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University of Iowa (Spanish, Portuguese, Lat.Amer.Studies)
The University of Texas, Austin (Master's)
The University of Texas, Austin (PhD)
Hello! I have been teaching and tutoring K-12, adult, and college levels for over twenty-five years. As an experienced, certificated teacher, I have many effective strategies and techniques to help you excel in the subjects you need help with. I look forward to listening to your needs, helping you put together a study plan, and working with you as you move forward. I am eager to help you enjoy and improve in any area you choose for tutoring and for which I am certified: reading, writing, math, test prep, social studies, science, life skills, Spanish, and study skills, to name a few. I will help you to accomplish your school and life goals, whatever they may be. I use an interactive, comfortable approach, and will always help you to be a better thinker and a better learner. If you wish to become a more confident and more independent learner, then you have chosen the right person for your tutor.
I use whatever tools work best with your learning style: hands-on, visual, audio-video, internet, flash cards, reading aloud, drama, games, and many more. Helping a student learn how to be an independent learner and gain confidence is an important part of my approach. Thank you for your trust and interest in having me as your tutor.
My teaching background is diverse, including many ages of students, many grades, and many subjects. My specialties are test-taking, language related subjects (listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension across academic subject areas), Spanish, Portuguese, literature, social studies, science, and many others. I have advanced degrees in languages and linguistics, and I have enjoyed many years of both teaching and tutoring in California and in other states in K-12, adult, and college settings. I also LOVE MATH and tutor a variety of math subjects: basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, and math for tests such as SAT, GRE, ASVAB, CBEST, TEAS, and others. I love to help students broaden their horizons on the world and this often leads to better study habits, too. My K-12 certification includes languages, bilingual education, ESL, social studies, and special education for both elementary and secondary levels, and I have also tutored most subjects of math and science for K-12 students and community college. Please ask or e-mail if you want to know if I have the background you need for tutoring in your areas of need. (I grew up in a family where "math in everyday life" was part of dinner table conversation!)
My international experience equips me with new perspectives. Having lived, worked, and traveled in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Japan since I was a kid has given me a broad frame of reference for diverse ways of thinking and learning. I enjoy helping students take charge of their lives, their studies, and their futures by helping them to succeed and become independent learners.
I am happy to help you get motivated, find new ways to enjoy tough subjects, and share tips for integrating your learning into your daily life. I am eager to assist you and always welcome your feedback. Once we have begun tutoring, if needed, I may be open to negotiating the rate. Hello! I have been teaching and tutoring K-12, adult, and college levels for over twenty-five years. As an experienced, certificated teacher, I have many effective strategies and techniques to help you excel in the subjects you need help with. I look forward to listening to your needs, helping
Comfortable to be with, easy to talk to, and very, very informative. I enjoyed working with Beti and recommend her because she really cares about her students' success. She has a good, positive approach to teaching. She is reliable and easy to work with regarding scheduling appointments. Also it's nice that she covers all subjects. This has been a great experience for me.
Focused and persistenton my daughters weakness.. This is a great building process.it also is increasing her self esteem of learning and motivation!
Beti was wonderful with my 14 year old daughter! She reduced her math anxiety and made her at ease with the concepts. Her positive personality made my daughter feel confident and excited to make improvements in her math grade! Thank you Beti!!
Beti is very committed to helping her students reach their goals. She is patient and uses every resource she has available to her for you to succeed. I enjoyed working with Beti and will continue to work with her every chance I get.
Beti was so accommodating to our schedule and was so informing in just our first meeting. My daughter is really excited to get to work with Mrs. Beti. We look forward to many great sessions.
Beti listened to my goals and helped me make a game plan for studying for the GRE. She is very knowledgeable and friendly.
What can I say other than I am so appreciative of the support and guidance that was offered by Beti in my quest to pass the CBEST math portion. After many failed attempts, I was desperate to find a resource to help with my math. I had tried other resources but had the same result, a failing score. After I saw Beti's profile I immediately felt like she would be able to help me. Getting connected was easy as she was very flexible and accommodating to my schedule. After 1 meeting she had given me the guidance that I truly needed. She provided me with wonderful resources and was very encouraging. With Beti's help I greatly surpassed the score I needed to past my CBEST...by 14 points to be exact. I honestly did not believe that it was my score. Lol. It was definitely because of Beti and her support. I would recommend her to anyone I know needing to pass a very important exam! Thank you Beti!!
Today Beti and I discussed study habits and different everyday habits I should get used to and to help me gain knowledge about worldwide issues that should be read about daily. Beti is so caring and makes you feel like her own family. Can't wait to see myself excel with her help!
Beti is extremely knowledgeable and very detailed. She has helped my son stay focused. She definitely is committed to helping any student who is looking for help
Elizabeth 'Beti' L is a knowledgeable and a very patient tutor. Hope this short and terse comment and review is useful to other students.
I am glad that I chose Beti to help me study for TEAS test. Very helpful and patient person.
Before Beti my son absolutely refused to do his homework with us or anything that seemed school related; his teacher was concerned he would need to be held back. After working with Beti he is excited to do his homework and show us what he has learned! Also, his teacher no longer feels he needs to be held back. My only regret is that we didn't start tutoring sooner.
My son had his first session with Beti, and he is already feeling much more confident!!!! She is wonderful! I will keep posting updates on our continuing sessions! Thank you, Beti!
Beti was a pleasure to work with! She helped me prepare and PASS the TEAS exam (entrance exam for nursing school). She showed me many hints and tricks that made many questions so much easier to approach and answer. She provided me extra practice work that I was able to work on in between our tutoring sessions that helped me in areas that I thought I need more help in. She helped me SO much and I cannot thank her enough. She is extremely knowledgeable in multiple subjects and I highly recommend her as a tutor! Thanks again Beti!
Beti is very patient and helpful. She helped me prepare and pass the TEAS exam (nursing entrance exam). She builds your confidence and gives you great study material, as well as study habits. I would definitely recommend her as a tutor.
Thank you, Laura, for your comments. And once again, congratulations on your high score on the TEAS! You worked very hard, very smart, and very systematically, and you already had a number of excellent study habits that we tweaked a bit! You will be a great nurse one day! I would love to hear about your next milestone in your nursing studies. :-)
Beti was great. Went out of her way to accommodate. She was able to meet us anywhere and had a great knowledge base.
Thank you, Kristin. I hope Nathaniel is doing better and that he continues to improve both in his health and in his school work and homework. Please let me know if he needs any tutoring, once he is back in school. All the best to you and the entire family!
Working with Beti is the best thing that ever happened to me since I being in the USA. Besides helping me to build skills to succeed on the TOEFL, she encourages me to get familiar with American cultures and critical subjects that are essential for speaking and writing on the TOEFL section.
Soro, you are a diligent student and your hard work will undoubtedly reap you great rewards, when you pass the TOEFL, when you finish all college classes, and eventually, when you enroll in law school.
Beti provides math tutoring to my junior high school age son. She is always on time and comes well prepared. Most importantly, she takes a genuine interest in my son's performance and improvement in math. Such enthusiasm translates to an even better tutoring session.
Subject wise, Beti understands the subject and is always offering suggestions to aid my son in improvement. At the completion of each lesson, and before each subsequent lesson, she provides helpful, detailed and well thought out summaries and game plans. There is no doubt she takes the tutoring job seriously and professionally.
I highly recommend Beti as a tutor. You will not find a more kind, professional, and excellent tutor.
8/7/14 - I would like to add to my original review from 7/22/14...Beti is a FANTASTIC tutor. She has really made my son look at studying in a whole new way and for the better. He feels really good after each tutoring session and feels that he will most definitely pass the ASVAB test when he takes it. I can't tell you how much we appreciate the lesson reviews after each session. I feel confident in my decision in having Beti tutor my son, because she not only spends the time tutoring him, but she also puts a lot of information into her lesson reviews and lesson plans. I feel she really cares because she takes the time to write us, and they are not short and quick reviews, they are very thorough and detailed.You will be very happy with your decision in hiring Beti for your tutoring needs!
7/22/14 - Beti is working with my son to help bring up his score for the ASVAB test. This is what my son has told me so far after just one lesson:"She is one smart lady, and she is so knowledgeable." He really feels good that she will be the tutor to help him pass this test. I really appreciate that Beti sends us the lesson plan and gives us a review of how he did after their session. If you are seriously looking for a tutor, then you must get in contact with Beti, and you will see why she has one of the highest ratings on the WyzAnt website!
I am having a wonderful time with Beti, who not only grows my understanding of writing but also my appreciation for it. She always had something to say that would invigorate me and my love for learning. Thanks to her, I am becoming a better writer, thinker, and person.
We've only met with Beti once, but I can already tell that this is going to be an incredible experience for all. My daughter was very upset initially to have to see a tutor that evening, so she was very angry the entire car ride there to meet Beti. But once we got there, Beti introduced herself and was so warm and engaging that my daughter quickly forgot how mad she was. She immediately took to Beti, laughed at her, listened to her, and had very intelligent conversations with her. She was eager to show Beti her books and to talk about them. Beti was creative in her strategies and captivated my daughter's attention for the entire time we were there, which was a bit over two hours! In fact after we left, my daughter said to me, "She's amazing!" I said, "Oh, so you like her?" and she said, "I don't like her; I LOVE her!" That, I think, speaks volumes! I look forward to working with Beti!
My son is really taking to Beth. The only difficulty that I have is getting back to her. She does great communication.
Thank you. I look forward to meeting you sometime soon. I know it is hard to make time to talk to a tutor or to read the e-mail Lesson Summary after each tutoring session. Even if you cannot respond, please know that you have a talented son and I think he will make good progress in reading. I sincerely hope that you and others can begin a family reading time (a "reading circle") each afternoon or evening, now and into the summer. In this circle, you would all enjoy reading together every day (same or different books), because adults' modeling of a real love of reading is what most children need most at his young age. After 3 sessions, we are just beginning.
Beti is a great tutor. She is very helpful and she makes things easy to understand. She also gives great studying tips! Thanks Beti for all your help.
Not only was she patient, but she was able to build the self confidence needed for my student to complete the math problems on her own. I would recommend her to anyone needing that extra push to learn and exceed at math.
Beti was very attentive and very organized. She was prepared to give me a diagnostic test so she can determine where I need the most help. She was very patient.
It is very obvious that Beti was born to teach. She was so concerned about my son's overall well-being in addition to his academic needs since we just moved to the area, and I was really grateful for that. She knows all about the local community and has so many resources to recommend, we all were so impressed with her. Anyone who is struggling with difficult teachers at their child's school will appreciate Beti's insight and support.
Beti has never been hard to work with. She can work around many schedules and has an amazing background in most subjects. I admire the fact that she doesn't simply teach someone to write, read, do math or anything in between, she actually helps develop critical thinking skills and valuable study habits. My brother has been working with her for roughly 10 lessons now and I can see the differences between him before Beti and with Beti. I strongly encourage anyone who needs a tutor to look at Beti before anyone else. As everyone before me has posted: she is very patient, universally experienced, and incredible friendly. My brother has even asked me to have Beti work with him until he is finished with High School. He enjoys her support and he feels as if he is getting prepared for college because of Beti. In addition, Beti encourages the students she tutors to become more independent as time goes on. I am amazed by how unreal my experience with Beti has been. If you need any information feel free to message Beti. She will give you as much space and time as you need. Finally, Beti is also very good with communication. She messages you as much as is needed to tell you about the upcoming plan and how she feels the tutoring is coming along. She sends summaries, extra information (that is super helpful), and suggestions about the next meeting. Again, she is undeniably the best tutor around!
Thank you, Ruben, for your kind words. I am very much enjoying tutoring your brother, as he is so very eager to learn and develop in his language skills, thinking skills, and his understanding of most subjects via reading and discussion (politics, economics, literature, science, etc.). He knows he has "the world" ahead of him and he is working very hard to get ready. :-) He will do very well in college and I am very pleased that he is enjoying his first class at Fresno City College this summer. It is a real pleasure to tutor him.
Beti has an invigorating spirit and a love of math that I have never encountered before; it is infectious, to say the least! She is a brilliant tutor and has helped me tremendously!!! With less than 48 hours before the due date of my assignments, Beti worked tirelessly by my side to get it done on time. As a matter of fact, I was 'plumb-tuckered' (if you will) and she continued on. Her drive and determination is sincerely appreciated and I will forever be grateful. Thank you WyzAnt for the connection to Beti! I will most certainly recommend your business to other students... and will continue to use Beti for ANY subject I need assistance with. You are my Guru in my Pocket, Beti!
Beti helped my 22 year old son prepare for the ASVAB test this year. She focused on his weak areas in math and word comprehension. Beti is patient and caring and she was understanding about my son's struggles to be better in both areas. Beti made my son feel more confident to take the test. I appreciate her commitment to him and her encouragement. I recommend Beti for all ages.
Beti is one of the most patient and caring people that I know. She even manages to make Math fun.
Ms. Beti is a great help for my son with Spanish. Since he is homeschooling, and I don't speak Spanish, having her assistance has helped him improved his speaking as well as vocabulary. And he is getting through lessons.
Beti came to our home and met with my son (2nd grader) for the first time two days ago. The tutoring session went really well. I was very impressed and pleased with Beti's tutoring technique. She is very knowledgable, experienced, and creative. She came up with some creative ways to help my son with his spelling words, word families, and his math. She gave me several ideas to help my son with his sight words and reading in general. Beti was at our home for a hour and half in which she was able maintain my son's attention the entire time.
I am really excited about having Beti tutor my son and have high expectations for him to progress really well in reading. I am confident that Beti will be able to help him reach his goals in reading. It has been a challenge trying to find a tutor that would fit my family's schedule and able to come to our home to tutor my son. Beti is reliable, committed, and organized. I am looking forward to our next session.
My first grade daughter and I met Beti for the first time yesterday. I was hopeful that Beti was everything the reviews on Wyzant suggested. I was not disappointed. She is incredible!!! First, she is down to earth. She establishes rapport from the onset. With my daughter she used the approach that I am your helper. I am here to help you. Beti is focused and goal oriented. During our session, her agenda just magically unfolded. It was clear she took all the important elements from our conversation in to consideration. Beti is a well seasoned educator with a wide range of life experiences. I was surprised that she speaks Spanish so well. She has a myriad of teaching tactics that are quite effective with young children. She built my daughter up with specific and just the right amount of praise. In dealing with my daughter's writing issues, she turned it into a process of self discovery and self correction. In addition to writing issues, my daughter demonstrates anxiety every time she presents to group. Beti is addressing this with specific techniques that I think will be effective. We also received some good resources recommendations from her. For anyone considering Beti as a tutor, I say go for it!
You are very kind, Lisa. I enjoyed meeting you and your daughter very much and look forward to the blossoming of your little girl, who is already so very talented.
Beti met with me, discussed my needs and goals, assessed my current math comprehension level and quickly helped me go from complete bewilderment to understanding the math problems that daunted me. She paid attention to my approach to problem solving, assessing how much of the math problem I already understood and tailored the tutoring to match my style and needs. I highly recommend Beti for your math tutoring needs.
Thank you, Karen. I hope you have successfully taken the FCC test. Let me know how you are doing.
The last few sessions I've had with Beti have been very professional and helpful. She is very well organized, patient, and always prepares to have all the right tools before each session. Beti is very flexible on hours and is very polite and is very calm when dealing with your struggles in the subject matter.
Thank you, John. You are a good student to work with and I know your hard work will pay off when you re-take the C-BEST.
My 15 year old son immediately clicked with Beti. Beti showed him numerous fun ways to learn Spanish. He is 100% engaged in learning a language he has had no interest in for months. I highly recommend Beti.
My daughter had an SAT review lesson with Beti recently. Beti is extremely knowledgeable and is very organized. She was very good at assessing what my daughter's strengths and weaknesses are, so that they knew what to focus on at the session. I would highly recommend her!
Great tutor and makes it easy to understand the material you're learning. With her no such thing as a dumb question and she explains everything in detail
Beti has made learning very fun, my daughter is excited on the days that Beti comes. I have seen a vast improvement in my daughter's ability to sound out words and begin to read.
We just had our first lesson with Beti, and she rocks! Our little boy is thrilled with the books he checked-out with his new library card. I am so pleased with the structures Beti put into place, such as writing a letter to his teacher, so our 3rd grader can quickly advance in all subjects. Beti is a keeper!
Elizabeth is a great tutor. I'm looking forward to attend the next class. She has provided me with a lot of info about my class.
Thank you, Hammad. I, too, look forward to helping you prep for the exam and to your learning about phonology, phonetics, the IPA, and syntax, among other things. Please call to set up the next class.
I had a great tutor session for SAT prep with Elizabeth. She has different teaching techniques than other teachers and entertains the student with interesting stories during the session as well.
She is very patient and was prepared for the lesson. Thank you Elizabeth for your knowledge on ASVAB testing and for researching beforehand what you didn't know. My son was very excited to have you as his tutor!
Elizabeth L. was on time for our tutoring session. I did enjoy our tutoring time together. She is definitely filled with information and knowledge in the subject of English. In just the little amount of time we spent together, she left me with more information and direction on how to go about searching for the information that I needed to do my research. I will be meeting with her again next week.
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Together, during our ACT tutoring, we will be sure you are prepared to take the ACT test in English, using the latest ACT prep materials, study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. We will work with practice items and real ACT practice tests, and you will learn many smart test-taking tips. The ACT study discipline may be new to you, but soon you will find it very rewarding because you will see it is helping you stay on track and staying on track is a huge part of reaching your college entrance goals.
I have studied English reading and writing, English and American linguistics and literature since undergraduate school and have been teaching reading courses to K-12, adult, and college students for over thirty years, and here in California since 1997. These classes include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Also included are grammar, vocabulary, and fiction and non-fiction literature. I have also tutored and taught English reading and writing through the content areas: English in social studies, in science, in math, and other subjects, too.
The ACT Math tests includes pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry. Since taking my own college entrance tests in all subject areas including math, I have tutored students in both ACT and SAT, using the latest test preparation books and internet study sites available to students and teachers. Using these materials and with my help, students have improved their practice and test-taking skills for the math portions of the ACT Math test. The items on the ACT Math test include high school math usually covered up until the end of the eleventh grade. When I studied math in high school and college, I studied up to and including Calculus, which is not covered by the ACT Math test.
Because I am an active consumer of research and use these math “problems” on a daily basis in my work and personal life, involving pre-algebra, algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry, I have had opportunities to stay up-to-date with these areas of math, in my reading, teaching, and tutoring.
Together, during our ACT tutoring, we will be sure you are prepared to take the ACT test in reading, using the latest ACT prep materials, study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. We will work with practice items and real ACT practice tests, and you will learn many smart test-taking tips. The ACT study discipline may be new to you, but soon you will find it very rewarding because you will see it is helping you stay on track and staying on track is a huge part of reaching your college entrance goals.
I have tutored students preparing for the ACT Reading test and have studied and taught English reading since undergraduate school and have been teaching reading courses to K-12, adult, and college students for over thirty years. ACT Reading prep lessons include attention to information, fact and opinion, inferences, vocabulary, and many other aspects. In my ACT tutoring and teaching, I have also tutored and taught reading through the content areas: English in social studies, in science, in math, and other subjects.
I hold a special education certificate in Texas for emotionally disturbed but have worked from 1991 to the present with K-12 students (some full-time, some part-time) and have had tutoring experience as well with special needs students, including learning disabled, ADD / ADHD, and other, related areas. Attention deficit and hyperactive children in schools in California were always included in my K-12 classroom or private tutoring, and I enjoy working with ADD and ADHD students. Special teaching and all modalities are used routinely for most successful teaching of ADD / ADHD students.
Algebra (and pre-algebra) can be a lot fun, if you get enough practice and can plug in the algebra ideas to your day-to-day life math. Lots of examples, clear explanations, and a comfortable learning situation will help you achieve success in algebra 1.
I have worked with math teaching and tutoring at the level of pre-algebra and algebra for over ten years, spending the most time in this math area during my teaching of fifth and sixth grades in Fresno. My certification in elementary education (K-8) has given me many opportunities to stay "tuned in" to the latest math teaching techniques and materials.
I also have taught algebra and pre-algebra whenever I teach or tutor students preparing for the ACT or SAT tests. I enjoy math and find it very useful for my everyday life. I look forward to helping you or your children to practice and understand algebra 1, while you (or they) are taking math classes or preparing for standardized tests of any kind.
Algebra 2 can be a lot fun, if you get clear teaching, enough practice, and common applications for your day-to-day life and ways math can inform and help you. Lots of examples, plenty of chances to ask questions without worry of “feeling dumb,” clear explanations, and a comfortable learning environment will help you achieve success in Algebra 2.
I have worked with math teaching and tutoring at the levels of pre-algebra and Algebra 1 & 2 for over ten years, teaching daily in this math area during my teaching of upper elementary and as a certificated tutor in a local high school for a year. My certification in both secondary and elementary education has given me many opportunities to stayed brushed up in and teach algebra, and I regularly read the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Math) monthly teaching journal “Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School” which I enjoy very much.
I also teach algebra 1 and 2 (and pre-algebra) whenever I teach or tutor students preparing for the ACT or SAT tests. I enjoy math and find it very useful for my everyday life. I look forward to helping you or your children to practice and understand algebra 1, while you (or they) are taking math classes or preparing for standardized tests of any kind.
American history can be a tough subject because most of it happened a long time ago. During tutoring, we will work together, learning important historical information, using your school textbook and other related materials (including sources from the internet), and you will find that you will enjoy American history the more we study it. Your enjoyment will make the learning easier and more effective, to better meet your goals. We will also use study techniques, study aids, and a study schedule that works for you and your family.
The biggest part of anatomy is the vocabulary. Learning anatomy vocabulary is something we do every day, especially in the health or fitness areas of our lives. We are not always aware of how many words we know or learn every day that have Latin roots and how many of those relate to the human body. Learning Latin words that make up the study of anatomy is basic to successfully prepare for any anatomy class or test.
I have been teaching all kinds of vocabulary (including word study of roots, endings, etc.) for many kinds of subjects, including health and biology, for many years. One of the best ways to learn new words is through reading and listening. There are also other things we can do to improve our retention of new words.
For learning anatomy, we will use a variety of interesting study techniques (visuals, 3-D models, and games, to name a few) for using and practicing the words you need to memorize and learn. This learning will include understanding the relationship of words to the parts of the body, the processes of different parts of the body, naming the parts in the processes, and so on. We will also use the internet, as needed.
As you get more anatomy practice, you will enjoy it more and this will make it easier for you. We will use practical strategies like flashcards, visuals, interesting readings, audio and video and a study schedule that works for you and your family.
Anthropology is one of my favorite subjects because it is the study of people from many cultures, past and present. It includes social-cultural anthropology, biological and physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. I enjoy teaching & tutoring anthropology and connecting it to other social sciences, because it takes a global perspective for understanding human problems and informs us about other ways of thinking and other aspects of culture we often (erroneously) assume are the same around the world: the self, the family, courtship, kinship, religion, language, law, dress, food, healing, and health, to name a few.
My graduate training combined courses in linguistic anthropology, with courses from other fields such as linguistics and education. These anthropology courses – 15 graduate semester hours – were central to all my research and included social anthropology, speech socialization, and ethnography to name a few. Using all the perspectives I gained in these classes, I was able to integrate many areas and learn to apply this knowledge to solve human problems in everyday life.
The subsections of the ASVAB are a variety of basic studies (arithmetic, math, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and general science to name a few). I have tutored for many years in all these basic language and math areas and believe that basic vocational areas (the remaining ASVAB tests of mechanics, auto, electronic, and assembling objects) are related, mostly, to high school physics, which I took as well, when a student. Having taught vocational ESL and other applied classes over the years, the ASVAB is a test that is practical and fun to guide students in.
Because I enjoy the practical application tests as well as the basic math and language tests, and because I have tutored the ASVAB test to persons applying for the military, I believe that students who seek my assistance with the ASVAB will not be disappointed and will be able to bring up their points to a level that is higher than if they had not had my guidance.
I hold a special education certificate in Texas for emotionally disturbed, but have worked from 1991 to the present with K-12 students and have had tutoring experience as well with many different and unique special needs students. In particular, I have had a special relationship with a young family member who is autistic and have been a part of her life since she before was two years old until the present, and now she is 22 years old. Students with special reading needs have been in my classes at the K-12 and college levels for at least the last 20 years and I have enjoyed working with and meeting the needs of these students, at all ages and in all settings.
In fact, my special family circumstance with an autistic child has had a major impact on my life, both personally and professionally. Although there is a wide range of social and cognitive talents, behaviors, and ability levels associated with autism, I believe that there are special sensitivities and special skills needed by all educators working with autistic children. In the case of my niece, she had multiple issues, not just autism, and this made her situation unique.
As for teaching techniques, I have found that teaching and communicating with autistic children requires educators to add to and use many creative “tools” as part of their repertoire. Equally important, is that teaches use positive, clear, and predictable language whenever possible. The use of patterns in conversation and “teacher talk” is needed, in order to provide as much structure as the child may need, for the most successful teaching of all autistic students. Best practices for special needs students (autistic, deaf, visually impaired, mobility impaired, cognitively challenged, etc.) include using multiple modalities, hands-on tasks, not forcing oral reading, eliminating timed tests, reading tests to students, letting students’ needs and interests dictate homework, being sure students are comfortable, finding alternate assignments, asking students how they learn best, and many more.
As a certificated teacher in California, I have taught science to children & teens in grades K through high school, sometimes as a teacher and sometimes as a tutor in the classroom. Recently, I worked with a group of freshmen as a biology tutor for an entire year, assisting students who were learning English and others who needed extra classroom, test-prep, and homework help that year. As a school-wide certificated tutor, I attended all the students’ classes with them and helped them during class lectures, small-group lab and activities, and with testing and homework, too. Biology was one of the classes that I attended every day with the students and as part of the instructional team, the teacher and the tutors together ensured that all the students passed the biology tests, achieved the necessary grades for lab, and therefore, passed the course.
This was a great team experience for the tutors and teachers, as well as for all the students in the tutoring group and the entire class. Success was the goal for all students and the learning was fun because of the excellent teaching, the small group design, and the wonderful cooperation of all instructional staff.
As a certified teacher in California, I have passed the CBEST and as a teacher educator in California, I have taught and mentored future teachers who are preparing for the CBEST. I have been a teacher educator in California since I arrived in 1997.
My skills in teaching and tutoring for the CBEST are similar to those I have used for over thirty years when tutoring ACT, SAT, and GRE tests, which include many subtests -- reading, writing, and math. Students who have worked with me to prepare for the CBEST have done well when they take the CBEST.
I am a terrific cook and have been cooking since I was a pre-teen. I have helped others learn to cook, friends and family and persons I meet at the local gym, who want to prepare healthier, well-balanced, yet economical meals. I also teach about safety, good kitchen hygiene, and other basics for cooking at home. And, I stay in touch with new developments in cooking, such as Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which has come the U.S. to help families eat better, eat healthier, and lose weight, and by subscribing to several newsletters such as the Nutrition Action Newsletter from CSPI.
When I tutor cooking, I emphasize basic ingredients, mostly from the produce section, but also using whole grains, pastas, and some prepared or processed foods. But most of all, I teach persons to enjoy cooking and to know more about the many varieties of cooking techniques (grilling, poaching, baking, etc.), the variety of ingredients and spices and where to buy them fresh, and the variety of recipes and menus available from many different countries' cuisines. I look forward to meeting your cooking needs, in whatever way you can use my assistance.
I hold a special education certificate in Texas for emotionally disturbed, but I have worked from 1991 to the present with K-12 students and have had tutoring experience as well with special needs students, including dyslexic and learning challenged students. I have also taken a number of courses in reading and language assessment, at both undergrad and graduate levels, and these courses always deal with dyslexia as part of the syllabus and course assignments.
Students with dyslexia and other special reading needs have been in my classes at the K-12 and college levels for at least the last 20 years (1991-2011) and I have enjoyed working with and meeting the needs of dyslexic students, at all ages and in all settings. I have used special teaching and multiple modalities for most teaching dyslexic students. A few best practices for dyslexic students include not forcing oral reading, eliminating timed tests, reading tests to students, letting students dictate homework, finding alternate assignments, asking students how they learn best, and many more.
All my dyslexic students over the past ten years have done well under my tutelage, as I am constantly searching for new ways to accommodate them, in the context of the classes I teach. I also work closely with DSPS (disabled student program services) staff to coordinate services, special accommodations, and improved communication with students and their parents, counselors, and other instructors. I have also attended professional development classes and conferences to update myself on best practices for dyslexic students.
One of my favorite subjects is ecology, the study of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Examples of some of the issues studied in ecology are ecosystems, habitats, bio-diversity, physical environments, global warming, the detrimental effects of humans on the environment, and human ecology. I am passionate about the environment because it is so important for all persons to understand how to take better care of the environment and to help others to learn how to do this too.
My background in ecology is from two sources. The first source of my expertise comes from school study of different life sciences: biology, botany, and ecology, in formal classes. More recently, I have gained an up-to-date expertise in ecology by frequent reading about activities, events, and research about the environment. Authors, filmmakers, and scientific organizations include Friends of Nature, Greenpeace, Rainforest Alliance, Maude Barlow, FLOW, Blue Gold, and the United Nations “Earth Summit,” to name a few. In addition, I sometimes have conversations (in person and on the internet) with persons who are actively involved in protecting the environment, too.
The more I read, the more I become fascinated with ecology and the environment. I often use these same or related topics and readings in ecology when teaching college classes in reading and writing.
I began tutoring elementary children in 1972 in Texas and began teaching in my own K-6 classroom in 1991 in Illinois. I have an elementary certificate in several states: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, and California. Recent K-6 elementary student teaching and tutoring has been in California from 1997 to the present.
I have taught "regular" elementary classes and tutored "regular" K-6 students as well as special needs and ESL/bilingual students at these ages, for over thirty years. I have also trained elementary teachers at the undergrad and graduate levels in several of these states and in Japan as well.
I have taught elementary grades for many years in several states and these all included teaching elementary math. Several of my years of teaching elementary school included teaching fifth and sixth grade students, which are the grades immediately preceding middle school.
In addition, I have tutored students in math at both middle school and high school levels. Sometimes a middle school or high school student may not have the math knowledge and skill needed for their grade level, but always the math for higher levels builds on a strong foundation of math at the elementary school level. In sum, I have taught and tutored elementary math for at least 15 years.
I have taught elementary grades for many years in several states and these all included teaching elementary science. I love science and in all my years of teaching elementary school, I have made sure to include science study, inquiry labs, and homework in all my classes. As part of my teaching, I have taught fifth and sixth grades. Science at fifth and sixth grade levels includes basic concepts in human biology, plants, animals, ecology, chemistry, physics, science inquiry processes, science terminology, and laboratory (hands-on) science experiments (i.e., trial-and-error "science in the real world"). Science in elementary school is not called "chemistry" and "physics," but when students discover facts about food or about the use of human energy, they are learning about basic chemistry and physics.
I have also tutored students in a variety of science topics at middle school and high school levels, and this teaching/tutoring can be made interesting and comprehensible while building on a strong foundation of thinking at the elementary school level and drawing out the student's innate curiosity about the physical world. Although I do not belong to the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), I enjoy reading their newsletters when I have free time. All in all, I have taught and tutored elementary science for at least 15 years.
English can be a tough subject because it requires attention to many details: grammar, meaning, background information, etc. During tutoring, we will work together, learning important basics of English, using school texts and related materials (including the internet), and you will find that you will enjoy learning English the more we study it. Your enjoyment will make learning easier and more effective, to better meet your goals. We will use study techniques, study aids, and a study schedule that works for you and your family.
I have studied English language, linguistics, and literature since undergraduate school and have been teaching English courses to K-12, adult, and college students for over thirty years, and here in California since 1997. Subjects I have taught include reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and the reading and writing classes include both fiction and non-fiction literature. I have also tutored and taught English through the content areas: English in social studies, in science, in math, and other subjects, too.
I have been teaching ESL/ESOL/EFL since I began teaching, over thirty years ago, and I have taught ESL students at every age and every proficiency level and in many different settings (K-12 classes, adult literacy classes, evening school, college, literacy-citizenship, and in other countries as well).
I hold ESL and VESL (vocational ESL) certificates in several states (New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, and California). I have also had many years of experience teaching ESL as a component in bilingual education programs. Finally, I have also trained ESL and bilingual teachers at the undergrad and graduate levels in several of these states and in Japan as well. ESL students have been among my favorite students whether they be beginning, intermediate, or advanced level learners.
I have grown to love fitness in the last 10 years and I read a lot about healthy living, diet, and exercise. I currently work on my own fitness every day, with a variety of exercises, which I have learned from personal trainers at Curves, from physical therapists I have seen over the last ten years, and also from reading I do in the areas of health and exercise.
It has been challenging and rewarding to increase the level of exercise in my daily life, but this has been the most important goal I have followed in the last ten years and it has changed my life in many ways. When assisting students (of any age) with fitness lessons, I would keep in mind each student’s starting point and the tips and strategies that I have learned myself. I have also written a curriculum for a health class, using the latest book from the Mayo Clinic (2010) and I refer to this book when I tutor as well.
Finally, I took a college class at CSU-Fresno in the last ten years called "Physical Education for Children," and in that class I learned much new information about fun ways to integrate activity and movement across the curriculum, about State of California Standards for Physical Education, and many other important matters pertaining to fitness and health.
Preparing for the GED can be a long process because there are five different and separate tests to prepare for: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. GED preparation is hard because it requires attention to many many details and a lot of background information, etc. During tutoring, we will work together, learning important basics about each of these five areas, using GED prep books and other related materials (including sources from the internet), and you will find that you will enjoy the GED preparation the more we do it. There will be many opportunities to practice for the GED test, too. Your enjoyment will make the learning easier and more effective, to better meet your goals.
Music is a big part of my daily life. I listen to many types of music, have studied music appreciation, and have played the piano since I was a child. I enjoy music very much and find that it has enhanced my life significantly, for many, many years.
My qualifications for teaching and tutoring general music are based on four sources: 1) my study of music for many years (“music appreciation” and piano), 2) the length of time that I have been immersed in a musically rich life, taking lessons since elementary school, 3) the abilities I have acquired such as reading notes, recognizing different instruments and different genres (jazz, spirituals, opera, folk, etc.), understanding melody, harmony, and rhythm, and 4) my weekly participation in music activities in my church, and active music appreciation in my daily life.
Geography can be tough because it takes you around the world to places you have never been to. But this is also a reason that it can be very interesting at the same time. Studying geography requires attention to many details and a lot of background information, but it also involves maps, visuals, and learning about different cultures. During tutoring, we will work together, learning important basics about geography, using school textbooks and related materials (including sources from the internet). You will soon enjoy geography more, the more we study it. Your enjoyment will make the learning easier and more effective, to better meet your goals.
Geometry can be a lot fun, if you have time to learn, see and hear clear explanations, get enough practice, and can plug in the concepts and visual ideas to your day-to-day life and day-to-day math needs. Lots of practice with good examples and a comfortable learning environment will help you achieve success (and greater confidence) in geometry. You may need geometry for planning a home or garden project, for executing a theater or dance routine, for picking out a roomier place to live, or for finding a big enough storage area to store all your stuff (in a storage unit).
I have taught and tutored all kinds of math, especially geometry and algebra for over ten years, spending the most time with geometry during both my upper elementary grade teaching and my tutoring of students of all ages since 1997. My certification in elementary education and my teaching of teens and college students (a lot of “test prep”) have given me many opportunities to stay "tuned in" to the latest math teaching techniques and materials.
I also have taught geometry whenever I teach or tutor students preparing for the ACT, SAT, GRE, ASVAB, C-BEST and other tests. I enjoy math and find it very useful for my everyday life; I like to help students enjoy it too. I look forward to helping you or your child better understand and feel more confident about geometry, for whatever purposes (e.g. taking math classes, getting better grades in school, preparing for standardized tests, etc.).
Government and politics are often challenging but always fascinating, if you connect them to current events of local, state, and national life in the U.S. When tutoring, I will help you understand these subjects using a variety of techniques: hands-on and visuals, timelines, maps, critical analysis, reading of texts and listening to news and internet sources with lively follow-up discussion. We will apply textbook concepts to current events and find the drama and the humor in what goes on behind the scenes between opposing sides as well as the art of consensus building and compromise. Together we will get into the "how to" of politics and government, including ways that real citizen participation can improve understanding of concepts and readings. Your motivation to learn these subjects will grow as will your understanding of them. As a result, your enjoyment will make the learning easier and more effective. I will also propose a study plan that works for you.
Grammar can be tough because most of us have studied it in school but maybe it was boring or too complicated. Actually, grammar can connect with your daily life, the way you talk and the way you write and this makes it more interesting and more fun. Studying grammar requires attention to details but also connections to our daily lives. Together, we will work together to learn important basics about grammar, using school textbooks and related materials (including the internet). We will also practice grammar in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that you understand it well. As you get better at grammar, you will enjoy it more and this will make it easier for you. We will use study techniques, study aids, and a study schedule that works for you and your family.
Because the GRE exams are so important for getting into graduate school, it is important to study hard and get the best possible score you can. Together, during GRE tutoring, we will be sure you are prepared to take the GRE test in all subject areas. We will use the most up-to-date and best GRE prep materials, study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. We will work with practice items and real GRE practice tests, and you will learn many smart test-taking tips.
Latin can be a tough subject because it requires attention to many details: grammar, meaning, many forms for each noun and verb, etc.
During tutoring, we will work together, learning important basics of Latin, using school texts and related materials (including the internet), and you will find that you will enjoy learning Latin the more we study it. Your enjoyment will make learning easier and more effective for getting a good grade in Latin, to better meet your goals. We will use study techniques, study aids, and a study schedule that works for you and your family.
I studied Latin for a few years and found it extremely helpful for my subsequent studies of other languages, such as Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and others. At first, you may think that Latin is not useful but you would be missing a lot, especially when you decide to expand your vocabulary in elementary school and high school, and then later when you study for big stake tests (ACT, SAT, MCAT, LCAT, etc.)
Latin is always a very good foundation for the study of English vocabulary (prefixes, roots, and suffixes) as well as for the study of scientific and technical language that more often than not has Latin-based origins. I use my Latin every day when I read, and I would love to tutor you in Latin and help you to understand and enjoy it too!
Literature is one of my favorite subjects. I love to read about other times and places and I will help you during tutoring to enjoy literature, too. With a variety of teaching strategies -- talking about the reading, listening to the reading, finding the plot, getting to know the characters, and many other strategies -- you will improve your understanding of literature and learn how to talk and write about it, too. I am open to using many kinds of literature, including school texts, picture books, chapter books, classics, and modern favorites. I will help you grow in both appreciation of literature and in responding to questions about literature such as the kinds you do in school. I am also very good at tutoring non-fiction, which has different styles of writing, vocabulary, language, and ways of organizing. Reading in these areas can often appeal to students who arrive saying that they do not read or do not like to read. The choices of many kinds of literature will often spark an interest in the most recalcitrant student.
I have studied English language, linguistics, and literature since undergraduate school and have been teaching English literature (and other literature in other languages) to K-12, adult, and college students for over thirty years, and here in California since 1997. Literature – fiction and non-fiction -- appears in every class I have taught, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, to name a few. This teaching of literature through the content areas --in social studies, in science, in math, and other subjects -- is one of my favorite things about teaching literature.
I have been involved with music my entire life, and especially in my early years, both at home and in school. From piano lessons at home almost until finishing high school to courses in music appreciation, visits to concerts, recitals, and other music events, I was always in love with music. I still love many (most) kinds of music and appreciate it as much or more than I did when younger. When I listen to music on the radio, TV, or live, I always need to know the name of the composer, the symphony playing, the performers and conductor as well. Though I do not read music journals, I am always interested to know (and observe) how music is taught, to all grade levels, as a subject by itself, as well as the various ways music is used to teach or support other subjects.
The history of music is also of interest to me and learning this history and the origins of one type of music or another have always been something I listen for. Knowing how music evolved (and continues to evolve) around the world, with different cultural styles, different languages, and which styles and genres influenced other styles and genres of music has always been something I like to pay attention to.
I like to listen for the instruments, the melody, the harmony, and the rhythm, always thinking about each part as I listen. When I am with a person or student who needs to know more about the music, I use my voice, my words, and my body language to help them also hear what I hear. I also refer to the musical notes and descriptions of the music, to help students learn how to listen to the music with greater awareness.
In sum, whether it be contemporary music, classical, folk music, or music from many different cultures and countries, I am always most at home when listening to music and continuing to learn about it.
I am very eager to assist nursing students as they prepare for their nursing exams, including NCLEX. I am especially interested in health topics for critical reading and application, including adult, child, and newborn medical issues, nutrition, mental health, pharmacology, leadership and management, to name a few. My expertise in tutoring students preparing for nursing exams is based on 1) my broad knowledge of science, social science, language, learning, and teaching, 2) my contact with health care professionals in hospitals, and 3) my recent tutoring of nursing students for NCLEX. This NCLEX tutoring experience is similar to tutoring I have done helping students prepare for college, graduate school, and other professional exams. The NCLEX tutoring has been with community college students who are preparing for NCLEX exams; we have worked on personal (daily) study schedules, test prep study strategies, and spent our time going over each item, analyzing right and wrong answers, to be sure all understand the test very very well and that their independent practice time is well spent and as effective as possible.
Nutrition is one of the areas I have read the most about in the last ten to fifteen years and I find it extremely useful for daily living and for helping my friends and family. In our tutoring, we will find many interesting, engaging, and delicious ways to learn about nutrition, and involve your own and your family’s questions and answers. We will consult “experts” on the internet, the radio, and TV, as well as in print publications which have appeared in the last ten years. A few examples include Mayo Clinic publications, Prevention Magazine, Web MD, the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Andrew Weil’s website, Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s work, and the Cnter for Science in the Public Interest which publishes the popular Nutrition Action Newsletter. We will read and discuss your textbook, separate fact from opinion, and study basic concepts about fats, carbs, proteins, fiber, cholesterol, and the daily required vitamins and minerals needed for good nutrition. Problems from bad nutrition will also be included and hopefully your learning will lead to healthier lifestyles, as you connect your new learning with your own and your family and friends’ daily lives.
I began learning about philosophy when I was very young, when my teachers would teach us the views of great thinkers on topics such as moral questions, religion, politics, art, science, daily life, and more. When in college, I took courses in philosophy and continued to be fascinated by readings in philosophy, which were a part of these courses and other courses in language, art, religion, and science. I was challenged and attracted to philosophy especially as it pertains to every day living.
So, my expertise in philosophy is based on early learning about many great thinkers, college classes in philosophy, and ongoing reading (my entire life) of both classical and modern thinkers in the areas of "life," values, language, art, science, society, and other areas which make up of the field of philosophy.
With my background in language and linguistics, I can help you to learn to read using phonics as a tool. I can help you learn the patterns of sound-symbol correlation in English and some very practical easy-to-use ways to practice phonics and enjoy it. We will use a variety of study aids, special phonics techniques, and a daily self-check system for you to monitor your own progress in phonics. As your understanding and practice of phonics improves, you will see more confidence in your reading, too. I look forward to helping you or your child learn phonics, to meet your reading and writing goals. Ways that phonics can help you with spelling and vocabulary success would be a part of tutoring in phonics.
I studied piano for many years as a child and young adult and though I do not perform any more, I still love music and singing very much. I would like to assist you to learn the basics of piano, including reading notes, keeping time, the major and minor chords, and some basic keyboard techniques. We can work on playing songs you like to sing. I enjoy playing American folk songs, holiday songs, popular children's songs, and church or spiritual music. I would like to help you learn to play the piano and to work with you as you learn to read the written music for these tunes, whether pop, classic, or folks music.
I love languages and learning languages. Portuguese is one of the languages I have learned while living in Brazil and studying it in college. When tutoring you, I am eager to help you to learn the language and the culture and to love them as I do. We will have fun using Portuguese -- listening, speaking, reading and writing, using textbooks, magazines, the internet, and any sources that will fit your needs. Your enjoyment of Portuguese will give you greater success and make it easier, too. We will also use special foreign language study techniques, tools such as tape recorders, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. Grammar, vocabulary, and a lot of practice are part of tutoring, too.
I have taught, advised, supervised, mentored, and collaborated with teachers and teacher candidates (undergraduate and graduate classes of teachers) both in colleges & universities as well as in the K-12 schools. In all of this experience, I have assisted them in learning both subject matter (K-12) and teaching practice (K-12), as well as in updating teaching credentials while they are working as teachers in K-12 schools and adult education programs. The Praxis I and II measure precisely this: preparation for teaching. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to tutor for the Praxis and the CSET exams.
In California, the CSET (and more generally, the PRAXIS) consists of basic teacher education knowledge and practice. Areas covered in PRAXIS include: 1) math, 2) reading, and 3) writing (Praxis-I) Pre-Professional Skills. There are also many subject matter assessments (Praxis II). Taking these basic tests ensures that the teacher candidate has the necessary requisite skills, no matter what class and what grades the student has earned, at whatever higher education institution he or she attended.
Each state has its own PRAXIS requirements and here in California, the CSET / PRAXIS is required before a teacher becomes certificated. For Praxis II, each test measures subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills needed for beginning teaching.
When I help teachers prepare for their Praxis I and Praxis II, I have used the same teaching and tutoring strategies I use for helping with other academic and professional standardized testing: SAT, ACT, GRE, ASVAB, GED, and similar tests. I begin with an assessment of a student's needs and then assist the student to become a better learner, so as to continue test prep during the week on his or her own, in between tutoring sessions. I welcome many questions and much analysis and discussion of answers on practice tests, to name just a few of the strategies I use. I always ask students to show me what they already know, since often students know more than they think and this can also raise the confidence needed for any high-stakes testing situation.
Algebra (and pre-algebra) can be a lot fun, if you have time to learn, see and hear clear explanations, get enough practice, and can plug in the algebra ideas to your day-to-day life math. Lots of practice with good examples and a comfortable learning environment will help you achieve success (and greater confidence) in pre-algebra.
I have worked with math teaching and tutoring at the level of pre-algebra and algebra for over ten years, spending the most time in this math area during my teaching of upper elementary grades in Fresno and my tutoring of students of all ages since 1997. My certification in elementary education and my teaching of teens and college students have given me many opportunities to stay "tuned in" to the latest math teaching techniques and materials.
I also have taught algebra and pre-algebra whenever I teach or tutor students preparing for the ACT, SAT, GRE, ASVAB, C-BEST and other tests. I enjoy math and find it very useful for my everyday life; I like to help students enjoy it too. I look forward to helping you or your child better understand and feel more confident about pre-algebra, for whatever purposes (e.g. taking math classes, preparing for standardized tests, etc.).
Proofreading can be challenging but also very rewarding. It is the last step in writing something, the “polishing” step. Once your ideas are all there, and once you have organized everything, you need to revise, edit, and proofread. After you check for good grammar, punctuation, and spelling and find and correct all other errors, you will be proud of your good proofreading. It is also a skill in great demand in any job that requires reading and writing, and good proofreading can actually help you get a job. Together, we will practice a lot of proofreading, and, as you get better, you will enjoy it more and this will make it easier for you.
One of the most fascinating subjects to study is psychology (the science of human behavior, cognitive and affective processes) and I have been learning about it (formally) since my undergraduate years in college.
When taking the education courses required for teaching, I had many courses in learning and teaching rooted in psychology, including learning theory, child development, special education, and educational foundations, to name a few. During practice teaching and many years of teaching K-12, adult, and college, the majority of the professional development units I took also were based on psychological principles: discipline, cooperative learning, testing, and motivation, for a few examples.
I would like to tutor you or your child in public speaking. I have been teaching public speaking (in English) to many ages, grades, ethnicities, and language backgrounds for over 30 years. I like teaching speaking, oral presentation, dramatic reading, oral interpretation of literature, debate, panel presentations, and other kinds of speaking very much.
With my language and applied linguistics (Masters degree) background, I am able to assess a student's oral language strengths and specific areas needing improvement in speaking. By means of a systematic assessment, including student self-assessment, most students are quickly ready to begin developing one by one the components of public speaking, such as clarity of message, eye contact, understanding audience, facial and other nonverbal aspects, volume, intonation, communicability, vocabulary, and many others. I also teach students to improve various everyday "speech acts," such as agreeing/disagreeing, complaining, requesting, presenting oneself, and story telling, to name a few. We also look at specific speaking situations and purposes for speaking which must be considered when learning best speaking practices in each speaking context.
There are so many creative ways to practice and improve public speaking and this is one reason I love to tutor and coach in this area. It is also a truly universal talent that is needed in all areas of life and so once a student begins to improve, the success he or she experiences helps to motivate the student to continue to improve. Lastly, because of the need for public speaking in all areas of life, good public speaking can usually help a person to obtain a new job or a better one.
During tutoring, we will do a lot of reading, using many kinds of reading materials (books, internet, newspapers, school textbooks, and many more). We will discover topics you like the most and begin with those. As you improve your reading skills (word identification, understanding, using context clues, talking about what you read, and many more), you will enjoy reading more. We will also use library materials, special study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. Using all your unique talents (listening, speaking, and writing) and your interest in real life things (sports, food, animals, adventure, science, etc.), we will improve your reading, which will help you in all school subjects. Some of these tools may be new to you, but soon you will find reading more fun and rewarding because you will see it is helping you get smarter.
I have a special interest in religion and spiritual readings. I attended religious schools as a child (K-8) and for three years in high school and for half of my college undergraduate years. I am an active member of a church and have an ecumenical or inclusive view of religion. While I am not an expert on the Bible, I have spent many years reading it as part of my daily and weekly prayers.
I have also stayed in touch with spiritual writers (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Moore's The Care of the Soul, Alan Watts’ and Pema Chodron’s works, and many others). I dip into spiritual readings often, whether the spiritual orientation be Christian, Buddhist, or another religion. I think I have been successful in bringing spiritual ideas and concepts (preferential option for the poor, the common good, good stewardship of the environment, to name a few) into much of my teaching, as they pertain to the subject matter or the students' needs to understand basic social concepts, though never by explicitly naming or "pushing" a particular religion.
The SAT Math test includes numbers and operations; basic algebra; geometry; intermediate algebra; and data analysis/statistics, and probability. Since taking my own college entrance tests in all subject areas including math, I have tutored students in both ACT and SAT, using the newest test preparation books and internet study sites available. Using these materials and with my help, students have improved their practice and test-taking skills for the math portions of the SAT Math test. The items on the SAT Math test include high school math usually covered up until the end of the eleventh grade. When I studied math in high school and college, I studied up to and including calculus, which is not covered by the SAT Math test.
Because I am a reader of research and see these math “problems” on a daily basis in my work and personal life, involving numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and statistics/probability, I have had opportunities to stay up-to-date with these areas of math, in my reading, teaching, and tutoring. I enjoy doing math and assisting students prepping for math tests of all kinds.
Together, during our SAT tutoring, we will be sure you are prepared to take the SAT test in reading, using the latest SAT prep materials, study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. We will work with practice items and real SAT practice tests, and you will learn many smart test-taking tips. The SAT study discipline may be new to you, but soon you will find it very rewarding because you will see it is helping you stay on track and staying on track is a huge part of reaching your college entrance goals.
I have tutored students preparing for the SAT Reading test and have studied and taught English reading for over thirty years. I have done this teaching and tutoring of reading courses with K-12, adult, and college students and have enjoyed it immensely. SAT Reading prep lessons include attention to information, fact and opinion, inferences, vocabulary, and many other aspects. My SAT Reading tutoring and teaching include extensive practice with reading through the content areas: English in social studies, in science, in math, and other subjects.
Together, during our SAT writing tutoring, we will be sure you are prepared to take the SAT writing test, using the latest SAT prep materials, study techniques, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. We will work with practice items and real SAT writing practice tests, and you will learn many smart test-taking tips. The SAT study routine may be new to you, but soon you will find it very rewarding because you will see it is helping you stay on track and staying on track is a huge part of reaching your college entrance goals.
I have tutored students preparing for the SAT Writing test and have studied and taught English writing since undergraduate school. I have done this teaching and tutoring of writing courses with K-12, adult, and college students for over thirty years. SAT Writing prep lessons include the process of writing, pre-writing and gathering ideas, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading, and many other aspects. In my SAT tutoring and teaching, I have also tutored and taught writing across the curricular areas: writing for social studies, for science, for math, and for other subjects and purposes, including academic, professional, and personal writing.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager and continue to sew for whatever needs I have. I once taught a "power-sewing" class using my vocational ESL certificate in Minnesota and enjoyed it very much. I learned to sew, in the beginning, to help my mother with many of her needs and have continued to sew for many reasons. I can follow a pattern, calculate the fabric needed, use a sewing machine for details, hems, seems, and other kinds of stitches. Over the years, I have sewn suits, prom dresses, daily clothes, home decorations, and many gifts for friends and family. You will often find me in a fabric store, when I have a bit of extra time, as I really do enjoy sewing very much.
I also know how to make patterns and think that many of my skills in sewing come from my grandmother who worked in the garment industry in New York and from my husband, who learned a lot from his father who was an upholsterer.
I am a social scientist, among other things and have studied several social sciences since my undergraduate years. I have studied, taught, and tutored many different social studies/science areas including sociology and sociolinguistics.
I use my scientific social science background and orientation in all my teaching (K-6, middle school, high school, and college) to help students understand non-fiction, the news, "real life" ideas, ways of seeing and analyzing human behavior and society’s institutions, in the U.S. and other cultures. Topics such as cultural traditions, death, crime, family interactions, and disparities between life as students experience it and life as others experience it form the foundation for studies of literature, sociology, and in many readings in basic education classes. These topics focus on kinship, sexuality, courtship, marriage, work, deviance, and many other common topics covered in basic sociology courses. Teaching and tutoring sociology especially helps students understand the world and learn ways of solving problems in the world and in their own lives.
I have certification to teach K-6, middle school, and high school in several areas, in some states including social studies (Michigan) and have taken college classes in sociology and related areas.
I have studied Spanish since I was an elementary school child and have grown up speaking Spanish with friends and family. Having lived in Mexico and in many diverse Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S. adds to my long-term expertise, ability to use Spanish, and my "BFF love" of Spanish and Spanish-speakers.
Having taught Spanish (since I was a young adult) to persons of many ages and educational backgrounds rounds out the expertise I have in teaching Spanish to all ages, for many different learning purposes.
During tutoring, we will have lots of fun using Spanish -- listening, speaking, reading and writing it. We will use school textbooks, magazines, the internet, and any sources that will fit your needs for learning Spanish. You will be proud that you can use your Spanish quickly for day-to-day interactions. If you already know some Spanish, you will quickly move to the next level, increasing your motivation as you get to use it more in your daily life. We will also use library materials, special study techniques, tools such as tape recorders, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. Grammar, vocabulary, and a lot of practice will be part of tutoring, of course.
I hold a special education certificate in Texas for emotionally disturbed, but have worked from 1991 to the present with K-12 students and have had tutoring experience as well with many different and unique special needs students. Students with special reading needs have been in my classes at the K-12 and college levels for at least the last 20 years and I have enjoyed working with and meeting the needs of these students, at all ages and in all settings.
I have found that special teaching and all modalities are used routinely for most successful teaching of dyslexic students. Best practices for special needs students (deaf, visually impaired, mobility impaired, cognitively challenged, etc.) include using multiple modalities, hands-on tasks, not forcing oral reading, eliminating timed tests, reading tests to students, letting students dictate homework, being sure students are comfortable, finding alternate assignments, asking students how they learn best, and many more.
Spelling in school is often hard or boring, but often it is not taught according to each student’s developmental level. Like many subjects, learning how to spell moves in stages and the first thing a teacher or tutor needs to do is find out what spelling level the student is at. Once the student’s level is determined, tutoring can proceed step by step and be very successful. During spelling tutoring, we will begin on the level where the student is, studying patterns, using phonics, analyzing roots and endings, practicing spelling, and connecting spelling with reading and writing. Fun techniques like flashcards, visuals, and hands-on activities will be used to help the student find success as quickly as possible. With more practice, he or she will enjoy spelling more and this will make it easier.
I have been teaching K-12, adult, and college students for over 30 years and find that teaching study skills has become an integral part of practically every class I teach, whether students are little children, teens, or adults in college. These study skills include teaching study skills in context, having students be active when they are learning study skills, encouraging "meta" level thinking (that is, thinking about and managing your own learning), and using tasks that are real and embedded in the actual subject matter being learned, to name a few.
In addition, best practices for all students include training in study skills and the use of multiple modalities, hands-on tasks, being sure students are comfortable, asking students how they learn best, and many more.
My certificates in elementary and secondary teaching are in Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, and California, and I have taught teachers at both the undergrad and graduate levels who are taking courses for elementary and secondary certificates in ESL and bilingual education in New Jersey, Texas, and California.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills, the test required of persons seeking admission into a nursing program or school, is a basic skills test with four parts: reading, math, science, and English language and usage. It is similar to other tests for admission into other professional programs in that it covers these same basic skills in many entrance exams.
I have tutored and taught these same basic skills: basic science (science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, basic physical principles, etc.); arithmetic and math (number concepts, fractions, decimals, algebra, percentages, metric conversions, and ratio/proportion) and all the language areas (punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary & contextual words, reading, writing, and spelling) all of which are covered in other test prep teaching and tutoring I do daily (ACT, SAT, ASVAB, etc.).
I have been doing all of these various basic skills test preparation teaching and tutoring for over twenty-five years, and more recently in Fresno in the last fifteen years.
The teaching of English as a Second Language and as a Foreign Language (ESL / EFL) is what I have been doing for over thirty years – both in the U.S. and abroad. I have a master's and a doctorate in applied linguistics and have taught both ESL and the teaching of ESL (TESL) throughout my teaching career, mostly to students from 17 to 45 years old, sometimes older.
In addition to ESL and TESL being two of my specialty areas, I have also taught students (and college professors) about the TOEFL test. I am in touch, as a colleague, with peers who not only prepare students for the TOEFL, but also have assisted colleges and universities as they design courses to prepare students for taking the TOEFL test. (I have even been contacted by the company that publishes the TOEFL, to assist as a scorer.) As the TOEFL has changed over the years, it has come to include all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Preparing students for taking this test remains one of my favorite things to teach. When tutoring you for the TOEFL, we will use any and all methods needed to help you become as prepared as you are able to be, given the quantity and quality of your preparation and length of time (months) you dedicate to preparing for the TOEFL test.
Learning new vocabulary is something we do every day, especially in a new situation, a new job, or when doing something new. One of the best ways to learn new words is through reading and listening. There are also other things we can do to improve our retention of new words. Because your “reservoir” of vocabulary (passive vocabulary) is greater than what you use every day (active vocabulary), we will also use study techniques for using the words you already know and understand. As you get more vocabulary practice, you will enjoy it more and this will make it easier for you. We will use practical strategies like flashcards, visuals, interesting readings, audio and video and a study schedule that works for you and your family. You will see your progress in school, in all your school subjects, in your reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We will also use the internet, as needed.
World History has always been interesting to me because studying and teaching it takes me to other, different times and other, different places. In world history, you will enjoy learning about the past in different countries, including politics, religions, trade and economics, and much more.
I have been learning, teaching, and tutoring world history as part of my elementary school teaching and tutoring, for over ten years. I also read (daily) about current world events and as part of this reading, I have learned the history behind these current affairs. With an orientation to other countries, based on my growing up, living, and traveling on four continents (North America, Asia, Europe, and Central & South America) I continue to learn about World History on a daily basis and am eager to share what I read, hear, and learn with students I teach and tutor and others who want to know more about world history.
Writing involves a process and there are certain steps in the process. If you can learn the steps and practice them enough, you will be in good shape to use your writing for many purposes. Writing can be challenging but also very rewarding. Working together, we will explore many kinds of writing and practice a lot of writing. As you get better, you will enjoy it more and this will make it easier for you. We will use special writing strategies, visuals, interesting topics, and a study schedule that works for you and your family. When improving your writing, you also work on the component skills, including organizing ideas, connecting sentences, spotting grammar errors, choosing the best words, and other thinking and language skills.