child is understanding and able to follow along. I definitely recommend you use her assistance, you will not regret it.

Shakira , 3 lessons with Margaret

Knowledgeable and understanding

Miss Peggy is so amazing!!! She's passionate, caring, and understanding. She takes her time with her students and adapts to their learning style. I've certainly seen an improvement in performance.

Malika, 35 lessons with Margaret

Incredible caring, knowledgeable and patient teacher

Margaret is amazing with my son who has severe ADHD, OCD and anxiety. She’s incredible! He thinks she’s funny and caring as well. He’s currently working on Algebra 1 and English with Peggy. Thanks Peggy!

Linda, 42 lessons with Margaret

GREAT TEACHER

Margaret is a Great Teacher! I like that she takes time and doesn't rush. You can tell she takes pride teaching and really wants you to succeed

Justin, 1 lesson with Margaret
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