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Jonathan H.

Wilmington, DE

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Yale
French and English
Montclair State University
Master's
Academy of Orton-Gillingham/Dyslexia Training
Graduate Coursework

Education

Yale (French and English)

Montclair State University (Master's)

Academy of Orton-Gillingham/Dyslexia Training (Graduate Coursework)

About Jonathan

A former broadcaster and high school English and French teacher, I have tutored students from grades 1 through college in reading, phonics, written expression, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, French, SAT prep, GRE prep, and study skills.

I have specialized in helping kids who are below their potential in language, some of whom were severely dyslexic. All have made impressive gains. I attribute my success to the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach, which uses multi-sensory strategies to help the student create new pathways to learning.

As a Yale grad with a double major in English and French and a love of seeing students succeed, I invite you to contact me through WyzAnt to discuss your child's needs. I am located in the Wilmington, Delaware area, convenient to northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.

References from parents are available upon request. I have recently undergone a background check, which is in Wyzant's file.
A former broadcaster and high school English and French teacher, I have tutored students from grades 1 through college in reading, phonics, written expression, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, French, SAT prep, GRE prep, and study skills.

I have specialized in helping kids who are below their potential in language, some of
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"Help With Argumentative Essay"

- Jennifer, New Castle, DE on 12/12/16

"Patient, put a lot of thought in tutoring"

- Ye, Chadds Ford, PA on 10/6/17

"Kindness, Intellect, and Results all together"

- John, Wilmington, DE on 3/27/17

"Seemed Very Nice"

- Morgan, Bellingham, WA on 3/21/17

"Knowledgeable, patient & professional"

- Susan, Marcus Hook, PA on 1/9/17

"Great Tutor"

- Karen, Media, PA on 11/20/16

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- Fran, Basking Ridge, NJ on 6/6/16

"great teacher , he know what he is talking and teaching"

- Hemali, Edison, NJ on 3/2/16
Science:
PSAT
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GED,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have experience in coaching students in grades 7-12 in many subjects, including SAT, French, English, writing and math.

I attended Yale, loved math throughout my school years and get a kick out of seeing kids "get it" about a new skill or a knotty problem. I am experienced at helping students focus and to read actively, note questions about the problem and organize their answer. If you understand the question, you can set up the answer.

All of my students in math have improved their grades or, in the case of SATs, their scores. Several were home-schooled and had missed much in their math basic skills, and they needed to pass the entrance exams for their colleges in order to get acceptance letters. All passed easily after working with me.

Dyslexia

I attended Yale and have always loved to read and enjoyed writing. Nothing has been as rewarding to me as tutoring kids who are reading below grade level.

I'm trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach to reading, literacy, spelling, and written expression, and have years of experience in tutoring students at all grade levels.

This approach is the gold standard of teaching literacy. Look in any phonics or reading series, and you will see the Orton-Gillingham approach recreated.

I design each student's instruction using a thorough diagnostic assessment and then creating a prescriptive lesson plan for each session. The idea is to build from individual sounds to syllables, words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs and essays. I use a multisensory approach so that each student masters skills using the most effective path for that student.

That is why my students succeed, and why working with students and seeing them "get it" about language is so satisfying to me.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have taught and tutored elementary school students in just about every subject, but most of all in reading, writing and math.

After Yale and some teaching, I entered the private sector, and returned to education by way of the Orton-Gillingham approach (OG) to reading, spelling and written expression.

OG is the gold standard way for tutors and teachers to learn how to teach literacy skills. It is a challenging and intense course that only a few educators complete. Some universities have tried to "improve" on it by shortening it to a brief in-service, but OG has proven itself to be the most comprehensive approach to teaching literacy.

I enjoy working with students at all levels. It is what psychologists call intrinsically satisfying; that is, I get a kick out of it.

I am certified in Elementary Education, Reading K-12 and French, and continue to specialize in working with children with learning disabilities.

Elementary Math

In my work with grade school children in math, I begin with a baseline assessment of skills to determine what skills need to be mastered.

We do some timed work with drill cards, spend time on word problems--which are increasingly part of the middle grades math--and work on some very creative websites that challenge kids in math problems and are fun to work on.

Without exception, my math students have markedly improved their performance and class standing.

English

I studied English and French literature at Yale, edited a monthly journal there which featured book reviews, then taught at the high school level. After a career in business, I have tutored in literacy, comprehension, written expression and SAT/GRE test prep.

ESL/ESOL

Having learned to speak fluent French, I have a feel for what it takes to learn a second language. Accordingly when I entered the` classroom to teach French, I found great success in the direct, or natural, method: I use patterns that students can repeat, and thereby imprint. After only a few minutes, and with repetition over time, the pattern becomes second nature.

One of the great myths about English is that it is a language of exceptions, irregular and without patterns. In fact, about 90 percent of English words are spelled and pronounced in quite regular patterns which can be taught and imprinted so that they become second nature to the learner.

Want to say "I'll meet you at the corner of Thirty-third and Third in an hour" and sound like a New Yorker? Just work with me. Want to say "It's about time we talked about a raise," in just the right tone of voice? Just give me a call.

French

I majored at Yale in French literature; taught at the high school level; tutored students, both dyslexic and neurotypical in French grammar, speech, fluency and writing.

GED

I have worked extensively with students of all ages, in a variety of subjects, from phonics and pre-reading skills to written expression, math and other subject areas such as science, history and French.

Before attending Yale, I had to learn how to prepare for the next class assignment. I learned that taking notes was critical, as it helped me focus and organize my questions and my ideas. Now, with sticky notes, it is so much easier to organize ideas and record questions about the reading.

Students who need coaching with study skills often find two areas that need the most attention: math problems, especially word problems; and writing assignments.

My training and experience have shown me that in both areas, the set-up is the key. In math, read the problem carefully so that you identify the question, and only then proceed to the answer. Once you've found the answer, check your work. Many students are in such a hurry to finish that they do not check their answers.

In written assignments, whether a short essay or a term paper, I coach the student to understand the assigned reading, and only then to organize the writing. I teach the student how to formulate a strong main idea, supply supporting ideas and lead to a concise conclusion.

Without exception, my students have made impressive gains in writing, organization, math and test performance.

Literature

The more one reads, the more one writes. My English, history and French classes in high school and at Yale involved a heavy reading load of poetry, short stories, novels, research monographs and the classics of Western, African and biblical literature. Naturally, regular writing assignments, in some classes daily essays, were par for the course.

My approach to tutoring students in writing has been heavily informed by the Orton-Gillingham approach. This has helped me to guide the student to start with the basic building blocks of syntax in order to build phrases, sentences, paragraphs and, finally, essays and term papers. Using this approach, students learn how to take notes using key words and phrases, which they expand into sentences and paragraphs in their written assignments.

Phonics

The phonics approach to reading is essential for the many students--at least 15-20 percent--who are not able to learn with the whole-word approach. Some of the best schools in America require the phonics approach for all students, without regard to learning disability.

After Yale and a business career, I trained in Orton-Gillingham (OG), the most scientifically based approach to decoding, spelling and written expression. OG recognizes that there are different pathways in the brain to learning, including aural, visual and kinesthetic, and the approach uses all of them to teach and reinforce the mastery of skills.

OG is not a programmed sequence for every learner; it takes into account that each learner brings his or her particular skills into the tutorial. My lesson plan progresses from the individual sounds in English--the phoneme--to the syllable, the word, the sentence and then to the paragraph and beyond. In that way, the lesson is an opportunity to build success on top of success, rather than setting the child up for failure.

Without exception, my phonics and literacy students have made impressive gains in reading, writing and spelling.

Prealgebra

I have worked extensively with students in elementary and middle grades, in a variety of subjects, from phonics and pre-reading skills to written expression, math and other subject areas.

I attended Yale and loved math throughout my school years, and I get a kick out of seeing kids "get it" about a new skill or a knotty problem. I am experienced at helping students focus and to read actively, note questions about the problem and organize their answer. If you understand the question, you can set up the answer.

All of my students in math have improved their grades or, in the case of SATs, their scores.

PSAT

A brief note about myself: I attended Yale, taught English and French, pursued a career in broadcasting, retired, then returned to education to tutor.

I have tutored, very successfully, in reading, writing, spelling, math, French, English and study skills, and I love it.

My background and experience in teaching and tutoring have also prepared me well for coaching standardized testing. I have coached students to excel in the SAT and GRE, and have worked extensively with students in the junior high school grades.

Without exception my students of reading and language have made impressive gains in grade-level performance and in test achievement.

Sincerely,

Jon H.

Reading

I received my undergraduate degree at Yale and trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, literacy, spelling, and written expression, and have years of experience in tutoring students at all grade levels.

The Orton-Gillingham approach (OG) is the gold standard of teaching literacy. Because it trains students to use the entire brain to learn, it is also useful in teaching math.

I love working with students, particularly the ones who come to me with special challenges. The amazing part is turning the challenges into gifts.

SAT Math

I attended Yale, and tutor students for all parts of the SAT and ACT, with great success.

In my experience coaching students for the SAT, I find several keys are important to optimizing the student's performance.

The math sections require a review of the key formulas in algebra and geometry. These basic equations are stated in the tests, but the student needs to know them "in their guts" so that she becomes accustomed to working efficiently in testing conditions.

By answering diverse math questions on SAT practice math tests, the student gains confidence as she learns how to read math problems and specify what the problem is asking her to solve. In fact, many math problems require students to know how to read them with understanding.

SAT Reading

I studied English at Yale and tutored students in both SAT and GRE prep. I use SAT prep strategies that are designed specifically to how the reading sections are structured by the SAT writers. The strategies help the student answer questions methodically and make it easier to focus on each question.

SAT Writing

SAT writing requires the student to identify the subject of the essay, organize the topic sentence and paragraph, provide supporting material and come up with a powerful conclusion--all in about a half-hour. Let's take this pressure-cooker and have some fun with it!

I have experience teaching this kind of organization.

SSAT

A bit about my background: I attended Yale, where I studied English and French, taught grades 9-12; went into the private sector for a career in broadcasting; and have returned to tutor, which I love.

I have helped students improve their SAT scores on all the parts of the testing. In addition, I have worked extensively with students in the middle grades and junior high school, of SSAT age, in a variety of subjects, including math, reading, writing and study skills.

The language and comprehension require drilling and work between lessons. Expanding the student’s vocabulary is critical to the questions in the language section, while drilling is critical to acing the reading comprehension section.

The math section requires a review of the key formulas in algebra and problem solving, after which math drills are useful so that the student becomes accustomed to working efficiently in testing conditions.

The writing involves understanding the subject that the student must address; formulating a point of view; identifying the main ideas supporting that point of view; supplying the supporting evidence; and capping the essay with a concluding sentence—all in less than a half-hour. If you practice it and hone your skills, you can have fun with it.

I can present letters of recommendation from parents who are very pleased with the work I have done with their children.

Sincerely,

Jon H.

Study Skills

Before attending Yale, I had to learn how to prepare for the next class assignment. I learned that taking notes was critical, as it helped me focus and organize my questions and my ideas. Now, with sticky notes, it is so much easier to organize ideas and record questions about the reading.

Children who need coaching with study skills often find two areas that need the most attention: math problems, especially word problems; and writing assignments.

My training and experience have shown me that in both areas, the set-up is the key. In math, read the problem carefully so that you identify the question, and only then proceed to the answer. Once you've found the answer, check your work. Many children are in such a hurry to finish that they do not check their answers.

In an essay, whether a short one or a term paper, be sure you've understood the assigned reading, and only then formulate a strong main idea, supply supporting ideas and lead to a concise conclusion.

Without exception, my students have used these strategies to improve their grades and performance.

Writing

My high school and college (Yale) curriculum required regular writing assignments. In the last few years, I have made use of the Orton-Gillingham approach, the gold standard of teaching literacy and written expression. Using it, students build logically from key words, to phrases, to sentences, paragraphs, and full essays. Organization and planning are the crucial preparation of any good piece of writing.

Yale
French and English
Montclair State University
Master's
Academy of Orton-Gillingham/Dyslexia Training
Graduate Coursework

Education

Yale (French and English)

Montclair State University (Master's)

Academy of Orton-Gillingham/Dyslexia Training (Graduate Coursework)

Help With Argumentative Essay

He did a great job, he informed me more about the subject I struggled in. He was a honest, knowledgeable and helpful person. After all, we together scored a 95.00 on my paper.

— Jennifer, New Castle, DE on 12/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 20 miles of Wilmington, DE 19801.