Chelsea W.

Redwood City, CA

$100/hour

Tutor specializing in Special Needs & Learning Disabilities

Background check passed as of 7/15/13

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Colorado State University
Psych BS and Chem

Education

Colorado State University (Psych BS and Chem)

About Chelsea

I am an experienced tutor specializing in learning disabilities.

EXPERIENCE
Over the last two years I have successfully helped dozens of students meet their academic goals and become independent learners. (I believe it's my job to work myself out of a job.) My schedule rarely opens up except when my students have learned enough study skills and compensation methods to be autonomous. I help students learn subject matter, but the driving force is teaching my student to be cognizant of their own learning style, use more effective study practices, and how to ENJOY what they are learning.

METHODS
My methods are very convivial and subtle. This allows me to assist students that would otherwise have trepidations about tutoring. For instance, while helping a student with a behavioral and learning disability integrate into a classroom setting, the school was so impressed with my methodology and the results it wrought, that I am now the go-to tutoring recommendation for that prestigious private school.

BACKGROUND
I am a Psychology graduate from Colorado State, where I have done research into Learning and Memory, as well as Early Autism Detection. I am also an experienced babysitter, I have worked as a Backpacking Counselor and I have worked as a youth soccer coach. Between my childcare expertise and my knowledge of learning paradigms I will create a system that works for your child. I have been tutoring children with disabilities and my clients love the way I customize the lessons, bring hand-made study tools, and develop a system of trust and empowerment that translates to their school work.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
People with learning disabilities, like ADHD, dyslexia, and Aspergers, are statistically similar in IQ to their non-learning disabled peers; yet they are far more likely to experience pervasive academic difficulties and lower GPAs. There are learning and memory techniques that can assist those with learning difficulties.

Each child is unique. While I cannot promise miracles, I will constantly research the learning difficulty your child may possess and the learning techniques that will help them. I am particularly good at presenting material in new and unique ways.

A FEW QUOTES
I am fun and exciting and patient with my students. All my clients have said that they are highly satisfied with my tutoring and me.
"You are just so good with him! So patient!" said another one of my clients about my session with her autistic child.
My supervisor for the engineering for kids classes I teach also remarked, “Are you sure you’re not a Marine? You’re always prepared for anything and everything.” I really take pride in my preparation outside of class and my adaptability in a session. It helps me maximize the sessions.
As one of my clients said about tutoring her child with sensory processing problems, "Chelsea, you are awesome!"

I take care to constantly evaluate my student's progress by playing testing games. Each time, I switch things up to make sure that they are learning and having fun. I create games that are exciting and addictive, like ABC memorization games, reading scavenger hunts, and even attention games.
I am an experienced tutor specializing in learning disabilities.

EXPERIENCE
Over the last two years I have successfully helped dozens of students meet their academic goals and become independent learners. (I believe it's my job to work myself out of a job.) My schedule rarely opens up except when my students have learned enough
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Redwood City, CA 94061
Background Check: Passed
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
Art:
Drawing, Painting, Theatre
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Common Core, GRE, ISEE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, SPSS
History:
Classics
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Fitness, Sewing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADD/ADHD

I studied Psychology in college focusing on cognitive development, and independently researched learning disabilities, specifically studies and books on how to create effective study strategies. As a student with ADHD, I beta tested techniques on myself and learned how and why certain learning paradigms were more effective in the context of this disability. For example, ADHD symptoms tend to increase with external factors such as fatigue and stress, so in learning and testing these students are disproportionally affected by these factors; which is one of the reasons that additional testing time through Disability Services only begets statistically higher test scores in populations with ADD/ADHD and certain other learning disabilities. While I employ a myriad of techniques with my current clients, like studying in time-limited sets (around 15 minutes), the end result is a patchwork of study skills that begin to nullify the effects of ADD/ADHD as a confounding factor in academics.

Algebra 1

I've taken Honors Algebra in high school and continued studying math into college going up to the level of Honors Calculus CD. Furthermore, I minored in Chemistry and worked a lot in Stoichiometry, which is a variant on algebraic functions focusing on practical application. Because of that, I understand and can teach algebra in the standardized classroom format and I can also teach the subject material from the alternative perspective of applied mathematics. Being able to make algebra a more customizable area of study means that I can teach the subject in whatever way makes the most sense to my students. My math students have typically gone up 2 or more standard deviations per year on standardized tests and normally reach an A average regardless of starting averages.

Algebra 2

I've taken Honors Algebra in high school and continued studying math into college going up to the level of Honors Calculus CD. Furthermore, I minored in Chemistry and worked a lot in Stoichiometry, which is a variant on algebraic functions focusing on practical application. Because of that, I understand and can teach algebra in the standardized classroom format and I can also teach the subject material from the alternative perspective of applied mathematics. Being able to make algebra a more customizable area of study means that I can teach the subject in whatever way makes the most sense to my students. My math students have typically gone up 2 or more standard deviations per year on standardized tests and normally reach an A average regardless of starting averages.

Autism

I have been working with children with autism spectrum disorders for 4 years now, though I've been involved in autism research for almost 10 years. I started out fundraising for Autism Speaks, then did primary research on early diagnosis at the University of Washington. Since then I have worked with a handful of students with autism spectrum disorders on academic studies and on social behavioral training, like play therapy. As any parent of a child with autism knows, it can be slow going, but I am there to create and facilitate your child's progress in school and outside of it by patiently and consistently working with them to make a daunting daily task more manageable and friendly. I rely heavily on positive behavioral techniques since they seem to get they best results for my students. By request, I can also bring my dog who has been trained as a therapy animal.

Dyslexia

I have been tutoring students with dyslexia as one of my primary specialties for 4 years now. Dyslexia is a tricky learning disability in that dyslexia affects every subject and pervades academia for those who have it, so it's important to me that my students with dyslexia have a robust and pervasive knowledge of how to work around and sometimes even utilize dyslexia in the classroom. I focus on teaching my students metacognition strategies so that they are more aware of when dyslexia is confounding their learning process, and that gets remarkable results. I utilize a myriad of strategies and have even taught specialized Orton-Gillingham-based spelling classes at a prestigious private school. While I can't claim to cure dyslexia, I help my students learn how to set and reach academic goals. I should know, I made it through all honors and advanced placement courses in high school and many honors and advanced college courses with dyslexia. Sometimes the biggest thing for my students is to have an academic mentor who has faced the same challenges.

ISEE

I have been tutoring students for the ISEE for 4 years now and all of my students have seen impressive improvements. Statistically, most students will consistently test within a standard deviation of their previous testing results. To the best of my knowledge, all my students who did ISEE prep with me increased their scores by 2 standard deviations or more.

I studied Psychology at Colorado State University and University of Washington, where I focused on learning and memory, even doing research on testing efficacy. I utilize my knowledge of testing paradigms to train my students on test-taking strategies and help them learn exactly how to use them.

Furthermore, I have a strong background in the subject material that the ISEE covers and have scored in the 99th percentile or "At college level" in the standardized tests I have ever taken (in both Math and English) including the ACT and SAT. I also took honors and AP math and english throughout high school and took advanced courses in Math and English Literature in college.

Prealgebra

I've taken Honors Algebra in high school and continued studying math into college going up to the level of Honors Calculus CD. Furthermore, I minored in Chemistry and worked a lot in Stoichiometry, which is a variant on algebraic functions focusing on practical application. Because of that, I understand and can teach algebra in the standardized classroom format and I can also teach the subject material from the alternative perspective of applied mathematics. Being able to make algebra a more customizable area of study means that I can teach the subject in whatever way makes the most sense to my students. My math students have typically gone up 2 or more standard deviations per year on standardized tests and normally reach an A average regardless of starting averages.

Colorado State University
Psych BS and Chem

Education

Colorado State University (Psych BS and Chem)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chelsea will travel within 20 miles of Redwood City, CA 94061.