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San Jose State University (English and Fine Art)
I love working with elementary and middle school age kids and have been a private tutor for the last eight years. I take pride in my ability to motivate and inspire young minds to get the most out of school and enjoy their time there. I employ a fun, yet firm, approach and will create or purchase any additional learning aids as needed. As good study habits are the key to success in school, I encourage my students to develop habits and routines that will serve them throughout life.
When I meet with you we'll discuss the educational challenges your child is experiencing, any IEPs in progress, and how we can achieve those goals. I offer a daily report for your review in which I list all assignments and any additional work we perform to achieve our educational goals.
ABA Therapist - If your child has some problem behaviors my best approach is to work with them incrementally, with modest goals initially, to achieve compliance in completing tasks. I increase demands as the child's cooperation improves. I employ the proven scientific principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). I recommend that you limit the amount of time spent on video games, particularly just prior to our sessions. You will see results in terms of better grades and enjoyment in learning. Several children I have worked with are now college bound! My goal is to make your child a life-long learner.
A little more about me:
I helped found and currently serve on the Board of Directors of an ABA school called The Mosaic School, located in Wantagh, NY. I ran a drop-in after school tutoring program in Port Washington, NY, at a local teen center.
Look at my 5-star reviews! You've tried the rest, now go with the best! Tess the Tutor! I love working with elementary and middle school age kids and have been a private tutor for the last eight years. I take pride in my ability to motivate and inspire young minds to get the most out of school and enjoy their time there. I employ a fun, yet firm, approach and will create or purchase any additional learning aids as needed. As good
Depending on the number of hours per week a client agrees to retain me the above rate is negotiable.
Tess worked with our son for 6 months in English and in Math for 6th grade. She had a very creative approach, leveraging her multiple talents that made learning fun and helped motivate our son to learn. From a results perspective, she helped him improve over 20% in the percentiles in a test he was doing. He was very happy with that. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Tess to any family whose children need tutoring help.
Both my children have benefited from their extra lessons with Tess. I initially arranged for math lessons to help my 12 year old and 14 year old but she has helped them in all areas of their homework and is extremely knowledgeable and patient. I would not hesitate in recommending Tess and I intend to use her in the future after the holidays!
Tess tutored my daughter in 5th grade for 7 months, which my daughter enjoyed. She helped with weekly homework and made learning fun. She also gave great ideas to help with study habits. We found this time with Tess really made a difference in school.
Tess was exceeding patient, flexible ,and creative in connecting with my son. Spending time on the relationship to foster a rapport that allows for trust and comfort in order to get the most out of academic instruction. Thank you!
From a parent of a 7 year old boy with mild ADHD
Tess supported our 3rd grader in math for a couple of months. Tess showed our daughter tools and methods that she could add to her own problem solving strategies. This individual time gave her a needed boost to her confidence in math. Tess was patient and made it fun each week.
Tess is an excellent tutor. She clearly loves to help kids learn; she is very enthusiastic. She is very resourceful when it comes to finding ways to interest my highly distractible son. Many times she motivates him by having an art activity as a reward for getting work done. I highly recommend her.
Tess has been helping my son for several months now. His writing has improved so much. Tess is extremely patient and has a wonderful sense of humor. My son is in 4th grade and has ADD. Tess has really been able to help him to focus more. His teacher has mentioned that he's improved a lot in class. I highly recommend Tess for tutoring. She's very kind, and has very creative ideas to keep her students motivated and involved. I give Tess an A+ rating!
Tess knows how to make her students comfortable and makes learning enjoyable. Our son really likes working with her
Tess is the perfect balance of calm, supportive, thorough, focused, and fun! When she is working with our son, who is 9 years old and in the third grade, she keeps him going on school work for an hour or longer, which is not an easy task, since is easily distracted and wants to try to get through his work quickly.
He looks forward to his time with Tess and wants to talk to her about things he is doing (baseball) or things he is proud of. Her cheerful way works well with him, but she can be firm when he gets too off-track or silly. We feel it is time and money well spent. Our son is getting extra reading and writing help and building a solid relationship with someone who explains to him that learning and practicing are very important for his future.
After giving this a trial period we were of the opinion that she did not have as much experience as was stated working with learning differences, preparing lesson plans, and listening to the parents and child’s educational needs.
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The guardian of this child retained and directed me to run an educational program that she had put together with school books she purchased on her own. She has a disabled grandchild whom she is homeschooling with these materials. Most of these materials are for a child that can perform at 8th grade level, with the exception of a high school history text and abridged novels that are more in line with the child's reading level, which is 4th or 5th grade. She insisted that her grandchild could perform at 8th grade level, sometimes, but that he does not test well. I found the child performed closer to 4th grade level and he has significant deficits in his education and many behavioral quirks. I do not see the logic in making a child work with educational materials that are way beyond his abilities.
In addition to using materials that are beyond the child's understanding, Cheri had irregular teaching practices that she instructed me to follow. Her methods were designed more to keep the child calm, i.e., he needs to get everything right, rather than offering him any real opportunity to learn. Being cooped up in the house all day doesn't help. It may serve the grandson better to receive some training in life skills outside of the home.
Up until the last day, I tried to find workable solutions that would benefit the child while meeting Cheri's daily changing objectives and constant interference.
The last day, within earshot of her grandson, she berated me for not bringing lesson plans when she had never required them before and asked if I understood the CA standards for 8th grade. I informed her that her grandson can barely understand the concept of a map much less understand a high school level history text and, since the child can't perform at 8th grade level, he should be evaluated so that proper materials can be provided for him. I was alarmed by the manipulation she subjected this boy to. When we attempted to work he was so upset by what he overheard that he was unable to concentrate on the lesson.
I acknowledge that Cheri has taken on a huge task in attempting to educate her disabled grandson, but her methods are flawed. Her intimate understanding of the child's disabilities and her many 'accommodations' actually impede the child from making any meaningful progress. My hope is that she can get a qualified special education teacher to assess the child's educational level so that he can start using materials that will be useful for him. I wish both of them success.
Tess has been tutoring my son in 5th grade math. She was able to assess where his problem areas were and is helping him to strengthen those areas. In the beginning, she got in touch with my son's teacher to get her input on what he needed to focus on. Every time, Tess arrives promptly, ready and excited to work with my son. Her energy is great for kids because she makes it seem more like fun than work. She also brings her own material to work with in addition to any you may want to provide. She finds creative ways and little tricks to convey the concepts she's teaching. Tess is not a clock watcher. She cares more about accomplishing the tasks she set forth for that day. Since math only gets more complicated from here on, it's important to make sure his foundation is solid. I'm happy to have Tess continue working with him to do that.
I was a student of Miss Tess. I'm in 3rd grade and I needed help on math and so she helped me by doing some games withe me and flash cards. She made it fun and interesting and now my cousin has her as a tutor and he's in high school.
Thanks Aliya. It was a pleasure working with you! Wishing you all the best in your new school.
I have found Tess to be patient, willing to listen and be well prepared for her session. I liked the fact that she was willing to learn from things that did not go well in the session and modify it for the next session. Overall a great tutor.
Tess has been one of the best tutors I have ever had. She was very helpful and patient. Everything went well, she was right on time with our appointment and was very nice. I would recommend this tutor to anyone who needs help.
It was fun working with you, Victor. I hope you were inspired to continue with your studies in this subject.
Tess is helping my son who is a 4th grader in reading and writing. She is a patient tutor. She reviews the vocabulary words with him over and over again. She reviews the writing assignment at her personal time so that she can spend more time to read with him. She also teaches him to create a model for a school project that I am very impressed by. She is very responsive when I have questions and concerns. She comes up with a plan to help him improve his writing and reading comprehension, and I look forward for his improvements in the near future.
It is a pleasure working with your child! Highly intelligent and motivated.
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I helped found and serve on the Board of Directors of the Mosaic School for Autism and Foundation. I have worked with several children with ADD/ADHD and Aspergers at the Mosaic School and in private tutoring practice. I use the scientifically proven principles of ABA (Advanced Behavior Analysis) to work with my clients who have attention issues. Several of my former clients are now college bound.
I have worked extensively with Photoshop (and Illustrator) since it was first released in 1990. I use it regularly to do photo correction from my digital cameras and scanned photos. I use it in combination with Illustrator for advertising, executive presentation, booklets, and websites.
This class is a study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra that will prepare students to approach and solve problems following a logical succession of steps. Skills taught in the course lay groundwork for upper level math and science courses and have practical uses. Algebra I is offered 8th through 12th grade. The majority of students take Algebra I as 9th graders.
Typical topics in this course include:
A. Introductory Concepts
1. Simplify and evaluate expressions
a. variables and expressions
b. apply order of operations
c. stem and leaf plots
2. Recognize field properties
3. Translate from word phrases to algebraic expressions
B. Exploring Rational numbers
b. subtract rational numbers
a. add, subtract, multiply, divide
b. square roots Square roots and real numbers Write equations and formulas
C. Solving linear Equations
1. Write and solve equations
2. Write and solve equations concerning consecutive numbers, consecutive odd numbers, consecutive even number
Angles and triangles (Geometry) Solve equations
a. variable on both sides
b. using standard formulas
Measures of central tendency
A lifelong student of American History, I use the foundation I established in grade school and high school to continually deepen my understanding of the events and people that have shaped this great country. Understanding the basic facts about American History is important. A deeper understanding comes when one looks at various interpretations of events and finds relationships to personal experience. I look forward to teaching and sharing my unique knowledge of the American experience.
Art History is one of my favorite areas of study and I maintain a library of over 200 books on the subject. I have taken 18 credits of art and architecture history in college and continue to do research. In addition, I have made it a point to visit the great art museums of the world in my travels, including some of my favorites: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The deYoung and Asian Art Museum in SF, The Louvre and Musee D'Orsay in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, The Vatican Collection in Rome, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (and many others) . I also have a significant architecture history collection.
I helped found and serve on the Board of Directors of the Mosaic School for Autism and Foundation. I have worked with several children with Aspergers at the Mosaic School and in private tutoring practice. I have also worked extensively with my two nephews who have autism, one with Aspergers. I also have access to two BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) with whom I can consult.
I have given art and drawing classes at various venues throughout my career (Lafayette Art Museum, The Mosaic School, and Port Washington Teen Center, to name a few). I have taken many courses in sketching and drawing (including figure drawing) throughout high school and college. Add to that my additional experience and working knowledge of the mechanics of drawing including two- and three-point perspective and computer-based design. I also understand the principles of color theory. I am a fine artist working in oils, watercolors, and acrylics. I have been a drawer for most of my life and keep a sketchbook with me wherever I go.
I specialize in working with clients in this age group. I have been offering tutoring in all elementary subjects for the last seven years. Starting with approved textbooks and homework assignments I work closely with my clients to make sure they have a full grasp of the concepts they are expected to learn. If the client requires additional help in a subject (or as described in an IEP) I provide additional learning aids as needed. I employ a firm, yet fun, approach to learning, very directed in completing assignments in our allotted time. My goal is to make my clients life-long learners, as I am.
Elementary math is one of the most important foundational areas in elementary education. All too often students find themselves falling behind in grasping important concepts while their teachers move on to topics which build upon those concepts. I make sure my clients fill those gaps in their understanding so that they can continue to progress. I use flash cards for math facts and I take a very methodical approach to helping my students master word problems. I have seen most of my students improve their math grades by at least one letter grade in a semester when they follow my methods. A few students have become consistent A students following the solid math foundation I offer,
I love helping my students understand science! Elementary science is one of the most important foundational areas in elementary education. Starting with homework assignments, I assess how well my clients understand the material they are being presented in school. Making the learning both fun and informative is my aspiration. I like to supplement school learning with all the wonderful resources for learning available on the Web. My goal is to make my client a lifelong learner!
I have been playing guitar since I was seven years old and took private guitar lessons at a local studio through my senior year of high school. I also headed a church folk group for three years. I have a thorough understanding of the fundamental parameters or elements of music including rhythm, harmony, melody, structure form and texture. As a member of chorus thoughout school and a student of piano, I have a firm grounding in music theory including the language and notation of music.
I use Geometry extensively in my design work. I like to explore the relationships Geometry uses to describe our physical world. A good grounding is Geometry is very useful in everyday life. If you are trying to make it through a Geometry class then I have the tools to help you succeed.
The rules of English Grammar can be confusing, but having a good foundation is vital to communicating well, whether in speaking or writing. I do a fair amount of writing and I still keep my copy of Gregg Reference Manual handy. I regard it as 'my definitive reference for the rules of grammar.' Let me help you navigate through these rules so you can become a better communicator!
I minored in Fine Art and currently work in the following media: acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Over the years I have adopted some very practical techniques for getting my images to canvas or paper so I can spend more time using my paints to depict color and light. I have a thorough understanding of color theory, a must for anyone who wants to control the colors in their work. I also foster an understanding of layout and design that makes paintings more engaging and pleasing to the eye. I also use digital photography as an aid to my work.
I teach my young clients how to connect the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters (e.g., that the sound /k/ can be represented by c, k, ck, ch, or q spellings) and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words.
For the client that is experiencing difficulty in pronouncing specific kinds of words I employ the use of flashcards illustrating these sounds that we practice until the client gains proficiency. I find this is a very effective method as using phonics requires students to learn the connections between letter patterns and the sounds they represent.
I minored in Fine Art in college and took many traditional photography classes including documentary photography, 2D and 3D photographic design, and several Special Projects in Photography seminars. I have adapted my understanding of composition, layout and design, photo correction and other techniques to digital photography and have been using Photoshop since it was first released in the early 90s.
In my experience as a tutor, Prealgebra is the pivotal math course which separates those who will go on with their studies in mathematics. If your child has some holes in his math education then we can work together to fill them. Algebra and other math courses build on the concepts offered in Prealgebra. Don't let your child be left behind. I have plenty of excellent math workbooks with supplemental exercises to help your child master this important subject.
Working as a marketing communications manager, one of my roles is to proofread all material that goes out to the public, for print and the Web. In teaching proofreading I help my writer clients to understand the standard rules of punctuation, active or passive voice, rules of grammar, how to use proofreader's marks, and using these tools to achieve their writing objectives.
If a student or other client wants to retain me to proofread a term paper or other report I will mark up hard copy with a red pen using standard proofreader's marks (I provide a key to these marks). I will advise client on the use of tenses and make sure they employed consistently throughout the document. I will also make sure all citations, footnotes, and references are properly included in their document.
I DO NOT write papers for clients nor do I conduct research on any topic for which they are responsible.
Public Speaking is a valuable skill to have, whether you have the need to speak in front of your class, work colleagues, or simply offer a toast at a social function. As a long time member of Toastmasters, an organization devoted to learning public speaking skills, I worked to overcome my natural shyness and developed the skills of organizing and delivering well received speeches of various lengths.
Good preparation is the key to success. Let me help you to be a successful speaker.
My reading approach with clients depends on their individual needs. After discussing the student's reading challenges with the parent/s I can employ any or all of these strategies:
1 First, have the student read aloud passages from current reading material and check their comprehension.
2. Determine student's current reading level (grade level)
3. Evaluate the student's reading posture; assessing attention issues, sitting posture, study environment, etc.
4. Employ different techniques to help student remain focused on material.
5. Write down any vocabulary words as the student reads and make sure my client understands the meaning of these words. Also teach skills in using the dictionary as a tool to aid reading comprehension.
6. Throughout the reading tutorial I assess student's comprehension, by sentence, paragraph, passage, and chapter.
7. I make sure the student understands the role punctuation plays in conveying meaning.
8. I like to have the student read from a variety of subject books, from school or other sources, including social studies, science, and math (word problems) to expand his proficiency in reading different subject matter.
9. I write my assessments of each tutoring session, including all work covered, for the parents and student to review.
I like to use flash cards to help my clients master spelling. I always carry flash cards in my tutoring kit. For each word on my clients' spelling lists I make sure they master proper pronunciation, understand meaning, and can use each word in a sentence.
If my client continues to have difficulty with spelling I resort to fun spelling games and drills.
Study skills are best taught each session by demonstrating what works with the client. I assist my clients by helping them set up a good environment for completing their school work, free of distractions. Add to that ideal approaches for completing assignments and tackling challenging material. I also show my clients how to do effective searches on the Web. My goal is to make my clients life-long learners and good study skills are key to that objective.
Vocabulary building is often overlooked as a language art skill. It is one thing to review and learn to spell all the words on a weekly list, but the most important step, that of incorporating the words into one's personal vocabulary, is often not emphasized enough. I offer my students incentives for using their new vocabulary words in their daily speech and writing. Proper use of a dictionary is another important tool for building vocabulary which I make sure my clients understand well.
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